4 Honey Infusions For Illness And Colds

 

Honey is a miracle food, its delicious in teas and foods. It is a great medicine because of its antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. What an awesome tasting medicine for sore throats and colds! I have compiled several recipes for you to try.

I absolutely love having these infused honey’s on hand when colds and illness strike.

Lemon Honey

When you come down with any sort of cold, lemon and honey in tea is a go-to for making you feel better.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 fresh slices of lemon, juice and tossed in
  • saucepan
  • 8 oz. glass jar with a tight fitting lid
Directions
  • Pour 1 cup of honey into your pan and add 1 tablespoon of freshly grated lemon peel.
  • Toss in 2 lemon slices for boosted flavor.
  • Heat the mixture for roughly 10 minutes, making sure to keep the heat very low.
  • After the mixture is heated, pour the honey into a jar and infuse it for 1-2 weeks.
  • After its infused you can strain it. The longer it sits the stronger it will taste.

If you have a bad cough or cold, place a healthy dollop of your lemon infused honey at the bottom of a cup. Pour freshly boiled water over the top, drop in a teabag, and give it a good stir. The lemon will loosen phlegm and the honey soothes irritation.

Cinnamon Honey

Cinnamon helps break up congestion and clear the sinuses making this a tasty drink for colds and flu.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of honey
  • 4-6 sticks of cinnamon
  • saucepan
  • 8 oz. glass jar with a tightly fitting lid
Directions
  • Pour 1 cup of honey into your pan and drop in the cinnamon sticks
  • Push them down with a spoon to submerge them
  • Heat the mixture for roughly 10 minutes, making sure to keep the heat very low
  • After the mixture is heated, pour the honey into a jar and infuse it for 1-2 weeks
  • After its infused you can strain it. The longer it sits the stronger it will taste
  • Use in tea or eaten straight off the spoon
Cinnamon is chock full of antioxidants, possesses anti-fungal properties and helps break up congestion and clear the sinuses. Even just a half a teaspoon a day has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

Ginger Honey

From colds to sore stomachs, ginger honey comes with a variety of ways to enjoy its unique composition.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger root
  • saucepan
  • 8 oz. glass jar with a tightly fitting lid
Directions
  • Pour 1 cup of honey into your pan and add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped ginger root
  • Heat the mixture for roughly 10 minutes, making sure to keep the heat very low
  • After the mixture is heated, pour the honey into a jar and infuse it for 1-2 weeks
  • After its infused you can strain it. The longer it sits the stronger it will taste

Use in your tea when you’re feeling ill, especially with an upset stomach. Both ginger and honey will soothe your stomach. The ginger helps circulation by flushing toxins through your systems and helping get rid of aches and chills. If you have a minor abrasion, apply the honey and cover with gauze. This will help it heal because ginger fights inflammation.

Clove Honey

Clove honey is made by infusing whole cloves in the honey. Cloves are great at numbing pain such as sore throats and toothaches.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of honey
  • 5-10 whole cloves
  • saucepan
  • 8 oz. glass jar with a tightly fitting lid
Directions
  • Pour 1 cup of honey into a saucepan and add 5-10 whole cloves
  • Heat the mixture for roughly 10 minutes, making sure to keep the heat very low
  • After the mixture is heated, pour the honey into a jar and infuse it for 1-2 weeks
  • After its infused you can strain it. The longer it sits the stronger it will taste

Use in tea when you have a sore throat or a toothache. Additionally, you can also dab this mixture directly on the gum by a sore tooth. The eugenol in the clove is a powerful numbing agent. If you have a sore in your mouth, the honey helps it heal faster and keep bad bacteria out while the cloves take care of the discomfort.

The shelf-life of honey stored in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, is indefinite. This magical elixir has been found in tombs that is over 1,000 years old and the honey was still good! Even with plant matter, it can go a long time (microorganisms have a hard time surviving on/in it) without needing to be refrigerated. Simply store in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Straining is really more for looks and the easiest way to do this is when it has been warmed slightly so it is runnier.

 

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