Golden, sweet and oh so tasty, honey is a culinary treat! Honey is a simple way to sweeten your tea, enhance flavor in a new dish, or even treat a sore throat. Many different honeys can be created by infusing them with herbs from your garden or farmer’s market.
The key to infusing honey is to use fresh herbs. While most herbal recipes require dry herbs, honey has properties which make an infusion of fresh herbs more effective. Honey is hydrophilic, which means that it is able to pull water out of the fresh herbs. This creates a honey that is a little thinner and more syrup like.
There is a vast array of herbs that can be used in creating an infused honey. Consider trying any of the following:
- Lemon Balm
- Lemon Verbena
- Orange peel
- Osha Root
When choosing your herb, take into consideration the strength of its individual flavor. For instance, some herbs such as lavender have a very strong flavor, so you may want to use less of it in your honey. You might also want to consider the medicinal value of the herbs you are using, especially as the cold and flu season arrives this winter.
To create your own herbal infused honey, you will need:
- Herbs of your choosing
- Local Honey
- A Double Boiler
- Mason Jar with Lid
Step One: Chop your herbs into small pieces. You want to chop enough to fill your mason jar ¾ of the way full.
Step Two: Place your honey into the top of a double boiler and slowly warm it up on low heat. The honey will become thin and syrupy, which makes it easier to mix in with your herbs.
Step Three: Pour your honey into the jar of herbs until it they are all covered. Rock the jar side to side to release any air bubbles. Add more honey as needed. Cover the jar with a lid and make sure to label it with the date and contents.
Step Four: Allow the honey to infused for 3-4 days. You may want to tip your jar back and forth during this time to ensure the herbs are well coated in honey.
Step Five: Your honey is infused! You can strain out the herbs or leave them in the jar as you desire.
**Please note, honey should not be given to children under one-year of age.
Danielle Simmons, Horticulture and Animal Interactions
Inspired by her childhood experience of play in the forests of upstate New York, Danielle has devoted her career to connecting human wellness with a deeper engagement to the natural world. Danielle planted and manages the greenhouse and the garden beds at Sunrise. She enjoys teaching guests the many uses of herbs, from first aid to making herbal teas and salves. When she is not being inspired by the big trees and abundant water at Sunrise, she is enjoying time with her family and their organic garden, which they tend on their homestead south of Santa Fe.