Amazing Benefits of Turmeric Milk + 3 Ways to Make It

The oldest memory I have of using turmeric is that of taking it with milk.

So here I discuss how turmeric when used with milk can be beneficial for various health problems and some common ways of preparing your turmeric milk.

Turmeric Milk Benefits

Turmeric has been used as a spice in Indian recipes and as an Ayurvedic medicine for many thousands of years. Turmeric offers many health benefits since it has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

It is used to relieve swelling and pain due to headaches and wounds and is called ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine.

It also possesses anti-bacterial properties and when applied to small cuts and wounds, it can stem blood flow by aiding with blood clotting, prevents infections and heals wounds. Combined with milk, turmeric is used as a drink, lotion or even a face mask.

This all-natural cure for various ailments is safe to use. Milk we all know strengthens bones. Combined with turmeric it provides additional benefits to bone health.

Now, this is very important for people with bone disorders such as arthritis. Turmeric is known to help people suffering from joint pains.

Both milk and turmeric are anti-oxidants. Turmeric milk helps fights free radicals that damage skin and make it lose its glow and elasticity.

Most of us know turmeric face masks and how they help skin but the internal usage of turmeric (as milk or otherwise) can also help.

For a comprehensive list refer – Long list of turmeric / curcumin benefits>

One of the key benefits of turmeric milk to me personally has been during a cough and cold. I prefer taking turmeric milk rather than any other medication for this.

I have noticed that since the time I started taking it a recurrence of cold/cough has decreased. This is a firsthand account of how turmeric milk has benefited me!

Turmeric milk can treat diarrhea and indigestion. For this, low-fat milk must be used for high-fat milk can aggravate diarrhea.

Turmeric milk works as soothing mask or lotion to reduce redness of the skin or patches. Skin patches and its redness are common problems we all face and that can be effectively taken care using turmeric milk at home.

Turmeric milk is also a great way for general body detox. Taking turmeric milk daily can help in blood purification and liver detox. Blood impurities can lead to severe health problems and turmeric milk is a great way to combat it.

Turmeric is said to help those with Alzheimer’s disease by slowing its progress and lowers risk of various types of cancer.

Okay, so there are so may benefit from turmeric milk. Let’s understand how to prepare it. It is very very simple!

Benefits of golden-milk-how to make golden milk

Recipes for Turmeric Milk

The following are some simple turmeric milk recipes:

1. Basic Recipe

A ½ to 1-inch piece of turmeric is heated for up to 15 minutes along with 8 ounces of milk until the milk is almost boiling.

Strain out the turmeric and drink this milk after allowing it to cool for a few minutes. This recipe can soothe inflammation, diarrhea (use non-fat milk), strengthen bones and fight free radicals.

To use as a mask or wash, take ¼ cup of whole milk and add to this ½ teaspoon ground turmeric. Take a clean washcloth, soak in the mixture and apply to affected skin. Leave it for 10 minutes before washing off.

2. Recipe to soothe sore throats and coughs

This simple recipe has been used in Indian households for centuries to soothe an aching throat or feverishness. A sip of this hot turmeric milk will give you a good night’s rest and improve your symptoms by morning.

Add ½ teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon ginger (minced) to a ¼ cup of water and mix well. Top off the cup with milk. Microwave or boil the mix for a few minutes until the milk almost boils.

Let this mixture stand for a few minutes to allow the ingredients to blend well with the milk. To this, you can add honey, jaggery, sugar or cane sugar to taste. Mix and re-heat for a few minutes. Strain the mixture to get rid of pieces of ginger and turmeric. Drink this while hot.

As a variant, few peppercorns can be added along with turmeric and ginger. Peppercorns is said to help improve the absorption of turmeric by the body.

Another addition to the above recipe that can give a slightly different flavor to turmeric milk is to add a few pods of cardamom (cracked) and pinch of saffron to the milk/water concoction before boiling.

Here is another variant turmeric milk recipe to soothe a cough. Take a cup of milk, add sugar to taste, heat and keep this aside. Take ½ teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds) and heat in a non-stick pan for a few minutes until brown.

To this add a large pinch of turmeric powder and stir for a couple of seconds. To this add the warmed milk, mix well, pour into a cup and drink while hot.

3. Turmeric Golden Milk

This is a delicious recipe and if you like, you can make and keep turmeric paste mixture for a month in the fridge.

So, to make the turmeric paste, take good quality (organic) turmeric powder – ¼ cup and add ½ cup of pure water. Combine both and keep over a medium flame for a minimum of 7 minutes until thick paste forms.

If the mixture gets too dry, add a little more water. Take this mixture off the fire and allow it to cool before putting in a glass container and storing in the fridge.

To make the organic golden turmeric milk, take a teaspoon of the turmeric paste and combine with a cup of organic milk. The milk can be soy, goat, cow, coconut, almond or any other milk of choice. Let this mixture boil well.

Take off the stove and add some honey or maple syrup to taste. To this add ½ teaspoon of organic sesame or almond oil or ghee (clarified butter). Turmeric milk is ready to enjoy.

What users say!

… I have been taking turmeric milk for last 2 months now and cannot tell you how much relief i got in my arthritis pain. I drink it 2 times a day, cannot live without it now.  – Ramsey M

.. Absolutely love the taste and color – Vivek Ram

… it took sometime to like the taste (just like whiskey), but now i cannot have my milk without turmeric. I use organic turmeric. – Terry

.. I am giving it to my 11 year old son for last 1.5 years and I can see marked improvement in his immunity. – Sultana

Precautions while using turmeric

Pregnant women are advised not to use turmeric. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent can contribute to stomach ulcers.

