Is It Actually Sinful for Christians to Use Herbs?
Herbal remedies seem to be rooted in pagan practices and cultures. But does that mean Christian herbalism is against the Bible?
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. If that sounds like you, you’re not alone.
As a Christian herbalist, I’ve also had to wrestle with this question. Let’s dig deep and explore what the Bible says about herbs, as well as answer an important question:
Can you use herbs without sinning if you’re a Christian?
When I Saw the Spiritual Side of Herbal Remedies
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 herbal 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.
It was the first time I ever encountered the spiritual side of herbalism, and I wasn’t sure what to make of it. So I kept researching, reading, and learning.
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, religious purposes, or both. Many of these cultures developed highly intricate, complex, and effective systems of herbal healing.
- 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.
Modern herbalism often pulls from these traditions. In fact, while some herbalists will just work within one traditional framework, many will incorporate ideas from multiple herbal traditions in their practice and teachings.
But since none of these traditional herbal frameworks are found in the Old or New Testament, you might be left with a nagging worry.
Does this mean herbalism comes from heathen practices?
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 range from more familiar religions like Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism to lesser-known systems like
- Nature Worship
and anything or nothing in between.
Sometimes this slips through their practices or teachings lightly, like the one page dedicated to a 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.
Practicing Christian herbalists are a rarity within the modern herbal community. This only adds to the concern that using herbal remedies goes against the Bible.
But is that really true?
Can Herbalism Be Redeemed?
If past pagan cultures used herbs for healing and ritual, and if the herbalism of today is so steeped in anti-Christian 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, out of His abundant compassion and love for His fallen creation, gave Adam the knowledge of healing plants. Adam could have then passed it on to those who came after him for hundreds of years. Of course, I can’t prove this by Scripture, but it seems to be a very plausible idea to me.
However it may have happened, it is perfectly logical to assume that the God who made these healing plants made sure His creation knew how to use them.
As these early people continued to pass down herbal knowledge, some fell into paganism and idolatry. Their healing traditions would have evolved with their new religion while the minority who stayed true to the Lord God would have also continued to use herbs, as well.
So while pagan cultures have used herbs for thousands of years, that doesn’t mean they invented herbalism.
There is no sin in you, as a Christian believer, using God’s own creation to promote health and wellness.
Who Gets the Glory for Herbal Remedies?
For the Christian, no one gets the glory for herbalism but God Himself.
And while many pagan cultures and other religions developed complex and often effective healing systems using herbs, that doesn’t mean they got everything right.
I love how my friend Jasmine from The Christian Herbal put it:
Herbalism is not rooted in paganism. Herbalism is perverted in paganism.
You see, herbalism gives us an opportunity to thank God for graciously providing us with healing plants. Pagans and people of other faiths may give that glory to a false god, nature, or the plants themselves, but their idolatry doesn’t make herbalism inherently sinful.
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.
I don’t need to thank nature, talk with the plants, or shake a rattle to benefit from herbs.
God, in His goodness, gave us these plants. I, as a Christian herbalist, am incredibly thankful to have these botanicals at my service.
What Does the Bible Say About Herbs?
While I wholeheartedly believe Christians can use and learn about herbs without fear of sinning, I don’t believe the Bible expressly commands believers to use herbs.
So if I’ve upset any of my non-Christian herbalist friends, here’s where I disappoint some Christians.
Yes, there are some Scriptural references about plants used for healing. Other verses mention medicinal herbs in general, as well.
Scholars disagree on the exact number of herbs mentioned in the Bible, with some suggesting over 200 and others just 45, including only a small handful referenced as explicitly medicinal.
No matter how many herbs the Bible actually mentions, the most well-known verse herbal enthusiasts cite is the last phrase of Revelation 22:2:
… and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
While this initially sounds like solid proof that herbalism isn’t sinful, I don’t use that verse to defend Christian herbalism. Here’s why.
- The verse is clearly prophetic, speaking of the new Jerusalem. It doesn’t refer to this current earth, so using it that way is taking the verse out of context.
- We don’t know if the tree and its leaves are literal or figurative. If they’re figurative, then this phrase most certainly doesn’t apply to earthly plants.
- We don’t actually need this verse to defend herbalism for Christians. We can make the case without it and let this verse be a beautiful prophetic promise for our future home.
I realize many naturally-minded Christians will disagree with me here, and that’s fine. It’s not a major issue or one worth debating.
Actually, I find the most important Biblical evidence for herbal remedies in Luke, St. Paul’s beloved physician friend and the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.
As a physician, Luke wasn’t running to a Roman pharmacy to fill a prescription for something developed by the big pharma companies of the first century. He was likely using herbs, foods, minerals, and perhaps some surgery techniques. And he did it all without sinning.
Side note: Paul referenced Luke the physician on more than one occasion. So, Christian, don’t feel embarrassed or weak in faith if you need to go to the doctor. One was often with the apostle Paul.
How Can Christians 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 key features of their teaching. I do the same thing when I choose the best herbalism books for my home library.
- 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. If you don’t want to figure that out on your own, I can help.
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.
I’m a believer in yeshua I’m interested in herbalism but I don’t want to be judged by Christians. That is what I worry about. I pray about everything and I ask for God’s guidance always. After reading your article it really gave me confidence to move forward in herbalism. I was looking for a legitimate Christian herbalism schools. I found one do you have any suggestions? I do have my aromatherapy certification as well it’s so nice to see another Christian who is a aromatherapist. Thank you so much!
Hi Hannah. I’m glad this article helped you! I actually have an entire article on the topic of herbal schools. You can see it here.
Thank you for you blog! I came across it after searching for herbalism and Christians, since I too am frustrated with the pagans coopting of my beloved plants. It is very clever of Satan to wrap something so obviously good and of God in such overt idolatry so as to make Christians run from it. And to Big Pharma! I thank God for your site and look forward to learning more from you and others that you have referenced.
Hi Tiffany! Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement. I’m glad this post was helpful and wish you the very best as you keep learning about herbs and natural remedies for God’s glory!
What version of the Bible did you get that Romans 14:23 reference from? “Use herbs with faith in the God Who created them (Romans 14:23).” was in one of your last paragraphs.
