So, provide me with evidence from Tolkien that Aragorn's healing powers had nothing whatsoever to do with being of the children of Luthien. I ageed that herb-lore had a part in his skills but I will not accept that his elven blood contributed nothing. His healing skills in the Houses of Healing are way beyond mere herb-lore.
No one in this thread said Aragorn's healing powers had "nothing whatsoever" to do with being of the children of Lúthien. Elven blood? Maian blood would be more exact.
Art of healing : at one point in his life, Rivendell perhaps, someone learned Aragorn that "that plant overthere - athelas, Estel - has healing powers!". Aragorn learned what plants were poisonous and what plants could be used for healing or food, etc.
But how to use the healing powers of athelas : that's something else. After all, Aragorn used it to cure the Black Breath. I said his healing powers come from his Numenoran lineage, so what's the problem? Aragorn's Numenoran lineage tracks him back all the way to Elros, who himself was a direct descendant from Melian, who was a Maia ŕnd Lúthien's mother. The whole of the Numenoran line of kings, of which Aragorn was a descendant, has maian blood. So this maian blood made Aragorn have the healing powers he had. Or don't you think Elros and all Numenorean Kings after him weren't children of Lúthien then?
But regardless of this, even Aragorn must've learned from someone how to use his 'powers' he had inherited, for instance for use of healing. Elrond was a great healer as well, as Aragorn himself pointed out, for the same reasons as Aragorn, but even he must've learned from someone how to heal, how to use the talents he had inherited. I don't think his ability to heal was something he could magically do when it was needed but something he learned. He just inherited the power, the ability to heal but not the skill. I think he learned that in Rivendell, from Elrond. Aragorn learned what plants had healing powers and such, he learned what plants could heal the body, but he also learned how to heal the spirit, which was the case with the Black Breath. So basically, i think Aragorn's talent for healing was inherited due to being a descendant of Melian, but the skill of healing (how to use his talent) was learnt by him in Rivendell.
Perhaps i confused you and made you think that any Numenoran would have healing powers, as it looked like i was generalizing Numenoran blood. Well, as to Numenorean lineage, i was only referring to the Numenorean line of Kings who descended from Elros and thus from Melian. You can say i didn't stress the maian blood enough, which should be the biggest contributing factor to Aragorn's 'special powers'.
Actually, the use of 'children of Lúthien' when regarding any of Aragorn's special powers must not be considered lightly. I know every Elf in LOTR speaks about it, because they're all obsessed about Lúthien because she - the fairest of all children of Illuvatar who has ever lived - left their race and truly died, but it would be more exact to use 'children of Melian' if someone is referring to special powers. Melian, as a Maia, had special powers and was responsible for Lúthien having special powers since she was her mother. Lúthien was very special indeed, but only due to her Maian blood was she able to do what she did... for instance enchanting Morgoth Bauglir himself.
Hey, no big deal.