Turmeric: 12 Practical Uses for this Powerful Spice


Turmeric is a powerful spice with an impressive list of uses and benefits. It’s known for its antioxidant content and ability to work as an anti-inflammatory. This common culinary spice is prized in many cuisines around the world and with good reason.

What’s So Great About Turmeric?

In short…. a lot:

Turmeric Antioxidant and Immune Boosting SpiceThe spice we refer to as Turmeric is actually the dried and ground rhizome of a plant in the same family as ginger. It is used and prized for its color and earthy flavor in culinary traditions around the world. Modern medicine recognizes its health benefits and it has been used extensively in natural and folk medicine for centuries.

The benefits attributed to this bright yellow spice are often the result of the curcuminoids it contains. The most common curcuminoid is curcumin, which is now available as a supplement and in many remedies. While turmeric has many benefits, it is only about 3% curcumin by weight, and often more concentrated curcumin supplements are used.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Largely due to its curcumin content, Turmeric is often credited with these benefits:

  1. Fighting inflammation
  2. As an antioxidant
  3. Protects the heart in various ways
  4. Helpful for arthritis
  5. Brain boosting
  6. May be helpful for fighting diabetes and cancer

Turmeric + Black Pepper

If you’ve researched Turmeric at all, you may have seen that many supplements and recommendations also include black pepper as well. Black pepper contains piperine, which has been shown to dramatically increase the absorption and effects of turmeric.

Personally, when I use turmeric for cooking or natural beauty recipes, I make sure to add a little black pepper as well for this reason.

Cautions about Turmeric Use

Turmeric is generally considered safe for use in medicinal amounts, but it is important to talk to a doctor before using this or any substance medicinally as it can interact with several medications.

Practical Uses for Turmeric

There are entire websites and books dedicated to the use of “superfoods” like this ancient spice for medicinal use. Personally, I think all of these substances are the most beneficial when they are a small part of an overall healthy diet and lifestyle. Rather than taking large quantities of any supplement or spice, I work small amounts into my daily life in these ways:


1. Turmeric Tea aka Golden Milk

The name is slightly misleading, but this “tea” is a blend of some kind of milk (including almond milk or coconut milk), spices and optional sweetener. Currently, I enjoy this with homemade pecan milk for a deep, earthy flavor. We drink these often during winter months as a satisfying warm beverage and to help ward off illness. See the full recipe here.

TIP: Using a fat soluble base like milk or pecan milk increases the absorption of the turmeric. The addition of a pinch of black pepper increases the absorption of the turmeric. I also like to add some liquid vanilla stevia instead of other sweeteners for a slight sweetness without the sugar.


2. Turmeric Broth

If the Golden Milk drink above isn’t your thing or if you prefer a more savory warm drink, turmeric broth is a great alternative. Instead of a milk or milk alternative, the base of this drink is broth (here’s how to make your own).


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Turmeric Broth Recipe




Yield 4 cups

A simple and delicious turmeric broth adds antioxidants and amazing flavor


  • 4 cups of broth
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder or freshly grated turmeric
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of finely grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, black pepper and salt.


  1. First, place all the ingredient sin a small saucepan.
  2. Then, simmer the mixture for about five minutes.
  3. Finally, blend with an immersion blender (optional) and enjoy.


Any herbs or spices work and can change up the flavor of this recipe.

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TIP: This is also a great base for soups or stews. To make a 5-minute nutrient-packed egg drop soup, crack four raw eggs into the broth above as it is simmering while whisking rapidly.


3. Soothing Face Mask

Turmeric can also be used on skin! One of my favorite ways to use it is in a face mask. You can add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder to any face mask recipe you love.

My favorite recipe: Mix 2 tablespoons of unsweetened yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of honey for a soothing and cooling face mask. I leave it on for about 5 minutes and wash off. (I’ve never had problems with it staining skin, but use an old towel just in case.)


4. Curry Powder

This vibrant and earthy spice already has a reputation as a staple in many cuisines and I love cooking with it! One of my favorite ways to incorporate small amounts of this power spice is by making a homemade curry powder. This uses a host of powerful spices and provides awesome flavor to many dishes.

Make your own curry powder with this easy recipe.

5. Sunrise Smoothie

Not all smoothies have to taste like a pina colada. One of my favorite smoothies has a hint of sweet nestled among earthy spices.

To Make: Blend 1 cup of pecan/almond/coconut milk with 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, the juice of one lemon and one orange, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, a tiny pinch of black pepper, and about a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger root. Add a natural sweetener like stevia if desired.

6. Potent Poultice

Try this spice externally in poultices to sooth skin and reduce inflammation. It is often used in lotions or preparations for skin with eczema or psoriasis for this reason. I’ve personally used this when I’ve twisted an ankle or broken a toe (there is nothing doctors can really do for a toe anyway).

What I did: I made a thick paste of castor oil, turmeric and a small amount of black pepper and rubbed over the inflamed area (in this case, my broken toe). I wrapped with a waterproof wrap and a bandage and left on the toe for a few hours. It didn’t help the bone (of course) but seemed to calm some of the inflammation and reduced my pain. This does stain slightly so I wouldn’t recommend it in visible areas (it will fade after a few days).

7. Acne Gel

Just like in the face mask above, the anti-inflammatory properties of this unique spice makes it beneficial to help cool and stop acne. I make a paste of honey and turmeric (2 parts honey to 1 part turmeric) and dab on to spot treat.

8. Brighten Teeth

I was skeptical about putting turmeric on my teeth since it has such a propensity to stain. I got over my fears pretty quickly after seeing how well it worked for my friend Heather. Here’s how she used it to whiten teeth.

9. Stop the Itch!

I’ve found that a thin paste of aloe vera gel and turmeric can help calm itchy or burned skin. I’ve used this on bites, poison ivy and even eczema with good results. Fair warning… it is messy! For kids, I let them use this right before bathing while they are in the tub to keep the mess down. It only takes a few minutes to help cut the itch/pain so I read them a book and let them finger paint the turmeric salve on themselves.

