I am a Southern girl, through and through. I always said I wanted to live somewhere else other than Texas and here I am 3 moves later in Pennsylvania. While in Texas, I dealt with humidity, high heat temperatures, and no seasons at all other than a prolonged summer. HA! Well, I will tell you first hand that you really cannot have it all.
I have experienced cold winters with massive amounts of snow. I have experienced SEASONS while in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and I will never imagine that people are all the same across this country because every state has their quirks. Yes, people thought I owned a horse just because I was from Texas but I digress.
I always suffered from sinus infections while in Texas but as soon as I found out I was lactose intolerant, I stopped drinking milk and suddenly my sinus infections decreased because pollen seemed to affect them too. Once I married and moved to Michigan, I dealt with different allergies.
Then came Pennsylvania. I started dealing with upper respiratory infections. They were really bad and one year, because I left untreated, it developed into bronchitis. What was I doing wrong? I finally got to meet an internal medicine doctor and the diagnosis was simply allergies. Really bad allergies. I then started to take Flonase and over the counter meds. I totally dislike being medicated for something tat I simply think has a solution so two years in a row I succumbed myself to nasal corticosteroids and over-the-counter meds. I disliked it.
I finally did my own research and realized I could solve my allergy issues naturally. While I am not a medical professional, I am a certified and registered pharmacy technician, and while I love knowing about meds, I like educating myself about all things, even natural medicine.
I started investigating the cause of allergies and come to found out that it really is all focused on the way we eat. The amount of high processed and sugary foods that are consumed are one of the reasons that allergies seem to plague this country. Don’t take MY word for it. Read about it yourself. I started my journey ONE year ago, January 2017, when I decided I was going to rid my lifestyle of processed sugar and processed foods and solely consume whole foods.
Was it easy. NO. But once I was on a swing of things I noticed that my allergies became better, especially after detoxifying and eating clean foods, like fruits, vegetables, healthy carbohydrates and lean proteins.
For years, when I started getting a cold I would make a tea consisting of fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, cayenne pepper, raw honey and hot water. It was amazing how quickly it helped a sore throat or an oncoming cold.
Everyone knows how trendy turmeric lattes have been, but it is something that has been around for a long time that other cultures have been enjoying. For a good reason! I decided to create my own concoction that I could regularly consume that would help me not get sick and it proved wonders!
I have access to fresh ginger and fresh turmeric root so I added 1-2 knobs of turmeric with 2 knobs of ginger to a blender and added a nut milk, raw honey, and cinnamon and either drank fresh or I warmed up in a saucepan. I have consuming this tea for about 8 months and I have to say that I think it has helped my allergies a lot!
Every time I feel lethargic, or that my immune system is lowered, I make myself a batch of this milk tea and I am back to normal with no cold in site. I have recommended to friends and while it has been positive, be careful because turmeric STAINS! 🙂
While the ginger is potent, I sometimes decrease the ginger in order for my girls to drink it. Anytime I hear the sniffles, I make a batch and serve over ice.
While I would like this recipe to be vegan, the honey is necessary to contribute to the health benefits. Now while I generally use unsweetened almond milk, I had the opportunity to try Milkadamia milk made from macadamia nuts. I love new products and these are definitely unique when it comes to nut milks. I received the Unsweetened and Original version even though there are 4 options. I let my girls have the Original version because it has 6 grams of cane sugar but the Unsweetened was great with 1 gram of protein and very clean ingredients.
I liked how creamy Milkadamia ended up tasting. It is gluten-free, Non-GMO verified, vegan, and of course, dairy-free. The milk is made from raw macadamia nuts, grown in Australia. Interestingly enough, this milk is Carrageenan free which is a big plus when it comes to boxed nut milks. I loved this milk in coffee too! What a nice change.
I also have been enjoying Wedderspoon Manuka honey KFactor 16+ which is raw, unpasteurized and Non-Gmo verified. The KFactor is a goverment-approved rating through New Zealand guaranteeing a high pollen count. I have used this in tea, dosing my girls once they start the sniffles and in the Turmeric Milk Tea recipe.
Immune-Boosting Turmeric Milk Tea
by Noelle Kelly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: blender heat raw beverage gluten-free soy-free vegetarian vegetarian recipes on recipage ginger root turmeric macadamia milk winter spring in-season fall
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 2 knobs fresh turmeric. (about 2 inches), peeled
- – if not available use 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1- inch x 1-inch ginger knob, peeled and chopped in 4s
- -use 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 10 -ounces Milkadamia unsweetened macadamia milk or other nut milk
- 1 teaspoon Rainbow Light Buffered Vitamin C powder ( optional)
- 10 -ounces distilled water
- 2 Tablespoons raw honey like Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey
- (if drinking cold at it to blender. If bringing milk tea to a boil, add the honey at the very last minute to keep potency).
Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth. If using the fresh roots there will be the blended root which I personally like but you can use a sieve and drink afterwards.
You can divide into 4 servings and serve over ice or heat in a saucepan for a hot milk tea. If you heat the milk tea, leave out the honey and add the honey at the end of a quick boil.
The honey has healthy properties that can be destroyed with heat.
disclaimer: I received mentioned products to test and review. Links included might contain affiliate links that help support this website. I am not a medical professional but an avid lover of health. I have read about turmeric and ginger and its doses. Every person’s body is different and responds differently. My herbal doses are based on articles like Earth Clinic.