Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb

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We don’t have a fever thermometer in our house. It’s not necessary. Instead we measure the weirdness-level in our daily activities. So when someone does something exceptionally weird, we know he/she has got a fever (we have a separate scale for Elsa, since she does exceptionally weird stuff all the time). For example, Luise is pretty certain that I had a fever two days ago. Why else was I cooking ginger caramels, completely off-holiday season and with our book manuscript deadline only 90 hours away (yup, we’re counting hours here)? It’s typical hallucinatory behavior. I even tried to justify my actions by claiming that my caramels actually were medicin. Which only had Luise suspecting that I was in urgent need of medical attention.

All members in our family have spent the last 10 days sneezing, sniffling and coughing from a nasty cold. So when I on a recent visit to our local Asian market found small Chinese ginger caramels that were eye-tearingly and sinus-clearingly fierce, I thought to myself that this was exactly what we needed. I started experimenting with my own recipe and actually got a pretty good batch on the first try. They were oozing with ginger and still very sweet and soft from the honey. It was a nice accomplishment, but I admit that my priorities were unexpectedly weird. And looking back, can I honestly call them medicine? Nope. They were just very tasty caramels. Perhaps I’ll share the recipe with you anyway, a bit closer to Christmas.

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Yesterday Luise took the very same ingredients that I used for my caramels and instead created this immune boosting honey. It is filled, not only with a very large chunk of fresh ginger, but also turmeric, lemon and some black pepper. We call it Bomb because it hits you like one, but it’s really just a flavored honey. It tastes incredible in tea or just on it’s own, dissolved in hot water. It would probably also be pretty nice to use in cooking or on a piece of bread. I have been adding a large spoon of this in a cup of peppermint tea and am already back to my normal medium-weird myself, so this stuff really helps.

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Here are Luise’s explanations of the science behind the magic:

Ginger is a marvelous root that you can purchase in almost every supermarket in every country. It has antibiotic effects and can help digestion, detoxification, infections, inflammation, joint pain, circulation, nausea (also pregnancy nausea) and motion sickness. It tastes great in juices and smoothies and adds a hot and fresh flavor. It goes very well in curries, fruit compotes and desserts and is one of my absolute favorite herbs.

Turmeric is a very strong antioxidant and has been used as traditional Ayurvedic medicine throughout history. It is considered a herb that cleanses the whole body, especially the liver. It is used to support digestion, treat fever, infections and inflammations. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and has been proved to have similar effects as anti-inflammatory medicine. Turmeric and black pepper is a great pair to match. The black pepper helps to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin by a thousand times. Turmeric has a slight bitter taste but blends very well with other flavors.

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Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb
Makes 1/2 cup

1/2 cup / 120 ml honey (prefereble organic unheated)
2-4 tbsp freshly grated ginger (or ground ginger), depending on how strong you prefer
2 tsp ground turmeric (or freshly grated turmeric if you can find it)
1 organic unwaxed lemon, freshly grated zest
2 pinches ground black pepper

Stir together all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and add more ginger or turmeric if needed. Aim for a really strong flavor, you’ll only add a few teaspoons to a cup of water. Store the Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb in a glass container. Boil a cup of water and let slightly cool (to keep the benefits from the honey intact), stir in a few teaspoons of the honey mixture and drink. You can of course also add this to your favorite brewed tea.

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List of references:
‘Staying healthy with nutrition’ by Elson M. Haas
‘Näringsmedicinska uppslagsboken’ by Peter Wilhelmsson

