Mader Wellness

Turmeric Balls- DIY Anti-Inflammatory Supplement

You’ve probably heard about the anti-inflammatory properties found in turmeric. I even mention it here in a recipe for turmeric milk. There are over 7,800 studies done on the benefits of turmeric! Reviewing these studies, Duke concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects (source).

I love to add turmeric to soups and other dishes but I don’t add it as often as I would like and I don’t use a large enough amount to reap all of its benefits. I had a little issue with a back spasm this week and my chiropractor reminded me to increase my anti-inflammatory foods. In need of acute inflammation help, I was very close to gulping down a spoonful of turmeric but quickly changed my mind after gagging at the thought of it. That’s when I created these turmeric balls- they are quick, convenient and delicious! I mean not as delicious as raw cacao brownies, but I definitely licked the bowl when I was done 🙂 I am also really glad I made these balls because they contain ingredients that  work synergistically with the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric.

I was introduced to the concept of herbal pills when reading Rosemary Gladstar’s book Medicinal Herbs. She wrote about homemade vitamin C pills, which I’m going to try soon! But I thought homemade anti-inflammatory pills couldn’t be that much harder. And I was right, it’s super easy and practical. You can formulate your own blends and make them taste good enough that even children will eat them. They are great for a sore throat, you can formulate them with herbs that fight infection or simply to enhance your vitamin intake. It’s up to you!

Up the Turmeric Ante With:

  • Quercetin, a bioflavenoid which inhibits the production of inflammatory proteins also known as cytokines.
  • Black pepper contains the potent alkaloid piperine, which has been shown to increase the bio-availability of curcumin up to 150%.
  • Fatty acids have been shown to increase the bioavailability of turmeric (source).




  • Line a plate or baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. And make some room in your freezer. 🙂
  • Put on your cutest apron because turmeric-will-stain-your-clothes.
  • If your honey and coconut oil are solid, heat them up a bit to liquefy them.
  • In a bowl, stir together the turmeric, quercetin, black pepper, honey and coconut oil.
  • Take a small amount of the mixture and roll between the palms of your hands in order to roll into a ball. You may want to stick the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to make this part easier. If you can form the mixture into small balls, great…keep going 🙂
  • Once you have many little turmeric balls on your parchment paper, place in your freezer for about a hour.
  • Transfer the balls into a storage container and keep it in your freezer.
  • Take the balls as needed!

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  • Reply
    September 12, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    good info

  • Reply
    October 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Could you add Magnesium citrate powder instead to these?

    • Reply
      Brooke Mader
      October 26, 2016 at 5:25 am

      Sharon, yes you can either add magnesium citrate to it, or replace the quercetin with the magnesium citrate. It’s up to you! I’ve added 1 tbsp of magenesium citrate before and it turned out well.

  • Reply
    December 9, 2016 at 12:41 am

    How many of these would I give my dog of 80 lbs she has bad arthritis

    • Reply
      Brooke Mader
      December 9, 2016 at 1:54 am

      Hi Sheila. I would make a different version for your dog since dogs should not have too much honey. I would try replacing honey with raw peanut butter. A dog weighing 80 pounds should do well with 1,000 mg of turmeric a day. Although there are controversies whether black pepper is safe for dogs.

  • Reply
    Bonne Dunham
    March 18, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I made marble sized turmeric balls (just over half a teaspoon). How many of these do you take daily?

    • Reply
      Brooke Mader
      March 19, 2017 at 4:13 am

      Hi Bonne,

      3-4 grams of turmeric is a safe amount to take a day. One gram equates to about 1/2 teaspoon. I take about 3 turmeric balls a day when I’m healing or have inflammation, otherwise just 1 or 2 for prevention.

      Enjoy! 🙂

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