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The Bible and Essential Oils

Even though essential oils are 100% safe and natural, eco-friendly and help your body eliminate stress, anxiety and even illness, it’s important to know how to use them safely. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years and many are identified in the bible.

Biblical essential oils

Many people love essential oils and have come to appreciate their ancient stories. What a delightful surprise it is to find out that the Bible is full of references. There are estimated over a thousand separate references to plants, oils, or incense. It was the ancient people’s way of honoring God, healing the body and uplifting the mind and emotions.

These oils have been used for thousands of years for healing and support for the immune system and eliminate toxins from the liver which boosts your lymphatic system and making you feel your best.

In another blog, I will write more about each oil in detail and their healing properties and biblical use. Here are the names of the most common ones:

Frankincense—A Holy Oil for Yesterday and Today

Myrrh—The Midwives Oil in the Old Testament

Balsam Fir, Idaho –An Oil of Royalty

Cedarwood—The First Oil to Be Distilled

Galbanum—An Ancient Oil that is Truly Grounding

Hyssop—a Valuable Aid at the Time of Death

Cassia—A Warming Spicy Oil of the Ancient World

Aloes/Sandalwood—An Ancient/Modern Assistance in Meditatio

Spikenard—Considered a Sacred Anointing Oil

The following are some precautions and how they help detox your body, mind and spirit to bring optimum health. Always begin with using essential oils safely.

Use oils carefully

Essential oils are medicinal and very powerful. Make sure you know how to handle them properly by reading instructions or asking an aromatherapist.

Check out the kind and quality of the oil first.

Not every oil is the same. Make sure you are using the highest quality and concentrated oils. Even though it can be costly, you don’t want to be breathing in or applying something cheap and not of seed to oil quality.

If you have a reaction…STOP!

I always advise my clients that a reaction or allergic response is not desirable. Skin rashes, hives, skin sensitivity or any reaction is a sign to stop immediately. Seek alternative oil therapy as not everyone responds the same to individual oils.

Do a skin patch test before you begin

It’s always a good idea to do a skin patch test before you use the oil. You will be able to tell if there is a sensitivity.

Check with your doctor

Always check with your doctor if you are pregnant, using oils on children, or taking medications. Some oils have interactions and side effects with certain medications that you should know.


The following are some of the main BENEFITS of Essential Oils:

1. Inspires a positive emotional state- Love the way roses or oranges smell? Essential oils can help you rediscover peace, balance, and joy. Use the essential oils and blends for diffusion, soothing baths, massage, inhalation, or topical application.

2. Enhances physical wellness- modern lifestyles don’t always create optimal conditions for physical wellness. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and an overabundance of environmental toxins can leave the body unbalanced and diminish energy levels. Essential oils, used properly, can restore your health and assist you in optimum balance.

3. Enhances spiritual well-being- Incense and essential oils from plants have always played an important part in religious and spiritual ceremonies, helping participants transcend the trivial and connect with something larger than themselves. The pure constituents in these oils stimulate olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. Use them in times of prayer by dilution topically or via a diffuser.

Bible study

The following are biblical texts that can be used to study or in group discussion:

1. The exodus story about the 4-oil recipe given by God to Moses for anointing the people, altar, etc. Exodus 30:31.

2. The hyssop story about protecting the Hebrews from the Angel of Death. Exodus 12:2.

3. The cedarwood story in Lev 14:15‐18 where the oil was used to restore a “leper” to the community. 4. Anointing of the priesthood with the “holy anointing oil blend” found in Exodus 40:12‐15.

5. The story of the 3 Magi who brought the Kingly oils—frankincense, myrrh and balsam (the liquid gold) to the newborn king.

6. Jesus announcing that he was the “Anointed One” in Luke 4:17‐19.

7. Jesus sending his disciples out to heal and anoint. Matt. 10:1,8, 11‐14; Mark 6:7‐13; Luke 9:1‐6; Luke 10:15, 8‐11.

8. Anointing of Jesus by the various women with the blend called Nard. Mark 14:1‐9; Matt 26: 1‐13; Luke 7:36‐50.

9. Preparing the body of Jesus for burial with aloes (sandalwood) and myrrh. John 19:38‐42

To your health and blessings,

Pastor Donna

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