How to Make Infused Honey

Honey is a super sattvic and energy food that promotes an increase in beneficial antioxidant agents, helps with digestion and combats skin and scalp infections due to its antibiotic, antiseptic and anti fungal properties. Being a sugar, honey is hygroscopic which means it can absorb moisture from anything it comes in contact with and this makes it an excellent base to infuse herbs, spices etc. While honey is very delicious on its own, infusing it with spices and herbs boosts the flavors and gives it a zing. Here are some easy DIY infused honey recipes you can try at home and feel free to make adjustments as per your personal taste preferences.

Some prefer not to heat honey directly over burners, as according to Ayurveda, this process may interfere with its healing properties. You can easily make many variations of infused honey without heating, just infuse the honey a bit longer with the ingredients. We suggest mildly warming the honey in a hot water bath to make it a bit smooth. The recipes below make a medium sized jar of infused honey.

1. Lavender Lemon Infused Honey:

In our earlier article we have touched upon an easy recipe to make a lemon-honey infusion. To make lavender lemon infused honey, warm the honey in a hot water bath. Take care not to over heat.  Transfer the warm honey to a glass jar with a tight lid, add lemon peel from one lemon and one teaspoon dried lavender. Cool the mixture. Let it sit for 1-2 weeks. This concoction is very useful remedy to treat coughs and colds. Simply take a tablespoon of the infused honey in a cup and add warm water. Drop a teabag, give it a good stir and sip on it.

2. Ginger Honey:

For ginger honey infusion, warm honey in a hot water bath and add a tablespoon of finely chopped ginger root. Let the mixture sit for around 10 minutes and then transfer the contents to a glass container and let it infuse for 1-2 weeks. You can use the concoction to make ginger honey tea which is effective to treat an upset tummy and also for cold and cough.

3. Cinnamon Honey:

Warm the honey in a hot water bath and add 4-6 cinnamon sticks to it. Ensure the cinnamon is completely submerged in the honey. Let the mixture sit for 1-2 weeks and then consume. Cinnamon honey can eaten straight out of the spoon or drizzled over toast. If you have a cold, cinnamon helps in clearing congestion and sinuses and consuming a spoon daily will help keep your cholesterol in check.

4. Clove Honey:

To make delicious and healthy clove honey infusion, warm honey in a hot water bath till smooth. Add 5-6 cloves and then transfer the contents to a glass jar. Let the mixture sit for 1-2 weeks for the flavours to infuse. Clove honey is very effective in treating sore throat and providing relief to a toothache due to the eugenol in the clove.

Infused honey jar is a great gifting option. So go ahead and gift a loved one this miracle superfood.