The history of herbalism is often linked with pagan religions, witchcraft and non-Biblical concepts. Believers often have many concerns about using Herbalism. So let’s get right down to answering some of these concerns.
Is herbalism pagan or non-Biblical?
When considering whether something is non-biblical and should be avoided it is important to look at its roots. Herbalism uses plants, and herbs to help the body to heal itself. So let’s look at what the Bible says about the root of plants and herbs.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:11-12 KJV
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 1:29 KJV
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine , and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.
Psalm 104:14-15 KJV
These scriptures show us that it is God who created plants and herbs. They also show us that they were created for man and animals to use as food, and nourishment. Some of the herbs listed in the Bible are, aloe, myrrh, frankincense, anise, cinnamon, chicory, cumin, flax, hyssop, mustard, mint, and many more. Medicine in Biblical times, as all medicine, started with plant matter. Figs were applied to boils, mandrake was used to help with fertility. Yeshua (Jesus) himself was probably offered wine that was mixed with myrrh and other plants to act as a pain-killer. We see that in the future the leaves of trees will be used for medicine.
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.
Do some herbalists practice witchcraft or participate in non-biblical religions?
Yes, it is true that herbalism throughout the ages has had non-Biblical religions mixed with it. I believe that followers of Yeshua (Jesus) should have nothing to do with those forms of herbalism. However as we look at all the scriptures above we see that it is God who created these herbs for man’s use, not those practicing non-biblical ways. The root of herbalism is God’s creation. Because of this we can feel good about using plants and herbs from all around the world.
As believers we can return to this God-given way of health and vitality.
May the Lord bring you health and vitality through faith and His creation!