Step-by-Step Guide to Making Evening Primrose Honey

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Evening Primrose

It is harvest time here in the Pacific Northwest for Evening Primrose! I have it blooming all over my garden this year.

I like to harvest various parts of Evening Primrose for the medicinal effects. The flowers, leaves and roots can all be used for medicine making. To add to the variety, different medicine making mediums can be used, depending on the results you are seeking.

I’ve written about the various health benefits of evening primrose here. You can also find out about the different mediums for making herbal medicine here.

My favorite way to make a remedy from Evening Primrose is to make a flower honey. It’s simple, quick and TASTY! Here’s an easy to follow tutorial:

Ingredients:

  • clean glass jar
  • raw local honey
  • freshly picked and wilted Evening Primrose blossoms

IMG_0141Harvest the blossoms of Evening Primrose and let them wilt for 6-24 hours. This allows some of the moisture to evaporate as well as any critters hiding in the petals to leave…

IMG_0215Place in a clean glass jar leaving some headspace.

IMG_0217Pour honey over the petals until the honey covers the herb by about an inch.

IMG_0218Using a chopstick, or similar, make sure the honey covers the flowers completely and there are no air pockets.

IMG_0222Place the lid tightly on the jar and let sit in a dark, col place for a couple of weeks. The flowers may float to the top. If that happens, don’t worry. I like to turn the jar upside down every so often to help make sure all the blossoms are fully coated with honey.

After a couple of weeks, you can start using your Evening Primrose infused honey! I love to use a bit in my tea, or just take it right off the spoon whenever I feel like I may be coming down with a respiratory issue. It’s a great way to soothe yourself to sleep if you’re having trouble dropping off too!

Have you ever made an infused honey? What is your favorite way to use it?

 

 

5 to Thrive – 5 Great Herbs for Children

* Chamomile – Wonderful for soothing upset tummies and easing fevers.

 

* Lemon Balm – Soothing, calming and perfect for viral fevers.

 

* Cinnamon – Eases tummy troubles and tastes great too!

 

* Peppermint – Fevers, coughs, tummy-aches – peppermint can help just about anything…

 

*Elderberry – Makes a delicious syrup and supports the immune system at the same time.

 

What herbs do your children love the most?

 

5 to Thrive – 5 Great Spring Herbs

* Dandelion – The leaf, root and flower are all edible and a great herb for a spring detox.

 

* Chickweed – All above ground parts of the herb are a great addition to fresh spring salads.

 

* Nettles – Full of minerals and one of the best sources of plant protein – great for nourishing the body after a long winter.

 

* Cleavers – A great lymphatic cleanser – add immature aerial parts to salads or juice the plant.

 

*Oregon Grape Root – The rhizomes of this plant are a wonderful liver herb, making it a great plant for spring detoxing.

 

What herbs do you like to use in the spring?

 

Upcoming Events

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* The next Herbal Intensive on NW Medicinal Herbs will be held the weekend of June 2 & 3, 2012  in Mossyrock, WA. For more information please email me at vanessa@herbsofgrace.com.

 

* The next Herbal Intensive on NW Medicinal Herbs will be held the weekend of October 15 and 16, 2011 in Mossyrock, WA. For more information please email me at vanessa@herbsofgrace.com.

 

 

*I will be holding an Herbal Intensive on NW Medicinal Herbs over the weekend of June 4 and 5, 2011 in Mossyrock, WA . For more information please email me at vanessa@herbsofgrace.com.

 


*I will be giving a lecture on the history and philosophy of Homeopathy at the Roxy Theater in Morton, WA, Thursday, October 14 from 12pm to 1pm. This is part of the Lyceum Lecture Series for Centralia College East.

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*In honor of World Homeopathy Awareness Week, I will be giving a presentation Wednesday, April 14, at 7pm, at the Timberland Salkum Library in Salkum, WA.

For more information, please click below.

What is Homeopathy and How Can it Help Me?