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Nikki Heyder

Nikki Heyder

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Winter turmeric elixir recipe

be. Warm Up Recipe Book — Posted 22/06/15

Feel strong and vibrant this winter with a powerful, gingery mix.

Makes: 1 litre

This recipe takes me back to my roots – it’s a traditional Indonesian recipe known as ‘Jamu’. Being half Indonesian myself and spending all of my childhood there, the taste and smell of this elixir is definitely a comforting one.

Both turmeric and ginger contain potent antioxidants which fight off free radicals. A proven anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and liver detoxifier, turmeric really is a natural superfood. Coupled with the vitamin C from the lime juice and the healing power of natural honey, a shot of this elixir every morning will be sure to get your body feeling strong during the winter months. 


½ cup turmeric root, washed and roughly chopped

2.5 cm piece ginger, washed 

4 cups filtered water 

1 tablespoon natural, unprocessed honey 

Juice of 1 or 2 limes (depending on how strong you like the citrus flavour) 


1. In a ‘bullet’ or small food processor, combine turmeric root, ginger, and half a cup of water. Blitz on high speed until a thick, smooth paste forms.

2. Pour the paste into a medium sized saucepan along with remaining water and honey. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a very gentle simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Turn off heat and stir in lime juice.

4. Allow to cool before straining through a fine sieve and then pouring into an airtight bottle (you can also place a muslin cloth into a funnel and pour straight into the bottle so that the cloth catches any left-over root fibres). 

5. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and have half a cup every morning upon waking. 

Tip: Turmeric stains are incredibly hard to get off your hands and fingers and can stain your benchtops too, so be wary when cooking with it. Either wear gloves or rub a little oil on your fingers so it’s easier to get off later.

This recipe appears in the be. Warm Up recipe book. Download your free copy or view all recipes online. 

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