Here’s a simple and natural, two-ingredient recipe to help you combat the upcoming cold and flu season, as well as to help relieve your aching muscles and joints, and basically just give your immune system a slight boost! It’s called golden honey, and it’s basically raw honey that’s infused with ground turmeric. It’s super easy to whip up and super good for you to boot!
My instructor, Chef Camila showed us this simple recipe for golden honey the other day during our class demo, and I being the spaz that I am, immediately went home and made up a batch. I ate a teaspoon (or two) after dinner as my little post dinner sweet, and then woke up the next morning and heated up some water (not boiling) added a teaspoon of this golden honey mixture along with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, pinch of fresh ginger and some freshly ground black pepper (black pepper makes the effects of turmeric more potent, as well as enhances the absorption and the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric) and savored every sip. I also brought the leftovers to school for my peeps to enjoy with their morning cup of herbal tea, because you all know how much I love to share!
So, before I show you the actual very complicated recipe, ( 😉 ) I wanted to share with you a few of the heath benefits of Turmeric.
- It has amazing natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting properties.
- It’s as potent as ibuprofen, and better for the stomach than taking ibuprofen in pill form.
- It helps with stomach aliments. It can tame heartburn and an upset stomach.
- Helps with decongesting the liver, dissolving uterine tumors, cysts and gallstones.
- It supports the kidney.
- It helps aid with digestion.
- It destroys bacteria that cause disease, and it promotes the body’s natural defenses.
- It’s a great source of beta-carotene.
- It strengthens the nervous system.
- It’s even been said that turmeric may reduce the risk of cancer and tumor growth and Alzheimer’s disease.
You can do a google search and see all of the health benefits of adding turmeric to your diet, but the above benefits are reasons enough to get me started on adding more turmeric into my diet.
- ¼ cup raw honey - I love using raw local honey, as it helps with seasonal allergies, as well as supporting local bee keepers.
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric - you can also use fresh turmeric (looks like ginger). Just peel and finely grate it. You will need 3x the amount of fresh turmeric as dried, so add this to taste.
- Using a dry measuring cup, measure out ¼ cup of honey.
- Using a spatula, scrape out the honey into a small glass jar or container that has a lid.
- Add 1 teaspoon ground turmeric to the honey. Like I said above, you can also use fresh turmeric. Just peel and finely grate it. You will need 3x the amount of fresh turmeric as dried, so add this to taste.
- Mix well, cover, and store at room temperature.
- Just give the honey mixture a quick stir before using each time.
Here are some ways to enjoy this golden honey:
- Enjoy it as is, by the spoonful. When you get the first systems of a cold or flu, take 1 teaspoon of this honey mixture every couple of hours, as it will help to combat the illness. Hey, why not add a pinch of pepper, or a pepper corn or two to make the effects even better!
- Heat up some water (not boiling) add a teaspoon of this golden honey mixture along with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, pinch of fresh ginger (or powdered ginger) and some freshly ground black pepper (black pepper makes the effects of turmeric more potent, as well as enhances the absorption and the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric). Make this drink to taste, if you don’t like ginger then omit the ginger, if you’re not a fan of lemon, then omit the lemon.
- Heat up some water, (not boiling) add a teaspoon of the golden honey mixture, and stir to combine. This is my kids favorite way to enjoy it.
- Add 1 teaspoon of the golden honey mixture to your favorite tea blend, or to some warm coconut, almond or regular milk.
If you make this up, let me know what you think and let me know your favorite way to enjoy it!
Oh, and I have some interesting news to share with you all about almonds, as well salt! I will be posting that info soon!
I also have some yummy, easy recipes in the works (I just have to re-make them, so I can photograph them) such as;
- Easy baked brown basmati rice (comes out perfect every time).
- Roasting fall vegetables 101. How to best roast fall vegetables, and then a bonus pizza recipe that incorporates the fall vegetables. I make these vegetables weekly in the fall, and then have them cold for lunch, toss them in a salad, scrambled eggs, or on top of a pizza.
- I’m also working on a healthy fall snack that uses seasonal walnuts and fresh sage, which makes for a wonderful Thanksgiving appetizer.
What do you all want to see next? Which post/recipe excites you? You get to help pick, so let me know and I’ll get working on that recipe next!
xoxo, Jacquelyn, Aka: natural chef in the making 😉