Turmeric Honey Mixture – The Strongest Natural Antibiotic

We have already written about the wonderfully tasty and healthy turmeric golden milk to treat many ailments. Today, we would like to share with you another great natural turmeric remedy.

Turmeric golden honey is considered the strongest antibiotic described in Ayurveda scriptures as well. The blend of raw honey, turmeric and black pepper has a very powerful healing potential.

It can be used for fighting bacterial and viral infections and as an anti-inflammatory potion that eases seasonal allergies, and as a general immune booster. Unlike artificially synthesized drugs, this natural mix comes with no side effects, promotes the beneficial gut flora, and improves digestion.

A research, published in FASEB Journal in July 2010, explains how honey kills bacteria. It shows that bees make a certain protein called defensin-1 that they add to the honey.

This protein could one day be used to develop new drugs that could combat antibiotic-resistant infections. Turmeric antimicrobial potential to kill bacteria and viruses has been shown on animal and test-tube experiments, while human studies are still in the very early stages.

Honey is a true powerhouse that is also featured in many other health-wise recipes. Read on to find out how to make the golden honey mixture, how to take it, and the things to look out for.

Golden Honey Mixture


  • 100 grams (3.5 oz) raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • A pinch of black pepper (in order to optimize turmeric’s absorption and bio-availability)

For some extra kick and additional health benefits you can also add:

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar

Preparation: Add the turmeric powder and the black pepper to the honey and mix well until smooth. If you are also using lemon zest and apple cider vinegar, add them as well. Put the mixture in a (preferably) glass, air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (don’t consume it if it develops a metallic taste).

Instructions for use:

The amount you take depends on your needs and health problems.

  • If you are getting over a cold or flu, take:
    – half a teaspoon every hour on the first day of your treatment,
    – half a teaspoon every 2 hours on the second day of your treatment,
    – half a teaspoon 3 times a day, which will suffice on the third day of your treatment.
  • For general immune support and seasonal allergies, take 1 tablespoon daily.
  • If you are treating a respiratory condition (such as asthma, bronchitis, lung problems), it has been recommended to take half a teaspoon 3 times a day.

You should keep golden honey mixture in your mouth until it has completely dissolved!


The blend can also be used as a toast topping. Spread a generous helping of honey-turmeric-black pepper paste over your whole grain toast and enjoy it for breakfast.

Or, simply add it to your green smoothie. 

Or use the mixture to make some delicious tea (or a warm tonic). The brew will be very tasty if you also add lemon. Just mix one tablespoon of honey-turmeric-black pepper mixture with 1 cup of hot water and enjoy during the day or in the evening.

According to the Indo-Tibetan medicine, turmeric should be taken at different times depending on your health complaint:

  • Before eating is best for throat and lungs.
  • In the course of eating is best for the digestive system.
  • After you have finished eating is best for the colon and kidneys.


Turmeric should not be taken by people who suffer from gallbladder problems. The spice causes contraction of the gallbladder muscles. It also lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels. This is generally seen as a positive effect, but if you already have low blood pressure or you have issues with your blood sugar levels, consult your doctor first.



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Dolores G.
4 years ago

This is quite interesting. My whole family suffers from respiratory problems, from bronchitis to be exact but also some of the other lung connected problems. Given the fact that my father is a bee keeper, natural home-grown honey was never an issue in my family and so far we have tried just about every honey based medicine we can get our hands on. We’ve tried honey mixed with almost everything you can think of and all of them basically work for different things depending what you mix it with. We sometimes mix it with alcohol, with different kinds of herbs and plants and also with several sorts of seeds. Turmeric is something I have only heard of recently, but I’ve never tried it. This is the first time I hear of a mixture with turmeric and honey and I definitely will try it. I can see on the bottom of this article some tips and restrictions on how and when to use it, but the one thing I need to know more is if the dosage depends on the age of the person using it. I have a couple of old people, several young children and an infant in my family, and as a mother and a grandmother I was wondering if all of us can use in and how often, depending on the age. Nevertheless I think I will consult a doctor about turmeric, just to be on the safe side, but I’ll most definitely try it out.

