- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 1 | Sandalwood
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 2 | Cassia
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 3 | Cedarwood
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 4 | Cypress
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 5 | Hyssop
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 6 | Galbanum
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 7 | Myrtle
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 8 | Onycha
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 9 | Cistus
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture Part 10: Spikenard
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture Part 11: Myrrh
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 12 | Frankincense
We live in an age of modern medicine. There are many health problems we no longer struggle with because of the advances we have made in the medical fields. In spite of the great leaps and bounds made in public health, it is still true that many of the treatments we’ve developed have side effects. Antibiotics are one such treatment.
Antibiotics have been used throughout history. In ancient times, molds were used to treat infections in Greece and India. Russian peasants used warm soil to treat infected wounds. Sumerians and Babylonians had their own concoctions to treat infections with bacteria. However, it wasn’t until Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 that antibiotics became a feasible way to treat infections. They can be a great asset in fighting infection, but it is also important to understand the way they impact the human body.
Antibiotics combat infection by attacking the bacteria living in your body. The problem is that there are many kinds of bacteria in the body—and antibiotics cannot tell the difference between the good and bad bacteria. Taking antibiotics, especially over a long period of time, kills off the good bacteria and leaves your health at risk.
What does the good bacteria do? Your body is infected by about 100 trillion microbes. For a little perspective, there are about 37.2 trillion cells in your body. They are outnumbered by bacteria almost 3 to 1! This good bacteria has several functions, the most important of which is to support the function of neutrophils—a type of white blood cell. Good bacteria keeps the neutrophils primed and ready to fight infection. When that good bacteria disappears, the neutrophils shut down and are unprepared to combat infection when it strikes.
Because of this connection, good bacteria have all kinds of implications for your health. It affects your body’s ability to handle allergies and asthma, plays a role in combating obesity, influences cancer risk, and a number of other things. It is easy to see, then, how taking antibiotics too frequently can damage your overall health and wellbeing.
God demonstrated great wisdom in the way He designed essential oils. They have all the antibiotic properties without the negative side effects of man-made medicine. Not only do essential oils have the ability to discern between good and bad bacteria, they also combat viruses—something that antibiotics cannot do. They support our immune system and enable it to fight bacteria and viruses effectively.
In the Bible, galbanum is one of the amazing essential oils we see put to work. In Exodus 30:34, God commanded Moses to make an incense of galbanum, onycha, and frankincense. Galbanum is an excellent antiseptic because of its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory and an agent to increase circulation. It is often applied to relive digestive trouble, nervous tension, skin conditions, and rheumatism.
To use galbanum, dilute 1 part essential oil with 1 part high-grade olive or coconut oil. Apply 2-4 drops on location or to Vita Flex points, inhale directly, or diffuse.
As always, please consult your doctor before using essential oils when you are pregnant. Antibiotics are a great tool of modern medicine, but should be used sparingly whenever possible. Please contact me if you have any questions!
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