Pain Relieving Turmeric Juice | Juicing For Pain Relief

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So, I did a really super grown-up thing a week ago. Wait for it… I bought a mattress.

That’s right. I put on my adult pants, saddled up to the furniture store (let’s call it Schmacy’s) with my husband, complained about the backache being caused by my present concave sleeping slab, and was ordered to test out lots of mattress models. Firm. Soft. Pillow Top. Temperpedic. Tempertop. PillowTempertop. Firmapedic. I might have made some of those things up, but there were a lot of mattresses.  Finally we found the one. The clue was that I literally fell asleep in the store. It’s weird to wake up in a department store, people. Real weird.

I suspect you know this is going down the wrong path, right? How is this going to tie into juicing for pain relief? Bare with me…

We order the mattress and I count down the days to delivery. Finally, it arrives! My sweet firm mattress with a luxurious pillow top!! Oh boy! I climb in. It feels like I am laying on a plank of distressed wood. What?! This is not the same mattress! Dangit, Schmacy’s! Since they have already hauled away my previous concave sleeping slab, I suck it up and sleep on this new torture device. I wonder if it’s just a matter of breaking it in. Nope. The next day I found myself at the doctors office in a full on back, neck and shoulder spasm. Can we just talk about the awkward look on my doctors face when I told her I got beat up by a mattress? Awkward. 

At this point, I am a grumpy, sleepless, eye-twitching monster girl in a great deal of pain. I probably had similar posture to the infamous Quasimodo. Just show me to my bell tower. I was willing to do anything at this point for a little pain relief. Sure, I had taken some pain killers, but they weren’t really touching my pain situation. I called on some pain relieving reinforcements and my juicer.  Pain Relieving Turmeric Juice | So...Let's Hang Out Let me introduce you to this all-star pain relieving cast of fruit and veggies! First up, we got celery. This powerhouse veggie helps relieve joint pain and even lowers your blood pressure. Sweet! Speaking of sweet, I put pineapple in this juice! Not only is it super delicious, but the bromelain found in pineapple helps to tackle inflammation and reduce pain! Cucumber has a cooling effect on the body and helps to relieve inflammation. Carrots have anti-inflammatory properties along with just being pretty and making your juice super orange.Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory aid. And, finally… TURMERIC! This root is a super-potent, natural pain killer, and is loaded with all sorts of anti-inflammatory properties. Not only is it good for treating pain, but it has been said to be a powerful cancer fighter as well as helping to stave off a myriad of other illnesses.  It’s a good guy.

Believe it or not, this little cocktail packs a powerful punch.It has helped me get through headaches, an ankle injury, and now my angry Quasimodo back. Try it out. What’s the worst thing that could happen? It’s like drinking a nice cool pain relieving salad that tastes like fruit juice. Possibly the worst food description ever next to “Hot Ham Water“, but…ya know.  Note: this juice tastes nothing like Hot Ham Water. Just so we’re clear. Okay? Cool. That got confusing. ;)

Pain Relieving Turmeric Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of organic celery
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 1 inch piece of ginger root
  • 1.5 inches of turmeric root (or three smaller root sections)
  • 3 organic carrots
  • 2 cups of freshly chopped pineapple

Instructions

  1. Wash, prep and chop all of your ingredients.
  2. Process through your juicer.
  3. Drink immediately or store in an airtight container such as a mason jar for no more than 48 hours before drinking.
  4. Enjoy!
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    • Angie! I like your pun. You get me. So… they claim it was the same mattress even though it had a different name and everything. It’s crazy. There were a lot of phone calls. Long story short, we’re getting our money back.

  1. I bought a mattress at My-Key-Um once for my middle son. It was SOOOO comfy in the store. At home, not so much. He has been sleep on it for over a year and it is still a brick. He only weighs 50lbs though, so not much breaking in.

    I don’t think my grocery store has actual Turmeric. Do you think powdered would work and if so, how much?