132 Comments

  • Anja
    I just added a teaspoon of it to balsamic vinegar and olive oil and put the dressing over rocket. It was fantastic.
  • Yes! I've been making this exact drink during sick season, but I never thought to make a mix ahead of time. That is pure genius. I'm so in love with the combination of lemon, honey, ginger, and fresh turmeric root. That stuff is truly a miracle food. Thank you for posting this! I can't wait to try your version. Exquisite photos, as always. :)
    • good Job !!, looks very delicious, I will try and hope my wife happy...thanks for share
  • We must be on the same page because I was just telling my students to drink a similar Ayurvedic concoction of turmeric + raw honey + lemon + pinch of cayenne this week during class for anti-inflammatory properties. I MUST share your link with them right away! Love your stunning photos... You guys rock!!!
  • Your photos. I cannot get enough. Saw this on Pinterest early this morning and had to stop by! Saving for later.
  • Immune boosting properties AND such a yummy treat all in one - great medicine.
  • Amazing photographs! I love this combo. Turmeric tea is fantastic and the combinations with other healing spices endless... Looking forward to hear more about your new book. Loved the last one and featured a version of your Baked Oatmeal on my blog the other day. It is one of the best breakfasts I have ever made!! Thank you for all your continued inspiration :)
  • suzanne
    Recipe for Ginger Caramels, pretty please? I'm making this honey, but now that you've mentioned the caramels I can't get them off my mind.
    • Hi Suzanne, I can't share an exact recipe as we are too busy at the moment. But the basic idea behind the caramel is to simply heat honey, turmeric, black pepper, a large chunk ginger, a splash coconut cream and a pinch of arrowroot in a heavy-bottomed pot to 250°F/120°C and then carefully pour it in a baking sheet covered pan to cool. Good luck! /David
  • Kim
    Luv the recipe...do you know how long it will keep on the shelf?
    • Hi Kim, we can't tell for sure. But a fair guess is that it probably will last just as long as you would keep an opened jar honey (which is very long). /David
  • Beautiful, beautiful images, and pertinent, useful information and recipe. I just know it tastes amazing. I realise you mention black pepper in the body of the text, but a little twist or two of fresh pepper plus a smidge of coconut oil or similar would really help the turmeric absorption in the recipe itself. Perhaps your daughter might balk at the black specks though! I have a golden turmeric milk recipe on my site with the goodies here as well as black pepper, almond milk, cardamom and cinnamon too. Lots of wonderful applications for turmeric. I recommend it to the people I see in my cancer nutrition classes (I am a nutritionist/cancer health educator in the UK) as well as anyone who suffer recurrent respiratory infections.
    • Kelly, that sounds like a great combination! I must try mixing in some coconut oil the next time, and/ or with some warm almond milk. I recently did a similar version to this based on Heidi Swanson's Turmeric tea recipe, using cinnamon, cardamon & cayenne with the turmeric/honey combo. It's simply divine. Amazing spice on all levels. :) Fantastic work you do also. /Linn
  • I love turmeric! I just did a blog post on it too- so wonderful for cold and flus, as well as healing cuts. My better half is also feeling under the weather, so this is going to be my project tonight!
  • I tried this steeped in warm milk. Pritty, yummy and heathy.
  • Tessa
    This turmeric thing seems to be the latest trend, and - hmm, yours looks strikingly similar to: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/turmeric-tea-recipe.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/health/coconut-ginger-tea-with-lime-honey-and-turmeric.html
    • Hi Tessa, yes turmeric definitely seems to be on everyones mind lately. We never claimed that it's a new invention to mix ginger, honey and herbs in hot water. I even remember my grandmother doing that, 25 years ago (she also liked to put garlic in her ears). If you are interested in turmeric, you might also want to check out the Turmeric Lassi, that we posted a year ago ;) /David
      • June2
        Garlic in the ears, Wow! Actually, I have heard of garlic oil in the ears for earache. But I just add a grated garlic clove to the honey/ginger/turmeric/lemon/pepper tea. Is delicious, like an instant Thai broth but a super healing one. Love this idea of making an entire jar of it. Guess I was always too sick when making this tea to think of that!
  • Dawnee
