How to Make a Healthy Simple Syrup
This Healthy Simple Syrup Recipe is perfect for sweetening beverages, cold and flu tonics, and more! Plus, you can infuse this Simple Syrup with herbs and spices to boost its health-giving properties!
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Why Make Simple Syrup?
You may have heard of simple syrups when it comes to making fancy cocktails, but did you know that you can use simple syrups for so much more? Most importantly, for the traditional foods kitchen, you can infuse simple syrups with herbs and spices, and this infused combination is the perfect ingredient for all sorts of healthful tonics.
Infuse Simple Syrups with Herbs and Spices
When it comes to making healthful tonics, simple syrups come to the rescue. For example, when you make a healthy simple syrup with honey and water, instead of white sugar and water, you can enhance your syrup’s health-giving properties by infusing it with herbs and spices, including:
- Citrus Zest
- And more!
In my recipe video, I show you how to make a healthy simple syrup and infuse it with ginger. Follow my simple syrup recipe to start making this infused syrup today since we’ll be using it in a future video to make a Lemon Hot Toddy.
In addition to ginger, you can also try out different combinations, such as thyme and lemon zest, which works wonders for soothing a sore throat or cough.
The Benefits of Integrative Medicine
If you have been with me for a while and watched my various videos where I make an assortment of natural remedies, you may recall me speaking about Integrative Medicine. I find this area of medicine fascinating because it addresses the full range of a patient’s care.
Integrative Medicine takes advantage of what modern Western medicine has to offer, but there’s also room for traditional recipes from our grandmothers, including garlic-infused chicken soup, elderberry syrup, raw honey simple syrup, and plenty of clean, fresh air and sunshine!
Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard-educated medical doctor, popularized integrative medicine. Dr. Weil focuses on the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences—including what we eat—that affect a patient’s state of health, especially the patient’s healing process.
If this subject interests you, I highly recommend reading Dr. Weil’s books. He’s authored excellent cookbooks, but one of my favorite books by him is Spontaneous Healing. If you struggle with any illness, it’s worth a read.
But most importantly, whenever you feel under the weather, always be sure to check with your doctor to find out the best care for your illness. And for a little bit of additional comfort, you can always have some chicken bone broth brewing on your stove!
Simple Syrup Related Recipe Videos
Speaking of Grandma’s elderberry syrup, here is my recipe for this all-purpose, immune-boosting tonic.
Colds and flu can often be accompanied with a nagging cough. This Honey and Thyme Cough Syrup will be sure to help.
And one of my favorite tonics to get me through cold and flu season is this Ginger Honey. It’s tasty and invigorating with a boost of anti-inflammatory properties.
When I was a child, my mother always had a jar of this home remedy in the fridge. At the first sign of the sniffles, she’d serve up a spoonful of this easy four-ingredient cold and flu remedy to help me feel better.
Are you looking for an everyday tonic that you can take to give your immune system a boost to ward off germs during the fall and winter seasons? This Fire Cider recipe works wonders. It has a kick that puts the “fire” in the cider, but you can always dilute it with a bit of water and a dash of honey. However you take it, you will certainly chase the germs away!
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Healthy Simple Syrup
- A vessel large enough to hold at least two cups of liquid.
Basic Healthy Honey Simple Syrup
- 1 cup Warm water No warmer than 110°F.
- 1 cup Pourable honey, preferably raw See note of caution in "Recipe Notes" below.
Additional Infusions for Healthy Honey Simple Syrup (optional)
- 1/4 cup Fresh ginger, grated Fresh turmeric, also grated, may be substituted
- 1/4 cup Fresh mint Other herbs may be substituted.
- 1 Lemon, zest only Other citrus may be substituted.
- Add warm water to a bowl or large measuring cup.
- Pour honey into the water and stir well until completely dissolved.
- Add additional infusions to honey and water. You may use individual amounts such as 1/4 cup of grated ginger (as demonstrated in the video) or any combination of herbs and spices up to 1/4 cup. Stir well.
- Cover honey and water mixture and refrigerate for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, strain out the infusions and decant the honey simple syrup into a jar with a lid and refrigerate. When refrigerated, this honey simple syrup will stay fresh for 1 month.
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Favorite Simple Syrup Making Supplies
- Raw Honey
- Organic Pourable Raw Honey
- Ground Ginger
- 4-Cup Measuring Cup
- 8-Cup Measuring Cup
- Small Stainless Steel Strainer
- Large Stainless Steel Strainer
- Half-Liter Carafes with Lids
- Liter Carafes with Lids
- Electric Tea Kettle
- Glass Mugs
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