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How to Make an Use Herbal Infused Honey
By Marillyn Beard - February 08, 2018

How to Make an Use Herbal Infused Honey

How to Make and Use Herbal Infused Honey For Food & Health

We all know that raw honey is delicious, but did you know that it's good medicine all by itself? It is one of the most revered foods and beneficial substances found on the planet. There is truly no substitute. Its anti-bacterial properties can be used to soothe wounds, ulcers, burns and many internal conditions. These heavenly nectars are called herbal infused honey or honey tinctures. Although herbal infused honey is weaker than an alcohol tincture, it still carries the wonderful flavors, oils, properties of the herbs. Taking it internally is often beneficial for sore throats, coughs, and digestive problems. Externally, it is highly beneficial for minor wounds and burns. It can also be used cosmetically as a simple face wash or soothing antibacterial face mask.
Herbal infused honey can be used to sweeten and flavor all sorts of foods. Enjoy infused honey drizzled over desserts, fresh fruit, ice cream, oatmeal, or on toast with butter. Or use it to enhance salad dressings, marinades, sauces, tea, lemonade, or bubbly drinks. Just imagine the taste of rose petal-infused honey drizzled over a freshly baked scone, lavender-lemon honey spooned over freshly churned ice cream, chamomile-laced honey over warm granola, or fresh peach slices dipped into ginger honey. Delish!

How to Make Herbal Infused Honey

Honey can be infused in two different way: by combining dried herbs with the honey and infusing it for several weeks before straining and using OR by combining dried powdered herbs or spices with the honey and useing it right away. The basic formula is about 2-3 tablespoons of dried herbs (or 1/2-2 teaspoons of powdered) per 1 cup (8 oz) of honey and infusing for 1 to 6 weeks, depending on how strong you want your honey to taste.

The Equipment:

  • Raw Organic Honey
  • Your favorite dried organic herbs
  • Clean, dry glass jars with lids
  • Chopsticks, wooden spoon handle or other stirrer made of wood
  • Clean cloth for wiping jar rims
  • Fine mesh strainer

The Ingredients:

Raw honeyA light and mild flavored honey is best, but any honey you have on hand will work. Make sure to use organic raw honey to enjoy all the health benefits! Herbs: Any single aromatic herb or a combination can be used to make herbal infused honey. Infused honey can also be made with fresh herbs. Our favorites are usually chamomile, rosemary, sage, thyme, peppermint, lavender, lemon balm, cinnamon sticks, rose petals, basil and ginger.

The Instructions:

  1. Prepare the herbs. Gather your choice of dried herbs. They can be in form of whole sprigs or separated leaves, buds and petals or powdered.
  2. Gently melt the honey. If your raw honey is solid, you will need to gently melt the honey in a pot of very warm water (no higher than 95F). Never overheat the honey, as it will destroy the beneficial enzymes.
  3. Combine herbs & honey together. Pour the herbs into a clean, dry jar and fill the jar with honey. Leave a 1” space at the top. Stir the honey and herbs until well coated. Top off with more honey if needed. Wipe the jar rim with a clean cloth and cover tightly. If using powdered herbs, then your herbal honey is ready to enjoy right away.
  4. Infuse the honey. Let the herbs infuse for at least a week. Turn over the jar daily to keep the herbs circulating in the honey. For a more intense flavor, infuse for another week or longer. Taste the honey every few days after a week until the taste is to your liking.
  5. Strain the herbs. If honey is solid, warm it up in some hot water. Strain the honey into a clean, dry jar. Depending on the amount of honey, herbs and size of strainer, you might have to do this in stages.
  6. Store the infused honey in a tightly covered jar and keep in a cool, dry place. Your herbal infused honey will last indefinitely!

Now, that you know how to make herbal infused honey, below are simple recipes to get you started on single herbs:

Lemon Feeling a cold coming on or just feel crummy? This version soothing stirred into a cup of hot water along with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a tea bag of chamomile. You will feel refreshed after drinking a cup or two. It is also delicious drizzled over a fruit salad or shortbread cookies. Cinnamon Is your nose feeling stuffed up? The aromatic properties in cinnamon can help break up congestion and clear up the sinuses. It also contains anti-fungal properties and full of antioxidants. This is delicious mixed in hot water to make a tea, eaten right off the spoon and great to spread on a piece of toast. Ginger Have an upset stomach or nausea? Ginger is an excellent tummy soother. It is also a superb sore throat remedy. Delicious right off the spoon, stirred into tea, or drizzled over roasted carrots.
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp dried organic ginger root or 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger root
Clove Have a sore throat? Cloves is often used to numb pain. The eugenol in the cloves is a powerful numbing agent that was used by dentist before painkillers were created. Chamomile Need to settle your nerves? Chamomile is a popular herb for calming nerves and aiding sleep. Mix a spoonful of infused chamomile honey with hot water for a nice, calming tea.

Have you made herbal infused honey? What are your favorite herbal combinations? Share them with us on social media!