is for honey.
I love bees. It could be I’m biased – after all Deborah does mean Queen Bee. But whatever the case, bees make honey and honey is part of my self-care toolbox.
Honey you ask – really? And I reply yes, I mean honey both literally and figuratively.
The medicinal and nutritional value of honey has been documented as early as 300 BCE. Honey is used to ease sore throats and coughs, for wounds, for allergies; it’s used in beauty rituals and spiritual rituals as well.
In ancient times honey and salt were the only commonly recognized preservatives, and honey was definitely considered to be connected to rebirth/resurrection magic. There’s evidence that bodies were embalmed in honey between 3500 to 1750 BCE, and honey was definitely a sacred essence to a number of goddesses, including Demeter and Aphrodite.
Here are some of the ways I use honey:
-Certainly for sweetness. The flavor, color, and aroma of honey can vary depending on the nectar source of the flowers visited by the bees. And so it’s fun to try different sources.
–In baths. A little bit of honey is a wonderful addition. It’s good for your skin, and it also represents the element of sweetness which may be something you’re invoking with your bath.
-In exfoliating sugar scrubs.
–On altars/as offerings.
While I’m talking about honey literally as a source of sweetness, we shouldn’t forget the figurative aspects as well. There are times in life when sweetness is called for. Not in a simpering Pollyanna-ish way, but true sweetness that eases the way and uplifts the heart. When sweetness isn’t present, you can work with honey as a reminder, invoking that quality, attuning to that vibration.
I like this quote attributed to Walter Savage Landor:
“Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.”
And really what is a self-care practice except mining all the ways to be kind to yourself so every aspect of your beautiful soul can shine forth?
Here’s one final way I’ve invited honey into my life – my version of currency Honey Money. You can read more about it here.
So what about you? Where’s the honey in your life? Are there any areas that need a bit more sweetness? Ever designed your own currency? Have a honey recipe to share? Do tell – you know I love to hear.