Practical Magic: Honey—The Nectar of the Gods

Holistic helpers, straight from Mother Nature.

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Name: Honey

Most Commonly Found:  Almost everywhere. Because honey is produced by bees, it’s commonly found throughout the world and produced in virtually every state of the country. However, there are special types of honey that are only produced in specific spotThroat feeling scratchy? Add a bit of this sweet stuff your morning tea. Honey is commonly used as a cough suppressant, and just two teaspoons can do the trick in aiding a pesky hack. Also feel free to try this at night;  the serotonin in honey makes it a solid choice for a midnight craving.

And while we love putting the stuff into our bodies, you can also use it topically. Honey can be used to help treat dandruff, and can serve as an antibacterial for wounds and burns. You can even add it to a homemade face mask, as those anti-inflammatory properties help ease the redness that come along breakouts.

How to Heal: Add honey to tea, warm water or food or use it topically, depending on the symptoms.

Related Chakras: Honey is said to help balance the sacral chakra. Many believe that taking care of this chakra through proper feeding can supply in the balance of health sexual and fertility functioning.

Spiritual and Psychic Properties: The bee who produces the honey is considered a “power animal” and is an integral part of many shamanic traditions. It is symbolic of fertility, community, prosperity, diligence and work ethic. Some cultures view bees as messengers of the Gods. Their honey has also been compared to the nectar of the Gods, thus elevating bees to the status of royalty. Throughout the bible in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions, honey is frequently cited as a holy substance.

Thou makest him ride on the high places of the earth, and he eats the produce of the fields. He maketh him suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flint of the rock.

–  Deut. 32:13

History and Lore: Honey’s history is extensive. A 8,000 year-old cave painting in Valencia, Spain depicts humans hunting for honey, while honey’s oldest remains have been found in a tomb in the country of Georgia, dating from 4,700 to 5,500 years ago.

Other cultures and countries also coveted this sweet elixir. Honey was used as a traditional Ayurvedic medicine, where it was thought to be effective at treating imbalances in the body. In pre-Ancient Egyptian times, it was used to treat wounds, sweeten cakes and biscuits, and even embalm the dead.

The Prophet Mohammad glorified the healing powers of honey, and the Quran praised its healing ability. With all that history, it’s no wonder that the sticky, sweetener still paves its way into a variety of recipes and natural remedies.

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