Herbs have been around a long time. The first recording of the use of herbs is in The Book of Enoch when the angels came down and took human wives to themselves. They taught them knowledge around herbs, but with this there was the satanic influence of the use of herbs which still goes on today with the occult and roots all the way back to the Native Americans and other secluded tribes. Through the years, however, herbs have been demonized for the most part and alchemy took the place of apothecary in the form of pharmaceutical drugs.
Herbs were used in everyday lives in the Bible. They didn’t have pharmaceutical companies or drugs back then. The knowledge on how to use herbs was passed down from their ancestors. Back then knowing how an herb worked was trial and error.
Herbs were placed on the earth to help and aid the human body in healing. They have amazing healing properties. These were given to us by God and even though the occult abuses them in satanic practices, we can have faith knowing that God cared enough for us to leave us the ability to heal ourselves no matter what the ailment.
Herbs in the Bible…. they were used in medicinal treatments:
- poppy seed
- calamus, frankincense, myrrh
and religious rituals:
And also in embalming and cooking. Embalming was the result of the Egyptians wanting to appease their gods, which were actually the fallen angels during Noah’s time. Their importance during this time was so much that people even paid their taxes with them.
Herbs are more valuable to me than gold because they heal. Jehovah, the God of Love and Healing, would only place these beautiful plants here on earth to aid us in healing. He is a merciful and loving Abba.
So what herbs does the Bible talk about?
The Bible mentions 128 plants that were part of everyday life in ancient Israel and their neighbors. These plants include almonds, apples, black mustard, cucumber, grapes, mandrake, nettle, poppy, and wormwood.
In this blog, I’m going to cover those herbs in the Bible that I think are the most important.
There are six references in the Bible of Aloe Vera. I personally have one of these at home that’s sprouted four other children from it already and I just love it. 🙂
1. “And they took the body of Jesus and wound it in linen clothes with the spices and aloes as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” John 19:39-40
2. “As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of aloes which the Lord hath planted, [and] as cedar trees beside the waters.” Numbers 24:6
3. “All thy garments [smell] of myrrh, and aloes [and] cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.” Psalms 45:8
4. “I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.” Proverbs 7:17
5. “Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices.” Song of Solomon 4:14
6. “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound [weight].” John 19:39
Aloe is an amazing plant. Not only does it detox the air you breathe, but can aid in healing, specifically skin sores, wounds, lesions, and burns.
Studies done by Robert T. Davis (a Ph.D of the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine) and Ivan E. Danhof (a Ph.D M.D., Director of North Texas Medical Associates) show that aloe vera is a heterogeneous mixture of more than 200 individual constituents; including polysaccharides, glycoproteins, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Because of this study this herb has been hailed as an effective homeopathic remedy in the use of burns, constipation, cancer, and skin irritations. It speeds wound healing by accelerating cell replication and improving blood flow. This herb can also heal “age spots” and has anti-itching properties in it that make it superior to aiding in relief of bug bites and rashes. Just cut open a leaf and apply to the skin to start the healing process.
I don’t recommend buying aloe vera gel products in your local store as most barely contain any aloe vera (10% or less) and instead contain a host of other chemicals. You want a pure aloe vera. I recommend buying an aloe vera plant and start growing your own. 🙂 Look at my “How to Grow an Herbal Garden” blog on more info on planting herbs.
Boswelia Sacra or commonly known as FRANKINCENSE
What is Frankincense? Frankincense is actually dried sap or the resin from the Boswelia tree. The resin bleeds from the tree when it is cut and is therefore known as “tears”. This was the herb of choice! Ancient Egyptians used it to anoint kings and newborns and to mummify the dead. The women also used it to paint their eyelids. And it was even used as a perfume.
A lot of scholars believe frankincense represented a symbol of Jesus’s priestly role and this is why it was one of the herbs the three wise men carried to him at his birth. Still other scholars believe it was presented to Christ at his birth because it’s medicinal properties. Both reasons make sense to me. Christ is our High Priest. He makes intercession for our sins, and He is the eternal sacrifice for our sins. Bless His name.
In Exodus 30:34-36, God gave specific instructions for a special blend of “incense” to be burned exclusively by the priest:
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight: And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy. And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy.”
I personally love the smell of frankincense and use it in my diffuser to help me fall asleep at night. It is very calming, soothes anxiety, anger, stress, and opens the airways. This herb is also good for dysentery, gonorrhea, fever, and polyps.
