Practical Magic: Honey - The Nectar of the Gods


 Honey - The Nectar of the Gods

Name: Honey

Most Commonly Found: Since honey is produced by bees, it is commonly found throughout the world and is produced in virtually every state in the United States. However, there are specific forms of honey that are only produced in a few locations. Throughout the world, each country has its own favorite. 

When bees are able to access large areas of just one type of flower, they produce a monofloral honey that has a specific flavor (Hives & Honey Apiary). 

Stone Cold Facts: Essentially, honey is the sweet food made by bees using the nectar from honey. The variety produced by honey bees is the one most commonly referred to, collected by beekeepers and consumed by people. 

The history of consuming honey by humans as a sweetener in various foods by humans is long. It has also been commonly used for its medicinal traditions, as well as for religious and symbolic purposes.

What to Heal: Honey contains health benefits for the entire body from its various anti-inflammatory and nutritional qualities. 

Its anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe cough gives it the ability to help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Center in Fort Collins, Colo., told Medical Daily in an email, "A common theory is that honey acts like a natural vaccine."  It also  contains small amounts of pollen, which if the body is exposed to small amounts of it, it can trigger an immune response that produces antibodies to the pollen, helping to reduce the allergies (Lizette Borreli).

It's also a natural source of energy, working to spike blood sugar in time for workouts to increase muscle mass.

Since it is loaded in antioxidants, it helps boost memory, helping to prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. A 2011 study by Menopause found a daily spoonful of Malaysian honey may boost postmenopausal women’s memory, a therapy for hormone-related intellectual decline. 

It's commonly used as a cough suppressant and just two teaspoons can do the trick. It can also be used as a sleep aid since it helps boost serotonin which is turned to melatonin. 

Got an upset stomach? It can be used to heal acid reflux, gastroenteritis and more (Medical News Today). 

Topically, it can be used to help treat dandruff, and can serve as a treatment for wounds and burns, speeding up healing.

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 (Self Growth).  

Spiritual + 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 (Psychic Universe). 

In ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, they are depicted as 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 + Lore: Honey's history is extensive. Humans apparently began hunting for honey over 8,000 years ago, a cave painting in Valencia, Spain depicts, while its oldest remains have been found in the country of Georgia in a tomb, dating from 4,700 to 5,500 years ago. 

Over four thousand years ago, 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 topically to treat wonders and was included in medical compounds more than five millennia ago. It was also used to sweeten cakes and biscuits and was used to embalm the death. 

The ancient Greeks believed that consuming it would help you live longer. The art of beekeeping in ancient China has existed since the beginning of time or so it is thought. 

The Prophet Mohammad glorified the healing powers of honey and the Quran praised its healing ability: 

"And thy Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (men's) habitations; Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colors, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought."