by Jordan Douglas, HHC
Herbal honeys are one of my favorite ways to incorporate herbal medicine into my daily routine. They are simple to make, easy to use, powerfully effective and utterly delicious. Herbal honeys provide soothing relief directly to the throat, which is ideal this time of year. Take by the spoonful, add to tea or tonics, drizzle on sweet or savory dishes, or mix with powders for herbal pills or pastilles. Herbal honeys are highly palatable, making them a great option for kids or the herbal skeptic.
Honey is an incredibly healing, nutrient-dense food in and of itself. It is liquid gold that is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. The quality of your honey is important here. I prefer to opt for raw, local honey whenever possible. Ellwood Thompson’s has a great selection - I especially like Buzzing Bee.
Many herbs are suitable for herbal honeys, especially those with a high volatile oil content. I particularly love lavender or rose honeys to use in my morning matcha or tonics. Holy basil is another favorite. Garlic and thyme are also great this time of year for daily immune and respiratory support.
You can make herbal honeys with fresh or dried herbs, following a similar basic method.
Tools you’ll need:
- Honey (preferably raw and local)
- Herb of choice
- Jar with lid
- Wooden spoon to stir
- For dried herbs, fill your jar about one-fourth full with your herb of choice. Grind up that amount or crush in a mortar and pestle, then return to jar.
- For fresh herbs, chop the herb finely and fill the jar halfway.
- Once you’ve added your herb, add honey to cover.
- Use a wooden spoon or chopstick to stir well and make sure the herb is covered completely, topping off with more honey if necessary.
- Seal tightly, label your jar and let sit 2-3 weeks, stirring occasionally.
- When it’s time to strain, warm the honey slightly in a hot water bath to liquify it and simplify the process. Press through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve.
- Return to the jar and enjoy in good health.