Add some medicinal sweetness to your day!
Honey is already delicious I know, but if infused with some herbs/spices it becomes an easy & gentle method to incorporate some herbal goodness into your day.
Not to overlook this sweet nectar - good quality (preferably raw) honey has its own medicinal properties too:
Making herbal/spiced honey:
Once made - add to hot drinks, to cooking, spread on hot buttery toast, or even use as a face mask!
Calming herbal honey
You can use any herb that you like the taste of to infuse into honey. I had some dried herbs that I'd usually use for teas, so rummaged through and chose...
Lavender - for calming and relaxing the mind
Rose - for soothing & balancing emotions
Honey won't pull out all of their medicinal contituents as a tincture or tea would - but their essential oils will infuse and add to the flavour.
What you need...
What to do...
Spiced warming honey...
I'm generally drawn to warming flavours in cooking, so went through my spice stash for this one.
I also matched its warmth by gently heating this infusion too.
Ginger - This is a general go-to for me, I LOVE ginger. It has so many medicinal benefits including
anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti inflammatory, circulatory stimulant
Star anise - Aids digestion, is anti bacterial & anti inflammatory. Its essential oils contain anti oxidants
Cinnamon - Stabilises blood sugars, anti oxidant, anti inflammatory, boosts circulation
Orange peel - Aids digestion, high in vitamin C, calms the nervous system
Nutmeg - Calms nervous system, aids digestion, anti oxidant, anti inflammatory, antibacterial
What to do...
Cold infusion or warm?
Generally, more delicate herbs - ie petals would be better suited for cold infusion. The more robust the plant material, the more it can handle some gentle heat. You don't have to heat, I just chose to release the essential oils, and the method matched the warming nature of the spices.
Other bits & bobs
Emma is passionate about promoting good health, and likes to keep things simple. She enjoys yoga, meditation & being outdoors, yet likes to indulge in coffee, wine & cake - Everything in moderation!