Garlic Thyme Oxymel
       by Grace Galanti

An oxymel is an old time method to take herbal medicines with strong flavors.  The origin of the word means "acid honey".  In this recipe a ratio of vinegar and honey is infused with antiviral/antibacterial garlic and thyme, then combined with Mayan mint that soothes the throat and upper respiratory passages.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup local honey
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 garlic head
1/2 bunch thyme
1/2 bunch Mayan mint
2 tbs lemon juice

I measure a bunch of thyme by the amount my hand fits around near the base of the plant.   This is general and does not need to be exact.  If you have less than this, just add in other herbs such as oregano and marjoram.  Remove the tiny thyme and mint leaves from the stems and gently bruise with the back of a spoon.  Mince the garlic and add the herbs to a small sauce pan along with honey and vinegar.  Gently warm on medium/low heat for about 15 minutes until the liquid is flavored by the herbs.  Adjust your heat so the herbs infuse just below a simmer.  Too much heat will cause the aromatic volatile oils of the thyme and mint to evaporate into the air; you want these oils to remain in the liquid for their medicinal benefit.  Remove from heat, strain off and reserve the liquid in a small jar.  Add lemon juice.  Store in refrigerator.

Take 1 tbs each morning and evening during cold and flu season.