4 years ago

I have heard about the turmeric milk but I did not know about the turmeric honey mixture before I have read this informative article. I have been so unaware of this natural remedy although I have kept all the necessary ingredients at home. My fiancé suffers with seasonal allergies and he has been trying not to take any strong medicines because they only have immediate and short term effect. Any time he encounters an allergen such as pollen or mold he gets allergic reactions such as itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy throat, itchy ears, irritability, hoarseness and sneezing. His skin becomes all reddish and swollen. Many thanks to this article which gave us the idea of trying this divine and powerful recipe. It is totally natural remedy and after I have recommended to my fiancé he has been taking it. He really feels considerably better. He doesn’t get so much itchy eyes and his skin isn’t as reddish and swollen as before. The results are visible and obvious. And it’s not at all expensive. The only ingredients you need are only honey, turmeric powder and black pepper. The preparation is easy too, you mix them until they become smooth…and there you go! You get to enjoy the health benefits of it. I would like to recommend this turmeric honey mixture to all of you who suffer with any kind of allergy.

4 years ago

Turmeric is something I’ve started using a lot recently since I’ve read in one of your previous articles about all the great benefits turmeric has on my overall health. And I don’t have to mention how much I agree that honey is a real powerhouse as the article says. I’ve used it for years by itself or combined with any beverage or food that can be combined with. So I was pleased when I read this article that gave me an excellent idea on how I can combine my two favourite ingredients-turmeric and honey. Lately I’ve noticed that I come down with the flu so easily and so often and it got me worried, so I prepared this golden honey mixture. I used it for three days, as explained in the article, and guess what- the flu went away. I was amazed. Thank you so much! Also thanks for the tips. I’ll use the first one. My daughter, a teenager, (so you must understand how difficult she is) refuses to take any herbal alternative medicine as a precaution that I offer her all the time and she comes with the flu very often too. So, I’ll spread some of this turmeric-honey mixture on her toast whenever I’m preparing her breakfast.

4 years ago

The immense health provisions of turmeric are not new to me, thanks to your detailed and informative articles. It seems that there is no ailment that this magical spice cannot cure effectively. I have also read some interesting studies that confirm the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, analgesic and anti-cancer properties of turmeric. In a generally polluted and unhealthy environment, it is not surprising that all kinds or respiratory problems affect more and more people every year, which is especially dangerous for the most vulnerable group of infants and children. My 3 year old daughter has been very susceptible to respiratory diseases ever since she started attending kindergarten. From viral infections with a soaring fever, sore throat and nagging coughs with lots of mucus to a serious case of obstructive bronchitis that we luckily treated at home – you name it, we’ve been through it all.
The strong antibiotics that have been prescribed in most cases have helped cure the basic respiratory infections, but have weakened my daughter’s immune system and reduced her appetite.
I see our need to resort to natural remedies for help on a regular basis. My family consumes honey daily, but we have never tried this interesting turmeric-honey mixture before. It sounds delicious, too, which is important since my daughters are picky eaters. So, thanks for sharing this recipe. We will definitely give it a try.

4 years ago

First, I would like to clear something up. The antibiotics are very useful. This campaign against the massive using of antibiotics is only to help sustain the power of the antibiotics and the prevention of evolution of the bacteria, which can evolve into people being resistant to the effect of the antibiotics. In order to stop decreasing the ability of the antibiotic to kill the known bacteria and be effective against them, people should not use antibiotics on their own hand, not listening the doctor’s prescriptions. Use antibiotics when the doctors are telling you. Now I will address the subject of the turmeric as fantastic natural antibiotic. There are no side effects as the antibiotic which kills also the so called good bacteria, after which you have to use probiotics to restore the balance of the helping bacteria’s in the body. This combination of honey and turmeric not only fights bacteria but also viral infections, which is not the general case of the regular medicine antibiotics. Honey among the long list of benefits as we all know fights the allergies and helps the immunity to sustain its main purpose to defend the body against all outsiders to the body. But be careful of the market tricks that people use in order to sell you not normal organic honey but the one mixed with glucose. Not for any other reason but you will think that you are helping your body with honey (also mixed with turmeric) but you are only giving to your body the fast energy from the sweetness of the fake honey.