What does Gods Word have to Say?
I am not a herbalist or a medical doctor but I do happen to believe that God has given us a variety of plants for our nourishment and well being. In this post I plan to make a list of healing plants as I have found in the bible then explore their healing properties through Wikepedia. I want to concentrate on the healing power of herbs and spices rather than their culinary use.
Its too easy to run off to the doctors and get a synthetically concocted pill for every little ailment which comes our way when we only need to go to the garden. All kinds of plants and herbs have been available for nourishment and healing for many thousands of years.
That is not saying we should not use pharmaceuticals but for minor ailments we should look first to the garden.
Penicillin has been a lifesaver for humanity but if we continue to take it for every little thing then immunity to it will be the end result and the result we are seeking may not come.
So on this page I will endeavor to take a look at the healing properties of many common plants but I will start with some of those listed in the bible. The bible does list many herbs and their uses
I have listed a few bible passages here and I will select the herbs and spices mentioned and using Wikipedia as my reference align them with their known healing properties
Some Bible verses referring to herbs and spices
Song of Solomon 4 :14 Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all choice spices—
Ez 47:12 And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
Genesis 1:29 and God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
Ez 4 :9“And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer, and put them into a single vessel and make your bread from them. During the number of days that you lie on your side, 390 days, you shall eat it.
Ex 30 :34 The Lord said to Moses, “Take sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense (of each shall there be an equal part),
Is 38:22 Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.”
Ps 104: 14-15 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
Ex 30: 23 “Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane,
Numbers 11 : 7-9 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. The people went about and gathered it and ground it in handmills or beat it in mortars and boiled it in pots and made cakes of it. And the taste of it was like the taste of cakes baked with oil. When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.
Kings 20: 7 And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.”
Nard or Spikenard Nardostachys jatamansi
is a flowering plant of the Valerian family that grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. The plant grows to about 1 meter (3 ft) in height and has pink, bell-shaped flowers. It is found in the altitude of about 3,000 to 5,000 m (9,800 to 16,400 ft). Rhizomes (underground stems) can be crushed and distilled into an intensely aromatic amber-colored essential oil, which is very thick in consistency. Nard oil is used as a perfume, an incense, a sedative, and a herbal medicine said to fight insomnia, birth difficulties, and other minor ailments.
Saffron In comparison to other spices or dried foods, the nutrient content of dried saffron shows richness of nutritional value across B vitamins and dietary minerals (table). In a typical serving of one tablespoon (2 grams), manganese is present as 28% of the Daily Value while other nutrients are negligible (table).One limited meta-analysis concluded that saffron supplementation improved symptoms in patients with major depressive disorders and a review indicated that it helped with mild to moderate depression
Calamus A. calamus has been an item of trade in many cultures for thousands of years. It has been used medicinally for a wide variety of ailments, and its aroma makes calamus essential oil valued in the perfume industry. The essence from the rhizome is used as a flavor for pipe tobacco. When eaten in crystallized form, it is called “German ginger”. In Europe Acorus calamus was often added to wine, and the root is also one of the possible ingredients of absinthe. It is also used in bitters. In Lithuania Ajeras (Sweet flag) is added to home baked black bread.
Frankincense :Frankincense resin is edible and is used in traditional medicines in Africa and Asia for digestion and healthy skin. For internal consumption, it is recommended that frankincense be translucent, with no black or brown impurities. It is often light yellow with a (very) slight greenish tint. It is often chewed like gum, but it is stickier.
In Ayurvedic medicine frankincense (Boswellia serrata), commonly referred to in India as “dhoop,” has been used for hundreds of years for treating arthritis, healing wounds, strengthening the female hormone system and purifying the air. The use of frankincense in Ayurveda is called “dhoopan“. In Somali, Ethiopian, Arabian, and Indian cultures, it is suggested that burning frankincense daily in the house brings good health.Frankincense oil can also be used for relief from stings such as scorpion stings.
Myrrh: In traditional Chinese medicine, myrrh is classified as bitter and spicy, with a neutral temperature. It is said to have special efficacy on the heart, liver, and spleen meridians as well as “blood-moving” powers to purge stagnant blood from the uterus. It is therefore recommended for rheumatic, arthritic, and circulatory problems, and for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menopause, and uterine tumours.
Myrrh’s uses are similar to those of frankincense, with which it is often combined in decoctions, linaments and incense. When used in concert, myrrh is “blood-moving” while frankincense moves the Qi, making it more useful for arthritic conditions.It is combined with such herbs as notoginseng, safflower petals, angelica sinensis, cinnamon, and salvia miltiorrhiza, usually in alcohol, and used both internally and externally. Myrrh is used in Ayurveda and Unani medicine, which ascribe tonic and rejuvenative properties to the resin. It (daindhava) is utilized in many specially processed rasayana formulas in Ayurveda. However, non-rasayana myrrh is contraindicated when kidney dysfunction or stomach pain is apparent or for women who are pregnant or have excessive uterine bleeding.A related species, called guggul in Ayurvedic medicine, is considered one of the best substances for the treatment of circulatory problems, nervous system disorders and rheumatic complaints.
Aloe: Of the 500+ species, only a few were used traditionally as herbal medicines, Aloe vera again being the most commonly used species. Also included are A. perryi and A. ferox. The Ancient Greeks and Romans used Aloe vera to treat wounds. In the Middle Ages, the yellowish liquid found inside the leaves was favored as a purgative. Unprocessed aloe that contains aloin is generally used as a laxative, whereas processed juice does not usually contain significant aloin. Some species, particularly Aloe vera, are used in alternative medicine and first aid. Both the translucent inner pulp and the resinous yellow aloin from wounding the aloe plant are used externally for skin discomforts. As an herbal medicine, Aloe vera juice is commonly used internally for digestive discomfort.
Coriander: Coriander is not listed as having significant healing properties but is used more as a flavoring in many dishes, particularly in curries. It is however loaded with minerals and vitamins so must be beneficial to our health and well being.
I acknowledge there are possibly many more herbs and spices in the bible but my purpose was not to dig them all out but to demonstrate that their original purpose was evident in bible times and we can draw confidence from that .
I have left the links from Wikipedia so that if you want to explore further you can follow them through. The following link is also well worth a look. It is very comprehensive and well researched. Essential oils in the Bible