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Golden Turmeric Milk

Golden Turmeric Milk


Turmeric, or haridra in Sanskrit, is bitter, astringent and pungent in taste. In ayurveda, each taste has a relationship with the balance of the doshas. Turmeric contains balancing qualities for all three doshas: its “hotness” balances Vata and Kapha; its dryness and its pungent and bitter tastes balance Kapha; and its bitter taste also balances Pitta; making it tri-doshic!


Why we love this recipe

Turmeric has many positive benefits: it supports detoxification for the liver; promotes a healthy response to allergens and a healthy immune response; assists digestion; helps purify the blood; and promotes health of the lungs, circulation and nervous system. Turmeric contains curcumin, a flavonoid which supports a healthy inflammatory response, thereby promoting general wellbeing. This recipe is especially good for lung health.



  • 1 cup of whole organic milk
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • A sprinkle of black pepper
  • A dab of ghee
  • Honey or organic sugar to taste



  1. Place milk in a saucepan over low/medium heat.
  2. Bring to low boil.
  3. Add all ingredients except the honey or sugar. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Turn off heat, and allow the mixture to cool to a warm drinkable temperature.
  5. When the mixture has cooled, add honey or sugar to taste.
  6. Serve warm.


It is important that the honey not be added to the hot milk, as heated honey is considered toxic (very hard to digest and changes form) in Ayurveda.

Keep on topic

  • 5 Benefits of Turmeric, Ayurveda’s Golden Botanical
  • Turmeric: The Golden Botanical

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