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Homemade Oxymel: Delicious remedy and tonic from honey and vinegar

Homemade Oxymel: Delicious remedy and tonic from honey and vinegar

For years, we have repeatedly encountered the recipe "Oxymel" in virtual space. This time, the arrow of the oxymel amor hit us. To be precise, it was a rosehip oxymel whose bright red-orange coloring made us want to experiment on our own. Finally! Because oxymels not only have tradition as a healing and tonic, but they taste simply delicious.

Before we share the basic recipe and rosehip oxymel recipe, let's briefly introduce what an oxymel is, what it's made of in its basic ingredients, and why it's supposed to be so healthy. And of course, you will learn how to make an oxymel yourself, which medicinal herbs or spices are suitable as additives and how you can shorten the time of preparation with the help of a high speed blender, especially when making the rosehip oxymel.

Oxymel recipes: Topics at a glance

What is an Oxymel and how does it taste?

An oxymel is a mixture of honey and vinegar. It is also called sour honey, which corresponds to the translation of oxymel from Greek: sour in Greek means "oxy" and honey is translated as "mel". And this already describes the taste: Oxymel tastes sweet and sour. Depending on the type of honey and vinegar used, the taste can be varied. Thus, an Oxymel with white wine or rice vinegar tastes somewhat milder than with apple vinegar. The same is true for the honey selection: An acacia honey is significantly less strong than a forest or chestnut honey.

Because both main ingredients have extracting and preserving properties, the honey-vinegar mixture is wonderfully suited to the preparation of medicinal plant extracts - e. G. from wild herbs such as dandelion, nettle or goutweed, from lavender and chamomile blossoms, from ginger and lemon, from roots, spices or even from rose hips. In this way, you can adapt the Oxymel to your own needs in terms of effect, but also in taste.

And since it is an alcohol-free extraction process, even children, pregnant women or people with alcohol intolerance can enjoy the healing benefits of the golden tincture.

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Oxymel Compositum: Delicious healing syrup from vinegar, honey and medicinal plants

Why is Oxymel healthy?

The use of Oxymel as a healing and tonic has a long tradition. Already in ancient times - more than 2000 years ago - the famous Greek physician Hippocrates of Kos is said to have used it in the treatment of his patients. Later, in our latitudes in the 12th century, quite a few recipes and recommendations for use can be found in the natural and medical science of Hildegard von Bingen.

Beneficial properties of honey and vinegar

No wonder, because both main ingredients are blessed with many beneficial properties. Honey is probably the oldest known medicine in history and a wonderful gift from the bees. It is said to contain over 180 valuable ingredients - including a great many antioxidants. But it is best known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, wound-healing and antibacterial properties. Honey is considered warming and is for small and large simply a delicious energy supplier. Anyone who has ever fasted and supported himself daily with a 1 tablespoon of honey, knows only too well how strengthening honey is.

Vinegar is in no way inferior to honey in its importance as a natural remedy: Antibacterial and, depending on the type of vinegar, probably also antifungal, disinfectant, fever-reducing, metabolism-stimulating, etc. We appreciate vinegar - if unfiltered and unheated - especially as a probiotic food. The lactic acid bacteria, yeast fungi and acetic acid bacteria contained are a boon for our intestinal flora. They are not only beneficial for digestion, but they also strengthen the intestines - one of the most important organs of our immune system. In addition to the probiotic bacteria, raw fermented vinegar contains many nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements or enzymes that make it valuable for a healthy diet.

Golden superfood syrup for the medicine cabinet

An oxymel could also be called a golden superfood syrup. Its field of application as a gentle remedy should be huge - whether for fever and cough, immune deficiency or digestive disorders. Already in the pharmacopoeia from the 15th/16th century - the Antidotarium Mesue - is said to say:

"There is a power in honey and vinegar, arising from their mixture, such as exists in neither of these alone..."

In any case, Oxymel can no longer be missing from our medicine cabinet. We follow the advice of the great Hippocrates and use the sour honey, among other things, to strengthen the body and the immune system. At the beginning of the cold season we carry out a 3-6 week Oxymel cure to prevent colds - preferably with a homemade rosehip Oxymel. You can find the recipe here.

But because an Oxymel is also rich in electrolytes, we've discovered it as a refreshing drink after exercise, in hot weather, or even for diarrhea.


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How can I make Oxymel myself?

