Medicinal Tumeric: How to Make It Taste Better
How to Take Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice traditionally used in Indian cuisine. In recent years, the spice has gained popularity as a natural treatment for a number of health issues, including staph infection, acne, and arthritis. Some people, however, may find that they have trouble with the strong flavor of turmeric.
I am one of those people who finds the taste of turmeric to be challenging. Thankfully, I've discovered a few ways to make the spice more palatable. Here are a few of my favorite ways to cover the negative taste when using turmeric for medicinal purposes. These recipes mask the taste sufficiently so that I am able to ingest the spice without trouble.
- Orange juice
- Tomato juice or vegetable juice
- Hot chocolate
- Other spices
Combine one teaspoon of turmeric with two tablespoons of honey and approximately one-half cup of orange juice. Mix well. Drink as a shot and follow with water. The acidity of the orange juice and sweetness of the honey help mask the flavor of turmeric. Drink three times a day.
Combine one teaspoon of turmeric with a cup of tomato juice or vegetable juice. If desired, add other ingredients to make this drink more like a Bloody Mary (black pepper, celery salt, cayenne pepper, hot sauce). The actual amounts depend on your personal taste and ability to tolerate hot items. Mix well. Follow with a glass of water. Drink three times each day.
Make turmeric tea by combining hot water with one teaspoon turmeric. Allow a tea bag to steep in the water as directed on the tea bag manufacturer's packaging. Alternately, make your own tea by filling tea bags with your favorite spices. You can also add the turmeric to the tea bag, although this may decrease the actual amount of turmeric you ingest. Follow with water, and drink three times a day.
Make a spicy hot chocolate drink by adding one teaspoon of turmeric and one-eighth teaspoon of cinnamon to your favorite hot cocoa drink. Cinnamon may cause upset stomach in some individuals, so use this spice with caution. Drink the concoction three times a day.
Consult Your Doctor
Consult your doctor before taking turmeric or any other alternative treatment. Turmeric can cause blood-thinning and stomach upset. Contact your doctor for more advice about your specific medical condition.