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Infused honey is a simple way to enjoy the benefits of herbs. This easy garlic infused honey with thyme is a useful blend during the winter. Find the recipe below!
Why make it?
Garlic-infused honey is a seasonal recipe that I like to keep on hand. Similar to fire cider, I find it to be nourishing and a wonderful way to enjoy the benefits of garlic. Garlic’s affinity for the immune season makes it a particularly good choice in the winter, and research on garlic’s influence on the immune system is really interesting to read!
I like to add thyme because it’s another good herb for winter wellness. My article for the Herbal Academy about Why Thyme is an Herb for Winter Health (#affiliate) is a great read if you’re curious.
Two other benefits of an infused honey are shelf stability and palatability. They are less concentrated than extracts or syrups, but still helpful. Today’s recipe is a garlic and thyme honey that I use for supporting lung and immune system health.
Recipe for thyme and garlic infused honey
Although it might sound strange at first, this recipe has a mild taste. I think you’ll also be impressed with how easy it is to make!
- 1 cup honey
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh garlic
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
How to make it
- Start with a clean jar. There’s no need to sterilize your jar (unless you want to), but I prefer to wash mine in hot soapy water and dry thoroughly with a clean towel before I begin.
- Pour ½ of the honey into the jar.
- Add the chopped thyme and garlic to the jar, and cover them with the remainder of the honey. Cap the jar with a lid.
- Check on your jar daily for two weeks. I like to turn my jar upside down and then rightside up again after a few seconds, and some herbalists prefer to stand the jar on it’s head for a day and then right side up the next- make sure to put a saucer or something underneath if you want to leave it inverted. Just in case it leaks! Turning the jar over everyday helps keep the herbs submerged in the honey.
After two weeks you can begin using your honey! Use a teaspoon or two at a time to sweeten tea, add to food, or enjoy straight from the spoon.
I prefer to leave my ingredients in my honey when I use it, but you can also warm your honey a little and strain it through a mesh strainer if you prefer.
Fresh thyme is easily found at most grocery stores. You can also use it to make a simple herbal infusion (or tea). Find out how in How to Make Herbal Infusions with Thyme.