Other uses for Frankincense include:
- tones and lifts skin, heals and protects skin (against boils, wounds, acne and other skin maladies), fades and heals scars
- relieves pain associated with rheumatism, arthritis, etc., soothes inflammation
- eliminates germs (either by burning resin or applying oil topically)
- strengthens gums and hair roots, and contracts muscles, intestines and blood vessels (by firming and toning)
- improves digestion and alleviates gas, abnormal sweating, uneasiness, and indigestion
- promotes regeneration of healthy cells and keeps existing cells and tissues health
- promotes urination to purify the body and reduce bloating
- helps obstructed and delayed menstruation and delays menopause, helps PMS symptoms (pain in the abdominal region, nausea, headache, fatigue, etc.), regulates production of estrogen
- relieves cough and phlegm, bronchitis, and congestion
- relieves body pain, headache, toothache and rise in body temperature (fever) associated with sickness
- tones up all the systems operating in the body: respiratory, digestive, nervous and excretory systems
- strengthens absorption of nutrients in the body
The essential oil is great for aromatic purposes but from the frankincense rocks, you can boil it to make a delightful tea. To make a tea:
- 1 heaping teaspoon of loose Frankincense Papyrifera or Carterii/Sacra tears. You can break them up if they are in large lumps, or crush them coarsely in your mortar.
- Place Frankincense in a glass, mug or cup, (250 to 400Ml.)
- Cover with room temperature water.
- Close loosely with a saucer.
- Let stand overnight at room temperature.
- Take the infused water in tablespoon doses as needed for coughs, colds, the discomforts of fevers and flu.
- It will keep for a couple of days.
- To keep it longer, pour off the liquid and store it for up to a week, covered in the fridge.
- To preserve this medicine for months, transfer the liquid to an ice cube tray. When frozen, move the cubes to a sealed container or plastic bag and store for future use.
Dr. Mercola also wrote the following on Frankincense:
“The monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes are the most valuable elements of frankincense oil. According to the book, “Reference Guide for Essential Oils,” by Connie and Alan Higley, monoterpenes help prevent and discharge toxins from your liver and kidneys, and have antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, analgesic (weak), and expectorant properties.
Meanwhile, sesquiterpenes can go beyond the blood-brain barrier and simulate the limbic system of your brain, as well as your hypothalamus, and pineal and pituitary glands.”
I recommend the following for buying frankincense:
To buy Frankincense rocks: Starwest Botanicals Bulk Herbs and Spices
“The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.”
– Henry David Thoreau
What is Myrrh? Myrrh, a red-hued resin from the Commiphora tree also takes the form of an essential oil. It is very similar to frankincense and includes many of the same properties. In the Bible, this herb was also offered to Jesus by the three wise men at his birth. Ancient Egyptians would use this herb to ward off infection and to brighten their moods, while also using it for their embalming methods. Greek soldiers would use the oil to aid the healing in their battle wounds.
Before suffering on the cross, the soldiers offered Jesus strong drink (wine) mixed with myrrh. Christ rejected this drink, refusing to dull the agony He was about to experience while paying the full penalty for our sins. “And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.” (Mark 15:23)
The Bible also reveals that Nicodemus brought myrrh for the burial of Jesus after His death on the cross. “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.” (John 19:39)
Christ suffered a tremendous amount of persecution. He bled and died to rectify our sins in the sight of a Holy God, so that we may spend eternity with Him in paradise. And He did it because He loved us. When we bear the cross with Christ, we no longer have to live in sin. We are free from the bondage of the flesh and can truly be spiritual. The amount of suffering Christ endured for us in that time was unimaginable. His beard was ripped from His cheeks, and His back was torn with a whip containing barbs. He was spat upon, punched, and mocked among other things. It brings a tear to my eye to think of what He went through for a wretch like me. No one has ever loved me as much as He has.
And why did this happen? God gave His only Son that He might die so that we could be forgiven our sins and have communion with the Father. The Bible says that God revealed His love for us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
As a Christian, you too will suffer. Jesus, while loved by His true followers, was mostly a hated man. Do you know why the world hated Jesus so much? The world hated Jesus because He spoke the truth about it. John 7:7 says, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.”
When you stand up against sins in this world, this world will hate you. This world hates to be “judged.”
When you stand for Christ in this world, this world will hate you. Jesus knew His followers would be hated, which is why He told us: If the world hates you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18)
But this is okay because, we Christians, daughters and sons of Jehovah, are not of this world. This is not our real home. It is temporary and fleeting. And while man was put on earth to rule and reign, Satan has been opposed the whole time, undermining us at every whim. I digress, but it’s very important to know Christ as your Savior as He is our link to healing and returning mankind to what it was supposed to be before the fall. Satan has filled the world we live in with great delusion, deceit, and lies. One man told me once that the Truth is so profound that one will try to cover it with a series of lies. Not one, but several, just to keep it buried. Something to think about…
Anyways, let’s get back to Myrrh. In addition to being mentioned in the Bible, Myrrh offers a lot of health benefits.
