Essential Oils of the Bible

 david-stewartThis is David Stewart.  David is a registered Aromatherapist, a former United Methodist pastor, holds degrees in physics, math, earth science, natural medicine, and author of sixteen books.   He is President of the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE) offering training programs throughout North America, which includes the scriptural basis of helping oils.  the CARE website,  I think he knows a bit about these Essential Oils of the Bible.

          Looking at these alphabetically we will start with Aloes or Sandalwood (Santalum album) from John 19:39. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.”    


Biblical Aloe was an oil imported from India, known as sandalwood.  Sandalwood is known for its ability to nurture various systems in the body by:                     The Sandalwood Plant

  • Oxygenating tissue, including the brain
  • Stimulating our natural secretions melatonin
  • Enabling a good night’s rest
  • Preparing bodies for burial

Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia). Psalm 45:8. All thy garments 

maxresdefaultsmell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.”                 The Cassia Plant

Our sense of smell is wired directly to our emotional brain were our feelings are catalogued where Cassia can nourish our bodies by:                                        

  • Stimulating feelings of joy, happiness, and gladness
  • Enabling emotional healing

          Cedarwood (Cedrus Atlantical). Leviticus 14:17 And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering.”                              The Cedarwood Plantth

This verse tells in where to apply the oil, not making mention what type oil is used.  However, the context of the passage reveals that cedarwood is involved in  the act of cleansing.  Solomon used Cedar Wood in the building of his temple and home in   1 Kings 6:9-15.  In maligning this choice of lumber he would be inhaling in the Cedar wood scent so that he would be able to think clearly and wisely.  Cedarwood has the following effects:

  • Clearing our minds of clutter
  • Clarifying our thinking

         Cypress (Cupress Sempervirens) Isaiah 41:19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, The myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine, And the box tree together.”                        The Cypress TreeDwarf-Hinoki-Cypress-450w

Modern sciences ha shown that inhaling, applying, or taking Cypress Oils internally stimulates white blood corpuscle generation which may have beneficial applications following chemotherapy and radiation.  The molecules of  cypress oil deem to have an affinity with all aspects of the cardiovascular system, including blood vessels and heart.  Uses for Cypress Oil includes:

  • Fighting arthritis
  • Battling laryngitis
  • Reducing scar tissue
  • Boosting the immune system

Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri)  Leviticus 2:1 “And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon”.     The Frankincense Treetree-acacia

  Used for religious rituals, flavoring food, and for all manner of healing purposes, frankincense is the second most frequently mentioned oil in the Bible.  Ancient Egyptians  had a saying that “frankincense could heat everything from gout to a broken head.”   Frankincense has been used by various religions and royalty to help with:

  • Reducing anxiety and concerns
  • Promoting focus on spiritual matters

Galbanum (Ferula Gummosa) Exodus 30:34-35 “And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon.”              eo_galbanum

   Galbanum was one of the four oils in the holy incense, which has been burned Jewish temples for thousands of years in combinations with Myrrh, Onycha, and Frankincense.  Historically, Galbanum has been used for:                                                                The Galbanum Plant

  • Providing pain relief
  • Hindering cramps and spasms
  • Repairing abscesses, wounds, wrinkles, and acne
  • Battling asthma and chronic coughs

Hyssop (Hyssopus Officinalis) Exodus 12:22 “And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.”                               The Hyssop Planthyssop

Animal sacrifices were offered almost daily in Jewish temples which could result in a bad oder problem.  However, the jewish congregation regularly supplied the priests  with fresh fragrant herbs that were scattered on the temple floor each morning.  When people walked over them, crushing their leaves and stems, their fragrant oils would be released and freshen the air.  The Scripture above refers to the first Passover.

Myrrh(Commiphora Myrrha) Matthew 2:11 “And when they were come intoMyrrhe-Pflanze the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh”.                              The Myrrh Tree


          Myrrh is the most frequently mentioned oil of the Bible (156 times).  it is the first oil mentioned in the Old Testament (Genesis 37:25) and the last mentioned in the New Testament (Revelation 15:23).  It is one of the first to be received by the Christ child along with Frankincense and the last to bed offered as he stood at the cross (Mark15:23). 

Myrtle (Myrtus Communis) Isaiah 55:13. “Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”  The Myrtle Treecrepe-myrtle

       To the. ancient Jews, the Myrtle Tree was a symbol of peace and justice as well as a source fr a healing oil.  In celebration of their freedom from Babylonian captivity and the restoration of the law of Moses, the Jews gathered branches of Myrtle (Nehemiah 8:15).  In Biblical times myrtle oil was used for the following reasons:

  • Purifying from uncleanliness
  • Restoring normal thyroid activity
  • Decongesting the respiratory tract and sinuses

Onycha (Styrax Benzoin)  Exodus 30: 34-35  “And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight

Back To Basics- Using Onycha Oil As A Wound Healer

: And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy”                         The Onycha Plant (Lord’s Calendula)

While Onycha Oil was used in the holy incense of Exodus 30, it modern uses have been extensive.  it has a wonderful odor of vanilla because it contains vanillin aldehyde, also found in the vanilla plant.  Onycha contains more acids than any other oil, including benzoic acid.  This oil has been used for:

  • Providing antiseptic service to the body
  • Producing a calming scent

Rose of Sharon (Cistus Ladanifer) Song of Solomon 2:1. “I am the rose of Sharon,
and the lily of the valleys.”                                                                    The Rose of SharonRoseofSharon

          Also known a Cistus, Labdanum, and Rock Rose, this is not the traditional sweet smelling flower with the thorny stems we normally think of.  It is a wild bloom that has grown on the Plains of Sharon, west of Jerusalem, for thousand of years.  Rose of Sharon has proven able in:

  • Healing cuts and bruises 
  • Relieving sciatic nerve pain

Spikenard (Nardostachys Jatamansi) Song of Solomon 1:12 “

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While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.”                         The Spikenard Plant

It was an ancient custom to honor distinguished guests by anointing their head and feet with Spikenard.  Jesus was anointed twice with spikenard the week before he died, (Matthew 26:6-7 and John 12:1-3).  The fragrance from this essential oil has been used in:                           

  • Relieving fear and anxiety 
  • Preparing the body for burial

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