All for the love of Honey
When I first began my certification into aromatherapy, I was introduced to an herbal infusion called trauma oil. I was instantly interested with its beautiful burnt orange color, anti-inflammatory properties, and its ability to be very skin softening. This herbal infusion, started me on the path to learn even more about herbal skincare. After all, what we put on our skin is just as important as what we eat!
During my journey of ongoing self-study, I was introduced to yet another form of natural healing. A very knowledgeable aromatherapist shared an image of a wonderful honey infusion that had me asking, “What is that?” Once I found out, I could not help myself. I had to do some research and find out if what this wonderful infusion could do on a practical level and also make it to see if it tasted good. I started looking at each ingredient and any viable research I could find.
We have all heard many wonderful things about honey. It has been around and utilized for its healing ability for centuries. Its healing ability is due to its high antibacterial activity.1 It is amazing to think that in ancient times, honey was used to treat open wounds! It is also a great anti-inflammatory as well in regard to topical treatments. With honey’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and other healing properties it can be used for many applications.2 With honey being so versatile in use, it is also frequently adulterated. To get the best honey possible, I always get mine from a local bee keeper rather than a store.
Some applications include:
- Face masks
- Wound tonics
- Sore throat treatments
- Allergy tonics
This rhizome is commonly used in Asian and Indian cuisine. Like honey, it has been used since ancient times in various treatments and remedies for its medicinal properties.3 It is said to be very helpful in relieving nausea and other digestive issues. It also has the potential to be somewhat pain relieving and anti-inflammatory as well when utilized in soft tissue remedies.
Despite its wonderful properties, there are some precautions that should be noted. It is recommended that children under 2 do not take it. If you are pregnant, taking high blood pressure medication, diabetes medication, or blood thinning medication, it is recommended that you do not use it.4
Although there is not much clinical information that I could find regarding lemon, what is known is that it is high in vitamin C.5 This alone has made it an invaluable part of our diets. Lemon is also recognized for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It is more commonly used as food and water flavoring. Often, the smell is used as a deodorant to help cover cleaner smells. Pine sol is a great example of this!
Cinnamon is a big favorite of mine to cook with and also utilize in aromatherapy holiday blends. This time of year, it is hard to avoid the smell of it with the making of apple pies, apple ciders, and other warming treats. Most often the cinnamon that most people think of is actually Cassia cinnamon, which is less expensive, but also not as medicinal as the Ceylon cinnamon. In ancient Egypt, Ceylon cinnamon was utilized as a panacea for coughs, sore throats, and even arthritic conditions.6 Some research has also shown it to be somewhat helpful in specific diabetic conditions.
A few of its properties include:
Clove is traditionally used as a food spice just like all the other ingredients mentioned. Its medicinal properties are not nearly is well touted as the rest, however, they are just as important! Clove has the potential to aid in digestive and respiratory issues.8
A few common uses include:
- Sore throat
- Travel sickness
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the honey infusion I was introduced to not only tasted amazing, but has a few great properties that make it a must have during cold and flu season.
Some of its properties include:
- Soothing for digestive issues and sore throats
Like everything, the risks and the benefits should always be weighed when making things like this. You should always research your ingredients before making something that you will ingest or apply topically. If you are unsure about making your own infusions or other remedies, talk to your physician!
If you want to try this infusion, below are details to help you get started.
- 8 oz mason jar
- 1 sliced lemon
- 3 thin slices of ginger
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cloves
In your mason jar, add all the ingredients except honey. Add your honey last, using a spoon to make sure you have pushed the ingredients down enough to cover them completely with honey as well as make sure you have filled every space with honey. Let this sit for about two weeks. Strain and use as needed!
- Due to the nature of this infusion, make sure to thoroughly clean your lemons prior to adding them.
- During the process, you will also want to burp your infusion by opening the container if you choose to leave it out on a counter. Burping the container will aid in preventing excess gas from building up that could cause the container to break.
- An alternative to having the container on a counter would be to allow it to sit in the refrigerator while your infusion works.
4University of Maryland Medical Center: https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/ginger
7Botanical Online: http://www.botanical-online.com/english/cinnamon.htm
8Botanical Online: http://www.botanical-online.com/english/cloveproperties.htm