Honey has long been noted for its mesmerizing qualities and has been used by some of the most gifted seductresses in history for that and for its beautifying and health properties.
What, dear reader, could be more naturally suggestive and seductive, than honey, a rich golden drink that is said to ooze and drip?
The oldest recorded use was about 4000 years ago, in Sanskrit tablets that made mention of it as an ingredient in many early medicines.
Honey was such an integral aspect of society that it is mentioned in nearly every major religious and historical text.
In one Bible verse, King Solomon instructs his son to make use of it:
“My son, eat honey, for it is good. Yes the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste” – Proverbs 24:13
In the Quran it is written:
“Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord lain down for you. There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed that is a sign for those who reflect.”
In ancient Egypt it was used to treat impotence, infertility, and as a topical antibiotic for wounds. Cleopatra herself used it as part of her regimen to soften and clarify her skin.
Madame du Barry, the last mistress of Louis XV, also used it for its cosmetic properties and included it as an ingredient in her face masks. Queen Anne, ruler of Britain in the early eighteenth century, used it to moisturize, strengthen and beautify her hair. In medieval times, it was not uncommon for seductresses to give a warm drink with a bit of honey in it to their partners.
Even today, honey is alluded to in countless common phrases and in pop culture. Take for example “honey trap,” “honey moon,” and the Beatles song “Honey Pie.”
Honey is energy-dense, with about 60 calories and 17 grams of carbohydrates (that’s 6% of your daily needs) in one tablespoon. It is mostly made up of various sugars, including monosaccharides, fructose, and glucose.
The remainder is made up of water and minerals:
- Niacin – vitamin B3, bolsters the digestive system, skin, nerves
- Pantothenic acid – vitamin B5, protects against a wide range of ailments
Honey is slightly acidic and works well as an antiseptic and anti-bacterial agent. However, these properties are largely lost in the manufacturing process, which is why it is important to purchase only organic and natural honey, preferably the darker varieties. In one Nature article, it was reported that “natural honey kills bacteria three times more effectively” than processed and manufactured honey.
Honey is also an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Inflammation is a complex immune response that your body creates in reaction to anything that it perceives as a potential threat. Symptoms of inflammation include:
- Pus and infection
- Allergic reaction
And so on. While inflammation can be a beneficial reaction, bringing a mass of white blood cells to a localized region, often-times the body will over-react and the inflammation response will cause greater harm than the initial irritant.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, honey can aid an enormous variety of medical issues including:
- Wound and burn treatment
- Calm acid reflux
- Diminish effects of seasonal allergies
- Skin care
- Fighting infection
- Sooth coughs
- Bolster memory, immune system
- Helps the body metabolize (break down) food and toxins
A study reported by WebMD noted that in a sample of 139 children, honey did better than an over-the-counter cough suppressant in easing symptoms and ensuring a good night’s rest.
Honey should be an integral part of any woman’s health and beauty routine because the foundation of any woman’s physical appeal will always, without exception, be her overall health. It will not matter how stylishly she dresses, or how well done her hair and make-up it is obvious that she is in poor health. Dry and damaged hair, dull or blemished skin, or an unhealthy body weight cannot be fully hidden by any coverings. On the other hand, dear reader, a woman who is “the picture of health” will be beautiful without any feminine embellishments whatsoever. (: