Yogi Recipe: Golden Milk

With the advent of the cold weather, I always start to make Golden Milk.   It is a delicious, soothing drink that Yogi Bhajan recommended we drink at bedtime.  Golden Milk is great for lubricating your joints (both the almond oil and the turmeric help with this).  Turmeric is one of Ayurveda’s most revered roots.  It is a profoundly powerful healer with natural antibiotic properties.  Turmeric is believed to help purify the blood, clear the skin, heal reproductive organs, and balance blood sugar.

A Hot Cup of Golden Milk

A Hot Cup of Golden Milk

Yogi Bhajan said that Golden Milk is an essential drink for women and helps the entire female system function.  It is also great for people suffering from arthritis and can help break up calcium deposits.

My son was born in India in 1998, where I was living at the time.  In India, it is believed that drinking Golden Milk in the last few weeks of pregnancy ensures a simple, easy birth.  It is also believed that it will give your child beautiful skin and good health.   In addition, turmeric is supposed to be a mild, natural pain killer that can help reduce the pain of childbirth.  (Note: Turmeric is a mild uterine stimulant, so it is extremely critical that you consult a doctor before taking any herbs during pregnancy.)

Karan - March 25, 1998 -  One day before my son, Prakash, was born.

Karan - March 25, 1998 - One day before my son, Prakash, was born.

In the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I drank golden milk every night.  It was so soothing that it helped me sleep even during the most uncomfortable time of my pregnancy.  I had a labor of only 3 1/2 hours.  I believe that Golden Milk really contributed to my easy labor.  That and following Yogi Bhajan’s instructions (as much as I could) to walk 5 miles every day of my pregnancy!


  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 8 oz Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Almond Oil
  • Honey or Maple Syrup to taste


  • Place water and turmeric in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring to a paste for 8 minutes.
  • Place milk and almond oil in a separate sauce pan and heat until the milk just comes to a boil, then remove from heat.
  • Add the turmeric paste to the milk and stir until the milk becomes completely yellow.
  • Add honey or maple syrup to taste.
  • Drink Warm.

You can find this recipe and more in the following book:

The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa

Kundalini Yoga: The Flow of Eternal Power by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa

**Our recipes are home remedies that have worked for us and our contributors.  Please do not consider them as medical advice, and always consult your doctor to treat any medical condition.



  1. How much if using fresh turmeric root?

  2. Is it true that taking Tumeric on a daily basis be unsafe?

    • While you might be able to take huge quantities and have that be not healthy, a reasonable amount of turmeric in the diet should not be unsafe.

    • Doctors typically advise expectant moms against consuming any herbal supplement without proper medical guidance. As a pregnant woman, you need to be careful while selecting foods.

      In fact, studies conclude that the intake of oral turmeric supplements is extremely unsafe during pregnancy. Turmeric can stimulate the uterus before you are ready and cause heavy menstrual flow. In such cases, the risk of miscarriage increases. Additionally, it may harm the growing fetus and induce abnormalities. Early miscarriage can induce potential risks to your pregnancy.

  3. Can i use another type of oil? i have been using sesame oil, and have been told about this recipe with coconut oil. i have been wondering if organic, virgin olive oil would be good also.

    thank so much

  4. It is difficult to find almond oil in Malaysia. May I know if it is compulsory to have almond oil or any replacement?

  5. As a vegan, I’m thinking almond and oat milk would be ideal – and I could make the whole thing in my non-dairy milk maker!

  6. Thanks for sharing, it sounds wonderful! (I too can’t drink cow’s milk, so will use organic rice milk).

  7. Sat nam Josee,

    The answer there is yes and no. Ayurvedically speaking, cow milk is ideal. Milk warmed up with spices is the best way for the body to absorb calcium. Most of the anti-milk discussion comes from the fact that we drink cold, pasteurized milk in the US. Ayurvedically that’s a no-no. True, if you are having problems with too much mucus, Golden Milk might not be the thing for you at that moment. (Try Yogi Tea). If however you absolutely cannot use cow milk, use Organic nut milk or Organic Rice Milk. Soy Milk is not preferred for Golden Milk. The real treat of Golden Milk is in the Turmeric, which will lubricate your joints and balance your blood sugar and do just about everything else wonderful for your body!

    Hope this answers your question!

    Many blessings,
    Ramdesh Kaur

  8. Can none dairy milk be used?

  9. This is just about the best drink ever…

    I think it even beats out hot chocolate, and requires no white sugar, because you only need to use about 1 Tbsp of honey per cup of milk to balance for optimal sweetness.

    Another trick is to even add some nutmeg, cinnamon, or a cardamon seed if you like. Just to mix it up a bit, but not required.




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