I took another ride in a big bus last month, and a man came in wielding green plants/herbs and a book on how to use plants and herbs to cure sicknesses.
He proceeded to verbalise the exact reasons why we HAD to buy that book and he went on and on and just like Precious said in this post , I almost ordered for one even though I had no intention of buying anything before the man showed up. I remembered her comment and smiled. I would still have bought the book oh but a quick peek at the contents from a woman reading nearby put me off (Remember my reading skills?).
First of all, the N200 book apparently contained the cure for everything. As in every common sickness.lol. I would not have minded if it was restricted to a few, but this cured diabetes, asthma, fibroid, malaria, lack of blood to mention a few.
And there goes my problem with plants and herbs ( apart from the taste). My peek showed that the book did not leave any room for diagnosis. How do you know you have diabetes or fibroids if you didn’t get diagnosed at the hospital in the first place.
Another problem I have is the recipe for preparation. The words in the book went like this ” take so so and so plants or herbs, mix with this….. and add that…………” .
First of all if I knew what those plants and herbs were or how they looked in the first place, I wouldn’t be buying your book Mister ?.
There was no quantity stated. So how plenty should the plants and herbs be?How long should it be cooked for, and what quantity should the other mixes be?
There’s also the matter of prescription. How long should it be taken ? In what quantity or dosage? How do you know if you are allergic to this stuff? These are issues that give me pause.
Then there is the spiritual part. Should Christians take herbal roots and plants?
I believe that God created this plants and herbs for our use. However, some of this plants and herbs have been perverted by evil powers from their original intent of creation by God. Instead of being used for healing, they have been hijacked for evil intents and to perpetrate evil. Thus you find that some Christians would rather avoid this stuff totally, and let’s not talk about how it smells.
Having said all that, in the midst of my prejudice, I was reminded of one time boiling leaves and lime helped me get over with typhoid. Ironically, I resorted to this because using chloramphenicol affected my blood and I had to discontinue it and look for something safer.
One time too, my brother had ulcer that defied medical attention . He was doing his housemanship ( internship) then at a teaching hospital but even that couldn’t save him from this strange ulcer. He spent a lot of money on drugs but nothing worked. His tummy became a god we couldn’t afford to provoke. No peppery food, no vegetables, no this. Guess what eventually did? Prayers plus dried paw paw seeds and he got better.
My Church discourages taking traditional or herbal concoctions, the sort sold in motor parks but even they had to admit that there’s nothing wrong with you boiling or making your own stuff to drink. I was happy with it, not because I had any intention of taking it ( bitter stuff and I ain’t friends) but because of the clarification.
So you can see that plants and herbs aren’t totally bad. A lot of the western drugs we use contain some of this stuff. According to Christian Medical Fellowship,
A significant number of plants and herbs originally provided natural sources for extremely valuable drugs that have now been identified, purified, evaluated for risk/benefit and eventually synthesised. These include digitalis (foxglove), aspirin (willow bark), morphine (poppy), quinine (cinchona bark) and antibiotics such as penicillin.
I was reading this post and I agree that the original purpose of creating this plants and herbs was a good one. God created this stuff for our use, and there are so many awesome ones. Moringa is an awesome plant and my brother sang its praises when he was in Nigeria. Apparently, he had a patient who once had a stroke and he started taking moringa and got better. My brother was so motivated that he brought the young plants to our house to replant them. Alas they died. Lol.
Back to the Book. FYI when you need blood just take tomato paste and mix it with Maltina. And viola, blood comes. Haha. Don’t ask me how Maltina ( a malt drink sold in Nigeria ) or tinned tomato qualifies as herbs oh. Ask the man. The combination is gross. Pls nobody take me serious oh.
Anyway! So how about you? Have you ever taken plants and herbs medicinally? Should it’s use be encouraged generally, should Christians use them?