Normally turmeric in food is safe. However, since it acts as a blood thinner, those who require surgery must stop taking any form of turmeric – food or supplements a couple of weeks before surgery.

It can also react with diabetic medication and medication taken to reduce stomach acid.

My take on turmeric milk

I am a regular user of turmeric milk, especially in the winter season as I get cold and cough very easily.

While there are some specs on how much turmeric one should use, but if you do not want to use much, try taking a little bit less.

It would still be better than taking none at all.

Again, just make sure – 1) turmeric you use is pure and 2) understand situations when you should not use turmeric. Hope, you try these various recipes for turmeric milk and enjoy the many therapeutic benefits.

Share your views about turmeric milk through comments and emails! Would love to hear them 

About the Author

Shruti (BE Biotech. & PGD Clinical Research)

Turmeric for Health's writer team consists of passionate writers from the fields of biotechnology, pharmacy, nutrition, Ayurveda & microbiology.Our writers are highly qualified with many having Ph.D., M.Tech & MSc degrees while others having B.Tech, BSc, B.Pharm. Our differentiation lies in researching and presenting ONLY FACTUAL SCIENTIFIC information. We spend 10s of hours to write a single article. Info of our articles is sourced from reliable scientific sources which are also provided as a link alongside for readers to refer if they want. You can read more about our team in the " About us" section.

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  1. This really helped my tennis elbow, but I am concerned that my teeth are looking yellow? Is there any proof that turmeric doesn’t stain teeth/dental work? Is there a way to remove or protect from stains?

    1. Turmeric might stain your teeth yellow temporarily. If you are still facing this issue, it would be best to consult a dentist.

  2. Milk for healthy bones is nothing but post-war marketing lunacy. How do we explain then that the highest rates of osteoporosis are in the nations with the highest rates of milk consumption?
    A human diet does not need dairy. In fact it is detrimental to human health. There is a now link to breast cancer. It has been removed from the Canadian Food Guide. Don’t take it from me, look it up. And use plant milk. Coconut is nicest with turmeric.

    1. Yes, but there must be other, more regional ways to maintain health than with exotic tropic goods whose transportation means a lot of CO2 and climate-change. Coconut, cucurma,……

    1. Hi. Yes turmeric can be used for pain relief. You may consider taking turmeric milk (recipe mentioned above) or you can consume the Golden paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.

  3. I make a turmeric shake by using my Bullet blender. I use 1/2 cup almond and 1/2 cup coconut milks for my base. To that I add 1tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp. maca powder, 2 tsp. cacao powder, a couple dashes of pepper and cinnamon and about 2 tsp. coconut oil. Blended together the cacao masks the unpleasant taste of the turmeric.

  4. Everything I have read or heard about turmeric is to always add black pepper to make it bioavailable to the body. How come your recipes do not inlcude it?

    1. Hi. We have mentioned addition of black pepper in turmeric milk in recipe no 2. Also most recipes contain fats such as coconut oil or ghee which aid in absorption as well.

  5. Hi there,
    Can you make tumeric milk with tumeric powder?
    I would love to know this since fresh tumeric isn’t readily available where I live.

    Thanks for all this wonderful information!


  6. Hi there would Turmeric powder or root be beneficial in easing mouth ulcers caused by Lichen Planus and if so would root or powder be best? thank you Les


  8. Though I use tumeric powder to cook most times and I take the juice with hot water most mornings but when I Learnt dt tumeric is use to treat fabroid,I blend a reasonable fresh ones and extract the juice,keep it in freezer and I take it with hot water in the morning,at times with natural orange juice or smoothie in the afternoon or just take 30ml alone at night.i really hope it makes my fabroid dissappear in no time cos I really don’t want to go for surgery.just started using mainly to treat fabroid.ill appreciate if there other ways one can use it to treat fabroid.

  9. I started using turmeric 4 years ago and it has made life so much easier. I have osteoarthitus in all my joints & have now had radical spine repair & hip repair because of this. I can attest that the pain relieving and depression fixing of turmeric is awesome. I take it 3 times a day . I have actually grown my own for the past 3 years and always have more than enough. I like it best raw (within a few days of digging because the taste then is much like carrots) but I also dry & freeze some. I love my turmeric.

  10. I make turmeric milk every night for my family – husband and kid. I am curious if my recipe is fine:
    *1 glass of milk
    *1 glass of water
    *1 spoon grated turmeric root(small)
    *1 spoon grated ginger
    *few cardamom
    *few black pepper powdered.
    Boil all the ingredients, cool strain , add spoonful of honey.
    We are taking this since 2 weeks; have not faced any issues as of now; but just a concern whether the recipe is fine or would cause any harm on having daily basis.

  11. Thankful for the discovery as recommended by my landlady. Having been suffering with cold and flu symptoms for forever, I noticed almost immediate relief of cold and flu symptoms along with the reducing of asthma symptoms. I wont go another day without it. I do add a hint of coffee to it for an additional kick….. To my landlady…..Thankful:) 2 per day keeps everything away:):):)

  12. Hello …
    my iron level is too high (bcoz in past i was patient of thalassemia major)
    i want to know is turmeric useful to reduce overloaded iron level ?
    and which is the right way to take it …..

    1. Curcumin present in turmeric does act as a metal chelator (in preclinical studies). No study to date has examined its use to reduce iron levels in humans. You can consider adding turmeric to your diet for general health.
      You can take the Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.

  13. Question for you: why do you have to heat the milk? Is there a health reason, or is it just a taste preference? I ask because I really don’t like heated milk… it is also far easier/faster to mix cold! Can I just mix the tumeric powder or tumeric paste into cold milk?

