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Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb

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
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81 Comments

  1. Marieke
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 08:16 | #

    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!

  2. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 08:36 | #

    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

  3. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 08:43 | #

    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.

  4. Cyndie
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 09:07 | #

    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 ;)

  5. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 09:40 | #

    Oh thank’s! I’m gonna give this a try to get rid of my never ending cold…

  6. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 10:03 | #

    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!

  7. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 10:20 | #

    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!

  8. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 11:06 | #

    Wow, that looks delicious! Is it possible to get the recipe for the ginger caramels before Christmas? I looove ginger caramels. :)

    • Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 18:38 | #

      Hi, I left a short description of the caramel recipe in a comment further down.
      /David

  9. sarah
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 12:13 | #

    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 :)

  10. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 12:25 | #

    I love tumeric and its colour! We’ll try it at home, thanks for sharing! :)

  11. Valeria Pestana
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 12:31 | #

    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.

    • Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 18:37 | #

      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

  12. Kara
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 12:57 | #

    Hopefully this kicks my cold in the ass:)

    PS. It’s of course not of cause!

  13. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 13:13 | #

    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

  14. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 13:45 | #

    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.

  15. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 14:07 | #

    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 :)

  16. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 14:37 | #

    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

  17. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 14:49 | #

    This looks incredible! Just what we need around here. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Dawnee
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 15:20 | #

    Do I use only the zest of the lemon, or the juice as well?

    • Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 18:33 | #

      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

  19. Tessa
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 15:39 | #
    • Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 15:58 | #

      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
        Posted 2 Apr ’14 at 21:10 | #

        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!

  20. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 15:44 | #

    I tried this steeped in warm milk. Pritty, yummy and heathy.

  21. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 15:47 | #

    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!

  22. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 15:53 | #

    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.

    • Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 17:11 | #

      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

  23. Kim
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 15:57 | #

    Luv the recipe…do you know how long it will keep on the shelf?

    • Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 18:28 | #

      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

  24. suzanne
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 16:25 | #

    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.

    • Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 18:26 | #

      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

  25. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 17:14 | #

    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 :)

  26. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 17:42 | #

    Immune boosting properties AND such a yummy treat all in one – great medicine.

  27. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 17:59 | #

    Your photos. I cannot get enough. Saw this on Pinterest early this morning and had to stop by! Saving for later.

  28. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 18:10 | #

    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!!!

  29. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 19:32 | #

    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. :)

  30. Anja
    Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 19:52 | #

    I just added a teaspoon of it to balsamic vinegar and olive oil and put the dressing over rocket. It was fantastic.

  31. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 20:59 | #

    I took a trip down memory lane with your turmeric drink:) My mom used to make this drink with milk when I was a child. I hated the taste of turmeric at that time and I would come up with creative excuses to avoid drinking it! Your pictures are gorgeous as always! I am so looking forward to your new book now!

  32. Posted 27 Feb ’14 at 21:41 | #

    When my husband or I get a cold, I make us drink all natural ginger ale. It speeds up the healing process for sure!

  33. Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 00:50 | #

    This sounds lovely! I’m coming down with something as well, so this is exactly what I need.

  34. Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 01:27 | #

    Can’t wait for your cookbook to come out. Looks like this drink is just plain good medicine.

  35. Beth
    Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 01:34 | #

    Just made some honey bomb – it’s lovely! My four-year-old is enjoying a cup now. One question for you guys – how long would you keep it? Right now mine is in a mason jar in a cool pantry, and it won’t last long based on how fast my family drinks tea this time of year, but I want to make sure I shouldn’t have it in the refrigerator. Thanks for the beautiful recipe!

  36. Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 01:47 | #

    Looks great, I’ve been something to use turmeric with and blast a cold!

  37. Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 04:04 | #

    A fiercely spiced ginger (as many fresh slices as you can manage), wildly tart lemon (one plump juiced fruit per cup; two’s better), barely sweet (one tiny squeeze of honey; three for my kids) tisane is requisite around here, for any whiff of a sniffle.

