Honey And Turmeric-Effective Antibiotic From The Nature

February 27, 2022 • By Sophia Smith
The estimated reading time is 12 minutes
turmeric and honey

Who has not craved for that tasty Indian chicken curry rice?  Curry, yes that rich in flavor and smell Indian delicacy, welcomed and approved by the world population as a superfood is a great culinary and medical product.

You can color your rice and chicken so they get that golden crispy look and taste. But do you know that is so precious for your health, and it is an actual pure gold having in mind its benefits for your body!

Indian turmeric is the best one

Turmeric (terra merita or meritorious earth), actually its ingredient called curcumin,  has that characteristic color that can be used for textile coloring and even dying your Easter eggs!

In Asia and India, countries where is mostly cultivated and produced ( this process is hard as the plant is boiled and dried from five to seven days)   is used by Indian women to make their complexion golden glow. So everything is about gold, isn’t it, when it comes to this product, so why it is a real treasure?

You can find and consume it as a pill nowadays in your local pharmacy.  But it was an aromatic stimulant used for centuries as well as a condiment, and a powerful medical alternative in the East as it was affordable and it was a common spice with some ritual significance in Ayurvedic medicine.

Almost all its production is made in India and Indian turmeric is considered to be the world’s best, as well as for its quality regarding the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and its bioactive components.

Turmeric benefits

As mentioned, it was used in traditional medicine for centuries, but there are studies that support its benefits today, so you should start by adding to your dishes from now on and enjoy its taste! It has so many antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and it is a natural treatment for various health conditions, so let’s see some of its benefits:

  1. It is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory stimulators

It is an anti-inflammatory stimulator, one of its main benefits, as it fights all the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that attack our bodies almost daily. These sneaky invaders and pathogens can cause so much damage if they stay long in our bodies and cause some chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer.

Studies have shown some positive results when treating degenerative joint disease, the most common arthritis called osteoarthritis. One study compared turmeric to the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac and it was confirmed that patients experienced significant pain relief and it was more tolerable for them. (1)

So, it is used widely for the treatment of joint problems and it is even more effective than some anti-inflammatory drugs as proven in studies.

  1. It is a powerful antioxidant

As it blocks all the oxygen free radicals, which when active can damage your health in various ways. Moreover, inflammation has a key role in some of the most common diseases such as heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and many other degenerative conditions.

So, it can reverse the process of your heart condition ad decreases the heart attack as one study has shown. In a hospital, 121 patients were given 4 gr, per day after their bypass surgery and that decreased their risk of having a heart attack by 65 %. (2)

Your blood vessel lining, called endothelial lining damages itself with time, but turmeric is proven and effective and has reverse capabilities when it comes to lining, and prevents blood clotting, regulates blood pressure, and can affect the work of your heart that is vital for your overall health being. (3)

  1. Turmeric is a great brain booster and fights depression and Alzheimer’s disease

If you love Indian food and turmeric, you are on the right track, as the new UCLA study says it improves the memory and bad temper of people with mild depression symptoms. (4)

As scientists confirm, it lowers brain inflammation, so once again it proves to be an anti-inflammatory agent, The study involved 40 patients aged between 50 and 90 that complained about mild memory symptoms and was performed during 18 months and they all showed significant memory improvements.

  1. It has anti-cancerous capabilities with help of its ingredient  curcumin

Turmeric is rich in natural compounds that are called curcuminoids.  Over the past 20 years, there was ongoing research to find evidence that they can modulate cancer and prevents its progression. Some trials have proved that it can improve the oxidative status in people who suffered from cancer and received chemotherapy. It also lowers the effects of dermatitis, which has developed as a radiation effect.  It is also proven for its immunomodulatory effects that are anti-cancerous as well. (5)

  1. Helps with pain relief

Turmeric is available in capsules, as an extract, and in tablets.  The Arthritis Foundation recommends taking turmeric capsules in order to help arthritis patients for their pain relief. The foundation suggests taking one capsule 3 times per day, between 400 and 600 mg., so it is a better choice to take it as a supplement instead of sprinkling it on your soup or in your smoothie in the morning. (6)

It is known for hard absorption

As it is hard to be absorbed it is recommended to take some black pepper or olive oil with it to help digestion.

But, what happens when it is used together with another golden liquid, honey? Honey is also known for its antibiotic properties, can boost your immune system and prolong your life and of course, it helps digestion, and it is proven for preventing diarrhea, treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria and it helps with heartburn (7).

These two ingredients are incorruptible as gold is and it really means that they can slow aging and reverse some oxidative processes in your body if taken in moderation.

So we shall make a list of some medicinal benefits of these two taken together:

Turmeric And Honey Benefits

It is a purely natural antibiotic. How can you prepare this antibiotic? The instructions are simple and you should take this drink when you catch a cold or have some allergy or flu symptoms :

Turmeric honey recipe

You should take 1 tsp of ground turmeric and mix it well with 1 tbs of ground turmeric. Add 2 drops of lemon essential oil and store them at room temperature in a container with a lid. You can take it as half a teaspoon three times every day to treat cold, allergy, or flu symptoms and cut your cough.

Optional: you can sprinkle it with some black pepper to boost its effectiveness.

You can mix it with yogurt, add in a smoothie in the morning or put it over your oatmeal, it is delicious and tasty! Plus it will make them so colorful and they will get that golden yellowish color the curcumin gives!

It is a natural immunity booster

How to boost immunity with turmeric honey recipe?

Just add:

  • 2 tbspn of apple cider in it or
  • 2 tbsp of lemon in a glass of water and
  • Mix it all very well with the turmeric honey to boost your immunity in the morning.

Honey (madhu, mel, melissa, or mellifluous) is also known as a cough suppressant and has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Together with turmeric will build that protective shield on your throat and help you with the flu symptoms.

  1. It reduces arthritis symptoms
  2. It fights cancerous cells in your body
  3. Reduces digestive problems, especially with people with  irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)  (8)
  4. Prevents and controls diabetes and some animal studies have shown that curcumin can have anti-diabetes properties (9)
  5. Reduces cardiovascular complications
  6. It is a pain-relief agent
  7. It cuts down the plaque the cholesterol build-up on blood arteries
  8. It is effective for eczema treatment and atopic dermatitis (10)

Turmeric and honey tea

To gain all the benefits turmeric and honey can offer, you can prepare a turmeric tea, which is thought to be the most effective way of absorbing turmeric.

Turmeric and honey are rich in so many vitamins and anti-oxidants and this tea is very beneficial and it is very tolerable as an everyday drink. Still, it can interfere with some medications (For ex: Warfarin or some medications for diabetes and high blood pressure, so please consult your doctor if you suffer from these conditions or if you are pregnant as it may provoke labor contractions).

Turmeric tea preparation

This tea has a mild taste and you can enjoy it whenever you like throughout the day. So, what do you need to make it?

  • Ground turmeric (it is easier to find it, but you use the fresh one as well)
  • Honey
  • Black pepper (just pinch of it, for better turmeric absorption)
  • Lemon juice


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small pot
  2. Put it o boil and make it simmer for another 10 minutes at low temperature
  3. Let it cool and enjoy your drink!

This is a very delicious beverage and it won’t cure any disease, but it is a great immune and body support to help you boost energy and keep you hydrated.

Still, it is a great bedtime drink and can boost your mood as it is already known that turmeric can treat depression. ( 11 )

It is an anti-aging agent and can promote longevity as well, so drink it to rejuvenate your body and skin. (12)

So,  is it safe to take turmeric every day?

What is exactly the superpower of this spice? It lies in curcumin, an ingredient that has many anti-inflammatory properties and became popular in recent years and it is more effective than Ibuprofen or Aspirin.  (13)

So, it is very useful as part of your everyday diet and The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends it as a safe product, with little known side effects. (14)

It is believed that 12 gr. of turmeric per day is generally safe, but it can have some negative reactions, especially if you have certain health conditions.

