In modern western society, we are used to a complex system of health care including doctors, clinics, hospitals, and insurance companies. But during the period when the Bible was being written, no organized medical system existed in the lands.
Reading the Bible, we see conceptions of health and illness that are quite different from modern scientific understandings. Biblical writers held archaic views of human physiology. For example, they knew nothing about germs and believed that people thought with the heart and felt emotions in the liver. Throughout the ancient Near East, people did not distinguish medicine from religion or what we might call magic. In Mesopotamia and Egypt, people went to exorcists and priests as well as to doctors for treatment, to placate or otherwise render harmless the god, demon, or sorcerer believed to be causing the ailment. Some treatments no doubt had a positive physical effect, but often a treatment’s main effectiveness would have resulted from the patient’s belief in its power. To a certain extent, the same is true today, as research into placebos indicates.
Once in a while, the Bible provides hints of what we would consider medical treatments—for example, bandaging injuries or applying ointment to wounds—but only in the context of divine-human relations. The prophet Isaiah treats King Hezekiah’s life-threatening illness by pressing figs on his sores.
Some biblical texts resembling medical diagnoses or treatments actually provide instructions for religious purification by priests. For instance, writers of parts of Leviticus and Numbers believed that certain conditions or behaviors, such as touching a dead person, giving birth, or developing a scaly rash (inaccurately translated as “leprosy”), caused impurity. The presence of impurity within the Israelite settlement was thought to provoke divine wrath, endangering the entire community. The book of Leviticus directs priests to prescribe sacrifices or ritual washing and have affected individuals live outside the settlement until the condition has changed. We do not know how closely these directions were followed, however.
Overall, the Bible provides glimpses of a world in which ailments were often treated at home by family members, prophets, or healers, using a combination of prayer and other remedies. It is possible that certain remedies had genuine medicinal effects. In general, however, the Hebrew Bible presents the view that medical treatments were little more than a distraction and that the real healing power rested with God. With the influence of Greek philosophy and science, this view gradually changed, so that in the apocryphal book of Ben Sira (200-180 B.C.E.), physicians were portrayed as God’s creations whose skills should be valued. Nonetheless, the older view persisted into New Testament times, as shown by Mark 5:25-26.
Black cumin seeds have been used since ancient times. Traces of them have been found in the Egyptian pyramids as well as ancient Roman and Greek tombs. Today, black cumin seeds are regaining their popularity – there were more than 400 studies on their effects on our health in the last 4 decades. Many of these studies have shown that the seeds can treat asthma, high blood pressure, bacterial and fungal infections, bronchitis, coughs, headaches, eczema, skin rashes and even cancer.
What is The Lost Book of Remedies? The Lost Book of Remedies PDF contains a series of medicinal and herbal recipes to make home made remedies from medicinal plants and herbs. Chromic diseases and maladies can be overcome by taking the remedies outlined in this book. The writer claims that his grandfather was taught herbalism and healing whilst in active service during world war two and that he has treated many soldiers with his home made cures.
How do they work?
Black cumin seeds contain over 100 active compounds which are responsible for their incredible benefits. The compounds include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B1, B2, B6 and C as well as saponins, beta-sitosterol, etc. According to some people, black cumin seeds can cure anything but death!
Black cumin seeds oil can reinforce the immune system and boost your metabolism as well. This is why it should be used every day to defeat different ailments and keep your health in tip-top shape. According to studies, black cumin seeds work on the body as a whole instead of focusing on a single organ. The seeds are a powerful immunomodulator that can regulate numerous functions in the body. They stimulate the growth of T and B cells and strengthen the immune system.
Great for your immune system
The most common symptoms of a weakened immune system are frequent infections, weakness, weight loss and headaches. If you have been experiencing these symptoms often lately, take 2 tablespoons of the seeds twice a day 15-30 minutes before meals. You don’t need to be sick to use the seeds – you can take them as a preventive measure against numerous diseases and conditions.
A lot of the research on black cumin seeds has been focused on their ability to fight cancer cells and tumors. Studies have shown that the seeds have powerful anti-cancer properties and can assist the body in fighting the disease. The most important research on the seeds’ anti-cancer properties was conducted at a university in South Carolina, where a team of scientists concluded that black cumin seeds may be the best natural remedy against cancer.
Another study conducted at the “Kimmel Cancer Center” in Philadelphia has discovered that thymoquinone, one of the active compounds in black cumin seeds, can stop the growth of pancreatic cancer cells and destroy them by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death). Thymoquinone has powerful chemoprotective properties, which means that it can negate the effects of chemotherapy. Black cumin seed oil has also been found to reduce the negative effects of radiation. The radiation process causes the release of free radicals in the body which can cause numerous health problems and worsen the patient’s condition.
According to studies, black cumin seeds oil can neutralize the effects of these cancer therapies. The recommended daily amount is a teaspoon 2-3 times a day 15-30 minutes before meals. This will strengthen your immune system and reduce the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation. It’s important to know that you can expect results after 4-12 weeks of use.
Many people have reported incredible results after using the seeds and their oil, which makes them a powerful natural remedy against cancer. Scientists fully agree with this view, and are optimistic about future studies.
Aloes — He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. (John 19:39)
The aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years. In ancient times, it was used to embalm the dead, as well as for perfume. It also has a lengthy history of use topically for skin complaints (including wounds, irritations and burns) and internally for constipation.
Today, aloe is still commonly used to treat burns (including sunburns), heal rashes and moisturize the skin. Preliminary research has also shown that aloe may help to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetics and decrease the effects of liver damage caused by alcohol.