  14. Hi..
    I think this website is great!

    Can I make turmeric milk with cinnamon? Or it better if I only use turmeric + cinnamon with water? I have weak stomach, is this ok for me?

    1. Both turmeric tea or milk with cinnamon is great and safe for stomach health. Avoid taking either on an empty stomach and start with small quantities to avoid any gastric issues.

  15. is it ok to make more than 1 cup boil..the cool and keep in fridge then heat the daily cup in the microwave?tia

  16. Hi
    I have Hiatus Hernia and I make Tumeri c paste and put it in my porridge in the morning g and at night i have it i milk before I go to Bed is this alright to take it this way I loveit

  17. Hello,
    Recently I have been taking a teaspoon of tumeric, sprinkle of black pepper, quarter teaspoon of ginger paste and two shakes of cinnamon with boiling water, milk and coconut cream or oil. I am 57 and post menopausal since 51 years old. Usually once a day at night but sometimes twice daily. On Sunday I started having hot flashes, 3. Haven’t had those in ages. Should I be worried?
    Thank you for your reply.

    1. Hi. One teaspoon of turmeric and other spices in diet should not cause hot flashes.Avoid using ginger paste and use ginger powder instead if you must (ginger powder is really pungent so you wouldn’t need more than a quarter or half tsp per serving). However to be on the safe side we would suggest cutting down the intake from twice a day to once a day or you may even avoid it completely. If the hot flashes reduce, then its best for you to avoid turmeric. Hope this helps.

  18. How many times day can you drink the turmeric golden milk? I just started a few days ago. I drink a cup of Silk Almondmilk with the turmeric milk and it has really helped my back. I would like to drink it twice a day for my pain.

  19. I hate the taste so a friend recommended I buy silicon coffee bean moulds from amazon and freeze the paste in these. You can then just take them like a pill. They’re fairly large to swallow but it’s way better as you barely taste it

  20. Can we just eat a teaspoon of the golden paste and a lick of black pepper and get it over with? I am not crazy about it, but I want to take it. But as easy and quick as possible.

    1. I hate the taste so a friend recommended I buy silicon coffee bean moulds from amazon and freeze the paste in these. You can then just take them like a pill. They’re fairly large to swallow but it’s way better as you barely taste it

  21. Please guide us regarding the patients of Multiple Mayoloma. Is tumeric and milk beneficial for them specially after chemotherapy?

    1. Hi Francis. We are not sure if turmeric milk would help improve your child’s sleep pattern but it can help in strengthening immunity and general health in children. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi. There is no significant disadvantage. However we would suggest boiling turmeric in milk and then let it cool down and serve it chilled as per your choice.

    1. Hi. 1 tsp of turmeric powder for a small cup of milk should be enough. Preferably boil it in milk and then cool it prior consumption (in case you like cold milk).

    1. Hi. Yes you can give turmeric milk to your 3 year old daughter. 1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric powder for 1 small cup milk should suffice.

  22. Hello, just wanna know if it’s okay if I mix turmeric powder, milk powder and honey for my face? (I have lots of acne scars and dark spots. At first, I put the turmeric powder and honey for I think 6 or 7 days now and I feel like I don’t see any changes.) Will these acne scars and dark spots go away by mixing the turmeric, milk powders and honey? How long? And also I wanna lighten my lips cus it’s kinda dark will this mixture change the color of my lips? TYSM if u answer asap. God bless

    1. Hi. Instead of milk powder, we would recommend using dairy milk or coconut milk. Conduct a patch test before applying. Since turmeric has not worked earlier, we are not really sure if it would work now. But mixing turmeric powder with coconut oil or as a face mask does has helped in reducing acne for some readers. We are not aware whether the mix can help lighten lip color.

  23. With taking turmeric powder, can I substitute organic, raw almond butter in place of the coconut oil? The reason I ask is because my cholesterol skyrockets when I consume coconut oil.

    1. Hi. Yes organic raw almond butter contains fats that can help in absorption of turmeric. You can use it instead of coconut oil.

    1. Hi. We would suggest avoiding non-fat milk as fats help in absorption of turmeric. But if you prefer non-fat milk, you can use it since there are some evidences that indicate that milk protein and a general food matrix may aid in absorption of turmeric.

    1. Hi. You can add 1/2 to 1 tsp turmeric powder to 1 cup milk and bring it to boil. Add a sweetener if needed. Once boiled, you can take it off the stove and add a dash of cinnamon powder and/or ginger powder if needed. That’s about it, Golden Milk from turmeric powder is ready.

    1. Hi. That is fine. Whenever possible we would recommend using hot milk over cold milk. Turmeric milk helps boost immunity, relieves pain and fatigue, helps in depression and also benefits in flu.

    1. Hi. Turmeric in daily diet should not be an issue in lactation. Turmeric limited to 1/2 tsp daily in milk will actually boost immune system and benefit overall health.

  24. Hi, I am currently suffering with sciatica, can turmeric milk help me ? I have just made 1 cup of milk, 1 tbs of turmeric, half a cinnamon stick and a tad of honey, will this help please ??

    1. Paula,
      Add black peppercorns and coconut oil to your milk so it absorbs into your body. There is a recipe on this site or Google turmeric golden milk recipe. Drinking golden milk every night before bed has healed my sciatica problems. Plus I got two therapeutic massages. I hope this helps.

    2. Hi. Turmeric milk helps relieve pain significantly. Fats in milk aid in absorption of turmeric, but as Debbie suggested you can add a pinch of black pepper as well if it suits you. 1-2 cups a day should help relieve pain in sciatica.

