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The Basics of Herbs

Updated on June 19, 2013


Through out history, there have been several various forms of healing. Most of which, prior to the 18th century, were herbal forms. Through a mixture, of spiritual healing, and herbal or spice tonics. Are ancestors had understood, that are health was not based only upon are physical condition, but it was based more upon are soul.

My opinion of the treatment of the soul, is not a very healthy one. We live in selfish times, without regard of one another. I believe that is not very healthy for one's soul. That might possible be the reason for an increase of infection, disease, and early deaths.

What Are Herbs?

The word herbs, often refers to the use of flavoring food, and various other culinary purposes. In which the herb, is refereed to when using the leaf, or green parts of a plant. The herb within culinary is often used as a spice, or a seasoning. A great example, would be that of parsley, basil, rosemary, and thyme. In which these plants, are mainly stem, and part of the leaf.

Herbs can also be very sacred, and used in various religions, and myths. A great example of this is within the Holy Bible, when it explains the birth of Jesus. When the three wise men, had come to see the birth of the lord, each man had brought a gift. One of gold, one of frankincense, and the other of myrrh. These are sacred herbs, for the frankincense had resembled holiness, for Jesus was from the sacred lord God. Myrrh, however, resembled the lord's suffering. Due to the fact that myrrh had came from thorn bushes, like the ones that were placed upon his head.

Herbs are also used in medicinal practices, this is often refereed to as herbalism, or herbal medicine. Herbalism, however does not only mean the study of plants, but quite often it includes fungal and bee products. These products are then served as medicinal purposes. Instead of using medicine, or accompanied with medicine herbs can differentially help your health.

How to use herbs

Within this brief video, you are able to view some of the ways to use herbs, while cooking.

Despite popular belief, spiritual herbs are not only subjected to those of pagan beliefs. Herbs are quite often found through out the Holy Bible. In fact one of the most important herbal lessons is found within the Bible. In Exodus 15:24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” 25 So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.

There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.

This verse speaks directly of the importance of worship, and herbs. God was telling them how to protect there body, from becoming ill.

This is another great video, that tells how to use medicinal herbs.


Native American, Healing

The Native American's had a great understanding of the process, and the requirements needed, to stay healthy. Not only did they keep there focus on keeping there physical health stable, but there spiritual health as well. For most Native Americans it is a daily practice to maintain contact as well as harmony, with the Creator, and follow the sacred teachings. These teachings were to treat all life, weather that life be animal, planet, rocks, rivers, rainbows, and so forth with the same treatment as they would treat one another. By keeping the spirit healthy, it meant that the body would remain healthy.

The medicine man, or women, was an expert in herbs, and they should be used in spiritual experiences. From a wide variety, containing over 2000 medicinal plants that would servos as herbs. The medicine man, would devote his life to the knowledge of plants, trees, ferns, nuts, vines, grasses, shrubs and so many more. These herbs would be used in various ailments, that would range from childbirth, to the common cold.


Ancient Egypt

Herbs were responsible for a major role within, the health of Ancient Egypt. Not only were there herbs, and spices found inside of burial spots, tombs, and underground temples. There was also prof left within a vast assortment of medical documents, scrolls, and even being mentioned within the Bible.

These documents have left us a large amount of knowledge, to what Egyptians had consumed. One such tablet, states that Egyptians would eat raw garlic, and onions for endurance, as well as asthma, and bronchial pulmonary issues. There had also been documentation securing the facts of myrrh, frankincense, and fennel, being part of the herbs that would be used.

But it was not only herbs, and spices that Ancient Egypt had used. They were also the first civilization to understand the importance, behind raising bees, and gathering honey. Not only is that information found within the tomb of the Sun Temple, but also within the Holy Bible. Where it mentions the land of milk and honey.


The reason, that I am writing this is very important to me, and I appreciate you taking the time to read this. I am a living testimony of how importance of herbal medicine, combined with the power of prayer.

A little over a year ago, my body had started to show its first signs of something seriously wrong. My body had started to shake, and as witnesses state my eyes rolled deep into the back of my head. My friends had tried to shaking me, slapping me, even tried pouring waster on me, to snap out of it. But nothing seemed to seriously work to well. Little was I aware, but my body had caught a serious illness, that it would not be able to fight off.

That same night, I had gone to another friends house. This time, they had suggested that my sugar levels where to low. Due to this friend being a male nurse, I had agreed and believed that he was aware of what he was talking about.

Slowly months had rolled by, and when ever I had felt a little shaky, I simple added sugar. Which was not truly one of the most smartest things I could have done. Considering I was not aware of what my illness was. Over time, my right leg, had become rather painful to move. Sometimes it was so painful, I would fall to the floor and cry. Then over longer amounts of time, it had switched to my other leg, as well.

Finally I had agreed to listen to friends, and family, and went to the ER. Where the doctor diagnosed me with a form of bacteria. The doctor prescribed me with medication and sent me home. The medication had made me severely sick, and didn’t seem to work. But this time, I refused to go back to the hospital.

This time I had decided to listen to my inner conscious, when it screamed at me “ try herbal”. So after many, and I mean many, of hours surfing the web, I had found a natural organic way, to cure myself. This involved a garlic diet, in which I consumed three cloves of uncooked garlic a day. This had led me to understand, not only how important it was to take care of my physical self. But the importance of depending upon herbs to cure.


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      5 years ago from USA

      Yes, herbs should be one of the first things we try when we are sick. To think that man can improve upon God's designs is folly. Even many people who aren't religious understand that natural treatments are, in general, far superior to prescription drugs. Great hub. Voted up.


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