Chronic inflammation causes a host of unpleasant symptoms, from fatigue to pain. If you deal with chronic inflammation, you know that (luckily) certain foods, tonics, and natural remedies can help.

Trendy turmeric has found its way to bartender’s shelves, but this root has more to offer than just a tasty cocktail.

Curcumin, the main active compound in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Curcumin has been shown to fight inflammation at the molecular level.

This aids in several ailments associated with chronic inflammation, including autoimmune disease, inflammatory bowel disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Our golden bitters recipe combines turmeric with ginger and burdock root, two typical ingredients for bitters preparation that are also both inflammation fighters. Burdock root has been shown to improve inflammation in osteoarthritis patients.

Ginger has heaps of healing properties and acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Ginger has been proven to reduce muscle pain after physical activity, help with arthritis, and provide a powerful dose of antioxidants.

Recipe for inflammation-fighting bitters

Ingredients

  • 2-inch piece of fresh turmeric root (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root (or ½ tsp. dried)
  • 1 tbsp. dried burdock
  • ½ tsp. dried orange peel
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 ounces alcohol (recommended: 100 proof vodka or Seedlip, a non-alcoholic spirit)

Directions

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a mason jar and pour alcohol on top.
  2. Seal tightly and store the bitters in a cool, dark place.
  3. Let the bitters infuse until the desired strength is reached, about two to four weeks. Shake the jars regularly (about once per day).
  4. When ready, strain the bitters through a muslin cheesecloth or coffee filter. Store the strained bitters in an airtight container at room temperature.

To use: Mix a few drops of these golden inflammatory-fighting bitters into your morning smoothie or your nighttime cup of tea. Since curcumin has low bioavailability (meaning it doesn’t absorb well), you may want to sprinkle some black pepper or consume it with a source of fat to help boost its effects.

Q:

Are there any concerns or health reasons why someone shouldn’t be taking these bitters?

A:

Bitters should generally be avoided by those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Those who are allergic or sensitive to the plants in the Asteraceae/Compositae family (ragweed, burdock, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies) and those on diuretics should avoid this specific recipe.

Natalie Butler, RD, LDAnswers represent the opinions of our medical experts. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice.

Tiffany La Forge is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer who runs the blog Parsnips and Pastries. Her blog focuses on real food for a balanced life, seasonal recipes, and approachable health advice. When she’s not in the kitchen, Tiffany enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling, organic gardening, and hanging out with her corgi, Cocoa. Visit her at her blog or on Instagram.