Infused honey... is such a wonderful, delicious thing. Full of health-boosting potential, it's good to have a jar of this in the cupboard, and especially good for cold/flu season! All natural preventive medicine you can make at home. I just made a new batch. Let me show you how, and tell you more about it.
1 lemon, washed/scrubbed well, and cut into thick slices
1 2-inch/5 cm piece of fresh ginger root, peeled, and sliced into thick pieces
1 cinnamon stick, broken
1 cup fluid honey (340 grams/12 ounces)
1 clean jar with lid
To the jar add the slices of lemon, ginger and cinnamon stick pieces, and then pour in the honey. Put the lid on the jar, and add a label. Store the honey at room temperature. Let the honey infuse and "steep" for 1-2 weeks before using. With time, the consistency of the honey will change and become more runny the longer the lemon and ginger infuse. Though watery, the honey will still remain very effective. And honey naturally has a long shelf life, so you can keep this on your pantry shelf for a long time.
Health benefits... The honey and lemon soothes a sore throat. The ginger, spice, and honey eases a cough, congestion, helps clear sinuses, and flush out toxins. Taking a teaspoon or two of the infused honey can also help soothe an upset stomach. Warming ginger also boosts circulation and helps get rid of aches and chills. There's so much good in this infused honey--it does such good for the body!
Using the infused honey... Add 2-4 full teaspoons to tea or other hot beverage. Just taking the honey directly in the mouth by the teaspoon can be soothing for a sore throat, or upset stomach. Or use the honey mixture to make a relaxing hot toddy--our favorite!
To make a hot toddy with the infused honey... Pour a shot of whisky, brandy or dark rum into a cup or mug. Add boiled water to the cup (3/4 cup/6 ounces/1.7 deciliter). And then add 2 or more teaspoons of the infused honey to taste. Add a half a slice of lemon, if you'd like. Let the toddy steep 3-5 minutes before drinking. You could make this without the liquor, using just the boiled water and the infused honey.
What's your favorite chill chaser or cold/flu prevention?!