Are you searching for a delicious and healthy way to improve your immune system, digestion, and overall health? Look no further than this Herbal Oxymel Syrup with Wild Berry + Thyme recipe!
This oxymel contains essential nutrients, probiotics, and Raw Honey, which is excellent for boosting your health. It helps to soothe throat irritation, fight off colds and flu, ease digestive woes, and can help with getting a good night’s sleep, all with one tasty oxymel!
Herbal Oxymel Syrup with Wild Berry + Thyme is a potent medicinal syrup made from herbs, roots, and spices. This ancient remedy has been used for centuries to treat various ailments. Such as coughs and colds to digestive issues and skin problems.
Wild berry + thyme oxymel is effective because of its synergistic combination of therapeutic compounds. The blend of herbs like astragalus root and elderberry boost immunity. At the same time, the bitter and spicy flavors help to move stagnating energy.
Furthermore, wild berry + thyme oxymel also contains acids like malic acid and tannins that promote the absorption of other vital nutrients in the digestive tract.
Altogether, this potent elixir provides a healing boost to both mind and body. Therefore, making it an essential ingredient in any natural wellness regimen.
Versatile herbal remedy
A versatile herbal remedy used for a variety of purposes with its distinctive, earthy flavor makes it perfect as a tonic for settling the stomach and easing indigestion. In contrast, its potent antibacterial properties make it ideal for treating cold and flu symptoms.
Furthermore, its medium viscosity makes it optimal for use as a salve or liniment to soothe inflamed skin and muscles. The result is a rich, all-natural treatment that is equally effective at healing the body and mind.
A glimpse into an oxymel
Oxymel emanates from the Latin phrase oxymeli, meaning “acid and honey,” or acid (oxy) and meli (Honey). A historically and well-known ancient medicine composed of a simple combination of vinegar and Honey.
E.g., Simple oxymel was used in several ways, alone for its therapeutic effects, as a modifier of other medicine’s unwanted effects, and as an adjuvant to reinforce the results of other therapies.
Other titles include oxymel elixir and fire cider, a type of oxymel that is very popular today.
The treatment of vinegar to fight infections and other acute conditions dates back thousands of years, and its use was annotated by Hippocrates (460 B.C.E – 377 B.C.E). Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician and teacher of the Age of Pericles (Greece’s classical period), often described as the father of medicine.
The admired physician recommended vinegar preparation for cleaning ulcerations, treating sores, and persistent coughs.
- Medieval Persian practitioners noted that oxymel originated from ancient Persia.
- Roughly 1200 types of oxymel were inscribed, and various oxymel formulations, considerations, and contradictions were presented in Medieval Persian pharmaceutical manuscripts, such as Qanoon-fel-teb (The Canon) by Ebn-e-Sina, also known as Avicenna (AD 980–1037), Ketab-al-Hawi (Continents) by Raˆzi’s (AD 860–940), and Zakhireh Kharazmshahi by Esmail Jorjani (AD 1042–1136).
- In addition to the British Pharmacopoeia (1898) and the German Pharmacopoeia (1872), and according to the French Codex (1898), the oxymel was formulated by mixing virgin Honey in four parts with white wine vinegar, one part, concentrating and clarifying with paper pulp.
Wild herbs and honey combination is a familiar combatant for soothing the throat, calming coughs, or supporting immune systems during various ailments such as colds and flu.
Oxymels offer excellent support for respiratory health while providing relief from excess mucus in your system!
Infusing oxymel with immune-boosting herbs such as thyme will further support your body’s natural detoxification process.
Oxymels can be applied alone, mixed with other beverages, or added to culinary dishes to add depth and flavor.
Five powerful ingredients
Honey can help to:
- In its raw form, Honey is a secret weapon against infectious illness.
- Anti-inflammatory – inhibits pathogens from procreating and thus releasing toxins that elevate inflammation.
- strengthen the immune system
- promote digestive health
- reduce throat irritation
- stabilize blood pressure
- calm nerves
- heal ulcers
- purify the blood
- fight off colds and flu
- soothe sore throats and laryngitis
- flush the kidneys
Honey is a powerful brain food containing highly absorbable sugar and B12 coenzymes. It also repairs DNA and has many minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, chromium, molybdenum, and manganese-all essential for healthy bodies!
Honey is also great for digestion as it contains probiotics that help keep the beneficial bacteria in the gut healthy and strong. Raw Honey promotes restorative sleep and can aid in healing and rebuilding the body through the night.
Elderberries are a highly effective remedy for viral and bacterial infections such as colds or flu. In addition, they can substantially shorten the duration of your illness if you get sick!
They contain unique proteins and bioflavonoids that can destroy viruses on contact that infect cells in the body.
Elderberries also are known to have the ability to significantly enhance immune function by boosting the production of cytokines in the body.
Elderberries can help to:
- Elderberry juice relieves neurological spasms and tics in the face and body and alleviates pain from neurological conditions such as sciatica.
- Sambucol, a type of elderberry extract, has potent antioxidant abilities and has been shown to increase the production of lymphocytes or immune cells.
