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Among the wealth of knowledge that is herbal medicine, we have recipes. Just like cooking, everyone has a specific combination. Some are self-discovered; others are passed down and still, others are collected from online or other resources.
I create new recipes all the time. Some are based on previous preparations with my own twist. My problem is that in the midst of putting together what my kids call “Mommy Medicine” (and 4 of them are grown now; my eldest at 26 admitted recently he has always believed I could do magic) I often forget to write down what I’m using, how much and what it’s for.
Amazingly, if the same issue comes up again, I am able to duplicate my original preparation (usually) if not perfectly, pretty darn close.
While devouring one of these lessons, I came across two recipes for herbal infused honey that I am going to be making in my home. If I can get over my nerves, I will try to make a video to walk you through the process.
Getting Sweet On Honey
Not store-bought honey. Real truly raw honey, gathered by local bee-friendly producers, and free of added sugars. This stuff is good.
THA says this about honey:
“Healing honey is not to be confused with mass-produced refined honey, which may be adulterated with corn syrup or other synthetic sweeteners. Aside from containing vitamins and minerals, raw wildflower honey is soothing and highly anti-microbial and can be applied on wounds to prevent infection.
Like vinegar, honey can be used to extract and preserve the medicinal properties of plants and applied topically, honey can heal infected wounds. Infused honey can be taken internally to make strong herbs more palatable. Infused honey enhances the flavor and medicinal properties of herbal teas. Honey should not be given to children under one year of age*.”
-The Herbal Academy
*I have given all of my children honey at a young age. This is a recommendation given to parents because baby’s digestive systems are still forming. The same reasoning cautions against giving a baby eggs, which I also did. FOLLOW YOUR OWN INSTINCTS and consult your child’s nutritionist.
If you have never had true, pure honey, get ready to be shocked and instantly converted. You can eat it alone. I usually put mine on toast or in tea. It does not take much, and it is so good for you.
THA offers these tips for making herbal infused honey.
Tips and Guidelines for Infused Honey
Using dried, finely powdered herbs when possible means you don’t have to bother straining the honey, a nearly impossible task!
If powdered herbs are not available, strain through a fine sieve (this requires patience!).
In general, for every pint-sized mason jar, use 1/4 to 1/2 cup total dried herb.
If using whole herbs can be strained through a fine-meshed strainer.
Honey can be placed in a sunny windowsill or warm greenhouse when infusing.
Turn or gently shake honey every day or so.
Raw, local wildflower honey, in particular, is highly beneficial to humans.
Use a clean, dry, sterilized jar and lid.
Experiment with flavors – the possibilities are endless!
Don’t forget to label and date!
The Herbal Academy
The first recipe I want to share is for Garlic Honey. The Herbal Academy says:
I cook with garlic every day. Due to time constraints, I cheat with diced garlic in a jar. I not only use the garlic but the juice (water) as well. If the fluid in the jar gets low, I refill it, shake it up and let it sit a few minutes.
When I can get it, and I have time, I do prefer fresh garlic bulbs. As a mom of 5 and working on both my education and my business, this happens rarely.
Garlic is one of nature’s antibiotics. It has been proven to assist the body in recovering from infections. I have used it for everything from the flu to yeast infections. It also has been shown to positively affect cholesterol and blood pressure.
You may be thinking: Garlic honey? Ew.
Not so, though. The pungency of the garlic is mitigated by the sweetness of the honey. The two flavors blend together to give you something new and delicious.
Enough of my chatter. Here’s the recipe from The Herbal Academy.
I will include it as a download at the end of this article, so you can add it to your collection.
THA also suggests these combinations, using the same technique:
- Elderberry berry and flower honey
- Ginger-rose honey
- Sage honey
- Lemon balm honey
- Cinnamon vanilla honey
Cinnamon Rose Honey
The next herbal honey I want to share is Cinnamon Rose Honey.
You may consider it odd to use roses as an herbal remedy. These iconic flowers have a long history as a medicine.
Cloverleaf Farm Herbs lists the rose species that can be specifically used as herbal remedies. They also advise against using store-bought or hybridized roses as these have had a lot of their medicinal properties bred out or minimized by pesticides.
Cinnamon is a well-known and common spice we all keep in our kitchens. For hundreds of years, it was one of those rare spices that Europeans considered exotic.
“Some research has found that a particular type of cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. However, other studies have not found a benefit. Studies of cinnamon for lowering cholesterol and treating yeast infections in people with HIV have been inconclusive.
Lab studies have found that cinnamon may reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and fight bacteria. But it’s unclear what the implications are for people.
For now, studies have been mixed, and it’s unclear what role cinnamon may play in improving health.”
Herbalists recommend using Ceylon or “true” cinnamon.
So here is the recipe you’ve been waiting for.
I will also attach this recipe for download.
Give Them a Try!
As suggested, you can mix this up and try different combinations. If you’re not certain how your concoction will taste, try making a small batch. Taste it and if it rocks, go for it. If not, lesson learned.
One More Thing
I know I have said it before, but I have to cover bases:
I am NOT a medical practitioner.
I am an Herbalist.
Everything I share here is drawn from my studies, my beliefs and my own personal experience. This is NOT a Gospel. Nothing here should be considered “medical” advice. I make no claims that I can or will treat or cure any specific disease or condition.
My goal is to educate and empower you in managing your well-being.
If you chose to explore natural remedies, do your research. Discuss your options with your physician before beginning any herbal regimen.
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Until next time,
Take care of yourself!