An Oxymel is not only delicious and healthy, but it is so easy and quick to make. The basic recipe for Oxymel Simplix simply mixes honey and vinegar together in a specific ratio. We started with 3 parts honey to 1 part vinegar. If you like the taste of vinegar, you can also use 2 parts vinegar. There are even recipes where the ratio of honey to vinegar is reversed - that is, you use 2 parts vinegar and 1 part honey, etc. Since we not only value the effect, but also want to look forward to the Oxymel every morning, we use more honey than vinegar. You can find our Oxymel Simplix here

When choosing the type of honey, you can go by your taste preferences. But make sure that the honey you choose is raw, unfiltered and cold extracted. Only then can you be sure that the honey can develop its healthy potential. All types of vinegar are suitable - whether apple cider vinegar or other fruit vinegars, white or red wine vinegar: The most important selection criterion is that the vinegar is unfiltered and has not been heated. Only then is it a high-quality vinegar that contains probiotic cultures. We prefer both ingredients in organic quality.

Flowers as herbal additives in Oxymel

Enrich Oxymel with medicinal and wild herbs, fruits or spices

Once the basic oxymel is ready, you can enrich it with the effects and properties of medicinal and wild herbs, fruits or spices and also add new flavor nuances. There are no limits to your imagination - almost all medicinal and useful plants can be extracted in Oxymel. Just let your culinary preferences be your guide.

In addition to our rosehip oxymel for cold prophylaxis, other extracts are in the works: a calming oxymel with lemon balm, lavender and chamomile, for example, and an anti-cough oxymel with ribwort, thyme or sage. And of course a spring oxymel with the first wild herbs to boost metabolism - e. G. goutweed, lesser celandine and dandelion

Make Oxymel composite with the blender

Different extraction methods: slow vs. fast

In the traditional extraction method, the plant ingredients are chopped and placed in the honey-vinegar mixture for up to 2-3 weeks in a sterilized canning jar in an airtight container. The place of storage should be cool and dark; the mixture should be shaken daily to better distribute the dissolved ingredients.

If you use a metal canning lid be sure to put a piece of parchment paper under it as the vinegar can react to the metal.

After the ripening period, the plant ingredients are filtered out with a fine mesh strainer and the oxymel is collected in a sterilized jar. Done!

To shorten the ripening time of our rosehip oxymel, we decided to use the blender in its preparation. We mix vinegar, honey and the rosehips to a fine mass. This is also put into a sterilized canning jar and sealed airtight. After just a few days, the mixture can be strained through a fine sieve. Why so quickly? By mixing, the ingredients are dissolved faster - so to speak, a turbo-extraction takes place. Of course, you can also let the Oxymel extract longer, but it does not have to be.

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What is the shelf life of Oxymel?

If the Oxymel has been carefully prepared and filled into sufficiently sterilized jars, it can be kept unopened for up to one year. From the time of opening, Oxymel should be used within about 6 months.

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How do I use the Oxymel?

Drink Oxymel daily diluted with water

We prefer to drink our Oxymel first thing in the morning.
To do this, we mix 1 tablespoon of Oxymel with about 100 ml of lukewarm water in a glass. However, you can also use cold water or simply take the sour honey straight

An intensive application can be an Oxymel cure: You take an Oxymel with some effect every day for 3-6 weeks. This is what we do with our rosehip oxymel as a prophylaxis against colds during the fall/winter season. Or with a spring Oxymel to stimulate the metabolism.

Other possible applications for Oxymel can be marinades, salad dressings or sauces. Or you can make a refreshing sports drink in no time at all. We add about 2-3 tablespoons of Oxymel to 300 ml of water. It is best to orientate yourself according to your taste.

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Oxymel recipes to make yourself

Oxymel Simplix - the basic recipe

The Oxymel Simplix without additives is so easy to make in a few minutes. If you like the combination of honey and vinegar, then you should definitely try it. Of course, you can adjust the ratio of honey to vinegar to your personal taste - maybe experiment with 2:1 or even 1:1. Likewise, the basic blend is a good way to get to know the culinary differences between the various types of honey and vinegar. We chose the incredibly aromatic thyme honey from Crete, which can easily stand up to a strong apple vinegar. Nice added bonus: Cretan thyme honey is said to help against coughs, among other things. The Cretans therefore also call it Crete's liquid gold.

