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.
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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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Michelle on August 08, 2012:
I read this last night & after taking my tumeric mixed only with water & convincing mysself to swallow each time I put it to the test! I didn't hav exact ingredients & instead mixed 1/2 cup warmed milk (heard warmed oils & fats help absorption) 2 tbsp corn syrup & a squirt of chocolate syrup & added 1 tsp tumeric powder... Mix & drink... Note; don't smell this concoction! Not too bad! ;)
Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on November 28, 2011:
Thanks for the advice on diluting turmeric to make it more palatable. Very good hub. Voted up, use, interesting.
feelhungry on September 05, 2011:
I love turmeric. I used a lot of turmeric when cooking curry Chicken.
sisterofdummy on September 05, 2011:
My mother used Tumeric in chick peas to enhance the flavor of both. It's a secret recipe.