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After medications failed to treat my autoimmune disease, I turned to nutrition to address my symptoms naturally. I want to empower your health with the same steps I used to heal with food.

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      • When I’ve tried similar proportions, I had trouble emulsifying the oil and honey. It may work if you emulsified the mixture in a blender, but I’m not certain. That would be something I’d like to experiment with in the future, thanks for the idea!

        • You can emulsify just about ANYTHING in a Magic Bullet! LOL. I swear by mine and use it for all sorts of things like this, especially salad dressings. I am so excited to try these turmeric bombs, and will definitely try the combo approach, as I feel the honey is important for flavor and the oil is crucial for curcumin bioavailability. I will let you know how the emulsification in the trusty Bullet goes. Thanks!

        • Lauren, I can’t wait to try these. I have fibromyalgia, arthritis and nuerapothy and want to know if there is anything else I can add to it for aiding all three diagnosis’. Also I noticed in step 7 of the instructions, the last sentence has the word “It” instead of “If”. Just thought you might want to know.

            • I too would like to know the answer to this, but it seems to be the only one not getting answered

            • When we get head congestion, we use 1 teasp. with fresh honey or organic syrup, uncooked, clears the head in about 20-30 min.

            • Hi – I have added turmeric to my kefir/veggie/fruit smoothies for months with great results in reducing joint inflammation. Note there is no pepper or fat (other than 2% milk fat). Occasionally I make golden milk in the evenings, in which I do add pepper and honey. Turmeric has been an amazing game changer for me. I am going to try this recipe as well. Thanks so much! Pinning….

            • Hi! I fill 00 (double aught) vegan capsules with simple turmeric powder and pepper… works like a charm and this isn’t cooked turmeric.
              I hope this satisfies your curiosity.

            • I just ate some black pepper on a Ritz cracker after taking a bomb I forgot to put the pepper in. Ritz & pepper is very good!

            • I was wondering about the Bartonella testing. I to have Fibromyalgia, neuropathy, Interstial cystitis and arthritis. Were you tested because you had Cat scratch fever or any of the other diseases in the article I was reading. I would like to approach my doctor without feeling like a hypochondriac. Have had the diagnosis enough I. My lifetime. LOL

          • Hi , I have a friend who is helping me with fibro who is a bio chemist. Fibromyalgia is caused by a magnesium deficiency, So I got good magnesium vitamins autoimmune, i take 3 in the moening and 3 at night. Also i mex magnesium flakes in distelled water and use a small sprayer and slather it on my legs, thighs and arms. It is absorbed through the skin., and the fact your body is trying to detox itself. I tried Celtic salt and put it into capsules and I ate 2 at a time 3 to 4 times a day. Toxins follow the,sea salt out of the body through perspiration, the kidneys, and the liver. Then do liver flushes. Do liver flushes and go to and go to the human part and look up detox especially and they have the best recommendations for a liver detox. Canola oil is best. They are tough at first. I don’t have the same pain or foggy head either, but II never eat gluten at all, and I feel better.

        • I did this, just mixing in a bowl with a spoon. No problems. I did not mix the oil and honey first. Just plopped everything in the bowl and mixed and mixed and mixed and mixed! I made about 84. Froze them and transferred to a jar in the fridge. So far, so good!

        • You don’t need a blender just some patience. Emulsified my honey and coconut in a container standing in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes. The rest is easy no wastage in a blender. Just made it!

    • You mentioned that turmeric tastes bitter. Try fresh turmeric root. I looks like ginger but is a bright orange in the center. It taste a little like a carrot. You can shred it or just put chunks in a smoothie. I get it at Indian Market or order it online. Even carries it.

    • I make mine with honey and coconut oil and I also add nutmeg and cinnamon. I also do not make it in balls. I make it up as a mix and put it in the fridge in a container – and spoon it out as I need it.

    • Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have found that the potent health properties of curcumin, including turmeric, are due to its ability to transport sulfur. Sulfur is a potent healer and clears away cellular garbage. I am interested in trying this recipe with the ghee as it is a rich source of sulfur and I bet would amp up the healing properties. Thanks for sharing Lauren!!

