Oxymels are made by infusing an herb such as tulsi, oregano, parsley or sage in vinegar and honey.

Oxymels by Darlene Witte

If you use an organically grown herb, an organic apple cider vinegar, and a locally sourced organic honey, you will gain a preparation that makes a wonderful tonic. Your immune system can benefit. How is it used? You can take a dose of oxymel by the spoonful straight from the bottle or add a little to a cup of hot water. I love to add some to a cup of Triple Mint or Sunshine & Flowers in the afternoon. It’s excellent in a cup of sleep-friendly Teddy Bear Tea at bed-time. Oxymel can be used with a cup of green or black tea as a well.

A dose of oxymel in a cup of hot tea is soothing to your throat after you’ve been out for a walk in the cool morning air. It helps you wake up if you take it straight from the spoon first thing in the morning. Find your own best use!

Oxymels were commonly made in times past. They aren’t fussy or difficult and can be readily used in your own home or as a thoughtful gift for friends or family. Experiment to get your own most healthful, tasteful blend. I use only organic apple cider vinegar. All vinegars taste sharp. Honey tastes sweet. (Ancient recipes use a very large proportion of honey.) Other variations include adding ginger, cinnamon, garlic, chives, cinnamon or black pepper, or a dried herb combo such as oregano with parsley.

Be creative. I suggest beginning with inner listening and an attitude of respect and gratitude. Below are some combinations I’ve enjoyed.

Oregano Oxymel

Ingredients: Organic dried oregano.
Organic apple cider vinegar
Locally sourced honey, to taste
Method: Use a very clean pint or quart jar that can be sealed tightly. Use a plastic lid or if you use a metal lid line it with parchment paper. (Do not allow the liquid to be in contact with a metal lid as all vinegars are corrosive.)

Pack jar loosely to 2/3 full with dried oregano or other desired herb, spices.
Fill jar to 1 inch from the top with organic apple cider vinegar.
Add locally sourced honey.
Set aside in a cool quiet place.
Infuse 1 month or more.

Use: Take a spoonful as a tonic in the morning; or, add to a cup of hot tea as desired*.

Cautionary note: All vinegars are naturally corrosive, as is lemon juice for example. They are acidic. Rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after consumption to prevent damage to tooth enamel.
Note: My recipes are based on my own research, experience, intuitive guidance and feedback from friends who’ve used my mixtures. Why can’t you order from me? I never sell anything I make. For me it is not appropriate. It is important for you to check your own intentions before you begin to experiment. Visitors to my site are welcome to learn from what I’ve written and enjoy exploring my ideas. All information is gifted with the best of intentions and is for educational purposes only. I do not promise to cure any disease, but only to offer possible comfort for everyday living.
All material above is original work by Darlene L Witte © September 27, 2020.