Honey is an amazing creation and I adore these honey home remedies. So much work on the bees’ part goes into producing honey- it is such a delicious treat that also happens to have lots of healing benefits!
Honey appears to have anti-viral, anti-antibiotic, and anti-fungal properties. Honey can also be a very effective treatment for burns.
I always use organic raw honey produced by local beekeepers; I feel it is a much more nutritious product, plus the taste is far superior to store-bought honey. I also trust small-scale beekeepers to take much better care of their hives than those involved with large-scale honey production.
Herbal honey is one of the best honey home remedies- it is delicious for adding to teas or other recipes, but when made with herbs that have medicinal properties, it’s especially good to have on hand when cold and flu season strikes.
Children love this, but make sure not to give honey to infants under 1 year old due to the risk of botulism.
You don’t have to wait until you are sick to use it though- herbal honey is delicious in it’s own right- try it on some homemade bread.
This herbal honey blend features lemon balm, which soothes the nerves, promotes good digestion, and appears to have some anti-bacterial effects, as well. I love the lemony flavor together with ginger, which soothes the tummy and helps to fight colds.
*1 cup honey (wildflower works well, but you can use any type; I prefer to use raw honey)
*1/4 cup fresh chopped lemon balm
*2 tablespoons peeled minced ginger
Heat honey in a small saucepan until liquified. Add the herbs and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour into an appropriate size glass jar (there is no need to strain out the herbs before doing so) and cap tightly.
There are many other herbs you could use to make medicinal honeys- try hyssop or thyme (these are both good for congestion), lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, rose hips…the list goes on! For each cup of honey, use about 1/4 cup fresh herbs (or 1/8 cup herbs if they are dried). If you don’t feel like measuring, you can just fill a jar with your herbs of choice and then pour the honey in- label and allow to infuse for 6 weeks before using. Store your herbal honey in they refrigerator or in your cupboard- it should keep about a year or a bit more (put a label on it with the date you made it so you know when it’s been around too long).