Ginger Infused Honey

Written by Amanda Klenner

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This post was originally published on www.melissaknorris.com

Ginger honey is one of my top herbal remedies for fall and winter. Infusing ginger in honey is a wonderful way to preserve the herbs healing qualities while extracting the nutritional benefits of said herb, and makes the herbal remedy much more enjoyable than just taking it in a tincture. Herbal honeys are a delicious addition to ice cream, baked goods, raw desserts, teas, tinctures (to make an elixir), herbal vinegars (to make an oxymel) and generally safe to take by anyone over the age of 1.

Ginger is a delicious tasting herbal powerhouse. The rhizome is the part used. It is often found fresh in the produce department in your local grocery store, in the spice rack, or you can purchase it at an online herbal retail shop like Mountain Rose Herbs or Bulk Herb Store. Ginger grows well from an organic rhizome when kept in a warm moist environment, but does not like cold and the plant will die if it has contact with a frost or freeze. It is a stimulant, warming, digestive, carminative, anti-emetic,  anti-nausea febrifuge, immuno-stimulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant, anti-thrombotic, anti-cholesterol and diaphoretic, herb. It is commonly used for indigestion, nausea and vomiting due to food related illness, pregnancy or chemotherapy, fever, sore throat, cough, laryngitis, cold, flu, and other illnesses that leave a person feeling cold and that the body needs help to push out the fever.

I use local raw honey whenever possible. Raw honey is a potent medicine in and of its self with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that make it an amazing ally for respiratory issues like cold, flu, respiratory illness, digestive illness, asthma and bronchitis. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects are wonderful for allergies and to help strengthen the immune system.

Ginger Infused Honey (Fresh Ginger)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint mason jar
  • Local raw honey
  • 3-4 inches of fresh ginger rhizome

Directions:

Peel the ginger like you would a carrot (optional) then slice the ginger thinly. Place it inside the jar, cover with honey, and push the air bubbles out of the honey. Put a lid on the ginger honey and place it in a sunny window sill or cold dark place. I prefer the window sill for the gentle warmth the sun provides to aid the infusion, and the joy I get from the light shining through the honey, but if you don’t have a window sill it can be stored in any cupboard. Let it sit for 4-6 weeks and strain out the ginger (or just leave it in until it is in the way). Enjoy any way you would enjoy regular honey!

Ginger Infused Honey (Dry Ginger)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pint mason jar
  • Local Raw honey
  • 4-5 Tbsp dry ginger

Directions:

Pour the honey in the jar until it is half full, add the powdered ginger, then add the rest of the honey. Stir the honey well until the ginger is well incorporated. This honey can be used instantly and is the perfect remedy for an unexpected cold, flu, or stomach troubles.

Do you want to learn more about Ginger?

Natural Herbal Living Magazine’s herb of the month is Ginger.

The magazine issue articles you will find are:

  • Ginger Materia Medica
  • Ginger Essential Oil Profile
  • Ginger Flower Essence Profile
  • Ginger Tea
  • Ginger for Headaches
  • Ginger for Ears
  • Candied Ginger
  • Kid’s Ginger Tea Party
  • Ginger Honey
  • My Journey to Ginger Tartlets
  • Samhain and Herbs
  • Herbal Vinegars, Oils, and Tinctures
  • Glossary of Herbalism

You can SUBSCRIBE HERE. If you would like the ginger issue in PDF with all the amazing recipes, you can find that HERE, or on Amazon on Kindle or in Print.

How will you enjoy your ginger honey?

Amanda is a Clinical Herbalist, Holistic Nutritionist, and Health Coach located in Westminster, CO. She is also a mother, wife, and avid dog lover (cats are ok too). She has a passion for teaching people about the beautiful herbal medicines we can work with to maintain health, wellness, and joy. She is the publisher of Natural Herbal Living Magazine, works with people clinically to help them reach their health goals, and makes a line of organic, handmade herbal products.

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