Turmeric Paste Recipe

Keep this simple Turmeric Paste on hand to season your favorite smoothies, and serve as an essential first-aid treatment.

November/December 2015

  • Raw turmeric
    Turmeric comes from the rhizome. To make it into a spice, the raw turmeric is boiled then dried.
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  • Raw turmeric

This paste will help heal mild burns, abrasions, insect bites or otherwise inflamed skin. Apply a thin layer and cover with gauze. Beware that turmeric will stain clothing. For internal use, blend 1⁄2 teaspoon of this paste into your favorite smoothie or milk. You can also toss in a pinch of salt and pepper and use it to season sautéed vegetables or, after thinning the paste with additional oil, rub onto meats or tofu before cooking.

Turmeric Paste Recipe


• 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
• 2 tablespoons just-boiled water
• 2 teaspoons coconut oil or olive oil


Put turmeric in a small bowl. Stir in hot water. Blend in oil. Store unused portion in the refrigerator.

Find more recipes and learn about the myriad health benefits of this herb in The Wonders of Turmeric.