Powerfood Chronicles #4: Turmeric!

The healing/anti-inflammatory powers of turmeric, or curcuma, are well-documented. Here’s a delish way to enjoy it everyday. 

TURMERIC or Curcuma Longa, is not only on the list of many health gurus and green foodies, it’s even on the list of Professor Béliveau, renowned researcher and author of the prevention diet book Foods that fight cancer (romantically translated into German as “Krebszellen mögen keine Himbeeren” – ‘Cancer cells don’t like raspberries‘). Béliveau advises to eat 1 tsp of turmeric per day.ray-of-light-turmericTurmeric (a sacred spice in several cultures) has proven antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and even cancer-preventing properties. 

But what turmeric also has is a rather specific taste, and incorporating it into your everyday meals can get you hitting the wall pretty soon. Granted, you can add it to pretty much everything: to onions or even to vanilla pudding for added golden colour, to curries and to mashed potatoes, to lentil stews and to fresh juices… But sometimes there’s a day when you cook none of it; or leave the house early and eat out all day long. So?

Such days of stress, as well as these long, dull, grey days of winter are made for my anti-inflammatory turmeric drink!”


This beverage – that truly looks like sunlight in a glass – can be enjoyed warm or cold.turmeric-power-drinkMixed to taste, it is pleasantly sour, sweet, and spicy hot; the ingredients (chili flakes, ginger) add even more anti-flu and anti-bacterial powers to the recipe; xylitol is a sweetener that does not mess with your blood sugar AND it’s even super-healthy for your teeth (read more here). Lime juice provides an extra dose of Vitamin C – and that’s why you add it to the cooled down liquid, and not from the start.

Now, this is how it’s made:turmeric-drink-recipeAs always in life, this drink’s uberhealthy – except for those with individual intolerances and/or allergies.

UPDATE after a chat with Miss Lyss: I’ve got so used to turmeric that I forgot to mention this super-important fact:
To increase turmeric’s availability to our system, it’s best to pair turmeric with a high quality oil or black pepper. So I’ve updated the recipe:beautycalypse-turmeric-drink

NB for all the DIY mavens out there:
Turmeric can be used in many DIY beauty recipes (told to fight acne, acne scars, facial hair growth…) but keep in mind that you need kasturi/wild/aromatic turmeric = Curcuma Aromatica, a non-staining variety that also happens not to be edible.
I have heard of ladies who add Curcuma Longa to their makeup in order to give it a more yellow tone, and am willing to give it a try in the context of my upcoming beauty DIY challenge! And until then..



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17 Responses

  1. This is the first time I’ve read anywhere that it’s wild turmeric that should be used for skin rather than the standard. Every single other article uses from the kitchen cupboard. Very glad i discovered your site.

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  3. BLYSS chocolate

    Tom just asked the other day why I haven’t made him that turmeric drink for a while. Ha. Will send him your graphic recipe and he can do it for us. Thanks love.

  4. That drink must have a real kick to it. Your post makes me realise that I haven’t had a curry in a while, and that, ages ago, I started a post on a delicious cauliflower curry and it is waiting for me to edit it and post it.

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