This lemon ginger infused honey is wonderful for adding to teas, or other warming drinks. The lemon and honey are soothing on the throat, while the honey and ginger help to quiet coughs.
I love making infused honey. It takes on the flavor of whatever herbs or spices you add to it, and maintains a sweetness that we all know and love. Using infused honeys can take your baking, cooking, and tea making to an entirely new and exciting level!
It’s also great to use an infused honey when you don’t feel 100%. When you get a sore throat, or need to calm a difficult cough, lemon ginger honey can help!
Honey is amazing, due to its natural antibacterial properties.
It’s soothing in a warm drink, and has many benefits. Some of them are:
- All natural sweetener.
- You can raise bees yourself, even in the city (read here for how)
- Requires little to store it, and does not deteriorate. Some experts even suggest that honey NEVER spoils. If your honey crystallizes, simply heat it in a warm pan of water to liquify it again.
- Honey is lower on the glycemic index than sugar and has minerals to help your body assimilate it.
- It is often used to settle indigestion issues.
- Honey can be used in homemade beauty treatments as well.
As we all know, using raw honey you can find locally is the BEST option. However, if you can’t find it locally, then search for the best option you can. Check with a local health food market or farmer’s market, too.
Ginger also has some amazing properties to it, such as:
- Ginger has antibacterial properties to it.
- It can also be used for treating digestive issues like upset stomachs and nausea.
- Ginger is safe for pregnant women and has been successfully used in treating morning sickness.
- Some studies show that ginger can be used to help reduce inflammation, and reducing the pain of arthritis in some people.
Now, for the next star in our lineup: lemon. Some reasons to add lemons into infused honey:
- Lemons are loaded with vitamins like A, B6, C and E. They also have folate, calcium and even iron and copper.
- Lemons are another great natural treatment for indigestion and other digestive issues.
- It’s anti-inflammatory properties are thought to aid in relieving polyarthritis and arthritis pain.
- Lemon and honey mixed together are thought to help assist with weight loss.
This lemon-ginger infused honey is wonderful for adding to teas, or other warming drinks. The lemon and honey are soothing on the throat, while the honey and ginger help to quiet coughs. It also adds a special flair to coffee in the mornings.
Making lemon ginger infused honey is so easy, truly. Here’s how to do it:
- Cut up 3-4 organic lemons into 1/2″ slices.
- Add the slices to a quart jar, seeds and all.
- Peel a 2 inch piece of ginger, about the length of the average adult thumb.
- Cut peeled ginger into ⅛” slices or as thin as you can. Thicker slices are okay as well, if you want.
- Place those into the quart jar with the lemon slices.
- Gently heat honey in a double boiler to help liquify it.
- Pour over lemon and ginger.
- Cover the jar with an airtight lid.
- Allow to steep for at least 2 days before use, shaking the jar gently when you see it.
The honey will get more liquidy with time, and as the lemon and ginger infuse with it, make it nearly the viscosity of water. The flavor will be outstanding, though! Store in a cool, dry place and use within 2-3 weeks. The water from the lemons may cause the honey to spoil, so if you see any signs of spoilage, toss in the garbage.
To use this infused honey, simply use like you would regular honey.
We add a tablespoon to a large mug of tea or coffee, or top on fresh baked bread. Perhaps one of my favorite “medicinal” uses for this is making a hot toddy with. When hubby and I aren’t feeling well, or a sore throat and cough keep us awake, a hot toddy is the ticket to a much more relaxed sleep. Honey and ginger for cough relief is a natural way to quiet those hacking coughs.
To make a hot toddy:
- simply add 2 tablespoons of the infused honey to a large mug.
- Add in one ounce of brandy or spiced rum, and fill with hot water.
- Stir and sip.
- After 2 days of having a hot toddy each night, we are usually well on the road to recovery, and our throats feel much better.
Do you make infused honey? Are you going to try this blend?
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