    • Ha! That is horrible. The mattress on the floor should be pretty much representative of what you are getting at home. I know there is a “breaking in period”, but c-mon, it shouldn’t be torturous or injurious, right?
      As far as the turmeric goes, I find mine at Whole Foods or any Asian market. If you can’t find it fresh, you could stir in some of the dry spices (maybe a tsp or so? It is going to be more concentrated then the fresh juiced turmeric) … or, they totally sell turmeric supplements! :) Hope that helps.

      • When you buy that organic whole turmeric (I got mine at Azure Standard), just poke a piece or two in the ground and grow your own. It likes lots of water, and produces beautiful leaves while growing more roots for you to replant and/or use in various ways. Easy peasy.

    • The powdered turmeric spice works great! I just add it to yogurt, kefir, soups, stews, even mashed potatoes!

      To work at it’s best, it needs to have good organic oil or butter fat and a few dashes of black pepper. You can google it. I would add those to the recipe too.

      It doesn’t ruin the flavor, is very mild tasting but works great for pain. I took a bad fall and it hurt so bad I couldn’t walk or sleep. I even think it is helping the healing process! The recipe sounds lovely, I just don’t have the strength to make it atm..

  2. Your juice recipe sounds delicious and I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for posting it. We also drink turmeric for pain relief in a Balinese drink called Jammu – I’ll give you the recipe if you like but with ayurvedic principles it’s emphasised that turmeric should really be cooked as it can have adverse effects on your liver and cooking also makes some of the beneficial compounds more available. You can grate it, simmer in water for 20 minutes and then strain it and then add that to your juices when it has cooled.

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  5. you must have not bought your mattress from Jordans. The lady that sold us our bed told us that my rather large husband needed to crawl on the bed for a few hours to help it break in and that it wont feel the same as the store model for about a month or two! Ours was a little over two grand (ouch!) and yes, it was very hard when we first got it, but now it is just perfect! Give your mattress some time and have your hubby climb all over to help loosen the fibers and springs up a bit! We had a fun game of climbing with both our kiddos every night for a few weeks.

    • Let your husband loose on it or allow the kids to jump on it. That broke mine in until it has become a concave sleeping slab. I am waiting to afford a new one now.

      I found tumeric root at my local produce market. It caters to all the ethnic groups in town and has quite reasonable prices.

  6. I’ve heard from my orthopedist that the hard mattresses may help to fix scoliosis in the long run:). Maybe you’ll feel some back pains at the beginning but you’ become used to it:) But it seems, Gina, you have no scoliosis:). Anyway, thank you for the great recipe with turmeric. Does this juice smells strange because of turmeric? I know my wife doesn’t like the turmeric smell.

  7. I was wondering what kind of mattress you purchased. We are trying to decisde which to buy. We have a knock off tempur pedic and hate it.

  8. Hi! Your post caught my eye because of your mattress issues and tumeric. I have fibromyalgia, arthritis & chronic pain. Two of the things that have made such a difference in my pain level are…you guessed it…my mattress purchase a few years ago and taking tumeric regularly! We bought a select comfort mattress and it has literally changed my life! I would wake up every morning and could hardly move…the first week we had the new select comfort, I was unsure about it because my body was adjusting. But after a few nights, I realized, for the first time in literally years, I was waking up with almost no pain, no stiffness and feeling rested! I really should get a kick-back or something from the company for all the people I’ve told about its greatness…but since I don’t, I guess you’ll know it’s a true endorsement! :-) Yes, they are expensive, but if you can swing it, it is SO worth it! I’ve had it for 4 years now, worth every penny!! And, after deciding to try a more natural approach for my pain than traditional prescriptions, which made me live in a fog, I started reading about anti-inflammatory foods and herbal supplements. Tumeric, cinnamon, alpha-lipoic acid & bitter melon have made an incredible difference! Eating more naturally, avoiding wheat, sugar & preservative-laden foods helps as well, but I think tumeric has made the biggest difference of all! I will be trying this smoothie….very excited! I live in an area that finding tumeric root will probably be next to impossible…so I’m wondering, if I make the 2 hour trip to a whole foods and buy some, will it freeze well for future use? Or perhaps ordering the powder would still be as beneficial in this drink? Thanks for your post….enjoyed it! :-)

    • Thanks for your response, Brenda! I’m so glad you’ve found something to aid in your chronic pain! Three cheers for turmeric!! I am assuming that you could freeze turmeric much like you could freeze ginger root. Two hours is a long way to go, so I understand wanting to stock up. Do you have any Asian markets where you live? That is also a great place to scout of turmeric root.

