Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tonic

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation TonicThis drink is more than just a beverage it is a bonafide turmeric tonic. Definitions of the word range from ‘a medicine that invigorates or strengthens’ to anything invigorating physically, mentally, or morally’. Both are apt descriptions for this drink, inspired by a similar commercial beverage, Tumeric Elixir of Life. Whether you buy it or make it, you’ve got to try this inflammation-fighting Turmeric Tonic!

Sunshine in a bottle, this tonic features turmeric (Curcuma longa), a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent.  It aids digestion, especially that of fats, through increased bile production in the liver.  It is also known to have anti-viral properties, increase energy levels, reduce high blood pressure, and promote healthy cholesterol levels. In fact, according to a review of over 700 studies, the spice appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases and does so without adverse side effects [1, 2].

With its bright color, dynamic blend of flavors and energizing botanicals, this tonic quickly became my favorite post-work out recovery treat. Eventually, I calibrated each running route to end at the local health food store which stocked it and sipping my way down 2nd Avenue was the cooldown.

If you haven’t tried this beverage, I highly recommend seeking it out. It is now readily available at Whole Foods Markets and most health food stores. It is made by an environmentally conscious company which supports family owned and operated organic farms. I once met the founder, Daniel Sullivan, and chatted about his story. With his roots (pun intended) in farming Hawaiian organic turmeric, he has extensive knowledge of and passion for the spice and its anti-inflammatory and other medicinal properties. He and his company are worth supporting, and I do. But, I can’t help DIY-ing products I love.

This tonic recipe works with or without a juicer and with either fresh or powdered turmeric. A blender can also be used to process the roots with a small amount of the filtered or coconut water. Simply combine all the ingredients in a sealable, BPA-free 750 ml (at least 3 cups) container. Add more filtered water or coconut water to the top and refrigerate overnight. When ready to drink your turmeric tonic, strain and serve over ice. Hello, Sunshine and goodbye inflammation!

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Tonic Ingredients


Yield: 6  1/2 cup servings


  • 3 cups coconut water (or filtered water)
  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger slices or 1/4 cup ginger juice (one 2-inch knob)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 6 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon dried turmeric (or one 1 1/2-inch knob juiced, grated or blended)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8th teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8th teaspoon cayenne (or black pepper for enhanced turmeric absorption)
  • 2 teaspoon raw honey (optional)

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Tonic in Progress


To use in lieu of a typical turmeric supplement protocol, drink 1/2 cup three times daily.

 I buy the spice in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs. If you are looking for other recommendations, particularly for smaller quantities, The EthnoHerbalist provides his expert guidance on turmeric brands as well as other medicinal herbs.


[1] Three Reasons to Eat Turmeric
[2] Turmeric – Better Than Fourteen Drugs?

8 thoughts on “Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tonic

  1. Humm old post so hope ya are still here to answer questions. Recently I was reduced in my mg dosage of HR meds, then cease as per Dr’s wanting me off them dues to blood clotting. Even though I have since had a filter inserted to catch and break apart future clots. Since the reduction of my HR meds and the ceasing I have had an onset of side effects due to hormonal imbalance. One is the onset of frozen shoulder, two is heart pounding syndrome, and three is bone spurs. Since the frozen shoulder thing started I just thought it was cause like the Dr first said I lost so much weight, But never really made any sense cause I never weight much before I gained. After finding an article online about the frozen should I started taking my HR meds again. Since the restart my right shoulder has eased up on the pain and stiffness and the heart pounding has ceased, but the bone spurs continue to poop up causing me great discomfort. Will taking the Turmeric held with all my aliments as the GYN Dr wants me off the HR meds as well due to the recent clotting.

  2. Actually I was looking for “how to cook fresh turmeric” but all I found was “how to cook WITH fresh turmeric” I think of using it as other root veggie – boil, fry, puree etc. Anybody has experience with these? Thank you.

    • Great question! You correct, use it as you would ginger. I don’t peel it first. I just scrub it real well, them grate or mince it. Then, it can be cooked using any of the methods you mentioned.
      Thanks for stopping by. -maribeth

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  5. I have tried these things before and they send me into an exhaustive state with a headache. My body starts throbbing. Does this mean that the toxins are now in my bloodstream and flushing out? I always end up quiting because it DOES NOT make be feel better, in fact I feel worse. Should I keep going??

    • Hi Nancy –

      Thanks for your question. I can’t offer an answer without a lot more detail on your health status and what you have tried consuming extensively. Also, detoxification on its own can cause people to feel worse before they feel better, especially without adequate nutritional support. But, I can offer that perhaps you are simply highly reactive. You may want to try very small doses, perhaps 1/4 cup at a time. If no adverse reaction, try 1/4 cup again the next day. If no adverse reaction, increase to 1/2 cup and see how you do.

      In terms of the bigger picture, if you would like more personalized advice, I would suggest looking at functional to find a functional medicine practitioner.

      I hope the drink works for you. I wish you well. Thanks for stopping by! -Maribeth

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