How about a new regular feature, the Wonderful Weekend Recipe? You can call it WWR for short if you like. It won't mind. Since the title is fairly self-explanatory, let's just dive right on into the first-ever WWR without further ado.
The Wild Rose Electuary for soothing sore throats
Because of honey's nourishing, building and warming qualities, electuaries are ideally suited to tonic formulations, such as the Longevity Electuary I'll introduce you to next week. Since honey is also very sticky and soothing, it's also an excellent base for herbal mixtures intended to soothe the throat – which is where the Wild Rose Electuary comes in.
The recipe couldn't be simpler:
2 parts marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) root powder
1 part sage (Salvia officinalis) aerial parts powder
½ part rose (Rosa damascena) petals, as close to powder as you can get
Get yourself some locally grown honey so that you're supporting your friendly neighbourhood beekeepers. Gently heat it until it turns molten, add your herbs and stir everything in until it's all mixed together nicely. How much honey you use will determine the eventual consistency of your electuary: more honey equals runnier electuary, less honey means a stiffer end product. You'll need to have an empty glass jar handy to pour the molten mixture into.
And that's it! This stuff is so tasty that you can eat it straight from the spoon, but it can also be made into a drink by melting in warm water. The Wild Rose Electuary is a wonderful throat soother, thanks to the combination of mucilagenous (gelatinous, soothing) marshmallow, antimicrobial sage and cooling rose. Why not make some up for the next time someone in your household comes down with a cold? Kids will, of course, love it for its sweetness. Just don't leave them alone with an open jar and a spoon...
Instant genius kit
So there you have it: become an instant genius with the Wild Rose Electuary!