    • Thank you. I live in chronic pain and have learned to put if aside–but your post gives me hope. Hope that I can sleep and wake up without the continuous, crushing pain… So many sports reconstructions and replacements…in the stone age…

  9. I’ve just started juicing a couple months ago, so always on the lookout for great recipes, especially ones to combat pain. This is great, can’t wait to try it, as soon as I find some turmeric root. I love ginger, can’t get enough of that :)

    • Yeah! The main pain relieving ingredient in the juice is the turmeric. Unfortunately, turmeric can be kind of bitter if it’s not mixed with something a little sweeter. Maybe throw a few apples in the mix to sub for the pineapple. Or a pear?

    • So many juice recipes call for cucumber…. is there ANY substitute for it? I have an adverse reaction–within about a minute of ingesting any type of cucumber my throat tightens, and I have a horrible ‘itching’ deep within my throat (esophagus), that lasts for about 30 minutes… with even a tiny amount.
      Thanks!!

  10. This looks fantastic! I love the combination of flavors. I usually drink a spiced turmeric tea but I’m going to try something different and make your juice. Thanks!

  11. I don’t have a juicer but I do have a Nutri Bullet and a Vita Mix … would this mix up well in that? I am def. going to try this because I have generalized body pain all the time and I KNOW when I was using my nutri bullet more regularly in the past with turmeric it helped tremendously. Thanks for posting this.

  12. I would love to try this drink as I suffer fron constant pain all over my body. Problem is I live in a small town and I have never seen root turmeric! So I need to know if powder would do as well? And how much would you recommend using? Thanks for your help in advance! Be well and have a great weekend!

      • I haven’t tried turmeric powder in a juicing recipe. The point was to juice the fresh turmeric into the other veggies. I suppose you could stir in a tsp or so into your juice. You CAN use dry turmeric for pain relief. They sell it in pill form in most pharmacies. You can ask you doctor how much would be appropriate for your pain level.

  13. In South Africa we can only buy powdered turmeric. It also does not help that I live in the middle of nowhere! Does anyone know what the equivalent would be?

  14. Someone just posted your site last week. I could not see anything in it that would cause adverse affects so why not go for it. I drink three 8 oz. or more a day depending on the pain which I have had all my life to one degree or another. This juice drink works for me.
    Thank you, JudyKaye

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      • Hello and thank you for the recipe. Can you please tell me if this can be blended and not strained? What are the benefits of straining, would it change the pain relieving properties? I don’t have a juicer but want to know if blending these same ingredients will still give me the same pain relieving benefits and do I need to change any amounts? Also did you know celery will calm your stomach ? Next time you need to pop a Tums or Pepcid, chew a few celery stalks (I use a little salt sprinkled on, also known to help). It is amazing and actually feels much better than taking tums etc. Thank You… Please let me know if this can be blended etc.
        Cher

        • Braggs apple cider vinegar works for acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion. I’m also always aching. I thought I’d give this turmeric juice a try. I don’t have a juicer so I used the Nutri Bullet and made a smaller portion. It didn’t taste bad at all. I’ll work on the balance of the ingredients. It was a little bitter, but it was manageable.

  16. Do you know anything besides pineapple that would help with reducing the inflammation?
    I only ask because I am highly allergic to pineapples :(

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  20. I’ve never seen turmeric root anywhere. If you can’t find it, can you substitute an amount of the powdered version? What is different in English cucumber from regular cucumber?

    • Hi Sue! I’ve never used the powdered version in juice. I did include a link within the recipe to order turmeric online if you are interested. As far as cucumbers, you can use whichever kind you like. I like English cucumbers since they are bigger and a little bit sweeter. Hope that helps! Have a great day.

