Creating a medicinal or infused honey is super easy and rewarding! While recently accompanying Psychic Medium/Shaman Mindie Adamos on her Iowa tour, I noticed she was enjoying some Lavender infused honey. As she told me that a good friend of hers was going to ship this delicious honey to her I said, "you know you can make that yourself right?". Looking back maybe that was kind of an asshole thing to say?? I wasn't trying to be, but I wanted her to know that Lavender infused honey was closer to her fingertips than she thought!
It seems like honey has kind of gotten a bad reputation lately (oh my God sugar). Yes honey is sugar BUT there are many medicinal benefits (raw honey has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits) to adding a little bit of honey to your life! If you're going to have a sweet treat, why not have it be a sweet treat with medicinal herbal and honey benefits??? Lavender and Calendula are some of my favorite herbs. Lavender is a calming herb that can help with headaches. To learn more about Lavender check out Chestnut School of Herb Medicine. Calendula is easy to grow and use in your everyday cooking preparations! Calendula (or pot marigold) is a versatile herb that is used to help soothe irritated skin and and an irritated gut. Learn more about Calendula on Mountain Rose Herb's Blog!
Something to keep in mind.... when working with Lavender... a little bit goes a long way. When making this honey I used more Calendula than Lavender because I didn't want my honey tasting like soap. Take your time with this recipe and its important to monitor your infusion throughout the day (makes for a wonderful rainy day project)!
Lavender & Calendula Infused Honey
You will need a thermometer to check the temperature of the honey throughout the day and a double boiler. A simple way to do this is filling one pot with water (about half way or more) and nesting another pot in it. Also, keep in mind by the time you are done with your infusion, you will not have as much honey as you started with!
4. Once done, use a cheesecloth to strain your honey into a clean jar. I use a THIS strainer to help keep things a bit less messy. I also use a clean mason jar (nothing super fancy here).
5. Enjoy! A couple things I've learned are... its easier to strain your honey when its warm. I tried straining my infused honey when it was room temperature and it was terrible... it took forever to strain, was super messy and I think I lost a lot of good honey in the process. Also, I've had my temperature too high. I know I killed the goodies in the raw honey BUT there are still benefits from the herbs! So don't throw away your honey if you happen to get your temperature too high! When finished, you can compost your herbs!
Once you make your first batch of infused honey you'll want to try all different kinds of herbs! So far my favorite has been a Hibiscus and Rosehips infused honey. There is something about the tartness those herbs that makes a delicious honey.
Hoping you experiment with and create infused honey!