Oxymel Simplix - the basic recipe

With Thyme Honey and Apple Vinegar
Prep Time 0 Min
Perform Time 2 Min
Total Time 2 Min
Amount 400 g
Calories 937 kcal
Cuisine Syrup
Author Carla from GrueneSmoothies.com
Oxymel Classic
3.51 from 96 Reviews
 

Ingredients

  • 300 g Thyme Honey raw, unfiltered and cold extracted
  • 100 g Apple Vinegar unfiltered and unheated
 

Instruction

  1. First, put the vinegar in a sterilized storage jar. Then add the honey and mix the two together well.
  2. The Oxymel is ready!
  3. It is best to enjoy daily about 1 tablespoon of Oxymel diluted with 100 ml of water.
  4. Unopened Oxymel has a shelf life of at least 1 year. Once opened, it should be consumed within 6 months. It does not need to be kept in the refrigerator when opened.
  5. Enjoy and have fun with the Oxymel Simplix!

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Rosehip oxymel with cinnamon

Rosehip as an additive for Oxymel

Rosehips are among the most vitamin C-rich fruits in the world, and we love their taste. For the rosehip oxymel you can use still firm rose hips, but of course also the soft wild rose fruits. They are processed whole, give a wonderful aroma and give the sour honey even more power to prevent colds.
In order to taste the maximum of the rosehip aroma, we have chosen a mild type of honey and vinegar: Acacia honey and white wine vinegar. A pinch of cinnamon not only goes well with this for taste, but Ceylon cinnamon is also said to have antibacterial properties. Since we prepare the rosehip oxymel with a blender, it goes through a turbo extraction and can be filtered off after just a few days. Ingenious!

Rosehip oxymel with cinnamon

With acacia honey and white wine vinegar
Prep Time 10 Min
Perform Time 20 Min
Total Time 30 Min
Amount 470 g
Calories 1099 kcal
Cuisine Dressing
Author Carla from GrueneSmoothies.com
Rosehip Oxymel with cinnaman
3.73 from 113 Reviews
 

Ingredients

  • 300 g Acacia honey raw, unfiltered and cold extracted
  • 100 g White wine vinegar unfiltered and unheated
  • 100 g Rosehips
  • 1 pinch of Ceylon cinnamon optional
 

Instruction

  1. Wash rose hips, remove stems and brown caps.
  2. Put all ingredients in the blender jar and blend well on high speed.
  3. Then pour the mixture into a sterilized canning jar and seal airtight.
  4. Let sit for about 2-3 days.
  5. Now strain the rosehip mixture through a fine sieve. To do this, squeeze the mixture against the sieve with a tablespoon. Collect the finished oxymel in a sterilized jar.
  6. It is best to take about 1 tablespoon daily diluted with 100 ml of water.
  7. Unopened, the rosehip oxymel can be stored in a cool and dark place for about 1 year. After opening, it should be consumed within 6 months. When opened, it does not need to be kept in the refrigerator.
  8. Enjoy and have fun with our rosehip oxymel!

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Have you ever tried Oxymel or made it yourself?

We look forward to your feedback here!

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39 | Comment(s)

4/23/2024
Michael
Yes, I have. I fermented 1 kg of garlic and then let it steep in a liter of Oxymel (1:1) for 2 months. The result was incredible. A blood pressure-lowering potion. And now I want to embark on my next project. From May to August, you can harvest fresh Butterfly Trametes. Can the mycelium from mushrooms be extracted with this Oxymel? I am eagerly awaiting your response!
4/24/2024
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Michael,

thank you for sharing your natural blood pressure remedy :) Unfortunately, I haven't found any instructions or guidance on how or if mushrooms can be steeped in Oxymel.

Warm regards,
Carla
4/10/2024
Birgit
The pulp can then be used to make a herbal lemonade, as the herbs remain even after straining, which is not a problem. It's quick, so it's something you can easily do on a regular basis; even children enjoy helping out and learn something beneficial for their health.
2/8/2024
Gerlinde Streitwieser
I have made oxymel with
300g flower honey
100ml apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon grated turmeric
1 teaspoon lemon zest
It tastes very good.
4/20/2024
maira
Hello Gerlinde Streitwieser, I've started on your recipe, since I have the ingredients at home. I'm curious to see how it tastes!
2/8/2024
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Dear Gerlinde,
thank you for sharing your oxymel creation. The combination is definitely one of my absolute favorite oxymels!
Best regards,
Carla
1/16/2024
Franzi
If I already include the following in my morning routine: 20 ml ginger juice, 20 ml apple cider vinegar, 40 ml carrot juice, and 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey, then I don't need to make an oxymel, right?
1/17/2024
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Franzi,

