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Herb honey saves the day

June 18, 2010

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Speaking of my little accident with boiling sugar, let me tell you how I managed without dying of pain.  The answer is a herbal honey.

Honey has a soothing effect on the skin and is also antibacterial.  The herb I used is called Plantaga Major (groblad in swedish) and it grows everywhere here in the north. It’s a fantastic plant for all kinds of burns, scratches and sores.  Back in the day plantago major was actually used as such  instead of band aids. (And it doesn’t work any less just because it’s 2010. If you’ve hurt yourself, just pick up a leaf, wash it, hit the “veins” a bit so the juice comes out and wrap it around the area you hurt.)

(c) grazur rasvan ionut

To make a herb honey, just mix a bit of fresh or dried herbs with honey, let it set for a couple of weeks and you’re done.
If you use fresh herbs, you might want to keep it in the fridge so it doesn’t go off.  Also it feels really nice with something cold on a burn.

This mixture of honey and plantago major has been a huge help every time we’ve hurt ourselves in our little household. And it seriously saved me after having dropped burning sugar on my foot. I just put a bit of the cold herb honey on my foot (+ a band aid and/or a sock I didn’t care for), and added more when most had been absorbed. And  it actually didn’t hurt at all! Not until a few days after the accident when I didn’t bother with the honey anymore…

You can make herbal honey with any kind of herb, depending on what you want it for. You can exchange any recipe using plain honey with a herbal honey of your choice. If you make for example a mint honey it’s going to be a deliciously sweet addition to dessert or tea. Herbal honey is also a good way to have a child eat some herbs that it wouldn’t other wise (but remember that honey is not recommended for children under 2 years).

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