  25. Is it ok to have when the cold amd cough is caused by heat in body specially for aged people who have joint problem and weak nerves system?

    1. Turmeric Milk is great for reducing malaise, flu and joint issues. It also good for boosting immunity and overall health especially for the elderly. 1 cup per day is advised.

  26. It is a well known fact that Turmeric is a nice cleansing agent for skin and purifies the blood. but even knowing the wonderful properties of turmeric most people try not to make it a part of daily health routine, considering its taste and seeking as a medicine. but after reading this article i think it can be a great choice when consumed with milk with a better taste. Also by reading this article i got to know some more health benefits of turmeric which certainly, i will include in my daily health routine.

    1. Dairy is found to benefit in weight loss due to its protein, calcium and vitamin D content. Turmeric contains curcumin which has anti-obesity property. So turmeric milk should help in weight loss though not clinically proven. You can replace milk with other types of your choice. Some readers have achieved good weight loss results with Golden Paste.

  27. Thanks for sharing wonderful recipe and benefits of turmeric milk. Turmeric milk is so healthy and delicious. Keep posting…

    1. Maca powder can help with sexual perfomance. Many people use Lucuma, Maca and Cacao powder in a shake. I have used it myself and it has made a huge difference is my overall health mentally and physically.

  28. Hi would turmeric milk help as a relief for itching caused from mites or dust mites. As I have read it is a natural antihistamine.

    1. Hi. Yes turmeric has anti-allergic property and also relieves itching. So yes you can definitely take turmeric milk to relieve itching and also apply turmeric topically. You can make a paste of turmeric powder and coconut/ olive oil and apply it topically to the affected area. Let it dry, cover if needed and wash with cool water after 20-30 minutes. Apply 2-3 times a day. Conduct a patch test prior.

  29. hi.. may i ask if i can add the turmeric powder into my son’s formula milk? i do not boil the milk, i jus make the formula milk and add a pinch of turmeric powder in, mix and let him drink. is it fine?

    1. Hi. How old is your son? If he is old enough to consume spices then can consume turmeric milk. However we cannot comment on addition of turmeric in formula milk since we have not come across any data about it.

      1. Here’s my recipe for golden milk…

        1 tsp of tumeric paste
        1 tsp of raw honey
        8-10 oz of Almond milk

        Pour almond milk in microwave safe container, heat for two minutes, approximate temp is 150F.

        Add tumeric paste and honey. Stir well and enjoy.

    1. We would not recommend topical application of turmeric to children below 5 years of age as it may irritate their skin.

  30. Dry Turmeric Tea Mix
    • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
    • 1/4 cup cinnamon powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • 1-2 Tablespoons ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne (optional)
    Can I do this mix and just add it to warm milk? Also what quantity must I add and how often can I drink it. Also can I give this to my neighbor who is a diabetic and suffers from Arthritis. I am really keen to embark on this turmeric journey. I am 62 and the only medication I am taking is Losaar 50/12,5, for high blood pressure. I will appreciate your advice. I came across the above recipe on the internet.

  31. It would be better to use raw unpasteurised milk rather than typical pasteurised milk. Raw milk is a complete food and good for your bones whereas pasteurised milk is an incomplete food and depletes your bones of calcium. Also, you should not be boiling the milk as this will kill off the beneficial enzymes.

  32. I am lacto intolerant so I take the turmeric paste and mix it with coconut/almond milk. It takes the edge off the taste of the turmeric and I enjoy it warm. Califia Farms organic milk is good and Silk offers the combination also.

  33. my husband has emphysema and is having trouble with losing to much weight. Several comments indicate it can cause weight loss. This would be disastrous for a man already underweight. Is it safe for him?

    1. It does not cause weight loss. If a person is desiring to lose weight a cup of turmeric milk whether made with dairy or vegetable milk such as coconut milk replaces some of the calories in the diet. It is good for the overall health and can help one cut out “bad” carbs such as white sugar and bread. A cup of turmeric milk warm can be very soothing as well as healthy. Continue his healthy diet and use turmeric milk in place of some other food of equal caloric value.

    2. Hi Cathy. Turmeric does assist in weight loss. However also in case of anorexia or unexplained weight loss turmeric especially turmeric milk helps in boosting immunity and assisting in healthy weight gain and body weight.

    1. Hi. That is fine but it is better if you would add turmeric to the milk first and then heat it. Heated turmeric has better solubility. You can add black pepper in the end.

  34. Not sure where I found this recipe but, this is the drink I make most nights half hour before bed. Half a int of milk in a saucepan add about a teaspoon and a half of organic turmeric, half a teaspoon cinnamon, a teaspoon of vanilla essence and a tablespoon of coconut oil put on a high heat and bring to a boil turn heat down and let gently simmer for 5 minutes or so. Pour into mug and after leaving for 5 minutes to cool add a teaspoon of raw honey. Drink and enjoy. My joint pain has improved massively and I sleep so much better.

    1. Thank you for sharing this. Indeed turmeric milk is great for relieving joint pain and a plus point many readers report better sleep.

    1. Typically kefir is not cooked. However, I also make home made yogurt, in which the milk is heated to 185 degrees, then cooled to 115. If not tumeric kefir, could tumeric yogurt be made and be beneficial?

      1. Hi Robin, I make kefir as well, but I think you have to be very careful adding anything which has antiseptic qualities, which includes tumeric, as it will harm the various bacteria which give kefir and yoghurt their health-enhancing qualities.

