Garlic Oxymel

An excellent way to get fresh garlic into your body especially during cold and flu season.

What is an Oxymel and how does it benefit the body?

Oxymels are herbs infused in vinegar and raw honey. Vinegar aids healthy digestion and acts as an expectorant. Honey soothes the throat and provides antibacterial properties. These two ingredients alone are beneficial to the body, but when you add herbs, you get extra herbal actions. Oxymels have been used for centuries, going back to the time of Hippocrates. This type of herbal remedy is one you’ll want to have on hand. 

Why Garlic?

Garlic immediately evokes strong emotions, you will either love or hate it. Which are you?

I looove garlic for many reasons. The robust flavor and warmth it offers to food is fabulous. I’m of the opinion that you can never have too much garlic in a dish, and that opinion is based strictly for flavor alone. When I consider the health benefits on top of its flavor, I am in awe of this herb.

You may recognize garlic for its beneficial properties without needing a reminder. Perhaps, you’ve seen garlic extracts in your local health food store being sold for its health benefits. Many of us know how powerful this herb is.

Lots of Research on Garlic 

Garlic has been studied by scientists for many years and the findings are impressive. Garlic contains various sulfur compounds that are known to be antimicrobial, which can help fight infection. It’s a wonderful herb to include in food for people with cancer. It can boost immunity by increasing production of white blood cells.

Garlic supports cardiovascular health and can reduce blood pressure. It is also known to prevent blood clots and keeps arteries supple. This amazing herb also has been shown to lower fasting blood sugar and cholesterol.

Garlic is a prebiotic, which makes it desirable for gut health by stimulating growth and providing balance of healthy bacteria. And again, it makes food taste better.

A superior herb and food. 

Oxymels during Autumn and Winter Months 

I like to make Oxymels in late summer and early Autumn to really boost my immune system for the cold & flu season. I you’re ready to make an oxymel for you and your family in time for Autumn and Winter I’ve included an easy recipe below for you to follow. 


A Simple Recipe for You to Try

  • Fresh Garlic, peeled and chopped (or minced)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
  • Local Raw Honey 

Peel garlic, chop or slice into smaller pieces. Place your garlic in the jar. The garlic should fill whatever size jar you’re using to about 1/2 from the top. Then, fill jar to about 2/3 full with apple cider vinegar and next add raw honey. The level of vinegar and honey should be about 1/4, and no more than, 1/2 inch from the top of the rim. Add a little more ACV if you need to bring the level up. Cover with an air-tight lid. Since you’re using vinegar, you’ll need to use a non-metal lid. Vinegar can corrode metal. I use the lids that are made specifically for Mason jars. 

Let this sit for at least a couple weeks or more. You will want to gently shake it every day or so to keep the garlic covered in the liquid. This is something you want to make sure of… the garlic should be completely covered by the liquid. As this oxymel sits, the honey becomes much less viscous (thinner consistency). This is what you want. 

When you’re ready to use your oxymel, simply strain out the garlic pieces, which you can eat at this time. Add it to a salad or vegetables. If you’re not going to use it right away, I would discard it.

What you have left is the infused vinegar and honey mixture, which can be used as a marinade or salad dressing. It can be taken by the spoonful, too. If you have a sensitive stomach, you should take this with food or after a meal. It’s so yummy!! You’re gonna love this. 



The Herbal Kitchen, Kami McBride 2010

Alchemy of Herbs, Rosalee de la Forêt 2017 

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  1. Sonia

    Lovely mixture. I will be trying this with the surplus garlic that I have grown. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

    • Deborah Burroughs

      I’m delighted you’ll be making this! Please share your results – I’d love to hear about it. 🙂


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