Sweet, delicious honey. Herbal infused honey is a delightful way to enjoy the many health benefits of herbs and raw honey. Let me show you how easy it is to make herbal infused honey and some of my favorite herbal infused honey combinations for both health and flavor.
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Why Make Herbal Infused Honey?
Using raw honey, we are combining the power of herbal medicines with the health benefits and flavor of honey. Honey is a beautiful way to preserve the flavor, aroma, and medicinal properties of herbs. Here are some of the many ways we can use herbal infused honey:
- We can create soothing herbal honeys for coughs and sore throats
- Combining herbs with honey is a great way to deliver herbal medicine to children and adults who may not otherwise take herbs (avoid raw honey in children under 1 year of age)
- Raw local honey is antimicrobial
- Making herbal honey is super easy
- Herbal honeys taste great!
Combining honey and herbs is the easiest way to make effective and great-tasting herbal medicine. But herbal honeys don’t have to be only about medicinal properties. Herbal honeys are delicious and beautiful and can be used in a variety of ways.
How to Make Herbal Infused Honey
- Fresh or dried herbs can be used. If using fresh, wash, dry, and allow the plant to wilt to eliminate excessive moisture which can lead to mold
- Fill a clean jar 1/3 full of your herb (more or less depending on the strength of the flavor you want)
- Fill the jar to the top with honey. Stir the contents to remove air bubbles, cover, and allow to sit for at least a week. Every day or so, flip the jar over to keep the herbs covered in honey
- After a week, you can begin enjoying your infused honey
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How can we use our herbal honeys? They can be set aside and used for medicine when needed. Each fall I make a medicinal honey combining antimicrobial garlic, sage, and ginger and this has been a wonderful way to shorten the duration of a cold.
Herbal honeys can also be used daily for health and flavor, or saved for special treats. Here are some suggestions for enjoying your herbal honeys.
Ways to Use Herbal Infused Honey
- Drizzled on fresh bread
- Added to teas
- Taken by the spoonful for medicine (See Simple Foods for Colds)
- Used in baked goods for added flavor
- Drizzled on yogurt
- Added to granola
- Topping for ice-cream
- Given as gifts
What kind of honey combinations can we make? Medicinal combinations might include hyssop and sage for respiratory relief, or garlic and ginger to fight the cold and flu viruses. Or you can create colorful and flavorful combinations to enjoy or give as gifts. Here are a few ideas to consider.
Suggested Herbal Honey Combinations
- Lemon Balm Honey – lemon balm is a lovely mood-booster with a delightful lemon flavor.
- Rose Petals Honey – pleasant and beautiful, this would make a lovely gift.
- Lavender Flower Honey – calming, lavender honey helps us to relax.
- Peppermint Leaf Honey – peppermint is refreshing and stimulating.
- Tulsi Holy Basil Honey – Tulsi brings clarity and focus, while relaxing us.
- Rosemary Honey – calming and mood boosting.
- Hibiscus Flowers Honey – cooling, tart, and adds gorgeous color.
- Elder Flower or Elder Berry Honey – immune boosting benefits.
I do hope you give herbal honeys a try. So easy, healing, and delicious!
In good health,