Onycha Oil What Is It?

Onycha Oil What Is It?

Onycha oil comes from the Balsam or Benzoin Tree of the Far East.  However, rabbis debate whether Onycha is a resin from a tree. Some believe it is an aromatic from a mussel or shell because of its Hebraic root. Others, such as Rabbi Gamaliel (whom the Apostle Paul studied under), believe it is actually a part of the balsam species.

The Hebrew word Onycha is shecheleth, which means part of the holy incense, sweet kind of gum, and shines as the nail.  Because of this definition, some believe Onycha comes from the same mussel which provides the purplish-blue color used to dye tzitzits or fringes on the prayer shawl.

As seen in Exodus 30:34, Onycha is used in the holy anointing oil. It is also mentioned in the Talmud and the Old Testament Apocrypha.

According to Strong’s Concordance, it is from the same root word as shachal, meaning to roar; a lion from its characteristic roar. This describes Yeshua, the Lion of the tribe of Judah!  The Lord has been given all authority in Heaven and Earth as the Lion of Judah (Matthew 28:18 and Revelation 5:5).



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