Most herbs have amazing health benefits and have many vitamins and minerals. Since the pandemic hit, I have been working more herbs into my diet to boost my immune system and for their particular benefits.
I have been making and enjoying herbal syrups in this effort to consume more herbs. I use them in ice water for a refreshing drink and as a way to get the benefits of the herb. The house that I rent has a well, so I enjoy really good water too.
I like this method because it’s convenient (as opposed to making herbal tea – which I still make, but it’s nice to have different ways to utilize herbs). After I make the syrup, I put it into a jar or squeeze bottle and refrigerate it. Whenever I want a drink, I pour some ice water and add some of the syrup.
The general way to make an herbal syrup is to first make a simple syrup, which is 1 part sugar to 1 part water heated to a boil. When it boils add the herb, turn down the heat and simmer 10 minutes. There have been times I brought the syrup to a boil, added the herb, then turned off the heat and let it steep that way (those times I used mint and thyme), and one time I simmered for 30 minutes, because it was ginger and it needs some cooking to release all the goodness). It all takes some experimentation to get the desired flavor. The amount of herb you use depends on your taste and how much syrup you are making. I usually make smaller batches with a 1 cup sugar/1 cup water syrup and add in a handful of fresh herb. You can use dried herb also, but use less because dried herbs are more concentrated with flavor than fresh. When the mixture cools, strain the leaves, then put the syrup into a jar and refrigerate until use.
To find out the benefits of whatever herb I want to use, I google it. It’s also helpful to google to find out if the herb is safe to use. Most are but until you get to know herbs it’s a good idea to do this. Some have warnings such as not to use while pregnant, as an example.
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