Is It Actually Sinful for Christians to Use Herbs?

Herbalism seems to be rooted in pagan practices and cultures. Can someone be a Christian herbalist or simply use herbal remedies without sinning?

Is It Actually Sinful for christians to Use Herbs?

I came home from the library with bundles of books on herbalism packed into my bag and slung over my very tired shoulder. The world of natural remedies was waiting for me and I was ready to dig in.

I cracked open the books and started reading, my eyes taking in all the information as quickly as possible. Then I came to a page that stopped me.

…Before harvesting, find the grandmother of the plant colony and ask her permission to harvest and maybe shake a rattle and then dance in the moonlight to show your gratitude… Wait, what?

I put the book away.

If you research herbal medicine for any length of time, you’ll likely come across ideas that clash with Christianity. Nature worship, witchcraft, occult practices, and more are sometimes so intertwined with herbalism and natural health that it’s difficult to distinguish where one ends and the other begins.

Many good, honest Christians are left wondering if Christianity and herbalism can really mix. Maybe this question has nagged you, too.

As a Christian herbalist, I’ve had to wrestle with this question myself. Let’s dig deep and see if herbalism is against the Bible.

Where Does Herbalism Come From?

If you’re just getting started with natural remedies as a Christian, you might wonder where herbalism comes from and if it’s okay for Christians to use.

God warns us in Jeremiah 10:2 to “Learn not the way of the heathen.”

Shaman, pagan, and other spiritual traditions have used herbs in one way or another, whether for healing ceremonies or religious purposes or both.

  • Ancient India produced the Ayurvedic herbal tradition.
  • Ancient China gave us Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Indigenous people groups in Africa, North and South America, and Australia have their own unique healing traditions, too.

None of them are rooted in the Old or New Testaments.

Does this mean herbalism comes from heathen practices?

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Herbalism and Religion Today

Even today, the vast majority of professional herbalists and herbal teachers are not professing Christians.

Their faiths, or lack thereof, might be range from more familiar religions like Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism to lesser-known systems like

  • Wicca
  • Witchcraft
  • Nature Worship
  • Mindfulness
  • Atheism
  • Paganism
  • Relativism

and anything or nothing in between.

Sometimes this slips through their practices or teachings lightly, like one page dedicated to a suggested harvest ritual in the otherwise valuable 200+ page book I mentioned above.

Other times it might be quite overt, like repeatedly singing “I’m the goddess” on stage at a well-known herbal conference.

Christian herbalists are a rarity.

Should Christians use herbs?

Can Herbalism Be Redeemed?

If past pagan cultures used herbs for healing and ritual, and the herbalism of today is so steeped in anti-Christ teachings, is herbalism actually sinful?

Should Christians use herbal remedies?

The verdict on Christians using herbs hasn’t looked so good, but friend, here’s where the story gets sweet.

Yes, yes, and a million times yes! Christians can enthusiastically and unashamedly use herbs without fear of sinning.

God created these beautiful plants with tremendous capacities for restoring health, strength, and wellness. No doubt the earliest people, yes, even Adam, Eve, and all their descendants knew how to use these plants to benefit their bodies.

Perhaps God Himself gave Adam that knowledge and Adam passed it on.

However it may have happened, it is perfectly logical to assume the God who made these healing plants made sure His creation knew how to use them. These early people continued to pass down herbal knowledge, even as some fell into paganism and idolatry.

There is no sin in using God’s own creation to promote health and wellness.

There is no sin in using herbs for the Christian

Who Gets the Glory for Herbs?

No one gets the glory for herbalism but God Himself.

I love how my friend Jasmine from The Christian Herbal put it:

Herbalism is not rooted in paganism. Herbalism is perverted in paganism.

As a Christian herbalist, my faith is the foundation of my love for herbal medicine.

God blessed this planet with incredible plants that work in remarkable ways within the human body. He knew sin would cause sickness, and in His love, He provided helpful remedies even before the human race fell.

When I use an herb to help the body heal, God gets the glory. Not the plant, not Mother Earth, not a nature spirit.

These remedies work because God designed them to.

Not because a shaman told me they would.

God, in His goodness, gave us these plants. I, as a Christian herbalist, am incredibly thankful to have these botanicals at my service.

You can be a Christian herbalist

How Christians Can Use Herbs for God’s Glory

Scripture is clear: God calls Christians completely avoid witchcraft, idolatry, and spiritualism (Galatians 5:19-21).

And thankfully, you can do that and still confidently use herbal remedies. Just keep some things in mind.

  • Follow your conscience as you choose herbal practices and give your fellow Christians that freedom, too. Some Christians can burn an herb for medicinal reasons with a pure conscience. Others might feel it’s too close to a spiritual practice and decide to avoid it. Both can be valid choices.
  • Pray for guidance as you choose herbal teachers. Like choosing how you use herbs, choosing how you study herbs as a Christian isn’t a black and white issue. I choose to learn from believers and nonbelievers alike but avoid a few herbalists whose unbiblical practices and spirituality are a key feature of their teaching.
  • Consider how your herbal practices might impact your Christian brothers and sisters, especially those who are young or weak in faith (Romans 14:19-21). For example, if you burn sage for medicinal reasons but know it might cause a brother or sister to doubt, then consider doing this practice privately.
  • Use herbs with faith in the God Who created them (Romans 14:23). Pray for wisdom as you choose remedies, use them in Jesus’s name, and give God the glory when health and wellness are restored.

God is the ultimate healer, and He can heal in many ways. Herbs can be one avenue for that healing.

You don’t have to avoid herbal remedies because you’re a Christian.

But don’t worry. You don’t have to shake a rattle when you use them, either.

What have you experienced as a Christian who uses herbs or is interested in them?

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170 Comments

  1. Great to know. I’m going to learn Herbalism. I’m Catholic. I don’t want to have anything to do with witchcraft and evil. I started to read and became disappointed since I really want to do this to help others instead of using chemical medicine. As i continued to read, I felt hope. I’m happy to know. I shared this on my Facebook. Will Combine Herbalism + the Bible Scriptures do not go in a bad way. I wish I can have a Christian Master Herbalist teach me more. I want to go a Good Way, the Way of God.

  2. Thank you for the post,just wondering then is it safe for a Cristian to use plants like ashwaghandha or other from Indian medicine?

    1. Hi Petra, and thanks for the great question! I believe Christians can use any beneficial plant since God is the creator of all things. That includes plants that are used in other herbal traditions like Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine. I personally use ashwagandha and tulsi, both herbs that come from the Ayurvedic tradition. I hope that helps!

  3. Wow!
    So much exposure here. I have learned a lot concerning herbs especially biblical references from the Bible. Thank u so much for this write up.

  4. Look at the symbols used to represent allopathic medicine- satanic or at least, pagan.’ Pharmakeia’ in the bible refers to witchcraft. How many people do you know that have been harmed by pharmaceutical drugs? Myself included, I know many and lost my dear grandmother because of them. There are very dependable Ayurvedic and herbal medicine practitioners, who actually want to help people and have nothing to do with evil. Yet, there are many who use & promote witchcraft or ‘dark arts’. You cannot just randomly trust all natural-medicine-practitioners. You cannot just grab random books from shelves. These ‘experts’ must be checked out well before trusting them. I have had wonderful results with Ayurvedic remedies but they’re not easy to get inside of the USA . These remedies are demonized by the Ruling chemical medical system. They claim they’re filled with dangerous heavy metals. Yet there are MANY formulas that contain herbs only. After contracting Lyme in 2017, I never healed from it. The allopathic physicians could not help me. I learned about Septilin from an allopathic dr in India and an Ayurvedic dr also recommended it to me online. I began using it along with Hawthorn leaves/berries (heart) and it is greatly improving my life. These are the herbs that our Father has created for our healing. Yet, they’re so difficult to get inside of the US. They expect us all to be compliant and take the pharmakeia (aka chemical/petro company drugs which are pure evil, dangerous and ineffective for healing. as I’ve learned from repeated experiences.. They make billions from this evil and will do ANYTHING to stop people from learning about or using effective & safe herbs. How many holistic drs have met untimely & seemingly mysterious deaths lately? Do an online search. It’s beyond shocking and eye opening to learn these stats. Practicing natural medicine is made almost impossible inside of the USA and it is very dangerous for the competent natural doctor, to help people in natural ways.. How many have died young in the past 5-10 years? MANY. Should we use what our Father has given us or should we use the new chemical drugs, the petro chemical companies insist are ‘safe’? How many people are injured or die because of pharma drugs every year? How many people are injured or die due to herbs? It’s a no brainer.

    Ezekiel 47:12:
    ” And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.
    .”

    1. Hi Mattie. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Though I’m not against all pharmaceutical drugs (some truly are life-saving), I agree that it’s wise to question if they’re always the right choice. I’m glad you’ve found success with herbs for your health needs!

  5. Thanks for the article.
    I came from a new age background teaching yoga, and once saved gave that all up. Once I did I went through some very hard times (Lord chastising, testing etc)
    One of the interesting things is, I came down with many bodily issues, like major fatigue, body aches etc.
    I attributed this to possible demonic attack, but I went to a doctor who believes it’s most likely chronic fatigue. It’s just too coincidencidentle that it all began after God changed my heart, so it must have some meaning for me.
    Regardless it became overwhelming so I started relying heavily on caffeine to get through the days until the Lord (I came from a drug background He delivered me from) put in on my heart to remove this as well. I tried even going to matcha tea instead but still felt I needed to end it due to it causing a lack of patience around my children and wife. Once stopped I would struggle hard to get through the day, but felt a stronger connection to God through my weakness. I stopped the caffeine, but ran into an elixir recently with reshi, chaga and turkey tail mushrooms, and found it actually gave me focus and energy while even uplifting my mood.
    It was most likely the reshi I believe that mostly caused this effect in me, so I bought a supplement made by a company called OM.
    Coming from that new age background I was immediately put off by the title but figured it’s just a mushroom that God made and let it go. The amount that worked was 600 mg and the supplement I bought was 2000mg by taking 3 capsules. I divided the 3 by 2000 to see if one capsule would be the way to go and the number came out to be 666.
    I’m not one for superstition, but it took me back and made me wonder, is this wrong?
    Could God be telling me to remain in that terrible bodily state in order to humble me?
    I know you can’t answer for that, but what is your opinion on mushroom aptogens? Is there some background behind this I’m unaware of?
    Thank you for YOUR story and your convictions. I pray God will use you in your practice to bring many to know Him

    Blessings

    1. Hi Chad. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I use reishi mushroom extract daily in my morning coffee and often put reishi and turkey tail in broth I make. Medicinal mushrooms are so different from psychoactive mushrooms, so I consider them helpful herbs that have a long history of promoting overall health.

      There are other brands of reishi powder extract out there, so if the Om brand makes you feel unsettled due to the name and your past, perhaps finding a new brand will help you feel more peaceful about this supplement? I personally use TerraSoul (no affiliate or other monetary connection to them) but there are other options, too. Dosing is flexible with reishi, too, since adaptogens are so gentle and nourishing, so you can use more or less to arrive at a more agreeable number. 🙂

      I hope this is helpful. I appreciate your heart to want to please God in everything, even with what you put in your body. God bless you and your family.

      1. We also use a few Terasoul products. Good company with 3rd party testing! Love their Amla. It’s actually improved my eyesight quite a lot.

  6. Thank you for this article! I am a Christian just starting to educate myself about herbal and natural remedies. I too have felt that God created the plants and He has made them for purposes, some which we do not know yet, many we do not make full use of. I look forward to learning more. To God be the glory for any good that comes from what I learn and share.

  7. Hello! I came across this site due to me buying some mugwort that comes in a ball that is mixed with other herbs, and I’m supposed to put it in my belly button overnight and seal it with a patch like big bandage. Then after I ordered it, I thought oh no… Maybe this is pagan. The site “Wish” I ordered it from said it help with a woman’s cycle and to get rid of bad dreams. Is this demonic to use? I’m so worried now. Have you used Mug wort? Thanks!!

    1. Mugwort is sometimes taken in tea to bring on dreams, but I don’t think that would be effective when applied topically. I’m not sure why this product is supposed to be put over the belly button, but I also don’t know your goals for using the herbs. There are reasons to use some herbs topically, but there are better ways to improve menstrual cycles than putting mugwort over the belly button. I wouldn’t necessarily call it pagan, but I also wouldn’t suggest it as an effective way to use herbs for better health.

  8. Hello sister Kristen.
    Thanks for this wanderful exposition on Herbal remedies. As I read through your write up I could see someone that have a pure and perfect understanding of what Herbalism
    is alll about and what it should be. As a clergy man, I have several experiences on healing as God use me to pray for my family and people couple with the experience of the healing ministery Jesus Christ to the sick has increased my passion for Herbal medicine. I believe as a Christian that the various herbs and medicinal plants created by God are for the benefits of all mankind. Therefore, I want to add this know to my experience and will be needing your experience as a tutor to guide me so that I can also be of help to people in this area of life. Thanks

  9. Great article Kristen. You are right that scripture, from beginning to end, provides insight into natural medicines. This topic could stretch some believers faith if taken even further, still aligning with scripture and with modern archeological discoveries backing it up, if they dove deeper and cautiously into this research. As you suggested, however, Romans 14:19-21 warns us not to be a stumbling block, and part of our walk/journey on this earth is allowing the Holy Spirit to personally lead us into our own discoveries. I can attest that my faith has grown beyond what I ever could have imagined; my Bible studies, prayer and praise/worship have astronomically leveled up all account on the Holy Spirit leading me down the path your article endorses. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Genesis 1:29 was spoke by God himself and still applies to believers today, despite what other believers, societies or governments put out as misinformation. Scripture says in the last days they will call good evil and evil good. On the third day God called all herbs good.

  10. I liked the information you gave and it makes since. I know pharmaceuticals are bad. But what do you think of someone who is really sick and gets chemotherapy. Also what do you think of vitamins, natural oils, oils in vitamin form, and supplements such as protein supplements etc. I’m curios on your thoughts and need guidance because I use them but don’t want to go against my faith unknowningly. I’ll leave my email below to be in contact because I use herbs and want to learn form you.

    1. Hi Xavier. I actually don’t believe all pharmaceuticals are bad and should be avoided. Sometimes they’re the best course of treatment, though it’s always wise to talk about the risks, benefits, and other options with your doctor so you can make an informed decision. I don’t see any problem with using pharmaceuticals, supplements, herbs, or other similar products from a Christian perspective, so long as your faith remains in the Lord and not in some other substance. God can use many different avenues to bring healing, but He alone remains the healer.

  11. Dear sister in the Lord,I really appreciate your good work of helping people like us whom have been willing to practice herbal remedies in a Christian way but were living in doubts.hinestly I still need s your support please.

  12. Hi ,thank you so much for this great article ,I wanted to find out if yoni steaming is permissable ,I read somewhere that it opens chakras etc .Please advise

    1. Hi Mbali. From a faith perspective, there’s nothing wrong with yoni steaming that I can see. I’m not convinced it’s the best approach to all or even most gynecologic concerns, but it is a traditional practice many women use with reported improvement.

      That said, I don’t know anything about it opening chakras. I don’t see the chakra principle reflected in Scripture and don’t understand the human body and spirit through that lens.

  13. I don’t know if this may be of any help, but Hildegard of Bingen (1100’s) was a Benedictine Nun in Germany, who used herbs for medicinal purposes as well as minerals and stones. She was recognised by the Catholic Church and was subsequently canonised. She also wrote books on the healing properties of herbs and stones. Benedictine monks also used herbs for medicinal purposes during the Middle Ages for both themselves and the community. Their way of thinking was that God put plants etc on this earth for eating and for medicine. As long as it is used for the good of all and not abused, then it isn’t deemed sinful to use them.

    1. Yes, she was a key figure in Western herbal tradition! 🙂 Many convents and monasteries had herbal gardens to promote health in their communities. Quite the wise tradition.

  14. What about using herbs in a bath? With the intent to be clean and clear for God to flow through you. Almost like when we use anointing oil as a point of contact to pray and bless, etc.

    1. Hi there. You can certainly use herbs in a bath for different needs. However, as a Christian, I don’t believe the herbs offer any spiritual cleansing powers. They can help you physically, mentally, and emotionally in a bath, but only Christ’s blood and sacrifice can make a person clean before God.

  15. There is no question, herbal medicine is biblical:

    “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 fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.””
    ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭47:12‬ ‭

    1. Thanks for sharing that, Ericka. I chose not to use those Scriptures in this article since they are spoken in prophecy for future times, but I believe the principle is all through the Bible that plants were given to us for many reasons, including medicine. God is good!

  16. Lately I have been sick and doctors could not help. So I optioned for herbal medicine as I believe that all herbs are from God just as everything under the sun. I’m a born again Christian, a pastor told me I cannot mix darkness and light, meaning I cannot use herbs or muti in my language but trust God to heal me. I trust God. I trust that even those traditional healers who use herbs or muti to heal get power or guidance from God. They are not killing no one but healing so how can that be evil?
    I’m still on my way to recovery and I believe that God will someday heal me completely.

    1. I’m sorry you’ve been having health challenges, Janine. It sounds to me like your pastor may have some common misconceptions about what it means to use herbs. God can work through herbs, diet, lifestyle, prayer, medicine, doctors, and more to bring healing. Herbs can be a wonderful place to start since they usually offer greater safety than pharmaceutical options. You’re welcome to forward this article on to your pastor in case it helps him.

  17. I really love the article it helps me a lot , I’m a lover herbs and I also practice it a little with my understand the God created them for our use according the book of Genesis 1:29 really I’m a born again christian and my faith did not against herbs since I know u will always return the Glory to God the healer. I’m so grateful for enlightenment.

  18. My name is Alyssa, 22. Have you done any research on the topic of Green Witchcraft? I’m very much a Christian, but a lot of Green Witchcraft practices are/are similar with herbalism (herbs for medicinal purposes, essential oils, etc). I got a book on it, simply to read and learn about it as a friend (who is Wiccan) told me about it. The book focuses on the craft of the matter and is rather watchful not to tie it back to any specific religion. The whole thing has led to me researching on if a Christian can practice very particular forms of witchcraft so long as they continue to give glory and credit to God in all things, and recognize that power and energy comes from not themselves or idol/element, but from God and his spiritual energy/holy spirit being in everything. And then there’s the matter of finding the line between herbalism and green witchcraft. What are your thoughts on all of this?

    1. Hi Alison. Thanks for your thoughtful question. Many herbalists, particularly women, will refer to their work as witchcraft or something similar. There’s usually more references to plant and nature spirits, along with an inner divinity they believe to be in all people, in texts along those lines.

      There are many other excellent herbal resources that don’t include any references to witchcraft, so I prefer to use those instead. To me, there’s just no need to turn to teachers who call themselves witches and their work witchcraft when there are other options available to believers. That doesn’t mean I only look to Christian teachers, but I personally avoid anyone who openly and regularly teaches things very contrary to Christianity.

      Though many witches use herbs, herbalism isn’t a form of witchcraft. Using herbs is a universal human practice that all traditional cultures have embraced.

  19. Thankyou
    Like others who comment below, I was quite troubled by whether as a Christian I should be involved in the cultivation and use of herbs for my own use . I have waited 20 years to apply for a basic home study course in this subject I was given lots of negative comments by other Christians which put me off for all this time . I am so glad that I came across you reassuring comments . God is the creator and healer, and as you say herbs are a means by which he can bring balance and or healing to us humans . I’m now going to go ahead and enjoy learning about and growing herbs to enhance my quality of life both visually and in the sensory sense too.
    Thanks again

  20. Hey! I am so glad I found your website; I have been wondering this myself for a long time, and I have come to the same conclusion you have. Hope you are doing alright (:

  21. Thank you. This article really cleared my troubled conscious about using herbs as I went deeper into learning more about their healing properties as I am a Christian myself. Glory to God and praise him for his bountiful blessings he has given us, his creation.

  22. Thank you for this. I’ve just started courses in herbalism. When the thought crept up, I reminded myself that Luke, a physician, didn’t reach for a bottle of penicillin. He likely used herbs to treat illness. He’s also the author of several books in the Bible.

  23. I am also a Christian Herbalist in CA and we are coming to share the power of the plants in healing and transformation. I am a Clinical Herbalist and Wellness Consultant and Coach and work on the healing of the body temple for the love of Christ.

  24. I would just like to add that there is in fact a very long tradition of Christians using God’s gift of plants for healing purposes, especially in European monasteries and convents. Monks preserved knowledge and did much research, including on the benefits and effects of herbs and flowers. So, yes, it is ok and in fact quite good to use herbs when possible.

  25. This post is such a joke. How is herbalism religious? Herbs grow from the earth… It’s posts like this that steers people in the wrong direction.

    1. No, it’s not a joke. It’s helped many people who were concerned that using herbs goes against the Christian faith. There are many, many practicing herbalists who incorporate their spiritual practices into the way they work with herbs.

  26. What I am always wondering is, where in the bible does it states that non herbal, chemical treatments are the way to go? For starters, are all doctors in the hospitals christian?? Do we even know them or know what they stand for? This is why it is very hard for me to be friends with christians even when I myself do love and believe in God and Jesus Christ. Christians are too quick to call something or someone devilish when so many things we obey and practice on a daily base like eating or producing food that is severely damaging our bodies but taste good or are making us money, are ungodly as well. If we really believe that God is our creator, the creator of heaven and earth, than how come that we believe that everything designed for our use on that earth is satanic but everything designed by men such as chemo, antibiotics, birth control, are so good for a christian to take? How does that even make sense? We Christians are lost and trapped more than we even know.

    1. Hi Tanja. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I believe that when more Christians lovingly set a godly example with health and wellness, it will help other believers see there’s a better way to care for our bodies and the earth God created. I’m so thankful for the growing community of Christ-following herbalists!

  27. Very well put, but my confliction rests in the use of tinctures which are herbs soaked in alcohol to extract more potent healing benefits. What are your thoughts?

    1. Hi Robert. Thanks for your thoughtful question. Alcohol-based tinctures are something that Christians will have to decide for themselves, based on their own convictions and perhaps even past struggles. Personally, I use alcohol-based tinctures because the amount of alcohol consumed is so small. However, if you’re uncomfortable using them or struggled with alcohol before Christ came into your life, you might be better with glycerites, non-alcoholic extracts. You usually have to take higher doses since they’re not as strong as tinctures, but they’re a very good option to consider. I hope that helps you!

      1. Hi Kristen,

        What do you think about muscle testing (I think Ed it’s also called Applied Kinesiology) to diagnose issues/prescribe herbal remedies? Do you use it in your practice? Also, is there an organization where one can go to find Christian herbalists in their area? Thank you

        1. Hi Shonda,

          Thanks for the thoughtful question. I personally don’t use muscle testing or kinesiology. I’m not trained in the modality and I have a lot of questions about it. As far as I understand it now, I don’t see anything morally or spiritually wrong with it; I just don’t understand it completely and am not certain it’s always reliable. As an herbalist in the US, I don’t diagnose or prescribe anything, so I don’t feel the need to use alternative diagnostic techniques in my work, even if they are effective. Instead, I prefer working with clients to talk about their symptoms, health history, and goals, then work together with them to find a path forward toward better health.

          A fellow Christian herbalist is working on some sort of organization for Christian herbalists, but at this time, we won’t have any kind of searchable database to find someone near you. Many practicing Christian herbalists do work with clients over the phone and internet, though, so that may be an option for you. I do that here. Best wishes!

  28. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight into this subject. I love herbs and am learning to grow and use them for medicinal purposes. In my research and training, I too have come across things that have made me question the ritualistic practices of herbalism that do not set well with Christian teachings and my faith. You have helped me to reconcile these. I can now build on my love for these wonderful healing plants, God-given plants, with a clean conscience. Thank you.

  29. Is there a way to e-mail you privately? I have a question, but do not want to set off red flags or send people on google searches of their own if it is not good. Thank you.

  30. Yes there was a Christian herbalist called jethro kloss, in 1900, he used herbs and prayer to heal others. See his book back to eden. Also in genesis it says I give the leaves of the trees for the healing of nations. Then in psalms it says cleanse me with hyssop I shall be whiter than snow. Using herbs in a witchcraft way would be drinking a combination of herbs to enhance dreams or draw love to yourself ect….taking herbs for medicine purposes I believe is different but be careful because many herbal books are written by witches and new agers. Also takunf mind altering plants such as ayahsusca brew for visionary experiences is definitely witchcraft as they also believe in talking to the spirit of the plant. I would say just keep it simple with herbal teas it can be a fine line.

  31. Thank you for this beautiful and comprehensive insight! I have been quietly using natural herbs for my family for years but afraid to branch out and take any courses because my family has “roots” in witchcraft. My mother was the first to break this tradition and held a Godly, Christian home life for us while growing up. But she also broke the herbalism tradition. And so I was taught that it had pagan roots. As an adult, now I realize that she was taking the creation away from the Creator and that we were actually instructed to use God’s wonderful creation for HIS glory! I recently enrolled in a certified herbalist course after praying about it for a year! One day, my hope is to open my own shop in which to help others, in Jesus name! Thank you so much defining the stigma… Satan doesn’t own God’s Creation!!!!

    1. I can understand your mom’s hesitation because of her experience with herbs, but I’m also so happy to hear that you’re reaching back to bring herbs into their rightful place in your own life. Cheering you on as you work through your program and towards your dream of owning an herbal shop!

  32. Hi Kristen, I just wanted to know if Yoni Steaming safe and can I being a Christian use the herbs.I have issues with my womb holding the feutus for long.I end up getting countless miscarriages.So I would like to test Organic remedies but I’m scared since I’m a Christian. My grandmother and aunt are traditional healers so I’ve seen them help their patients who struggled with infertility, but I don’t want to go for help from them.Their healing is sourced from ancestors guidance.Please help

    Kind Regards
    Mmathabo

    1. Hello Mmathabo. I’m so sorry you’ve suffered so many miscarriages. That is emotionally and physically draining.

      You don’t need to fear the plants themselves because you are a Christian. God created them for your benefit. It sounds like your grandmother and aunt may use some kind of witchcraft or shamanism when they use herbs, though? If so, it may be wise to stay away. Or do they simply use the herbal knowledge that has been handed down to them from their older relatives? If so, that may be acceptable. If you are uncomfortable or feel checked in your spirit about seeing them, that may be the Lord keeping you from sin. But the herbal remedies themselves can be used successfully without any idolatry, witchcraft, and the like.

      Regarding yoni steaming, I have concerns about the burn potential. Steam is so hot and that area is so delicate and sensitive. I know it is a traditional practice in many cultures, but it is one I personally don’t recommend. I don’t think there is anything Biblically wrong with doing it, though.

      Wishing you the very best and praying for you now.

    2. I would recommend looking into your estrogen levels and working at decreasing them if they are high. Typical with miscarragies. Everything God put here is for us. When we use it to heal and be closer to him, we can’t go wrong. Nothing has meaning, except the meaning we give it. How can any Christian think herbs are demonic and pharmacuticals (made by man in a lab) are not. That food with lab made chemical would be eaten and are suppose to norish our bodies? Make no sense except that we are programmed. Our instinct has been stolen by mass media and church culture. This program makes us ask questions like, are the herbs that God declared ours in Genesis demonic? Will get off my soap box now, lol. Love is the answer. Love yourself and God.

      1. Unbelievable, I said almost the exact same thing! I am so disturbed by christians who for no reason at all associate all these nutritious herbs with the devil.

        1. Unfortunately, many Christians do have reasons to mistakenly believe that using herbs is akin to witchcraft. It’s an unfortunate misunderstanding and one I want to clear up, but they do have reasons based on the work of past and current herbal professionals who are not Christians.

  33. Hi dear, I just wanted to say that I love herbalism and in fact my love for it was motivated by a book “God’s herb apothecary” (rough translation, in Croatian it is “Bozja biljna ljekarna” so you can look it up, it has a lovely cover) written by a priest and missionary Juro Marčinković .
    Have a good day!

  34. Noce article! I’ve always been the odd ball child and loved being in the woods and next to nature. I have tried and made my own natural remedies since I was a child. Your absolutely right and I think the perverted has ruined some Christian’s opinion on herbs and natural remedies. Do I get odd glares, have terrible experiences with certain “Christian’s”, or crazy encounters, Yes! I never let that stop me. I have been taught by my elderly family members and there are plenty of scriptures that support what I do and what your article is about. At the end of the day to each their own, if you feel something is wrong pray about and ask God. God, wouldn’t have made so many wonderful plants and herbs if he never intended us to use or consume them!

    1. I’m glad you found this encouraging and love that you’re using plants, too, Carol! Also, I just love that you learned many of these things from elderly family members. There’s a huge generational gap in herbal knowledge. What a blessing for you to have learned from them!

      1. I have been extremely blessed to grow up when I did! I almost feel like I grew up in a different world, compared to the current state of things. I’d be more than happy to give you pointers or answer any questions if you need any!😉

  35. Hi ..so refreshing to see your posting ..even today i just recieved sic vials if hetbs thst im purolexed about using …the web site seemed normal ., product content seened wholesome ….i get the shippment with rise pettles sprinkeled , a fairy picture by a door and a wuote for a ” ” “magical day ” can you help me sorce , potent, affordable
    Ritual8sticly free products ..i jusrt started the buhner protocal , and am especially needing one for fighting bsrtonella , skullcap, cryptolepis, milk thistle , houttunyia, hawthorne , and very important Sida Acuta .
    I have had some of these in powder but what i liked about these is they are liquid tinctures , more bioavailable i think …at least they cut down on the load of pills and silica since I’m taking so many supplements for chronic illness I’m trying to get away from that as much as possible. I really want to support Christian business and be free of any kind of connotations or as you know foundations of the occult and paganism. If you could direct me from your experience it would be greatly appreciated thank you God bless.

    1. Hi Mark. I do know of one quality Christian-owned herbal product business called Natural Hope Herbals. There are other believers who have smaller, cottage-type businesses and create things from their homes, so it’s possible there is something near you who does that. I hope that helps you!

  36. I have always been very connected with the natural world God has made. Recently, I had a spiked interest in the use of herbs and other natural materials. I was on the fence about really digging into the practice as through my research, as I discovered many sources giving information in the name of paganism. As a practicing Christian, this worried me- I wanted to make sure I wasn’t engaging in pagan rituals. This article gave me some confidence and insight into herbalism. It was very encouraging and made plenty of sense to a young woman like me! Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad this was a help, Isabel. All of the pagan references still make me uncomfortable at times. It’s exciting to see more and more Christians working with herbs, though! We can start to chip away at the misconception that it’s a pagan practice.

  37. Thank you for your article! I have taken herbs over the years for various reasons but have only recently started questioning where those herbs came from and the pagan ways in which they could have been harvested after dealing with nightmares or crazy dreams upon taking them. I will continue my research and pray for wisdom regarding herbs and usage of them

  38. I like how you stated this. It isn’t the herb that is evil but the wicked practices that have risen up around it. I believe God gave us these things as gifts of love to us for His glory and our good and He alone deserves all the worship and praise and glory. Glory to God in Jesus Christ His Son and our Savior!.

  39. Hello! I’m a Christan missionary and I fully believe that God has created plants and minerals that were designed to help humans. I’ve done a little research online and on my own, but pinterest keeps giving me all these “witch” suggestions. I know that “everything we do, to do for the Glory of God” and I fully believe that drinking a “witch tea” only has as much power as I give it, but I’m having a hard time with finding “neutral” recipes. Are there any books or sites you recommen for doing research into which plants are beneficial for what and how to combine them?

    1. Hi Elisabeth. Great question! I’m not a fan of Pinterest research, and one of the reasons is exactly what you mentioned. It’s also really hard to know if the source you found is reputable. Some of the worst natural health advice I’ve seen has come from Pinterest and Facebook.

      My best suggestion is definitely to find and read reliable books. I have some of my favorites listed here. Online sources are trickier, but look for herbal organizations and respected herbalists. Many offer free education on their websites. One of my favorite sources is the American Botanical Council. Their site can be a bit difficult to navigate, but there’s plenty of reliable information there to get started.

      I hope that helps!

  40. I am curious as to where you got your herbal education? I live in an area that there is no way for me to attend herbal classes in person and to be honest an online learning environment is better for my schedule. I am
    Taking a class online right now and so far I have not come across anything that goes completely against my beliefs, while I am not currently looking for another program I am curious as to where you took classes.

    1. Hi Janet. I got my first five certifications from a school that no longer offers courses or accepts students called Vintage Remedies. My aromatherapy certification came from the Franklin Institute of Wellness, but their approach is likely more intense and research-based than what most people will want. I’m currently studying Herbal Medicine for Women from Dr. Avivia Romm. She is not a Christian but presents herbalism and natural health in a way that leaves out some of the deeper spiritual teaching that most Christians find problematic. Out of all the places I’ve studied, I’ve gained the most from Dr. Romm’s course. I hope that helps. 🙂

    2. I’ve been ‘home-schooling’myself through sites like this and another site dedicated to herb learning called Herbmentor.com. Such a lovely site! They highly recommend an online 3 year course through an herbal University in Boston called Commonwealth herbs.com. I’m enrolling this year. Most of it is through watching videos, and you can enroll in as many or as little classes as you’d like.
      What I love about this online program (commonwealthherbs.com) is they offer a full three year course which includes complete preparation to register through the prestigious Guild of American Herbalists! Also, the last year of course is all about herb interning and watching patient interactions, and all about business aspect of opening an herbal business or practice. So happy! And as a mom of four, I love the flexibility and fun of learning through watching the videos.
      You can try out a free month course to see if it would be your cup of (herbal) tea! 🙂 Here’s to more Christian Herbalists who give all the glory to God!

      1. Hi April. I agree, HerbMentor is great! I wouldn’t call Commonwealth a university but it is a respected herbal study option. I hope you enjoy your studies there! Katja and Ryn also host a podcast under the same name as their school. I enjoy listening from time to time.

  41. I agree that Christians can absolutley use herbs and herbal remedies for health and well-being. God is the one who has lead me on this journey of learning more about the amazing things herbs can do. I’ve stopped calling it herbalism (for obvious reasons) and started calling it herbology, which LITERALLY means “the study of herbs.” Through the past couple of years, I’ve been to a couple of classes with instructors who talk about the spirit in the plants and flower essences. I’ve learned to filter out what I don’t agree with and listen for and to the truth. I’ve also learned to more discerning in what classes/programs I will attend and those I refuse to, based on my belief in and respect of God’s Word. And I’m sure you’ll agree that there need to be more herbology classes taught from a Biblical viewpoint!

    1. I’m so glad to hear you’re learning about herbs, Tricia! I personally have no issues with using the terms herbalism, herbalist, herbology, etc. interchangeably, but perhaps using a different term will help some people understand that plants can offer health benefits without spiritualizing them. Enjoy your learning!

  42. Thank you for this article! I love using herbs and oils, however I am uncomfortable in our towns apothecary because the names of everything have to do with “Buddhism,witchcraft, Reiki etc” I always feel in my heart that God have us these for a purpose but try to make sure I am making purchases without pagan names. Would love to have a Christian herbalist around me.

    1. That would be uncomfortable, Merriah. I don’t think you’re sinning by purchasing herbal products there, but if your conscience is bothered by it there are some more neutral herbal products suppliers and manufacturers online. I also help clients online, so feel free to visit my Work With Me page if you need some extra guidance from a fellow believer. Wishing you the best in your natural health journey!

  43. Hello,
    It seems as though it’s only women interested in Herbalism! I am a man, a pastor and i am planning on in the future opening a shop to use as a ministry during the week with my family. I wanted to take some courses from the Herbal Academy but i noticed they teach about Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Did you learn about these two and if you did, were you instructed to practice them or was it just about learning them? I am ok with understanding world views of others but when a class tells me that i have to practice something that i don’t agree with, that’s where i draw the line.
    thanks

    1. Hi Isaac. I love that you’re a pastor and interested in herbs! I can’t personally speak for the way HANE approaches Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine because I haven’t taken their long courses, but I do have Christian friends who have and really love how the material has been presented.

      Most herbalists will eventually gain some sort of understanding of TCM and Ayurveda, even if just a very rudimentary knowledge. But that doesn’t mean you have to practice herbalism according to their spiritual belief systems, like you said. I think most respectable schools realize that there are multiple ways to practice herbalism. If you reach out to HANE, I’m sure they can help you understand how they approach herbal systems that fall outside of Western herbalism.

      And you bring up a very observant point on women in herbalism. There’s likely lots there that could be unpacked and discussed, but that’s too much for a blog comment. 😉

      Wishing you well as you continue your herbal journey!

  44. Hi Kirsten,

    Thankyou for your post! I have questioned this subject matter, and I am glad to have come accross a Christian Herbalist.

    Your friend Jasmine is completely correct, in fact the Bible supports the use of plants/herbs for healing. I’ll just share some Bible verses below to help backup your points some more, that ‘herbalism ‘is given by God .

    “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.””
    ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭47:12

    “down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    Thankyou for sharing and I hope this will encourage you and others too, as it did me.

    God bless,

    Ruth

  45. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your post. The last year and a half, our family has slowly been switching to all natural products and remedies. I am an RN and “weaning”off meds has been a slow process. I finally had enough when my husband was prescribed three different meds with horrible side effects for chronic pain he was suffering from. Thank God someone introduced him to CBD and it’s been life changing. Even though it’s controversial, we know in our hearts that we are not doing anything wrong. There is no mind alteration. Only relief from pain. We give God all the glory for that.

    1. I’m glad you found this one, too, Diana. And I’m very glad to hear your husband has found relief from pain. I hope that cannabis research can move forward unhindered. The plant seems to hold a lot of promise, though it’s not well enough understood yet. Best wishes to you and your journey with natural remedies!

  46. Well Kristen, I searched for Christian Herbalist for all the reasons listed above. I am excited to browse your site and learn what you have to offer.
    I began intensive lay classes with a woman who is definitely not a christian and love learning about herbs and their healing and sustaining qualities. All the while mindful of Who created them. As I go to class I pray and am waiting for the moment the Holy Spirit provides when I can assert that I worship the Creator… not the creation and invite them to think of things differently. In the past when the teacher closed class with a “mindful meditation” I usually exit.
    It is exciting to find a Sister in Christ who has been down this road AND who is providing a place for others who have the same beliefs.

