Herbal Honey

Turmeric Honey

The weather is colder, some days are grey, the garden is in hibernation, and I am stuck inside wondering what to do. I miss creating my formulas already. Thank goodness I discovered the idea of herbal honey. They are very popular at the farmer’s market. I had an “I can make that myself moment”. Turmeric honey is a very easy one to start with. You just have to decide how much of the yellow spice you want to mix into the honey. I love it in golden chai with a bit of cardamom, ginger, and vanilla extract. Turmeric is a very warming. It is thought to helps balance the body’s microflora so that there is no bacterial overgrowth in the gut. Historically it is anti-inflammatory and anti -tumor. It is found in so many ethnic foods because is supports digestion of fats and proteins, thereby reducing gas, bloating, cramps, etc. I used it to prevent/treat arthritis in my dog by adding it to her food so that we could avoid expensive drugs. 

Coming Down With Something?

This one is a bit more complicated to make. But I have used it several times this year already. I can add a heaping teaspoon of it to a hot fruit flavored tea and the kids willingly drink it.  It has dried elderberries, ginger, rosehips, orange peel, cardamom, cinnamon and calendula flower petals. I think it best to use dried herbs and spices. You can use coarsely chopped ingredients which have to be strained out (wasteful and time consuming) when you are done letting it sit for a month. OR Finely grind everything and leave it in and just consume it with the honey. The herbs in the Immune Boost Honey are either warming, high in vitamin C, anti-bacterial/viral or support the immune system. Take it as soon as you feel something coming on and you will be surprised that you managed to avoid getting the worse of whatever is going around.

What is your preventative go to when colds and flu are circulating in your community?


Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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