How to Make Oxymel at Home: a Potent Combo of Vinegar, Garlic, and Honey for a Stronger Immunity

Ideal for adults and children for a stronger immunity during the cold and flu season, oxymel is one of the most popular folk medicines today. 

This herbal tonic’s use dates back to the period of Hippocrates or 400 B.C.E.

It’s a combo of water, honey, vinegar, and garlic. It’s often enriched with nutritious spices and herbs. It comes to the rescue when you feel the sniffles or a scratchy throat striking again. 

It will support your immunity and help you fight against viruses. 

What Does Oxymel Contain?

Raw honey is added to the mixture to give flavor, but also to boost the healing properties. It also possesses anti-microbial properties, along with garlic. 

Garlic is there to enable you to have better and smooth digestion and cleanse the respiratory tract of toxins.

Oxymel is a name derived from the Greek word oxymeli which means “acid and honey”.  The ingredients combined in oxymel create a powerful natural remedy that can be of aid to people of all ages.

How Can Oxymel Help You Heal?

  • Balances the blood pressure and levels of cholesterol
  • Relieves and speeds up the healing from colds and infections
  • Helpful for arthritis, painful joints, and gout
  • It makes the digestive tract stronger 
  • It may help with weight loss 
  • Stimulates the immune system 
  • Betters the skin health

DIY Oxymel: How to Prepare This Healing Tonic at Home?

You’ll need:

  • A cup of honey
  • A cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 8 cloves of garlic (chopped and mashed) 
  • Herbs and spices, optional


Prepare the garlic first and leave it aside for 10 minutes so that it releases allicin, the active ingredient.

In the meantime, in a saucepan on medium heat, warm up the apple cider vinegar and then lower the heat to low. Steep it with the healing herbs and spices of your choice. You can add sage and rosemary. 

Add the garlic to the saucepan and cook the content for an hour. Strain the content afterward. Add the honey to the strained content and stir. 

Transfer the oxymel into a jar and leave it to cool down at room temperature. Then, close it well and store it in the fridge.

How to Use Oxymel?

Consume two tablespoons, every two to three hours if you have a cold.

Otherwise, feel free to sprinkle it over salads, cut veggies, meat, etc.