Make Your Own Herbal Honey
Sweet, rich, healing honey. It’s delicious medicine all by itself, known for being:
Herbal honey is so easy to make that this how-to is going to be very short. You’re basically going to combine fresh or dried herbs in honey for an arbitrary amount of time. The result is an herbal honey that can be used in a variety of ways.
Herbal Honey: Easy to Make
As promised, here is how to make your own infused, herbal honey.
What you’ll need:
glass jar with lid
dried or fresh herbs of choice
chopstick or some kind of stirring implement
Don’t get fussy about measurements. For fresh herbs, just fill the jar all the way up with chopped herb. This can be a blend or a single herb. If using dried herb, then you don’t need as much. Fill the jar only about a quarter to half of the way up. Pour honey over the herbs up as far as you can go. Use a chopstick to mix everything together thoroughly and release any bubbles that may have formed at the bottom. Cap tightly and let sit for two weeks. Keep it on the kitchen counter, or somewhere you can keep an eye on it. You’ll need to ensure that the herb doesn’t float to the top and lose contact with the honey. I do this by turning the jar upside down every other day. You can also just uncover it, stir, and recover. After two weeks, strain off the herbs, and you’re done. I use cheesecloth inside of a sieve to accomplish this. I won’t lie. It’s a sticky pain, but worth it!
What can you do with your homemade herbal honey? You have unlimited possibilities. Herbal honeys can be designed for taste, as a syrup or dessert topping. They can be used to make bitter tasting herbs more palatable. They make an excellent skincare product. Here are some more ideas:
Sage honey is a favorite of mine for coughs, colds and flu. Susun Weed shows us how to do this. Super easy.
Regarding Susun's comments on using regular honey instead of raw honey for this blend, I agree. If you add raw honey into boiling water, it certainly won't be raw anymore. No need to go to the expense of raw honey if you know that your herbal honey will be used expressly in or as a tea. You may wish to purchase organic or verified local though.
It’s food. It’s medicine. It’s skincare. Honey is so versatile.
I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.