    1. Welcome, Jeanne! I’m glad you found me here. It sounds like you have a wonderful balance with learning about herbs where you can, and just tossing out what you know to be false. I wouldn’t be surprised if your quiet exit speaks volumes to those attending with you.

  47. God impressed on me when I was in my early 20s, twice, that I was to take supplements. After the second time I began to take it seriously. What I did not know then, but God did, was that I would develop chronic pain and fatigue issues as well as a sensitivity to medications. It has been a continual challenge finding herbs which relate to current physical difficulties. For everything that God created “for the use of man” (Ps 104:14) there have been those who have idolized it. That does not make it evil; we just have to make sure we use it in a holy way and give God the glory.

  48. 💕This article brings to mind this quote!! All glory to God, whatever way He leads us to use, herb medicine, music, love…💕
    6 There’s nothing like music. You know, God heals by music. Did you know that? Uh-huh. God heals by music.
    7 God heals by love. See? God heals by medicine. God heals by prayer. God has many ways of healing. Depends on what type that you need.
    8 Sometimes a little love, stretched out, will just cure an old sore, an old place that’s been a grudge or something. It’ll heal it right over, just a little love, a little care.
    9 Sometime when you feel all down, and, as we call it, a street expression, down in the dumps, see, just put on one of those tapes, that music or a record, and go to playing it. The first thing you know, you’re patting your foot, or your hand, and it’s all over then. You’re right up and ready to go again.
    63-0428 – Look
    Rev. William Marrion Branham

  49. Hi, thank you so much. Considering acupuncture treatment for blocked fallopian tubes, obviously TCM. Wonderful that you are a mother to 7 kids. Please keep me in your prayers.

    1. I’ll pray for you right now, Lini. I don’t know very much about acupuncture but just have to wonder if it’s working on some level that Western medicine hasn’t discovered yet.

  50. The way I see it, is , God created them; He already had a remedy prepared before the problem ever occurred. The devil just takes what God made for good, then perverts it. You did a great job on this post, Sis. Kristen!

  51. Thank you for this post, Kristen… In my case, because I would have NEVER considered anyone might think that herbalism and following the Lord Jesus might clash, and now I see that this is indeed the case, and why. For me it’s very simple, though—what did people in the Old and New Testaments use?
    I wonder if any Christian medical students or doctors get asked the same question. After all, modern medicine is deeply rooted in a desperate materialism and open evolutionism, apart from being the stage of the filthiest and most criminal corporate greed and corruption humanity is dealing with today. Modern medicine is based on the most complete shunning of the faintest notion that we are body, soul, and spirit. So, in case of a headache, for instance, why would anyone think that popping a pill of man-made artificial synthetic stuff that most people don’t know how much harms the temple of the Holy Spirit* is any better than using His creation to gently support His creation back to recovery?

    * Paracetamol is known to deplete glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that has protective effects on the nervous system, and has significant deleterious effects on the liver and the respiratory system. Please ask for references if you’re interested.

    1. I’m not sure if people even think of herbalism and modern medicine in the same regards, unfortunately! And I’m completely with you on the issue of Paracetamol (known as acetaminophen here). I think in the coming years we’re going to all understand that this “safe” drug has some serious side effects.

      1. I think it is very important, in Western societies (and some more than others), to reflect on how some cultures have distanced themselves so much from the way things have always been done (always as in always, not as in since the 1950s) and the way the Lord meant for things to be, that nowadays most people wouldn’t think twice before vaccinating or taking antibiotics or getting treated with chemotherapy, or let’s just say before eating a tin of GMO sweet corn, but then would stop and consider before having a cup of lemon balm to help them wind down. I can only imagine the reaction of Christians from indigenous cultures (or not necessarily, let’s just say people who haven’t lost this traditional art) when they learn all that is done in some oh-so-modern and progressive places!
        Here’s another take on the issue, also quite valuable in my opinion: http://christianherbal.org/should-christians-use-herbs-part-1/

        1. Very true! And yes, that’s a great article on the topic. I linked to another one from The Christian Herbal in this post, too. I appreciate all Jasmine is doing there to help reclaim herbs for God’s glory!

          1. I love how you said, “Reclaim herbs for God’s glory!” Precisely. God said, “The whole earth is mine”, but it was perverted by idolaters in the process. I think the find line is crossed when unsuspecting believers are getting swooped in by these religions, because they have not been made aware of all these pitfalls. But it’s time we reclaimed the Kingdom of our Lord and and of His Christ.

  52. And when the Sabbath was past Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome, had brought sweet spices that they might come and anoint him.

    Myrrh and Aloes used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial.

  53. I’m so glad you wrote about this! I have been so interested in herbalism and everything I had looked at (especially Pinterest) had something to do with witchcraft or something of the sort. Totally ookmarking this post!
    Also, I had gone into a holistic/health store and had that feeling that they probably didn’t have faith in Him. Would it still be okay to purchase from a place like that?

    1. Hi Ashley. I’m happy you found this helpful! As far as where you buy your herbal products, that’s completely up to you and your conscience. I can’t see any sin in doing so, but if it bothers you, then there’s also nothing wrong with avoiding the place. If you prefer to only buy from a Christian company, you can look at Natural Hope Herbals. I’m not an affiliate or financially tied, but wanted to mention them as an option for you.

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I’m glad this resonated with you and we can work together to remove any ill-placed stigma from herbalism. We need more Christian herbalists in the field!

  54. Hi Kristen,
    I stumbled across your site while looking for answers on this very topic. I was hoping what I believe (about healing plants and herbs and natural medicine(
    )doesn’t conflict with my Christian faith.
    I kept telling myself how can it be a bad thing when God put these plants here on earth for us. Even in biblical times they utilized oils and herbs were even prized gifts. Your article really helped me stop stressing over this inner battle. God bless!

    1. Hi Jennifer! I’m so glad this was helpful. I’m right with you. God created these plants and they absolutely can be used for our benefit. I might argue they should be used that way, too! 🙂 Best wishes in your herbal journey.

  55. Great response …. especially in regards to recognizing the potential stumbling block to baby Christians ! I am a firm believer in Christ and that God created the plants of this world for us because of his great love. There is a line to walk between living naturally and and turning even little plants into idols! But thank God we have a Lord that forgives, redeems and grants wisdom and knowledge to those who seek him. Bravo for sharing such insight!

