Ginger Turmeric Tonic

This ginger turmeric tonic incorporates ancient eastern medicine with Medieval medical treatments.  Hildegard of Bingen was a big fan of ginger, particularly for its warming qualities to promote a balance of bodily humors. In Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to balance the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). Not surprisingly, Hildegard of Bingen medicine has strong influences from Ayruveda, and vice versa.

Ginger Turmeric Tonic

The combination of ginger and turmeric serves as an anti-inflammatory, and an effective detoxifying agent.  In addition, this tonic helps promote strong digestion, and overall good health.  You can serve this hot in winter, as a cold weather food or cold in the summer, which is what we do here. This drink fits squarely in the basics of Hildegard’s Guide to Fasting and Health.

Ingredientsginger tumeric tonic

  • 1 tablespoon raw, unfiltered honey
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric spice (powder)
  • Lemon Juice (one half of lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons of grated ginger root
  • 2 cups filtered water


Peel and grate ginger. Add grated ginger, turmeric, lemon juice and honey to the water in a saucepan or tea kettle. Bring to a boil. Serve hot or let chill and store in pitcher. Mix well before serving over ice and/or with ½ club soda.

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