Golden Honey


november bee

I couldn’t believe my eyes, while walking the land the other day, ~ I spotted some Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) blossoms! It was quite remarkable considering it was early November. The pollinators were happy too. It was a rather brisk day and the little guys were hanging out on the blossoms, though a little sluggish; actually they were barely moving. I decided to take just a couple blossoms to infuse into honey, since I wanted to leave most of them for the pollinators, as they needed to load up for the long winter ahead.

Goldenrod and raw honey are a winning combination. Goldenrod has antiseptic, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties, while raw honey contain propolis, a compound that can kill bacteria. Combined they make a very soothing remedy for scratchy and sore throats. Goldenrod infused honey is also useful for reducing congestion and postnasal drip from a bad cold.

Goldenrod honey is very easy to make and as we approach cold and flu season it is a wonderful addition to anyone’s apothecary.

How to make Goldenrod Honey:

  1. Collect fresh Goldenrod blossoms (when collecting any herb, make sure the area hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals and is not growing along roadways)
  2. Separate the florets
  3. Fill clean/dry jar ¼ – ½ with blossoms.
  4. Fill jar with raw honey (I prefer a light honey like apple blossom or wildflower).
  5. Fill sauce pan with about 2 inches of water.
  6. Put jar of herbal honey in pot of water (double-boiler method).
  7. Simmer water, temperature should never get higher than 110° as it will kill the medicinal qualities of the raw honey.
  8. Stir honey with a chopstick to disperse blossoms in honey.

warm goldenrod and honeySome people strain the blossoms out before eating but I leave them in and take pleasure in the herbs along with the honey.

golden honeyTake a spoonful for a sore throat or add to tea. YUM!

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