I’m so excited I can’t stand it. I recently ordered a beautiful kit from Young Living called 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture™. You know I love the Bible and getting to actually smell the same scents that Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jesus, and others lived around and used just thrills me!
So I thought I’d share with you some of what I’ve learned about these oils. I’ll cover 6 this week and 6 later. Here we go!
It is believed that the aloes referred to in the Bible may have been fragrant sandalwood, a spice accessible to the residents of ancient Palestine. It is not referring to what we know as aloe vera.
This is the main oil that was used in Jesus’ burial. Nicodemus brought myrrh and aloes (or sandalwood) to the tomb to be used in the embalming.
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.
100 pounds of Aloes and Myrrh from this verse would be worth $150,000 to $200,000 today. This indicates the deep love and respect that Nicodemus (and Joseph of Arimathea) had for their lord.
- Enhances our ability to sleep deeply
- Can help improve vision
- Conditions wrinkled or chapped skin
- Helps promote the health of bone and connective tissue
- Soothes nervous tension
- May help clear deep-seated emotional and generational issues.
Cassia typically refers to cassia bark, the spice made from the bark of East Asian trees related to the “true cinnamon” (Cinnamomum verum) of Sri Lanka.
Cassia oil is part of the Holy Anointing Oil “recipe” given to Moses in Exodus 20 and is listed in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes dating back to 1600 BC.
There are three different scriptures that mention cassia in the Old Testament. It has a light, cinnamon-like aroma and can have a positive impact on the immune system.
- Optimizing immune health
- Promoting clear vision
- Freshening the breath (add a drop to water and swish in mouth)
- Natural non-toxic air freshener (use in a spray bottle or in air vents in car or house)
- Promoting circulatory health
- You can use it in cooking
- It can promote digestive health
I’ve talked before about my great love for Cedarwood essential oil; I use it daily. From the mighty Cedars of Lebanon came the fragrant and long-lasting wood used to build Solomon’s temple.
In Leviticus 14:14-20, there is a cleansing ritual where Cedarwood and Hyssop oils are used. Cedarwood can help clear buried emotions and Hyssop releases swallowed emotions and is a spiritual cleanser of past sin and immorality.
Cedarwood was known as the oil of gladness in ancient times, used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming the dead, and also for a variety of purposes including temple worship, mood elevation, and mental clarity. This oil has an affinity for the brain.
Cedarwood may have been the first oil to be obtained by distillation, seeing as the Egyptians and the Sumerians were using it 5,000 years ago.
- Helps to keep insects at bay.
- Promotes the proper function of the lymphatic system; apply on the feet or dilute and apply during a full-body massage.
- Optimizes mental clarity; just inhale!
- Promotes hair growth; rub 1-3 drops into the scalp daily.
In ancient times, Cypress (conifer tree or shrub) was used for purification and incense. This oil is frequently used to support the circulatory system.
Cypress is especially comforting during the winter season. Its fresh, herbaceous, slightly evergreen aroma is refreshing and restores feelings of security and stability.
- Soothing minor cramps – apply on affected area
- Optimizing circulation by rubbing on location
- Maintaining proper blood sugar levels
- Grounding and soothes emotional trauma
- Cypress also helps oxygenate the brain.
Frankincense is another of my used-daily essential oils. Egyptian tradition says that Frankincense is “good from head to toe” and is used to treat every conceivable ill known to man.
Frankincense, also called olibanum, is an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes, obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia.
Mary and Joseph would have anointed Jesus with it. It was used for skin health and to support the respiratory system. The magi did not have to tell them what to do with it; in biblical times, everyone knew.
- Promotes the health of skin, improving the appearance and texture, including aging or dry skin, helpful for age spots and other skin irregularities
- Enhances respiratory health – apply topically on the chest
- Was used by Hebrew priests in ritual purification
- Is still used today as incense in Catholic churches
Frankincense promotes a meditative state and spiritual attuning. It also helps maintain a happy and peaceful mood. Diffuse, inhale, or apply a drop over the forehead and on the crown of the head.
Galbanum is an aromatic gum resin, the product of certain umbelliferous Persian plant species in the genus Ferula. Galbanum was valued for medicinal and spiritual qualities. It was part of the Holy Anointing Oil in Exodus 30.
It was used in ancient temple ritual incense anointings associated with springtime. Galbanum essential oil supports the immune, digestive, respiratory, circulatory and other body systems. It is also useful as an aid for troubled or mature skin.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed, put 2 drops of galbanum on the bottom of each foot.
- Galbanum promotes proper immune function – rub on the glands.
- It’s great for stress-related complaints – combine with frankincense and sandalwood for powerful balancing and amplifying the meditative state.
- It helps to soothe minor body aches.Put a drop on your stomach to promote proper digestion.
Here’s a video I did on some of the essential oils mentioned in the Bible:
I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip into the ancient oils of the Bible. I love history, I love the Bible and I love essential oils. There’s no better way to combine all these loves than with this great essential oils kit from Young Living. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you need any assistance in purchasing your oils.
Learn more in my new book, Be in Health: Bible-Based Health Restoration: Living in Harmony with God’s Ways Regarding Health. Available now.