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How to make herbal infused honey

Herbs and honey combine well together. You can make herb infused honey from any herbs left over from cooking or picked from your garden or foraging exploits. The herbs in the table below combine well with honey, taste good and can improve a range of health conditions. They also make lovely gifts.

How to make an infused honey

Ingredients / materials

  • Honey (a mild flavour works best)

  • Herb of choice (washed and air dried)

  • Clean, sterilised dry jars (in oven, steriliser or dishwasher) with tight fitting lids

  • Strainer

  • A stirrer

  • Clean cloth for wiping jar rims

  • Labels


  • Place herb in the bottom of a sterilised jar. Usually, you need your herb to take up about a ¼ of the jar.

  • Fill with honey making sure the herb is fully submerged. Leaving a couple of centimetres at the top. Push the herb down into honey with a stirrer if needed.

  • Wipe the jar rim with a clean cloth.

  • Place the lid tightly on and turn the jar over a few times.

  • Allow the herb infuse for at least 5 days in a dry place. Rotate the jar daily. You can leave for 3-4 weeks if you want strong flavoured honey. Check daily: if the herb isn’t covered with honey, add some more.

  • Strain honey into a clean sterilised jar, seal tightly and label with the name of herb, date bottled and used by date (12 months after bottling).

  • Strained herbs can be put into tea for flavouring.

  • Infused honey is shelf stable in a cool, dark place and should be used with one year.

Herbs that make lovely infusions


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Capsicum annuum


Circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, spasmolytic, counterirritant, metabolic stimulant

Chilblains, circulation issues, Raynaud’s disease, fever, laryngitis, pharyngitis, arthritis, angina

Caution if peptic ulcers, gastro – oesophageal reflux. Topically, don’t use on broken skin


Matricaria recutita


Carminative, spasmolytic, mild sedative, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, diaphoretic

Insomnia, anxiety, flatulence, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal colic, irritable bowel, gastritis, colic, teething, peptic ulcers, mouth ulcers, morning / travel sickness, topically for wounds and dermatitis

Avoid if allergic


Cinnamomum cassia


Antidiabetic, carminative, spasmolytic, digestive, astringent

Diabetes, insulin resistance, nausea, anorexic, diarrhoea, flatulence, colic, heartburn, colds

Seek medical advice if diabetic, pregnant, gastro – oesophageal reflux


Syzygium aromaticum

Flower bud

Carminative, digestive, spasmolytic, analgesic, antimicrobial

Flatulence, bloating, nausea, stomach pain, toothache, bad breath, laryngitis, pharyngitis,

Intestinal worms

Seek medical advice if gastro – oesophageal reflux,


Sambucus nigra


Anticatarrhal, diaphoretic

Colds, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, hay fever, laryngitis. pharyngitis


Foeniculum vulagre



Indigestion, wind, bloating , stomach pain, colic


Allium sativum


Hypotensive, Hypocholesterolaemic, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, colds, flu, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, hay fever, intestinal worms, gastro infections,

Avoid if allergic

Seek medical advice if taking anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs


Zingiber officinale


Anti inflammatory, circulatory stimulant, digestive, diaphoretic, antiplatelet, antiemetic

Nausea, morning / travel sickness, bloating, flatulence, circulatory stimulant, Raynaud’s syndrome, arthritis, endometriosis, period pain, colds, flu, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis

Seek medical advice if pregnant, have peptic ulcers, gallstones, taking warfarin


Lavandula officinalis / angustifolia

Carminative, antidepressant, spasmolytic

Anxiety, mild depression, insomnia, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches

Avoid if allergic

Lemon balm

Melissa officinalis


Carminative, spasmolytic, mild sedative, diaphoretic, antiviral


Insomnia, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel, stomach ache, flatulence, cold sores (topically), colds, flu, fever


Calendula officinalis


Antiinflammatory, vulnerary, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial

Wound healing


Urtica dioica


Antiallergy, antirheumatic, depurative

Hay fever, urticaria, dermatitis, arthritis, muscular aches and pains

Avoid if allergic


Origanum vulgare

Leaves/ flowers

Antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant

Colds, flu, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, gastrointestinal infections

Avoid if allergic


Mentha x piperita


Antiemetic, Carminative, spasmolytic, antimicrobial, diaphoretic, analgesic, anticough

Flatulence, irritable bowel, colic, stomach ache, heartburn, morning / travel sickness, colds, flu, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, hay fever, headaches

Do not use if you have gatro-oesophageal reflux


Rosa spp.

Petals / hips

Hips: Antiinflammatory, astringent

Petals: Nervine

Hips:Vitamin C deficiency, diarrhoea, gastritis, osteoarthritis

Petals: Anxiety, mild depression, tension


Rosmarinus officinalis

Leaves / flowers

Circulatory stimulant, carminative, spasmolytic, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective

Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, mental focus, concentration, memory, headaches, liver detoxification

Topically for wound healing, neuralgia, myalgia, sciatica, hair loss, dandruff

Take at a different time to any mineral supplements


Salvia officinalis


Spasmolytic, astringent, antimicrobial

Menopausal symptoms (especially hot flushes), concentration and memory, flatulence, heartburn, stops lactation, laryngitis, pharyngitis, gingivitis, tonsilitis, glossitis, stomatitis

Pregnancy and lactation

Don’t have long term


Cucurma longa


Antiinflammatory, antiplatelet, antioxidant, hypolipidemic, choleretic

Peptic ulcer, heartburn, liver detoxification, arthritis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, cardiovascular diseases, hypercholesterolaemia,

Topically for skin conditions

Seek medical advice if taking antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs


Thymus vulgaris


Expectorant, spasmolytic, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial

Bronchitis, asthma, colds, flu, whooping cough, laryngitis, pharyngitis, gingivitis, tonsilitis, glossitis, stomatitis, gastritis, diarrhoea, bad breath

Avoid if allergic

Over to you

What infusion will you make?

Always seek medical advice before taking a new herb, if you are pregnant / lactating and to check for any interactions with other medications you are taking.


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