Made with just 3 ingredients, this Sage Oxymel is an easy home remedy full of antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to heal and soothe sore throats, coughs, and colds. Perfect to make when sage is in abundance and a lifesaver to have on hand. A simple, clean recipe made with common ingredients.
What if the world is holding its breath waiting for you to take the place that only you can fill? ~ David Whyte
Sage Oxymel is a very simple home remedy that takes very little time to put together. Fresh garden sage, raw honey and raw apple cider vinegar are combined with a little bit of time, resulting in a very potent medicine!
I find making home medicines for my family and friends incredibly satisfying. I love the whole process from picking and gathering the plant material, to chopping and procuring. Having a few nourishing clean remedies on the shelf gives me peace of mind for treating some of our ailments that may arise in the future.
I talk to the plants as I work with thanking them for their incredible nutrients and for the amazing healing they provide. Having a relationship with the plants around us connects us more deeply with the earth and ourselves. Mother Earth celebrates our healing and wants to nourish us!
Sage, in days gone by, was known as salvia salvatrix or sage the savior, the latin root of sage translates to save or to heal. Sage has been shown to increase cognitive function, enhance memory and mood as well as reduce hot flashes, digestive issues, and skin conditions. Among many of its touted qualities, it has long been used to soothe a sore throat.
My sage plant is going crazy right now. I love using fresh sage for oxymel though you can also use dried sage leaves. As you chop the fresh leaves, take in the scent of the plant and whisper some healing intentions as you create this tonic. I promise you it will make your medicine so much more potent!
What is Oxymel?
An Oxymel by definition a mixture of raw honey and vinegar. The word oxymel comes from the Greek “oxymeli,” which literally translates as acid and honey. Oxymels have been around for centuries, a classic medicinal elixir documented since the age of Hippocrates.
What you will need for Oxymel
- Fresh Sage– Rich in compounds with high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Sage is an astringent herb, creating an action that tightens the mucosal tissues. It tones swollen tissues, which brings relief.
- Raw Honey– Highly nutritious and has potent germ-fighting and antibacterial qualities.
- Apple Cider Vinegar– Boosts immunity, soothes dry throats, and improves digestive issues. Vinegar extracts the medicinal constituents, like minerals, from plants and inhibits the growth of dangerous microbes.
Honey and vinegar are both known to support the immune system and are excellent preservers. The oxymel will last a year or longer.
How to make Oxymel
STEP ONE- Chop up the sage fairly small so more of the plant can get extracted into the vinegar.
STEP TWO- Combine the sage and honey in a clean, sterilized pint jar.
STEP THREE- As you pour in the vinegar, stir with a chopstick to release air bubbles. Make sure the sage is completely submerged with the liquid. You want at least 1/4″ of space at the top of the jar.
STEP FOUR- Store the jar in a cool, dry place for at least 2 weeks, shake it daily, and make sure the sage stays submerged. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and pour into a bottle with a cork or sealed lid.
Ways to take Sage Oxymel
- by the spoonful
- add a splash to hot water for a soothing tea
- add to sparkling water for a refreshing cooler
Enjoy creating this oxymel. May it bring you healing and relief!
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