10. As a Plain ol’ Spice

Sure, we can think of creative ways to use it, but this simple spice is great when added alone to many dishes. I like to add it to eggs, roasted veggies, meats, and soups for a wonderful flavor.


11. Spice Up Your Soap

If you make your own soap, add turmeric for color and for skin benefits. If you don’t make your own soap, you should give it a try! It’s a lot easier than you’d think (here’s a super simple cold process recipe). This spice makes a beautiful colored soap that can be especially helpful for soothing irritated skin.


12. Golden Honey

Have trouble getting kids to like this potent spice? It is such a great remedy and can help soothe a sore throat, but kids don’t love the taste. My solution? Neon yellow cough syrup (at least that is what my kids call it). I add 3 tablespoons of powdered turmeric to an 8 ounce mason jar of honey (about 1 cup of honey). By definition, this is actually an electuary, but my kids just think of it as a brightly colored honey that helps their throats feel better. This can be made ahead of time and stored for a very long time since both ingredients are shelf stable.

Turmeric: What to Avoid

This powerful root has many benefits, but also a few important cautions. As I mentioned, it is very important to talk to a doctor before using it as a remedy for those who have any medical condition or who are pregnant or nursing. Culinary use is generally considered safe.

Some folklore info suggests that it was used as a birth control and it should not be taken by women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (though using it in cooking is fine). When used externally, it will give the skin a light yellow hue for a little while after use and this can easily be washed off.

Sources disagree about using turmeric in hair. Some say that it helps improve hair and stop dandruff, while others swear it is a natural way to remove hair. I haven’t found strong enough evidence for the potential benefits in hair to make me brave enough to try it though.

Where to Buy Turmeric

There can be a tremendous difference among different brands of Turmeric. I purchase Turmeric in powdered form here as it is the best value and I am extremely impressed with its quality. You may also be able to find high quality Turmeric locally, just look for organic with bright yellow orange color and no added ingredients.

Do you cook with Turmeric? Ever used it for other uses? Please share below!


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  1. I make this on the stove top and stir it with a wire whisk.  Yummy!

  2. Turmeric has done wonders for our dogs. 
    A nutritionist vet gave us the dosages.  One dog has arthritis from age, and the other from an injury. The one with the old injury has stopped limping from it’s anti-inflammatory properties.  Can’t wait to try the tea recipe for my people!

    • Would like to know the dosage to give to my dog as he has arthritis from a severe accident.
      I just found your site today and will have to check it out more often.  Thanks Bev

      • Why would you ask for your answer in a private email instead of having it answered here? Why wouldn’t you want this shared with all the pet lovers who are wondering the same thing?

        • Larry,
          Why does it worry you?

          • Quit being passive aggressive. No one is “worried”. He was just saying that the information would be helpful to all. Why are you worried about him being worried?

      • May I say to check the Turmeric User Group by Dr. Doug English in which he explains the use of the Turmeric Powder for healing/relieve treatment for Humans and Animals. He put the ratios of the Turmeric Powder, Black Pepper Corns and Cold Pressed Olive/Coconut Oil- linseed/flaxseed Oil (horses).
        Please check it out, it’s amazing how many people and animals he is helping to heal and relieve from pain or illness

        Thank you

  3. hello,

    im ver interested in buying tumeric powder as im a cancer survivor – only 31yrs old, however im in Australia and it looks like this company doesnt ship to Australia. do you know anywhere in australia that sells this wonderful brand?


    • Hi Alice!
      Look for ethnic food stores, especially one which caters to Indian cuisine. If you can not find one, I suggest you go to an Indian restaurant and speak with the owners and perhaps get information as to where they purchase their tumeric. I find mine at an Indian food store. You can find it in both powdered (good sized bags) or root form, that you would grate. I hope this helps!

  4. I sprinkle it on my eggs and sauteed veggies nearly everyday! So good. 

  5. The tea is amazing! I’ve been fighting pancreatitis (result of a freak injury) off and on for about 5 weeks, which has resulted in pretty severe GI issues. This tea is SO warm and soothing, and absolutely delicious! Thank you, Wellness Mama!

  6. Just an FYI – I’ve used it on my face (mixed with water) and it turned my face yellow. It took some scrubbing to make my face look normal again. 

    • It can leave a yellow tint, especially the higher quality ones. Typically, it absorbs or goes away in a few hours, but I’m glad your face looks normal again!

      • You can use dahee or sour yogurt to remove. We use turmeric raw paste before weddings and to remove this is what we use. Also we use it after childbirth we make a turmeric drink to give to the mother. it helps with with internal healing.

    • Use witch hazel on a cotton pad afterwards if it bothers you. It wipes it right off & you get the extra benefits of witch hazel.

      I’ve found that the yellow tint left behind makes skin with yellow undertones look healthy & glowing, so I leave it as is & mousturize with my own custom oil blend afterwards, which also leaves a bit of a yellow tint

  7. I can get raw turmeric root (like you’d get ginger root) at my local organic foods co-op. I’m not sure if this is a common item to find. A bit of tea from the steeped root is very nice, and I put some in my stockpot and soup too. Since I’m told that ginger root is easy to sprout and grow as a container plant indoors, I plan on attempting the same with turmeric.

    • can you please share/update if this really worked or any tips you found. Tumeric root is my preferred source but we are moving to Wyoming and I’m afraid it won’t be available. Thank you in advance.

  8. I used to get really bad infections and if you make the turmeric into a paste with water and put it on the infected area it will go away, like on open wounds and cuts. Its wonderful!! I strongly use natural healing remedies now, because they work soo much better than antibiotics. Plus there are not any chemicals in organic herbs and spices.

    • I would love to know your recipe for the rub. Thank you

  9. I use to have an issue with itching skin from foods with Histameines in them. Since taking turmeric capsuls on a regular basis, I have had no severe itching or hives. Feel so much better.

