While many of us are joyfully skipping our way into spring others are hunkering down for the discomfort of allergy season. I’ve totally been there. However, there is a lot you can do that can ease and stop the discomforts before they even getting going in full swing. One of my favorite ways to do this is honey. What’s even better than plain raw honey? Herbal infused raw honey of course!
Symptoms of allergy season include:
- Runny nose
- Watery, red eyes
- And all around feeling miserable.
So What Are You To Do?
Partake in the honey! Consuming small amounts of raw honey will build up your tolerance to pollen by reducing your reaction to it. It is important that you use local honey so that it builds up your tolerance to what is in your area.
Honey & ginger, rosemary, sage, nettle, garlic, lemon, and just about any herb you can think of. Some are more beneficial for allergy symptoms such as sage for coughing while others like lemon are more for flavor. Try different combinations and find out what works best for you. The honey can be eaten by itself or used in cooking to flavor food.
Herb Infused Honey Method 1:
Method 1 is time consuming. Not so much of your own time but more so a waiting game. The benefits, however, come from the fact that it is not heated. By not heating the honey you are able to keep all the good stuff intact.
- Place honey and herbs in a jar.
- Seal with lid and shake.
- Let sit for 2-3 weeks. (Yes, it really is that simple!)
- If you see the herbs starting to not really be meshing with the honey and instead be sitting on the top just give it another good shake and keep waiting.
But wait, you don’t have a few weeks to wait around? You can infuse your herbs and honey in a double boiler. However, you should keep in mind that heating honey can take away some of its medicinal properties.
Herb Infused Honey Method 2:
- Place honey and herbs on top of double boiler.
- Heat for 10-15 minutes before straining herbs.
- Place your honey in a jar and use at will.
*Note: Keep in mind honey is not recommended for children under 1 year of age.
Have you ever infused Honey? What herbs combinations did you use?
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