Updated: Jan 21, 2022
Good morning. It is Thursday, January 20, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.
I have been battling the worst chapped lips that I have ever had. It has been bad. Not just dry lips, but deeply cracked and peeling lips. Painful and unsightly at times. This has been going on for close to 3 months. Nothing I have tried has helped. I tried Burt’s Bees, made with sunflower oil and bee’s wax. I tried a homemade lip balm made by an acquaintance with coconut oil and essential oils. I used the classic Chapstick. I tried my mom’s homemade lotion, filled with natural and good-for-you ingredients. I tried straight coconut oil, which seemed to make matters worse over time. Three nights ago, I was wondering if I should see my doctor, yes, it was that bad, when suddenly I remembered a story I had seen on the invention of this product.
“This product is used for just about everything. Chances are you have a jar of the stuff sitting in your medicine cabinet or drawer somewhere in your home. A plucky inventor saw the potential of the substance back when it was being discarded as a byproduct of oil production.
Robert Chesebrough had something happen to him that none of us would want — his job became obsolete. Chesebrough was a chemist, and his job consisted of clarifying kerosene from the oil of sperm whales. But his job came to an end when oil was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania. He didn’t let his new-found unemployment get him down, however, and he decided to travel to Titusville to figure out what new products could be made from the black stuff coming out of the ground.
In 1859, while in the oil fields of Titusville, Chesebrough discovered something interesting. The oil workers there were using a substance to heal their cuts and burns. It was a residue that was removed from oil rig pumps called rod wax. The rod wax was a nuisance to workers because it caused their equipment to malfunction.
Chesebrough saw an opportunity and began to collect the black, waxy substance. He returned to Brooklyn, New York, and began the tedious process of refining the substance over a five-year period. He discovered that by distilling the thinner, lighter oils from the rod wax, he could produce a light-colored gel, and he patented the process in 1865.
Chesebrough spent another ten years perfecting the purification of his product. He began to demonstrate its uses around New York by burning his skin with acid or on an open flame and then using the product on his self-inflicted injuries.
By 1870, Chesebrough had opened his first factory, and in 1872, he named his product. It was a mix of the German word for water, wasser, and the Greek word for oil, oleon, with the change to a scientific-sounding ending of -ine. Two years later, it was selling across the United States.” (source: Daniel Ganninger of Knowledge Stew)
Have you guessed what I am talking about yet? Vaseline. Yes. That simple and very inexpensive product, Vaseline. Pure Petroleum Jelly.
I rummaged through my bathroom drawers and sure enough, there in the back of a drawer, I too had a jar of this miracle product. I applied it that evening and by the next morning I could see a remarkable difference! I was a bit shocked to be honest. As of this morning, just three days after I began using this, my lips are almost completely healed! I am still amazed! I have been trying for over 3 months to heal my lips and this product did the trick in less than 3 days.
On another note, about 45 days ago I noticed a hard, pea-sized lump on my jaw line. It did not hurt. It was not red, or hot, or noticeable in anyway, other than I could feel it. It did not change in size or shape for almost a month until one morning it did. I woke to it painful and feverish and very red. I will not go into details with you, (you are welcome) but I had friends over for lunch on the 8th and one of those friends took one look at that and said, “Oh! you need to get some charcoal on that.” She sent her husband back to town and after he returned, she made a little paste of activated charcoal and ground flax seed (to bind it) and pressed it to my wound. She bandaged it and left me with instructions which I followed faithfully. The very next morning the redness had gone down considerably, and it has continued to get better and better.
I have a friend who told me about a terrible wound he had on his leg a few years ago. He said he made a raw potato poultice and in less than 24 hours healing had begun. Who knew?! I didn’t.
The Bible talks about a fig poultice in Isaiah 38:21 “Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a lump of figs, and apply it as a poultice on the boil, and he shall recover.” NKJV
Also 2 Kings 20:7 “Then Isaiah said, “Take a lump of figs.” So they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.” NKJV
I remember grandma talking about hot mustard packs on the chest for congestion and colds.
I have heard of people placing a large slice of onion on the bottom of each foot, held in place by tight-fitting socks overnight, to help with cold symptoms. I have not been brave enough to try it.
My point is, we really have gotten away from the home remedies that are so effective and frankly, inexpensive. But even more important than these poultices and salves, are the healing remedies we find in the Bible.
The Bible mentions several medicinal plants and foods that were used. Aloe Vera, Frankincense, Garlic, Anise, Cassia (Cinnamon), Myrrh, Mustard, Mint, Bitter Herbs, Balm (extracted from the Balsam Tree), (source: the alternativedaily.com)
But did you know the Bible talks about an eye salve that will allow us to see? So many times, we keep trying it our way. We try this and we try that and yet we are left in the dark, confused.
Jesus said in Revelation 3:18 “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed…and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” NKJV
What is this verse talking about? “See” what?
This salve that we get from Jesus allows us to see spiritually. A knowledge that does not leave us in the dark, that will not leave us confused.
There is also the tree of life which provides food and medicine.
Ezekiel 47:12 NKJV “Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine (or healing).”
I do not understand why there needs to be medicine or healing in heaven. We are told in Revelation 21:4 “…God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” NKJV So, if there is no more pain or sorrow or crying, why does there have to be medicine or healing? I do not have the answers to this question, but I am content knowing that someday it will be made clear to me.
Revelation speaks of that same scene. “In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Revelation 22:2 NKJV
Whatever our ailment now, we can trust that God can heal us, if that is His will for our lives. Jeremiah prayed for deliverance in Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.” ESV
That can be our prayer as well. Heal us Lord, save us, for you are our praise!
King David prayed for healing in Psalm 6:2 “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.” ESV
This too can be our prayer. Chances are you have languished over some event in your life. Our prayer should be, “be gracious to me Lord.”
The New King James Bible gives Psalm chapter 6 the title of A Prayer of Faith in Time of Distress. If you find yourself in a time of distress, open your Bible and read the promises from the book of Psalm. Make them personal. “Return, O Lord, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!” 6:4
Psalm 6:8-9 “…For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.” NKJV