  10. Love this, thank you! you mentioned that it has been used as birth control. I cook with turmeric daily, should I be cautious with the amount my children consume? thanks x

    • It is fine for children in these amounts. I would definitely never suggest trying to use this as birth control in any form, but there is some old information that it can reduce fertility temporarily so it should specifically be avoided when trying to get pregnant!

      • I know it isnt scientific evidence or anything but I had been taking medicinal doses of turmeric for inflammation and it took my 6 times longer than normal to conceive. I’ve often wondered if the turmeric contributed to that. I got lazy with making my evening dose of turmeric milk and am now pregnant.

  11. I have heard that it helps counteract the effect of MSG in foods. Of course you want to avoid the MSG but I usually take a couple capsules after eating in a restaurant since you are never sure what you are getting.

  12. I’m looking forward to trying this, and hopefully making it a regular part of my diet along with gelatin as ways to treat fibromyalgia.

  13. How do you make the paste with Aloe Vera? My 17 month old baby has eczema and no med is working and I would like to try the turmeric as we are using it more otften in the food … Thank you

    • For my nearly 3 year old, who had a severe and first attack of atopic dermatitis, only Turmeric worked!

      1. Took half a teaspoon of Turmeric, mixed with water and applied on the afflicted spots – the itch goes away with immediate effect. Wait for a few hours, as turmeric dries it out, though it simultaneously but instantly takes away the itch and keeps it that way. 50% of the fight is won with that.

      (Do note that turmeric stains clothes, skin etc. But don’t panic if one starts looking like the Simpson family. One can wear gloves while applying. Also after a couple of washes it goes away. With clothes, best use old clothes. When it comes to the bath tub, it comes off with ease with baking soda.)

      2. Then start the next step – the rest 50% of the fight is to lubricate the really dry skin – started with 100% coconut oil. It has to be done every hour or so, even through the night. And one can scale it down after a few days. In the last step moved to Castor oil (twice a day). It worked like a charm. He was back to his baby skin! Now I just do it twice a day with coconut oil i.e immediately after his bath and before he goes to sleep.

      3. I also bathe him with hot water everyday, not luke warm as was suggested by everyone. Water is not good for them, as it dries them out more. So I add rice starch to his bathing water – an old Japanese remedy for great skin. Just take a handful of rice, boil it in about 2 litres of water and strain. Infact, research has shown that immersing in rice starch twice a day for about 15 minutes, gets the skin to recover by 20%. And the other thing I do – I first oil massage him before immersing him in his bath; and as soon as I take him out, I immediately seal him off with oil. It really works with him! He loves it & so relaxed after the bath!

      4. I also ensure that he drinks the Avène mineral water from France – about half liter a day now. They have a natural hot thermal spring in Avène, France. There are some exceptional results from that specific one. We plan to do a three week therapy session there, even if he does not experience AD again. Some other things I have included as part of his diet – I give him a quarter teaspoon of cod liver oil everyday from Green Pastures (the only brand I would suggest); and a quarter teaspoon of Manuka honey in the mornings (ensure Manuka honey is labelled either UMF or MFO – 10+ UMF or 100 MFO – it goes higher, but for kids it may not be suitable. Though I use the 250 MFO, but only give a quarter teaspoon); and a glass of turmeric milk (googled the recipe) in the evenings. AND today everything in my kitchen is BIO and no chemical cleaners in the house!

      5. Though being advised to avoid a whole range of foods, I am not holding back anything other than eggs. I only suspect eggs after observing him. I will re-introduce eggs to him again in about six months. He is back again to his healthy eating days. This year Christmas, the treats will be very limited in our home, as I strongly feel refined sugar was a major contributor.

      6. The inner garments that make direct contact with the skin are made of derma silk.

      • Thank you for sharing. Very insightful!

      • Please forgive me if I am repeating anybody else’s answers, but I live here in Southern California and I eat a lot of turmeric and often get it on my white tee shirts while eating it. Also of course the pots and pans I cook it in. This trick also goes for tomato sauces on tee shirts or the pots OR Tupperware they come in contact with. SPRAY them all with water and put them out in the sun. Literally by the end of the day the sun has bleached out turmeric or tomato stains from cloth or pots, or dishes, etc. I know not everybody has the strength of a Southern California sun and others more to the south have even a much stronger contact with the sun, but wherever you live try to put any items stained by turmeric or tomatoes under the sun, wet with water at first, for a full day. I come home from work and it is a wonder ! ALL orange and red stains are truly gone without washing them. From steel pots, to cutlery, to Tupperware to my tee shirts–gone !

  14. A cup of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric and a pinch of powdered cloves given daily builds immunity and reduces phlegm. This was advised by a Sri Sri Ayurveda doctor and found to be very effective in adults and children. It tastes good too 🙂

  15. i take turmeric in capsule form because i have an autoimmune condition. also have incorporated it into cooking but in very small amounts. it is intense!

  16. I love turmeric! It’s quite possibly one of my favorite spices (but I have several) I’m well aware of its antidepressant properties, and since I’m prone to getting blue I try to make Indian or Moroccan dishes with turmeric in them whenever I can, at least once a week if possible.

  17. My doctor does not use alternative medicine at all. I was diagnosed with Autoimmune hepatitis about 1 1/2 years ago. Since my GP didn’t find it for SO long, my liver has 80% cirrhosis. Because of this, I am so scared to take any pain meds because I don’t want to cause more damage to my liver. So, my question is, can I take turmeric for the anti inflammatory benefit? I know there is no reason to ask my doc, because he will just say no. I just want to be sure I won’t damage my liver more. At this time, he has me taking Imuran to combat my body attacking my liver….

  18. Is it okay to just add turmeric (the root itself) to hot water? I don’t include coconut milk and cinnamon in my recipe.

  19. I add a capsule to my chicken’s water, and mix it into yogurt for my dogs. My daughter uses it as a paste in her face and we all take it as a supplement.

