Looking for turmeric recipes to get this superfood into your diet?
This turmeric lemonade is a perfect summertime tonic for glowing skin and balancing hormones. Make a large batch to store in the fridge. When you see the jars filled with a beautiful sunny orange hue, it’s easy to consume it daily.
Here’s why turmeric is so good for you:
Get The Glow
Curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level. Consuming anti-inflammatory nutrients that contain antioxidants support the overall health of the skin when taken daily. If you have redness, curcumin can help soothe and calm your skin down.
Furthermore, curcumin helps wounds heal so it may help with acne scarring. Because it reduces inflammation it can help with symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, scleroderma, rosacea, and other skin issues. To top it all off, curcumin increases blood flow which can bring you a beautiful healthy glow.
Support Menstrual Health
In particular the regular use of turmeric is effective for:
Endometriosis or Adenomyosis- In fact, curcumin reduces the size and activity of endometrial lesions and can be an effective treatment for these painful conditions.
Painful Periods- inflammation in the body can stimulate the uterine lining to produce too many prostaglandins. It’s true that your body needs prostaglandins to reduce the uterine lining, however cramping is often caused by a high quantity of prostaglandins. The anti-inflammatory qualities of turmeric can reduce prostaglandins and help you with your cramps.
Check out our cramp reduction protocol here for more info. I recommend that you take turmeric daily, however it’s especially beneficial during your menstrual phase.
Heavy Flow- a reduction in prostaglandins also a means a reduction in flow. Turmeric also helps reduce excess estrogen by blocking the aromatase enzyme. Excess estrogen or not enough progesterone may be the cause of your heavy flow.
How To Include Turmeric in Your Diet
You can consume turmeric by taking capsules or adding the fresh or powdered root to your food. If you’re going to have the powder consume 1 tsp per day in a drink activated with black pepper. In particular, I love turmeric in a Golden Milk Latte elixir (you can get our recipe here). But we need alternatives to the hot elixir when it’s mid-afternoon on a hot sunny day! So we teamed up with our recipe creator Sarah Steffens who created (and photographed) this lovely turmeric lemonade.
It’s made in a special way to fully extract the healing compounds. I suggest you make large batches of this lemonade and drink 1-2 cups a day. You can also enjoy it as a detox drink when you first wake up in the morning.
The ingredients in this delicious turmeric recipe are also beneficial:
Pepper- Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed by the bloodstream. In fact, you almost have to consume turmeric with black pepper. Peppercorns contain piperine, an alkaloid that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%.
Ginger- also synergizes well with the black pepper to enhance the absorption of the turmeric. Ginger improves the skin and reduces menstrual pain because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Lemon Juice- provides Vitamin C which is an antioxidant, and anti inflammatory that promotes skin health. Vitamin C also helps support the adrenal glands so this lemonade would be a great tonic for those struggling with adrenal fatigue.
Fresh Mint- adds flavour and enhances digestion. You can leave the mint out but it does make this drink so delicious!
- 6 cups water
- 2 Tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 Tbsp ginger, minced
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp honey
- fresh mint leaves to garnish
- Combine water, turmeric, fresh ground black pepper and ginger in a saucepan and heat over medium until it begins to simmer.
- Once simmering, whisk well and then strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large glass or metal bowl. Stir in the honey (if using) while still hot.
- Allow to cool completely in the fridge
- Once cool, stir in the fresh lemon juice. Transfer to mason jars, or serve in glasses garnished with lemon slices and mint leaves.
Photos and recipe by Sarah Steffens of Savor & Fancy
Sarah Steffens is a Personal Chef based in Los Angeles. She specializes in Paleo, Autoimmune, and Whole30 cooking and believes food is the starting ground for practicing kindness to one’s body, mind and spirit. She shares recipes and kitchen tips at Savor & Fancy.