    I can only imagine how majestic this must be! Almost cannot wait for the next cold to try. Wait. SCRATCH THAT! Will try while fully healthy, all the better to enjoy!

    Feel better soon!

    Molly

  38. Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 04:47 | #

    Hello! I am so excited for this recipe! I have tried your turmeric lhassis and loved it. I did a blog post on you, and hope it is okay. Please let me know if I should add, or subtract anything. I admire you so! http://cardamomcollective.tumblr.com/post/78073981648/i-have-seen-the-light-and-it-is-the-golden-color

  39. Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 05:35 | #

    It is so hard to find ways to get ginger into my kids when they have colds, I am quite interested for that caramel recipe- I vote that it could count as medicine :)
    But they love honey, and this looks like a great way to get some of those ingredients in to their bodies. And the tumeric is a brilliant addition!

  40. Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 08:55 | #

    *instantly puts it on a to do list*

    Looks amazing and so easily done. Thanks for the recipe!

  41. Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 12:30 | #

    Hai….
    Its really Nice to see those varities of Soups Using Turmeric its Very useful to all, Hope for More ….Thank you.

  42. Kiki
    Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 14:49 | #

    I have finally managed to find turmeric in an oriental market! The chunks are really microscopic and quite a pain to peel but still amazing to try it fresh! And the staining power of fresh turmeric is much stronger!

  43. Posted 28 Feb ’14 at 19:33 | #

    You have made a lovely place here.Thank you :) Love your photography and recipes.You inspire me every day! Best wishes!

  44. Posted 1 Mar ’14 at 00:48 | #

    Orange has always been my favourite colour, and this post makes me even more proud to declare that fact! Such stunning photos and I feel nourished just looking at them.

  45. Posted 1 Mar ’14 at 01:17 | #

    looks so yummy, can’t wait to try it!

  46. Matilda
    Posted 1 Mar ’14 at 13:09 | #

    Perfect timing, guys. I’m fighting off my second cold for the season–that most unjust of diseases: the summer cold. Rather than adding the ginger and turmeric honey bomb to tea (40º C is not tea weather), I added the juice of the lemon as well and have been having it in soda water with ice. Wonderful stuff!

  47. carla
    Posted 1 Mar ’14 at 13:15 | #

    This recipe is awesome, guys. It’s so good, healthy and it’s like drinking sun! Thank for sharing it! Grazie per averlo condiviso :)

  48. Eline
    Posted 1 Mar ’14 at 14:58 | #

    I just tried this recipe, and the final product tastes fantastic! I really feel like I’m getting rid of my cold while drinking this. While I was making it, I thought “how am I going to get this down?” because of the strong smell/taste of both turmeric and ginger, but the honey makes the whole thing soo delicious! I didn’t manage to get the right consistensy nor color though.

  49. Posted 1 Mar ’14 at 21:41 | #

    I just made a batch of this yesterday, and it was amazing! I can practically feel the ginger and turmeric doing its thang to clear up my cold and boost my immune system. It was just what I needed :) Thank you so much for another awesome recipe!

  50. Posted 1 Mar ’14 at 22:58 | #

    Wow, what an amazing creation! I’m definitely making a batch of this for next time we are battling the sniffles.

  51. Kiki
    Posted 2 Mar ’14 at 11:23 | #

    I wonder if this would work if instead of honey I did it with date syrup?

  52. Posted 2 Mar ’14 at 15:04 | #

    Just made this, and all I can say is that I am addicted. I have been dusting honeyed toast with turmeric for the past couple of months and never thought of putting them together. Genius!

  53. Posted 2 Mar ’14 at 22:23 | #

    Thank you for your beautiful post. Your photos are so rich with color and life, thank you for sharing them! I featured this post on my March inspiration board! Keep up the lovely posts!

    S.

  54. Posted 3 Mar ’14 at 00:04 | #

    This looks great! Can’t wait to try it:). I am a new food blogger, will appreciate it a lot if you check my blog out@ http://www.dollyscookbook.blogspot.com

  55. IK
    Posted 3 Mar ’14 at 08:16 | #

    This sounds great when you’re feeling under the weather or during a cold spell!!

