How to Make Healing Golden Vanilla Turmeric Tea

The health benefits of turmeric and how to make golden vanilla milkI have always been a fan of new and exciting liquid creations. I was a barista in high school, and I thoroughly enjoyed creating recipes and trying out new drinks! Have you ever heard of golden milk? I was intrigued by the name, and I first tried it because of its anti-inflammatory claims.

Golden milk, or turmeric tea, is named as such because it contains turmeric, an orange colored rhizome that is often ground up into powder for cooking. Turmeric is a well known root spice that has been studied for numerous benefits; it is often used in Indian cooking and medicine. In fact, it has been used as an Ayurvedic healing remedy for over 6,000 years (6).

I’ve recently developed a love affair with this golden goodness! The bright orange powder is responsible for giving curry its classic color and for the gold in golden milk. Best of all, however, is that turmeric is a healing tonic.

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that is very popular in natural medicine. As I dug deeper into research, I confirmed that curcumin and its metabolites live up to all the health claims attributed to them. I could not believe what I found! In studies, curcumin has been shown to posses anti-carcinogenic effects, anti-inflammatory effects, neuro-protective benefits, and is beneficial for blood sugar and lipid control.*

*Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits from food or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.


Cancer research is an intensely studied area of curcumin use. Two examples of study results are:

  • Reduced proliferation of sarcoma cells (1). {cancer cells did not continue to reproduce}
  • Induced apoptosis of mutated adenocarcinoma cells (2). {cancer cells self-destructed}


Use as an anti-inflammatory is a well documented and highly studied benefit of curcumin. The specific way curcumin could decrease inflammation is that it may:

  • Interfere with the pathway of cytokine production and immune response (4). {stop the signals that cause inflammation}
  • Suppresse gene production of cytokines and down regulate inflammatory mediators (4). {stop production of signals that cause inflammation}

beneficial for control of blood sugar and possibly beneficial for lipid control

Study participants who took a special form of bio-available curcumin called nano-micelles showed:

  • A decreased number of pre-diabetics who developed full-blown diabetes mellitus (4).
  • Reduced Hgb A1C (4). {Hgb A1C is a marker that mimics blood sugar levels over a three-month period}

In diabetic mice, turmeric extract given for four weeks improved blood glucose and insulin sensitivity (5).

Also, there is promise that curcumin could:

  • Suppress LDL receptors (4). {LDL is the “bad” cholesterol}
  • Reduce triglycerides in obese subjects (4). {triglycerides are fat molecules}


Alzhemiers is attributed partly to protein deposits called beta-amyloid plaques. Curcumin has been shown to:

  • Bind the amyloid B peptides that form the plaques in order to prevent formation (3).
  • Lessen interactions of amyloid B peptides with the lipid bilayer of cells (3). {thus preventing formation of the plaques}

So, are you convinced turmeric is awesome? I know I am! However, one of the biggest problems with turmeric is that is has a very low bio-availability, meaning that the healing benefits of curcumin are not easily accessible to the cells in the body. In order to combat this, turmeric should be taken with piperine, a molecule in black pepper (3).

In an attempt to create an even better version of an already awesome beverage, I came up with this recipe. Vanilla seemed to be missing from all the blends I tried, and coconut mixes beautifully with these flavors into a beverage that is much like a warm hug in a cup!

*Because turmeric is considered a supplement, anyone with a medical condition, pregnant, or nursing should ask a healthcare professional before consuming any amount greater than that used in regular cooking.

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Turmeric paste:

  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp very hot water

Mix ingredients into a paste; store extra in refrigerator

Golden Vanilla Tea

  • 1 tsp turmeric paste
  • 12-16 oz unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp raw honey

Heat the coconut milk to your desired temperature and mix all the ingredients in well. Enjoy!golden milk | turmeric tea | healing tonic | ayurveda | turmeric benefits | curcumin anti-inflammatory

If you love golden vanilla tea, don’t stop with the hot beverage. Make a golden milk iced latte, turmeric tea smoothie, or even golden ice cream with your turmeric paste! The healing benefits of turmeric are undisputable.


Please consult a doctor before making any health changes, especially if you have a specific diagnosis or condition. The information on this site should not be relied upon to determine diet, make a medical diagnosis, or determine treatment for a medical condition. The information on this website is not intended to be a consult with a healthcare provider. Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits from food or supplements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease. Full disclaimer here.


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Hi, I'm Emily. I'm a free range mama helping women conquer simple, healthy living with a side of science!

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