All-Healing Turmeric Milk

Also known as “golden milk,” this evening tonic is well known in the Yoga and Ayurveda traditions for a long list of benefits, namely as an anti-inflammatory, bone nourisher, and immune booster. This synergistic combination of turmeric, coconut, ginger, and pepper is supported by ancient knowledge and by modern research as well. You will find it not only healing, but comforting. If you think drinking an entire cup of milk, even warm and spiced, is a bit heavy, use half milk and half water.


from Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind by Kate O'Donnell. Photograph by Cara Brostrom.

All-Healing Turmeric Milk


1 cup whole cow’s milk or almond milk
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp coconut oil
Pinch of black pepper
½–1 tsp raw honey (optional)


In a small saucepan, warm the milk uncovered over medium-high heat for 2–4 minutes, or until you see steam rising out of the pan. Add all the other ingredients, except the honey, and whisk by hand or with an immersion blender until combined.

Pour into a mug, sweeten with honey (if using), and drink immediately.



Sleep or Death

Ayurveda tells us that life and death are dependent upon sleep! Well, when you put it that way, why not go to bed a little earlier? The generally recommended bedtime is no later than 10 P.M. After that, the body gets a second wind, and the energy that is meant to detoxify the body during sleep goes to external pursuits. The problem with skipping lunch and eating a big dinner is that it will disturb your sleep and cause you to stay up later. On an evening when you get home too late for a meal or have a light appetite, have this golden milk—and go to bed.

-From Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm Clear Mind by Kate O’Donnell © 2018 by Kate O’Donnell. Photographs © 2018 by Cara Brostrom. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO.

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