The way you put it is quite different than its actual text. He talks about that as the way with ALL food.
Hi Robert. I wasn’t actually quoting the Scripture there (that’s why there aren’t any quotation marks around the sentence), but referencing the principle found in that verse. I do that in the point above it, too. Hopefully that helps!
Wow! This was so informative! I was glancing through a herbal remedy book by a popular herbalist that I bought years ago and was quite taken aback by some of its content. Green witches and asking the plants permission for help!! I Googled herbalism and Christianity, because I am a born again Christian and wondered if I needed to stop looking into herbal medicine. I was so glad to find your article! We are free in Christ and everything God meant for our good the enemy always tries to distort in some way. Well done!
It is shocking to come across the spiritual side of pagan or pantheistic herbalism when you’re not expecting it. I’m glad you found my article and I could encourage you to keep using plants for God’s glory. He created them for our benefit! God bless you.
Hello I’m concerned about herbs they use to attract money
Is it allowed in Christianity if use them praying in the name of Jesus
I’m glad you found your answer in one of the other comments! We don’t need plants to help us attract money. God is our Provider and He is faithful to meet our needs without turning to herbal superstitions.
I looked into this subject as to why such a skewed view from Christians, and why they migrate for doctors that continue to make people sick with their non remedies. Over 100 years ago it was ALL people had, then here come the parade of by the Book people who take from context. I need to know how to respond to this type. So thank you.
Glad this was helpful.
Thank you so very much for this post!!!
The validity of my love for herbalism, especially as a Christian, has often caused me to debate, whether or not, it truly is a passion from God, or is just the draw that witchcraft another practice is like it can have.
But like you said, I am just absolutely convinced that because God created these plants, and they are to be used by us! So, thank you so much for this post, and just affirming my conviction!
Hi Eliyah! I’m so glad this was encouraging for you and helped you as you learn about herbs. God bless you!
Thank you so much
May God continue to increase your understanding to learn and teach more than you do
Thank you! God bless you.
Hi! My name is Lindsay. I found your site when I Googled ‘homemade tooth powder recipes’. That is the best recipe I have found and I’m so excited to try it. I then browsed your site and I found this article. Your words blessed me so much. That quote about the devil perverting God’s creation was so good and on point . I believe the Lord is guiding and opening the eyes of many believers to His amazing creation and the benefits of plants. I have friends that dab into the pagan practices, and it makes me sad to see, but what you said about talking and shaking the plant made me laugh. I just wanted to thank you for writing this, from one plant loving believer to another ❤.
I’m so glad this helped and encouraged you, Lindsay! Keep using herbs for God’s glory. He gave them to us.
Wow. Hilariouslty naive. God gave us the healing plants to help ourselves and others. The plant doesn’t understand, nor concern itself with out ideological and heirarchical beliefs. Any way we could use herbs in the name if truly helping others is Gods work.
Using a rattle while administering does not make the herb do something evil in the body. And my ex wife, my spiritual teacher, said that black magicians are generally blocked from receiving gods messages of true healing.
Herbalism is gods work no matter what name of god the herbalist uses. This use here I’ve had trouble with Christianity. The cinquistadores land on the Aztec shores and demand their king become a christian- the king could never have begun to understand what the Spanish invaders meant by this, and in retaliation, the conquistadors brutally murdered the king and 2000 of his soldiers snd destroyed the Aztec empire. Then the christian church burned many herbalists, particularly women, at the stake. A lot of indigenous herbal wisdom was lost by these acts. 40 mil native Americans genocided because they didn’t understand the European concept of God… so , at this time I think it is good idea to let go of christian bigotry. I dare say if you were to go into the Brazilian rain forest and needed a shaman to give you healing herbs, he or she would be rather perplexed to hear you say they could only use christian language around you. I hope your herbal studies are going well.
I think it’s so unfortunate that you think it’s appropriate to come here, insult my faith, make gross generalizations, and indirectly accuse me of bigotry and naivety when we likely share some common ground in our appreciation for healing plants. I make it clear through this entire article that I’m speaking to Christians who worry they can’t use herbs without violating their faith. You clearly don’t fit into that audience. I never even suggest in here that people who aren’t Christians can’t use herbs. I’m glad to discuss honest questions from people who see things differently, but I’m not going to argue with a stranger on the internet who’s here to throw insults.
You appear to get way too sucked into the names that people use. Say I started an organization called “The Humanitarian Organization”, and then I bombed a group of people, the next time someone talked about humanitarianism, would you say, oh, well I hate humanitarians, they bomb people!
Likewise, you do not differentiate between Christianity (following the example of Jesus Christ) and what the supposedly “Christian” Church did. Is what they did in any way what Christ would do? No, so it was not Christian. That was the whole point, they merely took the name “Christian” to try to get away with what they did.
Your comment was…oh, what would you say? Hilariously naïve. 😐
Next time, at least don’t be ignorant if you insult people.
Glad it was helpful, Maggie!
What about Kratom. I like to use or was bc I stopped due to thinking I was sinning. I was going to a vape store to get one and another for a different kind.
Hi Crystal. I personally think most plants have the potential to be helpful, though some require much more care as you use them. With kratom, it’s been traditionally used for various reasons, so as long as the mode of delivery is healthful and your reasons for using it align with Scripture, kratom may be an acceptable choice for Christians to use. I also believe that about cannabis, but I don’t support the recreational use of plants to experience “highs” or other mind-altering experiences. We’re called to be sober and in our right minds. I hope that helps!
Thanks so much for clearing my doubts and fears about use of herbs for healing and wellness.
I’m glad this was helpful. God bless you!
Hi Tamika! You might be interested in another one of my articles called Studying Herbs as a Christian. I don’t currently teach an herbal program, but that post will direct you to options that might work for you. I hope it helps!
Thank you for this article, I am very much into gardening, permaculture and making things from herbs and plants with my friend, however I’ve debated that debate of “Well God created them” vs “witches use them” and you pointing out where the glory goes I think really defines the difference.
The glory of the plant, the knowledge and the ability to make with it – goes completely to God. There is singing to God, worship to God, thanks to God – not the plant, not the earth it grows in, not the person making the useful product, not the leaves, or the “plant spirit”. Praise goes to God almighty. He is the beginning and the end – of everything – including what we use plants for.