thank you for your comment and for sharing your morning routine!
Of course, you can still benefit from valuable ingredients without making an oxymel. Essentially, you are already creating a simplified version of an oxymel by mixing apple cider vinegar with Manuka honey and consuming them together. In such a honey-vinegar mixture, you could extract the properties of ginger and carrots, meaning you would have an oxymel composite. To consume it, you would simply mix 1-2 tablespoons of the oxymel with water and drink it. You could also consume it as is. The form is just different.
Feel free to give it a try!
Best regards,
Carla
11/11/2023
Chris
Thank you for the response!
Chris
11/9/2023
Chris
Hello!
I suspect it is a fermentation process in the formation of Oxymel?! In that case, I would advise against shortening it (high speed blender) because then some important substances may not be able to form.. Best regards, Chris
11/10/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Chris,

thank you for your comment. Since the vinegar is already fermented, we see no disadvantage in making our rosehip oxymel with a high-speed blender to subject it to turbo extraction. The effectiveness here is that the ingredients of the blended rosehips can dissolve faster in the honey vinegar.
But of course, you can also do it in a more traditional way and let the whole rosehips steep for 4 weeks. Regardless of the method, we wish you a lot of joy with it!

Best regards,
Carla
11/7/2023
Anonym
Hello Mrs. Bellmann,
I would also like to infuse mushrooms in oxymel, using Birch Polypore.
Have you infused mushroom oxymel before and do you use fresh or dried mushrooms?

Best regards,
Peter Schunck
12/19/2023
O.A.
Hello Mr. Schunck,
I am also looking for this exact answer. Have you found one yet?
10/19/2023
Andreas
Hello,

I have been the proud owner of a Vitamix 3500i for a few weeks now. Since then, I have been making my (and my wife's) daily ginger or turmeric shot using your recipe. Previously, I had been buying the commercially available ones in small bottles, but the homemade version is more flavorful and I suspect it is also healthier. Now, onto my question: I read your article on Oxymel and I wonder if I can make the ginger shot using organic vinegar instead of lemon or orange? Additionally, I make the "classic" shot without straining, but you strain it in the Oxymel recipe. Why is that?

Thank you for your answer and the great tips.

Best regards,
Andreas
10/19/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Andreas,

thank you for your comment and congratulations on your Vitamix A3500i - a great blender!
Regarding your questions: I could imagine that you could make the ginger shot using apple cider vinegar, but I suspect that you wouldn't be able to substitute the lemon or orange juice with vinegar in a 1:1 ratio in terms of the amount of liquid - it could be challenging in terms of taste.

In the case of the rosehip oxymel, we strain the infusion because the seeds of the rosehips are not completely pureed - similar to raspberries or passion fruit.

Best regards,
Carla
10/17/2023
Sabine
Hello dear Sabine,
if you can't find any other use for it - I give the pulp back to nature with great gratitude for further good utilization, usually on the compost or in a place in the forest or meadows. All with the certainty that she will create something wonderful out of it.

Best regards
10/17/2023
Renate
I put the remaining residue on the compost or in the bokashi or use it as fertilizer on the beds, as there are still usable substances present.
10/17/2023
Martina
Why do you have to strain the oxymel if it was prepared in a high-speed blender? I made one with herbs (basil, oregano, dandelion, and nettle) and I'm currently using it without straining it, and there are no more pieces visible. By the way, it tastes very delicious.
Greetings, Martina
10/17/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hi Martina,

thank you for your comment and your question.
We strain the rosehip infusion to remove the seeds of the rosehips. This leaves behind a creamy-smooth oxymel that you can either drink pure or dissolve in water or tea.

Best regards,
Carla
10/3/2023
Sabine
Hello,
I just made the rosehip oxymel, but it turned out very thick. I tasted a little bit and it tastes extremely delicious when mixed with water. I'm curious to see how much will be left after straining.
Do you have any ideas on what I can do with the remaining pulp?
Best regards,
Sabine
1/24/2024
Walter
Hello, Sabine! Why not take the remaining puree with some water and make a smoothie out of it! You mentioned that it's very tasty!
10/4/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Sabine,

thank you for your feedback. It's great to hear that you made the rosehip oxymel.
Unfortunately, I don't have a specific idea for what you can do with the rosehip pulp. I personally haven't used it for anything else.
Best regards and enjoy your rosehip oxymel.
Carla
12/28/2023
Heidemarie
Dear Sabine, the rosehip pulp can be dried and then used as tea.
Best regards,
Heidemarie
9/11/2023
Daniela C.
Hello everyone!

