This Super-Calming Twist On A Turmeric Latte Will Help You Stay Sane During The Holidays

Photo by Rebecca Sullivan

While, yes, the holidays are a magical time of twinkling lights and togetherness, they can also bring the stress of transport, political conversations, and sleeping in your old twin bed. Never fear—this calming take on the classic turmeric latte, from Rebecca Sullivan's The Art of Edible Flowers, has swooped in to save the day. While turmeric does, in itself, help with anxiety by reducing the inflammation at its root, the addition of rose ups the ante even more. Rose has been found to slow breathing and relax emotional responses. Together with cardamom, it creates a delightfully exotic flavor profile that's just as crave-worthy as a second (or third) helping of pie. You can use your favorite milk as a base—I like Horizon Organic Grassfed Milk, which reaps the benefits of cows pastured on small family farms, and for non-dairy folk, So Delicious for carrageenan-free almond milk.

Rose and Turmeric Latte

Serves 1


  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric root, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Seeds from 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons rose water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup, to taste 
  • Dried rose petals, to garnish (optional)


  1. Place the almond or coconut milk in a blender with the turmeric, cardamom, pepper, rose water, and coconut oil. Blend to combine. Warm in a small saucepan to a light simmer if drinking warm. Turn off the heat and sweeten with honey or maple syrup to taste. Drink cold or warm, garnished with rose petals. 
  2. If you want to increase the quantities and make a large batch to drink throughout the week, it will keep in a covered jug in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
Based on excerpts from The Art of Edible Flowers by Rebecca Sullivan, with the permission of Kyle Books. Copyright © 2018.

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