Simple Turmeric Honey Paste (+ Uses)

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A simple DIY for health-boosting turmeric honey, including health benefits, and a list of uses such as turmeric honey shots (recipe included!)

Turmeric Honey in a heart bowl

Over this past year or so I’ve become absolutely turmeric obsessed. With a long list of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, there’s tons of reasons to add it to your diet now. This turmeric honey ‘paste’ is a super simple way to incorporate it into your lifestyle. 

I’ve already posted recipes for a golden spice mix, Turmeric paste, and golden milk. However, this Turmeric honey takes my turmeric DIYs to a whole new level of simplicity. Plus, there are tons of ways to use this honey too.

Oh, and this honey can be made using either fresh or powdered turmeric, so ultimate convenience for whatever you have on hand. 

a stick with drizzle of turmeric honey

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Turmeric and honey benefits

I’ve spoken again and again about the AMAZING health benefits of turmeric before, so rather than repeating myself for a 30th time, I’ll list a few ‘highlights’ and then you can pop over to this Turmeric Paste recipe post or this Ginger Turmeric Immune-Boosting Energy Shots (juicer recipe), to find out more. 

Turmeric:

  • Anti-inflammatory Properties– Impressively so, in fact. Some studies found that turmeric works better than certain pharmaceuticals, and all with no side effects!
  • Pain Relief – Once again, this is an impressive claim and has been found to be as effective, if not more than, in comparison to Ibuprofen and Prozac. 
  • Anti-cancer properties – I know that anti-cancerous can be said about lots of foods, but turmeric actually physically stunts the growth of cancerous cells and tumors.
three fresh turmeric roots

Honey:

I prefer to use raw honey for a simple recipe like this, due to the additional health benefits. However, as it’s fairly pricey, you can also use cheaper honey – jut make sure that it’s good quality. 

  • Antioxidant Rich – containing a number of compounds that act as antioxidants for our body.
  • Phytonutrient Rich – Responsible for the level of antioxidants, phytonutrients are also behind honey’s immune-boosting and anti-cancer benefits. However, these get largely destroyed in non-raw honey.
  • Antibacterial/ Anti-fungal – Once again due to the phytonutrients. In certain medical settings, Manuka honey is used to help treat wounds even. 
  • Soothing – For sore throats and during cold/flu season.
one cup of honey

Raw honey also often contains bee pollen, which has further antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties. As well as containing Vitamins A and C, amino acids, and smaller amounts of magnesium, and calcium. 

How to make turmeric honey

As you can probably guess, making homemade turmeric honey takes just a few minutes (or even less!), and three ingredients; turmeric, honey, and black pepper. 

Turmeric Honey ingredients

Black pepper is needed to increase the bio-availability of the powerful active ingredient in turmeric called curcumin. So it definitely shouldn’t be missed out.

With Ground Turmeric: This method is the easiest way to make turmeric honey, and literally takes seconds to pull together. Simply combine the ground turmeric, honey, and black pepper. Store it in an airtight jar, kept at room temperature.

ingredients of turmeric honey

With Fresh Turmeric: This method isn’t necessarily trickier, but definitely messier. Turmeric likes to stain everything it comes in contact with, so just be careful about what kitchen tools you use and, I’ll often wear gloves when handling it as it dyes the skin temporarily, too. 

Simply peel the skin from the turmeric root, finely grate it, and then combine with the honey and pepper. This can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for between 2-3 weeks. 

a spoon of turmeric honey

Optional add-ins

  • Ginger – For more of a ‘Golden’ vibe, you can add in some ginger powder or even fresh ginger. You only need a really tiny amount to make a lot of flavor difference.
  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon and honey are a match made in heaven, and a lovely way to boost the flavor of this turmeric honey.
  • Other spices – such as nutmeg, clove, cardamom. Plus, they each come with extra health benefits. 

How to use

There are a variety of ways that you can use this health-boosting honey concoction, but perhaps my favorite is as a base for turmeric, honey, apple cider vinegar (or lemon/lime juice) shots. 

Turmeric Honey and apple cider vinegar

The Turmeric Honey Shots: Combine 1 tsp of this honey with 2 tbsp of either apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, or lime juice, and 2 tbsp of filtered water, mix well and then drink as a shot. Voila! and no juicer required. 

Close up for Turmeric Honey energy shot

Other uses include:

More turmeric recipes

If you have any questions, leave a comment below Also, I love seeing your recreations so feel free to tag me on Instagram @AlphaFoodie.

