The health benefits of honeycomb are well-founded, and its uses date back to ancient Egypt, when bees and their keepers were spiritually and societally revered in regular ritual and worship.
Egyptians had reason to revere these tiny beings. Their gift to us - raw honeycomb - has research-backed healing powers, from alleviated symptoms of the common cold to aiding in our complex digestive processes.
When combined with certain foods, herbs & spices, honeycomb’s benefits - both physical and mental - are seemingly endless.
Another ancient practice, Ayurveda, which originated in India more than 3,000 years ago, guides us in a few of these herbal combinations with raw honey featured often. The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge).
Pro tip: Ayurveda practitioners recommend keeping your honey raw, only and avoid pasteurized flash-heated liquid honey, as doing so ferments the honey and creates toxins. This does not mean you cannot add heat to your own honey at lower temperatures.
So let’s absorb some life knowledge, shall we?
Tapping in Ayurvedic wisdom, here are a few of our favorite honeycomb combinations for mental clarity & optimal digestion:
🍵 Tulsi Tea + Honeycomb. Heat water and let cool slightly. Choose your favorite Tulsi Tea, squeeze in fresh lemon and one golden honeycomb. Drink slowly and separately from other activities for mental stillness. Tulsi, referred to as the “Elixir of Life,” is naturally calming and cooling, and honeycomb aids in digestion and is a mood booster. This is what we would call a "Tri-Doshic" blend in Ayurveda - suited for all body types.
🥜 Roasted Nuts + Honeycomb. Place an array of your favorite nuts on a baking sheet, bake for 15 minutes at 400 F, and let sit for 5 -10 minutes to cool slightly. Place one golden come on top and let it melt slowly across your snack. Sprinkle with cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and light iodine salt, or spices of choice. Fiber, magnesium, antioxidants, and minerals. Boom.
🍄 Adaptogens + Honeycomb. Adaptogens are becoming commonplace, but have been utilized for centuries to support the immune and granular systems. To ease into their many health benefits and adrenal boosts, test out Four Sigmatic ready blends. Boil water, let sit until warm, mix your blend, and drop your honeycomb in for added richness and food quality.
These simple calming, nurturing recipes are an excellent reprieve from busy days. To get started at home, head here.