Honey is one of the most healing and nutrient rich substances on earth. It has been traditionally used by healers worldwide for a wide range of ailments. Plus, it's a great way to get down something that tastes less than pleasant (and to dip those pizza crusts in!) Herbalists use honey topically and internally. It can be used as a pure substance (ideally local and raw) or infused with herbs. Today we'll share more about what herbal honey is and how to make it.
What is Herbal Honey?
Herbal honey is similar to an herb infused vinegar or oil. Herbs are placed in honey and left to infuse. The honey is then used for culinary or medicinal purposes. Honey has an extremely long shelf-life so it is a nice way to help extend the harvest of herbs.
How is herbal honey used?
It can be used as a sweet treat or as medicine. The use will depend on the type of herbs used and what your family needs. It can be used topically or taken internally. Sometimes you may use a spoonful to drizzle on yogurt. Other days you may take a spoonful on its own as medicine. Mix into an herbal tea, add to your morning oatmeal, or even bake with it! Anywhere honey is normally used, herbal honey can be used.
How is it made?
Herbal honey is easy to make. The hardest part is waiting and remembering to flip it over once a day!
- Take a sterile jar and fill halfway with dried herbs.
- Cover the herbs off with honey and put a lid on the jar.
- Place it in a sunny windowsill- the heat helps the infusion.
- Flip the jar at least once a day to keep the herbs covered with honey- adding more as needed. (Pro tip, put it in some sort of a container or a bowl in case the jar leaks!)
- Leave the mix to sit for 1-4 weeks.
Most folks choose to strain the herbs before using. Store in a cool, dark place.
What are commonly used herbs?
It's best to use dried herbs instead of fresh. Fresh herbs will impact the moisture content too much. Use one or use multiple. Here are some herbs to consider:
Note- Honey should never be given to children under one-year-old.
Tips for Preserving Herbs