I love everything you said, Emma! I’m so glad this helped you. God bless you and your garden!
Coming across your post gave me clarity. Thank you. However, I need more understanding. I came across a post in using plants and herbs for other purpose like air purification, money attraction, wading off negative vibes and so much more. I’ll need more clarification on this please.
Hi Teyei. I’m glad this was helpful. Some live plants do help purify the air because the leaves are able to process contaminants and release oxygen. I like to keep lots of house plants in my home for this reason. However, plants aren’t able to help you get more money, be luckier, or anything of the sort. That’s a kind of idolatry because you’re looking to something other than God to make things work in your favor. Does this help you?
Yes!! That helps so much! I thought I was going insane when someone suggested I pour soda on a plant and bury a ring in the ground and pray in the name of Jesus in order to attract marriage. That does not seem right at all to me and made my heart jump out of my chest. I wanted to make sure that I’m not getting myself involved with something outside of God.
I’m glad that helped! You were right to feel leery of that practice. It’s not Scriptural.
Wow this has really helped me.l actually wanted to try out something for money but with this explain ation am better
Hi Jane. I’m glad this helped. I know how hard it can be to be in a tough financial position, but God will see you through. You don’t have to look to any herbs for provision because He is our provider. Put the Lord first and He’ll provide everything you need.
I got my answer thanks
Yes! We tend to forget “in the Beginning”… God created it all for a purpose and herbs are used so often in the Bible for various purposes. I’m so glad you tackled this. Staying rooted in the Word helps us sort out what has been warped by the enemy and get to the good stuff as God created it to be.
Love your thoughts, Dawnita! Thanks for chiming in. 🙂
Herbalism and herbs themselves are two separate subject. As a Christian, you can certainly argue that you believe that God created all, including the herbs, for us to use for our benefit. However, herbalism is a practice that has been practiced in many cultures for thousands of years. To attribute their practices, as well as the scientific research done, to God is honestly just ridiculous. The thought process of most of the post is truly just disheartening and you have no business practicing any sort of herbalism if you can’t respect its roots.
Hi Morgan. May I ask, who has the authority to decide who gets to practice herbalism and help others through it, and who should be excluded? I’d never consider telling a pagan herbalist they have no business using herbs to improve their health or help others simply because their views and beliefs don’t align with mine. I reject the idea that herbalism is rooted in or was invented by specific cultures, though I do appreciate the ways various cultures developed their herbal knowledge and tradition. People have been learning and growing from one another all through history, but I believe all true knowledge is rooted in God, as is true science. This is not ridiculous. The natural world is full of order and logic which holds it together, rather than the chaos and entropy we should otherwise expect from chance and accident. I believe that points to an intelligent creator God, the same God that provided healing plants for our benefit and the wisdom to know how to use them.
Many Christians are looking for a place to learn about herbs in a way that honors their faith. I’m glad to provide that place for them here.
Christians have been horrible to other religious groups (especially pagans) since the start of their existence. To ignore the sacred traditions and wisdom of paganism is offensive to those of us who have been oppressed for these beliefs and practices. There is nothing wrong with being a Christian herbalist but the cultures and people who forged these paths should be respected and not pushed aside to make it all about Christians and their god.
There’s nothing in this post that says people who helped develop various herbal traditions should be ignored or that everyone who uses herbs should turn all of their attention to the Bible, Christianity, or Jesus. The point of this article is to help Christians feel confident that using herbal remedies doesn’t go against Scriptural teachings. If you’re a pagan, then none of this really applies to you. No one, including me, is stopping you from using herbs to help yourself and others. You are fully welcomed and embraced within the herbal community. I’m making room here for people who don’t see a place for themselves in that community.
You can’t lump an entire group of people together and say they’ve been horrible to other religious groups without facts to support what you’re saying. It is inexcusable that some people twisted Scripture in order to hurt other people or try to force them to convert (as happened during the Inquisition and other times by certain groups), but there are plenty of Christians who never did anything of the sort, spoke out against it, and were, in fact, harmed and killed by those same false teachers. Additionally, Christians continue to be a highly persecuted group in many areas, having their homes burned, jobs taken away, and lives threatened or taken by people of other faiths or authoritarian governments.
In this article, I never stated or even implied that all people of other faiths, including pagans, were horrible. Why would you think it’s okay to come here and say that about Christians to a Christian? How is that not offensive? I’m not opposed to dialoguing and even refining my article so I can express my thoughts more clearly (as I have in the past), but comments like yours do nothing to further the conversation or promote understanding.
As you never said pagans were horrible, I never said christians were horrible; just that they have desecrated many cultures, which is historically accurate. This accuracy is not intended to be offensive, it is just true.
“Christians have been horrible…” Your sweeping generalization of a diverse group of people who have been around for 2,000 years is far from simple fact. It’s inaccurate and ignores the many positive contributions sincere Christians have brought to cultures throughout history and even today.
Hello, random bystander popping in. I would personally agree with you that we can’t ignore the history of a practice and simply try to Christianize it. I thought this article did a good job of discussing certain aspects of that. How would you define “respecting the roots of herbalism” and what would be an example of how a Christian could do that without running into conflict with Christian ethical principles?
Hi JS, these plants and things, are God’s creation; the same of whom it says in Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He created these things from nothing. Their use was perverted, like with many other things that were misused. The roots of herbs helping people goes back past those who perverted the use, or misattributed it. A main difference appears to be that some use the herb itself, while others use the herbs’ poisons (potions) and include other rituals etc. and oppose God’s commandments.
Hang on a minute. I fail to see why you understand the “history of a practice” and “its roots” to be so much in conflict with (or independent of) the idea of God and Christianity. Many herbalists today get to study many different traditions, and most people I have talked about the subject with (mostly non-Christians) are in awe that so many traditions that are centuries and thousands of miles away from each other, with no possible communication between them, nevertheless seem to repeat similar patterns and have MUCH more in common than they have differneces. To me this points to one common Source… that we call God. Then, with time and travel, like languages and so many other things, herbalism evolved over a few thousands of years and was shaped into the myriad of traditions we know today.
