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Let's Talk Oxymel

Updated: Jan 19

Oxymel: Unveiling the Sweet and Tangy Elixir of Ancient Wisdom

Let us dive into the world of traditional ways herbs where a part of our everyday living and explore the intriguing concept of oxymel. A unique concoction with a sweet and tangy taste, oxymel has a rich history that dates back centuries. Join me as we unravel the secrets behind this ancient elixir and discover its potential benefits for modern wellness.

What does oxymel mean? The term "oxymel" originates from the Greek words "oxy" meaning acidic and "meli" meaning honey. The acidic portion is usually apple cider vinegar. However, the vinegar can be substituted with lemon juice as well this well shorten the shelf life and the mixture and will require refrigeration.

Let's talk about the benefits of these two ingredients on the body!

Honey: The inclusion of honey in oxymel provides natural sweetness while offering various health benefits. Honey is known for its antibacterial properties, soothing effects on the throat, and potential antioxidant properties.

While the vinegar, particularly apple cider vinegar, adds a tangy flavor to oxymel. It contains acetic acid, which may aid digestion, support blood sugar regulation, and contribute to overall gut health.

The combination of honey and vinegar in oxymel creates a unique synergy. Honey can help balance the acidity of vinegar, making it more palatable, while vinegar enhances the absorption of certain nutrients and compounds present in honey. Adding different herbs to the oxymel lets you customize your specific needs when preparing this drink. For example, adding lemongrass and mint for the perfect summer refresher! Or lavender, rose, and damiana. The possibilities are endless. What's not to love when it comes to Mother Gaia and all she has to offer us in exchange for us taking care of her!

Basic Oxymel Recipe

  • 1 cup of honey (preferably raw and organic)

  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar (with the "mother" culture, if available)


  1. In a clean glass jar, combine equal parts honey and apple cider vinegar. For example, you can start with 1 cup of honey and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.

  2. Stir the mixture well to ensure the honey and vinegar are thoroughly combined.

  3. Seal the jar tightly with a lid.

  4. Place the jar in a cool, dark place for a minimum of two weeks. This allows the flavors to meld and the medicinal properties to infuse into the mixture. You can leave it for longer if desired, up to several months.

  5. After the desired infusing time, give the jar a gentle shake or stir to ensure the contents are mixed well.

  6. Your homemade oxymel is now ready to use!

With summer right around the corner this will be an excellent addition to mocktails as well as cocktails. As well as a conversation starter. Let's get back to the land because our health is our wealth!

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