Healing Oils of the Bible

Twelve of the most highly-praised fragrances are presented in Holy Scripture.  These include: Spikenard, Galbanum, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cypress, Cedarwood, Aloes/Sandalwood, Rose of Sharon, Cassia/Cinnamon, Hyssop, Onycha, and Myrtle.  While some perfumers have used these names to label their own formulas, only the attributes of the biblical oils that are pure, therapeutic grade essential oils from all over the world will be discussed.
 
Aromatic plants, herbs and oils have been used for incense, perfume, culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years by many cultures.  Since ancient times, spices and oils have been an integral part of the Hebraic culture.  The Bible mentions over 33 species of fragrant plants with over 1,035 references to essential oils and/or plants in the Old and New Testaments.
 
People of the Holy Land understood the use of essential oils in maintaining wellness and physical healing, as well as the oils ability to enhance their spiritual state in worship, prayer and confession, and for cleansing and purification from sin.  During biblical times, essential oils were inhaled, applied to the body, and taken internally in which the benefits extended to every aspect of their being.
 
Most Jewish households employed essential oils for medicinal and household purposes.  One example in Scripture is the parable Yeshua told of the Good Samaritan who was carrying oil and wine and helped the injured man that had been robbed and left for dead.
 
Essential oils can be emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically healing and transform diseased tissue into thriving, healthy cells.  Unfortunately, people today have become dependent upon and rely heavily upon medicine.  In many cases it helps, but for most their faith has been placed in doctors instead of God.  In an article entitled Death by Medicine, published by Nutrition Institute of America, four doctors stated that almost 800,000 deaths occur each year due to drug interaction.[1]
The Scriptures show that God gave natural herbs, including their extracts, for medicines.  Ezekiel 47:12 reads:
 

And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

 

And in Revelation 22:2, it reads:

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 

Fragrances of the Bible come from plant essences or the life-blood of the plant.  The two types of oils plants make are essential and fatty.  Most seeds contain both types of oils.  Essential oils circulate within a plant to carry out its function as a living creation, while the fatty oils remain in the seed where they serve as food for the young plant, as God intended.
 
Fragrant essential oils are also how they communicate to the rest of the animal kingdom and mankind.  Plants use their odors to attract insects and animals to pollinate, with fragrances disappearing within 30 minutes of being pollinated.
 
For perfumers, this is important when extracting oils from flowers.  When extracting, it is crucial to do it at the right time before the desired aromatic essential oil has been chemically altered.
 
While fatty vegetable oil from the seed serves as nourishment for the small plant, it cannot enter the blood stream nor cross the blood-brain barrier.  The molecules of fatty oils are too large to evaporate and circulate through the tissues of the body.  Their uses in aromatherapy are for providing a neutral lipid base in which essential oils can be blended and/or diluted for massage use when an essential oil is too strong.[2]

Essentials oils were God’s original medicine, created on the third day.  When God created these plants, His word went forth in power creating life and continues to create life in the life-blood of the plant, which is the oil.  Genesis 1:12-13 says:

 

And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  And the evening and the morning were the third day.



[1] Null, Gary, MD, Martin Feldman, MD, Deborah Rasio, MD, and Dorothy Smith, Ph.D. Death by Medicine. Nutrition Institute of America.  October 2003.

[2] Stewart, David, Ph.D., D.N.M.  The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple: God’s love manifest in molecules.  Care Publications. 2005.  Page 59.