Peppermint is a cooling herb to cool down a fever or sore throat and aids in healing you from other symptoms of the cold and flu. Peppermint herbal honey is a tasty and delicious way to add this herb to your cold and flu herbal remedy arsenal.
Peppermint honey has been used by traditions around the world for thousands of years to relieve the symptoms of colds and flu like sore throat, congestion, headaches, coughs and pneumonia. Peppermint is well known for settling stomach nausea and spasms also. Menthol is one of peppermints volatile oils and is antibacterial. It fights infections, kills germs and relieves infections in the nose, sinus and chest. It loosens up the congestion and gets the mucous flowing, taking the virus out of your body with it.
Peppermint is rich in magnesium, phosphorus, riboflavin, calcium, iron, niacin, potassium and vitamins A and C. All of these minerals and vitamins aid your immune system to fight the infections.
To make peppermint herbal honey:
- Just fill a small canning jar with the leaves torn into bits.
- Pour raw honey over the leaves and stir gently to soak them.
- Fill the jar with raw honey
- Cap it tightly and set it on your counter to infuse for 2-6 weeks.
- Stir or turn the jar over every day.
You can start using it within a day or two, but as it infuses over time it will become more medicinal. To use it, just put 1 tablespoon of the honey in a cup and pour boiling water over to make a delicious tea.
©2009 Shanna Ohmes
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