Turmeric Black Pepper Tincture

DIY turmeric black pepper tincture

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This recipe for turmeric black pepper tincture is a no brainer- 3 ingredients and 10 minutes of hands-on time, plus a 2-4 week waiting period and BOOM! You’re basically a modern day apothecary, wizarding your health and wellness. 




  1. Wash and chop the turmeric, you don’t need to peel it. You can easily dice it with a food processor and avoid yellow-stained hands that come with handling turmeric. If you don’t have a food processor a knife will work just fine.
  2. Place the chopped turmeric into a glass jar and add the black peppercorns.
  3. Pour the everclear and water into the glass jar and put the lid on.
  4. Shake the jar gently and set aside to steep for 2-4 weeks, shaking gently every couple days.
  5. Using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth strain the mixture over a bowl and squeeze the turmeric solids to release all the liquid.
  6. Store this in a sealed container for use as needed.


** You don’t have to use everclear, you can absolutely use vodka and omit the water as most people are more likely to have this around the house. I use high proof everclear and dilute it with water because some compounds are water-soluble and some are alcohol soluble. Even though this recipe dilutes the everclear to the same 40 proof level as vodka, it is likely to extract a more diverse range of nutritional compounds using water AND alcohol.

** I keep this out of direct sunlight while it’s steeping. After it’s pressed I store it in a blue or brown bottle, to prevent sunlight from altering the tincture.

** This beautiful orange root has serious staining power! Your hands, cutting board, counter, clothing, kitchen towels, light colored spatulas, and the like may become discolored from contact with turmeric! It’s a temporary discoloration, but one to note.

Keywords: Elixirs, Turmeric