  20. I’ve read it is most beneficial to use turmeric raw, and I’ve also read that it is most effective when heated with a fat. Do you know which is true? Thank you so much.

    • I read in several places that it is best absorbed when taken with fat. I was also wondering which was more effective – fresh root or dried powder – but couldn’t find any solid info. It does look like the fresh has a more rounded flavor than the powder (just like ginger) and is better for those with esophageal issues or acid reflux/GERD.

      • For medicinal purpose its best to use the root and in powdered form for cooking

  21. I get fresh raw tumeric from our local health food store and slice it up and put it in our smoothies. My husband has seen a decrease in his blood sugars from this. (He is diabetic) I am going to add some to my Bone Broth the next time I make it!

  22. I am pregnant with my fourth baby and usually suffer from all day nausea (morning sickness not sure where they came up with the “morning” part). I began taking turmeric to support my liver approximately 2 months before becoming pregnant. From pregnancy weeks 4-6 I was traveling and discontinued turmeric. I got my normal all day nausea as soon as week 6 hit. I returned home and began with the turmeric again (just a tsp per day in Golden milk at bedtime). I also did things I found helpful in previous pregnancies for liver support- Epsom salt baths, castor oil packs, lemon water upon waking, and a WAPF diet for pregnant and nursing mothers. My all day nausea disappeared within 4 days and is still gone. I am still exhausted, but not nauseous. I really think it was the turmeric. I have been on an endless research quest to determine safety of turmeric in pregnancy and really can’t find anything definitive. I have decided for myself that because Indian people eat turmeric often in curry and I’m pretty sure pregnant don’t avoid curry, I feel safe eating just a teaspoon a day. I also found a blog entry from a pregnant Indian woman whose Grandma recommended she drink Golden Milk daily at the end of pregnancy. I think it is a traditional practice. I would really love to recommend it to others on my blog, and was wondering if you had any reliable resources on WHY it is contraindicated in pregnancy. I know you’re not a doctor, but I find that I learn the most from lay people. Thanks so much!

    • It’s like when i hear that pregnant women shouldn’t drink green tea, i’m like yea right…. millions of asians can’t be wrong. especially with how they are kicking our butts in math and science. I am so glad i found this thread, i am desperate for something to help my eczema and i’m so done with steroids and prescriptions. even more so now that i’m pregnant. I’m trying golden milk this week.

    • I just found this when researching the same thing – http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric

      It basically says in cooking it’s fine, just don’t take supplements (presumably because it’s more concentrated/stronger in capsule form??). Elsewhere it talks about lowering blood sugar levels, and thinning the blood, which may not be great if you’re already struggling with pregnancy light-headedness!

  23. I just ordered a Curcumin supplement brand that was studied at Baylor College of Medicine last year. I am now concerned that it may cause hair loss. I will take 500mg twice a day. I have read that it can cause hair loss, however I’ve also read it can slow hair loss when combined with resveratol. Does anyone have any thoughts? Thank you, Michael

    • In Wellness Mama’s post she says when use topically it can slow hair growth but not when taken internally. If you google it, make sure to specify “when taken internally”

  24. Do you know if turmeric is effective against ALL parasites or just some? Will is also be effective against the eggs (yuck, I don’t like even thinking about it :P)? Thanks for any feedback.

  25. anyone have any suggestions if it is better to take turmeric in a pill in the morning or the evening? or does it matter?

  26. I am aware that turmeric comes in capsule form in herbal stores. I also know that you can cook with turmeric and that it can be purchased in loose powder form in the stores. Is there a difference? What doses should be taken for ailments and in what form? Thanks.

  27. Hi,
    I am from India. I know for a fact that my mom always used to give this hot milk whenever we have cold or fever. She used to heat up the milk and bring it to boil and add crushed garlic, like a teaspoon full of freshly crushed black pepper (not too powdery) and a generous amount of turmeric, May be a teaspoon or so. Remember a teaspoon of turmeric powder for a glass of milk is itself too strong. you may add more if you want. I know that milk causes more phlegm production so we stopped drinking milk. But if you want, you can add any other milk or just water instead of milk and have it. I see the home remedy of using garlic, turmeric and black pepper now. I also read black pepper increases curcumin absorption.

    Another thing we do is we not only use turmeric in the curries but also in a lot of vegetable stir fry’s – indian style. we add it whenever we saute onion or garlic before adding vegetables or sometimes after adding vegetables.

    Also, in lot of Indian soups which are usually made when you are sick or recovering from an illness, main ingredients are turmeric, cumin, black pepper, garlic and ginger as flavouring agents for the soup!

    Now I see the point why elders in India insist on old ways of home cooking as healthy!!!
    Thought of sharing this with you even though the benefits of using this in cooking is still in research and I cant vouch for its benefits in cooking without scientific backing but I just wanted to point out how it is used!!

    • Thank you! I am seeing an Indian born homeopath for Lyme Disease and he put me onto turmeric in warm milk before bed. I add a little black pepper too. Love it!

  28. Hi Katie! Love your site and have used many recipes so far! Very interested in turmeric causing the kidneys not to spill protein. My 13 year old son has minimal change nephrotic syndrome and is on long term meds and steroids. We started the turmeric 2 weeks ago (with drs permission) and he is actually spilling less protein!!! My question for you is if you can lead me to where you found your information. Would like to read more about it but couldn’t find anything with google. God bless you for all you do!

  29. I’ve been adding Tumeric to quite a bit of my cooking. Adding it into oatmeal along with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and home made vanilla (alcohol cooks out). Like some of the others I’ve added it in similar recipes. I was glad to see your recipe to try out using the coconut milk and hadn’t thought of using it like that. I noticed your article on D. Earth and my wife is using that so will be reading that next. For better health we always use noni juice and mangoxan juice too. It seems pricey sometimes but an ounce of prevention etc etc.

  30. A friend of mine gave me a simple recipe for popcorn with turmeric, which she received from her co-worker from India. My husband and I love it. Put oil in the bottom of a large covered pot. Add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels along with a 1/4 tsp. turmeric and a 1/4 tsp. cayenne. The recipe didn’t call for a certain type of oil, but I like to use coconut oil.

