This is the basic recipe to make golden paste for yourself or your pet
Basically we have the herb Tumeric, with some black pepper which helps it to be absorbed from the intestine and some healthy oils. Use for arthritis in particular and to boost the immune system perhaps if cancer is a problem in your companion.
- 125 ml / 60g turmeric powder
- 250 ml plus extra water in reserve, if needed
- (70 ml) coconut oil (use raw, unrefined, cold-pressed)
OR linseed oil (flaxseed)
OR olive oil (use virgin / extra virgin)
- 2 teaspoons freshly cracked (ground) black pepper
Omit pepper if you cannot tolerate it. The absorption of turmeric will still be improved by cooking it and adding oil, but it will be less effective without the pepper.
Cracked pepper and ground pepper refer to the same thing. How finely it's ground is up to the user. If you like to have crunchy bits of pepper in your golden paste, then grind it less finely. If you don't (and that's probably most of us), grind it more finely.
1) Bring the turmeric and water to a boil in a saucepan, then lower heat and simmer until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7-10 minutes and you may need to add the extra water along the way for good consistency.
2) Add the freshly cracked (ground) pepper and oil AFTER cooking, when it has been removed from heat and cooled down (still warm to touch but not burning), about 10 minutes later.
3) Stir in well to mix the oil in everywhere and allow to cool again (if coconut oil is hard, it should melt in the mixture).
Do not use pre-made pepper meal (pre-ground pepper that you buy for pepper shakers). The active ingredient in black pepper (piperine) is oxidised when exposed to the air and also degraded by light, so not much is left in the pre-ground pepper purchased in the store.
Start with 1/4 of a teaspoon, twice a day (with food and water), and build up to 3 - 4 times a day, for the first 4-5 days.
If you need more effect, increase to 1/2 - 3/4 of a teaspoon 3 - 4 times a day depending on the size of the patient. You don't need much. Some people and larger dogs move on to a full teaspoon for even more effect. See what your body needs and feed small amounts routinely to keep it in your system.
When adding turmeric to the diet for the first time, if there are any signs of loose stools or upset stomach then you may wish to reduce your serving to 1/8 tsp or so, and remain at a lower amount for a longer period. It will eventually pass and your gut microbiome will soon benefit.
It will keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks or you can freeze it and thaw a bit at a time.
Some dogs may smell a little like cat pee after starting Golden Paste. We're not exactly sure why, but it will eventually go away. One way to eliminate or at least reduce the odor is to add Ceylon cinnamon to the golden paste.