Health Benefits of Honey

A sweet little post about the health benefits of honey and why I love it so.

My favorite thing to buy at the farmers market is honey. I love the various sized containers with caramel or cream colored honey that is so sweet and so delicious. In my romantic heart I think of it as sunshine in a jar.

The reason I prefer buying my honey at the farmers market is that it’s usually raw and local. These two factors combined make more powerful medicine as heating the honey destroys many of its benefits. Honey is one of those amazing healing food that can help us in so many ways while at the same time being delicious.

I like to eat yogurt with fruit and honey for breakfast. I also use honey a lot in my tea. But what exactly are the health benefits of honey?

It gives you energy immediately, when you need it. I have a friend who spreads raw honey and almond butter on toast and says it keeps her going for a long time. When exercising, or if you’re just on your feet a lot it is very useful to stir some honey into your water bottle for quick pick me up.

It boosts your immune system. And soothes a sore throat. This might be the most known health benefits of honey. It is frequently used in herbal formulas for its taste and immune boosting qualities. Whenever I feel a cold coming on I mix up a potion of apple cider vinegar and honey.

It heals wounds and can be used in skincare. I have a friend who uses honey to heal scrapes and wounds. Personally I’ve used honey to heal painfully sore lips by applying it before going to bed at night. It works great, but you have to make sure not to lick it off before it has had a chance to work its magic.

Honey helps you sleep. There are few things more comforting than warm milk with honey. Drink this in the evening to get nice and drowsy before bed.

These are just a few of the health benefits of honey. I’m sure it has a lot more uses as it has been valued for its healing magic for thousands of years. The vikings made it into mead, religious texts praises it,  and honey has even been found in the ancient tombs of Egypt, still edible. This golden sunshine made into food is magical, healing and will last forever.

If you can’t find raw honey near you I recommend getting it from Tropical Traditions. They sell high quality products and I have only good experiences buying from them. If you’re a new customer you will also receive a free book on Virgin Coconut oil if you buy through one of my links. Currently their raw honey is on sale!

Apple Cider Vinegar for Colds

Autumn has arrive with its colder and darker days, some crisp and full of colors and sunlight, others grey and rainy. It is my favorite of the seasons. The trees are so beautiful at this time of year and the sunlight seem to be painted gold. I also love the warming and nourishing autumn foods, and staying warm and cozy inside while drinking tea to the smell of burning incense.

What I don’t like is the increased chances of getting sick this time of year. But luckily I got some healing potions ready in case I need them.

I’ve tired various remedies to fight off a cold, but the one I swear by the most is my apple cider vinegar mix. It is surprisingly powerful, especially if you take it before the cold has developed fully. I drink it whenever my throat feels slightly sore, or if my body feels weak and funny somehow.

This remedy is very simple with only three ingredients.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water

Directions

Pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar into a glass, and then fill it up with warm water. Stir in honey to taste. You can add more apple cider vinegar to taste as well. I like making the mix as strong as I can while still keeping it tasty. Try different amounts of vinegar and honey to find what works for you.

Smudge Bundles

Tonight I made rosemary smudge sticks. I’ve always been drawn to the magic of burning herbs though I’ve never really researched the deeper purpose of it.

I can sense how each plant or resin has its own energy that is released through smoke. The groups of mystics that I am part of often burn incense, especially frankincense before doing practices together. The scent of the incense really transforms the whole place and inspire spiritual feelings.

I’ve made smudge bundles before. The one I had the deepest connection with was mugwort as I wildcrafted the plant myself and spent time tuning into it. Mugwort is very magical to me and burning it really brought me in touch with my intuition. I remember doing a meditation practice after burning mugwort and somehow the practice flowed much better than normal, perhaps because I was able to let my intuition guide me through it instead of being stuck in the mind.

Rosemary is not new to me, but I feel I need to spend some more time getting to know her. Smudging in general is said to clear the energies, but I have no experience of this. I do know that burning white sage makes me feel very good, and the scent is amazing. And it makes me happy to do magical things that connects me to the mystical sides of life.

I wonder if smudging rosemary will kill germs in the air. Does anyone know?

I’m eager for my smudge bundles to dry so that I can start burning them and they look so pretty and witchy hanging in my room.

It is past midnight and it’s time to end this somewhat scattered post. Below is a video on how to make smudge bundles.