Turmeric Ginger Shot: A Healthful Cold Remedy

A week after arriving in Berlin, I caught a cold. I knew why… lack of sleep catching up with me. I got to Berlin on a Thursday, went to Paris on a Friday, and came back to Berlin on a Monday night.

On Tuesday, I dove into a routine that looked like this: Watch my Culinary Nutrition class videos, take notes, go out on a long walk to explore, try a new gym/studio, work on homework, all while doing a lot of cooking in between. I had a little over a week before I started my new job, so I wanted to use my time wisely.

When the weekend rolled around, I was feeling a little burnt out, but nothing crazy. Saturday we ran some errands and then I went to a hot yoga class. Oh, man, was it hot. After that, we decided to go out with friends for the night… but I hadn’t quite recovered from yoga yet.

The next day, I felt it coming. We didn’t sleep in… and I was tired from the moment I woke up. I made it through Sunday, but Monday it hit me. I should have started taking this Turmeric Ginger Shot on Sunday.

Anyways… sob story aside: Taking this Turmeric Ginger Shot in addition to eating a diet high in nutrients — especially vitamin C — is a great way to speed cold recovery. Reduce the time you are sick by whipping this up the next time you feel something coming on.

About the Ingredients

  • Turmeric: Turmeric has anti-inflammatory benefits that help the body relax and recover. The spice is also known to decreased cancer risk and support detoxification while also improving cognitive function, blood sugar balance, and kidney function. It’s super powerful.
  • Ginger: Gingerย contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds and is known to help eliminate gastrointestinal distress. It’s also used to reduce nausea and to help reduce inflammation.
  • Lemon: Lemons are packed with vitamin C and have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Plus, it tastes so good and feels so good going down.

Turmeric Ginger Shot

Makes 8, 1 oz. shots


  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric powder
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated (2-3 inch piece)
  • Pinch of cayenne powder


  1. Prep all of your ingredients by juicing the lemons and grating the ginger. Note: You can also use a juicer to juice the ginger, but you will need a bigger root. You can also use ginger juice (I like the one by The Ginger People).
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a jar and shake well.
  3. To serve, take as a 1 oz. shot (2 Tbsp) or add 2 Tbsp to 1 cup of hot water every 3-4 hours.
  4. Store in the fridge.

I’ve taken this as both the shot and with hot water, depending on what I was feeling in the moment. Both are good… both are good for you.

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