    2. I have some health issues. Perimenapausal and hypo thyroid issues. I also have back surgery and knee osteoarthritis from surgery. Recently I fell on water, I hurt my back and my knee. When I was young my mom used to make me besan haldi milk. It is amazing. It has given me energy , no brain fog, and I am back in the gym. The recipe, in a small pan , half a spoon of besan flour and mix with ghee half spoon , dissolve the basen flour with ghee bring to a boil, then add milk and half spoon of turminic powder, just before boiling mix in honey and milk is done. Pour into glass and add almonds(which I already boiled and cut into pieces) it fills you up and great energy drink especially when you have thyroid issues. It helps amazingly.

  35. The most difficult issue surrounding tumeric or golden paste or capsules or powders or curcumin or milk is that there are endless positive and negative testimonials about each, research views, and products on the market that speak to every means of use. One can read endlessly and in the end it seems in the confusion that you just have to make your best guess and start trying something. Does anyone know a better way to cut through all the chatter?

  36. HI, I am new here, Lately I have been making fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, peppercorns and a cinnamon stick in a liter of water to boil than simmer for about 10 mins. When cool I pass through a sieve into a bottle and refrigirate. I drink a cup or two everyday. Would you please tell me if its ok and beneficial like the golden paste? Thank you

    1. Yes this preparation is great and therapeutic. Avoid taking on an empty stomach. We can’t comment on its potency in comparison to Golden Paste but it definitely has great health benefits. In fact you can assess on your own whether it helps you, some changes you will observe is reduced pain, better sleep, higher energy levels, better mood etc.

  37. Quoting from the writer – “To use as a mask or wash, take ¼ cup of whole milk and add to this ½ teaspoon ground turmeric. Take a clean washcloth, soak in the mixture and apply to affected skin. Leave it for 10 minutes before washing off”.

    May I know whether this is anti aging/wrinkles? Thank you.

    1. Turmeric’s antioxidant property is of relevance to anti-aging treatment for skin but whether the recipe quoted above works for wrinkles/anti-ageing could only be confirmed by personal experience. You can make a paste of turmeric powder and milk and apply it directly on skin as a face mask. Conduct a patch test prior.
      You can find some great turmeric face masks here:

      1. Hey as I red lots of benefits of turmeric & milk Gengir etc,. Well would any one help me “I have stomach Acidity (Gastro) “gas problem I get fed up to have emeprozole capsules, would anyone help me how I rid of it Thanks Raja Uk

        1. You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds.

          1. I just made the Golden milk, it’s so yummy. I,m going through some very unpleasant peri-menopause symptoms, mainly intense fatigue and floaty head. I’m hoping it might help with these symptoms maybe?

  38. Hi i was just wondering if turmeric capsules would be as effective as turmeric milk and if so how many mg a day should be taken thank you

    1. Turmeric capsules will provide you only with curcumin while turmeric milk provides you with other therapeutic compounds present in turmeric powder as well as nutrients in milk. Turmeric capsules have high concentrations of curcumin and should be taken when advised by a doctor or if a condition is severe enough to require high concentrations of curcumin. The dosage depends on doctor’s recommendation or as advised by manufacturer and generally ranges between 500-1000mg per day.

      1. Hi – A recent study (shown on the BBC, last week), showed that turmeric casuals have minimal to no effect, where as the same quantity of turmeric that was consumed as a food had a very noticeable effect. They believe that this was due to other foods (possibly fats) allowing the turmeric to be absorbed by the body. This is why I think turmeric milk, especially made with a pepper corn or two, is the way forward, and not turmeric capsules.

        1. I make my capsules by adding fresh ground black pepper just a pinch in the capsule along with the turmeric powder, works great.

    2. It doesn’t have the same effect. Some capsules are mix with other components. You may just want to do the turmeric with milk. I use almond milk, black pepper, ginger and honey.

    1. Turmeric is beneficial for diabetes and asthma. You can find more details on this here:
      You can simply start by taking Golden Paste 1/2 to 1 teaspoon daily and raise the dose to twice a day based on your tolerance. Here is the recipe:
      Here are some traditional ways of using turmeric in asthma:

  39. Greetings Friends, have made the golden milk with coconut milk and sense it would be awesome with a few drops of fresh orange juice. I prefer not to sweeten it with honey or stevia…just want a slight citrus lift. Any problem? Thanks & Blessings!

    1. Nancy we dont think adding few drops of fresh orange juice should cause any problem. It would raise the antioxidant content which is good. In fact it is an excellent natural alternative sweetener.

    1. Cup of milk into a pan, mix in 1 t/spoon of turmeric powder, 1/4 t/spoon black pepper and 1 t/spoon of Honey, heat up the mix and keep stirring then just before boiling take off the heat and pour into your cup. I have this every morning for my elevenses. I started this recipe mid Feb 2016 and found that my very very bad migraines have all but ceased. Have also found that my acid reflux that I have had for some 12 years has eased considerably. I, also take as and when it will fit in with my meals, Cayenne pepper 1/2 t/spoon at a time, sometimes it could be twice a day or every other day.

      1. Hello, brand new to the site! I just made a variation on the turmeric golden milk that I actually came out tasting pretty good. I was skeptical because I’m not a big fan of the taste of turmeric and I couldn’t imagine it tasting good added with milk. Here’s what I did: stirred in 1 tsp of the paste (I used organic powdered) to 1 cup milk (I used organic whole cow’s milk) while heating on medium low on stove. Added some minced ginger (probably about 1/2 tsp) as it was heating. Then added about 1 tbsp of organic maple syrup and stirred in a heaping tbsp of Greek yogurt. Then I added some cinnamon to taste, heating it until short of boiling. Put it in a cup and it actually was quite good! I suppose I could’ve strained to get the solid chunks of ginger out but since I like ginger and thought I’d get more of the benefit from it by leaving it in, I just ate what was left at the bottom when I was done with the milk.

