I admit it. I am a health nut. I’ve written extensively about the things I do to keep healthy, but basically I just eat real food. Fruits and vegetables of course, with as much organic as I can find. I drink a ton of water and seldom have sugar or processed foods. I make, eat and drink a lot of fermented foods. I choose sea salt or Himalayan salt over table salt. I choose coconut or olive oil over canola. A lot of people I know are making some of the same changes, but I have started making and taking a healthy tonic every day that I thought you’d like to hear about.
I imagine you’re read about the health benefits of turmeric. It really is an amazing root. It grows in clumps underground similar to ginger and is a perfect addition to our tropical gardens. (I finally got some store-bought turmeric root to sprout and have started a patch in my garden!) I have been buying it at the grocery store in the area by the ginger and including it in my smoothies.
I’d seen a few recipes for cold chasers, honey bombs, and golden pastes and knew I wanted to try to make a concoction for our use. One thing I knew was that in order to make available all the health benefits of turmeric it needed to be accompanied by a fat and also black pepper. So I came up with the following recipe, and have a couple of spoonfuls every day. I highly recommend it, but do be careful and wear an apron and protect your countertops and hands from potential yellowization of everything it touches!
Select a glass jar to use. For a jar the size of my pickle jar above:
1/3 jar honey
1/3 jar coconut oil
a couple tablespoons grated dry ginger
a teaspoon or so ground pepper
about five or six tablespoons turmeric powder
Stir and stir until it’s all combined. It will continue to separate for a few days until the dry ingredients get fully absorbed by the oil and honey. Just stir before use. No need to refrigerate.
(As an aside, coconut oil is liquid here in Mazatlán year round except for a couple of weeks in the dead of winter. I’m not sure how it will work for those of you in colder climates but I would sure give it a try.)