      • Thanks for the post and all the helpful comments. I note here the mention of sulfur. I’m allergic to sulfa medication – I break out in hives – and am wondering if that would also apply to the sulfur mentioned here. I have fibromyalgia, so this would be great if it’s ok to try it. Appreciate any responses.

        • Reactions to sulpha medication produced by Pharma are not caused by elemental Sulfur. People who are sensitive to sulpha medications have no problems eating sulfur containing foods or tolerating sulfur supplements.

        • I used to think Sulfa & Sulfur were the same (or related), but have found out that like Ronnie says, they are not. I too am allergic to Sulfa, and break out in hives if I take it.
          I can however take &/or consume Sulfur! No problems. They are not the same.

  1. Hi, turmeric has been tested at 48mg oxalate per teaspoon so I steer clear now.. Curcumin extract is ok though. Not good those with oxalate issues ( I went grain free high ox by accident).

    • Dark leafy greens are also high in oxalate. I think it is daily ingestion of oxalates that can cause problems, but that the “saturation factor” goes for a lot of things. Variety and switching things up is the key to balanced health and nutrition.

    • This is a very old gujrati herbal remedy going back hundreds of year and still used. Its actually used for colds and coughs and to sooth the throat and the turmeric is mixed with ghee and ghor.into small balls n stored in the fridge.

  2. Do you have any idea why turmeric could actually cause lower back pain? I have fibromyalgia and every time I start using turmeric on a regular basis, all my pain decreases accept my lower back pain, which seems to get much worse. I don’t know if it actually gets worse, or if it just feels worse when my other pain decreases, but either way I don’t like how it makes me feel.

    • Hi Sara, perhaps you are sensitive/allergic to tumeric. You might want to rub some on your skin and see if a rash develops before ingesting it. An allergic reaction isn’t the only possible negative side effect. For persons being chemically treated for diabetes and high blood pressure, turmeric could increase the strength of your medication, which could be dangerous. Also, turmeric can interact with other medications, dietary supplements and herbs. So be sure to check with your healthcare practitioner before inserting turmeric into your daily regimen.

      Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all. Tumeric might be great for others but not-so-great for you.

      • I would like to read some articles/evidence on what you said about turmeric interacting with medication. Where did you get your info? I’m asking for my dad who’s taking bloodthinners.

        Greetings Claudia

        • You can go to Maryland Medical Center website, Sloan Kettering g website too.
          Books include The A’A Guide to Drig-Herb-Vitamins Interactions by Alan R. Gaby MD or Herb, Nutrient & Drug Interactions by Jonathan Treasure, PDR foe Herbal Medicines. Stockley Herbal Medicines Interactions by Pharmaceutical Press.
          There are many books & articles, you csn do an Internet search too.

        • Personally I follow Turmeric User Group on Facebook. You are wise to ask about interactions with medications, there are a few we need to be aware of.
          Furthermore, simmering turmeric into a Paste with water for 7 to 10 minutes is quite important to its bioavailability and that passage is skipped here.

    • I wonder if it’s related to uterine contractions? For a while I was making my own turmeric capsules and taking them, and I started to have strange, unexplained cramps as if it was my time of the month though it wasn’t. I even went to a doc about it. Then I did a little research and found that for some people, turmeric increases uterine contractions. Crazy!

      • Turmeric is used in India to terminate a pregnancy so yes it cleans & flushes the uterus. I use the stuff on my pigs that have farrowed to help them clean the uterus which brings in their milk real well. I also use it to treat mastitis problems in the pigs. I use it on the horses for fungal problems in the spring such as scratches, rain rot, gal or anything else fungal. I use it on sunburns on the animals and myself. Turmeric is also a blood thinner and it does enhance other meds.
        I take about 8,000 mg of Turmeric a day in capsules along with bioperine and MSM.

        • Turmeric has been used for centuries in india in everyday food and medicine n beauty products. All pregnant women eat turmeric in ther currys everyday so i have never heard of it being used for termination. Wiĺl have to read into that.

