I have wanted to make an oxymel out of the childlike curiousity but had not until yesterday. I was inspired by Rosalee de Foret's book on tastes/energetics and it is a free ebook for anyone who may be interested. You can see her on facebook here.
In this ebook she was sharing about Pine Needle Oxymel and I decided it was time to get my groove on and make it, especially since we are a dealing with allergy and cold symptoms this time of year.
To get started, I cut some pine needles from a tree outside.
I added a handful of needles to 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with the mother. I decocted this until the liquid was reduced to half. Strain.
Oxymels call for 3-5 parts honey to the strained liquid. This helps it preserve well. I choose the lesser amount.
So to 1/2 cup pine needle vinegar decocotion I added 1 1/2 cup honey.
I then warmed on my woodstove gently and stirred it well.
The end result is a yummy sweet syrup, useful for colds, and wet coughs and sore throats. Pine needles contain a high amount of vitamin c.
Take a teaspoon as needed.
This is now stored in the fridge for my family to use when needed.
And my childlike curiosity is satisfied. This is what grandma did give to me in a little hot water with lemon.