• Know Your Roots: Turmeric and Ginger
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Know Your Roots: Turmeric and Ginger

As the weather changes, all kinds of allergens are blooming in fruition. Those of us that are too familiar with the overall nose-stuffiness of allergies know how overwhelming the congestion can be. Try this recipe for Turmeric and Ginger Tea with Coconut Milk yourself to reap the benefits of natural decongestant ingredients. Creamy, faintly sweet and fragrant with the potent flavors of ginger and turmeric, golden milk is a deeply nourishing drink. 

Turmeric and ginger both run in the same family as plant rhizomes. Between the plant and root, these rhizomes store potent nutrients and acquire a sharp taste to the throat when used in recipes. Tumeric and ginger not only reduce the amount of inflammation, but also to go straight to the source and start to naturally heal the nasal passages directly. Since sinusitis is the condition of inflamed nasal passages, drainage is crucial for people with sensitive nasal passages and the antioxidants and properties found in tumeric and ginger are essential for decongestion.


  • 1 1-inch knob fresh turmeric
  • 1 1/2-inch knob fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ghee
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut water 
  • 1 tablespoon manuka honey 


    1. Peel both the turmeric and ginger, then grate them finely into a mortar or a molcajete.
    2. Spoon the ghee into the mortar or molcajete, and grind the ghee into the turmeric and ginger with your pestle until they form a fine paste.
    3. Pour the coconut milk and coconut water into a saucepan, and spoon in the paste made with turmeric, ginger and ghee.
    4. Turn the heat up to medium-high and warm the ingredients together until little bubbles just begin to creep up the sides of the pot.
    5. Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan, allowing the turmeric and ginger to steep about 3 minutes.
    6. Strain the golden milk through a fine-mesh strainer or tea strainer into a tea pot. Stir in the Manuka honey and continue stirring until it dissolves.
    7. Serve warm.
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