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Balancing + Detoxifying Hot Spiced Turmeric Milk

Jennifer Weinberg, M.D., MPH, MBE
Preventive Medicine Physician/Public Health Expert By Jennifer Weinberg, M.D., MPH, MBE
Preventive Medicine Physician/Public Health Expert
Jennifer Weinberg is a preventive and lifestyle medicine physician, author, corporate wellness specialist, and the founder of the Simple | Pure | Whole Wellness Method. She received her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, along with a master’s in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Anxiety is associated with aggravated Vata, which can become elevated due to caffeine, stress, disrupted routines, cold weather and dry cold food and drinks. Fortunately, Ayurveda offers several traditional soothing remedies to help you regain balance.

This Hot Spiced Turmeric Milk balances Vata and calms anxiety. Turmeric is astringent, pungent and bitter in taste which helps balance Pitta with a heating quality that helps balance Vata and Kapha doshas along with supporting liver detoxification, benefitting immune function and assisting digestion. Traditionally, turmeric milk gas been used to treat colds and flus due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties and can also soothe a sore throat or cough.

Hot Spiced Turmeric Milk


  • 2 cups almond, coconut or other milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon raw local honey or maple syrup


Place milk in a small saucepan and bring to a gently boil. Reduce heat and stir in spices and coconut oil. Add honey or maple syrup to taste. Enjoy warm!

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