I would like to see the reasoning behind your statement “Herbalism and herbs themselves are two separate subjects”. You aren’t a practicing herbalist, are you?! I do believe if you’re going to issue such strong (and sometimes offensive) statements, you should back them up with something other than your own personal notions of what is ridiculous or disheartening and what isn’t.
I am taking a 2 year course on herbalism and am overjoyed to learn all I can with herbs. I have a well established apothecary and tinctures but as I begin my second unit I feel overwhelmed. It talks about magical preparations, the astrology, how to tell mother nature what you are using the herb for, don’t let the herb hit the ground or the power will leak back into the ground …….. I am feeling overwhelmed and more as if it isn’t something a Christian should be doing. I want to learn all I can but it is scaring me. Thoughts?
Hey there, I’m sorry you’re having a hard time with your program. Those types of ideas can be an issue with certain teachers and they definitely make you feel uncomfortable as a Christian. Since you likely already paid for the program, I’d probably just trudge my way through it and mentally toss out anything that contradicts Scripture. There’s probably some very valuable herbal information in there, but only you can decide what’s too much pagan philosophy. I do have an article on Studying Herbs as a Christian here, in case it helps. Wishing you the best! I hope things get better with your program.
Hi, The entire nation has been in a internal struggle as we have never experienced before.
It has allowed much time for thought on this subject. I am a person that has decided against putting a foreign unknown-untested product into my body. Many are being forced to do so. I pray for those who have had to make that sacrifice against there will.
It seems to me that you have noticed the negative effects happening with consumerism or products that people buy.
I have done research and have found out that there are actual demonic companies that are selling products to the public to promote harm. I never thought that evil was in everything from cosmetics to children’s products. This of course also includes find it’s way in products and herbs and supplements
I look at every product symbol on everything I use now and I must tell you evil products are
right there ( Under or noses) being used unknowingly by 90% of the population. It is so bad that there are expensive anti-aging companies selling products that accelerate age.
I have seen so many pyramids and hidden 6’s right in front of our eyes it seems I was blind and now I can see. Here once again our natural geometry the symbols that are in nature are being hijacked and in used in nefarious ways.
I hope this message gets out to the public. The public is a great disadvantage not knowing but this.
On the positive side I do believe more people are turning to Christ.
As a final note I would say to please check everything that you are going to consume or put onto your body. I like to say a small prayer over it in his name.
The plants God gave to us to help us not to harm us. We have been in a long disinformation
campaign since birth that is coming to a end for the people that can see clearly.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We certainly need to pray about what we use in and around our bodies.
That statement is powerful indeed….I 100% agree with you. 🙏👌God bless you.
Thanks a lot for your overview of Herbalism. I am very keen to pursue studies.
Wishing you the best with your studies, Reg! It’s a delightful journey.
I totally believe that everything on this earth naturally is all from God. I love the saying your friend says about how they perverted herbalism.
I agree, Rebecca! I thought she put it so well.
Wow that was very pleasing to read. Thanks Christen
You’re welcome, Elize. Glad it was a blessing!
Hey there, I am at a lost. I am a student herbalist and my teacher is into doing stuff like singing to plants and all that weirdness. I feel conflicted because I love herbal remedies but it seems when I want a tincture or an herbal blend, the women who make them seem to practice burning sage and singing bowls and nature loving and women empowering. I asked the woman if they did new age or rekei stuff over the products and they said they do not but the woman herself does these weird things. I want to try my herbs but I dont want to support someone who does these practices. What do I do? Do I try them and ask if someone can make the exact blend for me, even then on etsy, their so many genuine witches that make tea. I find it hard because I love God intensely and I cant grow my own herbs, I dont know how to make my own blends much less a glycerin tinctures but every tea seller or medinice maker are into being a weirdo about nature and take it too far. Please help.
Hi Mary Jane. I realize these situations can be really uncomfortable when you’re a Christian. I can’t tell you what to do, but I can share how I approach things. When I take herbal classes, I choose to study under teachers who leave their spiritual practices outside of their herbal teachings. I can ignore a few mentions here and there, but if spiritual practices, plant communication, ancestor communication, etc. are frequent aspects of the class, I know it’s not a good fit for me. There are other options, even if it’s just self-study with reference books. I have an article about studying herbalism as a Christian here.
As far as buying herbs and extracts, I usually buy from larger herbal companies if I can’t grow or make the product myself. I don’t know of any spiritual practices with their herbal production, but it’s not something they advertise. I also like knowing they are committed to quality production, correct plant identification, and sustainability. I list recommended brands here. If I knew someone was a self-proclaimed witch and included those practices in her herbal makings, I’d be less likely to support that business.
I hope this helps you.
Thank you Kristen, this is very well written and beautiful. I am a very big believer that God put these plants and herbs for us to use for our temple to be healthy and our minds and soul to be clear and productive for His glory. I don’t believe a sick body and mind is able to honor him as greatly as one that is well. Anyway, I wanted to thank you for sharing your view point and understandings from scripture.
Have a blessed day*
You’re so welcome, Sarah! I agree with you completely. Greater health allows us to serve the Lord and others in greater ways!
I came to this page because I’ve recently started a natural parasite cleanse and realized it has wormwood in it. I remembered that wormwood had something to do with Nephilim and bitter water, so I wasn’t sure if it was something God wouldn’t be happy with me about taking. Nothing inherently wrong with taking taking herbal supplements to help ailments, though. God made the earth to sustain our needs. It was Rockefeller who demonized it and called it alternative medicine when it had been a way of life until he wanted to make his petroleum based medicines standard.
Hi Brooke. As a Christian and an herbalist, I have no problem using wormwood when it meets a need. God made wormwood, along with many other bitter herbs and foods that can be very beneficial to our health. Wishing you well!
Is Ashwagandha fine to use.. I have purchased a brand that is from India called Himalaya. I seem to feel a little anxious when I take one in morning and then it settles down. Don’t know if its my spirit resisting it. I have just been wondering?
Hi Brenton. Ashwagandha is a helpful herb for many people. There’s nothing spiritually wrong with taking it. I don’t know if it’s the best or right herb for you, but many people find it helps them with sleep disturbances, stress, and anxiety. Unless a plant is psychoactive or intoxicating, I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with using one for health benefits. I hope this helps you.