I tried making raspberry oxymel... I wanted to smell it after 2 days, so I opened the lid and suddenly it shot up in my face... is that normal? I was then afraid that if I open the lid after 2-4 weeks, it would explode... or would the fermentation process stop? I make homemade yeast water myself, and I must not screw the lid on tightly because of the fermentation.
9/11/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Daniela,

Thank you for your comment. I have not experienced such an effect so far, but I have also never made raspberry oxymel before. How did you prepare the oxymel? In a sterilized jar?
Best regards,
Carla
8/28/2023
Andrea
Dear Carla!
I was thinking more about ginger - you could mix it in a smoothie.
And maybe it would also be interesting to try an oxymel with garlic. More for salad than in tea.
8/29/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Andrea,
it would be best if you try it out and let us know how the smoothie tasted :)
Oxymel with garlic - there are definitely several recipes for that. Gabriela Nedoma shows one in her Oxymel book where the ingredients are heated - a kind of hot infusion is made. She refers to this oxymel as a garlic bio-antibiotic. I find it quite interesting too.

Best regards,
Carla
8/25/2023
Andrea
Good evening!
I came across your website while exploring Oxymel, and I really liked the layout and the information provided. (It's funny that I bought my blender from you many years ago - small world!)
One thing I missed in the information was a tip on whether and how the filtered ingredients can still be used, or if they are considered spent.
Many greetings and thank you,
Andrea
8/28/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Andrea,

thank you for your comment. We're glad that our Oxymel information was helpful to you. Regarding your question: I have not personally found any use for the strained herbs and additives. I don't have any immediate ideas on what to do with them.

Best regards,
Carla
8/22/2023
Myron
Can you make an oxymel with mead instead of raw honey? Can you use a 25 year old balsamic?
8/22/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Myron,

thank you for your question about oxymel making.
I am not aware of any oxymel recipe that uses mead instead of honey. Likewise, I can't imagine balsamic being suitable for making oxymel - certainly not with an aged balsamic that is thick to it. I would also find much too bad

Keep it simple :) A high quality raw vinegar and a natural honey are wonderful basic ingredients for oxymel.

Many greetings,
Carla
8/18/2023
Birgit Bellmann
I use homemade Oxymel for some time very happy, so far always pure. Now I'm thinking about whether I can prepare it with herbs and possibly also with crushed vital mushrooms - does anyone know? In the commercial vital mushroom Oxymels is always mentioned in the mushroom versions "mushroom extract" in the list of ingredients, does anyone have experience with crushed mushrooms?
8/22/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Hello Birgit,

thank you very much for your comment. Unfortunately, I myself can not contribute any practical mushroom Oxymel experience. I have just looked again in the Oxymel book by Gabriela Nedoma and unfortunately also found no suitable instructions.
Maybe someone in the community has a practical tip? I would also be very interested.

Kind regards,
Carla
3/28/2023
Ilona
My favorite recipe
500 g organic honey
200 ml organic apple cider vinegar
Herbs
mix
1 tbs. on some water/ tea or pure
This is my favorite recipe.
Warm regards, Ilona
3/28/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Dear Ilona,

thank you for sharing your favorite oxymel. Do you like to reveal which herbs you use and especially how long you let them infuse?

Kind regards,
Carla
3/28/2023
Marina
Dear all!
I make Oxymel regularly and always have some at home. I like it with sparkling water. Although I don't usually drink sparkling water. But also in combination with a sip of sparkling wine to celebrate a special day, also not wrong
3/28/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Dear Marina,

thank you for your comment. And of course you are absolutely right: You can also pimp alcoholic drinks with Oxymel. For sure, an elderflower oxymel is super suitable for this purpose....
Best regards
Carla
3/27/2023
Ilona Bock
I have had the book for many years and live by it
3/27/2023
Carla von GrüneSmoothies.de
Dear Ilona,

has you the sour honey so also under its spell. I just made myself - as mentioned in the podcast - an Oxymel with ginger, turmeric and lemon - already tastes great!
What are your favorite creations?

Love,
Carla