Turmeric Tea Recipe (“Liquid Gold”)

Turmeric tea recipe - Dr. Axe

There’s a reason why turmeric tea is a popular beverage throughout Asia and is known by some as “liquid gold.” The four simple ingredients in this turmeric tea recipe all work to improve your health, whether it’s by reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, improving the health of your heart or strengthening your bones.

Adding my turmeric tea recipe to your daily health regime can help to restore your body and promote your wellbeing.

What Is Turmeric Tea?

Why should you make turmeric tea? There’s a simple one-word answer: inflammation. It’s true that inflammation is at the root of most diseases, and it’s an issue modern medicine typically doesn’t focus on.

Like my turmeric latte recipe, my turmeric tea is made with coconut milk, ghee, honey, black pepper and, well, turmeric. The curcumin present in this popular spice is what makes it a functional food and contributes to the many turmeric benefits.

Not only does it help to fight inflammation that can lead to chronic pain, arthritis, degenerative diseases and digestive disorders, but it also boosts the health of your skin and helps to detoxify the body.

Coconut milk and ghee, two other main ingredients in my turmeric tea, are packed with natural fatty acids that also help to reduce inflammation and work to boost the health of your heart and even help you to lose weight.

Have you given ghee a try yet? It tastes like butter, but it’s “buttier,” with a more intense flavor that’s really satisfying. When mixed with coconut milk, it really creates a creamy, rich and filling tea.

And to add a little sweetness to this tea, I add honey, which is one of the best natural sweeteners because it’s packed with vitamins and minerals and can even promote the health of your digestive tract.

These four super-star ingredients create a healthy and fulfilling turmeric tea that can help keep inflammation at bay and satisfy your taste buds.

Turmeric tea recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe

How to Make Turmeric Tea

To make my anti-inflammatory turmeric tea recipe, start by adding one cup of coconut milk and one cup of water into a saucepan and warm the combination for about two minutes.

Then add one tablespoon of ghee and one tablespoon of honey to the mixture. Stir. Don’t want sugar, then use a full dropper of stevia.

Turmeric tea recipe step 2 - Dr. Axe

Next, add in the black pepper and 1 teaspoon of turmeric and stir. (The piperine in black pepper can improve the absorption of curcumin.) Warm the mixture for another two minutes.

And your last step is to stir it all together and pour your turmeric tea recipe into glasses.

Turmeric tea recipe step 5 - Dr. Axe

This recipe should make about two cups of tea. And if you want your tea to be a little sweeter, you can add in a little more honey.

Turmeric tea recipe - Dr. Axe

Mmmm … Isn’t this tea super comforting and delicious? It’s hard to believe it’s promoting your health too, right? Enjoy!

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Turmeric tea recipe

Turmeric Tea Recipe

  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Turmeric tea is a popular beverage throughout Asia and is known by some as “liquid gold.” The four simple ingredients in this turmeric tea recipe all work to improve your health.


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or full dropper of liquid stevia)
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (powder or grated root)


  1. Pour coconut milk and water into the saucepan and warm for 2 minutes.
  2. Add in butter, raw honey, black pepper and turmeric powder for another 2 minutes.
  3. Stir and pour into glasses.
  • Prep Time: 3 min
  • Cook Time: 4 min
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 310
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 19mg
  • Fat: 29.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 25g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.8g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

Keywords: turmeric tea recipe, liquid gold recipe

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  1. Mark Bailey on

    GREAT article BUT !!!
    I read where Turmeric with low curcumin content the color will be bright yellow and that Turmeric with high curcumin content has an orangish yellow or brownish yellow color.

    If this is factual, the article should not have used bright yellow, causing people to think the darker color turmeric is somehow bad.

  2. Lita on

    It’s a good basic recipe to start from. I do prefer mine iced, so I’m not sure it needs to be heated, but I did anyway. Is it necessary? I doubled the turmeric for more benefits, and added ginger powder, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, and erythritol to taste. It’s a delicious beverage that’s healthy!

  3. Gloria on

    Dr. Axe,
    I follow you on Facebook of coarse and you have great recipes. But how does this benefit someone who is diabetic or pre diabetic? Having to watch sugar intake? Some of recipes are high in carbs and sugar. Then what?

  4. deborah robinson on

    is there any other thing you can use besides coconut milk because I’m highly allergic to fresh coconut

  5. Donna on

    I recently purchased a liquid turmeric with curcumin, no artificial colors.
    How can I best use this product? Can I mix it with anything?

  6. Teresa DeLorenzo on

    Thank you, Dr. Axe for this recipe! I was just diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis so I’ll be adding this tea to my daily regimen. I searched for everything on your website regarding psoriatic arthritis & found one article specific to PsA, but it’s five years old. I’m hoping you or someone on your staff can write an updated article that includes anything new you might recommend – foods to avoid, foods to eat, supplements, etc. The medication I’m being prescribed will depress my immune system and can potentially damage the liver & kidneys so I’m interested in any and all natural therapeutics. On a side note, glad to see Costco is now selling your collagen peptides!

  7. Yvonne on

    Very useful thank you Dr. Axe for all your recipes especially like this that we probably all need God bless you and your family 😊

    • Nancy in Alberta on

      Ghee has special properties that you’d miss with vegan spread, but if you found a good quality one without additives and gums, then I would just try it and see if you like it. Golden Milk has such soothing properties and is such a nice way to get turmeric in you that it would be a shame to miss out. Just try it!

  8. Mark on

    Was reading an article, posted by Dr. Axe, about recommended dosages of curcumin. This recipe was a link to ways of adding turmeric into you diet. So my question is, if I follow this recipe, how much curcumin is there per serving?

  9. Lori on

    Enjoying a cup right now! But on Keto, so used Tumerix Soluble Solution Powder (has cinnamon, pepper, coconut, ginger, and other healthful additives in the mix, including stevia). So yummy and a treat to drink :)

  10. Linda on

    Very interesting I’m gonna make it matters in fact I brought turmeric powder for a reason i didn’t know how to make this thanks for sharing


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