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TEN THINGS TUESDAY: God's Healing Garden

TEN THINGS TUESDAY: God's Healing Garden

I have always been fascinated by the endlessly vast array of edible– and inedible– growing and existent compounds God chose to create and include in the world. Of course, His Word and His Spirit’s breath are all the healing we need, and we find Him in His Creation. Where prayer and spiritual battles often are not ones in which ingested remedies are called for, sicknesses and ailments caused by man should not be solved by man, but by Him! I haven’t tried all of these, but here are a few of His good things that are miraculously healing that are pretty darn amazing. 
Ginger for Stomachaches. I’ve been putting up with lots of stomachahes lately as my body gets used to all sorts of different foods and more of them; I am amazed by its natural properties that help with antinauesa. Meant for eating, ginger grows in God’s garden in the form of flowers! It’s great as a tea with honey, spicing stir fries, or in Christmas cookies!
Tart cherries for sleeplessness. Tart cherries naturally have a ton of melatonin, which is the hormone the body naturally regulates when you’re sleeping. Snacking on them before bed, or maybe blending into a smoothie, or drinking cherry juice fills your body with more of the hormone. 
Yogurt and lemon for breath. Anything acidic is a natural odour neutralizer, so gargling with lemon juice will be most powerful, but even drinking lemon water aids. Following that up with any bacteria-containing yogurt works with acid to naturally neutralize odours! 
Black tea for tired eyes. You know DRINKING it wakes you up, but the same compounds naturally in the tea, called tannins, when steeped in hot water and then applied to wrinkled, tired eyes can reduce puffiness and instill a wake-up call. 
Sugar for hiccups. You’ve heard that hanging upside down or being scared are your best bets; but any little granules swallowed works on the nerve causing the hiccups; think salt or sugar (of course sugar tastes the best!)
Chocolate for a tickle. Theobromine, naturally found in cocoa, suppresses persistent coughs. 
Magnesium for headaches. Magnesium supplements, or magnesium-rich foods, are your best friends when dealing with a headache, which is a naturally nerve-relaxing mineral. Spinach, nuts and seeds, and bananas are a few examples.
Raspberry tea for cramping. Raspberry leaf naturally contains fragrances that significantly reduce stomach cramping. 
Aloe for burns. Aloe Vera plants produce oil that can be made into a gel, that has incredible anti-inflammatory properties amazing for sunburns and any skin flare.
Olive oil for chapped lips. Olives are my least favourite food, haha, but they contain tons of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that soften and smooth out skin much better than any man-made, chemical laden balm. 
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. Genesis 1:11
(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 1 Timothy 5:23
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31



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