  56. Thanks for this article. I’m a very involved Christian and a Chaplain now. I have a highly sensitive child, and we are health conscious. I use homepathics and herbs a lot for my son, and family. I recently read that the creator of homeopathics was a Freemason and a Satanist. I’ve also read articles from other Christians that say it’s demons in a bottle. Then there are others that say we can break curses over things and bless it in the blood of Jesus.
    I’d love to hear your feedback.
    I love making homemade products with essential oils and natural ingredients, and I think herbs are amazing!

    1. I haven’t looked into the background of Samuel Hahnemann to know his faith practices or lack thereof, but I’m personally not of the conviction that we always need to do that before deciding if a certain approach to health is suitable for Christians. I don’t know what the maker of my prenatal vitamin believes about the Bible, but I still take them because they have helped me. My questions on holistic health approaches usually center on two thoughts: Is it safe? Is it effective?

      Homeopathy might offend some Christians because it’s theory is based in energy medicine or vitalism, where the energy frequencies of plants and minerals (and other natural materials at times, too) are believed to steer the body towards healing. This might be where the idea of “demons in a bottle” comes from. I think that’s a bit extreme.

      I do prefer herbalism and aromatherapy to homeopathy based on my current understanding and experience of the latter, but I’m not opposed to using homeopathic arnica since it has more evidence backing its use. I wouldn’t say there’s any curse over homeopathy, regardless of what Hahnemann believed.

      In many of these situations, we just need to pray for wisdom to know what might be a stumbling block for ourselves and others and to discern God’s will for our lives. I pray God gives you continued direction for your natural health journey!

      1. It seems to me that the same truth can be applied here as to the issue of eating meats offered to idols which was an issue in the New Testament Church. ‘Eat what is set before you and ask no questions for conscience sake’

      2. In this regard, especially as Christians we might do well in considering “there are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”. Just because something isn’t proved by science doesn’t mean it’s Pagan; it can mean it hasn’t even been looked into, that it isn’t in some huge corporate group’s best interests (sorry, that’s how it goes), that we don’t have the necessary technology to, or that it simply pertains to a sphere that is beyond the boundaries of what science is about. Science is still, after all, only catching up to several things most traditional cultures have known implicitly for millenia, such as the importance of fermented foods for the microbiome and the role of the latter in human health. So, who’s to say too much against bioelectromagnetic vibrations or energy frequencies of stuff?

  57. Thank you Kristen for your wise words, which are definitely God-centred. I’m currently doing a degree in herbal medicine and the new-age stuff comes up continually. Thanks be to God I am able to recognise when it does happen and am able to get away somehow to pray. Eucharistic adoration is my rock especially during such times. As a practising Catholic I will strive to incorporate it into my practice when I qualify, and there will not be any new-age rubbish in sight! Once again, thank you for your words, it’s encouraging and nice to know that I’m not the only one bringing God back into herbalism.
    God bless you and your family always!

    1. There is a growing number of us learning about and practicing herbalism in a Christ-honoring way. We might be a minority, but it’s encouraging to see the number grow! Enjoy the journey.

  58. Kristen,

    I’ve been following you on Twitter for a while and checking out your posts when I see them in my feed (my Twitter usage is sporadic, so I know I’ve missed a ton). But, I love reading your blog. It is nice to see a fellow sister in Christ (btw, I think our beliefs are very similar from what I can tell!) sharing her experiences with herbs, life, family, and her faith!

    Thanks for being an inspiration!

    1. Hi Cassie! I’m so glad that you’ve stopped by here to comment. 🙂 If you’d like, I have a couple of subscription options that can help you stay up to date. One sends just two emails a month, and one sends every post along with the newsletters. Some like getting every post, and some can’t keep up with that. 🙂 You can see them HERE. I hope you stop by again soon!

      1. You know, I thought for sure I had subscribed a while ago. But I must have dreamed that I did. Or got to the subscription button and got distracted by something shiny. That’s probably what happened.

        Thanks for directing me to the right place!

  59. Thank you!!! I have always leaned toward natural remedies, believing they are a gift from God! However, because of all the negative associations, I have waited so long in really pursuing something I love to do. My own son likes to tease me that I’m turning into a witch (good heartedly) and I was second guessing myself. This article was timely.

    1. I’m glad this was helpful, Morgan! It’s such a shame that herbalism is so firmly associated with witchcraft and other New Age types of beliefs. God gets the glory in our home for our herbal remedies!

  60. I love this so much. I have actually been taking an herbalism class throughout the course of this last week and have been deeply bothered by the thought of “praying to the plants” and “thanking the universe”. My faith runs deep and has for many years, and I have felt extremely out of place in this class because of this. I’ve actually almost felt like I was sinning and like I needed to quit the class and ask Jesus’ forgiveness. I am glad to know that I’m not the only one feeling this way. I have such a strong desire to live naturally and without the chemicals that have grown so common in our lives these days and I am so happy to see that I CAN combine my Christianity with this natural herbalism. Thank you very much for spreading God’s word through this post and for putting me at ease with this new herbalism journey.

    1. Hi Samantha! I’m so glad this was helpful to you. You definitely do not need to set faith in Jesus to the side to take on herbalism! I read about the incredible way our bodies were designed and how plants created by God can bless us and I can only see God’s goodness.

      I do know other believers who have been put off by some schools’ emphasis on New Age spiritualism in their studies, so you aren’t alone there. One thing I really appreciate about the courses I’ve done with Vintage Remedies is that there is no conflict with my Christian faith. You can look into them if you’re interested in other courses later. 🙂

  61. Glad to see that there are herbalists who are not pagan! Would love to see a list of herbal books that follow the same line if there are any. It use to be that Catholic monks cultivated medicinal gardens in the monasteries. They grew and used thier own medicine. I believe it was the Benedictine monks. St. Hildegard was the pioneer in Christian herbalism. Sadly most translations of her books from German have been misinterpreted and translated by pagan spiritualists.

    1. Search for Shonda Parker. She is a mother of seven who practiced and taught herbal medicine and wrote some wonderful books on natural health, particularly empowering for women/mothers. And best of all she is solid theologically, giving God the glory and seeking His will, based on His word in all of life…A truly wise woman. Sadly, it seems (from what I can gather through internet searching), she has been left weakened by severe cancer and is no longer able to work. Would love to see her books republished with her latest wisdom. Her writing really helped guide my thinking about natural health from a Christian perspective.

  62. I agree, wholeheartedly, Kristen! God is so good to have given us such wonderful help thru the plants He planned to help these bodies He created and thouroughly knows!

    1. Definitely! And as I study herbalism more, it becomes so clear that herbs have incredibly complex actions in the body that we don’t fully understand yet at all, but the Lord does. I just think it’s quite amazing. 🙂