Turmeric Honey and Turmeric-Honey Shots

4.95 from 18 votes
By: Samira
A simple DIY for health-boosting turmeric honey and for turmeric honey and apple cider vinegar or citrus juice shots.
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 Tbsp

Equipment

  • Airtight jar for storing

Ingredients 
 

Turmeric Honey

  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 2.5 Tbsp ground turmeric powder or 6-8" frsh turmeric root, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground

Turmeric Honey Shots

  • 1 tsp turmeric honey mixture (or more to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp citrus juice or apple cider vinegar (lemon or orange)
  • 2 Tbsp water

Instructions 

The Turmeric Honey:

  • With Ground Turmeric: This method is the easiest way to make turmeric honey and literally takes seconds to pull together. 
    Simply combine the ground turmeric, honey, and black pepper. Store it in an airtight jar, kept at room temperature.
    adding ingredients for turmeric honey
  • With Fresh Turmeric: Simply peel the skin from the turmeric root, finely grate it, and then combine with the honey and pepper. This can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for between 2-3 weeks. *

The Turmeric Honey Shots:

  • Combine 1 tsp of this honey with 2 tbsp of either apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, or lime juice, and 2 tbsp of filtered water, mix well and then drink as a shot. Voila!
    Turmeric Honey energy shot and turmeric honey jar

Video

Notes

* This method isn’t necessarily trickier, but definitely messier. Turmeric likes to stain everything it comes in contact with, so just be careful about what kitchen tools you use and, I’ll often wear gloves when handling it as it dyes skin temporarily too. 
Optional Add-Ins:
  • Ginger- For more of a ‘Golden’ vibe, you can add in some ginger powder or even fresh ginger. You only need a really tiny amount to make a lot of flavor difference.
  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon, and honey are a match made in heaven, and a lovely way to boost the flavor of this turmeric honey.
  • Other spices – such as nutmeg, clove, cardamom 
How To Use:
Course: DIYs, Snack
Cuisine: Asian
Freezer friendly: No
Shelf life: 2 Months

Nutrition

Serving: 1Tbsp, Calories: 49kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 35mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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22 Comments

  1. nadia says:

    how long honey turmeric mixture in room temperature

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Nadia,
      It can last in an air-tight container at rooms temperature for about 2 months.

  2. Priscilla Robert says:

    I read something about raw honey,apple cider vinegar mother, turmanic and cayenne.
    Can you tell what all of these put together can do for our bodies.please. Thanks Priscilla

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      They all are very beneficial, Priscilla. I’ve linked to some more reading material in my blog posts.

    2. Saria says:

      Can you freeze the turmeric honey mix made using fresh turmeric?

      1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Saria.
        I don’t recommend freezing the mixture at all.

  3. Raju says:

    I take a shot very similar to this.
    Ginger, lime, honey, aloe Vera, turmeric, chia seeds & flanax seeds.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Sounds great. Thanks for sharing, Raju.

  4. Katrin says:

    4 stars
    Thanks for finally writing about > Simple Turmeric Honey Paste (+ Uses) – Alphafoodie < Liked it!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Katrin.

      1. Becca says:

        5 stars
        How much a day should I take?

      2. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Becca,
        You can take 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric honey up to 3 times a day.

  5. Max says:

    I have been using turmeric in a few recipes for a while and it is very helpful for your body. My Dr, gi dr called me to let me know about my lab results and was very interested in my share what I was doing,.He said he was jealous about the way my body has changed since August of 2014.I have been using turmeric/curcumin for a year now and I can tell the difference

    1. Samira says:

      Hi Max,
      I am happy to hear you are reaping the benefits of turmeric. It’s indeed a great ingredient and I, too, love using it in various recipes (as you might have seen on my blog) 🙂

      1. Christopher Sweeney says:

        Hi Samira,
        Thank you for this recipe! How long does this store for and does it need refrigeration?

      2. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Christopher,
        You can store the honey mix in an airtight jar, at room temperature, for about 2 months.

      3. Lisa A George says:

        Hello, I am using this recipe, but how can I make it more kid friendly? Our 6 yr. Old has been sneezing alot and has a runny nose. Can I exclude the pepper? Thank you so much

      4. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Lisa.
        The pepper helps with the absorption of turmeric. Maybe you could add a tiny bit of the turmeric honey to a fruit juice or tea or mixed into a yogurt bowl – this should “dilute” the strong flavor. Please note that these suggestions are not a substitute for professional medical advice – it’s best to consult your doctor for their expert opinion.

    2. Debbie Montoya says:

      How many times a day can I do the honey/turmeric shots?

      1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Debbie,
        For the shots, it’s best to consume them once a day. You can take 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric honey up to 3 times a day.

      2. Thierry says:

        What is the right time to take tumeric honey shot? does it to be empty stomach?

      3. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

        Hi Thierry,
        You don’t have to take it on an empty stomach. It’s up to personal preference when you want to consume it.