Boost your immune system with a homemade Turmeric Shot. (And save plastic and money with not buying ready-to-made overpriced alternatives 😉
It’s said you should add some colour to your life to brighten up cold winter days – This makes turmeric just the perfect to-go option. But this yellow spice has not just a pretty yellow colour but also a pretty impressive impact on your health. We show you how to make your own turmeric shot with very simple steps.
Everything you need to know about turmeric
What is turmeric?
Curcuma, also called Turmeric is a root (similar looking to ginger). It has been used already in ancient India, but now also becoming popular here.
Why is turmeric good for you?
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. And it has a lot of other health benefits, like an increase in brain function, lower the risk of heart diseases (just to mention a few) and studies show that curcumin even has incredible benefits against depression. What more do you want?
Should I use the root or the powder?
Sometimes the root might be a bit hard to find, but in most places, you can find the powdered version. If you have never used turmeric so far, we would like to warn you: Turmeric has a very intense yellow colour, and is famous for leaving the colour where ever it gets (No, worries it won’t stay forever). If you are a beginner working with turmeric, better just stick to the powder and be careful while using it.
How does turmeric taste like?
Turmeric has a unique taste, that can be described as warm with a slight hint of ginger. If you tried it once, and say that you don’t like the taste, you might have used and little too much. But please give it another try. Especially when balanced with the acid taste of the citrus fruits, the taste of turmeric is balanced, and you don’t need to be afraid. And don’t forget, Turmeric supposed to have almost magical powers, that sounds just right like what we need for winter, right?
How to make a lemon-ginger-turmeric shot?
We suggest you in these cold winter times to give your day a head start with a turmeric shot! Plus, it takes just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time! Ingredients for a half-litre of healthy turmeric shots:
- 3 lemons
- 2 oranges
- 2 tsp of turmeric powder
- 7 cm ginger root
- 1 tbsp Sweetener like honey or agave
- a bit of pepper
There are different ways on how to make the lemon-ginger-turmeric shot:
- With a juicer: This is the simplest version, just peel all ingredients and run it through your juicer
- With a blender: You can peel and add all ingredients in a blender, afterwards press them through some cloth like muslin to get rid of the pulp.
- With a hand press: Press the oranges and lemon with hand and chop the ginger very small. Press through a muslin cloth and add honey and turmeric powder to the final juice.
And ready to serve!
What’s the effect of a turmeric shot?
The magic lays in all its ingredients: Turmeric boosts antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, known to aid digestion and relieve nausea. Lemon is detoxifying and alkalizes the body and boots plenty of vitamin C (which boosts the immune system.) And you may wonder know why you need to add black pepper? It boosts the absorption of turmeric by up to 2000%. With this mix, you really get the maximum vitamin boost you need.
How long can you store homemade turmeric shots?
You can store the turmeric shot mixture in the fridge for 7 – 10 days. If you want to keep them longer, you can add them in ice cube trays and freeze them in small portions.