Winter seems so long and Spring so far away. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some balminess in your life right about now?
Cottonwood, commonly referred to as Balm of Gilead, is dropping his resinous buds right now! These heavenly smelling buds and twigs can make all sorts of Herbally goodness including oils, salves, vinegars and honeys. Cottonwood buds are used as an analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and much more!
Herbal honeys are a great way to sweeten the medicine and make it go down easier. Making a herbal honey out of Cottonwood buds is a great way to soothe sore throats, doing double duty as this honey balm will ease the pain of a sore throat while the antiseptic qualities will fight the germs. And making a herbal honey is so easy too!
Fresh Cottonwood buds
Raw honey, preferably from a local source
Jar with lid
Cover with honey and fill to the top of the jar. Gently stir with a chopstick to allow honey to completely cover the buds.
Pour the honey into the top of the double boiler, scraping out the jar with the spatula.
Pour the honey mixture back into the jar and screw on the lid.
Let sit for 2-4 weeks in a warm spot.
To use, you can eat a spoonful or make a hot lemonade:
Squeeze 1/4 lemon into 8 oz hot water. Add 1 tablespoon of honey balm and stir well. Or, simply eat a teaspoonful as needed. You can also add a teaspoonful to any herb tea.
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