Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Christian Herbalist

An encouragement to anyone interested in the art of natural healing.

By: Rachel Martin

I have recently been researching and contemplating the idea of doing some schooling on natural, total body, wellness.  I am already a certified Christian Councilor and Life Coach so that leaves natural healing to tackle and man is it a big one.  I have been looking into herbalist classes, food as healing, anatomy, and other things of that nature.  Here is what I found really disappointing. As I looked around on the internet for information I found one blog and one website devoted to the Christian Herbalists.  All the really great programs and the rest were filled with other garbage either leaning to or outright occultist.  I figured I would write my thoughts down so there would be at least one more bit of information out there for Christians and natural healing.   

I firmly believe we are called to be good stewards of our planet.  I believe we are to recycle, not litter, grow plants, have car's with low emissions and things of that nature.  I think God made it very clear.  If you have ever read Genesis it is pretty obvious.  Try reading Genesis 1:26 & 28 and 2:15 just to name a couple verses. For some people though what we call being good stewards can become the ultimate and something to be worshiped.  I was truly struck dumb by some of the things I read while trying to find information and schooling. I read some information about thanking the grandmother plant by dancing for it when you were foraging.  I had SO many questions.  How do you find the grandmother plant? What if she is dead? What if she was not cool with you picking her grandson?  What kind of dancing are we talking about? Hip hop, Irish step, tap? Yet...... I digress.

I am a Godly women, I do not have an issue with drifting into the occult, I can easily distinguish between nonsense and truth, but unfortunately the world has the reigns of the schools of natural healing.  I hope there are other people like me out there.  I have met a very few.  I would love it if the Christian's of the world would take back this area of natural healing and herbs.  God created them for a purpose so why have we allowed this to go unrecognized by the Christian community?  If anyone should be on this bandwagon it is Christians. God gave us doctors to heal, God gave us prayer to heal, also gave us plants to support and heal our bodies. 

In John 17:13-19 Jesus is in prayer and prays for his disciples, that they go out into the world and that God would help them along the way.  It became so clear to me that God has called us to be in the world.  We so often focus on not being of the world that we forget that we are called to be in it.  Knowing your Bible and beliefs and stepping into the world with confidence is part of what God asked of us!  Shouldn't I, as a mature believer, step confidently into the world if it is the only place to learn what I need and take that information to believers and anyone else I can?  Along the way should I not be sharing my beliefs?  In my book it seems like a win win all around.

Our world is a mess. I get that I am going to be dealing with a lot of garbage.  I wish that I could just focus on the schooling aspect and not have to divert energy to ignoring the garbage that goes along with this. However in the end I think it will be worth it.  I hope that, like so many things I advocate for, weather it be positive body image, or human right to end slavery, or preforming arts as part of life.  That this too will eventually catch the eye of Christians and we can start speaking out about it.  Total mind and body health with what God gave us on earth is important and who better to lead the way then people that have the answer to sickness of the soul.


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