Cleanse me with HYSSOP and I will be as white as snow.forgive me for my ignorance but I have come across Biblical references to herbs as many times for me to wonder whether these simple plants are not there for people to use, medicinal, spiritual.
Frankincense and Myrrh, sandalwood, etc are used in Christian places of worship and they did come from previous “heathen” practices. These resins are used in temples everywhere. So many herbs have found their way into incredibly efficacious medicines for cancer and other diseases. Is not God part of this ?
Jesus himself was as a Jew, aquainted with herbs and oils anointing, blessing,
If someone wishes to use the power of an efficacious herb to do good, are they not making use of God’s abundance?
My apologies if this is ignorant. It is just a sincere question. X
Hi Sarah. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Can you help clarify what your question is? I’m not sure if some of your questions above are rhetorical, to make a point, or are asked for me to respond. Thanks!
God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Thank you for this insight. What is your perspective if a Christian purchases herbs and oils from a practicing witch/store that also sells witchcraft items?
Great question. I don’t think there’s a strictly right or wrong answer, though I personally would be less likely to buy from a store if it also sold items relating to witchcraft. I think this is an area where you have to pray and use discernment from the Holy Spirit to know if you should or shouldn’t patronize a particular herb store.
Yours make interesting reading, Thank you.
I write from Ghana in West Africa and confirm that herbal use is very closely linked to traditional religious practices such that some Christians would rather die than to use herbs.
The majority, including me, however have no qualms using them so long as ONLY Christian prayers are employed to heal to glorify God.
I hear many drugs used by modern pharmaceutical company have their bases in plants. Is it true?
Hi Eugene. Yes, many medicines are rooted in plants. Often a single compound from a plant is isolated and then processed or synthesized to create a patented medication. Of course, that’s probably a very simplified version of what goes on in a pharmaceutical lab! Aspirin is one of the most frequently cited examples of this.
I am confused about using herbs that are said to bring about goodluck. Its a herbal concoction
oil thats used on the body and the maker assures me that its only purely herbal but I am also scared that I may be using something evil because the oil really works and all someone’s wishes whether money or anything does come to pass. I guess am skeptical because of the rate at which it works.
Hi Vanny. I don’t believe herbs have the ability to bring someone good “luck.” I don’t personally believe in luck at all, but in the providence and plan of God. Faith and positive thinking is a powerful thing, though, so if someone applies the oil and truly believes something good will happen, it’s possible they’ll get what they want. However, as Christians, we don’t need to do that. We need to take our requests to God and ask for His provision and perfect will regarding what we need or want. So the herbal oil itself isn’t good or evil, but if your intent for using it is to get something you want, it sounds like the oil has become an idol. I hope this is helpful.
After we had our daughter in 2016, we decided to take birth control measures and my wife got those birth control injections for about 2 years. We then tried for a baby in 2019 and the whole year nothing happened. We continued to pray and trust God. towards the end of 2020, a christian friend sold us a bottle of Khoisan herbal medicine she was promoting called PhytoMed from a south african company called phytomed. Here is their website: https://www.phytomed.co.za/home.
Not long after my wife conceived and we are carrying our 3 week old baby now.
There was no spiritualism or evil worship involved. The instructions were to boil a cup full and drink the medicine. The medicine is also claimed o help with kidney problems, high blood pressure and many other diseases.
Did we sin by taking that medicine hoping it would remove effects of the birth control injections my wife had taken?
Was our child born in sin?
Hi Phil. First, congratulations on your baby! Children are a gift from the Lord.
I looked at the website you shared and wasn’t sure which specific product your wife used, but it sounds like a basic herbal preparation, similar to a tea. So no, I don’t think you sinned. Your baby is a gift and a testimony to God answering prayer. Prayers might be answered in miraculous ways, but they can also be answered through natural remedies and even medical procedures. God always gets the glory because He is the author of life. So whether your precious baby was brought along with help from the herbal preparation, or it just so happened that your wife conceived shortly after taking it, you can simply thank God for blessing you with your child. I hope this helps put your mind at ease!
What if a person see things which aren’t physical and you’re advised to seek a herbalist for that case. Is it right?
Hi Raphael. I’m not sure exactly what you mean by seeing things that aren’t physical. If it’s a physiological problem, like eye or brain dysfunction, you should seek medical care first to know what’s going on. If you think it’s something within the spiritual realm, I’d advise you to seek the Lord through prayer, Scripture, and pastoral counsel. As an herbalist, I wouldn’t feel equipped to help in this situation, and I can’t think of a reason that an herbalist should be the first person to go to for help, unless the suggestion refers to herbalists who also practice witchcraft, spiritualism, etc. That wouldn’t be a Scriptural thing to do.
Christians should look at it this way, the big pharma corporations are babies in the world and history of medicine. Before the Pfizers came into the world there were apothecaries who also relied on herbs and recently (in world history) started using chemicals (which were extracted from plants/ herbs etc) in the world of healing. Before that, herbs were used to heal for millennia! So I doubt that people before the world of modern medicine are all going to hell for using natural remedies. I agree with you Kristen, herbs are a natural God-given gift and they are a lot better for our bodies than synthetic, lab-grown medicines which in the long run harm our bodies more than they heal them. There is 100% a time when a hospital, doctors, surgeries are needed, but there is also a time when natural remedies will do you a lot more good than popping a pill for every little ache and pain. Also in my experience, people who prefer the use of natural remedies usually live MUCH healthier lifestyles than people who solely rely on modern medicine. Like almost every natural GOOD thing in the world, satan has perverted what was made for our good. And for those of us who believe in prayer alone as healing, yeah God can 100% heal through prayer, but He DID create natural remedies for our good. The “prayer only” argument can be just as much of a slippery slope as the natural remedies argument can be. Many people have been conned and scammed by “faith healers” and that is another example of satan perverting something God has meant for our good. The foundation of anything should be us realizing that all we have is from God, and all that is good is a gift from Him but because of the fallen nature of the world, many GOOD things have been perverted and their original uses twisted to serve the agents of darkness. I’m so sorry for the essay Kristen but I feel so deeply about this topic and I am so grateful that there are people like you who set the record straight. I come from a family of witches (both grandmothers were witches, and my mother was a witch as well. My maternal grandmother and my mother ended up finding Christ, praise God!) So I KNOW how much this world of natural remedies has been twisted and used for evil, but it doesn’t mean that we should abandon using herbs etc. the way God had originally intended for us to use them. God bless.