    Can I keep this in the fridge? How long will it last at room temp or in the fridge (if permitted)?

  56. Posted 3 Mar ’14 at 21:33 | #

    I’ve been making lemon ginger tea forever… and then mixing honey and turmeric (or cinnamon) and adding it to the tea. But I am definitely making this “bomb” tonight! Thanks :)

  57. Susan Rae
    Posted 5 Mar ’14 at 01:06 | #

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I’m going to try it soon. I just found your blog and am looking forward to more posts.

  58. Posted 5 Mar ’14 at 17:08 | #

    This is wonderful! I’ve been home with a late winter cold for a few days, and I finally got around to making this today. Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  59. Steph
    Posted 6 Mar ’14 at 21:32 | #

    Hi. I just bought your cookbook. I love love love! Thanks for all your incredible recipes, and delightful photos.

    Quick question: do I keep this magic potion in the fridge? Room temp?

    • Posted 6 Mar ’14 at 22:05 | #

      Just like honey, you can store it in room temperature. It can probably last for a long time, but our is usually finished within a week.

  60. Posted 7 Mar ’14 at 10:36 | #

    You don’t have to sell me on ginger’s wondrous healing powers. They’ve always worked for me when my throat is irritated or I’ve got a mild case of laryngitis. Ginger-Turmeric-Honey-Bomb? Why not?

  61. Posted 10 Mar ’14 at 18:11 | #

    Oh, this would be good with my morning lemon-juice-in-hot-water… I just have to find a bit of ginger now.

  62. Ines
    Posted 11 Mar ’14 at 08:46 | #

    Hi! Do you think this is also good for children (6 and 4 years)? What should be the right amount per day for them?

  63. lorene
    Posted 18 Mar ’14 at 11:22 | #

    It is such an amazing drink. I saw you said that we can keep it for a long time but can you be more specific? Can i keep it up to a month? Thanks

  64. Christine
    Posted 21 Mar ’14 at 07:03 | #

    Thanks for the recipe. Sounds perfect for my stomach ailment.

    Can maple syrup be used in place of honey? And how long can this be kept in the refrigerator?

  65. Ines
    Posted 24 Mar ’14 at 08:07 | #

    Thanks for the recipe and all your blog!
    Do you think children can take it? How much per day?
    My boys, 4 and 6, are now with a very runny nose and I wanted to stop this before it gest worse. I already gave them lemon, ginger and honey tea, but this one seems great to boost their imune system even more.
    What do you think?
    Thanks!

  66. Posted 31 Mar ’14 at 23:27 | #

    I love this idea! I also super love the picture with the spoon going into the water. I’ll have to make this sometime. Great idea!

  67. Marc
    Posted 2 May ’14 at 08:59 | #

    Piperine increases curcumin absorbtion by 20x (Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers, Planta Med. 1998 May;64(4):353-6, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619120).
    20mg piperine was used in the study, equivalent to +-400mg black pepper. 2g curcumin = +- 63g tumeric.

  68. Caitlin
    Posted 24 May ’14 at 22:22 | #

    Thanks for the helpful post!

  69. Natasha
    Posted 3 Jun ’14 at 03:08 | #

    I’m wondering how long I can keep this? I assume at room temperature for the honey. I’d love your thoughts, thanks.

  70. Vynn
    Posted 5 Jun ’14 at 21:31 | #

    Same question as Natasha…How long does it keep?
    Would it be different using fresh vs dried turmeric?

    Just made a small batch and it is delicious

  71. Peggy
    Posted 23 Aug ’14 at 22:34 | #

    I just saw this recipe and am excited to try it, but am wondering how long it keeps? Should I keep it in the refrigerator? Thanks in advance for your answer.

  72. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 22:11 | #

    You make it look so simple and easy to make this “Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb”, but in reality I’m not sure how many people have the time to make it often… I always drink a hot water with lemon every morning and it does wonders…

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