A delicious Ayurvedic recipe for long life
But this isn’t the place for a lengthy discourse on Ayurveda. All you need to know for this recipe is that this Ayurvedic electuary will have numerous health benefits regardless of your dosha. So, with the context firmly in place, on with the recipe!
Get a daily health boost with the Longevity Electuary
- 3 tsp ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and/or shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) powder (see below)
- 3 tsp spirulina or chlorella powder
- 3 tsp slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) or marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) powder
- 2 tsp Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) powder
- 1 tsp cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) powder
- 1 tsp elderberry (Sambucus nigra) powder or whole berries
- 1/2 tsp turmeric (Curcuma longa) powder
Finally, cover the mixture almost to the top of the jar with locally produced honey. Stir slowly, to avoid a cloud of herb powder covering your kitchen, until the herbs are well mixed into the honey, put the lid on, label and store. And that’s it! No need to refrigerate as honey is an excellent preservative. The Longevity Electuary is meant as a daily health tonic, eaten directly from the spoon, on toast, dissolved in hot milk, almond milk, coconut milk or ghee – however you like, really!
A host of powerful ingredients
Slippery elm and marshmallow aid digestion and soothe the gastrointestinal tract, as well as being highly nutritious.
Elderberry is an excellent immune remedy, being rich in vitamin C and a powerful internal cleanser for conditions like flus and colds.
Turmeric has a wide spectrum of useful properties, including boosting the liver’s detoxification pathways and aiding digestion. One of its active constituents, curcumin, is a current hot property in cancer research.
And while not a herb, spirulina – a single-celled, blue-green algae – is highly nutritious and has a host of health-promoting properties of its own. The same, if not more, can be said about the green algae chlorella.
The only potential problem with this amazing recipe might be getting hold of the Ayurvedic ingredients ashwagandha and shatavari. The first place to try is your local independent health food store or herbalist if they also sell dried herbs; or failing that, have a look online. Another alternative is to replace these Ayurvedic herbs with a homegrown adaptogen that will be easier to obtain, such as licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra).
Simple to make, with health benefits for everyone, the Longevity Electuary is one to treasure. Let me know how you get on if you decide to make some!
Who is the HerbSmith?
About Adam Smith
After leaving Imperial, Adam worked for over 10 years in the field of medical communications.
Over time, however, Adam realised that ‘something was not quite right’ about the pharma-led model of healthcare, which prompted a complete change of direction. He spent the next 5 years training as a herbalist and naturopath at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in London, while working to promote and protect the use of natural healthcare throughout the world. His experiences on ‘both sides of the fence’ afford him vital insights into different philosophies of healing and science.
Access to natural healthcare in all its forms is a right, not a privilege, and Adam works passionately to defend those rights. He is at the forefront of issues surrounding the regulation of herbal practitioners through his participation on a governmental working group on behalf of his professional association, the Association of Master Herbalists.