This 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!
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TURMERIC TONIC
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)
To use in lieu of a typical turmeric supplement protocol, drink 1/2 cup three times daily.
DRIED TURMERIC BRAND RECOMMENDATIONS:
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.