Ever since I could remember, I always liked sweets. I was never the candy-lover type kid though. I indulged in the “feel” good sweet treats! You know the kind. right? It’s the kind of food that takes you back and tells a vibrant, vivid story of the past; or it slows down time just enough so that you can relish in the sweet, supple scent just a few seconds longer. This amazingness leads us to ask: How do I make herb-infused honey?
It’s the sweet, soothing texture of the honey. Mixed with the tart, refreshing taste of lemon and hyssop. Raw honey has benefits a mile long, but let’s add a delicious twist. This raw honey recipe is not only a classic and staple for your kitchen, but it is packed full amazing medicinal benefits for all year-round health. Let’s first quickly check out some of the benefits of consuming these delightful herbs and learn how to make herb-infused honey!
Raw Honey Benefits
Honey is an amazingly diverse ingredient to use in some many recipes. It is convenient and can quickly be added to drinks, teas, desserts, main courses, and taken completely on its own!
A strong antimicrobial, honey has been used for centuries in the soothing and healing of upper respiratory illness, common head colds, sore throats, G.I. issues, and to clear up bacterial infections. In combination with other herbal medicines, honey is the perfect base to house these amazing benefits.
This vibrant shrub is packed full of wonderful benefits. In ancient cultures, hyssop was highly regarded as a “cure-all” herb! Currently, it is widely used as a tonic as well as calming effects. It can help clear out thick mucus during an upper respiratory infection. As a sedative, it is wonderful to use to battle asthma.
Lemon Verbena shares many similar qualities with its cousin herb- lemon balm. You can click here to check out the featured article we did on the beautiful lemon balm! Verbena contains a strong volatile oil that offers calming effects on the digestive system. Along with sedative properties, its tonic effect can help assist the occasional seasonal blues and mild depression.
Now that we have gone over a brief herbal medicine overview, let’s get into this raw honey recipe shall we!?
Recipe Prep: How to Make Herb-Infused Honey
Biggest tip: Make sure you have TIME. Making herbal honeys take a lot of time. They need to be monitored regularly and from start to finish is often 7-10 hours based on different factors.
Herbal honey is made with a double broiler system. Likewise, not everyone has a double broiler. If you need to fashion one this is very easy to do and can be done several different ways!
Double broiler substitutes:
1 large cooking pot with 1 smaller pot (placed inside larger pot) or
How to Make Herb-Infused Honey Directions
Turn on low heat and place double broiler system on stove.
Use equal parts by volume. (4oz herbs=4oz honey; 12oz herbs=12oz honey)
Gently pour in raw honey into the heated broiler.
Gently put in half of dried herbs.
Allow honey to warm and thin out, then coat and stir herbs.
Place remaining herbs in broiler.
Coat and stir herbs and honey infusion.
Maintain low heat for 6-7 hour.
Periodically stir and ensure temperature does not get too high. (yes, honey can burn easily!)
Set up cheesecloth, funnel, and glass jar.
Begin to pour out infused honey from the pot into the cheesecloth funnel.
At the end, take cheesecloth mark* (a mark is the leftover used herb mass) squeeze out remaining honey.
Eat and enjoy!!
Herbal Honey can remain stored for an extremely long shelf life! (think decades)
A delicious smoothie recipe pairs well with this herbal honey recipe!
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