Gowings Terrific Turmeric Tonic

This special tonic is the perfect pick-me-up to keep your immunity in tiptop shape before a cold or flu unfolds. Its rich golden yellow hue comes from the beta-carotene turmeric contains. Inspired by the great Jamu kunyit at Bali Janet’s Casa Luna, this is my version with the fresh stuff.

Like its little sister ginger, turmeric has been used in traditional medicine as a liver tonic and blood purifier, and continues to be useful for a variety of skin conditions and minor injuries. It is celebrated for its powerful antioxidant curcumin, which has been noted as having anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.

1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon raw, unfiltered honey
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 cup hot water



  • Select the central body of the turmeric, wash, peel and grate into a heat proof glass
  • Top up with hot water and mix with honey, lemon or lime juice