Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Turmeric Paste Can Help So Many Animals ....

Turmeric for BEGINNERS; humans, horses, cats, dogs, ferrets, mice, chickens, camels, ocelots ...

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Explains, turmeric, oil, pepper
GP recipe
Guide for Horses
Guide for Dogs
Small animal tips
Ruminants and helpful links

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  • 1. TURMERIC - make sure you buy GOOD QUALITY turmeric which has not had the CURCUMIN removed, or has not been 'cut' with added ingredients. There are files to help you find a trusted source to buy from. Don't try to snaffle a bargain - not much point in saving a few pounds/dollars and then finding your turmeric does not work because it has no curcumin. Organic is a pretty safe bet as safe guards prevent Organic products being interfered with before sale. 

Whole turmeric powder averages around 3% curcumin content - and can range from 2.5% to 5% curcumin.

Turmeric powder is a food supplement (with medicinal benefits) and as such can be fed alongside other supplements such as herbs you are already safely using, and NSAIDS (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs). NSAIDS explained  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-steroidal_anti-inflammatory_drug

Turmeric is not compatible with some types of CHEMO, so please check with your/your pet's Oncologist if this applies to you. You can google " xyz and turmeric " or " xyz and curcumin " to see if your drug is listed.  http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/turmeric

Turmeric is not advised if you/your pet is undergoing RADIATION THERAPY.  Wait until the course is done.  Turmeric has a protective effect against radiation damage - thus undoing the work of the radiation.

  • 2. OIL - It should be COLD PRESSED (also known as Virgin, or Extra Virgin) COCONUT, OLIVE or LINSEED (FLAX). - these are non-inflammatory to soft tissue. Oil is needed to dissolve the turmeric for digestion. It will not dissolve in water and is only soluble in oils, fats (lipids) or alcohol. If it is not dissolved it will pass straight through the digestive tract and give no benefit and upset the colon.  COLD PRESSED/ VIRGIN/ EXTRA VIRGIN; COCONUT, OLIVE, LINSEED, (BUTTER or LARD or other suitable oil/fat can be used for appropriate species)

Horses - You can use Micronised Linseed, or PowerStance (refer to Info New Members file).

If using Micronised Linseed or fresh-ground linseeds, then use 3 times the amount of oil quoted. eg 10mls oil OR 30 mls Micronised Linseed.

Turmeric is oil and alcohol soluble (dissolvable), NOT soluble in water. Oil or alcohol will also remove STAINS from turmeric on the skin. Use undiluted dish detergent to remove stains from bench-tops, plastics and clothes. Rub in and allow to sit for 10 minutes (30 minutes for clothes) then rinse off.
Sunlight should take care of the last remains, with clothes.

  • 3. BLACK PEPPER - peppercorns contain a substance called Piperine which goes to work in two ways -it increases intestinal absorption and in the liver it slows up the excretion of the curcumin. This allows time for the curcumin to be taken up into the blood stream. Utilisation of turmeric can be increased by up to 20 times, by Piperine.

Fresh ground black peppercorns are recommended because you can control the freshness of the Piperine. Other peppercorns will also contain Piperine but the black peppercorns are the best source, also easiest to find. Please note, Piperine will also slow up excretion of other substances, allowing your body to absorb more, so check with your Doctor/Vet if you use regular medication.

Freshly ground black pepper is best, but if you can't manage to add the pepper at the last minute, that's OK. Add a couple of extra grinds and try to keep your pepper coarse (chunky). Pepper will also store in the freezer or if it is encapsulated - such as in oil or in the golden paste. If using a lot, grind up coarsely with coffee grinder and store in small packs of ziplock bags for easy use.

Do not use finely pre-ground black pepper (as for pepper shakers) - it will have no value.
CAYENNE PEPPER is not suitable as a substitute - it is from the capsicum family and does not contain Piperine.


