Gowings Turmeric Tonic

This special tonic is the perfect pick-me-up to keep your immunity in tiptop shape before a cold or flu unfolds. Its rich golden yellow hue comes from beta-carotene.

Inspired by the great Jamu kunyit at Bali Janet’s Casa Luna, this is my version with the fresh stuff created for the cooking school in 2005. Like its little sister ginger, turmeric has been used in traditional medicine as a liver tonic and blood purifier, and continues to be useful for a variety of skin conditions and minor injuries.

It is celebrated for its powerful antioxidant curcumin, which has been noted as having anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.

1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon honey
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 cup hot water

  • Select the central body of the turmeric
  • Wash, peel and grate into a heat proof glass
  • Top up with hot water
  • Mix in honey, lemon or lime juice

Turmeric is a common ingredient of traditional oriental medicine for use as a stomach tonic and blood purifier, and was used for a variety of skin conditions and minor injuries. Today, turmeric is considered potentially beneficial for use in connection with symptoms associated with a variety of health conditions due to its purported antioxidant, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects.

The active constituent in turmeric is known as curcumin, which is believed to be responsible for the following medicinal and therapeutic properties:

  • Acts as anti-inflammatory by lowering histamine levels.
  • Acts as anti-oxidant protecting against free radical damage.
  • Protects liver from certain toxins.
  • Improves circulation by inhibiting blood platelets aggregating.
  • Curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric, induces the flow of bile, which breaks down fats.
  • Extracts of turmeric root inhibited gastric secretion and protected against injuries caused by medications such as indomethacin and reserpine in an animal study. Further studies are needed to confirm these effects in humans.
  • Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent that relieves the aches and pains associated with arthritis.
  • Turmeric has shown to decrease symptoms of skin cancers and reduced the incidence of chemically caused breast cancer in lab animals. 
  • The herb’s volatile oil functions as an external antibiotic, preventing bacterial infection in wounds.

This tonic was lovingly prepared by SG on assignment in Sri Lanka 2008 for Kahanda Kanda boutique hotel’s wellness menu ©ImageJennyCollins

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