Have you ever wondered if saliva has healing properties?
It is a well-known fact that animals lick their wounds to speed up healing. The saliva of animals contains a healing agent called nerve growth factor which speeds up healing. Experiments have shown that licking a wound speeds up healing time as much as four to five times when compared to a wound that the animal is prevented from licking. It is interesting to note that the saliva of humans also contains this healing agent.
The saliva of birds, grasshoppers and other insects has a hormone called epidermal growth hormone which speeds upcell growth and even helps in the healing of wounds. So when these little creatures feed on crops, they may actually be doing a good thing as they leave behind bits of this hormone which is beneficial to the plant. This hormone is also found in the saliva of humans.
Much has been written about the healing properties of honey. What gives honey healing properties? Research explains that it is due to the worker bees that gather the nectar used to make the honey. The saliva of the bees contains anenzyme called glucose-oxydase which breaks down the glucose in the nectar. When the bee is performing this operation, one of the by-products produced is hydrogen peroxide which is a wound disinfectant.
Other research shows that saliva helps in the proper digestion of food and that it contributes to the health of the teeth. So, it would be good to regularly bathe the teeth in saliva.
All of this confirms Psalm 139:14 (KJV) “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Definitely the body has self-healing properties, since God’s original purpose was that humans would never die, and if Adam and Eve had been obedient, we would have inherited not sickness and death but perfect health and everlasting life.
While there was a slight detour in the way things have worked out, eventually all will work out for obedient individuals and they can look forward to perfect health, eternal youth and everlasting life.