Make Your Own Turmeric Supplements

One of these days I have to write up a post about how amazing and nutritious traditional Burmese food is — until I have enough time to do so, I will satisfy myself with raving about some traditional Burmese medicine. In Myanmar they have several grades of turmeric, some are especially medicinal and used for various specific purposes. One of the things the Burmese use turmeric for is for purifying the blood especially after childbirth. Turmeric is often mixed with water into a paste and painted onto the face and body for about ten days after giving birth. It is also mixed with wild forest honey and made into capsules which are taken by the woman for at least two weeks after giving birth.

While we were in Myanmar, one of our friends went to great lengths to get high quality wild honey from Shan State as well as medicinal grade turmeric. He ground the turmeric himself and made turmeric-honey pills for his wife to take. It was really touching to see how much care he took with the whole process and the love that went into the turmeric pills he made for her.

More info on the amazing benefits of Turmeric: Turmeric’s Got the Midas Touch

I count myself very lucky to have friends regularly send me top quality Burmese turmeric for my cooking and supplementing purposes. These capsules can also be used for any other problem that turmeric is good for — detoxing after a chemo or radiation treatment, detoxing in general, helping to heal gut issues and rebuilding optimal probiotics in your gut, for inflammation, cancer prevention, wound healing, stimulating bile production, cleansing chakras and negative energies and much more.

Honey-Pepper-Turmeric Delight

The procedure is very simple. Start with about 1 T pure raw honey from a local beekeeper and start adding turmeric powder to it until it is thick enough to roll into balls. Adding a pinch of freshly ground black pepper will greatly amplify the action of the turmeric. (Piperine increases absorption of curcumin by more than 100 percent.) To form the capsules, take pinches of the thick paste and roll them into little balls that are easy to swallow. Allow to sit out a couple days to dry out (cover with a light cloth to prevent dust etc settling on them). Take 2-3 per day.

Simply adding a pinch of turmeric to your oil as you heat it before cooking your food is a great antioxidant and also a good way to get a daily dose of turmeric. A little goes a long way — there really is no need to buy expensive turmeric supplements when you can easily make your own.


People who have gall stones, gastrointestinal ulcers, or obstructed bile ducts should avoid turmeric. Pregnant women should limit their intake as it can stimulate uterine contractions.

This post is part of the Wildcraft Wednesdays bloghop.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Lisa Diaz

    Hi thank you for posting. Where can I find high quality medicinal turmeric powder? I need to make this ASAP

    Thank you

  2. Barny


    I will be moving to Yangon in July and I would love to know if possible where you get the honey and turmeric from? I’d really like to make these balls as well as having good ingredients in general!


  3. Teri

    In making the Turmeric drink, when you say 5 – 7 tamarind, do you mean seeds, or the whole pod?

  4. Terry

    I use the turmeric honey balls daily before bedtime. I have been taking them for at least a year. My friend has been supplying me with honey turmeric beads from Vietnam. So excited to find this recipe so I can make my own. Great information. Thank you.

    1. parveen banu

      can i skip honey as my grandfather is suffering from stomach cancer and chronic kidney disease end stage ?

  5. Ann

    … and I wondered if you could make these with fresh grated turmeric instead of powder?
    Thank you 🙂

    1. hellaD

      It is best not to use fresh grated turmeric. Turmeric needs to be cooked before being consumed or it is hard on the liver.

  6. Ann

    Thank you for a great recipe for the turmeric honey balls!
    I was wondering how you store them? Will they keep outside the fridge?
    I have a bumper crop of fresh turmeric and am trying to find preserving options that don’t require fridge or freezer.
    Thank you!

    1. hellaD

      To store these dried turmeric balls just keep them in an air-tight glass bottle they don’t need to be refrigerated and will keep for quite a while. But you have to use the dried turmeric.

  7. Laura

    I was reading a recipe for these balls and they used quercetin powder. Do I have to use
    that or can I just use the turmeric, black pepper, raw honey? Thanks

    1. zzzeroX

      No need to use quercetin powder. Just the turmeric, pepper and honey works great.

  8. pattie

    What about if your gall bladder is removed? I cook with tumeric and also drink tea I make with tumeric root and ginger and I do not have a problem.

  9. Kelly

    When taking turmeric supplements, does it come through your pores like garlic?

    1. hellaD

      No turmeric does not come through your pores like garlic. Fenugreek also does that, yuck!

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  11. bigdog

    Hi there,

    I am interested in using turmeric for treating inflammation. Do you know of a good source of high quality turmeric here in Vancouver?

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  12. Amit

    Thanks for such nice information.

  13. Anita

    Great post! Turmeric is so healthy so for you and of course I’m partial to anything with honey in it. I’m always looking for new ways to use honey! Where would you suggest getting top quality turmeric?

    1. hellaD

      Hi Anita,

      Thanks so much for your comment. So love turmeric 🙂 I am sorry I haven’t looked into where to buy turmeric in N America as I get a supply from a village in Myanmar. Maybe I will be able to find a way to get more and sell some myself. I’ll check into it.

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