Welcome to our Oils of Ancient Scripture class! Here are some fun facts to get us started…. Did you know these tidbits about oils in the Bible?
-There are 33 species of oils mentioned.
-There are 261 citations to oils.
-The word anoint is mentioned 156 times.
Based on these numbers, I think that the Bible might have something to tell us about essential oils! When we see words such as anointing oil, incense, ointment, spices, perfumes, odors, aromas, or fragrances, then we know that it is speaking about essential oils. Natural oils were the only fragrance available in biblical times. Synthetic fragrances were not invented for many more years.
What is the goal of this class? We want to open up our Bibles and see what it tells us about these little liquids that we adore. Some of the oils mentioned in this class might be some of your favorites, while others may be completely unfamiliar.
Another goal that we have is to introduce you to the Ancient Oils of Scripture Kit. This kit comes with these 10 oils: Aloes/Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Myrrh, Myrtle, Onycha, and Rose of Sharon/Cistus. This collection contains significant oils that are mentioned in the Bible and many other historical documents from ancient civilizations. Do you find it amazing that we can benefit from the same oils that have been historically present for thousands of years?
Are you not really religious? We still want you to stick around! We think that you will find the historical references fascinating and we are certain that you will still find some amazing information about oils and how to use them.
Healing Oils of the Bible book
The research for this class has been pulled from the book, Healing Oils of the Bible, written by Dr. David Stewart. Here is his back story: He suffered a back injury in 1956 which caused him back pain for over 43 years. He was a strong believer in miracles and healings through prayer. However, he wasn’t getting permanent relief. In 1999, he and his wife started studying essential oils. At a seminar, he was introduced to the Raindrop Technique -a method of prayerfully anointing with oils on the back and feet- and it began producing dramatic results in his life. Dr. Stewart’s restoration was instant-complete and permanent! This prompted him to study the scriptures as well as the biochemistry of the oils. He spent 2 years gathering material specifically for this book!
Note: Our class will only introduce you to this topic. We can’t possibly cover all of the information that Dr. Stewart did in his 300 page book! If you find yourself yearning for more detailed information, please consider purchasing his book. Here is a link to it: https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Oils-Bible-David-Stewart/dp/0934426988/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478991527&sr=8-1&keywords=healing+oils+of+the+bible+by+david+stewart
Oils in the Bible General Info
Before we get started discussing each of the oils in the Ancient Scripture Kit, I would like to give you a bit of background information. The story of oils in the Bible begins with Adam and Eve being placed in the Garden of Eden. God placed the human race directly in the flowers, shrubs, grasses, and trees with these plants being their furniture and dwelling place. (Genesis 2:8) From that point on, essential oils were used by the people of the Middle East. We know this from information found in the Bible as well as from other sources from the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Arabs, Persians, Babylonians, and the Sumerians. Oils were an enormous part of the daily lives of ancient cultures-including the Israelites.
There are three main constituents occurring naturally in the essential oils in this class. These constituents are named Phenylpropanoids, Sesquiterpenes, and Monoterpenes. These three constituents are astounding in their ability to assist our health and wellness. They have the capability to cleanse the receptor sites (phenols), erase miswritten information on the DNA (cell memory) (sesquiterpenes), and reprogram God’s original plan into the cellular intelligence (monoterpene).
I know that this is a huge amount of information, but if you can let it sink in, then you may realize that God has placed health inside of many of the plants on this planet. Why? Simple….. love.
Aloes/Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (John 19:38-39)
Believed to be made from fragrant sandalwood, aloes were a gift Nicodemus brought to Jesus for his burial. 75-100lbs of aloes and myrrh would be worth $150k to $200k in today’s market- the wealth of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea must have been incredibly great. Also, their respect and reverence for the Lord and Savior must have also been very GREAT to be willing to offer so much. This oil is 95% sesquiterpines.
Today, Sandalwood is still a valuable and precious oil. It may help you sleep soundly and support your respiratory system. Also, it is useful for skin care and wrinkles. It has been known to help support the female reproductive and endocrine system as well. Many men enjoy this scent as a cologne.
Cassia (Psalms 45:8 & Exodus 30:22-31)
Cassia was a key ingredient in the incense used in temple worship and it was used in Moses’ holy anointing oil. Interestingly, Cassia and Cinnamon actually smell very similar. They are both from the same species of the Cinnamomum and are in the Laurel family of plants. These two oils are very “hot” by nature so you want to make sure to dilute it heavily if you are applying it topically.
Cassia supports the skin, the immune system, the respiratory system, the endocrine system, and it is known for its cleansing properties. Many find its scent to be uplifting as well.
Cedarwood (Leviticus 14:4 & 1 Kings 4:33)
Why do people have cedar chests or cedar closets? Did you say to repel moths? If so, then you are exactly right! Bugs don’t like it! It may have been the first oil distilled and the Egyptians and Sumerians were doing it over 5,000 years ago! Cedarwood contains the highest level of sesquiterpenes than any other known substance. Sesquiterpenes oxygenate the brain and support clear thinking. Solomon built his famous temple and palace out of the Cedars of Lebanon and King Solomon was thought to be the wisest king that ever reigned!
Cedarwood is highly effective for a restful nights’ sleep. Also, it is used for hair health and as a cleansing oil. Many parents use Cedarwood for its calming effects for their children. If someone was considered to be “unclean” in Biblical times, then Cedarwood may have been their response to solving this issue.
Did you know? Cedarwood releases melatonin as you are breathing it which can help you sleep great!
Cypress (Genesis 6:14 & Isaiah 44:14)
This oil is extracted from the branches of the cypress tree, which has wood so durable that the cypress doors of Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica show no sign of decay even after 1,200 years. Legend says that the cross of Jesus was made from Cypress. Also, Cypress oil is mentioned in a Babylonian tablet dating 1800 B.C. It smells very masculine and earthy.
Cypress is supportive of the immune system, female hormone health, emotional health, and promotes a healthy circulatory system. It is rich in monoterpenes. (77%)
Frankincense (Isaiah 59:20 & Song of Solomon 3:6)
The Hebrew word for frankincense, levonah, is used in the Bible 22 times, making it one of the most recognized materials in scripture. The Egyptians used this oil as a remedy for nearly everything in ancient times. One bit of wisdom gleaned from Egyptian antiquity states “frankincense is a good for everything from gout to a broken head.” In Numbers 16:46-50-Aaron stops a plague using the holy incense: Frankincense, Galbanum, Myrrh and Onycha. Frankincense can be used topically, by inhalation, or by ingestion. The Israelites used it all three ways. Frankincense was used to anoint the newborn sons of kings and priests, which may have been why it was brought to Jesus by the three wise men. Today, Frankincense is still a widely regarded healing oil/resin in the Middle East. The resin is commonly chewed as a gum in some countries. Now that is some expensive gum! We like to use Frankincense for supporting our immune systems, our respiratory systems, and for skin care. When inhaled, it can be helpful for emotional support during hard times. Did you know? Frankincense is high in sesquiterpenes and it helps oxygenate the blood.
Hyssop (Exodus 12:22 & Psalms 51:7)
Biblical references to this plant indicate it was likely used in practices and rituals intended to purify and cleanse. Moses asked the elders of Israel to sacrifice a lamb and use a branch of hyssop to apply the blood of the lamb to the doorposts of their dwellings. This was the first Passover. The death angel was to pass through Egypt that night, killing all the firstborn sons of every household except those marked with the blood of the lamb from the hyssop branch. It is very interesting to note that the ancient Hebrews believed that the aroma of Hyssop would repel evil spirits. God’s instructions were to “strike” the lintel and doorposts, which would bruise the hyssop leaves and release the scent of its oil. During his time on the cross, Jesus was offered a sponge with sour wine and hyssop. The reason for this is that crucifixion caused a person to die by slow suffocation and the lungs would eventually fill with fluid. Inhalation of the scent of hyssop may have offered some relief from the respiratory congestion and provided physical and emotional relief as well.
Myrrh (Esther 2:12, Mark 15:23, Proverbs 7:17)
One of the key ingredients in Moses’ holy anointing oil, myrrh was highly regarded by Biblical figures such as David and Solomon. Myrrh was one of the oils presented to Jesus after birth and was the last oil presented to Jesus before death. He was offered wine infused with Myrrh just when he was on the cross. Myrrh was the ONLY oil mandated by God in both the holy anointing oil as well as the holy incense. When the wise men brought Joseph and Mary the gift of Myrrh, they didn’t have to explain what to do with it. This was common knowledge to ancient people. They knew it would protect the immune system of their family. Also, this oil was commonly used during biblical times by pregnant women and it was massaged on the abdomen to promote healthy skin during pregnancy. It was also used for skin issues, oral hygiene, embalming, and to get rid of unwanted pests. Applying Myrrh to the face may help beautify and smooth the skin. Interesting note: It is still used in many common fragrances available on the market today, including a fragrance by Estee Lauder. It is considered a fixing oil. It enhances all other oils that it is mixed with- making the blend MUCH more efficient. It has historically been used to enhance the smell and of other oils.
Myrtle (Nehemiah 8:15 & Esther 2:7)
Sukkot, commonly translated as Feast of the Tabernacles, includes myrtle branches in its ceremony. In the book of Esther, Esther’s name is “Hadassah,” which is Hebrew for Myrtle. During her year of preparation to become a bride for the king, Myrtle, her namesake, was probably among the perfumes and odors used. Research done by Daniel Peneol M.D. of France has found that oil of myrtle is especially effective for the emotional health of women. Also, it is soothing for the respiratory system, hormone health, and skin care.
Onycha (Exodus 30:34) Onycha was an ingredient in the “pure and holy” perfume the Lord commanded Moses to make. It has soothing , uplifting properties when inhaled and it has the scent of vanilla. It was also used as a fixative and as an ointment for skin cuts or scrapes. It is the thickest oil-you could turn the oil upside down, and it would not spill out. Simply, use a toothpick to get it out.
Rose of Sharon/Cistus (Song of Solomon 2:1)
This rock rose has a sweet, honey-like scent and may be the flower referred to as the Rose of Sharon. Cistus Ladanifer, is also known as rock rose, cistus, ladanum, and labdanum. The Rose of Sharon is NOT the thorny bush with large multi-petaled flowers that we know as a true rose. The Rose of Sharon smells soft, sweet, and it has an aromatic gum that exudes from the plant. This oil has amazing properties of cell regeneration and it has an emotional calming effect when inhaled.
Thank you for attending our class on the Oils of Ancient Scripture. If you are interested in ordering this kit, then you may look it up in your Virtual Office as product # 19341. Have you tried any of the oils mentioned in this class? If so, do you have a favorite?