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  22. You’ve been so awesome at answering the questions, I feel a little bad asking yet another; but I’m in such pain all the time, and the Dr. told me to try turmeric 400 mg a day with food and I am afraid because it can cause stomach pain. Stomach pain causes me to go into headaches at times and those can last days, even a week, and that is just too much for me with all the other pain I suffer. Do you suggest eating something else with this? And also, I don’t have a juicer, could you give me an idea how much I would have to use for blending it?

  23. My first real experience with a juicer! As a professional photographer, I’m on my feet a lot, plus the bending, stooping, etc. trying to get “that shot”. I work out 4-5 times a week to stave off bad back, neck and knee surgery. Fortunately, I have stock in Johnson&Johnson but I’d like to kick the Tylenol habit. Thought, after reading a bit, I’d give this potion a try. Expensive at about $15 per quart but, hey, if it works… Two questions… How much should you consume per day for effect and does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do with all that pulp? Thanks!

  24. Sounds like a powerful anti pain drink! The alkalizing veggies, the bromaline in the pineapple, the properties of the turmeric and also the ginger. I just read of a gal who ended up in hospital because she was taking so much ginger for pain she did not realize she had a kidney infection!

  25. Hi,
    Just a question, is it the combination of the spices and vegetables that makes it pain relieving?
    Because Where i live i can just get the Tumeric (also called kurkuma) in pillform.
    at a health shop. If it is especially the Tumeric, because then i’m gonna tryout the Pills.
    Have a happy healthy day all

    • My Dr. told me to take the turmeric, he said it has anti-inflammatory properties in it. I was told by another Dr. that it has been known to keep one from getting colon cancer. The ingredients in my capsules are: gelatin, <2% silica, vegetable magnesium stearate, vegetable steric acid, but no other herbs.

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  27. Hi – thanks for the awesome recipe! I’ve never been to your blog before. Its wonderful! Like a few of the others above I too have fibromyalgia and chronic pain. I never that to use turmeric in cooking. I do have an awesome pain creme that uses turmeric as the main ingredient. I love it as it actually works. I have a Sealy mattress that is a pillow top and have loved it for about 12 years. Its very comfortable although I’ve started aching again all the time now and I no longer sleep all the time and I really think that is part of the issue w the pain. My parents have a temperpedic and its the only bed I can sleep on that I wake up pain free – LOVE that bed!

    Suggestion – for people that can’t get Turmeric root – call Whole Foods and see if you can order some over the phone and have it shipped to you. Stores do that all the time. Also if you live near one of the major stores like HyVee or Giant ( I’m sure there are others) stop in or call them and see if they can order it and stock it. I personally will use the dried as its easier to use. I have a knock off single serving bullet and don’t think it will grind up this juice – maybe its time to consider a juicer!

  28. So glad I found this site. Iam going to try this recipe. I quit a job that I was at for 9 years and started a new job that paid alot more and was closer to home. Well, after a month my body couldnt take all the manual labor(no wonder it paid so much more) and I hurt my back in two different places and right now I cannot work and cannot find anything for the pain. I wont take narcotic pain medicines, so I tried pain injections(nerve blocks) which didnt help at all. So today I bought a juicer just because I recently found that I have a very low platelet count. My platelets are down to 91,000! So I bought some oranges, lemons, strawberries and blueberries and some canteloupe. I made two cups of juice and tonight was the first time since having the injury(almost 3 months ago) that my back hasn’t hurt! I started to think maybe my body was lacking all of these nutrients in these fruits. So I am glad I found your recipe, I will try to get most of these ingredients because If the juice that I made actually did make my pain go away, I cant wait to try your recipe! I am currently going to physical therapy and it seems to be helping a little. I need to get back to work as soon as possible because my company denied my workers comp claim(of Course!). So I appealed that decision but it is going to take months before I can have another hearing to see if I can get my back wages and get paid while Iam off of work. I am tired of struggling with this pain. Ill be sure to let you know if this recipe works for me and if juicing brings my platelets up! Thanks Again!

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