Golden Milk Tea

May 5, 2012

A rich history in Ayurvedic medicine, tumeric it is one of the most revered roots.

Tumeric is an incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant herb.  Tumeric has been shown to detoxify the liver, assist in the removal of mucus, lower cholesterol, help to manage weight, treat IBS, provide iron, and and is a wonderful herbal remedy for the treatment of stiff, sore, arthritic, or inflamed joints. Studies suggest it could be useful in preventing cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes. It is also a digestive tonic, antiseptic, antiparasitic, astringent, pain reliever, blood purifier, wound healer, kidney-stone dissolver, eczema treatment, and more.

Golden Milk Tea is made from tumeric, and is a nice sweet treat in the evening, or some may find this a preferred coffee substitute.  Putting oil in tea may seem strange at first, but the result is delicious, and please remember – fats do not make you fat (unless you are still eating lots of wheat and simple carbs).  Read this article to learn more about the importance of healthy fats.  Substitute water  for milk if you prefer a lighter variation, or add a little water at the end.

If you know anyone suffering from Alzheimers – the coconut oil version is a MUST, as research shows that coconut oil can have preventative effects for Alzheimers symptoms (and can even reverse some). Read article from Natural News.  Coconut oil is also a natural antiviral and antibacterial, so it is helpful in detoxing and cleansing.

Note:  Start with 1 teaspoon of the oil, and gradually work your way up to 1 Tbsp.

Golden Milk Tea

Serves 1


  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 c. Your choice of milk alternative: Almond, Hemp, or Coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. (up to 1 Tbsp) coconut oil  (start with less oil, and gradually work your way up).
  • Optional spices – cinnamon, cardamom, ginger (to taste)
  • Agave Nectar, honey, or stevia to taste (does not need much!)


  • Place 1/4 cup water and turmeric in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, stirring for about 5-8 minutes until it is like a paste.
  • Add the milk (and other spices) to the saucepan and heat until the milk just starts to comes to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.  Take off the heat.
  • Stir in coconut (or you could use almond oil if you do not like coconut) – stir it in just after taking it off the heat.
  • Add agave or stevia to taste.  Allow to cool just a bit and serve.

You may double or triple this recipe and store extra in the refrigerator.  You may also make a bigger batch of tumeric paste and store in refrigerator for later use.

As with all herbs and supplements, please consult your doctor if you are on medication before taking this tea.  Herbs can very powerful and may interfere with and interact with medications! 

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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