Wednesday, July 13, 2011
in my quest to try more and more herbal remedies, last summer i discovered medicinal honey. i tried a batch with some of my bee balm plants (which i was so happy to discover in my yard last year- as it was our first year living here) and we've been using it to soothe our sore throats all year long. last year, i only tried making this with bee balm (mondarda), but other good herbs for medicinal honey that you may have in your garden are lavender (for good sleep), lemon balm (for upset stomachs), and chamomile (for headaches). we add a little to some tea, or just eat it by the spoonful.
start by picking a bunch of stalks and chopping up aerial parts--this includes stems, leaves, and flowers. for one pint of honey, you'll want about 1/4 cup of chopped fresh herbs (for dried herbs, use about half that amount). warm up one pint of honey in a saucepan over low heat. when it is fully warmed through, add the herbs and continue over low heat for another 15-20 minutes. store in a food safe jar. (this recipe is adapted from growing 101 herbs that heal by tammi hartung. one of my favorite herbal remedy books).
i'd love to hear if you try this, or if you have any of your own medicinal herbal recipes!