Commercial turmeric capsules/pills are 95% curcumin. Turmeric powder is around 3% curcumin, average, and yet is extremely effective when fed as recommended.

~~~HUMANS ~~~ read here for more info: https://www.facebook.com/notes/turmeric-user-group/turmeric-for-humans-how-much-how-to-make-capsules-how-to-make-paste/673449486053033


RECIPES for people and animals can be found in the Photos file (tab under the group banner pic)

**BAKED TREATS are not as effective as the cooked paste, or even as the uncooked mix of turmeric, oil and pepper. The prolonged cooking time at high heat diminishes the curcumin and piperine**


GOLDEN PASTE (known in the group as GP)

1/2 cup turmeric powder (125 mls) (60 grams)
1 cup water (250 mls), and 1 cup in reserve if needed
1/3 cup (70 mls) cold pressed Olive or Coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper (one and a half teaspoons)


Omit pepper if you cannot tolerate it. Turmeric will still be improved in absorption by cooking the paste and by the inclusion of oil, but will be less effective without pepper.

Place turmeric and water in pan, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer (just below the boil) stirring over gentle heat until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7 - 10 minutes and you will probably need to add additional water along the way. Add the pepper and oil at the end of cooking. Stir in well (a whisk is ideal) and allow to cool. Store in sterilised glass jar and refrigerate.

Will keep for two weeks, refrigerated. You can freeze a portion if you think you have too much to use within two weeks.

Use for Golden Milk, Smoothies, stir into Yoghurt ... add to your dinner plate as a condiment. (Same recipe may also be used for animals)

Recipes using the paste and turmeric powder can be found in the Photos section (tab under banner pic)  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.827563593974954&type=1

Commercial turmeric capsules/pills, intended for humans, are NOT RECOMMENDED for use with animals

It's up to you how you choose to feed turmeric to your animals. Mixing the dry powder with oil and ground black pepper into their regular feed is fine. Horses seem to accept it better if their feed is wet ... dripping wet. Cooking the turmeric into a paste does take it up a notch in effectiveness, but it is not a critical issue if it does not suit you. Some dogs and cats will lick the paste off a spoon but others like it in a soup or gravy with their feed. Some need the paste syringed into their mouths. All are different and the group has the answer to your dilemma if you have a turmeric diva!

Read the Guide, and make a start. Observe how you or your pet responds and adjust the dose up or down accordingly. START SMALL ... no need to rush! Feeding little and often is best if you can manage it because turmeric does not stay in the body past several hours, and it is a gentle way to introduce it and get a feel for the effects.

Have you remembered the oil and the pepper?
Are you sure of the turmeric's quality?
How often are you feeding it?
Have you increased the dosage, remembering also to increase the oil and pepper?
Back track and see if you can figure out why it is not working.

If you have increased the dose and offered several doses at regular intervals through the day, if you have tried using as powder mixed into food and also tried making a paste to add to feeds by boiling turmeric powder in water, if it is still not having effect then SWITCH brands.

~~Measurements are all LEVEL~~
1 teaspoon = 5 mls
1 dessertspoon = 10 mls
1 tablespoon = 20 mls (4 teaspoons) Australia
1 tablespoon = 15 mls (3 teaspoons)  UK, Canada, USA ...

**QUANTITY GUIDE FOR HORSES** Human capsules/tablets NOT recommended for animals


Add DAILY to the feed. Refer to Info for New Members for more detail re signs to look for, feeding to pregnant mares etc. The ratio to keep is 10 mls turmeric, 5 - 10 mls oil, 6-8 grinds of fresh black peppercorns. If you double one ingredient, double all ingredients and so on.

  • 1. Get a measuring cup to keep in the feed shed.
  • 2. Add a dessert spoon (to start with) of TURMERIC POWDER to your cup.
  • 3. Then - to your turmeric powder - add approximately 6-8 grinds of freshly ground cracked pepper and some oil (coconut, olive or linseed) and mix into a paste that can be mixed through the bulk of the feed. Approximately 5-10 mls of oil is required. Or you may just add to the feed if it contains lipids/fats as do a lot of feed

Please note, making into paste form is completely optional. Many members simply add all ingredients to the top of the feed damp down and mix well. "

You can also make the cooked Golden Paste and use for humans and animals - recipe here 


Ideas for alternate dosing also on recipe page but please do not rely solely on 'treats' for administering turmeric to your horse!

Remember - little and often is more beneficial, so split the dose and feed at least two times a day - if you can. Once a day is still helpful if that's what you can manage.

FOR SARCOIDS - you need to feed it. T does most of its work from the inside. To make a topical paste, use any non-harmful sticking medium - coconut oil, sudocrem, zinc etc.

SOME (NOT ALL) horses will develop a 'cat pee' smell from their skin. To combat this, add approximately 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to 1/2 cup of turmeric. Increase amount of cinnamon as required, if needed, next batch. (It is not the cat's fault after all)

*GREAT TIP from Ellen Weaver* "I make up a big batch of the paste, then every day put a tablespoon of the paste in an old thermos, (start with a small dose first for a few days) fill it up with warm water, give it a shake, go to the paddock & just pour the mix in the feed..."

**QUANTITY GUIDE FOR DOGS** Human capsules/tablets NOT recommended for animals


  "Mix turmeric with food DAILY. Refer to Info New Members for more detail and assistance https://www.facebook.com/notes/turmeric-user-group/information-for-new-members/624125250985457

  • 1. Start with 1/4 of a teaspoon of turmeric  twice a day and build up (if needed) to an approximate maximum of 2 heaped tablespoons over a few weeks.
  • 2. Add OIL - best with these three - Coconut, Olive, or Linseed. Start with about 2-5 mls of oil.
  • 3. Add 3-4 grinds of pepper from a pepper grinder.

You can add the ingredients separately and mix thru the feed or you can mix them into a paste then add to the feed. Another option is to make the cooked Golden Paste, which is easy to scoop out daily for feeds. "  (From INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS FILE)

 Golden Paste recipe and other ideas on feeding dogs turmeric can be found here; 

Remember - little and often is more beneficial, so split the dose and feed two or three times a day if you can. When you increase the turmeric, also increase the oil and pepper - keep the ratio!

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