          • In culinary amounts, turmeric is safe for pregnant women. In very large supplemental amounts, turmeric can cause uterine contractions. It is sometimes used to help labor along. In very large quantities, it may cause spontaneous abortion (miscarriage.) The key here is the dosage. Pregnant women can indeed safely consume foods and use beauty products containing turmeric. In this specific population, use of turmeric supplements should be avoided.

          • Turmeric is ground to a fine powder along with asafoetida. It is mixed with honey to make small balls and given to the new mother in the first week after delivery (normal ieVaginal) early in the morning after the medicinal hot bath. This rejuvenates the digestive system and expells residue from the uterus. It is not used for Cesearean if DNC has been done after taking the baby out (as in my case). We have a comprehensive system for mother and child care after birth (South India). Every region have their own rituals and medicines depending on their own climate, food habits etc..

            • Fathima, Is there anyone who has written a book or gathered information regarding South India’s practices regarding motherhood and after birth care? I would be curious to learn more, but am not sure where to start looking. Thanks!

  3. I have read so much about tumeric and its benefits with inflammations, etc. I’ve also heard that those with gall bladder issues might need to steer clear of tumeric. I know you just give suggestions and can prescribe anything I was just curious if you knew how long after someone should be “symptom free” of gall bladder attacks before starting these? thanks for all you do!

  4. This is a fabulous recipe! Thank you so much for sharing. Ima gonna try it, and also try it with the jelling variety of grass-fed gelatin.

    I’m also thinking, this might be worth a try as a suppository, especially for those of us with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Hmmmmmm.

    Thanks again!

    • I wondered the same thing!!! The recipe/instructions dose not say how large or small to make them. What amount is used for each recipe?
      I know this is an old post, but really hope this question gets answered!
      I scrolled down the comments a ways, and have not found an answer (if I missed it, I apologize). I did find the question again, with no reply.
      Thank You

      • Charissa is correct. It has to be small enough to swallow. Some are bigger. Some are smaller. Its impossible to make them all the same unless you have a nifty contraption like an ice cream scoop only smaller! I wear nitrile gloves when I make mine so my hands don’t turn yellow.

        • Hi, I used a Mellon baller to make mine….it took a bit of work….I over scooped the dough and then used a butter knife to form the extra into a ball. I don’t swallow mine….I let it melt in my mouth as I belive the bitter taste is important to introduce the enzymes which my saliva produces…and the process of our bodies being aware of the intake of this plant medicine

  5. My family has a history of Alzheimer’s and my doctor told me to take two capsules of Turmeric a day. He said he has read in medical books that it seems to help ward off the disease. I told him I was already doing that and he was proud of me! .

    • Hi there,

      I had been meaning to make this recipes for several months and finally gott’er done tonight!! I made them with coconut oil and honey for a middle ground. They turned out really well thanks to a trick I learned from another website. I melted the honey and oil in a little pot just until the oil made droplets on top of the honey. Then I took it off the heat and put the bottom of the pot in an ice bath while whisking the mixture. In just a few moments, it began to thicken and once it was the consistency of creamed honey, I mashed in the dry ingredients with s fork until it was a crumbly mess. I thought I had ruined it, but that was perfect to massage into a dough with the back of a spoon. I rolled them into pill-shaped bombs about the size of 1/4 tsp aiming to resemble a 500mg capsule. I measured all of my dry ingredients and was fairly precise. I was a touch less than a tbs on the Quercetin and used roughly a half tsp of pepper since I don’t know what a big pinch is. I used 1.5 tbs coconut oil and 2 tbs honey. I put them in the freezer and within 15 minutes I was able to take one and down it no problem with some water. This is great!! I might do them in less precise shapes next time since it took me an hour to make them.

  6. Is there a way to make these without quercitin and black pepper? I’m allergic to quercitin and I don’t tolerate black pepper any more.
    Great idea!Thanks for sharing it.

  7. I have a recipe for Turmeric paste which is the base for Golden Milk. I cook the Turmeric with twice as much water and it thickens up nicely – then when just warm I stir in the coconut fat and sweetner (I use Stevia) and other herbs. Recently I also started adding a large portion of pureed raw ginger root as well and discovered that the flavor is wonderful. I eat it by the spoonful as well as mixing with warm coconut milk or almond milk.

