Updated: Nov 16
Honey's tasty and medicinal properties have been appreciated for thousands of years by a variety of cultures. The Egyptians so revered this sticky, golden liquid that pots of it have been uncovered in ancient tombs.
Honey has nutritive, emollient, and demulcent properties. Raw honey in particular contains antioxidants and is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
These beneficial properties are one reason to make herbal preparations with honey. The sweet taste also makes many herbs more palatable which may prove useful when trying to give remedies to choosy children.
Today, I am making elecampane medicinal honey for my family, but many other herbs such as ginger, garlic, lavender, dandelion root, and several others also make fabulous medicinal honey. Just make sure you are familiar with the contraindications for any herb you choose.
You Will Need
A clean glass jar (I use a 16 oz wide mouth jar)
dried herb of your choosing(amount depends on which herb you choose)
Fine mesh strainer(I find this less messy than cheesecloth for this endeavor)
Fill the jar 1/3 of the way with herb
Cover completely with raw honey(local if possible)
Seal with an airtight lid. Label with ingredients and date
Allow mixture to macerate for 2-4 weeks in a cool, dry location. Turning over each day so that the herb doesn't stay clumped in one location.
When it has reached the strength you desire, strain. You may have to gently heat the honey(not too hot! You'll destroy the medicinal properties of the honey) in order to strain the herb from it.
Store in a clean, glass jar inside a cupboard. Most sources conservatively site the shelf-life as one year.
You can take the honey straight off the spoon, but my personal favorite is to add it to herbal tea!
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