Onycha Essential Oil

Onycha Essential Oil History

Mystery and debate surrounds what is known as Onycha. Some believe it to be of plant origin, while others believe it to be from the finger-like operculum, or the closing flap of certain snails. Rashi, a great Jewish scholar, believed Onycha to be a kind of root that grew from the ground. Some suggest it is extracted from a Styrax benzoin, a type of resin used in the Tabernacle for incense in ancient biblical times. The Encyclopedia of Bible Plants (F Nigel Hepper 1992) agrees that onycha is more likely to be a plant resin. Rabbi Gamaliel (whom the Apostle Paul studied under) believed it to be part of the plant species and said, The balm of Onycha required for the incense exudes from the balsam trees. The Jewish Talmud, whose Hebrew is of a later date than the scriptures, refers to the substance as tsiporen, which means fingernail and seems to be related to shâchalim, meaning cress, a type of plant.
 
The Hebrew word for Onycha is Shecheleth and refers to a resin with a nail-like shine, claw or hoof. For this reason, others believe it is an aromatic from the operculum of a shell fish, i.e., the claw or nail of the strombus or wing-shell, a univalve common in the Red Sea (the same mussel from which the blue dye for the Tzitzits (fringes) was obtained). The Greek word from the Septuagint onyx also adds confusion. Onyx is an agate with a fingernail like opacity that has for some reason been associated with a claw shaped shellfish. 
 
Onycha, as a plant derivative is highly aromatic and is credited as having great medicinal properties which seems to be the most likely ingredient for the sacred incense when considering the healing effect prayer has. 
 
Tzori alludes to the Torah which is a balm that brings healing to the entire body. Onycha was valued anciently for its ability to speed healing of wounds and to help prevent infection.
 
Hebrew Word: Onycha
7827 shecheleth {shekh-ay’-leth} 
Meaning: 1) onycha 1a) an ingredient used in the holy incense
 
CAUTION: Non-Toxic, Non-Irritant and can be used by most anyone.
Onycha Essential Oil’s Healing Properties
Plant origin: China, Laos, Thailand
 
Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, and sedative. 
 
Traditional Uses: Onycha has been commonly used as an antiseptic and cleanser for cuts and wounds.
 
Other Uses: Arthritis, asthma, bleeding (slow or stop), bronchitis, chills, circulation, colic, cuts, flatulence, gout, laryngitis, mucus, nervous tension, rheumatism, skin, stomach, stress, urinary tract infection, and wounds. Good for colds, coughs and sore throats. 
 
Application: Diffuse or apply on location. Approved by the FDA for use as a food additive (FA) and flavoring agent (FL).
Onycha’s Spiritual Significance
Do we include onycha in our prayer by praying for those in need of healing? The Messiah had great compassion for the sick, 
 
And Yeshua went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14). 
 
Yeshua also had compassion on those who needed spiritual healing, 
 
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. (Matthew 9:36). 
 
Author of Apocryphal writings, Sirach compared Onycha and other sweet spices to the unfathomable wisdom of Adonai (Lord). It is important to pray for Israel’s return to bring about that spiritual healing. As priests, we have been given the means by which to bring this healing about. Revelation 22:2 says, the leaves of the trees were for the healing of the nations.
 
The Hebrew root for this spice comes from the root word Shachal meaning to roar or a lion. Our Messiah and Savior, Yeshua has been given all authority in heaven and earth as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Matthew 28:18; Revelation 5:5). The fragrance of Onycha in the compound of the Holy Incense when offered on the altar serves as a reminder that Satan is a defeated foe. And, as disciples of Yeshua, we share in his power and authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy in His name (Luke 10:19).
 
Biblical References: Exodus 30:34