Honeys, Glycerites, & Vinegar

2-4 oz jars of infused honey sitting on top of two 1-1/2 pint mason jars of glycerites with an infused vinegar between them. The honeys are lemon balm, the other is nettle; the glycerites are nettle and the other is alfalfa. The vinegar is infused with Seasonal Support formula for maximum vitamin and mineral extraction.

We recently harvested honey from our hive; a few days later our Lemon Balm needed trimming. What perfect timing. I put all the trimmings into a 4 oz. jar and topped with honey. This sat in the window for the next 28 days being flipped each day.

The same week I had to go to the pool store for chlorine, the manager has allergy issues and was fighting hard that day. I offered to bring her some Nettle Honey to see if it would help her. When I got home, I filled a 4 oz. jar mostly full of dried nettle leaf, topped with fresh honey and macerated for 28 days in the window being flipped daily.

A French Press filled with nettle and lemon balm marc from the infused honeys, filled with warm water to make a sweetened infusion.
Nettle Lemon Balm Honey Infusion

After straining the honeys, I rinsed the jars in hot water, poured this, the marc from the honeys, and enough hot water to fill the French press. This infused overnight and was a lovely drink the next day.

Last month I was looking into things to help our older dog and decided that nettle and alfalfa would be good for him. I know that I can’t get enough tea into him so glycerites are my current answer.

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We all need more vitamins and minerals in our diet; when I was in Herbalism for Beginners earlier this year, I formulated a tea to help with this. Given that vinegar is great at extracting vitamins and minerals it seems the perfect solvent for this.

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