Taking turmeric has been part of my daily routine for years. I strongly believe in it’s healing and preventative properties.
In addition to turmeric concentrated vitamins, I’m a big fan of using it in curry dishes and other savory meals. Until recently, I was only drinking it if I added it to a fresh pressed juice or bought an elixir from market. Even though some healthy foods are worth the $, spending upwards of $10 on a tiny bottled drink is something I won’t justify often. Luckily making a tonic at home is SO easy, inexpensive, and just as delicious.
- 1 cup water
- 1-2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2-1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
- pinch black pepper
- dash of cayenne pepper - optional
- In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in remaining ingredients until dissolved. Drink warm.
What’s the deal with turmeric tonic? Well, turmeric is known for it’s antioxident and anti-inflammatory benefits. There is also a belief that it helps prevent cancer and/or inhibit cancer cells from growing. Turmeric helps the body flush toxins, especially in the liver, lowers cholesterol, and helps brain function, which fights Alzheimer’s. (source)
*A note about the recipe. I like to add a full tablespoon of ghee. It gives the drink a lovely savory taste. If you’re not into ghee, you do need to add coconut oil or some other fat. The fat helps coat your insides to absorb the turmeric.