An oxymel is simply the blending of vinegar and honey to get the benefits of both of these menstruums — the sweet with the sour and the nutritives that are pulled out into the vinegar with the sugar that will help facilitate delivery to the cells.
There are two options for creating an oxymel:
- Mix the honey and vinegar with the herb
- Combine an herbal honey with an herbal vinegar
When you are using herbal honey and herbal vinegar, you can quickly and easily make an oxymel by blending them together 1/3 honey to 2/3 vinegar.
Some herbs to try:
There are tons of options when it comes to oxymels. I hope you try this (not so heard of) preparation!
- herb(s) of choice (see above for ideas)
- raw, local honey
- raw apple cider vinegar with the “mother"
- Make sure your jar is sterile by either placing it in hot, boiled water or sanitizing it in the dishwasher
- Fill a jar 1/2 full of dried herbs, or all-the-way full of fresh herbs
- If using dried herbs, fill jar 1/3 full with honey, if using fresh herbs fill 1/4 full with honey
- Using a chopstick, press the herb into the honey (you may need to slightly warm the honey if it’s cold and difficult to stir)
- Slowly incorporate the vinegar, stirring as you go
- Once the jar is about 3/4 full, cap and shake well before filling to the top with vinegar and shaking or stirring again
- Cover with plastic lid or line metal lid with parchment
- Label oxymel with [Herb you used] Oxymel, and note if it was fresh or dried and the date you made it
- Allow to steep 4-6 weeks before straining and storing
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