Thursday, December 12, 2013

Medicinal Herb Use In the Bible

Most Christians are unaware that Gd told us all over the Bible that he made herbs to heal our ailments and that we are meant to use them for that purpose. 

Please feel free to ignore this post if you are not Christian. It is intended for Christians who only like things they can find in the Bible. 

I don't have any problem with only liking what you find in Gd's Word. I just think it is not a good idea to be that way if you don't bother to find out what is in Gd's Word. The stuff in Gd's Word about herbs starts in Genesis, but the part that caught my attention about it comes later. 

It was where Daniel and three other young Hebrew men were held prisoner by the Babylonians. The Hebrew men did not want to be defiled by eating and drinking the rich food and drinks of the Babylonians. They asked to eat plain vegetables and drink water instead. 

The Babylonian in charge of their care let them demonstrate the effectiveness of their chosen diet for ten days. After the ten day test period, the four young Hebrew prisoners had gained more weight and looked healthier than those who ate the usual Babylonian diet.

The Bible verse that convinced me to study this matter more was Psalms 104: verse 14. "He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man, That he may bring food from the earth. This is from the New King James translation of the Bible. Looking this up in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is difficult. 

This is because Nelson's 1982 NKJV says "vegetation", which is not listed in Strongs. I was able to find it in Strongs by looking up "service", which is in the same verse. Service, in Strong's has the word, "herbs" instead of vegetation for the same verse. :Herbs, in that verse, is listed as word number 6212 in the Hebrew dictionary part of Strong's.

Herb, as word number 6212 in Strongs, says: " 'eseb, eh'seb; from an unused root meaning, to glisten (or be green); grass (or any tender shoot):- grass, herb.

I will tell you that the word, "herb" is listed in Strong's 19 times and the word, "herbs" is listed 18 times. The reason I tell you this is because words in the Bible can give you an idea of their importance to Gd by how many times they are used. This is quite a bit compared to many other words.

If you honestly care about knowing what Gd wants to tell you, it is a heads up, when a word is mentioned as often as, "herb" or "herbs". 

I have mentioned that it is good to know about medicinal uses of herbs for emergency preparedness, but I like to use them all the time. I don't simply stash herbs in some corner for emergency use only. Part of my reason for this is because of what I have read and studied about them in the Bible.

Another part of my reason for using herbs all the time is that they work. They cause less side effects and problems than pharmaceutical drugs and have additional health benefits. Herbs may be less flashy and quick than pharmaceutical drugs, but they can cure things that drugs do not cure.

Herbs are cheaper than drugs most of the time and you can usually grow them yourself. When you grow something yourself, you know exactly what is in it or on it. That can stop a lot of problems.

The more processed a food or other substance is, that you ingest, the more chance there is that you could have problems from it.

The most memorable example of the problems from drugs is Thalidomide, for me. I am old enough to remember a lot of the hullabaloo from the horrible problems Thalidomide caused.

It was a drug given by MDs to pregnant women to cure headaches. Many or all of the babies born to those pregnant women who used Thalidomide, were born with horrible birth defects. Some only had small parts missing, but some had no arms or legs.

Herbs can cause problems, but it is usually due to user error. Herbs are slow and gentle and if you have bothered to study the ones you choose to use, they are pretty safe compared to drugs.

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