How to Make an Herbal Electuary
By: Ariana Palmieri
Do you know what an herbal electuary is? It's essentially a combination of honey and herbs that can be used straight or added to recipes. They're a great way to get the benefits of an herb, making even the most pungent tasting herb palatable (thanks to the honey's sweetness!). Since honey has a low moisture content and has natural antibacterial properties, it gives the electuary an almost indefinite shelf life. Isn't that amazing? The texture can vary from more like a syrup to a thick paste, depending on how much honey and herbs you use. It's all a matter of preference, but creating an electuary is a great way to start dabbling in herbalism. It's very simple to make and requires only two ingredients. Here's an easy electuary anyone can make that will aid in relaxation if taken before bed.
This electuary is specifically designed to promote relaxation. It's great when taken before bed or at night after a long day of work. The best part is, it can be made with our Beezy Beez raw Honey!
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 2 tablespoons of powdered chamomile
- If you only have whole, dried chamomile, run it through a food processor or spice grinder until it becomes powdered. The finer powdered herbs give a smoother texture to the electuary.
- Place the powdered chamomile in a bowl. Then, add just enough honey to make a paste (about the thickness of almond butter). Try doing the spoon test: If it drips off the spoon easily, it's too thin. If it just sticks on the spoon and does not drip at all, it's too thick. If you want the blend to be thinner, add more honey. If you want it to be thicker, add more powdered chamomile.
- When you're done mixing it up, store it in a jar with an air-tight lid and use as needed.
Tip: For an enhanced effect, you can also try adding powdered passionflower, hops, spearmint, or lemon balm to the electuary. These herbs are great for relaxation and promote a good night's sleep. You can also replace the chamomile with any other herb you like to change the electuary's taste and properties. There are endless possibilities, but some herbs to consider adding are: Ginger, rose, sumac, hibiscus, cinnamon, and slippery elm. Keep in mind not all herbs are created equal, and each have different uses and tastes!
How to use an electuary
There are several ways to take an electuary. You can take an electuary straight (one teaspoon dose, one to three times per day), or you can take a teaspoonful and add it to hot water, drinking it like tea. It can also be applied to toast, crackers, muffins, or even put on rice or oatmeal. It all depends on the kind of electuary you've created. We recommend taking the chamomile electuary straight, or adding it to some hot water. Either way, enjoy!