Turmeric Milk for Coughs and Colds

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Turmeric milk made with creamy cashew and coconut milk, cinnamon, clove and lucuma, served warm to help fight winter sniffles.


Since we’re heading into winter now, I thought it would be nice to share this delicious healing recipe which is my twist on an age-old remedy for winter coughs and colds. The special ingredient, turmeric.

Beloved turmeric is a spice that works on the digestive, hepatic, immune, musculoskeletal and circulatory systems. It has a bitter, astringent and pungent taste, and a wide variety of traditional uses (amenorrhea, anaemia, blood purifier, blood tissue formation, jaundice, hepatitis, circulation, inflammatory bowel disease, haemorrhoids, water retention, indigestion, gas, clearing mucous, protein digestion, urinary diseases, fever, bruising, acne, and as a natural antibiotic and general anti-inflammatory agent among many others).

Its antimicrobial properties make it particularly useful for treating the common cold, whilst anti-inflammatory compounds may help relieve inflammation and congestion of airways in those with a chronic cough.

See my full post on the many evidence based benefits of turmeric here.

In Ayurvedic medicine, a popular way to prepare it is as a milk decoction, gently heating milk with turmeric and other spices to make a warming and healing drink. This recipe uses home made nut milk as a dairy alternative, just because I have a particular soft spot for cashew milk, but coconut milk would also be a lovely option and perhaps less time consuming (although we’re only talking a few minutes to make it so it is definitely worth experimenting with).

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A good teaspoon of lucuma powder is optional as a natural and low GI sweetener to round out that bitterness. This drink is extremely comforting and nice to sip on right before bed.



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A mason jar filled with golden yellow turmeric milk and a stick of cinnamon, on a rustic wooden board
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Turmeric Milk for Coughs and Colds

Turmeric Milk - with home made nut milk as a base.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Dairy-free
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 463 kcal
Author Lauren Glucina


  • 4 tablespoons cashews
  • 4 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Medjool date pitted
  • 1 heaped teaspoon lucuma
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Pinch of clove
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt


  1. Blend the cashews, coconut flakes and water till creamy. Strain through a nut milk bag and discard the pulp (you now have cashew milk).
  2. Put the liquid back in the blender with the rest of the ingredients and give it a quick whizz.
  3. Transfer to a pot on the stove, bring to the boil, remove from heat and serve warm with a dusting of cinnamon.
  4. You may also like to try using coconut milk in place of the cashew milk.

Turmeric Milk for Coughs and Colds


Hi I’m Lauren, practising Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, and essential oils educator in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m incredibly passionate about food as medicine, and helping people connect with the healing power of Nature. I’ve been sharing my recipes and health articles here since 2012.

BNatMed, AdDip NutMed, BCS, Certified FitGenes Practitioner.