Feebee is adding a little extra sweetness to our lives with her DIY Herbal Honey recipes

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By Feebee Foran

Each season I try to make the most of what’s growing around me. 

The recipes I use help me to harness the goodness in wildflowers that grow week-to-week before they bid us adieu until next year.  For some flowers and wild weeds, the season for foraging is short and if you were to peek inside my monthly planner, you will find notes reminding me to be on the lookout for specific flowers each month so I’m ready to pounce as soon as I spot them. 

For example, if you were to skim forward to June 2023 in my diary, you’ll find the middle weeks highlighted with the word ELDERFLOWER.  The Elderflower season is quick, and a keen forager must have their wits about them.  As a result of last months bounty, I have a batch of Elderflower Champagne and Elderflower Water (a beautiful, cooling skin tonic), prepared and ready for me to enjoy. 

Preserving the goodness that nature provides is important to me, particularly when it comes to making the most of the medicine that plants provide us in Summer that can be super beneficial later in the year in terms of immune boosting goodness or for support to the respiratory system.  And this is where Herbal Honey takes centre stage.

Put simply, herbal honey is a pot of honey filled with flower petals, this infusion allows the honey to naturally draw out the medicinal goodness, the colour of the flower and the flavour. 

Making Herbal Honey is one of the simplest recipes in my repertoire and is such a satisfying one to make.  So much so, that you will find my Foragers Pantry jam-packed with different types of herbal honeys at any time of the year. I will use them to spread on toast, drizzled over my porridge, added to salad dressings…or my favourite, just by the spoonful. 

Herbal honey can be made using most wildflowers, and the best part is, the more fragrant the flower, the bigger the flavour will be. 

DIY Herbal Honey

The best honey to use is always a local honey.  I’m very lucky to have Ollie’s Farm Dublin Honey within throwing distance from my allotment, its lovely to know that the bees that make my honey are happily feasting on wildflowers in my area.  Using local honey is particularly beneficial to people who suffer with allergies, as the honey will contain allergens native to your local area.  Also, it reduces the carbon footprint, and you are supporting a local business.  I would recommend that everyone source their honey locally for these reasons.

There are heaps of beautiful wildflowers to forage right now.  All you need to do is forage the flowers you wish to use, you can mix different varieties when making your herbal honey, so get creative! Once you get home, allow your foraged bounty to sit outdoorson some newspaper or a tray for about an hour.  This will allow any creepy crawlies to wander off to safety.  Its best not to wash the flowers you forage, as you will be washing off any valuable pollen that will add extra goodness to your honey.

Feebee’s favourite wildflowers to use in herbal honey that you can forage right now

Dandelion – particularly beneficial for cleansing and caring for the kidneys and liver.  A great support for people who suffer with asthma and bronchitis

Lavender – a fantastic anti-inflammatory, helps boost the immune system, promotes healthy blood glucose levels, and can protect the eyes from UV radiation. 

Meadowsweet – a natural painkiller, Meadowsweet is helpful for those who suffer with arthritis or joint issues.

Honeysuckle – helps to treat symptoms of nausea and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

In a clean Kilner jar (or any steralised jar), add your wildflowers, or a blend of different wildflowers and cover with honey, ensuring that all of the flowers are fully submerged (any flowers peeping out of the honey can start to mould).  Seal the jar and leave in a cool place for 2-3 weeks (check regularly to ensure no flowers have become exposed) before enjoying!

You don’t need to strain the honey off the flowers unless you prefer it without “bits”, but personally, I eat around the flowers.

Herbal honeys make a beautiful gift for special people in your life. Add some twine, ribbons, and a pretty label to create a delicious homemade gift for friends and family.

To follow Feebee’s growing adventures and pick up more tips, follow Feebee on forager.ie or on @forager.ie on Instagram

Or join her for a day out with a difference at one of her family friendly Firhouse Urban Forage Walks, where she shares her own brand of nature walks, guiding you on plant identification, wild weed uses and “hedgerow witchery”.  Each walk includes a delicious wild foraged lunch, lovingly made by Teegan’s Treats of Firhouse.  Book now for her July and August walks on forager.ie

Feebee Foran is a nature enthusiast, allotmenter, foraging tour guide and homebrewer. Owner of Forager.ie, Feebee creates skincare and healing products using all natural, locally foraged herbs and plants.  A member of the bustling and vibrant community at Bohernabreena Allotments, Feebee grows her own fruit, vegetables and healing herbs.

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