  31. Does anyone know if organic turmeric in powder form contains lead? What brand would be
    lead free?

  32. Thanks SO MUCH for this, as I was struggling with how to use turmeric since I bought a big bag of it at an Indian grocery several weeks ago. Your ideas and tea recipe were the perfect vehicle to get me trying it out, and the tea worked great, even when I substituted almond milk for coconut milk and stevia for honey. It tasted great, and inspired me to experiment, even before I finished the first mug. I can attest that the brew is still good to drink even when the almond milk version has lemon and organic cocoa powder added in.

    I’ll be using turmeric in soups and vegetables yet today, and I’ll add it into my spicy mexican cocoa when I make it next!

    now I’m ready to use it regularly.

  33. Can you clarify – how can something be both anti-inflammatory and “immune boosting” at the same time? These should be opposites. People with inflammation issues are people with overactive immune systems. The last thing they want to do is “boost” it even further. Inflammation *is* immune activity.

  34. I just took coconut cream, organic milk, money, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric…and secret ingredient…PUMPKIN…heated it all on the stove for a few minutes. Pumpkin spice latte without the coffee!!

  35. Kate, did you or any of the people reading this blog, use tumeric during pregnancy and did you have any bad side effects? I read that it can cause uterine contractions and therefore should be avoided before you are due. Also that in can cause bleeding problems. I tend to agree with the comments that pregnant women in India eat it throughout their pregnancies so probably it is safe, however they have been eatting it all of their lives and are used to it and that could make a difference.

    • I do. I have been practicing ayurveda for years and years and the powdered form in cooking and in a curative milk is fine. the issue would be with taking it in supplement form such as a tablet several times a day from a bottle such as Banyan Botanicals etc. I use a pinch in milk and it helps with insomnia and RLS due to pregnancy.

  36. When I saw this recipe for turmeric tea I rushed out to buy coconut which was the only ingredient I needed. I used my Vitamix and the tea was pretty tasty but had lots of foam on top. When I got close to the bottom of the cup, there was thick “stuff” which I assume was coconut. My Vitamix container is now a sickly yellow because of the turmeric stain. Any ideas how to get this stain off?

  37. hi! i was led here by looking for bone broth recipes from different parts of the world. and this link was at the bottom. i was actually surprised you did not add turmeric there. i belong to pakistan, the north-west, ahem. anyway, for ages, we have been making bone broth for beef/mutton bones. we use joints and the bones that can’t be chopped smaller than your fist. we add these bones with enough water to top it. for every 4 fist size bones, we add 4-5 cloves of garlic,1 tbsp coriander powder (indian spice) and 0.25 teaspoon of turmeric, salt to taste. and put the mixture on a boil until the flesh starts falling off the bones (2-3hrs normal pot, 30mins pressure cooker). we do not discard the bones or flesh, we consume those. when serving we soak bread pieces in the broth, eat those, eat the flesh off the bones, and then drink up whatever’s remaining. it is so healing, nutritious and fulfilling.

  38. Hi All

    I suffer with hidradenitis suppurative and take turmeric supplements on regular basis whenever I get a flair until it subsides. All due to the turmeric.

    Since I am pregnant I am having a flair. I went to get my turmeric capsules and noticed for the first time. Do not use while pregnant or breast feeding!

    I have scoured the internet trying to find solid evidence of harm during pregnancy and since I am panning on bf for at least a year I am in total panic as I don’t think anti biotics have ever worked for me.

    Does any of you great people have a link to a study/article explaining the reason. Or know your self!

    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Gemma, sorry no ‘solid evidence’ for you, but, I just found this when researching the same thing – http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric

      There are references at the end of the article (which I haven’t time to go through, sorry!!)
      It basically says in cooking it’s fine, just don’t take supplements (presumably because it’s more concentrated/stronger in capsule form??). Elsewhere it talks about lowering blood sugar levels, and thinning the blood, which may not be great if you’re already struggling with pregnancy light-headedness!

      Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy 🙂

  39. Hi friends,

    Can i apply turmeric paste on my scalp because i have bad dandruff and i heard it can help, any ideas, Pls reply, tq.

    • Earlier comments regarding external application indicate that one should not apply to the scalp as it causes hair loss. Maybe taking it internally would somehow help. Not sure about the latter.

      • I’ve been drinking these golden tea for a week, and it seems to help reduce my dandruff problem, redness on scalp is not as bad. I’ll keep trying and see. I also used homemade almond milk instead of coconut milk or cow milk to make the tea.

    • How would u make the turmeric past ?

  40. I had a severe case of gastritis where the pain was so bad I would stay in the fetal position in bed or in the bathroom vomiting non-stop for hours. One thing that would help the pain was turmeric in chicken noodle soup. I lived on that plus pretzels, applesauce and jello for almost 2 months! I was thankful to hear about turmeric! I am now going to try it to lower my histamine levels due to food allergies. The only negative I have found with turmeric for me is that if I take too much then I get a headache. This is common with some people.

  41. I would like to take Turmeric in capsule form. What is a good brand to use with out having added ingredients? Could I just buy the powder and mix it with water and take it daily? How much powder would a maintenance dose be daily?


  42. I would like to ask a question
    I just purchased turmeric powder
    Can anyone share a good tea recepie ?
    Thank you

  43. I was wondering if it is possible to make a tumeric tincture? If so, how much tumeric would you use?

  44. Does anyone notice a change in their skin when taking tumeric in capsule form? I have noticed a residue of yellow on my white wash cloth after washing my face. Could this happen?

  45. wellness mama (or any one in here) do you know if tumeric works on ringworms??

    If so, how should I use the turmeric for the ringworm?

    Im tired of trying things with no results, so any information would help.


