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Thyme Honey

Adapted from Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar, p.93

Ingredients

  • Thyme, flowers & leaves plucked from stems
  • Honey (meadowfoam is a favorite variety)

Instructions

  1. Fill a widemouthed glass jar half full of fresh thyme leaves and flowers. Gently warm a batch of raw, unpasteurized honey, so that it will better extract the properties of the thyme. Do not overheat or boil; heat over 110°F will kill the honey’s enzymes and destroy its medicinal benefit. Add enough honey to the jar to cover the herbs, and place the jar in a warm spot (near a sunny window will work). Let steep for approximately 2 weeks. (You could also use a slow cooker set to 100°F. It will take only a few hours of constant warm heat to make a strong medicinal honey.)

  2. When the honey tastes and smells strongly of thyme, its finished. You can leave the tiny thyme leaves in the honey, which is what I do. Of course you can also strain them out for a more professional look, but it can be messy! Bottle and store in a cool pantry or in the refrigerator, where the honey will keep for several months.

  3. Use by the spoonful. Enjoy this delicious thyme honey by itself, [spread it on toast with butter], or use it to sweeten teas for additional medicinal benefits.