Oxymel – Honey and Vinegar

Oxymel is a mixture of honey and vinegar, depending on the desired effect different herbs (or flowers) are added. The word comes from Greek and means acid and honey. It’s a great way to preserve plants and herbs.

Oxymel was used as a remedy in Persian pharmaceuticals writings of the Middle Ages and it also was used earlier by Hippocrates.


In 2012 a group of Iranian researchers published a paper relating to Oxymel in medieval Persia. The honey-vinegar mixture at that time came both pure on its own and in connection with medicinal plants.

To this day it is considered an invigorating traditional remedy. The researchers found over 1200 different Oxymel recipes for different indications ranging from digestive complaints to breathing difficulties …

According to the researchers, the basic historical recipe is very simple:

  • One unit of vinegar
  • Two units of honey
  • Four units of water
  • Add dried or fresh herbs of your choice
  • Boil until a quarter of the mixture remains
  • Skim off the foam, if necessary.
  • Oxymel is best known as an immune-stimulating tonic.

Suffering from Hayfever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen; especially grass pollen, which causes sneezing, a runny nose and red streaming eyes. It is a condition, which is often inherited with other allergic conditions such as eczema and asthma.


Cedarwood Essential Oil

Here’s a proven aromatherapy recipe to stop hay fever symptoms:

  • Mix 1 part of cedarwood essential oil with 2 parts of cypress essential oil in the palm of your hand.
  • Rub it, sniff it to get relieve from running noses and itchy eyes.
  • Works a treat, try it!
Cypress Trees

Cypress Trees

Month of the Cuckoo – Scairbhin

Cardamine pratensis – Cuckoo flower

The Scairbhín na gCuach (skara-veen) translates as ‘the rough month of the cuckoo’ and refers to the period comprising the last two weeks of April and the first two weeks of May a few weeks often marked with changeable extremes of weather patterns.

People working the land and in tune with the seasons know this as ‘the hunger time’ of the year because they were busy planting and tending their crops.

They believed that the Scarbhin was nature’s way of ensuring the crop’s success by the initial unseasonal warm weather allowing seeds to germinate, a sudden cold snap would then harden off the young seedlings and the following wind and gales would distribute the pollen – and this all coincided with the return of the cuckoo.


Cuckoos overwinter in Africa.