Essential Oils in the Bible
In the first chapter of Genesis it is written that God placed mankind in the Garden of Eden. God knew from the very beginning that this perfect environment would be the key source for mankind’s healing and health.
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. "Healing: God’s Forgotten Gift" is meant to be a guide to help us all to explore and learn what tools God make available to us to help keep us healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Oils and Oil Blends Used or Mentioned in "Healing: God's Forgotten Gift"
ALOES/SANDALWOOD* (Santalum album) 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:
- Enhance deep sleep.
- Rub 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, rub on stomach area.
- Place a drop on cold sores to help heal.
- Massage in hair and on scalp to retard graying.
- Put a drop on an incision to speed wound healing.
CASSIA* (Cinnamomum cassia) steam distilled from bark. Cassia was an ingredient in the Holy Anointing Oil given to Moses. This exotic fragrance of vanilla/cinnamon might be similar in its aroma to cinnamon, but it is physically and chemically much different. Care must be taken in topical use as it may cause skin sensation. It is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and an anticoagulant.
Scriptures: Exodus 30:24; Ezekiel 27:19; Psalm 45:8
Historical uses of Cassia:
- Put a scant drop on your tongue and enjoy the delicious taste!
- A drop or two on your fingers and rub through the hair. Perfumed hair was often used because they did not wash their hair frequently.
- A drop placed in the hands rub hands together and cup over nose for a joyful, uplifting feeling.
- Used as mouthwash. A drop placed in water, swish in mouth, and gargle for a delicious and effective mouthwash.
- Put a drop in a glass of water and shake it up (to disperse the oil) for a protecting & refreshing drink. You may just find it curbs your desire for sugar! Also taking it internally may help with fungal problems!
- Used in cooking. For example, add a drop or two to yams.
- Add a drop to hot chocolate and enjoy!
- Add a drop or two to hot water, stir, and drink to take away the chill.
- Mixed with olive oil to heal boils, ringworm, and fungal infections.
CEDARWOOD* (Cedrus atlantica) steamed distilled from bark. 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
- Diffuse or inhale from bottle to enhance prayer and meditation.
- A drop of oil in your palms and then cup them over your nose and mouth. Inhale, breathing deeply to help with mental clarity.
- Used as an effective insect repellant).
- A drop to a cotton balls and place in drawers to repel insects.
- Egyptians used 1-3 drops rubbed into the scalp may help to inhibit hair loss.
- A drop or two rubbed on wounded skin may help to clean, disinfect and protect from infection.
- Rub a drop or two on the chest area to help relieve symptoms of (difficult breathing) bronchitis.
- Applied to help with sleep.
- Can help restore hair loss.
CYPRESS* (Cupressus sempervirens) steam distilled from seeds. The oil of Cypress has been used since ancient times for purification and as incense.
Scriptures: Genesis 6:14; Isaiah 41:19; 44:14; I Kings 9:11; Song of Solomon 1:17
- Used to help with healing cuts and healing of scars.
- Used for relieving the pain of arthritis.
- Apply Cypress neat or diluted on location to ease cramping.
- Apply a drop of Cypress to a minor injury to facilitate healing and prevent infection.
- Used around the nasal area to help control a nosebleed.
- Increases white corpuscle production and enhances immune function.
- Applied as an insect repellant.
- Used to help relieve acute chest discomfort.
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 says 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
- Used on wounds to stop infections.
- It was placed on an insect bite to help reduce swelling and speed healing.
- It was used 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 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 stopped Biblical Plagues.
GALBANUM* (Ferula gummosa) steam distilled from resin derived from stems and branches. Galbanum was valued for its medicinal and spiritual qualities
Scriptures: Exodus 30:24
- Galbanum on the bottom of each foot to help bring emotional balance.
- Uses as incense and for embalming.
- Combined with frankincense as holy incense.
- Used for treating wounds and, inflammation.
- Used in the tabernacle during sacrifices.
- Applied as oil to help with skin disorders.
HYSSOP* (Hyssopus officinalis) steam distilled from stems/leaves. It has a very long history as a cleansing herb.
Scriptures: Exodus 12:22; Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 51, 52; Numbers 19:6, 18; I Kings 4:33; Psalm 51:7; John 19:29; Hebrews 9:19
- Used to prevent the Plague.
- Applied to help with arthritis pain.
- Used to help with congestion and coughs.
- When rubbed on stomach as method of reducing cramp and expelling gas.
- Applied on shoulders to reduce tension.
- Incense used to loosen up a tight chest, inhale; it’s highly expectorant.
- 20th century physicians who used herbs in the United States used hyssop oil to soothe burned skin.
- Used in bathwater for nervous exhaustion, melancholy or grief.
- Applied on wounds or on injured area to help prevent scarring.
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
- Used in religious rituals.
- Used in embalming.
- Applied to as 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.
MYRTLE* (Myrtus communis) Obtained from shrubs and trees and steam distilled. The Hebrew name for Queen Esther was Hadassah which means myrtle.
Scriptures: Nehemiah 8:15; Isaiah 41:19; 55:13; Zechariah 1:8, 10, 11
- Used as a food flavoring.
- Incense used to help with congestion.
- Honey and one drop of oil for a cough.
- Used to stop diarrhea.
- Inhaled to open sinus.
- Used with olive oil for hemorrhoid relief.
ONYCHA* (Styrax benzoin) extracted from the resin. Other names for onycha are “benzoin”, “friar’s balm” and “Java frankincense”. Tincture of benzoin was an antiseptic used in hospitals for more than a hundred years (since the mid 1800s).
Scriptures: Exodus 30:34
- Onycha was valued anciently for its ability to speed healing of wounds and to help prevent infection.
- Applied to open wounds to speed healing and help prevent infection.
- Applied to a wound to help slow bleeding.
- Rubbed on the stomach to help ease gripping pains.
- Applied to chapped or cracked skin to help speed healing.
ROSE OF SHARON/CISTUS* (Cistus ladanifer) is also known as rock rose. Steam distilled from leaves.
Scriptures: Song of Solomon 2:1
- Applied to places of concern for arthritis.
- Used as an insecticide.
- Used for helping to reduce fever.
- Diffused for colds.
- Applied for headaches.
- Applied as a wound antiseptic and for deodorizing.
SPIKENARD* (Nardostachys jatamansi) steam distilled from roots. Spikenard has also been known as “nard” and “false Indian Valerian root” oil. It was prized in early Egypt and in the Middle East during the time of our Savior.
Scriptures: Song of Solomon 1:2; 4:13, 14; Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3; Luke 7:37; John 12:3
- Know as a skin tonic for rough or wrinkled skin.
- Used with olive oil for help with hemorrhoids.
- Aromatic sent was known for it’s soothing effects.
- Rubbed on the stomach to help with digestive problems.
- Apply as a perfume or use for a deodorant.
- Applied to feet and crown of head to help ground and balance the mind and stimulate a feeling of courage and power.
- Used on wounds and cuts to help disinfect and speed healing.
Ancient Blend of Aromatic Oils
This is a blend of oil that has been retraced in use historically to the 15th century. The oils used in this blend are highly anti-viral, antiseptic properties of the singe oils contained in this blend help protect us from the onset of flu, colds, etc. More recent studies show this oil has demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms. It contains the following oils Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Lemon (Citrus limon) Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus radiata) , and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).
- Canker sores
- Toxic Chemical Absorption
- Chicken pox
- Sinus infection
- Spider Bite
- Tick bites
- Sore throat
- Whooping Cough
- Liver disorders
- Thrombosis stroke