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How to Make Oregano Infused Honey

Oregano is another one of those perennial plants that can get overwhelming in the herb garden. Take advantage of that herbal abundance by learning how to make oregano infused honey.

A jar of oregano leaves infusing with honey with a stem of oregano flowers sitting next to it on a table.

This is a quick project that can reap huge rewards and can be done with dried oregano if you don’t happen to have any growing or can’t find it fresh.

When to Harvest Oregano

Like most herbs, for optimum flavor, harvest oregano before it flowers. Harvesting once it flowers can sometimes result in loss of flavor or even a little bitterness.

Make the most of the over-productive herb garden with these 10 ways to use oregano for food, medicine, and cleaning while also helping pollinators thrive.

Bees and other pollinators love the flowers, however; so they’re not wasted at all. Harvest early in the day after the dew has dried but before the sun gets too high.

How to Use Oregano Infused Honey

In short, infused honey can be used as a replacement for plain honey.  This infused honey is going to have the oregano flavor however and it might not be as pleasant of a flavor in that homemade baklava.

Oregano leaves infusing in a jar of honey.

Use this oregano infused honey in more savory dishes that use just a touch of honey and where the oregano will compliment the other flavors, recipes like:

Oregano has many medicinal benefits as well. Be sure to throw a dollop of oregano infused honey in sweet and sour dishes to give everyone at home a little immune-system boost during col and flu season.  Dissolve a tablespoon in hot water to help soothe upset stomachs and even ease a headache.

oregano infused honey on a table with oregano blossoms.

Before summer is over harvest some oregano, either homegrown or from a local source, and start infusing some honey for a delightful and medicinal ingredient to stock in your pantry.

Yield: 1 jar

Oregano Infused Honey

Oregano leaves infusing in a jar of honey.

Learn how to make oregano infused honey as a way to save the herb for culinary and medicinal uses later.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Infusing Time 1 month
Total Time 1 month 10 minutes


  • Fresh Oregano Leaves
  • Honey


  1. Fill a jar half full of fresh oregano leaves (1/4 full if using dried oregano).
  2. Cover the herbs and fill the jar to within 1″ of the top with liquid honey. 
  3. Give it a good stir, removing any air bubbles from the jar.
  4. Put a tight fitting lid on the jar and place in a sunny window for a month. 
  5. Turn the jar over now and then to keep mixing the honey and oregano together. 
  6. At the end of the month strain the oregano from the honey and store the honey in an airtight jar. 

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Friday 27th of May 2022

What is the shelf life?

Kathie Lapcevic

Friday 3rd of June 2022

1 year though honey doesn't spoil but added water from the oregano could effect shelf life.


Sunday 19th of December 2021

Can you leave the oregano in and eat both together??

Kathie Lapcevic

Saturday 25th of December 2021

You probably could but know that leaves will likely be candied and quite crunchy giving it an odd texture depending on how you plan to use it.


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Can this be used as a cough syrup

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 13th of December 2020

I suppose so but there are better herbs for coughs than oregano. Herbs for coughs vary depending on whether it is a dry or wet cough.


Saturday 20th of July 2019

I followed this recipe but the honey tasted really bitter. What did I do wrong?

Kathie Lapcevic

Saturday 20th of July 2019

It could be a number of factors - is the oregano itself bitter by any chance? Did you use a bunch of the stems in addition to the leaves?


Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Oregano and honey are both antimicrobial. Your recipe is one whopper of an immune booster! Thanks for the idea!

Homespun Seasonal Living

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

You're so welcome!

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