        The cinnamon to me made the difference between okay and quite tasty.

    2. I don’t know that much about this, but I think that it lightens our complexion….. I’ve been using just milk and home grown turmeric for almost 3 months…friends who have not seen me for 6 months are surprised at my glowing complexion….it indeed make you skin visibly fairer……

    3. Yes turmeric milk benefits skin and overall health. It works as antioxidant, fights skin infections and diseases too.

    1. Straining is recommended to increase palatability. If you are able to consume the root that is absolutely fine.

    1. Yes dietary turmeric would not interfere with medications. You can limit it to 1 cup a day to be on the safe side and avoid taking it close to the time when you take medicines.

    1. it’s amazing to use with coconut milk as its full of healthy fatty acids! I drink it with either coconut or soy. coconut sugar is also amazing as a sweetener

    1. yes. try with small portion of milk and turmeric ( haldi is what it is called in Indian Stores) easily available. Any Indian Pakistani household must have this item without fail. 200 gms bag may be found for couple of bux not sure. but that is good to use it. even a new born is given slight portion of haldi. For a new born, small stick of turmeric is rubbed on a stone in breast milk or simple water, one or two drops of that yellow milk is given to the kid 3-4 times a day. Most Indian Families do that without fail.
      You can try at your own risk though.

    1. try Olive oil/Sasmee seeds oil/coconut oil/ mix it with Baking soda and littlebit of Salt. rub it. proportions use accordingly.

      1. Sir,
        Can I use the turmeric milk with suger for my 7 years old son ? Suger aadd any problem sir ! Suger gòod or bad ? Pls reply sir.

      2. warm the milk in microwave or on stove. Then add Turmeric and pinch of salt. Sugar is not good in any form for any body. Add Honey to make it tastey for kids. It is good for even new born babies. My daughter used to like the taste. Proportions are reduced by age. If 7 year old can drink half cup of milk is fine with half tea spoon Turmeric.

    1. Unfortunately nothing can regenerate cartilage but it can reduce inflammation which is usually what is painful.

    2. Hi Madhav,
      Stem cells have potential to regenerate the cartilage and at the same time its a non-surgery technology on top of that there is no side effects.

      I have my own stem cell hospital and we have treated 300+ patients for knee arthritis.

      1. Stem cells today– in the past the cartilage was repaired by an operation. Open the joint, put in a membrane dam, inject cultured cartilage cells onto / into the damaged portion, close up, stitch-up. Be-careful not to break the dam till culture has taken to the site. That was the basic way of doing it. Stem cells are better as less cutting etc.
        There are reports of certain things you can do that will regenerate cartilage growth, but are not main stream. One was from a actual Doctor but the details were sketchy.
        one I used that I figured out was this— Glucosomine Sulfate from natural source, ie: ground up shells, with 80 mineral supplement with Boron from a natural source. [ Borasic acid does not work.]
        You put it into a plastic bottle and mix with Gatorade to taste [ as well as getting the basic minerals ] sip during the day.
        Do this for about 3 months and the Cartilage should regenerate.
        You supply a lot of this— failure is — no natural Boron— manufactured Glucosimine Sulphate— no minerals — not enough— hence the perpetual sipping.
        Boron is supplied by killing bacteria that feed on the Boron– practitioners level of supplement available from New Zealand by a Firm in Auckland, North Shore Glenfield–in the Ashfield st — Diana Drive area.

    3. Try gently slapping your knee and leg for 2and 1/2 minuites every morning before you get up. it works wonders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. I have been taking this, and it works wonders as in a few days I got rid of my cold problem. I grate the turmric in warm milk and let it sit for about half an hour. Then I add honey and take it. I hope it helps fasten my healing process of fracture as well

  41. Do you have to boil the milk if using turmeric powder? Can you just heat it to the temp you want to drink it at? Thanks.

    1. Hi Rebekah, the recipe I follow says to heat the milk on medium heat until warmed through. I don’t let it actually boil it barely even gets a simmer but is still warmed enough to enjoy like a cup of tea.

  42. flu season just begun… so I will try this recipe right away!! I love ginger, not sure about turmeric taste, but we will try at least once!

    1. I was a bit apprehensive about trying golden milk but I Pete Evan’s Sunshine mylk recipe substituting the nut milk for organic full cream cows milk and I Love it. It uses cardamom pods, black pepper, vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon and it is divine. Hope you have found a recipe you love too.

  43. I ask because some say raw turmeric powder to milk may not be good etc. they say it msut have fats or be cooked etc? my only concern. i have acid reflux. so is it safe to take in this condition> i heard it helps kill soem bacteria like h ployri that cause acid reflux. thats why i take it sir.

  44. hi i add tumeric powder to milk and the boil it for 4-5 minutes and strain and then drink it? it is lowfat cow milk. is it good to take like this? many say use some fat like cocnut oil and make paste etc. but that takes too much time for me. Also is it safe to drink this daily as long as i only add 1/4 teaspoon etc? are there any bad effects to stomach? i am taking for acid reflux.

    Please respond sir

    thank you

  45. Hi,

    How if add turmeric powder to a glass of milk and consume it along with powder by stirring, and avoid boiling and straining. Will it be okay ?

      1. I am a bit confused, which is the proper turmeric paste, is it with coconut oil and black pepper , or, the one with jut water. ? I am drinking the first on , hope is correct!

      2. I find this page very useful and interesting. Is it alright to drink masala chai boiled with turmeric powder first thing in the morning.

        1. Tea is not advised as first thing in the morning if you are prone to acidity. Else its fine. Eat a good breakfast with that to avoid acid reflux.

