How to Make Sage Herbal Honey For Sore Throats

Sage is an herb that many traditional cultures considered sacred. They believed it had great powers to heal many ailments. In fact, the plant’s genus name, Salvia, means “to save”.

Cultures around the world have infused sage in honey for preserving it and increasing the medicinal properties for many symptoms such as headaches, sore throats, tonsillitis, insomnia, colds and flu, stomach distress and all of the respiratory ailments. Sage soothes the nerves too.

Raw honey also has medicinal properties just by itself. It is antibacterial and fights off the colds and flu. It boosts your immune system so it can do its job of fighting off viruses. When sage is infused in the honey you get a powerful herbal remedy that will aid you in recovering from colds and flu.

Sage is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. These minerals are used up when your body is fighting off viruses. Sage is also rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C.

To make sage herbal honey, pick unblemished leaves and tear into small pieces. Fill a small glass canning jar with the leaves and pour raw honey over the leaves. Stir with the end of a wooden spoon until all the leaves are soaked with the honey. Add more honey to fill the jar and cap tightly. Set the honey on your counter and stir it every day for 2-6 weeks. You can also just turn the jar over each day and let the honey bubble up through the leaves to keep it all soaked. You can use the honey within a day or so, but the longer it sets, the more medicinal properties are pulled out of the leaves and into the honey. You can leave the leaves in or strain them out.

To use your sage herbal honey for sore throats, just swallow a teaspoonful several times a day and let the honey set on the throat and soothe it. Or you can put 1 tablespoon of the honey in a cup and pour boiling water over it to make a tea.

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