Updated: May 10
I absolutely adore turning everyday ingredients into powerful medicine!
There is just something magical and empowering about creating little potions and medicines for ourselves and our loved ones.
My absolute favorite and go to remedies for the winter season is different forms of "medicated" honey, so I thought that it would be fun to share one with you here.
Fermented garlic honey!
Raw honey and garlic have been used to treat a variety of conditions throughout history.
This is such a powerful yet easy to make little potion to have during the winter season.
Garlic is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and immune-boosting plant.
Honey is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory!
The fermentation of these two medicines combined creates a probiotic that makes this beautiful little potion super digestible and beneficial to include in your natural immune-boosting kit!
How to make your own medicated honey.
Place peeled garlic cloves into a clean and dry glass jar.
Fill your jar with the garlic till it is about 3/4 full .
Add enough raw honey to completely cover the garlic cloves. Make sure they are coated with honey. The garlic will probably float a bit and that’s ok
I like to add a table spoon of dried rosemary but this is optional.
Place the lid on the jar and store in a dark place.
"Burp" the jar then tighten the lid and turn it upside down every few days to make sure the garlic stays coated in honey.
You should see small bubbles start to form on the surface of the honey within a week or so.
Leave your potion to ferment for about a month.
Store in a cool place. I store my medicated honey up to a year.
How to use your medicated honey.
I like to add a teaspoon of honey to some warm lemon water when I feel the flu or a sore throat coming on.
It is important to add the honey to the water once it has cooled down slightly as boiling water will destroy the medicinal properties of your mixture.
Adding your garlic and honey to sauces or marinades is also a great way to consume this mixture in a less potent form.
Let me know if you give this a try.