  46. As the potency of turmeric is hot in nature, it should never be taken raw but should always be boiled in cow’s milk and other coolant kitchen spices to pacify its heat. Turmeric takes longer time to get digested and adding black pepper powder in milk helps turmeric to get absorbed quickly in the body.

    To avoid risk factors, collect half teaspoon home made tumeric powder, half teaspoon coriander powder and quarter teaspoon black pepper powder. Add them in a glass of cow’s milk and boil until the milk changes its colour. Strain and drink this decoction daily on empty stomach before breakfast.

    During summer, it should be consumed on alternative dates.

    Hope this helps to solve numerous queries!

    1. Hi Kunwar, Thanks for your recipe. Question about the homemade tumeric powder. What does THAT consist of? Are you talking about the Tumeric paste recipe? Thanks

  47. Hi I recently read somewhere that consuming 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder mixed with half a cup of cold milk everyday is good for skin. Would that be correct? It’s just been a week since when I started following it. I enjoy the taste but I wonder if I’m doing it right. Please suggest.

  48. just read an article that they start giving it to animal who suffer from cancer ,,, same procedure except the milk ( they dont use it )

      1. Hi, in small quantities, yes. Turmeric is put in almost everything we cook in India and children of this age eat too without any issues. Make sure you do these 1) always start small – 1/5 tsp per day is good start 2) never overdose – while there is no dosage of turmeric for children but 1/4-1/3 tsp per day should be all right 3) do not give supplements – never.

  49. Do I need to add pepper to this. In another report from you, it was mentioned that pepper was necessary?

    1. Hi, black pepper tastes horrible with milk! Thus I have not added it. You can include it in your diet though .. or maybe try adding to milk. It did not work with me at all .. 🙁

      1. DAVID M

        I have just started having a drink after my serial breakfast, made up of half t/spoon Turmeric, 1/4 t/spoon cayenne Pepper, 1/4 t/spoon B lack pepper..all powder and add to cup of milk, heat up and before boiling take of the heat and add 1 & half t/spoons of syrup, put back on heat and remove, all the time on the heat keep stirring and drink as hot as possible… absolutely delicious.
        Having taken Turmeric and the ceyanne and black pepper for over a month by adding to my meals, all at quarter t/spoon amounts, mainly for very bad migraines and very bad stomach reflux, these ailments have reduced amazingly.

    2. I read that the power of turmeric is enhanced by addin black pepper.
      I add 1/4 tsp of pepper to the paste when I make it, but I make smaller amounts of paste with 1/4 cup of turmeric powder.
      I drink almond milk because cows milk actually isn’t good for you (do a little research online). I don’t even taste the pepper . The drink is delicious!

    1. Hi, black pepper tastes horrible with milk! therefore i have not mentioned it. Of course you can try 🙂

  50. I’m using the entire root. Softening it by steaming then mixing a paste with almond milk. From the paste, I’ll make a nightly tea by mixing a teaspoon of the paste in warm almond milk. Anyone have any remarks?

  51. I plan to use turmeric powder and ginger powder… I need to still boil everything or can I heat it up in the microwave. Also, is it necessary to heat it again after adding in some honey?

      1. hi i have boils in my face specialy in nose it wont go past 7 years lot of meducines tried lot of doctors seened still no use if i drink turmeric water or turmeric milk it will help?? my body is heat always

  52. I tried making the tumeric paste yesterday and it was extremely bitter – so bitter I could never imagine it being called delicious even with 2 tablespoons of sugar added.
    So what did i do wrong? My Tumeric is old and I have no idea if it is organic (suspect it isn’t) could this all account for such a vile taste?

    1. Hi,

      You are not alone 🙂

      Here are my recommendations:

      1) try using smaller quantity of turmeric. Remember its not a medicine and there is no hard and fast rule here. Make a paste which suits you. You can always take more quantity to compensate its low percentage.

      2) Get a good quality fresh powder turmeric. The investment will be worthwhile.

      3) Add in your regular curries etc. That way you will never feel the taste but you will get all the benefits.

      Hope this helps!

  53. When my son was young he had a bad ear infection and I made a turmeric paste, put some on cotton wool and put it in his ear. Better than antibiotic, it healed the infection in a couple of days.

    1. HI, great, I just did the same for my wound. Just that turmeric has to of of good quality a bad quality one can worsen things.

    1. Hi Lynda, thanks for reaching out. There is no specific dosage of turmeric for weight loss. It is just an added advantage apart from so many others. The daily dosage of standardized curcumin powder is 400-600mg thrice daily.

      Also please note that turmeric is NOT usual weight loss pill / supplement.

      Regarding your other query on how many inches you can loose, unfortunately there is no way to tell that too. But you can keep taking turmeric fir lifetime and it will save you from numerous other disorders and keep you healthy.

        1. I’m going to weigh in on Tuesday morning to see if I have lost any plus doing situp and other excerise

  54. I’m wanting to loss weight. It say you can take Turmeric. Can you take with milk and how much ? I’m using the powder.

    1. I have been drinking tumeric tea for 8 months .now since i found out i have gout it has helped me tremendously.

  55. In Golden Turmeric Milk v need to strain out d milk aftr removing frm stove? as i guess d turmeric particles ll settle at bottom n it wont taste gud at last sip!!

  56. All this seems I’ve too much work.. All I do is heat a cup of milk 30 seconds in the microwave and then mix in half a teaspoon of grounded turmeric…. sometimes I just mix it with a glass a of cold milk if I’m extra lazy

    1. Hi, turmeric taken as a spice or in small / limited quantities for a healthy person is not known to cause any harm. Indian women pregnant and breastfeeding take it all the time for cough / cold as taking other medications can cause side effects. But if you are still concerned (which you should be) please consult your doctor. Hope this helps!

