HEBRAIC HEALING . . . Not too long ago in the not so distant past, an old wise woman once told me of a secret to behold in the Song of Songs . . . I studied the scroll for myself and found in the fountain of gardens that of which she spoke and so much more.
If you have ever poured through the Song of Songs and its confessions of love, surely you have been moved by its celebrations of joy and fulfillment. I encourage you to revisit Solomon’s Song in a different light; for, woven quite delicately through each poetic verse, you will find the secrets to accentuating your natural beauty and promoting health in your life.
Hidden in plain view—surprise!—a fountain of youthfulness awaits. In fact, if you open up your bible to the sacred text (Song Of Solomon/Song Of Songs), as you read through the scriptures you can pinpoint and identify each herb, fruit, nut, meat, and flower recited in the sacred text right here in this post. While I have notated a wealth of benefits for each, I encourage you to study, research, and meditate on them in greater depth on your own.
Here lies the secrets to true beauty, inside and out, and I am most overjoyed to share them with you. Please Note: I have not presented them in an orderly fashion or by instance of being read, but I have grouped them together by the herb/spices, fruit/nuts, milk, meat, and flower categorization. (Still easily to be found as you read the sacred text and discover them, one by one). So, let us open our bibles and begin!
SEND FORTH THE SMELL
Spikenard is a honeysuckle prized in ancient healing. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It is great for loosening chest congestion and it is used in treating skin disease and boosting tissue regrowth. It promotes sweating (great when you need to sweat-out a cold) and its aroma is uplifting, one of spice, wood, and must. Spiritually, it instills the openness of heart and helps you to relax and create a spiritual connection with another soul.
Frankincense encourages freedom of expression. It is a sap from the Boswellia tree and like spikenard, it has a spicy and woody fragrance. Medicinally, it helps to reduce arthritis pain and inflammation, asthma and bronchitis, and it is a wonderful component for oral hygiene, helping to reduce gum disease. Additionally, it is a powerful agent in fighting cancer cells.
Camphire is a fragrant wood with a very sweet smell and is enjoyed as a flowery perfume. It is also a henna bloom and can be used as a dye for skin and hair.
Myrrh in the ancient of days was mixed with wine for general pleasure—not to mention it has a host of other wonderful effects, like killing bacteria, purifying the air (use with frankincense to lower bacterial counts) and preventing the spread of infectious diseases. It is also good at stimulating the immune system.
Cinnamon is a powerhouse—anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and probiotic—WOO! It reduces blood pressure, lowers blood sugar, and aids in digestion. It mimics insulin so its anti-diabetic, too! I call cinnamon my “Chai of Life!” And cinnamon is so fun and flavorful! You can’t go wrong with this taste bud. Of course, “quality” is the spice of life.
Calamus is a fragrant cane and smells similar to cinnamon. As a medicinal it is quite handy and wonderful for treating flatulence (!), gastritis, and anorexia. The added pun “(!)”—everyone woman should have a little calamus in her life.
EAT UPON PLEASANT FRUITS
Apples . . . surely we have all heard it said at some time in our life, An apple a day keeps the doctor away . . . well, cliche but true, there are some really outstanding benefits to eating apples. Green apples promote a healthy liver and are strategic in fighting cancer. Apples in general are good for gut health, diabetes and heart disease. They help to lower high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and they are one of the best night time snacks!
Figs (Green Figs/Black Figs) in shape resemble a woman’s womb and their very existence has a fascinating dependence on “fig wasps” which is a subject in itself and quite interesting to learn about. Figs are sweet and nutritious and they are an amazing source of fiber. One of the 7 Sacred Species (along with grapes, pomegranate, olives, dates, honey, wheat, and barley), figs fuel the creative spirit, bringing harmony and inspiration to the artistic soul. Creative pursuits for the greater good are fueled by this creamy, vanilla decadence. Extra note—figs are a wonder fruit for those who suffer from diabetes.
Pomegranates have more antioxidants than found in green tea or red wine. Packed with vitamin C, this seedy delight bursts like little pockets in the mouth and are known for protecting the cells in the body, warding off diseases such as Alzheimers, Arthritis, Cancer, Digestive Disorders, and Heart Disease. And it doesn’t stop there—the fruit is great for sports performance and endurance, as well as being a wielding potion for fertility and sexual prowess.
Gardens of Nuts, easily said, are packed with good fat, good fiber, and good protein. Be it mixed nuts, or a nut of your choice, there are specific benefits to the various types and blends. To each her own garden!
A WELL OF LIVING WATERS
Tender Grapes are refreshing and come in green, red, yellow, black, and pink. The color of food holds great meaning, but that’s another topic for another post. Grapes in general are full of nutrients and have a high antioxidant content. They are good for your eyes, your skin, and help defend your body from aging. Spiritually, a cluster of grapes is a symbol of abundance and prosperity, but sour grapes are a reminder that while sin appears good, it will leave a distasteful and unpleasant taste in your mouth. Mind you, grapes are an enticing and romantically playful snack.
The Best Wine, and really, does anything else need to be said? While I am not a wine drinker, I cannot deny just by hear-say and being in the company of its bearers, wine has its definite attributes. Calming, relaxing, and in moderation it presents a spirit of good tidings. Of course, an over indulgence can lead to belligerence and intoxication—it’s its own truth serum. For celebratory consumption, the relevance of good wine (only the best!) is required.
Milk biblical and spiritually symbolizes marital bliss and foundational/fundamental (milk) truth. As for drink, sheep’s milk is better for you than goat and cow’s milk. (Camel milk is a very close second.) Large consumption of sheep’s milk is linked to longevity of life. Large quantities of vitamins and minerals necessary for optimum health can be found naturally in sheep’s milk (and in nearly perfect ratio and balance!). Additionally, it is very homogeneous and less likely to cause high cholesterol.
Saffron enhances sexual expression (aphrodisiac qualities) and libido. A powerful anti-oxidant, it is a mood enhancer and is great for battling depression. Saffron reduces PMS symptoms and is beneficial for women during pregnancy. To date, it is the most expensive spice in the world. It is also known for suppressing the appetite. It has a number of additional health benefits, but these are the ones that immediately stand out. The best way to consume saffron is as a milk.
Aloe (Aloe Vera) is a gooey thick liquid that is cool, refreshing and excellent for hydration. This succulent has benefits internally and as a topical ointment. Taken internally as a juice or an extract, it is a nutritional boost! It has the compounds to reduce blood sugar, aid in constipation, detox the liver, and it is an aid in fighting breast cancer. It also makes a nice tingly mouthwash! As a gel it is naturally beautifying. Whether it is used as a moisturizer or a soothing pain killer, it helps to protect and repair your skin while it smooths out lines and cracks.
Honey (Honey & Milk/Honeycomb)-–Raw honey is well used in my home as a natural sweetener. While honey contains virtually no fiber, no protein, and no fat, its thick sweet liquid is rich in compounds which lead to modest reductions in blood pressure when consumed. A tablespoon of honey before bed can ensure you a deep, sweet sleep. The Honey & Milk combination calms and comforts the body and soul. It also improves the quality of sleep when warmed together. Honeycomb is safe to eat and it is the purest and simplest way to consume honey. Honeycomb is packed with vitamins and it is extremely nutritious. It also has many health and healing properties and surpasses the benefits of just eating honey by itself.
Roe (Venison) is high in protein, low in fat, has fewer calories than beef or chicken, and it has zero carbohydrates. Low in sodium, it is extremely rich in minerals and vitamins. Deer meat is the healthiest of meats to consume (replaces red meat) and it is better for your heart.
Goat Meat, like Venison, is one of the most nutritious and dense meats to eat on earth.
Sheep Meat is equally viable as the aforementioned meats and it has the potential to promote muscle growth. Sheep Meat has more iron than chicken or fish.
THE FLOWERS APPEAR ON THE EARTH
Rose of Sharon is a cousin of the hibiscus. It is spiritually known to be a symbol of love, beauty, and healing. Its leaves, blossoms, and bark are all edible and packed with vitamin C. The Rose of Sharon can be eaten raw or cooked, but the leaves are best when they are young and tender. And of course, the flower as a whole is beautiful to adorn in the hair or simply in a vase.
Lilly of the Valley, a spray of tiny white bell-shaped flowers in a woodland green (just gorgeous!), these brushing of flowers are often used in wedding decor. Fragrantly sweet, Lilly of the Valley represents all things feminine—purity, humility, chastity, and motherhood. In stark contrast, its leaves, roots, and flower are highly toxic and can be fatal if consumed. In the wrong hands this Femme Fatale can be very deadly. In the right hands (certified medicinal herbalist) this potent poison can work miracles. Used as a medicine, Lilly of the Valley treats heart problems, leprosy, epilepsy, strokes/paralysis, eye problems, kidney problems, urinary tract infections—the list goes on and on.
ONE WORD OF CAUTION
Tucked away in the scriptures of the Song of Solomon, in all of its poetic beauty, there is only one warning, one caution to abstain from. It is a necessary truth to hold to, to gain beauty and optimum health . . . I am sure you will find it out for yourself as you read, study, and meditate.
May the wise woman hold to ALL the sacred secrets, this fountain of youth, hidden in the Song of Solomon, and may you incorporate its goodness into your everyday life. And yet, there is so much more . . .
(Cover Photo by Italo Melo)