Hi Bridgette! I loved your essay 😉 and am so glad you spent that much time sharing your thoughts and experiences. You make a really great point that some “faith healers” have also taken something true and twisted it into something for their own profit and gain. Like you, I’m thankful for any way God chooses to heal: through prayer, simple faith, laying on hands, dietary changes, exercise, and yes, herbal remedies, too!
Please as a Christian is it right for me to soak bay leaf in a bowl of water and bath with it, for cleanings and favor. Thanks
Hello, Shirleynita. There’s nothing wrong with using bay leaf in bathwater if you want to benefit from it. Many herbs can be used in baths for health benefits. I’m not sure what cleansing and favor you’re hoping to gain, though. There’s no spiritual cleansing power in any herb. That can only come through the blood of Jesus Christ. I hope this helps.
The book of Enoch states that the fallen angels taught these things to the people, nowhere does it say that God taught this to Adam and Eve. It was forbidden knowledge that was learned after the fall of man.
Hi Christie. The book of Enoch (as is known today) isn’t part of Scripture, and I don’t accept it as holy writ. Of course, you’re welcome to use that book to guide your choices, but I don’t believe Christians need to look to books outside of the Bible for their spiritual guidance or for inspired truth. I do agree that the Bible doesn’t say God taught anything to Adam and Eve regarding herbs. That’s why I use the word “perhaps” in the article.
God never taught Adam and Eve about using plants for medicinal purposes because they lived in a pre-fallen world before anyone could Die/Get-Sick.
The book of Enoch is not scripture. It is not Canon. And we believers ought not to base our doctrine out of books that arent in the bible
Hello Keilah. Adam and Eve didn’t continually live in a pre-fallen world. After their fall into sin, they lived for hundreds of years and began to experience sickness and death. While Scripture doesn’t give us any indication one way or another, it’s certainly not out of the question to imagine that God could have led Adam to healing plants.
Hi Keilah, in Genesis 3:17 the ground got cursed because of what Adam did. And in verse 18, God said he shall eat the herb of the field. It appears that it had then become necessary to eat the herb to help mitigate the eventual negative effects on the body from the ground being cursed.
Hi Kristen. God gave them to us to keep us healthy. They are perfectly fine to use a Christian. I am a Christian. Was blessed to be born into a Christian family 73 years ago. You are using what our God has blessed us with.
I agree, Linda! 🙂
In seeing the illusion of separateness, it is certain to me that any religion, dogma or faith system that condemns another and perpetuates separateness is the one in the wrong.
How can plants, made by God, even be questioned to be wrong? And.. what in the world is wrong with dancing in the moonlight? and for heaven’s sake, rattles?
Hi Noelle. I’m not really sure what kind of response you’d like since I’m guessing we’re coming at this topic from two entirely different perspectives, though I could be wrong. My article is for Bible-believing Christians who aren’t sure if using herbal remedies goes against Scriptural teaching. If that’s not you, then I don’t think you’ll find it particularly helpful and perhaps may even misunderstand what I’m saying.
But I’ll do my best to answer your questions:
Because many herbalists and herbal texts have a spiritual perspective that isn’t in line with the Bible, some Christians associate all herbalism with witchcraft, paganism, or other forms of spiritualism. I don’t agree with that, but I understand where this misconception is coming from and am trying to clear that up with this post. Like you said, plants were made by God and using them isn’t wrong.
Rattles and dancing aren’t wrong in themselves, either. However, given the context of their use in the examples I mentioned (offering thanks to the plants), I see that as a form of worship. Many other Christians would agree, and it’s those kinds of suggestions that turn a lot of Christians off from studying herbalism. My point is that these practices aren’t necessary in order to use herbs and Christians can instead offer a prayer of thanksgiving to the Creator when they benefit from His creation.
To your initial point, though, it’s impossible for there to not be separateness when faith teachings vary so dramatically. That isn’t an illusion. Christians hold dear many beliefs that are in direct opposition to Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and other religions. That doesn’t mean there has to be animosity between people of those different faiths, of course, but it’s a simple fact that the teachings aren’t the same. Doesn’t your initial statement condemn my faith since you’re telling me I’m in the wrong? Or am I misunderstanding your point?
I am very interested in learning more about herbs
That’s great, Abigail! If you haven’t read it yet, I think you’ll like this article on studying herbs as a Christian.
I love this! As my husband brings his study on oils and herbs and natural remedies I found this article helpful. Thank you 🙏🏾 God bless you.
You’re very welcome, Tiana! Glad it was helpful!
I just wish you would have thrown in some Bible verses supporting our stance here. There are plenty of them!
Hi Sunshine. You’re more than welcome to share your favorite verses here in the comments! I’m not ignorant of them, but opted to put the focus of this article elsewhere.
Many of the verses that talk about plants for healing, like “… the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” from Revelation 22:2, are prophetic and refer to the new earth, not this present one. You could certainly propose that since God promises this to us in our future home, plant-based medicine makes sense in our current one, too. But I didn’t include them because they don’t explicitly refer to this present world or give instructions to use herbal medicine. Instead, I’m encouraging Christians to think back to the very beginning and remember that medicinal herbs are God’s good creation and using them for our benefit is good, as well.
Thank you for this article. I’ve researched this a time or two and have always left a little conflicted. Today I read Romans 14 which seems pretty clear to me that all plants can be used for the body, and the glory of God.
I came across this post while searching for Christian resources for using herbs.
I’m glad you found me here, Ronica, and so glad that God directed you to truth in His Word. God bless you!
thanks for this am very greatful, pls can a Christian make incision on his/her body using herbs for any reason? is it a sin or not bcus am confused on Leviticus 19vs 28.
pls I need enlightenment. thanks
Hi Samuel. I’m not really sure why someone would need to cut themselves to use herbs. I think I need more information to weigh in with any clarity on this question. Herbalism is generally best practiced using the gentlest herbs at the lowest doses necessary to provide benefit. So even if what you’re describing isn’t sinful, it sounds like poor herbal practice.
