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Honey Extraction

Updated: May 22, 2022

Honey is a supersaturated substance, meaning that many of the bonds on the water molecules are already bonded with sugar molecules. There isn’t a lot of room left for additional bonding to take place without plant constituents.

Steps for preparing herbal honey

  • Select an herb that you will want to preserve in honey, and that can be powdered or combined whole with the honey so that you can use it directly out of the jar.

  • Fill your jar ½ full to ¾ full of powdered herb, or 2/3 full of fresh herb.

  • Pour honey over your herbs. Use patience with dried and powdered herbs, as the honey will take time to move through the layers of herbs. Keep filling up the jar with honey until the honey covers the herbs.

  • Fresh herbal honeys should be stored in the fridge because the water and sugar will eventually ferment.

  • Infuse for at least 2 weeks in a dark, cool place.

  • Herbs can be strained out if preferred, but this will decrease medicinal value.

Use the herbal honeys by taking a dose directly out of the jar, or combine with warm liquid (hot water, tea, warmed milk) so that the honey dissolves.

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