Medicines in the Bible

By January 28, 2019 April 17th, 2019 Articles

The S. A. National Pharmacy Museum has a collection of some 100 samples of medicines which are mentioned in the Bible.

Ezekiel 47:12 states:

  • “Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fall. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for medicine.”

The medicines are all of plant origin from which essential oils and herbs are prepared.

There are over 180 references to oils in the Bible and Wikipedia lists the names of over 150 plants mentioned in the Bible which were used for healing.

The museum has samples of some of these such as Mandrake, Myrrh, Cassia, Cinnamon, and essential oils of Frankincense, Hyssop, Galbanum and Calamus.

Many of the plants and oils are being studied to this day to establish their medicinal value.

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts also show that oils and herbs were used as medicines.

What is fascinating is that mankind has long recognised that the natural plant world has a wide variety of species with healing properties and this has resulted in the development of gardens of medicinal plants from ancient times to this day.

Clinical research has shown that many of the plants do have medicinal value. For example, Frankincense oil is being used in European Hospitals as it contains high immune stimulating properties.

by Ray Pogir