The original accounts in the Bible were not generally written, but rather told repeatedly — handed down generation after generation — before eventually being written down. So, it’s pretty remarkable that the natural remedies mentioned in the Bible are still being used thousands of years later. Let’s have a look at some ancient medicinal plants recorded in scriptures, and their power to heal various conditions, many of which still apply today.
Aloe vera in the Bible
It’s no surprise that aloe is mentioned in the Bible since it’s one of the oldest plants on record due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. When the Bible speaks of aloe, it’s likely referring to an aromatic extract used for healing and embalming. Today, however, you’re more apt to find aloe sitting on a kitchen counter, ready to be used topically for burns, sunburns, cuts and skin irritations. When applied, aloe gel promotes healing, and has anesthetic and antibacterial properties that increase blood or lymph flow in the small vessels surrounding the wound.
But, aloe juice is also used orally. According to research published in The British Journal of General Practice, aloe juice may be helpful for lowering blood glucose in diabetic patients as well as for reducing blood lipid levels in those with abnormally high fat in the blood. Other research published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health suggests that aloe contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that help rid the body of toxins and invading pathogens.