Olive Oil

Olive Oil’s History

Olive oil is an oil obtained from the olive (Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. It is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is used throughout the world, but especially in the Mediterranean countries.
 
The first recorded oil extraction is known from the Hebrew Bible and took place during the Exodus from Egypt, during the 13th century BC.[dubious discuss] During this time, the oil was derived through hand-squeezing the berries and stored in special containers under guard of the priests. A commercial mill for non-sacramental use of oil was in use in the tribal Confederation and later in 1000 BC., the fertile crescent, and area consisting of present day Palestine, Lebanon, and Israel. Over 100 olive presses have been found in Tel Miqne (Ekron), where the Biblical Philistines also produced oil. These presses are estimated to have had output of between 1,000 and 3,000 tons of olive oil per season.
 
Dynastic Egyptians before 2000 BC imported olive oil from Crete, Syria and Canaan and oil was an important item of commerce and wealth. Remains of olive oil have been found in jugs over 4,000 years old in a tomb on the island of Naxos in the Aegean Sea. Sinuhe, the Egyptian exile who lived in northern Canaan about 1960 BC, wrote of abundant olive trees.[9]
 
Botanical Name: Olea europaea
 
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed
 
Description: Olive is an extremely versatile oil. It is a favorite on both dry and irritated skin.
 
Color: Gold to green liquid.
 
Biblical References:  Genesis 8:11, Exodus 27:20, Exodus 30:24, Leviticus 24:12, Deuteronomy 6:11, Deuteronomy 8:8, Deuteronomy 24:20, Deuteronomy 28:40, Judges 9:8, Judges 9:9, 1 Kings 6:23, 1 Kings 6:31, 1 Kings 6:32, 1 Kings 6:33, 2 Kings 18:32, 1 Chronicles 27:28, Nehemiah 8:15, Job 15:33, Psalms 52:8, Psalms 128:3, Isaiah 17:6, Isaiah 24:13, Jeremiah 11:16, Hosea 14:6, Amos 4:9, Habakkuk 2:19, Zechariah 4:3, Zechariah 4:11, Zechariah 4:12, Romans 11:17, Romans 11:24, James 3:12, Revelation 11:4, Judges 15:5, Micah 6:15, Zechariah 14:4, Matthew 21:1, Matthew 24:3, Matthew 26:30, Mark 11:1, Mark 13:3, Mark 14:26, Luke 19:29, Luke 19:37, Luke 21:37, Luke 22:39, John 8:1
 
Hebrew Word: 2132 tyIz: zayith {zay’-yith} 
Meaning: n m 1) olive, olive tree 1a) olive tree 1b) olives n pr loc 2) mountain facing Jerusalem on the east side 
Origin: probably from an unused root [akin to 02099]; TWOT – 548
Usage: AV – olive 17, olive tree 14, oliveyard 6, olivet 1; 38
 
Greek Word: 1636 evlai,a elaia {el-ah’-yah} 
Meaning: 1) an olive tree 2) an olive, the fruit of an olive tree 
Origin: from a presumed derivative from an obsolete primary;; n f
Usage: AV – olives 11, olive tree 3, olive berries 1; 15
 
Blends well with: Can be used as a carrier oil with any essential oil.
CAUTION: Non-Toxic, Non-Irritant and can be used by most anyone.
Olive Oil’s Healing Properties
Plant Origin: Israel
 
Aromatic Description: Olive Carrier Oil has an appealing odor, it can influence essential oils if in a blend.
 
Common Uses: Olive Carrier Oil can be used for many manufacturing applications, though it may not be a preferred choice in any particular category.
 
Consistency: Typical and Characteristic of Carrier Oils.
 
Absorption: Absorbs into skin at average speed, slight oil feeling left on skin.
 
Shelf Life: Users can expect a shelf life of 6 months to 1 year with proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended.
 
Caution: None Known. 
Olive Oil’s Spiritual Significance
Olive oil is used as a carrier oil and the Bible clearly states that the only grade of olive oil suitable for holy anointing purposes is the first oil. The Bible discusses this in Leviticus 24:2: Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.
 
Today, first oil is called virgin oil. Virgin olive oil has a wonderful fragrance and flavor. First oil is not pressed from the fruit but drained from the crushed fruit. 
 
The first oil or virgin oil serves as a spiritual picture of the Bride of Messiah. She is the first to come out of Babylon on her own and is drawn by the Ruach. The Bride has a fragrance the world recognizes as different. 
 
The second oil, or pressed oil, is inferior and its fruit is crushed, stamped, and squeezed to get the very last drop of oil. This oil was not acceptable as an offering to the Temple as it has no flavor or fragrance.
 
Believers who are sluggish and foolish have to be beaten and endure fiery trials like the second oil to come out.  
 
The choice still remains theirs. Will a believer be a fragrant offering to Him or be hard-pressed and remain tasteless to the world? 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 says, Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ.