Turmeric has taken over the spotlight in the last few years as a spice or supplement with super powers. While many think it is the newest thing to hit the shelves, this potent root has actually had a huge following for thousands of years. A member of the ginger family, cooks and healers in Asia and India have been familiar with turmeric’s healing properties and use in cooking since approximately 2000 BC.
The main beneficial component of turmeric is the phytochemical curcumin. It works in tandem with a volatile oil called turmerone among others. Along with the antioxidant properties, additional health benefits of taking turmeric may include:
- Reduced anxiety
- Eased arthritis and joint pain
- Soothing relief for stomach issues
- Balancing blood sugar
- Improving lipid profiles
- Brain, cardio, and tissue health
The downside is that the taste of turmeric on its own can cause many people to avoid taking it. When used in cooking, it may lose some of its beneficial properties. It needs to be combined with a carrier as well as something like quercetin to gain the most rewards from its use.
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These turmeric drops are our answer to this problem. Enjoy!
- 1/3 cup ground turmeric (approximately 5 ½ Tbsp)
- 1 Tbsp quercetin powder
- 3 Tbsp binding agent: raw honey OR Coconut oil OR Grass-fed ghee butter
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Wear protective clothing and cover anything that may become discolored – turmeric causes stains if you’re not careful.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place in the freezer to chill.
- If your binding agent is thick, you can put it in a small saucepan over the lowest heat setting until it is of a pourable consistency.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together the turmeric, quercetin, pepper, and ginger. Pour in the binding agent and mix thoroughly until you have a mixture that you can use to form pills or small balls.
- If you’re using honey, it will be easy to pinch off pea-sized drops and roll into small balls. For coconut oil or ghee, you may need to use a small spoon or scoop to form the drops. Whichever you’re using, place the drops/pills onto baking sheet you previously chilled.
- Place the baking sheet with drops back into the freezer and allow to freeze until firm.
- Once frozen, remove drops from the sheet and put in a freezer storage bag or container and keep in the freezer.
You can use these turmeric drops as needed. Keep in mind that there is fat and/or sugar in the mixture, so you won’t want to overindulge. As with any additive, diet, or supplement, it is advisable to discuss it with your physician before use.
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