Imagine a tasty and simple DIY herbal preparation that is perfect for beginners wishing to learn how to live healthier lives and you have Oxymels. Oxymels are a perfect creation for respiratory and immune system issues such as dry coughs, fever, sore throat, and extra mucus. This type of herbal extraction takes out special properties, such as vitamins and minerals, that various other types of extractions are incapable of.
This medicinal creation is normally made for spicy and pungent herbs that would be unpleasant in a tincture or acetum. For this type of herbal preparation all you need are three kitchen ingredients you probably have in your pantry: Dried herbs, Apple cider vinegar and raw honey.
Some Herb Choices That May Already Be In Your Pantry:
By looking in your pantry and choosing one herb from the list above
Creating Your First Oxymel:
1 part Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “mother”)
1 part Raw organic local honey
Dried herbs of your choice
Recommended Kitchen Items:
(Optional) Wax Parchment Paper
1 Mason Jar
1 Amber glass dropper bottle
Grinder or Mortar and Pestle
Muslin Cloth or Cheesecloth
Spoon or Chopstick
2 Label Stickers w/ Pen
Wash and sterilize a glass jar (adding boiling water to it before use or running in a dishwasher works great)
(Optional) Grind herbs in a food processor or mortar and pestle until finely grated/chopped
Fill the mason jar 1/4 of the way with your dried herb(s)
Pour a half-and-half mix of the Apple Cider Vinegar & Raw Honey over herbs, covering completely.
Stir the mixture of dried herbs, apple cider vinegar, and raw honey with a clean and dry spoon or chopstick
Put the wax parchment paper on before screwing the lid on and then give it a good shake!
Store in a dry place away from direct sunlight for 3-6 weeks with a label of ingredients inside, the date it was bottled, and the date you wish to check it.
Every day (you can get away with every couple of days), shake it and send your mixture some positive vibes (and possibly some reiki) into it.
After 1 week, open it to make sure the herbs are still completely covered - if not, add more apple cider vinegar and honey.
After 3-6 weeks, pour the maceration into a muslin cloth or cheesecloth into a large bowl. Squeeze, shake, twist, do whatever is necessary to the herbs in the muslin cloth or cheesecloth to get all the liquid out.
Using a funnel, transfer the liquid from the large bowl into an amber glass dropper bottle.
Label the amber glass dropper bottle.
Store away from direct sunlight for up to one year.
When you wish to use it, make sure to give it a good shake beforehand!
Note: Apple cider vinegar WILL corrode metal lids. That’s why we put the parchment paper so that you can shake it and it will harm the lid less.
Feel free to share pictures and comments below with your created oxymel product!