By:  Narda

August 12. 2021

From the Greek Oxymeli and the latin oxymellus, it basically means acid and honey.  Oxymel has been used for centuries to treat respiratory conditions and strengthen the immune system.


You will need:

  • Dried herbs of your choice
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Raw honey
  • 2 sterilized one-pint glass jars with lids
  • One clean, dried wooden spoon
  • 1 plastic lid
  • 1 dark marker
  • 2 labels
  • Sieve
  • Cheesecloth

What you will need to do:

  • Take one of the jars and measuring from the neck down divide in three equal parts
  • Mark each part with the marker
  • Fill the first third marked with the herbs
  • Add apple cider vinegar to complete second third of the jar
  • Add honey to complete top third marked
  • Stir with wooden spoon

What you will need to do, Cont.:

  • Close with the plastic lid, making sure it is very tight
  • Label with name and date
  • Shake well
  • Store in a dark place
  • Shake well every two days for two weeks
  • Putting the sieve on the remaining jar, put the cheese cloth on top
  • Sieve, label with name and date and store

Extra tips

  • Try raw apple cider vinegar
  • Organic with the “mother” is another description on the label
  • Experiment with the proportions to find your own
  • You could also try boiling all ingredients together bring to a simmer and then let the mixture cool
  • Oxymels are not recommended for babies
  • Some favorite herbs for oxymels include: Turmeric, dandelion, echinacea, red onions, thyme, black elderberries, garlic, holy basil, nettle, lemon balm, hyssop, rosehip, acerola and basil
  • Look for local plants

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Photography by:  Mae Mu, Art Rochen, Egor Myznik, Arwin Nel Baichoo, and Art Rachin @ Unsplash