The Lore: In Greek Theology Ambrosia is the food of the Gods but, being liquid in nature, in later years some describe it as the drink of the Gods, which in fact is nectar. The word Ambrosia (Αμβροσία) comes from the negative prefix a- and the word βροτός (sounding vrotos) which means mortal, therefore ambrosia means immortality.
According to Greeks, if somebody ate (or drunk) ambrosia would become immortal and therefore it is forbidden to the humans to taste it. Hercules, only after his becoming semi God was given to him ambrosia in order to eat/drink some and the same goes for all the immortals that had been born as mortals.
In a version of the famous legend of the Greek hero, Thetis anoints the body of the baby Achilles in order to make it impenetrable to any means and therefore immortalizing it (the body, not the baby itself), although the baptizing of Achilles in the Stiga (Στύγα), the river of the underworld, in order to achieve the same result either by Demeter or by Thetis is more popular. Ambrosia is believed that if applied to the body would remove one from the symptoms of aging, making him or her being young again. Athena uses Ambrosia in this manner on Penelope while the latest is sleeping. Interestingly enough the Sanskrit word Amrita comes from the negative prefix a- and then –merto which mean dying, therefore Amrita means immortality, and Amrita is the food of the Gods in Hinduism and it is also of liquid form. But, what in fact is Amrita?
Lord Soma, except of being a God is also a plant with the same name and a ritual drink, again of the same name. It is the drink that the Devas drink in order to sustain immortality. As Ganges is a manifestation of Goddess Ganga, and not just a river ruled by the Goddess, so the plant and the drink are manifestations of Lord Soma, and not just a plant and a drink blessed by Him.
The Rig Veda gives us a great deal of information about both of them, but in fact we don’t know which this plant is for this information was kept secret and now has been lost.
From the hymns of the Rig Veda, we know that is a plant growing next to or in the rivers or lakes and it is a plant of the mountains. It also must be a plant with yellow or golden flowers or juice to justify the yellow and golden colour given to Lord Soma in some parts of the hymns, while he is considered of white skin in other parts. We can also assume that the plant is a bush or a tree for the priests crass “his many limps” to pour out the Soma juice. For the same reason it must be a plant that has enough juice inside its stems.
The plant Sarcostemma Acidum is used nowadays in some parts of India as the Soma plant. I would guess it has nothing to do with the original plant, both because of its colour and because of its properties. If you decide to use this plant to prepare your Soma drink be extremely careful. Sarcostemma’s juice is poisonous and caustic.
The juice of the plant (alone in most cases or with more ingredients in a few cases) was mixed with cow milk and thus the Soma drink was produced. The Veda calls the Soma drink also as Amrita. So Soma, as a drink, and Amrita is one and the same thing.
Contrary to the Greek’s Ambrosia, the drinking of Amrita by the mortals is common use. As Ambrosia, so Amrita gives immortality to the drinker, and the Veda states it for the humans in several cases.
So Soma should have therapeutic properties, if not in fact making the humans immortals. It also seems to be quite vitalizing like an energy drink. Even more it most probably is psychedelic and causes a feeling of euphoria and blissfulness. Probably even if we knew which in fact is the plant the law wouldn’t allow us to use it.
In general practice, honey of blossoms is being used as the Soma juice. It is yellowish, it has many beneficial effects to our health and it is energizing. It also helps the emotional balance. Also, from area to area, different plants of yellow flowers are used, and therefore is commonly accepted that the juice of any yellow flower can be an efficient substitute of Soma juice.
Theologically this is very well accepted, as rituals usually work with symbols rather than the actual thing. Hindus sacrifice animals instead of the human or humans for whom the sacrifice is done, Christians drink wine and eat bread instead of blood and human meat symbolically to the blood and meat of Christ himself, and so and so.
I would suggest a drink that seems like the original and has, in some degree, the properties of the original by itself. So the recipe I would suggest is:
* Full fat cow milk, * Honey * Crocus, which is also sacred to the Gods and Hindus, being a plant of the mountains, will give a golden colour (orange golden) and has extraordinary rejuvenating and energizing powers.
So here is how to prepare your Amrita (or Ambrosia if you prefer):
Keep in mind what you are doing so that the purpose will be infused to the drink, and the Gods will accept it as if it is the real Soma drink. Warm a glass of fresh full fat cow milk to which you have put 9 threads of crocus. It’s not necessary to boil the milk unless you have just milked it from your cow. While it is still warm dissolve a full spoon of honey in it, or more according to your taste.
Wait until it cools to the room temperature. Strain the mix to separate the threads of the milk and dispose the threads. Your home made Amrita is ready.
How to use it:
* Offer it to your Gods to thank them for their help. * Pray over it for anything you want and drink half the cup, offering the other half to the Gods/Angels/Spirits you have called upon. * Wash with it the statues of the Gods. * Wash with it your talismans to empower them. * Use it to ritually bath yourself (I’ll explain below). * Sanctify it with the power of Lunar Gods and use it as you would use holy water * After sanctifying it, “water” your plants with it to improve their growth.
Keep in mind of course that milk is always a milk so, if kept in the refrigerator, you won’t have more than 3 days to use the drink.
Use your Amrita to purify your body, and soul through bathing with it.
First shower yourself as you would normally do. When you have finished, pour slowly the Soma drink all over your body, preferably imagining it to clear all negativity from you. Stay in the tub for as long as possible, and meditate, use a mantra, or pray for purification. It would be good to don’t wash out but it would be greatly inconvenient, so wash out using just water.
Instead of that, if you prefer, after finishing your shower, fill the tub with water, and put about a litre (35 UK oz or 33.5 US oz) of the drink. Get in the bathtub. Submerge your head at least three times. Still in the water meditate, chant a mantra or pray a prayer of purification. When you feel ready empty the tub, with you still in it and then wash out.
In both cases wash your bathtub thoroughly as soon as you have finished, for if the milk stays the stink will never leave.
An additional benefit of this ritual bath is that both milk and honey will beautify your skin, while crocus having antioxidant and antiaging effects will keep it Young and Firm!
Have fun and Be blessed!