What does Myrrh treat?
- Aids in digestion
- Fades scars
- Strengthen the immune system
- Traditionally used to regulate menses
- Can be applied topically to disinfect wounds
- Respiratory troubles such as in the case of bronchitis and may act as a decongestant and expectorant
- Contracts the skin, and has therefore been used to strengthen the gums and help prevent hair loss
- Has fungicidal properties, and may be beneficial to skin ailments such as athlete’s foot, eczema and ringworm
- Chapped skin
- Stimulates blood circulation throughout the body
- Can be used during the course of a detox as it increases sweat to rid the body of toxins
- Balance your thyroid and endocrine system
- Heal fungal and viral infections
- Enhance your emotional well being
- Treat ulcers
- Eliminate gingivitis
- Rid your body of parasites
- Relieve asthma, coughs and colds
- Act as an expectorant and rids your body of congestion
- Reduce cholesterol
In Biblical times, Frankincense and Myrrh were both considered more valuable than gold. Quite remarkable how we’ve lost sight of these herbs and have raised up in its place other items as more valuable such as cheap currency that we elevate and contribute to so much more worth than they intrinsically are.
Other herbs mentioned in the Bible include Anise, Balm, Bitter Herbs, Cassia, Cinnamon, Cumin, Garlic, Hyssop, Mint, Mustard, and Saffron.
Today, many herbs have been put to the test scientifically and have proven themselves to have curative powers. But like with anything beware of counterfeits. I thought this was a neat poem about counterfeit plants by The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World:
But beware, my young friend. There are counterfeits among nature.
Every plant that is good for food is mimicked by another that will make you ill.
In this, nature teaches about life. For there are many dangerous elements who will try to make themselves appealing in your eyes.
Most of them will not think themselves dangerous, and the danger is that you will not, either. They may act in ways you find fun and exciting. And in their delivery of gratification, you may mistake them as doing you a service.
But beware. Some oak is good, other is poison. There are many whose offering—however enticing— is not joy but strife.
Just as you must separate the good from the counterfeit in nature, so must you do in your life.
Other Herbs of the Bible
Hyssop was often referred to as the herb used in purification: read PSALMS 51:7. It was also used to prevent blood from coagulating which may explain why the Jews in Egypt were told to use it at the time of the passover: read EXODUS 12:22: The medicinal use of Hyssop can be found.
Read 1 KINGS 4:33: The biblical hyssop -the plant which is called hyssopus officinalis– is native to southern Europe but not to the Holy Land or to Egypt- therefore the hyssop that we grow is not the one from the bible. That one could have been -according to bible authorities- marjoram, the caper plant, sorghum, the maidenhair spleenwort or the wallrue.
Mint was well known as being used for flavoring food as it still is today. Some bible experts say mint was among the “bitter herbs” mentioned in Exodus 12:8 and Numbers 9:11 along with leaves of endive, chicory, lettuce, watercress, sorrel, and dandelions. All of these eaten as a salad. Mint was eaten after eating as a form of digestive aiding.
Parsley was mentioned in the bible as a ‘bitter herb’. It was abundant and was used at the passover as a symbol of a new beginning because it was one of the first herbs to pop up in the spring. The Romans served it at banquets as a breath freshener. Passages reflecting the bitter herbs is EXODUS 12:8 and also NUMBERS 9:11.
Anise is mentioned in the King James version of the bible in MATTHEW 23:23.
The word anise is considered a mistake in translation for most modern translators quote this passage as “mint and DILL and cumin”.
Garlic is still the same garlic we use today. It was a favorite thing to eat by the Kings of the times.
The Gourd of JONAH 4:6 is thought by some to be the castor bean plant.
Mallow was cut up by Job for food. This plant is the saltwort plant, which is a saline plant something like spinach and eaten by the poor. Read JOB 30:4.
Mandrake is mentioned in Genesis 30:14-16. The story tells of Rachael requesting the mandrakes from Rueben, it does not tell that Rachael believed in their magical qualities, although in those days the plant was held by the heathen for their magical properties. It is also known as the love apple.
Rue was mentioned by Jesus in His rebuke of the Pharisees.
So which THORN did Christ wear on the cross?
Many thorns and brambles grew in the time of Jesus. The thorn most believed to be the thorn which He wore is the Jeruselum thorn Paliurus Spina-Christi.