  8. Do you have any information about giving these to your pets? My vet recently told me that turmeric is really good with helping older dogs who have arthritis but my dog can be a picky eater. I think she’d be able to get these down fine.

  9. I really wish you could find another word to use instead of that that last word starting with b because I am sure that is one being tracked by the government. Is there not another word that can be substituted? I see the link doesn’t use that b word and calls it a supplement. Thanks. I appreciate the recipe.

  10. These ‘bombs’ are a good option (though I feel it caters to the western mentality of popping pills). “Gagging down” a couple of tablespoonfuls of turmeric in water was a mistaken way to go about using turmeric 😉 Golden milk (using whatever ‘milk’ you choose) is much better and tastier. Too high of a dose of turmeric can upset your stomach and in some sensitive people cause vomiting. A tablespoon all at once is typically going to be too much for most people. A teaspoon twice or thrice a day is good, used in cooking, as golden milk, or as part of some kind of meal as part of the diet, rather than something separate and ‘medicinal’..

    I cook with it daily, and mix in a a tablespoon of sesame oil with black pepper and a dash of maple syrup. This also makes a tasty salad dressing, I lightly cook cabbage in sesame oil with garam masala and turmeric, with salt, very yummy. Toast the spices first in the pan, that’s how it’s done in India, to heat them and release (‘activate’) the beneficial healing qualities of the spices. Nearly every meal has turmeric or garam masala.

    If serious inflammation is an issue, than removing foods that worsen it may be needed: typically, the nightshade family are the worst culprit; tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers of all kinds. It has worked wonderfully for me. Other diet changes may be needed such as limiting the amount of red meat and pork, increasing cold water fish, being sure to increase the good fats in your diet, and getting adequate water and magnesium daily.

    • I can’t abide the taste of turmeric. When I first heard it was a cancer fighter, I started putting a couple of shakes in my morning smoothie, then again on my salads. I got to where the only thing I could taste was the turmeric and I got to dislike it. So I quit. Then the pain in my thumb joints returned. I didn’t even know it was gone! Then I decided to start making capsules. These bombs are easier and work better than capsules. If I could take the food instead of a pill, I would do it.

  11. It would have been really helpful, for me anyway, to see the actual size of the ‘dollops’! Maybe in relation to your hands… they look like peanut butter cookies before you smoosh them! And that would, obviously, be far too large to swallow, so after reading I see that they are meant to be swallowed but the size is still quite daunting.

    Can you post the circumference recommended? Thanks! I’m looking forward to making these

  12. I’m new to your site but this caught my eye because I was recently diagnosed with scleroderma.. An autoimmune disease. I started medication but feel I need something more natural. Thank you for the info and recipe! Thank you for sharing this!

  13. i was wondering what is the recommended strength for the quercetin??? I make turmeric paste for golden milk. This will be another way to incorporate more turmeric into my diet.

  14. My pain management Dr actually suggested that I start taking Turmeric, but I don’t care for the taste of it. I’m interested in your recipe with the raw honey… but how big exactly is each “bomb”? The group picture can’t tell me anything about how large/small they are? I take pills by the handfuls, literally, so a size reference is greatly needed! Also anyone that should NOT take this? (I’m on blood thinners for life due to a blood clotting disorder & take heart meds). Thanks!

  15. Because I have kidney disease, I’m unable to take otc anti-inflammatory medications. Because of this, it makes managing my arthritis and chronic tendonitis hard to manage. Do you have any info on how this natural thing will affect my issues? Have been looking for something and hoping>

  16. I have read in multiple places that to get the most benefit from the turmeric, besides adding the black pepper for bioavailability, that you need to gently heat it for about 5-7 minutes. Then you make your recipe. Thoughts? I make golden paste and eat it 3 times a day, everyday with a little pure maple syrup. these sound wonderful and easy. I am going to try and make it with my golden paste. I think I’ll just have to make the paste thicker.

  17. I only have one kidney due to cancer and the quercetin powder says it could be bad for kidneys, is there any thing to replace it with or does it absolutely have to be used ? Thanks for all the helpful info.

