We discussed aromatic honey in the Internal Use blog earlier, but we wanted to expand and share some more variations.
These include honey, jams and chocolate!
You can can take honey with a drop of peppermint by the tablespoon, or make a larger and stronger amount to be used more sparingly. For the larger option, keep the mixture in a closed-up container once you've added the peppermint (or another essential oil depending on purpose) to the honey with a ratio of 1 drop per ounce. Any container works!
You can stick a toothpick or tiny spoon in the honey and suck on the end of it, and you can also add the honey to tea or hot water when you're stuffed up or feeling queasy.
You can use alternative essential oils and combinations for different purposes like:
- Rose for an uplifting mix
- Lavender and sweet marjoram for a sleepy-time mix
- Rosemary, spearmint or lime added to a single oil or used alone for a zingy, wake-up mix.
For anti-infectious honey that can help you combat colds or illnesses, a good choice would be teatree (although it doesn't have the most pleasant taste). You can also combine the "big gun" essential oils for more germ-fighting ability.
Those include clove, cinnamon, thyme and others. But these are also oils with the most irritant potential, and they require caution. I suggest adding in tiny amounts to avoid burning your mouth. And these should only be used for fighting off infection--no long-term use!
I was also inspired when my new wonderful friend Leslie ("La Grand Jam Dame") gifted me homemade blackberry jam with a hint of lemon—she's perfecting her culinary skills and wanted to share! The awesome touch of lemon came from the couple drops of lemon essential oil she adds at the end when the jam has cooled. It was such a nice, subtle lemon taste in blackberry, and it was the best combination!
And because we focus on this, here's some quick safety information about using essential oils in recipes: This jam is made to be eaten sparingly and savored, and two drops of essential oil in a large batch of jam is perfectly safe according to the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) designation for lemon oil. That means lemon oil has been deemed safe for its intended use as a food additive to enhance flavor in minute amounts like this recipe.
All essential oils are considered GRAS, and it's not an FDA approval--just a list of flavorings and seasonings that are allowed in minute amounts in processed food. This does NOT mean that essential oils, extracts, and so on have nutrients or that they're missing from our diet any more than salt or castoreum, which are also on the list.
See more info on GRAS designations here.
And now back on topic: Once inspired by the jam, I had to try my own hand at creative honey flavoring. I already had some local raw honey with raspberry infusion, and I added 2 drops cardamon essential oil and 4 drops of pink grapefruit oil to 6 oz of honey. Stirred and tasted, and WOW, what a treat!
It was an unusually tasty combo, and I enjoyed by spreading the mix on a hot croissant or nice bread, with some fine cheese—preferably with cranberries! Once spread, reheat gently, then get a napkin and enjoy! This is safe because it's a small percentage of oil in honey—1 drop per ounce—and it's made with safe, non-irritant oils and meant to be eaten occasionally.
And then Leslie provided me with this recipe (below), and I thought I'd share it with all of you. It will be my next holiday creative project.
Have a CHERRY CHRISTMAS, y'all!