What is an herbal electuary?

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My kids had high fevers this week that led to a strep diagnosis for both of them.  While I was researching natural remedies to help bring down their fevers I came across the concept of an herbal electuary.

What is an herbal electuary?  It is a powdered medicinal herb mixed with honey.  The honey makes the herb a bit more palatable. Because honey and dried herbs are shelf stable this concoction lasts for quite some time.  I was looking to make something that would help fight inflammation, bring down fever, and soothe sore throats.  You can use any herb- I chose tumeric for the reasons mentioned above.

The basic recipe is 3 tablespoons herb to 8oz of honey.  You can make it a bit more thick by adding more herbs or keep it more runny.  It really depends on the way you want to use it.  I have been mixing it into warm tea or milk and giving my kids 1/2 to 1 tsp to soothe their throats.

 

****NOTE**** I am NOT a doctor. Herbs used medicinally can be very potent. Consult a doctor before using any herb medicinally to make sure you are using the right dosing and any contraindications that may exsist. This recipe does not take and should not take the place of medical advice or help by a licensed physician. Do NOT give honey to children under the age of 1.

 

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