Take a step into the world of homemade remedies. Learn how to make ginger infused honey with a zesty twist of lemon. This tasty concoction is not old delicious but it is also a popular tonic to ease the discomfort of sore throats and coughs. Infusing honey with ginger is a simple process, it just takes a bit of time. The benefits are well worth the effort.
Enjoy the natural goodness of this easy honey recipe, it is only one of many things you can create using honey as an ingredient.
Ginger Infused Honey with Lemon
If your throat is a bit scratchy, you don’t have to reach for the latest concoction at the supermarket. As the season for sniffles or allergy effects approaches, consider using some everyday items to create a soothing healthy tea.
It’s easy to do – just combine a few common items that you may already have on hand. People have been using these homeopathic remedies for centuries.
Of course, you will find recipes that provide many combinations. All provide people with added potassium, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Many folks believe they detoxify their systems and promote better health.
You do not need many items for this simple recipe. Even though I have not listed it, you do need a little patience and prep time. Make your tea ahead of time so you have some on hand.
I always recommend raw local honey. It has not been over processed and still maintains all its natural goodness.
If the label does not say raw – it probably is not. Don’t be fooled by the marketing term “natural” or “pure”, they do not mean the same as raw.
Raw honey has not been heated during the bottling process. If you already have some on hand and are not sure about whether or not it is raw – don’t fret. You can use it and it will still be work.
This gift from the beehive is used in so many ways. Bees make honey from plant nectar gathered from blooming plants and is a perfect food for the bees to store over Winter.
The long lasting properties of honey makes it a wonderful food product for long term storage for us as well. Every home should have some in the pantry, because there are so many ways to use honey.
If you purchase a pint jar you will have a little left over after you add in the solid ingredients. Store your honey properly and it will last virtually forever.
The flavor or variety your choose does not really matter. Simple wildflower is just fine. There is no need to use expensive types of honey in a tonic recipe.
Lemons are a popular fruit and used in the kitchen in many ways. They are an excellent source of antioxidants like Vitamin C and others.
Providing several different vitamins, lemon juice is a traditional ingredient in hot teas. However, due to the strong taste – lemons are not commonly ingested alone! You only need 1 for this tea but make sure it is a plump juicy one.
Ginger is another popular home remedy for relief from coughs and sore throats. It also has antibacterial properties and is antiviral and an antioxidant.
Keeping a ginger root on hand is not a bad idea. It is well known to soothe stomach issues such as nausea, or vomiting and soothe indigestion. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Fresh ginger root is easily found in the produce (or fresh spices) section of your local supermarket. The small root systems remind me of daylily tubers.
Choose a root that is plump and not too dried out. Avoid any roots that have soft spots or are very wrinkled.
Infusing honey is easy. Start with one that is mild flavored (not buckwheat) and warm it to 115°F -don’t over heat. Add the flavoring of your choice. In this tutorial, we are using lemon and ginger.
The jar with additives is then allowed to sit for a period of a few days or more. After that time, some recipes direct you to strain it to remove solids. I suggest you do so as that helps prevent spoiling.
You will need a jar. I choose the pint size jar which will hold approximately 22 ounces (net weight). Honey is sold and measured by weight not volume.
1. Wash and dry ginger root and lemon. Then peel the ginger and slice into thin pieces using a sharp knife or mandoline slicer. Likewise, slice the lemon trying to retain as much juice as possible.
2. Place lemon and ginger slices into a clean dry glass jar. Make sure you have a good lid.
3. Slowly pour raw honey (that you have warmed) over the ingredients inside until the jar is full. Then place the lid on and sit in a warm location.
How to Use it
Once this process is complete, you have a jar of concentrated goodness. Don’t drink it straight – that might be a bit too much. Some people use it as a substitute for spiced honey in hot toddies.
My favorite way to use it is to create a hot tea with honey. Add 2 large tablespoons to a cup of regular hot tea. Of course, you can dilute your tonic with plain hot water if you prefer.
You can add more if you wish to make a stronger brew. Choose the amount that your taste buds prefer.
It feels very good on a tender throat. This tea certainly helps me feel better while I am waiting on my system to kick the germs. And honestly, it is soothing even in the Spring when my allergies are acting up!
Shelf-Life of Infused Honey Teas
After a couple of days, you may want to store your infusion mix in the frig. The refrigerator helps prolong freshness.
While pure honey will last indefinitely, infused may not. This is especially true when we are adding any liquid. If in doubt, there are a couple of ways to try to “test your honey for purity“.
And, we are using wet ingredients such as lemons, the honey will pull the moisture from the lemon slices and become thinner.
If it has too high of a water content honey ferments due to the presence of natural yeasts. If your jar begins to smell yeast-like, it is time to throw it out and make a new batch. Unless you like to make mead which takes advantage of the fermentation process.
But for our ginger infused honey tea, I like to make it in a small pint jar. For one person, you might even consider using a half-pint size.
This is just one of the many wonderful uses for honey. Enjoy this sweet treat the next time your family needs a soothing hot drink. Another popular recipe uses honey and cinnamon – give that a try.
Ginger, honey and lemon produce a soothing tonic for minor cold or flu symptoms. I even use it when my sinuses are causing my throat to be sore.
This is not a cure but it may provide some much needed relief and a possible boost to your immune system. For a great companion product – make some natural vapor rub too!
And remember, honey and lemon can team up to make another great drink for Summer. Try some homemade lemonade sweetened with honey.
Ginger Infused Honey Recipe (with Lemon)
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- double boiler set
- 22 ounces Honey
- 1 piece lemon
- 1 inch ginger root
- Peel a 1 inch piece of raw ginger. Using a knife, slice the ginger. It is okay to make the slices thin or thicker – either way you prefer.
- Slice one whole lemon in equal width slices. Add the lemon slices and ginger pieces to the glass jar in layers.
- Using a double boiler, heat your honey to a temp of 115 degrees F. We do not normally recommend heating raw honey because it may destroy some of the nutrients. However, for infusing – warm honey works best.
- Pour the warmed honey mixture into the jar containing the lemon slices and ginger pieces. Now, add a lid to the jar and invert the jar several times to mix well.Leave the sealed jar sitting in a warm place for several days. You may want to periodically invert the jar to mix but that is optional. After a few days, your infused honey is ready to use.