How to Make Turmeric Paste

turmeric curcuminTurmeric is a culinary spice that is created from a plant native to South Asia. It is one of the many ingredients in curry and it is what makes mustard yellow. Turmeric’s active ingredient, Curcumin, has an anti-inflammatory medicinal property that rivals medication. Reviewing some 700 studies, Duke University concluded that, “Turmeric outperforms many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.” Many patients turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and analgesics, like Tylenol, for pain relief, but the regular, chronic use of these types of medications is associated with significant, and very serious, side effects such as cardiovascular problems, gastrointestinal harm and kidney and/or liver damage. Curcumin from turmeric may be able to provide safe, natural pain relief. This is especially helpful for those who suffer from joint problems and is an excellent remedy for any type of inflammation.

The recipe is very simple. First, prepare a paste made out of fresh turmeric root and water and keep in the fridge. Then you can prepare the drink by heating a cup of almond or coconut milk, adding the turmeric paste, stir in some sweetener if you choose, add sweet almond oil, black pepper, and maybe even sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top. The touch of cinnamon creates a taste described as “liquid cake”. The black pepper is said to aid in a more complete digestion and assimilation of the Curcumin. I also like adding a tablespoon of turmeric paste to my breakfast Kefir shakes.

Instructions to make the turmeric paste:
• Add 1/4 cup of turmeric powder to 1/2 cup of water
• Heat mix on the stove for 5 minutes while stirring
• After it thickens, pour into a glass container with a lid and store in fridge

Instructions to make golden milk:
• Add about 1 teaspoon of turmeric paste to 1 cup of almond or coconut milk
• Add 1 teaspoon of honey
• Add a dash of black pepper
• Add 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almonds oil or cold pressed vegetable oil
• Add 1 pinch of ground cinnamon, then stir

Enjoy the delicious, healthful drink anytime day or night.

Cheers to good health,

Kelly Baltuska, DC