  18. As an herbalist, I’ve been making & eating turmeric honey paste for years. I add 2 Tablespoons of both organuc coconut oil & raw honey to 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder & 1/2 tsp. organic black pepper. Stir well & roll into balls then roll balls in turmeric powder to coat. Place balls in food dehydrator set st 95 degrees for 4 hrs. Heat increases the bioavailability of curcumin but if heat is over 110 degrees it kills the live enzymes in raw honey. Hope this helps, enjoy!

  19. I make my turmeric honey balls approximately the size of chic peas.
    I have arthritis & I replaced pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs with turmeric years ago, for me, turmeric works better at controlling arthritic inflammation & pain than the pharmaceutical drugs ever did.

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  21. What about Matcha green tea powder as a source of Quercitin? Would give a boost of anti-ox, anti-inflam, and energy too? Maybe would have quite a bit less Q.
    Could add some macca and ginger powder? I want to get more of these into me, but not easy to get bigger amounts

    Thanks for the recipe

  22. Why not just eat a bit if fresh turmeric each day? Fresh turmeric tastes like super carroty carrot. no need for something to cut bitterness. It is a rhizome like ginger and can be found in most whole foods or pcc’s in the produce section next to the ginger.

  23. Very interesting! Greatly enjoying all of the comments as well as the article.
    I am very new at this and have never heard of quercitin. I am going to combine c o, equal amounts of ginger powder and turmeric, black pepper. I’m heating all of that right now and plan to add raw honey to the mix when it cools. I’m going to forego the bombs all together and opt to store it in a small canning container and eat it by the spoonful. Wish me luck! 🙂

  24. Another tasty way of getting these benefits is one of my favorite drinks. In a glass of warm milk can be almond or coconut, add up to 2 teaspoons of turmeric, up to a teaspoon of coconut oil, add honey to taste. I haven’t tried pepper in it, but I’ll bet it would add an awesome kick. It could be served as s holiday drink.

  25. Is there any reason why the dry ingredients can’t be loaded unto gelatin capsules and, thus eliminate the binding agent? I regularly use these empty capsules to ingest various supplements with tastes or textures that I don’t like.

  26. Hello, I am looking for something for the pain in my lower back I’ve had since I was 13! I am now 57 and stopped taking all of my medicines except for my thyroid (hypothyroidism). Since I stopped taking the meds for my arthritis, my back pain is back. So I thought I’d try these. Can you tell me if the quercetin is needed? I have everything except that. Thank you

  27. I would like to try this with organic olive leaf powder and coconut oil. I’ve been thinking of a way to make these balls for months now and have no come up with an idea until I saw this article. I was thinking about using bentonite clay and putting them in the freezer. Have you ever tried using this?

  28. I stumbled on this from a facebook post about 3 days after I had started mixing up a similar concoction using coconut oil, honey, turmeric and cinnamon. (Honey + cinnamon for colds.) Mine’s not as condensed (more coconut oil vs turmeric) so we usually do a spoonful to get a dose. But I like the idea of making them into pill form. I might have to start adjusting it to do this as I end up having to mix up a new batch every other day. Turmeric has helped my husband with his inflammation so he doesn’t have to take Ibuprofen multiple times a day – which getting that out of his system his stomach is able to settle and he no longer has to take daily regiments of stomach pump inhibitors.

    Makes me think I might make up a batch of these for my MIL to help with her colitis. Thanks a bunch for posting this. I also so highly suggest adding a bit of cinnamon too!!

  29. I just grate fresh turmeric,fresh ginger,lemon and raw honey in hot water and drink it as a tea each day. I love the combination of flavors. I hope it is doing me some good! I keep the ginger, lemon and turmeric whole in the freezer and grate what I need each day.

