Golden Milk Recipe

golden turmeric milk Another Ayurvedic favorite of mine! This nourishing and grounding drink is a lovely way to end the day. Golden milk is great for calming Vata dosha, which has a tendency to become unbalanced during winter and fall months. However, this nourishing tonic can be taken at any time of year! 

This drink recipe is calming for the mind and healing to the body. With all of the heating spices added, Golden Milk is a great way to increase digestion and circulation. A few other health properties of Golden Milk include: Strengthens bones, beneficial to anemia, increases ojas (immunity and vitality), cleanses the blood, and beautifies the complexion. I recommend taking this drink before bedtime to enhance a sound night of sleep.

  • Doshic effect: Vata ↓, Pitta ↓, Kapha
  • Serving: 1
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Small saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Hand blender (or a regular blender)
  • 1 cup organic whole milk (can be substituted with almond or hemp milk)
  • 1 tsp. Organic Ghee or coconut oil
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. organic turmeric powder**
  • Large pinch of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom powder**
  • Small pinch of saffron (optional but highly recommended!)
  • Raw honey to taste

**Spices listed can be replaced with 1/2 tsp. of my Ayurvedic Breakfast Spices

NOTE: If one cup of milk is too much, you can substitute by using ½ cup milk to ½ cup water.


  1. Warm milk in a small pan over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  1. Once warm, slowly add the ghee and spices while continuing to stir. Mix until there are no chunks and the powder has fully absorbed into the milk. If you have a hand blender, this works particularly well and it also creates a yummy frothy texture.
  1. Remove from heat and let cool to a drinkable temperature. Once the temp has cooled to about 110 degrees, add a small spoonful of honey to the desired sweetness. Top off with a sprinkle of extra cinnamon.
  1. Sit, sip, and enjoy!!
Print out a pdf copy of our Golden Milk recipe here.

***Due to the thick and heavy qualities of the milk, I do NOT recommend this drink to anyone with excessive toxins in their system.  Click here to see if you show signs of toxins in your system. 

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  1. Lorraine oakes January 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    Love recipie for golden milk

  2. ritu March 31, 2016 at 11:47 am #

    can we drink this in summers ??/ and is it true that turmeric produce heat in body when taken in summers??

  3. Prashant sharma December 6, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Hello danielle, namaste….. i am from india

    i want to know can we add Ashwagandha as a ingredient amongst golden milk recipe ingredients for calming the mind.


    Ar. Prashant sharma

    • Danielle December 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

      Hi Ar. Prashant Sharma,

      Thank you for your question! Ashwagandha (1/2-1 tsp) can definitely be added to this recipe, especially if you are looking for a calming addition. If you are taking this at night, you can also add a pinch of nutmeg (jatiphala) as well. Thanks again!


  4. Prashant sharma December 8, 2016 at 2:46 am #

    Thankyou Danielle, Thanks a lot

    You already stated, nutmeg (zayfal) is a part of golden milk rcipe….i dont think so there is a need to put again nutmeg with ashwagandha.

    i want to put 1 question here w.r.t your article Rejuvenating ojas drink …….
    how can i find most benefits
    1) with all items of Rejuvenating ojas drink together.
    2) Or can i take different items at different time in a day.


    Ar. Prashant sharma

    • Danielle December 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

      Hi Ar. Prashant,

      Either way you take these ingredients, they will be beneficial for Ojas. So I would suggest taking them whichever way works best for you. Please keep in mind that this drink and many of its ingredients are very heavy and unctuous by nature. Therefore, they should be taken in a moderate amount, otherwise toxins can accumulate and agni will diminish. Thanks for the question!


  5. Peter March 15, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    NEVER HEAT HONEY! Its nice that you’ve discovered what Ayurveda has known for thousands of years, but please don’t selectively apply this knowledge without understanding that *the number one misuse of honey* according to the knowledge that underpins what you call “Tumeric Latte”, also states that to heat honey is to “turn nectar into poison”. Please take the time to read Dr Vasant Ladd, one of the foremost experts on Ayurveda, says about the reason why heating honey is an absolute no. no. see (from “Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing” by Usha & Dr. Vasant Lad, 1997)

    Then TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW, who currently thinks that honey is a healthy alternative to sugar and can therefore be used as a substitute to sweeten hot drinks and even cooking, that you never want to heat it beyond blood temperature. Thank you, I hope this is helpful.

    • Danielle March 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for the insight. I am well aware of the fact that honey should never be heated above 110 degrees (roughly) as this indeed changes the molecular structure of this medicine, making it undigestible and therefore toxic to the body. This is why it clearly states in the instructions to let the milk cool before adding in the honey. Dr Lad is one of my main teachers as I graduated under his program back in 2010 and I am familiar with his teachings. Thanks again for the link and info!


  6. Lorena July 3, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

    I’m from México and I don’t know what spices are Ela and Lavanga. I was looking the breakfast spices

    • Danielle July 4, 2017 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Lorena! These are simply the sanskrit names for Cardamom (Ela) and Clove (Lavanga). Let me know if you have any other questions:)


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