- Elderberry is beneficial for shingles, hepatitis, HIV, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart and cardiovascular conditions. Elderberries are also high in fiber which can help to regulate digestion.
Blackberries can help to:
- Blackberries are full of health benefits! The blackberries contain anthocyanins (which give them their dark color) and have been shown to significantly reduce inflammation, which benefits autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular disease.
- The phytoestrogens in blackberries help with breast cancer prevention, relieving Estrogen related symptoms such as PMS or hot flashes that can come from too much Estrogen.
- They contain salicylic acid, which can inhibit atherosclerosis and protect against heart disease as aspirin does.
- It can help improve eyesight and help prevent macular degeneration.
- The high vitamin c content in blackberries greatly supports the immune system, aids in the ability to fight infection, and provides powerful anti-aging benefits.
Blackberries are one of the most potent fruits to eat to prevent cancer, as they contain anti-carcinogenic agents.
They also provide an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants such as ellagic acid, which can help protect against different types of cell damage caused by environmental factors like pollution or UV rays on our skin!
Blackberry juice has been shown time after again when consumed frequently to protect humans from developing both acute respiratory infections (contagious biological agent) and chronic bronchitis.
Thyme is a powerful medicine that can kill off bacteria and viruses. It provides essential vitamins such as A, C & B complex plus folate, which helps heal throughout your entire body!
This herb also contains antiseptic properties to support fighting infection in both colds and illnesses; an antiviral substance for combating SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – coronavirus) virus infections.; an antibacterial agent against staphylococcus Aureus. Selenium found within this plant protects our cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Thyme can help to:
- It contains potent antiviral properties and is essential for Epstein Barr, Shingles, Hepatitis, Influenza, Herpes, Cytomegalovirus, HPV, etc. If taken regularly, it can significantly help reduce the viral load in the body.
- Helps stimulate memory,
- Ease headaches and muscle tension
- Soothes coughs
- Relieve fevers, and fight colds and infections.
ASTRAGALUS can help to:
- reduce chest pains
- lower high blood pressure
- Prevent cardiovascular problems such as arrhythmia and heart disease.
- Astragalus is excellent for managing diabetes and helping to lower blood sugar.
- It is highly beneficial for the liver and kidneys and has been shown to help those who have hepatitis, chronic nephritis, jaundice, and renal disease.
- Help lower stomach acidity, which helps those suffering from ulcers and indigestion.
- It helps prevent fats from being absorbed from the intestines, promoting healthy waste elimination.
- Astragalus has also been found to help boost metabolism and increase energy and endurance levels, leading to substantial weight loss.
Astragalus is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), known as huang qi meaning “yellow leader.”
Astragalus is a powerful immune system booster that can help fight against viral and bacterial infections, inflammation, and cancer.
It also increases white blood count, which will ward off colds or other respiratory ailments by strengthening your natural defenses against them!
Several beneficial + favorite herbs to use in oxymels
The modern oxymel has been infused with many herbs to make it even more beneficial, such as the popular herbs for immune support like elderberry, rose hips, and echinacea. Some other options include ginger, garlic, onion, sage, etc., and the lovely Dandelion you would use in a tincture in an oxymel.
- Elderberries and elderflowers
- Lemon balm
- Tulsi (Holy Basil): Rama, Krishna, or Vana
- Lemon Peel
Metal interacts with vinegar
The Ball® Leak-Proof Storage Lids are perfect for infusions that contain vinegar and need to be occasionally turned or shaken, like herbal oxymels. I used them in this recipe, and there were no leaks!
- 2 parts - Raw organic apple cider vinegar with the "Mother."
- 2 parts - Organic elderberry syrup | (Sambucus recipe below)
- 2 cups - Unfiltered, Raw organic local honey |or| Raw Mānuka Honey (MGO 30+)
- 2 cups - Organic blackberries (Rubus)
- 1 cup - Fresh organic thyme, stem and all (Thymus vulgaris)
- 2 tbsp. - Ground organic astragalus root |or| 1 slice astragalus root - dried
- *One quart sized jar with a plastic lid.
Blackberry Thyme Oxymel
When creating your vinegar with fresh ingredients, I find a ratio of 2:1 (vinegar to herbs/fruit) works best and creates a really flavorful mixture.
Yield depends on container size used to infuse, scale to your needs.
- Clean your fresh herbs and set aside.
- Next, using a mini prep, chop astragalus root or use (a sliver of the root) Set aside.
Store liquid in a glass jar.
In a separate bowl, gently mash your blackberries for thorough extraction. Set aside.
Adding Your Ingredients -
- Add enough herb, astragalus root, and organic blackberry in a sterilized mason jar, and fill a ¼ of the way full.
- Cover the herbs with the vinegar, honey, and elderberry mixture until the jar is full about 1/2 inch from the top.
- Tighten jar with a plastic lid then shake until well blended.
Helpful Note -Metal interacts with vinegar. The best jars to use are the glass Mason jars with plastic lids.
Store the jar in a dark, cool place around 50-68 °and give a shake every other day to assist in the extraction. Then, after four-six weeks, strain the mixture in a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Store liquid in a glass jar.
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