A Herbal Syrup or Honey is a preparation
made from a mixture of fresh herbs, water, and honey or sugar. They are
nurturing and pleasant to take internally, and can also be applied
externally. Syrups are most effective when used for soothing, antiseptic,
demulcent and nutritive purposes. Different herbs are used to achieve the
desired effect. Basil will help reduce stress and clear the mind, and is
said to be an aphrodisiac. Marjoram is an anti-depressant. Sage balances
female hormones, but should not be used during pregnancy. Aniseed relaxes
the stomach and chest. Cinnamon clears the nose and lungs. Ginger relieves
nausea. Garlic and onion are decongestant and help lower blood pressure.
These are just a few examples, and all are prepared using the following
- Chop 40 grams of herbs and place in a saucepan with
900ml of water. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down low. Cover with a
tight-fitting lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
- Allow the
liquid to cool, and strain into a measuring jug. Squeeze all the liquid out
of the herbs by pressing with a spoon. Discard the herbs and keep the
- Return the liquid to the heat and simmer, uncovered, until
reduced to 200ml.
- Add 450 grams of sugar or honey to the saucepan.
Dissolve slowly, stirring constantly until a syrupy consistency is achieved.
Let the mixture bubble for a moment, but do not overheat. The syrup will
turn into caramel if left for too long.
- Pour the syrup into clean
bottles and label with the name and date.