I love eating my medicine and recently I have started to enjoy herbal honey. It is easy to make, delicious, nutritious and medicinal. What more can anyone ask for? I add it to my oatmeal, spread it on my toast, and I love peanut butter and honey sandwiches. The possibilities are endless.
The first herbal honey I made was with fresh elecampane root. I harvested the root after its second year of growth, since they start to lose their medicinal qualities after 2-3 years. Elecampane is excellent for all respiratory ailments and honey is wonderful for calming coughs. Honestly, elecampane root is not a great tasting herb and honey helps make it palatable. All and all, it’s a winning combination.
My next herbal honey endeavor was with Ashwagandha root (known as Indian Ginseng). It is a wonderful energy builder, it increases the body’s ability to adapt to and resist stress, along with dealing with tension and anxiety. It helps increase memory, facilitates learning, promotes general well-being and enhances stamina. It is also a great herb in helping the body recover after chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Again, not the best tasting herb, so combining it with honey makes a lot of sense to me.
Making herbal honey is very simple. All you need is a pot, clean jar/lid, chopstick, raw honey and herb.
How to make herbal honey:
1. Fill jar ¼ – ½ with herb (I use fresh sliced Elecampane root and dry powdered Ashwagandha root).
2. Fill clean/dry jar with raw honey
3. Fill pot with about 2 inches of water
4. Put jar of herbal honey in pot with water
5. Simmer water, temperature should never get higher than 110° as it will kill the medicinal qualities of the raw honey.
6. Stir honey with chopstick to disperse herb in honey.
7. When the honey develops a frothy top, it is done.
Some people strain the herbs out before eating but I leave them in and take pleasure in the herbs along with the honey.
Enjoy honey in tea, oatmeal, on toast or however you want! Honey should keep for a couple of years but rarely lasts that long since it is so delicious. If the honey starts to crystallize as raw honey often does, simply reheat as in the above directions.
All information is shared for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition.