Welcome to Essential Oils and the Bible! Words cannot express how truly excited we are to be here and for you all to be joining us! It has been on such an amazing journey reading and learning about these incredible oils. It is so inspiring to see that they have been around since the beginning of time and were intended from the start to be healers and helpers. I have such a new found excitement and enthusiasm for these oils after seeing how intentional God was in creating them. Those of us teaching tonight are by no means experts in the subject, but we love this topic and are super excited to share all we have been learning! Get ready to be awed and inspired at God’s creation. Let’s dig into the Word and see what the Bible has to say about essential oils! Here are the resources we’ve used to pull together this information for you. These, along with Scripture of course, are a great read for those wanting information about God’s design for health!
- “Healing Oils of the Bible” by Dr David Stewart
- “Essential Oils Desk Reference” by Life Science Publishers
- “Chemistry of Essential Oils,” by Dr David Stewart
DISCLAIMER: Information in this post is meant for informational and educational purposes only and to motivate you to make our own health care and dietary decisions based on your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider. The information or products discussed in this class are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Statements made in this class have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.
THERE IS NOTHING NEW ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS
Ok friends, we’re gonna shoot straight from the beginning in this class. There is absolutely, positively nothing new about essential oils. I know they *feel* new to a lot of us, since we just learned about them from that kick booty Peppermint post a friend made about her headaches. But we are the ones who are playing catch up here. With a whole lotta history. And I mean, the VERY beginning. I’ve had many conversations with friends talking about how they don’t know if they’re comfortable using essential oils. And I get it. I really do. Research is still catching up in our culture to help us see the science behind these amazing oils.
Let’s talk realistically about this. God has given us an incredible gift in many of the things He put in nature. As I’ve learned more about how essential oils work and how God designed them, it becomes more and more clear to me that He was so incredibly intentional. He’s always intentional and specific, right? But sometimes we have to look to see it. We’re going to be getting more into how oils work and some of the science behind them later, but He made them to actually HEAL and RESTORE and UPLIFT and SUPPORT. And not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We’re talking about a whole body wellness package friends. And not only does this say how crazy smart He is, but it shows us how much He LOVES us. Straight up. Every single part of us is important to Him, and He wants us to be whole, healthy, and thriving!
God says in Ezekiel 47:12, “On the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither not their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.” The KJV even translates it as “Their fruit shall be for meat and their leaf thereof for medicine.” He literally designed them to nourish and heal our bodies.
I also want to address context a little bit before we move forward and really dive into more. Some people might think that the references to essential oils in Scripture might seem insignificant or even glossed over, but let’s talk about why they are woven in the way that they are. Essential oils were such a normal and common place part of life that no one had to talk about usage or what they were or explain how they were made. They are 33 different kinds of oils mentioned with over 600 references to them, so they were always around.
Think of it like this. If you were writing to a friend and you said, “hey, I miss you and would love to grab coffee with you!”, would you then explain how you were going to make the coffee? That would be weird. Super weird. Like I would be rethinking my relationship with that person kind of weird.
Because we all know you grind the beans, put them in the coffee maker, add some water and turn on the machine. Or maybe you just meet at Peet’s or Starbucks. But I digress…
The point is that these were known HEALERS in history, so the fact that they are woven into Scripture the way that they are make perfect sense! So let’s dive in! Cause this is about to get super duper fun!
WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ESSENTIAL OIL?
Essential oils are very concentrated, very potent, “essential” liquid produced by herbs and plants that have healing properties. They are called “essential”, because they are vital for the plant to continue to survive. They are steam distilled with great care and precision to draw out the oils. Essential oils are made of tiny molecules that can affect and penetrate every single cell of your body. Just ONE drop of essential oil contains 40 million trillion molecules. Yup, you read that correctly, but feel free to soak that in. We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies, so even 1 drop of essential oil can cover every single cell in our body. No wonder they are so incredibly powerful!
They are also adaptogenic, which means they work off of frequencies (Becky’s video on frequencies that is coming up is going to change your life…I’m only halfway kidding) and respond to specific needs in each person’s body. They can even create different responses in different people. Woah!
Some of you might wonder what the difference is between essential oils and regular oils, like olive, jojoba or coconut. Oils like cooking oils have molecules that are much larger and are unable to affect us beyond our skin. Essential oils are so small that they can be absorbed through our skin, enter our bloodstream and even have the capability and design to cross the blood brain barrier. We’ll dig more into the science in the next few posts, but that’s the basic breakdown of what exactly these essential oils are!
A LITTLE SCIENCE
Essential oils provide the basis for a plant’s immune system. They circulate throughout the plant helping to regulate plant growth and metabolism. Because God created plants for us (Genesis 1:11-12, 28) these essential oils can help with very similar things in our bodies! What’s so amazing is that while they are safe for our bodies, they are very unfriendly to invading organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. They are selective in what they affect! When I use an oil for a tummy issues, it won't affect the good flora in my digestive system!
Let’s talk a little Chemistry with these oils. There are three types of molecules in essential oils that do the bulk of the work on and in our
bodies; phenols, sesquiterpenes, and monoterpenes. Collectively these chemicals bring nutrition and information into the cells and help carry waste products out.
Let’s take a brief but closer look at each of these chemicals:
Phenols: The most important function performed by phenols is cleaning the receptor sites on cells. Without clean receptor sites, cells cannot
communicate, and the body malfunctions, resulting in sickness. They basically create an environment in the cell where it can do it's job better and making sure unfriendly viruses and bacteria aren't welcome. Some essential oils with the highest percentage of phenols in them are Anise (90%), Clove (80%), Basil (70%), Oregano (70%), Cinnamon (25%).
Monoterpenes: One of the most important roles of monoterpenes is that they can leave correctly written DNA alone but get rid of miswritten DNA in a cell. Cells are replicating DNA all the time and sometimes mistakes are made (crazy, right?). Improper coding in cellular memory can cause cells to malfunction, and diseases result… Please note, we are not saying that monoterpenes can cure disease! They help our cells function more efficiently so our bodies can maintain wellness! 🙂 Some oils with the highest percentage of monoterpenes are Grapefruit (92%), Angelica (80%), and Frankincense (77%).
Sesquiterpenes: There are more than 10,000 kinds of sesquiterpenes. They deliver oxygen molecules to cells and get rid of miswritten codes in cellular memory. They “work at a subcellular level by affecting membrane fluidity and facilitating oxygen transfer,” (Oils of the Bible, 30). Some oils with the highest percentage of sesquiterpenes are Cedarwood (98%), Vetiver (96%), Sandalwood (95%), Ginger (70%), Myrrh (60%), and Spikenard (50%).
If you want your oils to pack the largest punch you would choose an oil or combo of oils that is high in all three chemicals, a triple whammy “PMS”; When these oils work in conjunction, they are able to work WITH your body to clean out build up of toxins, get rid of miswritten info, and start recoding that DNA correctly. I like to refer to it as “greasing the wheels.” Oils allow our bodies to run at a maximum efficiency. They are working with your body to get it running at its maximum potential the way God created it to work! Pretty cool!
FREQUENCY (this will blow your mind!)
Let’s talk about frequency! This can be an intimidating topic and was one I shied away from at first. As I dug in though I was fascinated at what I was finding. What’s so amazing about it all is that this was all by God’s design. He didn’t have to reveal to us how these oils work. He could have just kept it all a mystery, and people would be using them “just because they work.” God knows our hearts and the way we’re wired though (because He made us too!). He knew we would naturally want to know “why” so he hid the answers in creation for us to find. So cool. The studies referred to in the video were done by Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology in Cheny, Washington.
Watch the video here: http://https://vimeo.com/264155639/868fe26e85
Sandalwood in a precious oil that is most well known for its healing effects on skin. It is high in sesquiterpenes (the fifth highest oil in them as a matter of fact!) that specifically help stimulate the pineal gland and the limbic region of the brain, which is the control center for your emotions. Because of this, it can be very grounding and stabilizing, and because of its effect on the pineal gland, it is also uplifting and relaxing for many.
It is mentioned 5 times in the Bible, and is referred to as “aloes”, but is not to be confused with the more commonly known aloe vera. It is imported from India and distilled from the wood of the Sandalwood tree. This is one of two oils that was used to anoint Jesus for burial.
John 19:38-39 says “bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy five pounds in weight.” That is approximately $150,000-$200,000 dollars worth of essential oils today! This recipe makes total sense, because of the fact that Sandalwood has been used for centuries and throughout history for skin revitalization and healing.
It also enhances deep sleep by stimulating the release of melatonin, is supportive of female reproductive and endocrine systems and can also support the urinary tract as well. Try it with bath salts for a relaxing bath, add it to some lotions for dry and chapped skin, and it can even be great to place on an incision after surgery to help speed up healing!
Biblical References: Number 24:6; Proverbs 7:17; Psalms 45:8; Song of Solomon 4:14; and John 19:39
Modern Studies on Sandalwood:
Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) is from the Cinnamon family and is actually often mistaken as cinnamon. They are physically and chemically much different though! Cassia packs an even stronger punch than cinnamon when it comes to germs and should be treated carefully when coming in contact with skin as it can cause skin sensitivities. It is distilled from the bark of the tree and can be found in the blend Exodus II (we’ll talk about that one later tonight!).
It is mentioned in Exodus 30:23-25 as one of the components in the holy anointing oil used by Moses. It is also one of the oils that are often referred to in the Bible as “oils of gladness.” Psalm 45:7-8 says, “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.” We will be talking in a later post about what these “Oils of gladness” are and why the Bible might suggest that a physical substance like an oil might be associated with an emotional state. It’s pretty fascinating!
Just know that Cassia is one of them and if you’re having a rough day reaching for some Cassia might help change your perspective a little. Some modern uses of Cassia are that it supports the immune system, proper circulation, and supports blood sugar balancing.
Suggested uses would be to use it as a mouthwash to promote health of the gums and teeth. You could put a drop or two in a glass of water for a protecting and refreshing drink. You may find that it actually also curbs your desire to consume sugar! Mix it with olive oil and rub topically to help with skin irritations. It is also great to use in cooking and a drop in a cup or tea, hot chocolate or coffee!
Scripture references: Exodus 30:23-25, Psalm 45:7-8, Ezekiel 27:19, Job 42:14
Modern studies on the effects of Cassia:
- Helps with blood glucose values: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3698471/
- Anti-inflammatory effects: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22536283
I think many of us know how incredible Cedarwood is before we even talk about anything in regards to historical significance or how it is used in Scripture! It was used by the Egyptians and Sumerians for 5,000 years for embalming, ritual purposes, and as a disinfectant among other medicinal uses. It is even mentioned in Leviticus 14 as a component in a cleansing recipe for leprosy. Both David and Solomon used actual Cedarwood to build their houses as well! In I Kings 6:16, we also see that Solomon had the Holy of Holies built completely with Cedar. He could have used anything with his amassed wealth, so how cool that he chose Cedar for the most holy of places in the temple!!
Cedarwood essential oil is the highest oil in sesquiterpenes, which we now know can deprogram misinformation and bring oxygen on the cellular level. It’s powerful scent creates a relaxing, calming and comforting environment by stimulating the limbic region of the brain. Because of this, it is known as one of the most grounding oils that one can use.
Historically it has been used for mental clarity, protecting from infection, and for respiratory support. We now know that Cedarwood can combat hair loss (thank you Egyptians for that fine tip!), support the lymphatic system, and help with focus.
It is also the NUMBER ONE oil we use in our house for sleep! It is found in Brain Power, Grounding, Stress Away, Tranquil, and Highest Potential among many other wonderful blends and products.
Biblical References: Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49 & 52, Numbers 19:6
Modern Day Studies:
- Affect of essential oils on drug resistant tumors – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/…
Cypress has a refreshing aroma, provides feelings of security and stability, and is beneficial to oily skin. The oil itself is steam distilled from the tree’s branches and has been used since ancient times for purification and as an incense. It has been said that the cross of Christ was possibly made of Cypress tree. Cypress comes from the Greek word “sempervivens” meaning “live forever.”
This oil is rich in monoterpenes which means it is great at doing away with the miscommunication between cells and encouraging proper intercellular communication. It supports the cardiovascular system, is emotionally beneficial, eases feelings of loss, and promotes feelings of security and grounding.
Historically Cypress was used for building ships and bows by the Phoenicians and Cretans. If I were headed into battle, I would want to be going to battle surrounded by the smell of Cypress, wouldn’t you? Cypress wood is also noted for its durability as it was used for the original doors of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Legend says they lasted over 1,000 years!
Suggested uses might be to put on scrapes and scars to promote healthy skin regeneration, on achy joints and muscle cramps. It is also great for nose bleeds, enhancing immune function, and reducing acute chest discomfort.
Scripture references: Genesis 6:14, Isaiah 44:14, 41:19, 1 Kings 9:11, Song of Solomon 1:17
Modern studies on the effects of Cypress:
- The importance of length of distillation to get maximum therapeutic properties: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23316864
- Possible benefits for cardiovascular and blood sugar balancing: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23167275
Galbanum is a new oil for me! But the more I read about it, the more I’m amazed by it. I love reading about what these Scriptural oils are used for. Galbanum is one of the four oils used in the holy incense God gives in Exodus 30:24-26.
It is steam distilled from the stems and branches of the tree and was valued in Biblical times for its medicinal and spiritual qualities, and is considered to be a sacred oil. Even an ancient Roman historian, Dioscorides, records that it was used for antispasmodic, diuretic and pain-relieving properties.
We also see references to Galbanum in the Egyptian papyri that have been recovered. It was also used for embalming, which speaks to the power of the oil as well. It is high in monoterpenes, which can help reprogram cellular memory and promote permanent healing. Wow. We now use it to support immunity as well as the respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems. You can also try a drop on the bottom of the foot or big toe to bring emotional balance.
Biblical References – Exodus 30:34-36
Modern Day Studies:
JOY & EXODUS II
There are several Young Living blends that have many of the Biblical oils in them! I get to talk about two of my favorites in this post. JOY. Sometimes things need to stand alone and this is one of those oils.
I used oils for physical wellness for over two years before entertaining the thought of them supporting me in emotional health. It just seemed a little too crazy. But boy, when I did, the effects were unequivocal in my experience. I have many oils that I use for emotional wellness but Joy has been so profound.
The Bible refers many times to how oils can support us emotionally. In Psalm 45:7, it refers to the “oil of gladness” or we see in Proverbs 27:9 that “ointment and perfume rejoice the heart”. In Isaiah 61:1 and 3 we read, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me; to preach good tidings to the meek…to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning.” This has been one of my favorite Scriptures my whole life, since I have experienced his giving me beauty for ashes! But now that I see how He references the “oil of joy for mourning”, I am floored.
It’s important to understand how our brain works to see why these oils can be so powerful for our emotional balance and health. Our four senses of sight, taste, touch and hearing are wired directly to our cerebral cortex. This means that when we use these senses, we are able to process without emotion.
We eventually process them with emotion, but that’s not the first stop. But our sense of smell is directly wired to our amygdala, which is the control center for our emotions. We can process smell intellectually, but we are forced to work through the emotions first. That is why when we smell a fresh Christmas tree or a smell from our young childhood, that it can trigger such immediate and strong positive memories (or unpleasant ones as well!).
Doesn’t it make sense that God would use these incredible essential oils to support us emotionally?! When we smell things, it HAS to have an effect on our emotions. God literally wired these to help us emotionally. We have so many posts in our Ginger & Joy group now about the effects of the blend Joy on those who are grieving. It may seem a little far fetched, but when you really dig into how God designed it, it makes perfect sense!
Joy – Joy is a blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils. Several of these oils were known to be used historically during Biblical times, such as the Rosewood, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile and Rose. The others are oils that we now know are wonderfully mood elevating and balancing oils.
Rose Oil is an incredibly powerful oil that has a wonderful affect on emotional wellness. It has the highest frequency of any known substance at 320 MHz, and it takes 3,000-5,000 pounds of organic rose petals to produce one pound of oil! It is also from the plants that are native to Damascus, so it is right smack dab in the middle of much of the geography of the Bible. I put a drop of Joy on my family each morning before we go start our day. I pray that God would use it to help us be steady and find balance no matter what comes our way. Needless to say, we love Joy in this house!
Exodus II – Exodus II is a beautiful blend made of purely oils referenced in Scripture. It contains the Holy Anointing blend mentioned in Exodus 30 plus a few additional Scriptural oils. It is incredible for immune support and particularly great for respiratory support.
This is the blend that many researchers believe Aaron used to protect the Israelites from the plague. While you would have to do research to find where you stand on that, it would make sense that all of these would be incredible for a powerhouse immunity blend. Essential oils have incredibly complex chemistry, which studies are showing more and more make it difficult for viruses and bacteria to survive around.
Exodus II contains olive oil, which is the most common oil mentioned in the Bible. Plenty of olive trees in the Middle East for sure! For essential oils, it contains Myrrh, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Calamus, Hyssop, Galbanum, Spikenard and Frankincense. Doesn’t get much more powerful and amazing than that folks!
By now you may be wondering how people in Biblical times actually obtained these essential oils from plants! There were actually seven different methods used to obtain essential oils. In biblical times, the job of creating anointing oils, perfumes, incense, ointments, etc was the responsibility of the Jewish priests. They did do some of the oil extraction from plants but because SO much oil was used back then, they most likely obtained the majority of it from merchants. The priests were referred to as “apothecaries” and “perfumers” as they were responsible for keeping a supply of the incense and anointing oils needed daily in the temple.
Here are the 7 different ways oils were extracted in Biblical times:
- Steam Distillation: Plant parts are packed into a vessel through which steam is passed through at atmospheric pressure for several hours. The steam absorbs the small molecules of the essential oils and is then passed through a tube into a condensation container where the water from the steam and the oils separate from each other. Usually the oil would just float on top of the water (different densities) and get skimmed off.
- Maceration: A plant is immersed in a heavier oil or fat and the essential oils would dissolve into the heavier oil. A vessel is packed with crushed leaves, flowers, stems, etc and pour the oil over it and left for days or even weeks. The plant pieces are then strained out resulting in essential oil diluted in what we would call today a carrier oil. The process is then repeated depending on the desired concentration.
- Expressed Oils: Essential oils are literally expressed or squeezed from the plant material under pressure. In this process you obtain larger molecules so it was reserved for acquiring the fatty oils like olive oil. Expressing is used today for citrus essential oils but citrus was not available in that region during Biblical times.
- Enfleurage: This is a combination of maceration and expression. The plant materials are placed in a trough with the desired fatty oil (carrier oil) and a heavy stone is rolled over the plant crushing it. As a result even more oils are released than during the maceration process.
- Infusion: Plant materials were packed in a fatty oil such as olive oil and then heated to get an increased amount of essential oils and more rapidly. This was used especially when the maceration base oil (carrier oil) was solid at room temperature. They would melt it, infuse the oils in it, and then let it cool and become solid again creating an ointment.
- Burning: They would burn the plants or crush them up and make an incense out of them. Yes, some of the plant actually changes chemically as it burns but surprisingly a fair amount of the essential oil is maintained and is released untouched for them to inhale.
- Crushing/Bruising: The breaking, crushing or bruising of a stem or leaf of a plant to release the plant’s aroma into the air for one to breathe. In Biblical times, Hebrews would scatter fresh leaves, twigs, or flowers on the floor. Fragrant oils and aromas would be released into the room just by people stepping on the plants as they walked around. This was common in the Jewish places of worship to help cover up the smell of the sacrifices during Old Testament times. They traditionally scattered leaves of fresh mint, marjoram and other herbs onto the hard stone floor so that when people walked over them it would freshen the air and help purify it.
Anointing may be a term that is old hat for you or it may be something that you’ve never heard of. Here is a video to explain a little bit about the connection between essential oils and anointing in the Bible. It’s pretty cool that God uses these in conjunction with one another in Scripture, and that we have the ability to use the oils in this way!
I think it’s pretty common for us all to think of Frankincense as the “baby Jesus oil” 🙂 I know I did when I first heard about using essential oils! We all know the story of Jesus being given Frankincense, Myrrh, and Gold by the wisemen. Well friends, there is a reason that it was given to Him! It’s an incredibly powerful and effective oil. If I were to be stranded on a desert island and could only have one essential oil for the rest of my life, Frankincense would most definitely be in the running!
It is helpful for supporting immunity, skin health, respiratory health, and there are some mind blowing studies being done on its effectiveness with damaged DNA. I’ll list some of those below! Frankincense essential oil is steam distilled from the resin of the tree. Egyptian tradition says that “frankincense is good for everything from gout to a broken head”. So basically good for everything from head to toe!
We’ve found that to be true for our family. It was known during ancient times to be valued more than real gold, and it was only possessed by the truly wealthy. It is also mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, Ebers Papyrus, which was an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 6th Edition, Life Science Publishing).
It is referred to in Scripture 52 times, and is a part of the holy anointing incense mentioned in Exodus 30:34. It is also the oil used by Aaron in Numbers 16 when the Israelites had the plague sweeping through the camp due to disobedience. God told Moses to have Aaron anoint himself with incense (frankincense) and “Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.” (Number 16: 47-48) Clearly it’s a powerhouse!
Try using it for immune support, putting a drop at the base of your skull to help with concentration and focus, diffuse it to help you feel grounded, add a drop to your face moisturizer to help combat wrinkles, or diffuse it to help you get more restful sleep!
Biblical References – 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, 50:6, 66:3; Jeremiah 6:20, 17:26, 41:15; Matthew 2:11; Revelation 18:13
Modern Day Studies:
Hyssop is in the mint family believe it or not! It is distilled from the stems and leaves of the plant and is composed of nearly 50% ketones. Ketones are known to be calming emotionally and help promote proper respiratory function.
Hyssop was used in the book of Exodus during the first Passover. “Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the door frame. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.” (Exodus 12:22) They actually took branches of hyssop dipped in the lamb’s blood and struck their door frames with it. By striking it against the doorpost, the edges of the branches and leaves would crack and bend releasing the oils of the plant and creating an aroma. This is fascinating to me because Hyssop was traditionally thought to be purifying and spiritually cleansing. It makes a whole lot more sense why they specifically used Hyssop!
King David also calls for Hyssop when he is in the healing process from the whole “Bathsheba incident” talked about in 2 Samuel. David had tangled himself up in a web of lies, committing adultery, conceiving a child as a result, and ultimately having Bathsheba’s husband killed. David was in a pit of sin and couldn’t even see it until the Lord sent the prophet Nathan to talk to him. Psalm 51 was written by King David after Nathan came to visit him. In Psalm 51:7 David calls for Hyssop, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
Hyssop was traditionally thought to be spiritual purifying and was used as an aid in cleansing oneself from sin, immorality, evil thoughts, addictions and destructive habits (I’d say David’s obsession with Bathsheba qualifies!).
Hyssop can be found as a single oil but is also found in White Angelica, Awaken, Harmony, Exodus II, Relieve It, and ImmuPower.
Suggested uses might be to aid in joint pain and respiratory health. A drop diluted and rubbed on an upset tummy works great for reducing discomfort. It can be used on muscles to help reduce tension and is great in a bath to help reduce nervous tension and feelings of sadness.
Scriptural references: Exodus 12:22, Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 51, 52; Numbers 19:6, 18; 1 Kings 4:33; Psalms 51:7; John 19:29; Hebrews 9:19
Modern studies on the benefits of Hyssop:
- Eases intestinal discomfort: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11914956
- Antifungal properties: https://www.researchgate.net/…/241714348_Composition_and_An…
I was so excited to be able to post about Myrrh! We’ve used this oil so much in the last year since we did this class last year! Myrrh is the first and most often mentioned oil in all of Scripture. It is also the only oil used in the holy anointing oil and the holy anointing incense mentioned in Exodus 30. It is a fixing oil, which means that when used with other oils, it causes their fragrance to last longer. God sure is smart to include Myrrh in both the incense and the anointing oil! There was no way they could have known the impact that Myrrh had on other oils during Biblical times, so I love that God knew that and included it in both of the holy mixtures! Myrrh was another oil used by Esther for 6 months before being allowed to meet King Xerxes, and when you see what it supports in the body, you’ll see why. It was known in ancient times to heal and soften skin and was also used for embalming with burial.
It contains sesquiterpenes, which we now of course know stimulate the limbic system of the brain. Because of this, it is a great oil that supports the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. The hypothalamus helps regulate thyroid and growth hormones, so it’s great to support those systems as well. You could try it in a homemade lotion to help with dry or chapped skin, diffuse it to help balance emotions, apply it to cuts or scrapes to promote healing, or use it to support oral and dental health. The modern day studies (a couple of which are mentioned below) are mind blowing. Myrrh and Frankincense have some concrete and amazing research building under them right now!
Myrrh is in my “protect my DNA” lotion with Frank. It’s in my beauty serum, and we add it to our immunity rollers to up our game when we really need it!
Biblical References: Nehemiah 8:15; Isaiah 55:13; Zechariah 1:8, 10, 11; Isaiah 41:19-20
Modern Day Studies:
Myrtle is steam distilled from the leaves obtained from the trees and shrubs. In Esther 2:7 you learn that Esther’s original Hebrew name was Hadassah which is Hebrew for Myrtle. Myrtle was a part of the perfume/oil blend that they used on Esther in the six months leading up to her marriage to prepare her to wed King Xerxes. What’s so crazy about this is that in modern times, Myrtle has been researched by Dr Daniel Penoel and found to be normalizing for hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries. It makes sense that they would want Esther’s hormonal health to be in tip top shape if she were marrying the king! One of the responsibilities of being a queen back then was providing an heir to the throne! Myrtle is also supportive for the respiratory system, and skin and hair health.
Suggested uses might be to put one drop in a teaspoon of honey for a cough, diluted and rubbed on a troubled tummy, inhaled to help maintain healthy sinuses, or even diluted in olive oil to help ease hemorrhoids (eek!). It is great diffused for mood elevation and has been used to promote thyroid, respiratory and/or prostate health.
Scripture references: Nehemiah 8:15; Esther 2:7; Isaiah 41:19; 55:13; Zechariah 1:7-11
Modern studies on the benefits of Myrtle:
- Liver health, antibacterial, antiviral properties: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24497171
- Antimicrobial properties: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ipid/2010/931530/
Dr. Daniel Penoel MD from France who specializes in myrtle oil research discovered that myrtle oil has the natural ability to normalize hormonal imbalances of the thyroid and ovaries, as well as bring the function of a gland to a more balanced, normal state, whether it is over-functioning or otherwise.
Onycha (pronounced oh-nigh-kah) is not an oil that I have right now, but the descriptions of it online are incredible. People consistently say that it smells like vanilla, which makes sense since it has vanillin aldehyde in it! It is also the heaviest known essential oils, which requires you to get it out with a toothpick. The only mention of it in Scripture is in Exodus 30:34-36, which hopefully you remember is the reference to the holy incense mixture that God gives Aaron to be burned in the tabernacle. No wonder this one was included. It has some great health benefits and the smell of vanilla mixed with Myrrh and Frankincense would be divine. Onycha is extracted from the resin of the tree, which is native to Indonesia. Historically it was valued for it’s ability to speed healing of wounds and to help prevent infection. It is now used to help support the kidneys, normalize digestion, helps with blood sugar control and it also soothing to the skin.
ROSE OF SHARON (CISTUS)
The Rose of Sharon is known to the modern world as the plant Cistus. Historically it was referred to by shepherds as the “rock rose.” The rose and the gum that exudes from the plant have a soft honey like scent. The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and branches and can be found in ImmuPower, KidScents Tender Tush, Oola Balance, and The Gift.
Shepherds used to use the gum resin of Myrtle plants that would get stuck in their sheep’s wool while grazing to rub into cuts and scrapes on the sheep’s skin. They found that rubbing the resin into their wounds would soothe them and promote faster healing. Cistus is known to calm the nerves, promote proper circulation and joint health, and elevate moods.
Suggested uses might be to diffuse to boost immunity, apply topically for headaches, or apply topically to help maintain healthy body temperature. It is also great at easing acute joint aches as well as calming nerves.
Scripture references: Song of Solomon 2:1; Genesis 37:25, 43:11 (where Myrrh is mentioned in English, the Hebrew word is actually referring to Rock Rose or Rose of Sharon)
Modern studies on the benefits of Cistus:
Spikenard interestingly enough is the last oil used on Jesus before his arrest. It was the oils used by the woman (or women depending on the commentary you read) who anointed Jesus feet and head. It says in Mark 14:3, “And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil os spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.” In Luke 7:36-38, it talks about her breaking the flask on his feet and washing and kissing his feet with her tears. In all four of the Gospel accounts, it is clear how valuable this oil was at the time.
In Song of Solomon, it also references spikenard at the table of the king. Song of Solomon 1:12 says “while the kind sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.” If it was at Solomon’s table, we can guess that that was one seriously precious and valuable oil!
Historically it was used by priests, kings, and those in power. It can be applied to the head or feet to help ground and balance the mind, while also bringing a sense of courage. So it would make sense that there are accounts of using it on Jesus’ head and feet!
It was also used as a perfume and fragrance at that time. Use it now for some rough or wrinkled skin, to support healthy digestion, or diffuse it for its known grounding and soothing effects. It is found in Animal Scents Shampoo, Egyptian Gold, Exodus II, Humility, Inspiration, LavaDerm Cooling Mist, Oola Balance and The Gift.
Biblical References: Song of Solomon 1:12; Song of Solomon 4:13, 14; Mark 14:3
Modern Day Studies:
- Protective affects against neurotoxicity – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26458335
- Soothing effects on the central nervous system and stress – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22903470
3 WISE MEN AND VALOR
Both 3 Wise Men and Valor are thought to be oils of courage and spiritual awakening. 3 Wise Men is a specific blend of oils that has scriptural origin. It is composed of Sandalwood (Aloes), Myrrh, Juniper, Frankincense, and Spruce with Almond oil as a base. This blend was historically used to stimulate the pineal gland in the emotional center in the brain and release deep seeded trauma. It is emotionally uplifting and provides a sense of grounding. Suggested uses would be for mood balancing, boosting immunity, and promoting digestive health. Refer to the individual oils in this class for more ideas on how to use this powerful blend!
Valor is a blend that was formulated to balance emotions, and instill confidence, courage, and self-esteem. It also helps the body self-correct its balance and alignment. The ingredients in Valor are fractionated coconut oil, spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense. All of the oils in this blend were used in Biblical times, specifically by the Romans.
The formulation for this blend came from studying the oils Roman soldiers before going into battle. More than 2,000 years ago Roman soldiers discovered that when they applied these oils to their feet and soldiers, it would give them courage! They would use it before going into battle to instill a sense of confidence and help with focus. They would also use it after to help their bodies recover from battle. Tansy helps promote a healthy liver and lymphatic system as well as helping to encourage feelings of self-control. Frankincense has historically been used in European medicine to encourage a positive outlook.
Well, that’s all folks! THANK YOU for joining us on this amazing journey of intertwining oils and Scripture! After we did this class last year, I realized how intentional God was in putting this powerful plant juice in the world for us. And I think science is just beginning to unlock the impact they can have on the human body!
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