Did you know you can infuse herbs in honey? Well, yes you can! And you end up with a little jar of heaven. The herbs kindly give themselves to the honey resulting in a sweet, gentle preparation that not only tastes amazing but has the healing properties of the herbs and honey all contained in a little jar. The perfect present for friends, family, teachers and, of course, for yourself!
Be sure to get your child(ren) involved with making this lovely little present. Filling jars with beautifully scented herb and then topping them with golden, gooey honey is super fun! Encourage kids to stir the honey into the herb and to watch as honey bubbles rise and pop! My daughter Violet loves to be in charged of turning our honey jars each morning and keeps a close eye on their progress.
Violet and I chose to make five kinds of herbal honey to share with friends and family this holiday season ~ lavender, rose, sage, lemon balm and cinnamon chips. You can use a wide array of herbs to make herbal honey.
~ Herbs To Infuse In Honey ~
Thyme & Lemon Thyme
Peppermint & Spearmin
- Rose Petals
Fresh Garlic, yup garlic!
… and on and on, be creative and use what calls to you!
Need supplies for creating your own herbal honey?
~ Make Your Own Herbal Honey ~
Herbal honey can be made with fresh or dried plants. Because it is winter we these directions are for making herbal honey with dried plants. The directions are a bit different when using fresh plants. Visit HERE to learn more about using fresh plants for making herbal honey.
Ingredients & Materials ~
Dried Herbs of your choice, you will need enough to fill your jar(s) about ⅓ of the way full. If using fluffy flowers and leaves, you will need to fill your jar about ½ of the way with plant material.
clean, dry jars with a tight fitting lid
chopstick or butterknife
Put the herb in the jar. Fill the jar about a ⅓ of the way full or if you are using fluffy plants about a ½ of the way full. Pour honey over the top of the plants. It will slowly fill in around all those lovely little crevices and you may even see a few bubbles rise to the top!
Using your chopstick/butterknife gently stir the honey into the plants. Add more honey to make sure the plant material is covered, filling up your jar.
Firmly cap the jar and place your honey in a sunny window if you wish. Here is some of our honey infusing in the morning sun, so pretty!
Try and flip your herbie honey jar over every day or so to insure the herbs stay submerged. You may need to add more honey to the jar after as the herbs plump up with honey.
After about 2 to 4 weeks your honey is ready to enjoy. At this point you can either strain the herbs out of the honey or just enjoy the honey with the herbs still inside. You may need to gently warm the honey for straining if it is too thick to pour. If you choose to strain your honey use the strained herbs to make a tasty cup of tea!
~ How To Use Herbal Honey ~
Lick it right off the spoon or use in tea for a tasty treat! Herbal honey is lovely on fresh fruit, toast, pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones and drizzled on ice cream.
You can smear it on your face for a wonderful facial!
Honey is amazingly soothing for coughs, dry lungs and a sore throat. Herbs infused into honey adds to the soothing ~ sage, thyme or rose petal honey would be particularly useful during illness.
Kids love herbal honey making it a great little remedy for wee ones under the weather and a tasty treat as well!
Happy Herb Crafting!
Thank you so much for joining me!
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