All healing comes from YHWH. I do believe that He has given plants properties to heal us and that also ties in with good nutrition. He gave us every herb as food. But when we give credit to the herbs or tinctures or other concoctions, we are in trouble. It is God who heals. And He does heal through prayer alone without any use of herbs at all.
Certainly, Janna. I agree completely.
Hi there what would you recommend for major depression and anxiety. Suicidal thoughts with intent is getting worse.
Hi Carla. I’m sorry you are going through such a dark time. For legal and ethical reasons, I can’t give herbal guidance without a client relationship. This is especially true when you are in danger of harming yourself. Please don’t hesitate to call 1-800-273-8255 if you think you might hurt yourself. Compassionate people want to help you get on the other side. Your life is important to the people around you and they want to help you have a brighter future.
I can work with people who are experiencing serious issues, like depression and anxiety, but that care is also best done in tandem with a licensed counselor and perhaps a medical professional. There are dietary adjustments and herbs that benefit mental health, but they will vary from person to person. You can learn about my client work here.
Praying for you now, Carla!
See this is where witchcraft comes into play when people look to herbs to heal them rather than the healing power of God. This conversation affirms my feeling that’s herbalism is not for true Christ followers. God is our healer period.
Hi again, Christie. I agree that God is our healer, but I have some questions for you, asked in sincerity and kindness.
How is this conversation showing witchcraft in any way?
Why can’t God work healing through plants He created? Can He only heal through prayer?
Do you also reject life-saving surgeries and medications when needed?
At what point do health-giving vegetables become forbidden herbs?
When herbs improve someone’s health and wellbeing, much like a healthy diet and exercise can do, do you attribute that improvement to Satan?
I can’t see the logic or consistency in accepting healthy foods that grow from the soil, yet rejecting herbs that can also support health and ease the discomforts of this fallen earth.
Genesis, and several other verses, says that God gave humans ALL the plants as food. ALL.
I believe in my heart that only Jesus could heal everyone that’s what the Bible says Jesus healed the blind the lame duck people with leprosy and also he commanded the devil to come out of people only Jesus has the power to heal all of the cultures around the world rely on healing plants likeMarijuana but I rely on Jesus all the time
God is absolutely the only healer, but I believe He can use many avenues to bring healing, like prayer, laying on hands, music, doctors, and herbs. No matter how healing comes, God is the one who ultimately brings the healing.
“Herbalism is perverted in paganism”
This is simply not true and I’m struggling to understand the logic in this. The herbalists of pagan communities were wise healers who sought to help people.
Perversion implies a corruption of something original – but the pagans are much older than the Christian faith. People from both paths shared knowledge with each other and no one should feel ashamed for wanting to learn how to heal, no matter what deity they follow.
Hi Jasmine, and thanks for your comment! I agree with you that herbalists of pagan communities are often very skilled herbal practitioners. Herbalists of all walks of life and faiths can grow in their understanding and skills by sharing their herbal wisdom with one another. I also agree that no one should feel ashamed for wanting to learn how to restore health and wellness with herbs, regardless of their beliefs. Can you share what I said that perhaps gave you the impression I thought someone should be ashamed for wanting to use herbs as a pagan or some other/no faith?
I think we disagree on other points, but I’d like to try to clarify my perspective if I can.
First, I believe Christianity is the oldest faith because it starts at the beginning of creation (or even before that, since God is eternal and without beginning or ending). Obviously, people weren’t called Christians until Jesus Christ resurrected, but our faith is rooted in the God who began all things and has continually revealed Himself to His creation through time.
When I quote my friend Jasmine about herbalism being perverted in paganism, it’s not about pagans being poor herbal healers. I realize that’s not the case at all. It’s because, from the Christian perspective, it is wrong to give other spirits or the plants themselves the credit and praise for the health they can restore in the body. That credit belongs to God alone, and to give it elsewhere would be a perversion of the original grace God has given us by creating healing plants.
I hope this is somewhat helpful in clarifying that statement. I do appreciate your comment!
Hi Kristen, lovely to receive a reply from you! For some reason I didn’t receive a notification for your reply so apologies for the delay in my response.
I wasn’t saying that anything you said implies that those who practice paganism with herbalism should be ashamed – apologies I made you feel that way. The point I was trying to make is that herbalism is about healing and shouldn’t be considered ‘sinful’, regardless of its pagan origins.
“It’s not about pagans being poor herbal healers” I didn’t even think this when quoting that sentence. From my perspective, what it does confirm however is the belief of the heathen ways regarding the use of plants as sinful amongst Christians. It was the pagans that indulged the study of plants, saw them as sentient beings in their own right and was historically condemned by Christians for doing so. There was no perversion and implying there was one but on the pagans side is where the problem is.
Medicinal plants mentioned in the Bible were adopted by the early writers by surrounding pagan nations as well as its own ancient origin as a polytheistic Semitic religion. Common origins confirms why any Christian who wants to practice herbalism shouldn’t think it as a bad thing – it imposes unnecessary restriction on the individual.
I hope this helps!
Thanks for the friendly dialogue, Jasmine. That’s deeply lacking on the internet! 🙂
A couple of last thoughts.
If I’m understanding correctly, it sounds like the foundational difference in our perspectives is who learned how to use herbs from whom. I don’t believe that pagans used herbs first and Christians (or before Christ came, Jews and followers of the God of the Old Testament) only learned after them. As I mention in the article, I believe early people knew of herbal healing because of coming from the common ancestors of Adam and Eve who spoke directly with God. So I don’t think herbalism has pagan origins, though some churches (especially in the Middle Ages) erroneously targeted herbal practitioners in more recent history.
The perversion I see in pagan herbalism is a spiritual one, not an herbal one. Because the creator God is not given the credit for herbal healing, but rather the plants themselves, other spirits (like ancestors), or the herbal practitioner, worship is misplaced. Many Christians see this and then equate herbs with paganism or witchcraft. My goal here is to show that isn’t always the case.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts! It helps me better articulate mine.
Likewise, it’s refreshing to have a polite discussion online and I thank you too for it.
