Got a cold? Try this powerful turmeric tonic

Winter has arrived which means that the sniffles will be on their way.

Good news is that if you feel you’re starting to come down with something, this powerful turmeric tonic will sort you out in no time at all.

a powerful turmeric tonic to help you fight colds and flu
ignore the state of my nails *hangs head in shame*

This recipe will last you a couple of days – just take 1 shot glasses, 3 times a day.

What you need:

  • Juice of 1 & 1/2 lemon
  • Ginger  – grate around 1tbp of ginger or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp Raw, Unfiltered, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • A pinch of Black pepper
  • 1 – 2 tbsp honey
  • 350ml-400ml of water

Whizz it up in your blender and then store it in the fridge.

Seriously, it’s such good stuff. I’m going to be honest with you, it doesn’t taste that great, but when you consider the health benefits then you’ll soon forget about the taste.

This got rid of my really bad cold in just a couple of days – and I only started taking it when the cold had developed!


Turmeric: is one of natures most powerful healers, it’s an anti-inflammatory that boosts the immune system. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it will fight infections. Turmeric has a rich source of antioxidants that help fight against free radicals. Basically, the benefits of turmeric deserve their very own blog post. 

Lemon: has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties as well as being rich in vitamin C to help support a healthy immune system. 

Ginger: A rich source of antioxidants, ginger also contains antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasitic properties. And that’s just the start of things. 

Apple Cider Vinegar: I’ve waxed lyrical about the benefits of apple cider vinegar before.  It is high in acetic acid, which has potent effects. It can also help kill bacteria, great when you’re fighting a cold.

Black Pepper: I have Sarah Wilson to thank for this tip. If you add black pepper to your turmeric then it enhances bioavailability of the turmeric meaning you absorb more of it so it’s anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties are more powerful.

Honey: Not only to add a bit of sweetness but raw, organic honey contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin. In addition, the nutraceuticals contained in honey help neutralise the damage done by free radicals.

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Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

36 thoughts on “Got a cold? Try this powerful turmeric tonic”

  1. I like the sound of this though I can’t imagine it tastes very nice. I’m willing to give it a go though. I prefer natural remedies like this to over the counter medications.

  2. The year before last I was completely bunged up and then last winter I managed to escape it but now I am bunged up because it has got so cold. Tumeric is a great way of helping your sinuses breathe.

  3. I have tried various turmeric and ginger blends in the past when I’ve had a cold coming. My favourite still is brandy, honey and hot milk. Works for me every time especially when I have awful coughs.

  4. Had no idea that turmeric had so many wonderful properties! Will be bookmarking this for future reference. I will no doubt come down with something soon what with it being so cold!

  5. I seem to spend my life suffering from horrible colds. I will be keeping this in mind for when my next cold hits. Great post – thanks.

  6. My husband has just been moaning about coming down with a cold. I think I have all the ingredients for this is tonic tucked away in the kitchen. I might just make a batch and use him as the guinea pig.

  7. I like this idea for getting rid of a cold so much more than the usual paracetamol/flu capsules. My sister has been suffering for weeks now maybe she could do with this to sort her out! Thanks

  8. I love natural cures like this! I’ve shared with friends and family as they all seem to be dying right now! X

  9. I’ve never heard of this drink before but the concoction sounds so powerful now that you’ve broken it down! I’m often coming down with a cold so this is a good one for me xxx

  10. I’ve heard about the incredible benefits of turmeric for a cold but always forget to try it out when I actually have one! This recipe would have been so useful when I was poorly last month.

  11. Oooh this sounds really interesting, I’m going to bookmark this for when I eventually get that disastrous cold! xo

  12. Lovely! I’m a fan of golden milk – it’s so comforting and although I can’t be sure, it does seem to help when I have a cold coming on.

  13. I have heard of the benefits of Turmeric and didn’t know you could take it as a cold remedy. I will definitely try this if and when I come down with a cold.

    Angel Xx

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