Whether to eat it or to apply it on my face? That is the question that troubles me when I look at my bottle of the Indian Borage Honey by Pahadi Local. It is both a limited offering ( rare ) and also expensive ( Rs. 1,100 for this 300 grams bottle ) and I end up taking tiny sips straight from the bottle and also applying a couple of dots to my face, mixed in with my face oils or the calcium bentonite face mask that I use weekly.
This bottle came into my possession thanks to the GoodEarth lunch I was invited to and since then I’ve been wondering how to share information about this beautiful product with everyone. ( GoodEarth retails one of Pahadi Local’s Beauty Boxes ). And then, last evening, my order for colored gels ( for the speedlights ) was delivered and I instantly knew what I was going to photograph!
The Indian Borage is supposed to be ( from the little research I was able to do online ) called Chichiri in the local tongue ( Hindi ) and it’s scientific name is Plectranthus. There are other types of Borage as well, but these are mostly restricted to the Mediterranean part of the planet.
The honey from the Indian Borage is supposed to relieve a sore throat, can be a remedy for respiratory disorders and asthma, can help relieve pain & stomach cramps and is also apparently used for treating insomnia. Your personal mileage may vary of course. I’m just thrilled to be able to taste a bit of the goodness of the hills! Taste-wise, since I don’t eat a lot of sugar, I found the honey to be sweet like a jam almost – not as viscous though. It’s a nice translucent gold in color and smells sweet too.
The Pahadi Local brand also creates oils like Apricot and Walnut, they have Himalayan clay for face masks ( which I totally intend to try ), a couple of other types of honey ( like Sheesham ), tea, a pashmina, a beautiful silver bracelet and several combinations of items in gift boxes. Luxury from the hills of India!
Their founder, Jessica Jayne can also be found on Instagram.
The wood slice is from Studio Metallurgy.