HERBAL INFUSED HONEY

Herbal infused honey can be used for many different purposes from relaxation to healthy body support. Honey, itself, is one of nature’s miracles. It is a delicious ingredient in many foods, posses antibacterial properties, works as a humectant (keeps things moist), and it is a great alternative to refined sugar. Combined with certain herbs, honey's medicinal properties and the herbs medicinal properties makes for a wonderful supportive alternative remedy for many ailments and illnesses.

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THE INFUSION PROCESS

Infusion, according to Wikipedia.com, is a chemical process that uses botanicals (typically dried herbs, flowers and berries) that are volatile and release their active ingredients readily in water, oil, or alcohol. In this process, a liquid is typically boiled (or brought to another appropriate temperature) and poured over the herb.

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BENEFITS

Here is a list of common herbs and their benefits:

  • Rosemary: An aromatic evergreen shrub, this herb is used in cuisines across the world, as well as cosmetics and body products. Studies have shown its medicinal benefits, including neuroprotective effects, pain relief, and helping with cognition and mood. With anti-inflammatory compounds and a dose of vitamin C, rosemary is great for immunity in cold and flu season.

  • Sage: This herb has long been used in traditional medicine to protect the body from oxidative stress and free radical damage, as well as inflammation and infection. It’s a potent botanical with evidence for treating diseases such as depression, dementia, obesity, diabetes, lupus, heart disease, and cancer. Once again, this anti-inflammatory plant also delivers a great dose of vitamin C for immunity.

  • Thyme: In thyme, you’ll find anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. It, too, is a powerful botanical. Herbalists have relied on thyme especially for relieving respiratory issues, both because of its antibacterial properties and because it’s a great expectorant, clearing out mucus.

  • Ginger: Another good source of antioxidants, ginger also helps your body deal with oxidative stress and adds potent anti-inflammatory benefits. Ginger can also help alleviate nausea when sick.

  • Lavender: Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. Distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, the oil promotes relaxation and believed to treat anxiety, fungal infections, allergies, depression, insomnia, eczema, nausea, and menstrual cramps. It is also believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites.

  • Rose: Rose has natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and astringent properties, plus it is full of natural oils and Vitamin C, which hydrate and replenish dull, dry skin. Rose has been used and recommended for various ailments including; wounds, inflammation, skin health, women's health, stomach complaints, headache, dizziness, grief and heartache, and colds & flu.

  • Cinnamon: Some studies have suggested that the compounds in cinnamon have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial properties, and that they might offer protection from cancer and cardiovascular disease, among other conditions.  Cinnamon oil could play a role in treating this type of infection. Several research studies have suggested that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and cassia cinnamon may reduce blood sugar levels.

  • Clove: Whether you eat it whole, ground, or as an oil extract. clove can be beneficial. Clove is good for bone health, temporary treatment for a toothache, helps balance blood sugar, and it's rich in antioxidants.

(Resources; hormonesbalance.com, motherearthliving.com, everydayroots.com, verywellmind.com, gardentherapy.ca, indigo-herbs.co.uk, mindbodygreen.com)