Learn how to make your own Elderberry Infused Honey – a fantastic way to support your immune system during the year, and especially for cold and flu season!
There are many ways to support your immune system to alleviate colds and flu – whether that cold comes in the fall, middle of winter or as the weather changes in the spring.
Elderberries are the first thing that come to my mind – not only can elderberries nourish your body and help you fight colds, they are real food and support for your immune system.
And with herbal honey, you actually get the anti-bacterial properties of the raw honey, too.
Thankfully, herbal infused honey couldn’t be easier to make. You can use elderberries you forage for (and then dehydrate), or you can purchase dehydrated elderberries here.
This method for creating herbal infused elderberry honey is the same for making any other herbal infused honey.
Herbal Infused Honey
Herbal infused honey can take many forms, not just with elderberries:
If you are looking for a natural antihistamine, use dried pine needles (check out this Pinon Pine Honey in my Etsy shop).
If you are struggling to sleep, you can infuse your honey with hops, or lavender.
To calm inflammation or digestion use juniper berries.
Using Elderberries in Honey
This recipe uses dehydrated elderberries. Since they are not cooked, there are a fair amount of question about whether it is safe or not to use them in this manner.
Elderberry toxins are in the stems and seeds of elderberries — so it’s imperative to remove the stems and seeds before dehydrating your berries.
In this case, the berries are strained before consuming the honey so they seeds are not consumed.
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Elderberry Infused Honey
- 1 pint canning jar or jar with lid
- 2/3 C raw honey
- 1/3 C dried elderberries
- 1 ea cinnamon stick
- Place the elderberries and the [optional] cinnamon stick] in the mason jar.
- Cover the elderberries with raw honey and stir together.
- Place the lid tightly on the jar. Allow the jar to sit in a warm space, turning frequently (at least once a day).
- Prior to straining the elderberries: place the jar in warm water (105-110 degrees) and allow the honey to soften. Strain out the elderberries and optional cinnamon stick.
- Store the jar tightly covered in a cool, dry place.
DID YOU MAKE THIS HONEY?
If you did, please take a second to leave a comment as I’d love to know how it turned out.
I’d ask you to tag me on social media but I gave up social media several years ago and I don’t have it at all. I still love to read comments and get questions though – so don’t be afraid to leave comments on this post as I do take the time to read and respond when I can.