“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. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” Genesis 1:29-30
The use of herbs is part of our historical history, beginning with the first book and chapter of the bible. Herbs are in fact God’s pharmacy. Unfortunately, as trust in God has been replaced by trust in science many, if not most, people have begun to live in a “prove it to me” mindset. While in the beginning people did not know why or even how herbs prevented or eliminated disease, they instinctually partook in their healing qualities.
The various uses of herbs became part of historical records that were passed down from generation to generation. Slowly they became “grandma’s remedies” or “folklore” cast aside in favor of man-made pharmaceuticals. Many cultures have managed to continue the use of herbs through ceremonies. For example, sage is held sacred by many Native American Indians and when burnt is believed to offer emotional, spiritual, and physical healing and mental balance.
But there must be more to it. Why did herbalism virtually vanish as a means of preventative and curative treatment? Many believe the answer to that is an obsession for material wealth…the almighty dollar.
To be continued…