The meanings and uses of biblical herbs plants trees and flowers

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The meanings and uses of biblical herbs plants trees and flowers
The rose is mentioned in the Bible as a symbol of redemption. (rose image by Freddy Smeets from

Herbs, flowers, and trees are mentioned many times in the Bible, starting with the garden of Eden. These plants have many uses, from culinary to health to beauty. Learning the Biblical meanings of them and how they can be used is an enriching study.

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Aloe is mentioned in the Bible in Luke as a plant out of the garden of Eden. Aloe is an easy to grow succulent that has healing properties. When cut open, the juice inside the thick, fleshy leaves is soothing on burns. Aloe juice can also be used to stop the itch after bug bites or contact with poison ivy or oak.


In Isaiah, the Bible talks about the rose blossoming in the desert. Its beauty and delicate scent are symbols of love and redemption. Rose hips are an excellent source of vitamin C and can be made into a tasty jelly. Rose water softens and scents skins. Dried rose petals are often used in sachets or left in bowls around the house for deodorising.


The almond tree's flowers symbolise the crowns on the seven branches of a Jewish candelabra. Because the almond tree blooms early, it is said to symbolise God watching over everyone. Almonds are rich in protein and vitamins. Ground almonds can be used as an exfoliant in homemade beauty products. Almonds blended with water make a rich, nutritious milk that can be substituted for cow's milk.

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