This recipe is on the spectrum between food and medicine, but is purely delicious.
Honey is an amazing solvent for infusing medicinal herbs in. Honey has powerful antimicrobial properties and therefore acts as a natural preservative. It speeds up metabolism therefore enhances the absorption of the medicinal herbs that are taken with the honey, and like all products of the hive honey is a medicine made from plants by bees in its own right.
In this recipe we will infuse the honey with seasonal spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander, first because it is delicious and second because they each have wonderful medicinal benefits that are especially helpful during this time of year.
Cinnamon: What wonderful warming and stimulating medicinal, great for boosting vitality improving circulation and clearing congestion. Cinnamon is also a digestive aid, helpful in cases of bloating, gas and sluggish digestion, as well as stabilizing blood sugar. In addition cinnamon has antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties, therefore indicated in cold and flus.
Nutmeg: Nutmeg is rich in antioxidants that help prevent cellular damage. This spice also has anti inflammatory properties as well as antibacterial effects.
Cardamom: Cardamom has been traditionally used as a digestive aid both to relieve discomfort and to assist in acute cases. Cardamom has antioxidant and anti inflammatory effects on the body. In addition to antibacterial properties.
½ cup honey
1-2 tsp cinnamon powder
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cardamom
Mix honey and spices. If needed gently heat the honey.
Ready to use immediately, but the flavor will intensify over the next two weeks.
Uses: As a spread, in tea, syrups, sauces, oxymels etc.