One study says that patients treated with anticoagulants, antibiotics, cardiac medications, antidepressants, and cancer patients should take this supplement with caution.  (15)

Some studies are made and the following doses are recommended for the treatment of health conditions such as cholesterol, osteoarthritis, and itchy skin.

  • To treat itchy skin take 500 mg take turmeric three times per day for 2 months.
  • To treat osteoarthritis take 500 mg turmeric extract twice per day for 2–3 months.
  • To treat cholesterol take 700 mg of turmeric extract twice per day for 3 months.

Is turmeric good for your lungs?

Scientists presume that taking turmeric may help for lowering some bad effects in some chronic lung conditions. It is presumed that it may treat asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. (16)

Is turmeric bad for kidneys?

Being high in oxalate, if taken in high doses and in combination with calcium, may provoke kidney stone formation. One study has shown that it increased the oxalate in urine and this leads to kidney stone formation.  (17)

Turmeric and honey benefit for skin

Turmeric’s anti- anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well anti-microbial ones are great for reducing wrinkles and for skin brightening. Besides being a superfood, it does so many wonders on your skin and can calm its redness as well as fight acne.

You easily make a face mask in your kitchen and it will become part of your beauty routine.

Be careful with turmeric it has that yellow color that can stain your face, so use an organic one to lower the chances of getting yellow stains from it.

And if your skin gets yellow by any chance, do you know what it will give the trick? The coconut oil!

So how to prepare it?

You need the following ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. ground oats
  • 3 drops honey
  • 1 tsp. turmeric root powder
  • 3 tbsp. yogurt


Mix all the ingredients until they get smooth. Put the mixture evenly on a clean face,  wait for about 15 minutes to see the results, and wash it thoroughly.

How long does it take turmeric and honey to work?

Since turmeric is not very absorbable, it will take normally around 4 – 8 weeks time to get into your system, but you will see the immediate results afterward. Still, this depends on the condition of your body and how healthy it is. But, if you really want to reap all its benefits start by sprinkling some turmeric into your dishes and make it a daily tasty shot.  And as mentioned it is even more effective when in combination with black pepper, since it contains the ingredient called Peperine that helps its dilution.

Turmeric side effects

Turmeric and its side effects were not seriously studied. Still, there are some studies made for its potential side effects and is proven that:

  1. It can lower blood sugar

If you are taking some anti-diabetes medications, it may lower even more their effects. So, please consult your doctor if you take turmeric and you are a diabetic patient.

  1. It may lower the iron absorption

This spice can lower iron absorption by 20 to 90 percent, depending on your diet as it has some stoichiometric properties and they bind all the iron

  1. It can cause digestive problems and nausea and headaches if taken in high doses

  2. As mentioned, it can provoke kidney stone formation as it is rich in oxalate

  3. It may increase the bleeding if taken with some blood thinners (aspirin, warfarin, clopidogrel)

  4. It is not safe to take it in tablets and pills if you are pregnant and breastfeeding


Turmeric is a superfood and along with honey are powerful products that should be part of your everyday diet, so start by mixing them in your yogurt or in your oatmeal in the mornings. You can even make turmeric tea and drink it before going to sleep to have a nice sleep and good digestion.

Both have many anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and are powerful antibiotics so they can alleviate your cold symptoms in a minute.

Turmeric is especially good for lowering brain inflammation and it can help you with memory loss and the treatment of Alzheimer’s’ disease. It is a great pain relief agent and it proved to be very helpful for arthritis and patients who suffer from pain.

They are great for promoting skin health as well and you can prepare an easy homemade mask that will glow your face and make you feel radiant and happy!

Sophia Smith

She is a renowned nutritionist and freelance writer whose topics of interest include healthy living and healthy eating. She is passionate about introducing new and delicious healthy meals while balancing her time between cooking and going to the gym. Her mission is to change the life of as many people as she can and make them the best version of themselves.
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