I have spent half my life moving around to the music of the Islands. My partner lived in the Caribbean as child and has told endless stories ofthe medicine woman who held space for the sick on remote landscapes of the tropics. My children have run free at reggae festivals where their dad has run the sound. I began learning about roots in the tonics made by Caribbean folks at these festivals. I think the roots are a great place to start. This super easy tonic is one of my favorites to add to bubbly water on ice or heat it up with a bit of boiling water for a warm drink.

3 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons licorice root
2 tablespoons astragalus root
3 tablespoons sarsaparilla root
½ tablespoon osha root
1 tablespoon dandelion
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon or cardamom
or both
1/4-1/2 cup honey
4 cups boiling water

Put all ingredients but honey in large mason jar and fill it up with boiling water. Allow it to infuse for 4-6 hours. Stain. Put it in a pot with 1/4 honey and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes until honey has merged with liquid. Pour back in your jar. Keep in refrigerator for weeks. You can drink /dilute when needed for immunity, cleansing, warming, roots love.

words + photos + recipe: marybeth bonfiglio

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