How to Make A Vitamin C-Rich Oxymel
By Kyle P - January 10, 2018
Are you looking for a simple, heathy way to add more Vitamin C into your diet? Our yummy, herbal Vitamin C-rich oxymel is easy to make and can be added to drinks, drizzled over foods, or spooned into mouths!
What is an Oxymel?That's a great question! Oxymel comes from the latin oxymeli meaning "acid and honey," and it is one of the simplest and yummiest ways to gently extract beneficial properties from herbs (especially delicate ones). Simply measure the desired herbs into a glass jar, top with honey and vinegar, and allow herbs to "steep" in a cool, dark place for several weeks. The final product is a sweet, but tangy syrup brimming with vitamins and minerals!
Meet Vitamin C!Vitamin C (also known as Ascorbic Acid) is a sassy water soluble vitamin commonly found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Unlike most animals, humans cannot make their own supply of vitamin C; therefore, we need a daily fresh supply via fresh fruits, fresh veggies, herbs, or supplements. Although not stored for long periods of time, vitamin C levels in the blood "...are controlled by the kidneys through a process known as ‘renal reabsorption,’ which prevents [this vitamin] from being lost in the urine" (Read more). Vitamin C is an antioxidant, supports the immune system, plays a role in the formation of collagen, and helps the body absorb iron (Read more).
Does Heat "Kill" Vitamin C?According to studies such as this one, vitamin C is a rather unstable vitamin. The longer the food is cooked, the higher the temperature used, and the more water that is added to the food (vitamins will leach into the water) the lower the vitamin C content in the food. Because of this fact, I chose to ere on the side of caution and formulate a heat-free way to extract nutrients from herbs and fruits. Oxymels such as this one need only honey, vinegar, and time and preserve as much of the vitamin content in the herbs and fruits as possible. Enjoy!
Vitamin C Oxymel:
- 1/4 c. Bilberry Fruit
- 1/4 c. Elderberry Fruit
- 1/4 c. Rosehips
- 1/4 c. Hibiscus Flowers
- 1 c. Organic Raw Honey*
- 1 c. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar**
- Place herbs in a quart jar.
- Pour honey and vinegar over herbs.
- Seal the jar and shake mixture vigorously until combined.
- Place jar somewhere cool and dark for two (2) weeks shaking the jar a couple of times per week.
- After two (2) weeks, strain with cheese cloth and pour oxymel into a sterilized moresca bottle and seal tightly for storage.