(sorry for the late entry. Another sick one in the household today)
I read the absolute weirdest thing yesterday while waiting for my daughter’s dance class to finish.
Ready? Alexander the Great was buried in a coffin filled with honey.
Some accounts mention that it may have even been a glass coffin filled with honey. The result of which must have looked like some very odd, slow-moving snow globe. No disrespect, Mr. Great.
And into the amber-y afterlife he goes!
I Googled the heck out of this little factoid and sure enough, came up with him being buried in either honey or wax, due to the fact that honey has great preservative qualities. Those clever morticians of yore. Why not just combine the two and bury the fella in a honeycomb? It would bring new meaning to the word Catacomb! hahahaha. Cracking myself up over here.
Honey. Really. Talk about one big sticky mess. And as a preservative. Makes sense, though.
I’m a big proponent of natural remedies. This has nothing to do with my white-coat syndrome and my great desire to avoid folks in the medical field, but the fact that nature generally seems to provide us with all that we need, and has done so for many hundreds of years. One of my goals for this new year is to study more about the natural Indian system of medicine called Ayurveda that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda provides an integrated approach to preventing and treating illness through lifestyle interventions and natural therapies. Ayurvedic theory states that all disease begins with an imbalance. Hmmm…interesting for sure.
When I have a cough, I reach for a big, overflowing tablespoon of honey to coat my throat. Hopefully, it’s anti-baterial qualities will kill any lingering buggers and the vitamins and minerals will give my ailing bod the boost it needs. I’ve taken to adding cinnamon and turmeric to dishes whenever and where ever I can, as they both are spice-powerhouses. Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin, which is known to fight infections, help digestive problems, lower cholesterol and even slow the spread of some forms of cancer. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar, improves digestion, kills bacteria and is a known anti-inflammatory. I also make ginger tea or chomp on crystallized ginger when my stomach is doing flip-flops.
Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food.” said Hippocrates
I don’t know about you, but when I am listening to those pharmaceutical ads on tv and they list all the potential side effects, those sounds worse and more scary than what the drug is treating you for in the first place. Try to quit smoking! But be wary of blood clots, blurred vision, horns sprouting from your head and speaking in tongues.
Thanks, but no.
There is certainly something to be said for modern medicine and I thank the heavens for it’s advances. BUT, Mama Nature has much to offer us, too, and it’s been under our noses for a long, long time. We just have to start paying attention to it more and being more open to alternative methods of healing.
In the midst of our virus-laden community, I’m trying to keep those inside my bubble healthy. So far, the outside forces are winning, as 3 out of 4 of us have been struck with a bug in the past week. BUT, going forward, my aim is always to keep these bodies healthy with rest and good food. I, for one, will be vastly decreasing my intake of white sugars, as those do nothing but chip away at your immune system.
Here’s a quickie side dish that achieves all levels of goodness and will hopefully amp up your system to help fight the bugs…
Roasted Sweet Potatoes, the uber-veggie
large, sweet potatoes, 1 per person, cut into 2-inch chunks
few tablespoons of honey
one tablespoon of pure maple syrup
sprinkling of cinnamon
sprinkling of turmeric
drizzle of olive oil
sea salt, pepper-to taste (enough to balance the sweet of the honey and syrup)
Preheat oven to 400. Toss all potato chunks with ingredients on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are nice and soft, but crispy on outside, tossing once or twice as they cook.
Helping your immune system has never tasted so good.