By Jessicka Nebesni of Mountain Rose Herbs

When I moved from New Jersey to the beautiful state of Oregon, I was exposed to so many new things. Among my favorite discoveries were the abundant handwritten road signs that advertised fresh local produce, eggs, and honey. Intrigued and excited by these signs, I stopped in to meet my local neighborhood beekeeper, who was thrilled that I knocked on his door to say hello. He brought me over to his hives and taught me a lot about what it means to care for bees. I wanted to support my farm neighbor, so I bought a gallon of honey. But I had no idea what I was going to do with that much honey.

When I got home, I started looking through my cupboards to see if some inspiration would call out to me. Having been an “herbal tinkerer” for some time, I kept coming across herb after herb, and it soon became apparent that I was meant to make some magic with these old plant friends and my sweet new bee bounty. I was a little afraid to ruin my perfect golden jar of goodness, so I decided to start experimenting with my fail-safe herb, lavender.

After three weeks of excitedly waiting for the floral notes to infuse, I was left with the most delicious honey I had ever eaten! These two recipes have been my go-to combinations, but feel free to adjust to your taste.

Photo courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs

Cinnamon Spice Honey

Yields 1 quart (32 ounces)


  • 1 1/4 cups organic cassia cinnamon chips*
  • 3/4 cup organic ginger root*
  • 6 organic cardamom pods*
  • 4 organic star anise pods*
  • Honey (raw local honey is best) 

Sleepy Time Honey

Yields 1 quart (32 ounces)


  • 3/4 cup organic lavender flowers*
  • 3/4 cup organic chamomile flowers*
  • Honey (raw local honey is best)


Fill a clean quart jar a little less than halfway with dried herbs and spices. Pour in your honey and watch as it slowly finds its way to the bottom. Be sure that your herbs are fully submerged. Put a lid on the jar and place it in a sunny windowsill. Keeping it warm will allow the herbs to infuse better and makes the honey more pourable. Turn the jar over at least once per day. You will want to allow this mixture to infuse for at least one week, though it is ideal to infuse for 3 to 4 weeks. The longer you leave it, the stronger the flavor will be. When the honey has infused to your taste, strain out the herbs with a mesh strainer. Store your herb-infused honey in a cool, dark place in a tightly sealed jar to help maintain optimal freshness.

Pro Tips:

  • Over time, I have discovered that using a chopstick in the beginning to help push the honey to the bottom is really helpful and speeds up the process a bit.
  • You will need to keep checking the level of the honey over the next few days as gravity works its magic and the honey fills in all the nooks and crannies. Add more honey as needed.
  • When you strain out the herbs, don’t toss those valuable leftover botanicals away! I save them and add them right into my teas or other warm drinks as a flavor booster.

While I’m sure you won’t have trouble finding uses for this special treat, some of my favorite ways to enjoy herb-infused honeys are drizzled over fresh fruit, ice cream, or toast, and in tea!

The options for creating herb-infused honey are virtually limitless. Some of my favorite herbs to infuse:

  • Lavender*
  • Rose petals*
  • Lemon balm*
  • Chamomile*
  • Basil*
  • Whole cloves*
  • Ginger*
  • Sage*
  • Peppermint*
  • Cinnamon*
  • Vanilla*
  • Star anise*
  • Orange peel*
  • Rosemary*
  • Thyme*

*These items can be found at the Mountain Rose Herbs Mercantile.

Mountain Rose Herbs | 152 W 5th Ave., #3 | 541/868-8420