  57. Hi,
    Can I use the Turmeric Milk for my 7 years old son as he has very frequent cough & cold?
    What is best for sore throat?

    1. Yes, you can just keep the quantity very low as compared to the adult one. You can also give small quantity of turmeric with pure honey.

    1. Hi,

      In vitro and in vivo experiments or weight loss through angiogenesis – new blood vessel growth – and reducing fat content in fat cells have turmeric for weight loss have been conducted. Just like how tumors grow, adipose tissues which store fat cells require angiogenesis to provide the required nutrients and oxygen to adipocytes (fat cells), curcumin is said to have anti-angiogenic properties that could reduce fat mass and inhibit fat tissue growth therefore leading to weight loss in obese people. Turmeric also improves digestion, helps protect the liver etc. Hence obese people looking to lose weight may gain from including turmeric in their diet. However, turmeric must not be the only weight loss strategy for obese and overweight people, but part of a more comprehensive program.

  58. Using turmeric in hot milk decreases my knee pain and swelling, so I’ve started taking it daily, it’s been five days, I’ve started liking it but reading about the ulcers has alerted me.

    1. It is likely when you take huge amount of turmeric for a long period of time. Taking it as spice or as turmeric milk would not. I am sure you are using normal turmeric and not supplements.

  59. Keshav, Your recipe for turmeric milk looks good, although I am confused about your instructions for boiling. You advise to boil the turmeric for a few minutes along with milk, but you also say “until the milk is almost boiling.” So, is the milk to be boiled for up to 15 minutes with the turmeric? My other question is may the piece of turmeric be cut into smaller pieces and then boiled? Thank you!

    1. Hi, got your point. Thanks for pointing out, I will change the language a bit. What I meant was put turmeric in milk and keep the milk to boil along with it for sometime. The process may take 5-10 min. I use turmeric powder and add to milk that’a all. If you have a piece for turmeric just crush it and add. Hope this helps!

      1. So, can I make the milk without making the turmeric paste first? I cannot use all of the paste & it ends up getting wasted. I just have the powder.

        1. Yes, I just add turmeric to milk. See the recipe above. Also if anyways you make paste and its left you can add it to your recipes or add to face pack etc! It has so many ways to be used. 🙂

          1. Thank you! I realized i could use the paste for many different recipes ( I make a tasty Turmeric chicken.) So I may try the paste again. It lasts, what…a month in the fridge?

      2. Thank you, Keshav! Yes, your explanation makes sense. I’ve got some beautiful fresh tumeric root and am excited to try this recipe.

      3. Perhaps you mean “A ½ to 1 inch piece of turmeric is *heated* for a few minutes (up to 15 minutes) along with 8 ounces of milk until the milk is almost boiling”

  60. What about nursing women? My daughter is getting close to 3, so she doesn’t nurse a lot- but she still nurses about 2-4times a day.

    1. Jennifer, there are different views on this. In India turmeric is taken as a regular spice even during pregnancy and while nursing, i.e. as usual. But many medical professionals in west advise precaution or restrain. My suggestion would be go ahead and ask your doctor about it and not take any chances. But given my experience – as a spice it should be fine (note: not as a supplement / capsule)

      1. Thank you for all the information, it’s really useful. I started drinking milk and turmeric and I found half teaspoon in one cup is too much, It’s hard to drink. I am using powder tumeric, which one is best fresh or powder. Can I add sugar for taste.

        1. Hi, 🙂 It is a common problem. But you can take milk two times a day! Also you can add it to tea / curry or other dishes. The objective is to take turmeric! A good quality powder is great. Rather than sugar, please add raw / organic honey.

    2. Can I add sugar for taste. I started drinking milk and turmeric and I found half teaspoon in one cup is too much, It’s hard to drink. I used powder tumeric, which one is best fresh or powder.

      1. 🙂 yes. But I would suggest raw / organic honey instead. Apart from having a great taste, it adds to the health nature of milk too.

  61. Great recipie..just changed the milk to coconut & my small children love it also.
    A small correction: Tumeric cannot cause gastric ulcers …in fact due to its anti inflammatory properties (which you mentioned) it calms gut inflammations (gastritis, ulcers etc).
    There are a lot of articles online about tumeric now & many of them attribulte gastric upsets as a side effect of tumeric…when actually it has no side effects at all…(there was a comprehensive study done at an asian uni hospital in 2010..
    8 grams a day (a teaspoon of tumeric powder is about half a gram…so it was a large amount of tumeric compared to the average indian persons intake..) was given to a group of people..(powder mixed in warm water..) daily for 18 months…there were no side effects whatsoever reported by patients, or observed by Dr’s.
    Its the curamin (cucuramin some call it)..the active ingredient in tumeric…that when taken in large amounts can & does cause gastric side effects. When one takes the active ingredient & use only that…instead of the whole plant the way the Creator made it…there are always side effects..(now one is taking a drug..not a whole herb. summary…there are no side effects from tumeric at all..(other than a bright yellow ring around your mouth!)..Best it take the organic powder..And avoid tumeric capsules that contain added curamin..

    1. Also, you state Tumeric is a “blood thinner” which is contrary to its Ayurvedic quality “to stem the flow of blood” .?

  62. thank you for the information! its really useful!
    ive been drinking milk or sometimes coffee with turmeric, and every time i finish there’s always turmeric powder left.
    i never knew you have to boil milk with turmeric then strain it afterwards. cant wait to try what you shared! kudos! 🙂