Detoxifying Turmeric Milk

In both Chinese and Ayurverdic medicine, close attention is paid to both the taste and temperature of herbs and what affect that has on the body’s current state. Turmeric for instance, is astringent, pungent, and bitter. Herbs with these properties promote movement, disperse, and drain downward. In the recipe below, raw honey adds sweetness to the taste profile, which promotes tonification and harmonization within the body.

This spiced turmeric milk is used in Ayurvedic traditions to calm anxiety, benefit immune function, assist digestion, and support liver detoxification. And because turmeric has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, it’s great for soothing a sore throat or cough that comes with a common cold.


2 cups almond, coconut, or rice milk (or milk of your choice)

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon cardamom

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon raw honey

Place milk in a small saucepan and bring it to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the coconut oil and spices. Add honey to taste just before removing from heat. Cozy up and enjoy it while it’s warm!