This infusion is a sweet way to extract the flavours and medicinal properties of herbs into nature's golden elixir. Honey is a substance created by bees from the nectar of flowers. Each bee only makes 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime! This is precious stuff. Honey has been treasured for thousands of years as a food, preservative, and medicine.
Nutritional Highlights of Honey:
- Antioxidant rich
- Energy enhancing
- Wound healing properties
- Anti-microbial effects
- Anti-inflammatory properties
Have you heard about using honey as a remedy for allergies? While there is no hard proof supporting the effectiveness of honey for alleviating seasonal allergies, there is extensive anecdotal evidence. As previously discussed, bee pollen contains small doses of a variety of pollens which act like a vaccine to desensitize the body and reduce allergic reactions. Honey is thought to work in the same way, as long as it is unprocessed and harvested from the local environment during the relevant season. To give this herbal honey an anti-allergy boost, sprinkle it with locally sourced bee pollen once the herbs have been strained out.
The herbal combinations for infused honey are truly endless. You can use dried or fresh herbs or both! Choose honey that is light in colour and flavour, this will allow the personality of the herbs to shine through. You can use the final product in tea or drizzled on porridge or toast. You may also take 1 teaspoon straight into the mouth a few times a day when allergy symptoms are severe. As you can see, the jars look beautiful and make a wonderful gift!
- Lavender flowers, rose petals, lemon peel.
- Sage and cinnamon bark.
- Schizandra berry, licorice root, orange peel.
Herb & Flower Infused Honey
What you need:
- Clean glass jars with lids
- Spoon / funnel
- Raw local honey
- 1 tablespoon of herbs per 1 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon of bee pollen per 1 cup of honey
- Place herbs into clean jar and pour honey over top.
- Stir the honey and herbs with a spoon or chopsticks.
- Cover with lid. Infusion can last between 1 and 2 weeks. Flip the jar every day to move the mixture.
- Taste after 1 week and if flavour is to your liking, strain out the herbs. This can be done using a stick / tweezers for large pieces or you can use a mesh strainer.
- Mix in bee pollen.
- Store indefinitely! Honey has an endless shelf life.
With Golden Honey Love,
Photography by Alexa Mazzarello.
Murray, Michael T., Joseph E. Pizzorno, and Lara Pizzorno. The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York: Atria, 2005. Print.