Small Measure of Calm Herbal Honey

This herbal honey recipe comes from my book The Complete Guide to Adaptogens. It’s super simple to make and features powdered schisandra, tulsi, and goji berries!

Small Measure of Calm Honey is an example of an herbal electuary: a simple blend of herbs and honey that can be used as a sweetener in food or tea, or enjoyed a dab at a time just as it is!

Holy basil is included in this recipe because it is an uplifting adaptogen. Schisandra is also uplifting and provides support for the nervous system. Both herbs have a reputation for putting a damper on anxiety and letting happiness have a chance to step to the front for a bit. Goji berries add antioxidants and mood support to the blend.

This honey paste is perfectly suited to herbal snack time. Made with powdered goji berries, schisandra berries, and holy basil, it can be stirred into hot tea, mixed with nut butter and spread onto crackers or bread for a fancy herbal PB and Honey, added to yogurt, or used as a dip for fruit. If you want a vegan option, try rice syrup or agave syrup.

Yield 1 cup

Serving size is 1-2 teaspoons


  • 2 tablespoons powdered goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons powdered schisandra berries
  • 2 tablespoons powdered holy basil
  • 1 cup honey

How to Make

1. Stir together goji berries, schisandra berries, and holy basil in a small glass mixing bowl to create an evenly blended powder. 

2. Once the powdered ingredients have been combined, add 1 cup of honey to the mixing bowl and combine well with the herbal ingredients.

3. Transfer the finished electuary to an airtight container and store in a cool pantry or the refrigerator. It should keep for at least 6 months, but I usually try to use it up by 3 months for the sake of freshness.

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