    Do I use only the zest of the lemon, or the juice as well?
    • Hi Dawnee, we only used the zest to leave the consistency of the honey as natural as possible. But you can definitely squeeze some lemon into the hot water together with the honey. /Luise
  • This looks incredible! Just what we need around here. Thanks for sharing.
  • This looks great even for an immunity boost! Also, lots of luck and healthy vibes to you guys as you approach the deadline. We're all rooting for you and if I lived closer, I'd even come by with a get well soon basket! x
  • Yum! I love warm water with lemon and turmeric in the morning, and this looks like a fantastic new spin on that. Turmeric and lemon really do wonders for the body - I love the added use of ginger, black pepper, and honey! I definitely need to try this :)
  • Yes, ginger and honey is very good for you when you have a cold. So are onions - they also clear sinuses, and help with persistent coughs. And they are great to treat middle-ear infections! In our family, we use onion syrup to treat coughs - chop an onion finely, put it in a jar together with 2 table spoons of honey. Leave to stand on the radiator for a few hours, strain and take a teaspoon of syrup 3-4 times a day.
  • Powerful stuff! And such a great color. I make something similar but not quite the same. I will definitely give this version a try. Especially with all the illness going around. Time to give my immune system a boost! Xoxo C
  • Kara
    Hopefully this kicks my cold in the ass:) PS. It's of course not of cause!
  • Valeria Pestana
    Where do you get a hold of fresh turmeric? When I start to get a cold I usually go for home made ginger tea with a bit of lemon, honey and cayenne... I didn't know I could add turmeric into the mix (: For some reason I find the photographs remarkably stunning ---even more than usual! O: --- and so reminiscent of bright colors that will hopefully come along soon enough. I just feel it! spring is almost here!! :D All the best.
    • Hi Valeria, we find fresh turmeric in a couple different health food stores around Stockholm (Gryningen and Götgatans Hälsokost both have it from time to time). But if you can't find it fresh you can also use ground turmeric. /Luise
    • You can always find fresh turmeric on Amazon, if all else fails. ;) I have a great recipe using turmeric root, cinnamon, coconut milk n a few other ingredients n it's AMAZING!!
      • Yessy
        Can you please share with us your recipe as well, I love anything coconut and I just went to the store and bought turmeric and ginger powder. Thank you!
  • I love tumeric and its colour! We'll try it at home, thanks for sharing! :)
  • sarah
    omg . the fotos are amazing .. i'm fascinated by the colours .. so intensive and so powerful .! really really great .. the soup can just taste wonderful :)
  • Wow, that looks delicious! Is it possible to get the recipe for the ginger caramels before Christmas? I looove ginger caramels. :)
    • Hi, I left a short description of the caramel recipe in a comment further down. /David
  • My husband never takes medicines, only turmeric to cure him when he's sick! I can't stand the taste, but next time I will try this mix with honey and ginger! Thanks for sharing!
  • amazing photography, i love the photo with a tablespoon of turmeric dissolving in water, magic! Good luck with the work! I know how difficult it can be to focus and work efficiently with a cold. Oops what cold, you probably fought it already away with this recipe ;) all the best!
  • Oh thank's! I'm gonna give this a try to get rid of my never ending cold...
  • Cyndie
    Hello ! I saw you used a mineral iron pan for your fabulous shakshuka. I'm curious, are you happy with it? I also bought one and you know it's always a mission to find a good compromise for this kind of stuff! ( healthy-eco-parctical ) Thank you ;)
  • The photography is just stunning in this post. Well, I guess I say that about pretty every post you make but man, how I love the bold colors here. Especially when paired with the light gray marble background. A big HOORAY to your book manuscript deadline! I absolutely love your first one and am sure the second one will be even more marvelous.
  • Looks amazing, can't wait to try! Good luck with your book! The first is amazing (just tried the cauliflower cakes the other day, they were delicious) and I'm sure the second will be at least as great! Best, Julie
  • Marieke
    After sneezing and coughing a lot (I really mean A LOT) for the last few days this was exactly what I needed! Thank you!! I'm also really looking forward to your book as I LOVE your last one and your blog!

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