The ancient Greek word oxymeli translates to “acid and honey.” In simple terms, it is an herbal extraction of vinegar and raw honey. Oxymels are very simple to make and can be a wonderful addition to your natural medicine cabinet! Here is a simple recipe for an immune boosting oxymel:
- 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar (we like Bragg's ACV)
- 1/2 cup raw honey (local, if possible)
- Any combination of immune boosting herbs such as ginger, turmeric, sage, thyme, oregano and garlic (you may want to use other wellness herbs that you like but don't find on this list).
- 500ml glass canning jar with lid.
Fill the jar ¼ of the way with fresh or dried herbs. Top it off with the honey and apple cider vinegar. Screw on the top (if using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment paper in between the lid and the vinegar mixture), shake, and then let it sit on your kitchen counter for 4 weeks. Strain the herbs out and store in a lidded glass jar away from heat and light. To use, take 2 teaspoons at a time up to 3 times a day.
You can also turn it into a salad dressing by adding olive oil and spices!