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How to make herbal honey

how to make herbal honey

What is herbal honey?

Herbal honey, is a herbal preparation made by infusing dried or fresh herbs into raw honey. They are great not just for taking internally, but also for applying externally to wounds or skin disorders.

When making herbal honeys, try to use good quality raw honey. If you are planning to use the honey for wound healing, aim for Greek thyme or high MGO manuka – since, in addition to the qualities of the herb, this honey has its own inherent healing qualities.

What you will need

To make a herbal honey, you will need:

  • Fresh or dried herbs
  • Two clean glass jar
  • Honey
  • Labels

How to make your honey

Before making your honey, you will need to prepare your plants. You can use either fresh or dried herbs, but make sure that your fresh herbs have been cleaned thoroughly and gently patted dry.

  • Chop or crush your herbs and fill your jar.
  • Completely cover the herbs with your honey. (If pockets of air form in between your plants, try gently inverting the jar or using a clean spoon to get rid of them).
  • Seal, date and label your jar so you remember what it is and when you made it.
Store the jar in a cool, dry place for about a 2-4 weeks, making sure to turn it every day. Once it is ready, strain it out through a fine sieve or muslin cheesecloth into your second, sterilized jar and once again, seal, label and date it. Keep you honey in a cool dry place and always use a clean dry spoon to remove it. If properly cared for, it should last for up to six months if you make it with fresh herbs and for around one year if you use dried herbs.

How to use your honey

Honeys can be taken directly, for example 1-2 teaspoons three times a day for a cough or sore throat; or mixed with tea, yoghurt, warm juice or water as a tasty treat or preventative. Please remember, that babies under the age of one year should not use honey due to the risk of botulism.

Disclaimer

  • Please remember not to pick or use any plant or part of a plant unless you are completely certain of its identity and that it is safe to use.
  • The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not a replacement for professional medical advice or treatment and should not be used for self-diagnosis.
  • Do not give any herbal remedies to young children or babies under two without the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Do not use any herbal remedies while pregnant or breast-feeding without the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Do not use any remedies alongside other medications without first seeking advice from a qualified medical practitioner.
  • Seek medical advice immediately if you experience any adverse reactions after taking or using any plants or plant preparations.
  • Instructions provided are for home use only. Medicines provided by qualified practitioners are carefully formulated and prescribed by plant, preparation and intended usage.
  • My Nature Nook and our authors do not accept any responsibility for loss, harm or damage done from the use or misuse of information provided here, or from your failure at seeking professional medical advice.
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