The Secret of Wound Healing Revealed in the Bible
The book of James chapter 5 verse 14 (CEV) says, “If you are sick, ask the church leaders to come and pray for you. Ask them to anoint you with olive oil in the name of the Lord.”
Olive oil in biblical times was used for everything from worship to cooking, including medicinal purposes. It was fresh and unprocessed and used until it went rancid, then thrown away.
The only other reference to the use of oil for healing is in the story of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10:33-35 CEV. “Then there came a man from Samaria, traveling this way. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, “Please take care of the man. If you spend more than that on him, I’ll pay you when I get back.”
The Samaritan cleansed the wounds with wine and poured olive oil over them and bandaged him. The wine spoken of in the Bible is not the high alcohol wine we have today, but rather grape juice that will naturally ferment over time as the heat reacts with the natural sugar in the juice. It was much safer to carry wine than to get sick from contaminated water when traveling. It would be perfect for a cleansing and astringent solution for wounds.
The victim referred to in this passage was probably beaten and robbed and left for dead in the dirt, so his wounds were probably dirty and very susceptible to infection. It doesn’t say what the outcome of it was, but he was taken to an inn and cared for by the guard, so I assume he recovered. Regardless, we have a snapshot of what standard wound care was back in the day.
With modern medical science and antibiotics, it would be easy to dismiss such an archaic treatment as useless. But I recently had the opportunity to try this ancient form of wound healing. About six days ago, my wife got a nasty bite wound from one of the squirrels we rehabilitate. The squirrel bit her left ring finger to the bone. We didn’t clean the wound with wine because we didn’t have any that duplicated what the Bible said, so we washed the wound with soap and water. There was profuse bleeding so we kept direct pressure on the wound until it stopped. We applied a piece of gauze soaked in virgin coconut oil and a pressure bandage. We changed the dressing twice a day and reapplied the raw coconut oil. On the third day, we started soaking the wound in warm raw coconut oil.
A deep puncture wound, especially one caused by a bite, is more likely to become infected than any other wound. The wound never showed the slightest evidence of infection. At first there was slight swelling, as is normal with a fresh wound, but no pus or redness developed. By the third day there was a slight hint of bruising, but the finger was almost completely pain free. Today is day seven and except for a small piece of skin missing where the top teeth tore the skin, you can hardly tell she had an injury!
Having worked in the emergency room for over 20 years, I know that if I had taken her to the hospital, she would have received an IV and an IV antibiotic like Rocephin. The wound would be dilated and irrigated, and a drain would likely be placed to hold it open so the bacteria could escape. She would go home with a prescription for ten days worth of Keflex and Bactrim, plus one for Vicodin for pain. I was ready to take her to the doctor at the first sign of infection, but that never happened. I probably saved $1,000.00 to $1,300.00 in medical costs, plus the additional follow-up costs for suture removal and drainage.
We used raw coconut oil because most olive oil today is processed in different ways and no longer resembles the olive oil of biblical times. Virgin coconut oil is rich in a natural substance called lauric acid and capric acid, which studies have shown to be a natural antibacterial, antifungal and anti-fungal agent. Virgin virgin coconut oil also has a long shelf life in its natural state, lasting over two years without the need for special storage.
Raw coconut oil is a great treatment for wounds. Research shows that there are many other uses for this oil, which range from sunscreen to treating HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately, in the United States, natural substances have little or no chance of entering mainstream medicine, because if they cannot be patented, they will not be recognized as a viable treatment!
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