Other Plants mentioned in the BIBLE:
· Perfumes and baths came from precious woods such as balm, frankincense, camphire, cinnamon and cassia, saffron.
· Flowers mentioned in the bible: Willow herb, Water lily, Violet, Tulip, Salvia, Star of Bethlehem, Rose, Ranunculus, Peony, Nigella, Narcissus, Meadow Saffron, Mallow, Lupine, Loosestrife, Lily, Larkspur, Jonquil, Hyacinth, Bedstraw, Crocus, Anemone
· Herbs from the Bible: Wild Gourd, Rue, Mustard, Mint, Melon, Mandrake, Mallow, Hyssop, garlic, leek, onion, coriander, anise, cummin, flax, cukecumber, bay leaf, chervil, cinnamon
· Trees of the bible: willow, pine, poplar, oak, mulberry, myrtle, juniper, green bay tree, elm, chestnut, cypress and cedarwood
· Fruits mentioned: pomegranate, palm, nuts, apple and olives
Herbs used for Biblical Remedies
- Sores and wounds were treated mostly with poultices made from bear’s breech, honey and lard, ivy gum (from the ivy plant), agrimony, linseed oil, and papaya peel.
- Sprains were wrapped with an ointment made from the crushed leaves of comfrey plant.
- Rheumatism was treated by soaking the balm of Gilead in olive oil and applied in a liniment form.
- Blood circulation. By having a massage with salt followed by a full body shampoo, you would feel as you do after enjoying a soak in a spa.
- Upset stomachs were settled by gargling with rosemary water, and drinking it. Also ginger root would have been nibbled on.
- Headaches called for rosemary tea, or spearmint leaves being layed on the forehead. Sweet marjoram’s oil was rubbed upon the forehead for relief.
- Fevers. Rosemary twigs were boiled in water and used to wash a feverish body. White willow bark was made into a tea for what we know as an aspirin effect.
- An earache? Softened flowers of the mullein plant steeped in olive oil were used as drops. Garlic relieved pain and loosens the earwax.
Proof in the Bible that Herbs are mentioned and that they are for our benefit:
Genesis 1:29 ESV /
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.
Revelation 22:2 ESV /
Through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Genesis 9:3 ESV /
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
Ezekiel 47:12 ESV /
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.”
Revelation 22:1-2 ESV /
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Ezekiel 4:9 ESV /
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.
1 Timothy 5:23 ESV /
No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
Genesis 1:11 ESV /
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.”
Psalm 51:7 ESV /
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Exodus 30:34 ESV /
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).
Proverbs 15:17 ESV /
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
Isaiah 38:21 ESV /
Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.”
Genesis 1:29-31 ESV /
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. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Genesis 1:30 ESV /
And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.
Exodus 30:23 ESV /
“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.
Song of Solomon 4:14 ESV /
Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all choice spices—
Song of Solomon 2:5 ESV /
Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love.
Luke 11:42 ESV /
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
Numbers 11:7-9 ESV /
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.
Genesis 30:14-16 ESV /
In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.” When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must come in to me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.” So he lay with her that night.
2 Chronicles 2:4 ESV /
Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the Lord my God and dedicate it to him for the burning of incense of sweet spices before him, and for the regular arrangement of the showbread, and for burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and the new moons and the appointed feasts of the Lord our God, as ordained forever for Israel.
1 Kings 21:2 ESV /
And after this Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house, and I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money.”
Jeremiah 6:20 ESV /
What use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me.
2 Kings 20:7-11 ESV /
And Isaiah said, “Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it on the boil, that he may recover.” And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord on the third day?” And Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?” And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps. Rather let the shadow go back ten steps.” And Isaiah the prophet called to the Lord, and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which it had gone down on the steps of Ahaz.
Revelation 22:1-21 ESV /
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. …
John 19:29-30 ESV /
A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Luke 13:19 ESV /
It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.
Isaiah 66:3 ESV /
“He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck; he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers pig’s blood; he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. These have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations.
Revelation 8:4-5 ESV /
And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
Revelation 8:3 ESV /
And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne.
James 5:14 ESV /
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Matthew 23:23 ESV /
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
In closing, I think you can see that herbs have been used for a very, very long time for their medicinal properties. They are there for us to use for healing. Herbs over pharmaceutical drugs – keep this mindset. Learn more and increase in your knowledge of herbs, sanctify yourself in this, claim renewal over sin through our King and Saviour Jesus Christ, and you can claim dominion over your health and wellbeing. Peace, Love, and Herbs 🙂