WINTER WILDS OXYMEL (12oz)
Winter Wilds Oxymel is a natural tonic to help boost your body’s ability to fight off colds and flus. When you’ve been exposed (or just feel something coming on), add 1-2 TBSP to hot water or orange juice and sip like tea up to three times a day.
Before I go any further, allow me to pause and explain what an OXYMEL actually is! Coming from the Greek word oxymeli, which translates to “acid and honey,” an Oxymel is an ancient form of medicine made by combining raw honey with herb-infused vinegars. Believed to have been invented by the ancient Persians, the first written record of Oxymels dates all the way back to Hippocrates who enthusiastically extolled the virtues of these healing concoctions. Traditionally, Oxymels were created from medicinally potent herbs whose flavor was too unpleasant to sip as a tea. The ancients discovered that those bitter and pungent herbs, when first extracted in an acidic vinegar and then combined with abundant honey, could be transformed into highly palatable medicines!
And now, about THIS blend!! Since we’re heading into Winter, I designed this Oxymel to be an herbal weapon for the cold and flu season. I carefully selected both wild plants and garden herbs to create an infusion that is rich in immune-boosting vitamins and minerals (especially Vitamin C) as well as antibacterial, respiratory anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, lymphatic support and blood purifying properties! Historically, Oxymels were made with up to five parts honey to one part vinegar. Because quality honey is harder to come by these days, modern Oxymels are often made with as little as one part honey to four parts vinegar. (Blech! 😂) I decided to go with two parts honey to one part vinegar in this recipe, which leaves it sweet enough that taking it is actually a pleasant experience!
Raw Local Honey; Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother); Goldenrod; Wild Elderberries; Organic Pineapple Sage (flowers, buds, & leaves); Wild Pine Needles; Wild Garlic; Organic Rosemary; Organic Chia (flowers, buds, & leaves); Organic Celosia (flowers, stems, & leaves); Wild Violets (flowers & leaves); Organic Garden Sage; Ginger Root; Organic Roselle Calyxes; Wild Late Boneset (leaves & buds); Wild Beautyberries; Wild Rose-hips; Organic Lemongrass; Organic Garden Thyme; Dried Lemon Peel; Organic Red Beet (leaves & root)