What is an oxymel?
An oxymel is an herbal preparation made with apple cider vinegar and raw local honey. These ingredients combined with complementary herbs are supportive for the immune and respiratory systems- perfect for "cold and flu season." The most well known oxymel is fire cider. A revered, immune-boosting, folk remedy for centuries but made popular recently by renowned herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar. Recipes vary but usually include garlic, ginger, horseradish, hot peppers and onion infused vinegar and local honey. It is intended to be anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and to stimulate circulation. Oxymels have quickly become a favorite in our home because they are more palatable than extracts or elixirs and not made with alcohol.
To make an oxymel fill a clean jar about 1/2 of the way full with dried herbs. Top with raw, unfiltered, Apple Cider Vinegar until the jar is almost full. If you are making fire cider, you will want a large jar. Be sure to chop or grate the ingredients so they are more easily infused into the vinegar. Seal jar with a plastic lid or use a piece of parchment paper between a metal lid and store in a cool, dark place. Shake daily and strain after 2-4 weeks. Once strained, add raw, local honey to taste. Enjoy!