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How to Make Your Own Natural Herbal Honey
How do you take a great thing like honey and make it even better? By adding healthy herbs to it! You know how much you love that drizzle of honey on your morning toast, oatmeal, or in your tea? Imagine what lemon thyme honey might taste like! If you have ever used honey to stop a cough or to ease a sore throat, imagine what honey with chamomile could do.
One of the great things about herbal-infused honey is that this is a fun and easy project for almost everyone in the family, and it can make great gifts. There is a wide range of herbs and spices that you can use for your honey, everything from cinnamon to rose, to lavender to thyme — almost anything you like can be used.
For gifts, think about cinnamon-infused honey for the holidays or your friend’s favorite scent or flower for their birthday or for Christmas. Add a pretty handmade label, a ribbon, and you have a very inexpensive but personalized gift that they will not soon forget!
All you need for this project is some raw, organic honey and dried herbs. If you have fresh herbs, simply dry them out first in the sunlight, in your oven, or in your dehydrator. There is no special equipment necessary, just some jars with lids, and a butter knife or chopstick. And a little bit of patience. Most honey is ready within two to four weeks, so start making them now and you will always have some on hand for gifts and for your family.
If you have young children, be sure to get them involved. They will love being in charge of turning the herb-infused honey jars each morning.
For beginners, let’s make a list of just some of the herbs you can put in your honey:
- Vanilla beans
- Fresh ginger root
- Rose hips
- Fresh garlic (it tastes better than it sounds)
- Peppermint or spearmint
- Rose petals
- Lemon balm
- Cinnamon sticks
- Thyme or lemon thyme
- Lime blossoms
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