Anise — Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Matthew 23:23)
All parts of the anise plant were used during Biblical times. The seeds, leaves and stem were used to cool high temperatures, as well as for other medicinal purposes.
Today, anise can be used to help with digestion and can be used as an anti-flatulence agent. It’s also used with some success for breast-feeding support and parasites. As an antispasmodic, anise can be helpful for coughs, bronchitis and COPD.
Anise is commonly taken by crushing the seeds into a tea.
Balm or Balsam — And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. (Genesis 37:25)
Balm or balsam in the Bible refers to an extremely fragrant resinous substance extracted from a plant. In Biblical times, balsam was considered extremely valuable. The balm or balsam of Gilead in the Bible was named for the region of Gilead where it was made and this balm was used medicinally.
Today, it’s possible to find various herbal salves and oils inspired by this Biblical balm.
Bitter herbs — They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. (Exodus 12:8)
Bitter herbs are a collective term used for things like horehound, tansy, horseradish, endive, parsley and coriander seeds. Bitter herbs were mostly used for food in the Bible.
Today, bitter herbs like gentian and wormwood are known for helping to prevent and relieve digestive complaints like dyspepsia. Experts theorize that bitter herbs are able to aid digestion through their ability to increase digestive secretions as well as blood circulation in the abdominal organs.
Cassia — Vedan and Javan paid for your wares from Uzal; wrought iron, cassia and sweet cane were among your merchandise. (Ezekiel 27:19)
Cassia oil was popularly used as anointing oil during Biblical times. Cassia has aromatic properties quite similar to cinnamon.
Today, cassia is used in natural hair care, coloring and conditioning. The leaves are actually harvested, dried and ground into a powder used for the hair.
Cinnamon — Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus. (Exodus 30:23)
Cinnamon, once considered more precious than gold, has some amazing medicinal benefits. The bark, where the oil comes from, was traditionally collected for anointing oil, as well as perfume.
Today, cinnamon is used to help lower blood glucose levels. Due to its antifungal properties, it’s also employed in the natural treatment of yeast infections. It can also help to calm an upset stomach by relieving gas.
Cumin — When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? (Isaiah 28:25)
The ancient Israelites took cumin seeds, dried them and used them to flavor their food.
Today, research has shown that cumin seeds contain a substance called cuminaldehyde that may be useful in fighting diabetes. A study published in 2017 demonstrates that black cumin contains an anticancer phytochemical known as thymoquinone and thymoquinone may be considered as a future drug in cancer treatment.
Frankincense — On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)
Most popularly known for incense, frankincense was used during ceremonial offerings and considered an article of luxury.
Today, it can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent, analgesic, antidepressant, and sedative, in addition to being a powerful healing herb. Frankincense oil is also a great stress-reducer known to improve anxiety.
Garlic — We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. (Numbers 11:5)
Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating back to when the Egyptian pyramids were built.
Today, garlic is used to boost the immune system and help prevent heart disease. It also is known to have helpful effects on hypertension and high cholesterol. Consuming garlic on a regular basis may help guard against cancer formation in the body.
Hyssop — Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)
Hyssop is a sweet smelling plant from the mint family. It was used in many ceremonial rituals of the Israelites, as burning hyssop typically meant an inner cleansing.
A research study published in 2003 demonstrates how hyssop may be “a useful food for hyperglycemia,” which is an abnormally high blood sugar level. Hyssop is also known for being an expectorant and improving respiratory related problems such as asthma, coughs and bronchitis.
Hyssop can be found in tea and tincture form at most health stores. Warm hyssop tea or hyssop tintcure diluted in warm water can be used as a gargling liquid for sore throats.
Mint — Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Matthew 23:23)
Mint has been used for thousands of years as a culinary herb and for medicinal purposes.
Today, peppermint is still being used medicinally for its calming effects. It’s often used to improve some common health concerns like flatulence, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, nausea and headaches. Some studies even point towards peppermint’s ability to help improve indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Mustard — And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6)
One of Jesus’ most famous parables was about the mustard seed. This may be because mustard grew so abundantly in Palestine.
Today, mustard seed has been studied for its possible anti-cancer properties. Specifically, mustard seed contains a compound called allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) and animal research has shown that AITC-rich mustard seed powder “strongly inhibits bladder cancer development and progression.”
Myrrh — Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.” (Genesis 43:11)
Myrrh is mentioned over and over in the Bible. In Biblical times, it was sold as a spice and as an ingredient of the anointing oil used in the Tabernacle, or as a salve for the purification of the dead. In the Roman world, it was considered a natural remedy for almost every human affliction from earaches to hemorrhoids.
Today, myrrh oil is used for its anti-parasitic, antifungal and antibacterial benefits. Many people enjoying diffusing this Biblical oil into the air during prayer and meditation.
Saffron — Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all the trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest spices. (Song of Solomon 4:14)
The most expensive spice in the world today was also very dear during ancient times. Because of its distinct yellow color, saffron was used not only for flavoring but to make ancient dyes as well. Ancient peoples used saffron to treat stomach upsets, bubonic plague and smallpox.
Today, recent studies have indicated possible health benefits including cancer-inhibiting properties (specifically for breast cancer), antidepressant effects and promoting a feeling of fullness for mildly overweight individuals.
The premise is that many modern day medicines work on the basis that they treat the symptoms and not the cause, but contained within The Lost Book of Remedies are a number of tinctures and tonics made from plants and leaves that will treat the cause of the illness, thus eradicating the disease altogether.
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