Over the last week I’ve been doing a video series of different remedies for cold and flu (Healing Chicken Soup Recipe, Lemon Remedy For Sore Throats). Here is another great addition to one’s healing arsenal – fresh turmeric! Turmeric, which contains a high amount of curcumin, is known as a potent anti-inflammatory, so when someone is sick and having aches and pains, either from fever or being run-down, having a fresh turmeric tonic is a great way of reducing pain, inflammation, and swelling. This remedy is also great for those that have chronic pain and inflammation from arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, and other inflammatory conditions. Taken regularly, turmeric is known for it’s great healing qualities!
In today’s video, I demonstrate how to make a turmeric tonic using freshly grated turmeric root. I love this tonic, I find it very easy to prepare and even though turmeric is potent, it’s not spicy like fresh ginger, so it’s much easier to drink.
Personally I much prefer to make this tonic by hand by grating and soaking the fresh turmeric. Turmeric stains, hardcore, (especially white appliances), so I would never juice large quantities of turmeric with my juicer (unless I want to dye my juicer bright yellow!), Throwing in a small piece a turmeric in the juicer with other vegetables is fine, it doesn’t stain the juicer much, but making straight turmeric juice will. So best to grate it and use a plate or cutting board you don’t mind staining (this is my warning!). I have to say it worth the extra effort, and it really doesn’t take much time to prepare.
Fresh Turmeric Tonic
2 tbsps freshly grated Turmeric
Hot Water (enough water to cover the grated turmeric)
1 bowl or cutting board (to grate the turmeric)
Fine mesh strainer
2 cups/glasses (one to soak the turmeric in, another to strain it into)
1- Finely grate the fresh turmeric on a cutting board or in a bowl/plate.
2- Put the grated turmeric in a glass or bowl and cover with hot water.
3- With a spoon, stir well so the turmeric and water are mixed thoroughly.
4- Let stand uncovered for 15-30 minutes.
5- Before straining, stir one more time.
6- With a fine mesh strainer, strain the soaked turmeric into a glass, make sure to press out all the liquid that has been absorbed into the grated turmeric.
7- Drink immediately! Best to drink it in one shot as opposed to sipping it. If need be, you can sweeten it with a little honey, maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar.
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