  30. 2 things.. Lauren, 1 i use Flax seeds soaked in my porridge every day to stop my gall stone attacks. and it works. if i m having an attack i d take flax tea.

    i also use bran oil a bit more than coconut is Bran oil ok. Also how do i get these products i need in England please and where do you suggest? a uk website perhaps?

    thanks Jill Peer Malvern England

  31. Ive read through the whole thread, and repeatedly it has been asked about cooking out the turmeric, whether this is needed or not to obtain the desired effects.
    No one has given an answer really.
    Please, Can someone who is actually benefitting from the turmeric bombs answer this please? I would like to try them as I have fibromyalgia really badly and Ehlers Danlos plus arthritis, but it will be a lot of effort to make these and then take each day. I really don’t want the excertion required to do these, if I’m doing it wrong or missing a vital step? I have to pace and am often bed bound due to fatigue/pain so don’t have spare energy! Thanks!

  32. This does not tell how often to take them. Is it daily and how many times at day. I made them with both honey and coconut oil they went together nicely. How do you store them after being in the freezer. Lots left out of this article.

  33. Well gave it a try ,making the bombs. Wow thats a real pain to do .And what a big yellow mess to clean up. Got to be a better way.. my fingers are yellow my white sink is yellow . OH Boy, never again. Hope they help..

  34. thanks a ton just at the needed time i stumbled upon this article i am battling an auto immune disorder and wanted an anti inflammatory could you also let me know as to what time during the day iis it best to take turmeric bombs

  35. Hi

    Just a small alert. Pls dont heat honey. It becomes a toxin if heated. Refer literature on Ayurveda for more details.
    Heat the rest of the ingredients and then cool to add honey. Honey never spoils.

  36. a traditional way we take turmeric where I’m from mixing turmeric water with tamarind and palm sugar. it’s often a remedy for pms symptoms and painful periods. I also just drink it daily because it does wonders to the complexion.

  37. I made a batch of these for my sweetheart and he takes two a day – says they taste like medicine a little, but he’s taken worse tasting actual medicines. Thanks for the great recipe!

  38. Made this recipe a few times, but when i was doing it last night i poured the mix into a small icecube tray, filling each cube up about a quarter to half of the way instead of putting it on a baking sheet, that way the turmeric does not stain your hands! Since i make it with the coconut oil the cubes slide right out of the tray when frozen and are not sticky! (Like with honey)

  39. Lauren, I have heard that you can use Bromelain with Turmeric & Coconut Oil to aid in pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis. Have you tried this at all, as I am curious would you substitute the same amount of Bromelain as you would use of the Quercetin?

  40. For joint pain I’ve found Magnesium flake oil (not a true oil) applied topically works fast and very effective.
    Mix equal parts of Magnesium flakes and distilled water.
    Then I’d take the Turmeric bombs orally.

  41. Thank you so much for this recipe. I have been using other forms of this and it all tastes other than tasty. Pill form is much less painful. I just finished making the bombs and it was pretty simple. I completed it in 25 minutes. I did activate the turmeric first. I also added cinnamon to the recipe. What do you think of adding garlic ( fresh pressed or dry) to the formula? I doubled the recipe since I am a little busy, like many other people, for the next few weeks. Please let me know what you think of the garlic idea. Thanks

  42. I make cannabis infused coconut oil, for pain and other medical problems, I also take other herbs, I’m going to try adding turmeric to this batch, as well as honey, to see how it goes.

  43. I have finally gathered all my ingredients, via eBay and my grocery store, and plan to make a batch tomorrow. I plan to heat up the turmeric and then add the other ingredients . I used to make three egg white (and half a yolk) veggie omelette and added turmeric but I didn’t like the taste. I tried for weeks to eat it but I just couldn’t stand it. So I quit eating my veggie omelette . So I can hardly wait to try this. Thank you.

  44. I just made these.. well something similar. I did not add the quercitine, but i did add coconut flakes to the mix, with the honey. Not the oil. Do you think I’ll get the same fatty acid effect? Or does it have to be the oil?

  45. Is it possible and/or feasible to add a joint support powder to this recipe? Maybe something containing MSM, gelatin, and Glucosamine Sulfate. If so, how much would you recommend adding per batch?

  46. Lauren, I was wondering if you’re aware that the brand (Jarrow) of Quercetin you have linked contains magnesium stearate. Do you have any recommendations for another brand that does not? I would really like to make these as they will cut out so much time from my usual turmeric routine. Thanks in advance!

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