I think like you I’ve confirmed that we certainly aren’t going to agree on the history side as yours is of a spiritual position and mine is of research. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that at all – everyone’s entitled to voice what they feel is right provided no harm is done.
Best wishes to you and your readers!
Thanks, Jasmine. Best wishes to you as well!
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.
Hi Guillermo, and thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience! You might also be interested in my article All You Need to Know About Studying Herbs as a Christian. I share all about the different options for believers who want to become herbalists.
I want to learn too and am a Catholic. Though my mom is already healing people using herbs but I want to do more so I can help people around me.
That’s great, Ann! My best advice is to get to know the plants that grow around you and learn what kinds of medicinal benefits they may have. A good herbal reference book and field guide can help you start to make those connections. Best wishes to you!
Thank you for the post,just wondering then is it safe for a Cristian to use plants like ashwaghandha or other from Indian medicine?
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!
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.
You’re very welcome, Toyin. I’m really glad this was helpful to you! God bless you.
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.
” 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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
I’m so glad this helped you, Kathy! God bless your herbal journey.
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!!
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.
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
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Do know what use for bell palsy I have it for 17 year
Hi Norma. I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with Bell’s palsy. Finding the right herbs to help with a health need is an in-depth process and one I can’t do without a client relationship for legal and ethical reasons. You can learn about my client work here.
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.
Glad this encouraged you! It sounds like you have a great grasp on using herbs for God’s glory.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for your encouraging words, Fredrick! I send out additional education and encouragement on natural remedies to my email subscribers, so be sure to sign up for the free emails if you’d like continued help. Best wishes and God bless you!
Church ceremony uses incense and wine this one confuses me
I think the article explains why some Christians are unsure if using herbs is against Scripture. Is there something else you’re confused about?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.””
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!
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.
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.
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.
I’m glad this was helpful and encouraging, Segun! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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?
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.
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.
I’m so glad to hear this was helpful and reassuring for you, Deborah. Enjoy your learning!
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 (:
Glad you found this helpful!
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.
I’m so glad to hear this was helpful, Cristina. Wishing you lots of health and peace.
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.
Yes, Luke is a great example of a believer who was no doubt using natural remedies!
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.
Nice to “meet” you, Christina! And I wish you the best as you work with your clients to help them find better health.
Thank you for this!
You’re welcome, Katie! I’m glad it was helpful for you.
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.
Yes, definitely Lara! Hildegard von Bingen is well-known for her work with herbs and furthering herbal knowledge. Thanks for adding that excellent point.
And Christians practice magic as well. What do you think prayer is? Why do priests do exorcisms? It’s magic.
Prayer is not magic. And that’s not even relevant to the topic of this article. I didn’t mention magic once.
What you are calling “magic” is simply supernatural. Prayer, miracles are supernatural. They glorify God. Witchcraft, necromancy, shamanism, idol worship, etc is demonic and godless in nature.
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.
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.
Thank you so much for this.
You’re very welcome! I’m glad you found it helpful.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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
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!
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.
You’re very welcome, Sandy! I’m glad this helped you so you can move forward loving the Lord and enjoying the gift of herbs He’s given us.
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.
Hi Sara. You can contact me anytime here, or email directly at [email protected].
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.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Denise.
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!!!!
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!
Amen, satan does NOT owe God’s creation!
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
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.
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.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, April.
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.
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.
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!
That’s wonderful to hear! I’ll see if I can find that book. Many nuns, monks, and priests kept herbalism alive in the Middle Ages.
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!
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!
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!😉
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
I’m glad this was helpful, Jennifer!
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!.
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?
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!
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.
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. 🙂
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Can you write your prayers down and use herbs with them
Hi there! Can you share a bit more about what you mean?
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.””
“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.
I appreciate your additions, Ruth. Thank you for sharing!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Could you explain why mindfulness is pagan? There is a wealth of empirical research about using mindfulness to better connect to our internal world and reduce anxiety, depression. etc that is not spiritually driven. Some research would say prayer is a form of mindfulness. I’m struggling to see why it should be avoided.
Hi Kirsten. I don’t believe I said mindfulness is pagan, but it can be a spiritual practice for some people that takes the place of a relationship with God. Mindfulness is a tricky topic to cover because it can mean different things to different people. Scripture teaches us to meditate on the Lord and His Word and that could be a form of mindfulness for some people. But other ways of practicing mindfulness can leave people open to demonic spiritual influences or idolatry because they aren’t looking to God for their peace and strength. So I don’t believe it is necessarily pagan, but Christians should be careful to practice it in a Biblical way. Hope that clarifies!
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.
Absolutely, Edith! I’m glad that God has led you to herbal medicine as you work with your health challenges.
💕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.
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Rev. William Marrion Branham
I love that, Courtney!
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.
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.
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!
Thank you, Cheye!
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.
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.
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/
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!
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.
Thank you, Irina! I’m glad this was an encouragement to you. I love seeing the growing movement of Christians who are redeeming herbalism.
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.
Indeed! Many plants are mentioned through the Bible.
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?
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.
Great post Kristin. As a fellow Christian I totally agree with you. I think your list of things to keep in mind is very wise.
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!
Praise be to God for the blessings of the vegetation because we find healing in it Amen.
Definitely! I’m always so thankful for the healing properties God put in plants.
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!
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.
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!
Thank you, Jenna! So true… anything can become an idol, even natural remedies. But they can also be wonderful tools and blessings to our health!
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!
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!
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’
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?
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!
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.
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!
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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. 🙂
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.
The only one I really know of is Fritchey’s Practical Herbalism (affiliate link). My class materials from Vintage Remedies ((aff) are also Christian. I’d love to find some other solid resources, as well.
We studied Hildegard as a musician this past year in our homeschool. I was delighted to read about her being an herbalist, too!
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.
Oh, good reminder, Susan! Thanks for sharing about Shonda.
Yes, Ceanne, Shonda Parker is another Christian herbalist with books in print, especially for women and children. You can find many of them here on Amazon. (my affiliate link)
I couldn’t have put it better Kristen! I am so thankful that God created plants for us to use.
My heart exactly on this matter! Well written!
Thanks, Jill! I’m glad you found this encouraging.
Well said, Sister!! These plants are a gift from a loving Father.
Thank you, Carol!
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!
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. 🙂
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