I wanted to do a blog on the use of essential oils in the Bible. I have a couple of books on the subject and started reading them to help with writing the blog. I then came across this blog post from My Oil Buisness and thought, why reivent the wheel! I loved this blog post so I am copying it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
As Easter approaches, it is amazing to reminisce upon the life, death and resurrection of Christ. Not only did Christ bring hope, healing and love but he continues to give life, healing and hope to the world. Essential Oils also bring healing and hope, which have been used in many ways anciently including as incense in the temple (aromatherapy), in the process of anointing, cleansing and as medicines and ointments.
How Essential Oils Were Used in the Bible
In Ancient Days, daily applications of essential oils were extensive and expensive. Thirty-six of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and ten of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, mention essential oils or the plants that produce them. These were the holy ointments and medicines provided by God, as the manifestation of His love for His Children, in a pure, molecular form. They were used in the sacred art of anointing, to show love, respect and honor and point the way to the shedding of the lifeblood drops of the Savior’s blood, bringing about The Atonement of Jesus Christ.
The Ancients held “precious oils” in very high esteem. Paul chose to compare devout Christians as “sweet savors,” “fragrances,” or “aromas” spreading the Gospel “among the perishing.” In Ephesians 5:2, he admonishes his fellow Christians to be imitators of Christ “who gave himself up for us, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Anciently, essential oils and herbs were used for many purposes. Spiritually, the oils were used in meditation and known for their ability to open the pituitary gland to receive more light and inspiration. Essential oils were used, anciently, for emotional and physical well-being.
God provided gifts of the earth, the lifeblood of essential oils, to heal, bless and likewise, anoint our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits in modern days. The lifeblood of the plant was the original source of healing and that connection from heaven to earth is still available to us today. The gifts of earth, were first, the gifts of heaven, offered to humanity to bless one another physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
12 Essential Oils in the Bible
- Frankincense Proverbs 21:20
- Galbanum Exodus 30:34
- White Fir 2 Samuel 6:5
- Cassia (Oil of Gladness) Psalms 45:8
- Spikenard Mark 14:3 and Song of Solomon 4:13-14
- Myrrh Esther 2:12
- Myrtle Isaiah 55:13
- Calamus Song of Solomon 4:13-14
- Cinnamon Song of Solomon 4:13-14
- Juniper Berry
- Hyssop Exodus 12:22
- Olive Oil Samuel 16:13
Some Basics About Cedarwood, Frankincense and Sandalwood:
Cedarwood is an oil that is the highest in sesquiterpenes; ranking at 98%. Sesquiterpenes are chemical constituents which oxygenates the brain, by crossing the blood brain barrier and opening the mind for greater spiritual sensitivity. Sesquiterpenes help to erase miswritten information imprinted in the DNA. Sesquiterpenes can be very uplifting to the mind, heart and spirit. Cedarwood was an integral part of biblical purification rituals, one for lepers and another for those who were impure for touching dead bodies.
Two other biblical oils, high in sesquiterpenes, Frankincense and Sandalwood were both used for healing of the body and mind. Frankincense follows Cedarwood as a close second, at 94% rich in sesquiterpenes. this oil truly effects the inward life of the spirit, and it is physically grounding and spiritually elevating. Frankincense has many uses and applications because of its truly healing capabilities.
Sandalwood, a musky scented aromatic is also rich in this chemistry, with 92% sesquiterpenes. In ancient days sandalwood was used in ancient temple worship as incense. Sandalwood assists in clarifying and clearing the mind bringing a new sense of connections spiritually and emotionally with oneself and God.
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