If your period rolls around and you find that you are too… on the floor, in the fetal position from pain of menstrual cramps, then give this turmeric tonic a shot.
Turmeric, the stunning golden root and its active compound curcumin, is the darling spice of the health world with thousands of studies backing up its therapeutic properties. It’s been celebrated as a powerful antioxidant that can calm inflammation, balance blood sugar, and even mitigate neurodegenerative disease.
So how can this unicorn spice help with your flow?
It assists your body in fighting inflammation and pain without the side effects of painkillers, and helps the body to balance hormones and alleviate fatigue.
Prepare this concentrated tonic recipe below on the days leading up to your period and chill it in the fridge to enjoy throughout the painful days of your cycle. This recipe uses whole turmeric and ginger root, but i f your period sneaks up on you and you didn't have time to prepare the recipe, consider keeping one of our favourite prepared dry turmeric blends on hand.
1 Thumb sized piece grated turmeric root
1 Thumb size piece peeled and grated ginger
1 lemon, juiced
1-2 tsp, honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice
2 turns of black pepper grinder (increases absorption of the turmeric!)
3.5 cups filtered water
optional: pinch of cayenne pepper or cinnamon powder
Grate turmeric and ginger roots using small cheese grater, microplane or food processor
In a small saucepan, combine filtered water, lemon juice, grated roots and sweetener
Bring to a low simmer, stirring as needed
Strain concentrate into large mason jar with small mesh strainer or tea strainer
Enjoy warm immediately, or place mason jar in fridge to cool.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove