Oxymels are a combination of herbs mixed with unpasteurised apple cider vinegar and honey.
This type of preparation is quite ancient, the name deriving from the Latin oxy-meli meaning “acid and honey”
Hippocrates made reference to this type of herbal preparation, they were also used in Medieval Persia and our own tradition of Western Herbal Medicine with Culpepper giving some recipes too.
To make an oxymel from soft plant parts such as petals, there is no need to decoct but I have made a Rosehip Oxymel, because Rosehips are tough, I have opted for the decocted method.
First I weighed my Rosehips: I had 200g.
Then I measured 400ml of organic unpasturised apple cider vinegar
and popped it all into a pan, simmered (covered) until the vinegar had reduced to half the original amount:
Rosehips are extremely rich in Vitamin C, we all know about the soothing and healing properties of honey! Unpasturised apple cider vinegar is detoxifying and full of amino acids and antioxidants.
Vinegar and honey are both preservaties, so this Oxymel should last a while…. presuming it’s not guzzled away, I must say it’s rather tasty, first the sweetness of the honey hits the palate followed by the really pleasant fresh appley taste of the vinegar.
We are going to make this Oxymel on the Winter Medicine Chest Workshop! I have 2 days fully booked and am looking to run another day at least.