Mixing Honey and Essential Oils
I've been successfully infusing honey with all sorts of herbs, powders, and botanicals for ages now, so that may be why this thought popped into existence all by itself earlier this year: whether it was at all possible to infuse honey with essential oils.
Logic, chemistry, and everything else says no because honey is water soluble and essential oils are, well, oils. But sometimes, I get a burning desire to test something anyway – just in case science and the rest of the world might have missed something.
(Hey, it happens)
Test One: Essential Oils in Raw HoneyPictured above: the first test. Three grams of raw honey and 1 gram of orange essential oil.
Here's a closeup of the container directly after adding the oil. Very clear distinction between the oil and honey.
Because this was a bit of an impromptu test, I neglected to think about how I was going to seal the container, but a bit of household cling-film did the job. After tightly sealing the cup, I parked it in my observation cupboard (room temp - no daylight exposure).
It was 2 days before I got around to checking, but to my amazement, the honey had absorbed the essential oils. The cling-film was still intact – nothing had gotten loose – so it didn't look like the oils would have had been able to evaporate.
Here's what it looked like. Nothing floating on top, just a homogenous mass.
Was someone a little excited to see this? Well, wouldn't you be?
Before announcing to the world I had broken the secret code of getting essential oils and water-based ingredients to marry seamlessly, more testing was in order.
I transferred the honey/EO from the little cup to a test vial (scraping the cup as clean as I could).
The test was then repeated with the same essential oil and 2 different types of honey. I labelled the vials and let them stand for observation. Pictured below: the vials after 4 months.
On the left: EO in acaia honey, in the middle, EO in heather honey, and on the right, the transferred original sample. The essential oil is clearly visible in both of the vials on the left, while the original test sample is still homogenous, but there is also loss of product.
Of Course it Was too Good to be TrueWhile this was a fun little exercise, it was also quite educational. I've definitely learned that doing tests with volatile ingredients in cute little ceramic cups using only cling film to seal the container probably isn't the best way of getting a trustworthy result.
On the other hand, I still can't figure out what happened to the essential oil. How could it evaporate through cling film? Another possibility is the small imperfections in the glazing of the cup - perhaps the oils were absorbed by the cup. More testing is in order!
have you tasted the honey after was there a orange flavor ın the honey
Love Sharon. Two Sheep Soapery. Xxx
@Relax the Bath - I do have plans of taking this further and that is all I am at liberty to divulge at this point :)
Did any of the end results have an equal smell of both orange and honey? I’d be interested to know if this would work in making scented candles. Thanks!
1. Get a yogurt maker.
2. Silicone mold
3. Regular honey from the store (;) the one with the little bee on it)
4. Crystalize the honey. I.e. leave in the fridge for a really long time until it's hard.
5. Your mold should hold at least 250-300 ml in volume.
6. Put your honey in the mold and tamp it down so it fills the mold
7. Add 1 container 15 ml EO until it's right up to the top.
8. heat up the honey and EO mixture for about 24 hours.
9. your solution will have a lovely aroma.
10. I used ginger
11. After the mixture is pure liquid the honey and the EO will be mixed.
12. Remove from heat and store in the fridge.
I'd love to see how yours works out mine is in day 2 now and has not separated in the least and it tastes amazing. I also calculated the exact dosage for my body weight which is about 0.3 ml.
'Regular honey from the store' isn't very clear. Which country do you live in? Your description of the reaction of honey (storing sold, crystallising) is not going to happen with every kind of honey.
Heating honey with essential oils in it for a period of 24 hours is going to evaporate the essential oils. Heating honey for that period will also compromise the integrity of raw honey.
If you are looking to make ginger tasting honey, it might be a more fruitful idea to infuse honey with ginger directly.