And Their Leaves For Medicine
What natural remedy is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-tumoral, boosts your immune system, helps to balance your hormones, brings healing on a cellular level, and even promotes emotional wellness?
Sound too good to be true? Not according to God:
Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.
~ Ezekiel 47:12 (KJV)
Their Leaves for Medicine?
Along with my chiropractic training, I’ve gained a great respect for the body’s ability to heal naturally.
Our family avoids drugs (pharmakeia) as we pursue and achieve health and healing through a more natural lifestyle. In time, I was introduced to essential oils as an aid for healing, and my entire family and I are experiencing wonderful results!
But as a believer, with the Bible as my guide, my understanding of “healing oils” goes MUCH deeper than their natural properties.
What exactly is this “medicine” which comes from the leaves?
The biblical book of James clues us in…
Is any sick among you? 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.
~ James 5:14
So we see here exactly what we are supposed to do when someone is sick. Our Creator gave us detailed instructions in His Word for healing!
Biblically, we most commonly associate oil with anointing. In Psalms 133:2, we read this description of the anointing:
“It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments.”
The word “precious” in this verse indicates that it was not a plain olive oil, but included essential oils such as cinnamon, cassia, frankincense, myrrh, or one of the other common precious oils of the time.
Scholarly sources report that Biblical ointments were never composed of vegetable oil alone, but always contained essential oils. ¹ Click here to get a book about it!
We find several examples in the Bible of anointing oil being poured on a person’s head; clearly a true Biblical anointing is not simply a swipe of canola oil on the forehead and a laying on of hands (as you may have experienced in a prayer meeting).
Learning this was a huge revelation to me, as I had always thought that “anointing with oil” was merely a symbolic practice!
Now my use of essential oils has taken on more profound meaning, and brought greater results.
1,000 Biblical References
Did you know that there are more than 1,000 references to essential oils, aromatic oil-producing plants, and their applications in the Bible?
The Levite priests had many duties, including the responsibility for certain medical diagnoses and treatments.²
According to 1 Chronicles 9:30 and Exodus 30:25, they were the apothecaries and perfumers who mixed the various oils and herbs for anointing, incense, and healing.
In Luke 10:1-9 we read that Jesus appointed his followers (all of them, not only the apostles) and sent them to heal the sick by anointing with essential oils.
The Power that made our body heals our body. He is not only our Great Physician, but also a fantastic chemist.
His natural medicines (essential oils from plants) are amazingly complete in all their disease-fighting and life-building abilities.³
To regain and maintain true health as our Creator intends, we must avoid manmade drugs that at best suppress symptoms, and at worst bring destruction and even death.
I’ve discovered that following the Almighty’s design for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing includes the daily use of essential oils, or as Ezekiel called them, “leaves for medicine.”
Dr. Kimberly Goldman is a chiropractic physician, Biblical Health Television expert, co-director of Nourish The Nations, and a homeschool mother of six. Her focus on Biblical Health Television is “Babysteps to Family Health”, where she shares her knowledge and experience regarding the challenges and adventures of day-to-day life with lots of “littles” around.
³ This information refers only to pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. I use Young Living essential oils due to their superior quality, and do not recommend any other brand.
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