Learn how to prepare Turmeric Paste the right way to fully reap the benefits of turmeric. Use turmeric paste to make golden milk, smoothies, ‘pills’ and more!
Turmeric Paste Health Benefits
Turmeric, known in Sanskrit as the “Golden Goddess” has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb to boost immunity because it has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
It is also a natural blood purifier, analgesic and antiseptic.
Read more about the health benefits of turmeric here.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant and is a member of the ginger family which is probably why it pairs beautifully with spices such as ginger, cardamom and galangal in dishes.
Turmeric paste can then be added to numerous recipes to enhance both the flavour and health benefits.
Recipes Using Turmeric Paste
The paste can then be added to muffins :
You can add it to rice dishes such as this One Pot Chicken and Pumpkin Rice:
I have even started adding it to my lemon water elixir.
But by far my favorite way to use turmeric paste is to make Golden Milk.
Turmeric Paste Ingredients
Turmeric paste is pretty easy to make however to fully reap the healing potential of this spice you need to combine it with two essential ingredients.
- Oil – turmeric is fat soluble, the added fat from the coconut oil aids our bodies ability to absorb turmeric. Use cold pressed virgin or Extra Virgin Coconut , Olive or Linseed oils.
- Freshly ground black pepper – Peppercorns contain the enzyme Piperine which slows the digestion of turmeric and increases curcumin’s absorption by 2000%
For their added anti-inflammatory benefits and to improve the taste I also add 1 teaspoon organic ground ginger root and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon but these are totally optional.
Inflammation is at the root of numerous ailments and diseases. Getting inflammation under control can have a significant impact on your health while reducing chronic pain, depression, autoimmune disorders, digestive disorders, asthma, cancer, heart disease, and more.
Changing your diet can be the first line of defense in fighting inflammation especially when combined with exercise and stress relief.
How to use turmeric paste externally
Externally turmeric paste can be used as a tooth whitener, a face mask or applied to cuts and bruises.
How to make turmeric ‘pills’ using turmeric paste
Carolyn of @practically.sustainable on Instagram used this turmeric paste recipe to make her very own turmeric ‘pills’ how genius is that?!
‘I would not have survived natural selection. My list of aliments is long and quite frankly, a bit weird. ⠀
While I am a HUGE fan of western medicine, I have found that sometimes natural remedies really work! Turmeric paste has helped my poor arthritic feet more than anything else I have tried. And when I learned that you can make ‘pills’ to help the paste’s aggressive taste/texture combo, I was sold. ⠀
Granted, you can easily purchase turmeric vitamins, but not all vitamins are created equally and they come in those unnecessarily large bottles. Making your own turmeric ‘pills’ from turmeric paste is a bit of a chore, but you can add some extra anti-inflammatory ingredients to pack an extra punch like ginger and cinnamon.⠀
I follow @naturalfitfoodie turmeric paste for inflammation recipe and freeze the paste in silicon coffee bean molds purchased from amazon. I then store the ‘pills’ in a large glass jar in my freezer and pop 3 in the morning and night. One batch lasts me a month and it works like a dream!⠀
**NOTE: turmeric will stain anything it comes in contact with- including skin- and its really hard to get off! This is a messy affair, so I suggest wearing gloves at all times and work on dark colored surfaces. ⠀
I am by no means advocating going against what works for you or what your doctor has suggested! As always, do your research and speak with a medical professional if you have questions!’
Learn more about Carolyn and follow her adventures in chasing that sustainable dream on Instagram @practically.sustainable
- Place water and turmeric in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir constantly until you have a thick paste, approximately 7 to 8 minutes
- Remove from heat and whisk in virgin coconut oil, black pepper, ground ginger and cinnamon..
- Cool and put into a glass jar.
- Store in the fridge.
- Lasts up to 2 weeks.