Nourishment During Eclipse Season
You guys… SO much going on with Eclipse season. While I am not an astrologer, I do recognize how cosmic shifts have a HUGE impact on our lives (and I’m seeing it with my clients very strongly this month).
Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, there will be a solar eclipse August 21st that will cast a shadow upon the entire US. We can think about this particular Eclipse as all of the collective “shadow” and unresolved and untruths coming up to a head like a pimple waiting to be popped (gross imagery but that seems accurate!), so it can feel painful, inflamed, ugly, but an opportunity for the healing process to continue on now and afterward.
The time of a solar eclipse can be seen as a major reversal of the “rulers” and people, representing a collective rebirth. And this rebirth has a LOT to do with reclaiming of the divine feminine (which is in flow, loving, receiving, sharing, Mama Earth energy) and there’s a great deal of “masculine” shadow energy surfacing on an individual level as well as collectively.
A solar eclipse offers a particularly powerful window of opportunity to begin to working with the light of your subtle energy body.
So what can we do to take care of ourselves in this deep and transformative time?
For one, we can support ourselves with deeply nourishing + medicinal foods – and Wild Raw Honey hits the mark on ALL levels, body, mind and spirit.
Ancient. Healthy. Medicinal. Indestructible. Holy.
That just about sums it up for the magical nectar that is Honey. In ancient Hebrew texts, honey is referred to as “the truth” because it is perfect in its original form.
I get a lot of clients that are afraid to incorporate honey because there’s a lot of fear-mongering related to sugar and those who are addressing Candida issues are also trying to stay away from most sweets.
I actually encourage the use of natural sweeteners (in small-moderate amounts) such as honey in its most raw form, since it offers so much more than sweetness... and we need sweetness in all aspects of our lives!
Raw unprocessed honey is a living medicinal food with antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant properties, that has been used for ages as a source of nutrition and medicine. The science of beekeeping began in ancient Egypt, but humans have been foraging for wild honey since the dawn of man!
Collected by the female worker bees from untold numbers of flowers and plant species, it’s literally made from golden nectar created by light energy and plants, sipped by the bees - alchemy at it’s finest.
There are an enormous variety of phytochemicals, enzymes, nutrients, and minerals that can support your immune system and body’s ability to adapt to a variety of challenges. Raw local honey is wonderful for allergies, colds, flus, sinus infections, adrenal dysfunction, throat issues, stomach and intestinal issues such as IBS/SIBO, viral issues, and more.
We could all use more wild foods in our diet and wild raw honey is fairly easy to come by! All honey should be eaten raw, as cooked/heated honey contains no enzymes. Honey is the only food (that I know of) that doesn’t spoil! It has also been proven to tone down assertive flavors, which is why it goes so well in mustards, vinaigrettes, and often included in herbal remedies to make the medicine go down smoother, literally.
You can also use honey topically for its medicinal properties as well, especially Manuka honey derived from New Zealand. Warning: You don’t want to give honey to children under the age of one, though, due to potential contamination with botulism.
My favorite ways to have honey are...
In my herbal teas and lemon water - make sure not to add it when it's piping hot tho!
Add to dressings or sauces that will be served raw
Drizzled over organic fresh fruit in the hot summer
Straight up! I'll do this when I'm coming down with something or I feel the beginnings of a sore throat - 1 tsp straight.
Besides creating a medicinal superfood, Bees are a critical part of our ecosystem! To learn 10 ways you can support bees and save them from the global bee crisis and loss of habitat, click here.
Solar-Powered Honey Tea for Solar Plexus (3rd Chakra)
The solar plexus is the 3rd chakra, our place of personal power and will. It’s associated with the color yellow and is the seat of our emotions and our desire for non-dominating power, energy, and spontaneity.
Nourishing and balancing this chakra will activate our soul and enable us to be confident, focused and tap into our power, transforming our emotions into soulful passions that will radiate outward.
You will need:
1 glass gallon container
1 gallon filtered or spring water
6-8 tea bags or 6-8 tbsp of dried herbs/seed
1/4 cup or 2 tbsp raw local honey (if you can’t find raw, local wildflower honey is ok)
Choose your herbs (this can be tea bags pre-made or loose leaf herbs that you gather yourself). I recommend any combination of the following (organic if possible):
Lemon or Orange Peel, Anise Seed, Eleuthero Root, Cinnamon Bark, Fenugreek, Fennel Seed, Damiana Leaf, Ginger Root, Cardamom Seeds, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Marshmallow Leaf
Here are 2 tea companies online that make yummy blends for our 3rd chakra (you can also use any tea company you find and trust):
- *Early in the day*: fill a gallon jar with water, tea bags and honey; cover and place jar out in a sunny spot for 3-5 hours.
- Remove from outdoors, shake jug to be sure the honey is well-mixed; remove tea-bags (these can go in the compost).
- Place jar in fridge to chill or serve over some ice.
- Enjoy with friends while witnessing The Great American Solar Eclipse on 8/21!