Golden paste is a useful way of incorporating the many healing powers of turmeric into your daily life, and it can be used in so many different ways. Once you’ve made a batch (find our recipe here), homemade golden paste can be kept in the fridge for about a month, so it pays to find as many ways to use it as possible. There are two main ways to use golden paste – internally and externally.
Golden paste is an excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial substance, so taking it internally may provide benefits for a large number of health conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and most other autoimmune, digestive, liver, gallbladder and joint-related conditions. Turmeric contains the active constituent curcumin which has been demonstrated to regulate the genetic expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-a, IL-6 and inflammatory series prostaglandins and eicosanoids. This can have a powerful effect on the chronic inflammation which usually accompanies disease and pain in the body. Turmeric is also stimulatory to the galbladder while having a regenerative effect on the liver, making it a favorite among herbalists who seek a tonifying and strengthening effect without over stimulating. One of the easiest ways to take golden paste internally is by making a turmeric latte by adding a tablespoon of golden paste to one cup of hot milk or mylk and stirring to combine. Adding a little honey or sugar can improve the taste significantly. Golden paste can also be used in cooking although be aware that heating it for extended periods will substantially decrease the curcumin content, so try stirring a little extra into the pot at the end of making a dahl or other curry to get maximum benefits. Golden paste can also be added to smoothies, soups, juices and even mixed with a little honey and taken directly.
Externally, golden paste can be used on cuts, wounds, abrasions, painful joints (although it’s probably better to take it internally for this), sunburn and as a restorative face mask for the skin (if you don’t mind the colour – be warned golden paste will stain). As with any wound dressing, it’s important to change the golden paste you’re using regularly and ensure that the wound is also kept clean with water and given time to air-dry. To safely use golden paste on a wound, apply a 1mm thick coating for no more than two hours at a time, then rinse off. Quick note: if you’re making golden paste purely for external use, it may be helpful to only use turmeric powder and coconut oil/ghee, leaving out the black pepper. This is because it can be quite irritating to the skin and its mode of action is to increase the absorption of turmeric from the gastrointestinal system, meaning that its not relevant for external applications.
Golden paste, while being excellent for humans, has also been used very succesfully for pets as well, conferring many of the same benefits on dogs and horses. Check out our article on using golden paste for dogs here. It’s not advisable to feed golden paste to other animals without checking with a veterinary professional first, as the different digestive and detoxification systems of animals may mean that turmeric isn’t safe for them to eat.
As always, the effectiveness of golden paste is highly dependent on the quality of turmeric that it’s made with. We only recommend using saturated fats such as cold-pressed coconut oil or ghee for making golden paste as well as organic turmeric and black pepper powder. If you’re in Australia, check out Therapeia Australia’s turmeric powder, they’re the cheapest, they’re Australian Certified Organic and they independently test for pesticide and heavy metal contamination.