  46. I’ve noticed that there are not too many replies from the original post.
    I’m going to try to get a response for my question.
    I suffer from hair loss. I’m 49 but this has been happening for a couple years. If I take Tumeric in capsule form, am I at risk for losing more hair?
    I’m looking for something to help with all of the symptoms posted on this site. This sounds like a miracle if it will help with all these ailments to a certain degree. THANKYOU. Amanda

  47. My daughter is 8 years old. She has really bad asthma and I am trying my very uneducated best to help her naturally…her doctors just want to pump her up with horrible drugs that I no longer am willing to give her…I bought turmeric extract but don’t know what the dosing would be for her…please help Me!!

  48. Have discoid lupus,can I use turmeric on my face?

  49. I bought my Organic Frontier Turmeric Root ground at Apple Crate cost $5.59 1.41oz (40 grams)
    My girlfriend how good it was for our body so I’m just now trying out.

  50. Oh my goodness!!! I have made turmeric milk before using other recipes I’ve found online and just about every single one of them were pretty woody in taste. Yours came out so creamy and delicious (I added a tiny bit more maple syrup plus stevia), I can literally have this daily! I’ll just need to watch the calories as I can’t remember how many calories per can of coconut milk. I also diluted mine with a bit of almond milk so it was so rich and creamy.

    Thank you for sharing!

  51. Ok so if it can be used to thin hair out, I’m guessing that’s so they can shave less often.
    So you included the tea recipe but what about how they actually use the turmeric to thin the air?
    Is it a raw piece they rub on the ‘shave’ areas. Or do they mash it or what?

  52. Both my son and I have started adding turmeric to all our food recently but have started getting headaches all the time. Wondering if we could both be allergic to it?

  53. I use turmeric, cinnamon and coconut oil in my coffee. I like the taste the little bit of oil is easy to get down ,makes the coffee feel a bit creamy. Has anyone else every tried this?

  54. I would b very careful with tumeric if you are under 60. My kids and myself took it for 4 months…they took it for mild acne and I took it for a cancer preventative. After stopping it I lost my period and had massive hot flashes…I used progesterone cream and it came back but my daughter cannot restore hers and her hormone levels FSH/LH show reduced ovarian function…my son is suffering with low FSH…this is from 1-4 capsules a day with the black pepper…tumeric is not completely safe!!!!!

    • Turmeric capsules are not safe. There is quite a bit of information online regarding this, and how the levels of curcumin are much too high and can cause issues. However, taking pure turmeric (organic spice with proper levels of curcumin along with coconut oil and pepper) is regarded as safe and doesn’t cause the side effects that can be experienced with capsules.

  55. There is no history to suggest that turmeric might cause the problems you’re ascribing to it. But it sounds as though you might have been using a high concentrate curcumin extract rather than actual turmeric. The extracts are too highly concentrated to be used for extended periods, though I’ve never heard of them causing hormone related problems.

  56. I was discussing your post with my Turmeric User Group. The consensus is that you were taking curcumin extract, not turmeric. Here’s a permalink post link on the capsules, from that group. I just started using turmeric myself, making Golden Paste, and taking about a teaspoon/day. I am sure you would have a much better experience with the paste.

    High levels of curcumin as in most commercial capsules have been shown to cause liver and DNA damage if taken in doses over 500mg a day and for longer than 3 months. People still want to pop pills rather than make the paste. The trouble with the fact that liver damage and DNA damage is SEEN to occur after 3 months is that the damage has probably been done much sooner than that for it to start to show at that point, so it is probably NOT ok to take them for 3 months and then stop as some seem to think. Best not to start in the first place. They are also so much more expensive than the paste and do not contain any of the Turmerics other 299 beneficial ingredients. Then there is the problem with what the capsules themselves are made of, and ingredients such as preservatives, fillers,binders and other additives in the mix, not to mention that curcumin is not water soluble so they must use solvents such as Acetone to extract the curcumin from the Turmeric powder . Truly peeps, the BEST idea is to keep it natural and intact and just make the ruddy paste!









    Because it is not water soluble, solvents are used, these include things like: Acetone,Isopropanol, Ethyl acetate, Methanol, Ethanol. “Curcumin is extracted from the dried root of the rhizome Curcuma Longa. The process of extraction
    requires the raw material to be ground into powder, and washed with a suitable solvent that selectively
    extracts colouring matter. This process after distillation of the solvent yields an oleoresin with colouring
    matter content in the region of 25-35 percent along with volatile oils and other resinous extractives. The
    oleoresin so obtained is subjected to further washes using selective solvents that can extract the curcumin
    pigment from the oleoresin. ” Do you really want to be swallowing these things, when you can make the paste, know exactly what is in it and enjoy it in foods and drinks instead?

    • Thank you so much for your informative comment. I have decided to stop taking the Curcumin capsules and will try the more natural form “Turmeric” herb powder instead.

  57. Can I drink turmeric tea while nursing ? Will it benefit my baby ?

  58. Where can i buy this? Thanks. I really want to try this one.

  59. Just found out I’m pregnant and have been drinking a turmeric tea similar to the recipe above almost daily. It also calls for a tsp of turmeric. Haven’t had my first doctors appointment yet but I feel like I crave this tea but do NOT want to cause a miscarriage. I’ve had cramps off and on for the past two weeks or so and they’re lessening now but I’m suddenly worried they’re caused by my daily tea! Is one tsp a day too much? I know cramps can be normal at the beginning of pregnancy so I’m hoping that’s all it is…

    • Congrats on your pregnancy! I would not drink it during pregnancy without checking with your doctor or midwife first. I did have cramping at the beginning of several of my pregnancies, and have also heard that they can be normal, but I’d definitely stop drinking the tea and check with a doctor to be safe…

  60. My son is antrack athlete. During long jump event 6 wks ago he suffered a bruised heel. Would you recommend the external or internal usage. How much would I use to make a paste?

  61. I have been taking turmeric in the form of golden paste (with recommended brand of turmeric) for two weeks. I frequently have stomach pain and bloating. I take about 1 tsp per day – split 4 ways during day. I used the recipe from turmericlife.com. Any thoughts? Will it go away?

  62. What would be the best book to buy on healing herbs and how to use them.
    Such as dosage and recipes.

    Mark H.

  63. I tried one tea spoon twice a day for joints pain. Used it for couple of weeks then stopped it because I haven’t noticed any difference. Few weeks later I noticed that my hair was falling really bad. Then one morning I was washing my hair and noticed a bald spot on the side of my scalp. I was devastated. Called my dermatologist and sent him a picture and he told me it’s Alopecia. Plus I am having a global hair thinning. Now I lost about half of my hair and getting cortisone shots in the bald spot. I am having a very strong immune system to start with and rarely get sick. I am almost 100% sure that the turmeric added more to my already strong amine system to make it overactive which is the main cause for Alopecia. I am fighting now to get my hair grow back.
    My advice is not to try turmeric if you already have a good immune system. Sometimes having too much of a good thing can be harmful.

  64. I wonder if anybody out there had Alopecia after using turmeric

  65. I use it in my bread…and also it is great in soups ….all kind of them….. I put it by the end of cooking as with all spices …and it is such a bliss …..I also want to try to put it in some oats biscuits…..

  66. I use tumeric daily..it’s wonderful for my knees & all my pain issues…remember that when u cook w/it you feminist some of the medicinal benefits..it’s best to use raw for medical purposes… ??? grate & put on a salad..it’s amazing…or I use it in a smoothie every morning.

  67. Hi I am trying to get pregnant will turmeric stop me from conceiving? Or is good to take? Can I take it once I am pregnant really unsure?

    • I don’t believe so. I was using it daily and got pregnant easily – not planned. I’m 3 months along now.

  68. I fall on saturday my two eyes are blue can i put turmeric on. Its under my eyes

  69. Patty, do Google for Dr. Mercola, maybe you might find a piece concerning your case that will help you out.

  70. I am a big believer in turmeric and curcumin and have used both for years; however, I am a little icked out that almost all of the turmeric powder that Consumer Labs tested had a higher than “normal” percentage of insect parts, mold, rodent hair etc. even the organic ones. I use Penzey’s spices and that one was not tested, but I have returned to using the fresh whenever possible.

  71. Does turmeric essential oil (if using a therapeutic grade, pure oil) have the same benefits as turmeric spice? I’ve been trying to find a reliable answer to this question for months!
    Thanks 🙂

    • I wouldn’t use turmeric essential oil internally without the oversight of a doc. It contains many of the same properties but is much more concentrated and potentially dangerous as so.

    • I do use turmeric essential oil, as well as the dried spice & fresh root, both topically & internally. I use it in conjunction with black pepper essential oil or the actual whole spice to make it more bioavailable. I haven’t had any problems over the past 3-4 years. The way I look at it is this: most people take pharmaceuticals with minimal to no thought of dangerous side effects, even when there’s a literal laundry-list of very serious ones possible (including death), but are very often overly cautious with plant-based ingredients. Most of us also don’t even blink when a friend/family member tell us they’re now ‘trying’ antidepressants/anti inflammatories etc their doctor prescribed, but when they say they’re dosing themselves with various plant-based extracts or ingredients, we often discourage them from responsible & informed experimentation.

      That being said, I’m not outright recommending taking essential oils internally to you or anybody because everyone’s body is different. Only you can make that decision. You may very well have a negative reaction, I don’t know. I’d caution you to be smart about it, for sure. For myself, I start with a very small amount (1 drop) when taking an essential oil internally for the first time & dilute the h*ll out of it in a beverage, food, oil, whatever & then wait a few days, taking notice of anything unusual I might be feeling. If you do consider taking an EO internally, you DO need to be careful, but I’d advise the same caution with any new plant-based extracts a person is ingesting for medicinal purposes > start with a small amount (tiny amount when it’s essential oils) & take note of anything unusual in regards to changes in your physical health – positive or negative – after taking it. If you notice anything ‘off’, stop immediately.

      My biggest concern would be if someone had existing issues with their liver or kidneys before ingesting essential oils, as that could be a big concern. In addition, is the plant which an oil comes from known to be in any way toxic when taken internally? Is it something that could have an effect on your heart or significantly increase/decrease your blood pressure? Then I definitely wouldn’t be ingesting it. That’s just simple logic. But in order for you to know these things, it’s absolutely essential you educate yourself. Don’t just take people’s recommendations online – mine or anybody’s.

      Again, in regards to safety, think of lemon & orange oils, for example, to name just a few. We commonly ingest these through commercially manufactured goods (in addition to a whole host of other things like parabens etc used in our foods). Which is one of the reasons why I personally don’t subscribe to the view that essential oils are for external use only. Some are, for sure, but in my experience, many are very much safe used internally if treated with respect & a good dose of knowledge. You do, however, need to research how a particular EO acts on the body before ingesting it. Do a *lot* of research. I’ve been working with herbs/EOs since I was quite young, learned from my grandmother & expanded my own knowledge from there, for over 30 years. If you’re a beginner with this stuff, then I’d advise even more caution as I’ve seen many fools online advise people to do some pretty stupid things (eg. scrubbing the bejesus out of their faces with a mix of baking soda & lemon juice, for example). Just because someone else is doing it doesn’t make it a good idea. Always remember, there are a lot of ignorant people out there. The internet is a literal treasure trove of knowledge AND ignorance. Learn, and learn wisely.

  72. I love reading about this and other beneficial spices and natural substances, but I struggle to incorporate as many as possible and with complements for the best absorption (i.e. Turmeric and pepper).

    Don’t judge (or do…guess I don’t really care!)…my preschoolers love Bloody Mary mix. Does anyone have a recipe that incorporates a lot of beneficial spices and nutrient-dense ingredients so I can take advantage of their odd love for Bloody Mary mix? Thanks!

