Essential Oils in the Bible

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Daily applications of essential oils in Biblical times were extensive, indeed. Thirty-six of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament mention essential oils or the plants that produce them. These were the medicine provided by God.

The early Christians held the aromatic 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.” God provided these plants and oils to heal our bodies, minds, and spirits. They were the original source of healing and that connection is still available to us today.

Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture™ contains the twelve most significant oils found in the Bible. Young Living’s wish in bringing them to you is that you will savor and enjoy the beautiful fragrances and intriguing histories of these precious pure essential oils. Gary Young draws on his travels to biblical lands and explains the twelve oils on an audio CD, also included in this collection.

Contains: Twelve Single Oils (5ml bottles): Aloes/sandalwood (Santalum album), cassia (Cinnamomum cassia), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), frankincense (Olibanum — Boswellia carteri), galbanum (Ferula gummosa), hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), myrtle (Myrtus communis), onycha (pronounced oh-nigh-kah, a very thick oil, remove the plastic orifice and warm the bottle in your hand so that the oil will flow — Styrax benzoin), Rose of Sharon/cistus (Labdanum — Cistus ladanifer), and spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi).

A few of the Essential Oils from this collection are:

Sandalwood:  was steam distilled from wood. It takes between forty to sixty years to mature and be available for harvest. Referred to as “aloes” in the Bible. (Not to be confused with Aloe Vera, an American plant.)

Scriptures: Numbers 24:6; Psalm 45:8; Proverbs 7:17; Song of Solomon 4:14; John 19:39

Historical uses of Aloes/Sandalwood:

  • Enhanced deep sleep.
  • Rubbed a drop above eyebrows in a wide circle around the eye 1-3 times daily to help with vision.
  • Used as cologne.
  • Combined with bath salts for a relaxing bath.
  • Used for dry chapped skin and wrinkled skin.
  • Used for acute or chronic diarrhea, rubbed on stomach area.
  • Placed a drop on cold sores to help heal.
  • Massaged in hair and on scalp to retard graying.

Cinnamomum cassia: steam distilled from bark. Cassia was an ingredient in the Holy Anointing Oil that Moses used.

This exocinnamon stickstic fragrance of vanilla/cinnamon might be similar in its aroma to cinnamon,
but it is physically and chemically much different.

Scriptures: Exodus 30:24; Ezekiel 27:19; Psalm 45:8

Historical uses of Cassia/Cinnamon:

  • A drop or two on their fingers and rubbed through the hair. Perfumed hair was often used because they did not wash their hair frequently.
  •  They put a drop placed in the hands, rubbed them together and cupped over nose for a joyful, uplifting feeling.
  • It was used as mouthwash. A drop placed in water, swish in mouth, and gargle for a delicious and effective mouthwash.

Cedrus atlantica: steamed distilled from bark Cedarwood was produced mainly in Morocco, it is the species most closely related to the cedars of Lebanon. Of all essential oils, cedarwood is highest in sesquiterpenes, which are oxygen-delivering molecules capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier.

Scriptures: Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 52; Numbers 19:6

Historical uses of Cedarwood:

  • It was and still is diffused or inhaled from bottle to enhance prayer and meditation.
  • Used as an effective insect repellant.
  • Egyptians used 1-3 drops rubbed into the scalp as a way they thought helped to inhibit hair loss.
  • They used a drop or two rubbed on wounded skin to help to clean, disinfect and protect from infection.
  • Rub a drop or two on the chest area to help relieve symptoms of difficult breathing.
  • They applied it to help with sleep.

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) steam distilled from resin. It’s a generational tree that takes forty years to produce its first resin. One of the gifts of the wise men to our Savior, frankincense would have been rubbed all over the body of the baby. Egyptian tradition sfrankincense treeays that “Frankincense is good for everything from gout to a broken head” or in other words “good from head to toe.” If in doubt, use Frankincense. Other names for frankincense are “olibanum” or “Oil from Lebanon.”

Scriptures: Exodus 30:34; Leviticus 2:1, 5:11, 6:15, 24:7; Numbers 5:15; I Chronicles 9:29; Nehemiah 13:5, 9; Song of Solomon 3:6; 4:6, 14; Isaiah 43:23; 60:6; 66:3; Jeremiah 6:20; 17:26; 41:5; Matthew 2:11; Revelation 18:13

Historical Uses for Frankincense:

  • Used on wounds to stop infections.
  • It was placed on an insect bite to help reduce swelling and speed healing.
  • It was used to improve concentration.
  • Spiritual oil that enhanced and promoted emotional and spiritual feeling.
  • Diffused to elevate mood.
  • Often applied on onto each foot at night to help with sore feet.
  • Rubbed on shoulders stomach and bottoms of feet it was believed to to help with low mood induced insomnia.
  • Egyptians used it to the abdomen to help remove stretch marks.
  • A key ingredient in the holy anointing oils and the oil that they used to stop  Biblical plagues.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) steam distilled from gum/resin and grown in Somalia. Has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds that has direct effects on the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala, the seat of our emotions.

Scriptures: Genesis 37:25; 43:11; Exodus 30:23, 34; Esther 2:12; Psalm 45:8; Proverbs 7:17; Song of Solomon 1:13; 3:6; 4:6, 14; 5:1, 5, 13; Matthew 2:11; Mark 15:23; John 19:39; Revelation 18:13

Historical uses of Myrrh:

  • Used in religious rituals.
  • Applied to an oil to soften skin.
  • Incensed was burned during childbirth.
  • Applied on umbilical cords to prevent infection.
  • Applied on wounds to promote healing and prevent infection.

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