Honey is one of nature’s wonders, and honey intrusions are great for healthy living.
It is a delicious ingredient in many foods, contains anti-bacterial properties, serves as a humectant, soothes coughs or a sore throat and makes the tea taste great.
Whether being used as a sweetener or to kick a cough, it’s just plain useful.
Methods to Infuse Your Honey
Here are 5 flavors and methods to infuse your honey and make it that much more delightful.
Lemon & Honey
Lemon and honey are a great and amazing combo for the body. When attacked with any sort of cold, adding lemon and honey together (in tea or coffee) is a go-to for making you feel better.
You will need a cup of honey, 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel and 2 fresh slices of lemon, juice and tossed in (optional)
Pour a cup of honey into your saucepan and add 1 tablespoon of a freshly grated lemon peel.
Put in 2 slices for boosted flavor if you like. Heat these together for roughly 10 minutes, making sure to keep the heat moderately low.
Burned honey doesn’t taste as bad as some other things do when burnt, but it still needs to be avoided.
Around 115 degrees Fahrenheit release the flavors nicely, but it still depends on your stovetop.
After you’ve heated the mixture, allow it sit for 1-2 hours (or up to 1-2 week for a stronger taste).
After its infused strain if you’d like, and put in a glass jar with a tightly fitting top. The longer the mixture sits, the stronger it will taste.
If attacked by a bad cough or cold, put a healthy dollop of your lemon infused honey at the end of a cup.
Pour freshly boiled water over the top, put in a teabag and stir properly. The lemon can loosen phlegm, while the honey relieves irritation.
You can also gently heat the lemon infused honey while putting the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon. When it’s still hot and watery, sip slowly.
Cinnamon & honey
Cinnamon contains a lot of anti-oxidants, it also possesses anti-fungal properties, and it helps break up congestions/clear the sinuses.
Even a half a teaspoon daily has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
You will need a cup of honey, 4 to 6 sticks of cinnamon and a pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)
Pour a cup of honey into the saucepan, and put in the cinnamon sticks. Shove them down with a spoon to submerge them for up to 10 minutes on low heat.
Allow the mixture heat up, and then let it sit for around 2 hours or up to 1 to 2 weeks. Strain if you desire and store in glass jar.
This can be used in tea, just like the lemon-honey, or consumed straight off the spoon. It’s also delicious when spread on a plain piece of toast.
Ginger & honey
This is Tasty, but more vitally, great for your health. From colds to sore stomachs, ginger and honey come in a variety of ways to enjoy its unique composition.
You will need a cup of honey, 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger root and a pinch of ground ginger (optional)
Pour a cup of honey into a saucepan and add 1 tablespoon of finely sliced ginger-root.
You can add a little pinch of ground ginger if you’d like as well, but remember it does have a strong flavor.
On a low heat allow the mixture sit for 10 minutes. When it’s done let it infuse for 2 hours or up to 2 weeks in a glass jar with a tightly fitting cover. Strain when it’s finished if you want.
This can be used in your tea when you’re feeling ill-especially with a disturbed tummy since both ginger and honey are known to soothe your stomach and fend off bugs.
The added ginger helps circulation, flushes toxins through your systems and helping get rid of pains and chills.
If you’re in a pinch and injured with a minor abrasion, applying this cooled and then covering with gauze can help it heal, and the ginger fights swelling.
Clove & honey
Cloves are great for the numbing pain and also soothes sore throats, toothaches, etc. Its combination with honey makes a happy, healthy way to ingest it with.
You will need a cup of honey, 5-10 whole cloves
Pour 1 cup of honey into a saucepan, and then add 5-10 whole cloves. On low, heat for 10 minutes before letting it infuse for 2 hours or up to 2 weeks, put in a jar with a tightly fitting cover. Strain when it’s finished if you like.
This can be used in tea when you have a sore throat or a toothache or applied directly to the gum by a sore tooth.
The eugenol contained in the clove is a powerful numbing agent that was used by dentists before modern painkillers were produced, and because of its effectiveness, it is still used in modern dentistry in an extracted form.
If you have a little cut or sore in your mouth, the honey may help it heal faster and keep bad bacteria out while the cloves take care of the discomfort.
Apple Cider Vinegar & honey
Apple cider vinegar is a substance that seems to be aiding just about every illness out there. Add this amazing liquid to honey, and you have a flavorful spread that’s rich with health benefits.
You will need a cup of honey and 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Add a cup of honey to a saucepan, pour in 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the saucepan and allow it heat over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring well about halfway through. Put in a jar and allow it sit for as long as you like.
Apple cider vinegar can help neutralize and reduce excess acidity in our bodies. It also and helps a number of issues from an upset stomach to ease sore throats and have shown promises in the treatment of diabetes.
If stored in a glass jar with an airtight fitted cover, it can last up to 6 months. Some individuals believe it can last years. Simply store in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.
Straining is more for looks/taste and is best when the honey has been warmed slightly after sitting for a few hours.
If you want to allow it infuse for longer than several hours, pour into a jar so that it doesn’t sit out in the open for a super long time.
When it’s infused enough, simply re-heat before straining by putting the jar in warm water if you’d like.
Honey Infusion Tips
If crystals form to put the honey (in its jar) in a pot of mildly boiled water. The crystals will melt and your honey will be smooth again.
A nice touch of flavor is to add 3 tablespoons of diced or roughly sliced fruit. Apple-strawberry is a great flavor for eating on toast with butter.
You can freely adjust to the taste and experiment. It’s not an exact science, and it’s all about what you want or like and what’s good for you.