  73. I enjoy turmeric in my iced matcha latte. Here is my recipe, I’ve made several changes to suit my taste and encourage you to do the same. I have an intuitive sense that if we are gagging while consuming food or drink, we are doing ourselves a disservice.
    1 cup of coconut milk
    I tsp. Organic matcha powder
    I tsp mct oil
    1/2 tsp turmeric
    Sprinkle of black pepper
    1/4 tsp organic cardamom
    Stevia to taste
    Add ice to everything in the blender.

    I have a vitamix so often use the organic turmeric root instead of the powder. I usually add ionic liquid magnesium for extra health benefits. As we go into fall I’m going to try making this into a hot version as well as making a chai version.
    I’ve also made an iced coffee using a similar recipe and it was quite good, I really liked it during the hot summer.

    • Thanks Sandra. I’ve been a pharmacist for over 20 years and have seen first-hand what the drug industry has done to our society. The overuse of prescription drugs is one of the biggest health issues we face in our healthcare system today.
      I am also an avid user of essential oils, both externally and internally. I agree with everything you said regarding their safety.
      My question about turmeric essential oil wasn’t regarding its safety (although EO users should always use caution when using internally). I was specifically wondering if the same benefits (anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, etc) of the spice and the root can be attributed to the oil.

      Sometimes when an essential oil is created, the biochemical properties change. I was hoping 1-2 drops of the oil a day, taken internally, could have the same health benefits as using it in my cooking. However, I can’t seem to find any information online or any studies to back this up.

  74. If this is a repeat of previous info. Please forgive me but it is quite important. There recently have been RECALLS on turmeric grown in China. The ground there is laden with LEAD!! You can google this and find out for yourself. I tried contacting various vendors on Amazon to give me the sources of their turmeric they are selling. I made it clear that I wanted all the countries they source turmeric from. None of them replied back to the questions. The only ones that I would consider buying from are those sources that clearly state that country of origin is India or country excluding China! Lead poisoning is cummulative and dangerous. I would be interested in knowing sources that this thread has purchased from, that do not source turmeric from China. Thank you in advance.

  75. I had been taking a tumeric supplement but it killed my heartburn so I stopped taking it. Would drinking tumeric golden millk or the broth be easier on heartburn? I love the health benefits and would love to find a way to use this spice in my life!

  76. We all know it is very important for us. The only problem I have with it is when it passes my McTaste Bids. Yuck! I’d rather have cancer.

    • Um, no you wouldn’t.

      Cancer is nothing to joke about.

  77. Love the article! I really appreciate getting the word out on this amazing spice. I love the benefits it has on blood sugar, like other spices ie cinnamon. Many of my patients have seen significant lowering of their blood sugar, which in my research, has shown to be more important that lowering cholesterol in preventing heart disease. If we can beat down inflammation and the oxidation effects of blood sugar with a natural product, its a HUGE win win. Keep up the great work.

  78. Developed severely inflamed knees after moving out of a 3rd fl apartment in the spring. The pain got so bad that I couldn’t bend my knees nor could I walk with any bending movement without excruciating pain. I never thought I would be able to run again, it was so bad. I did my research and ordered Solaray’s Tumeric Special Formula and Pharma Nord’s Seleno Precise. After a week, I could walk with getting teary-eyed and I could do some minor bending. After 3 months, I was back to 95% again. For inflammation definitely believe the hype on turmeric and organic selenium yeast. They work like a charm.

  79. This is a wonderful post Katie!

    I am from India and we use turmeric everyday for everything! – in traditional Indian households it is mandatory to add a pinch of turmeric to all kinds of cooked food (except white rice) because it is considered inauspicious to cook without it. Indian women use turmeric on face everyday to prevent/ reduce facial hair – it does help, but only if used everyday for a month or more. And it does leave a stain if used by itself. I’ve eaten/ applied turmeric during pregnancy as well (all Indian women do in fact) and haven’t had any issues, but safe to check nevertheless. Turmeric is very effective on mouth ulcers and burnt tongue as well. A paste of turmeric powder and pure coconut oil (or just water even) helps relieve the pain. A mix of turmeric powder and honey on empty stomach soothes sore throat and reduces cough.

  80. does any know if buying the turmeric powder with the piperine in it is okay?

  81. Great remedy!

  82. I purchased a package of “certified organic” turmeric from the farmers market. It has all the right words and symbols but after I got home, I then noticed “root from China.”

    I’ve kept it but have not used it. Should I be skeptical?

  83. in #2 – turmeric broth
    should the first ingredient be 4 cups of water?
    or are you supposed to start with a finished broth, like bone broth? thank you so much for your time & dedication!!!! Always good information!!

  84. I am struggling with controlling my blood sugar levels ..i have turmeric at my green grocer how do i take it in its natural

  85. Hi
    I am so excited about the golden milk. I am in South Africa and got the recipe from my doctor. I just love the taste! My neighbor has arthritis and is diabetic. What dosage would you recommend she takes per day? She has a lot of pain and swelling. If she has to mix it per cup, can she use 1 tsp turmeric per cup?
    Thank you for your fabulous and very informative website.
    God bless

  86. I have recently found a balm/salve that was given to me by a friend (a sample jar) of a balm/salve that contains turmeric, oils, essential oils etc. My face gets very dry, and I started using this stuff on it, and it has cleared up my face so much, and totally helped my husbands psoriasis . I was super psyched to find something to clear my skin, and keep it moist and stopped the aggressive picking of my skin. UNTIL I went on the company site, and a 2oz Jar is $90.00
    I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction of making something like this for my friends and family. I don’t mind spending money for quality ingredients, but I don’t want to shell out a ton of money for just a little jar that would be gone in no time at all..

  87. Hi All I had an hernia operation 2 years ago and a few weeks ago the hernia went open again…just want to asked if i can use turmeric for the hernia also and how do i use it…

  88. Long article about the use of Turmeric as a better teeth whitener; question however is will it stain my restorations (fillings and crowns) in a yellowish stain natural to the substance?? (I understand it will not stain my own teeth, I am asking about the restorations, mostly if they are resin based)

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