Over the past few years, we have gotten into using Essential oils at our house. But, it wasn’t until recently when I started researching and learning more about them. I have also enjoyed mixing and creating different blends.
There are a lot of essential oil wars going on these days with different articles claiming that one essential oil company is better than the other. But don’t worry, that is not what this post is about. I will never nor will I ever try to convince you that one essential oil company is better than another.
Did you know that essential oils and the plants that produce them are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible? In fact, in the Old Testament, they are referenced in 36 of the OT books. In the New Testament, they are referenced in 10 of the NT books.
Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They are 50-70% more potent than herbs. Essential oils are a whole lot more than just the current fad. Oils are designed by God and have been used throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. When God created our world, He gave us wonderful medicine in the plants He created, to help heal us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Oils were used to treat ailments of all kinds and were highly treasured. The Egyptians used many different oils for rituals, including cleaning their bodies and embalming their dead. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, the Greeks, the Romans, Napoleon, European Crusaders, the Arabians, and even early American colonists have used essential oils.
Essential oils are found under many different names in the Bible, which can be really confusing when we try to picture what they are talking about. A few of the names that these oils go by include: fragrances, odors, ointment, aromas, and sweet savors.
Here are a just few references to oils in the Bible:
“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47:12)
“When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7:36-50)
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)
Essential oils looked different in Biblical times than they do today. This is due to the fact that a process called steam distillation is now used. In Biblical times, essential oils were likely infused oils, the plant matter was macerated (softened, soaked, mashed, or crushed) in olive oil, palm oil, or fat. This process created an oil that was less potent than the oils of today, but the chemistry remains the same. The plants themselves still contain the same healing properties, which can be extracted in the oils.
A common general misconception is that by using oils, people are not being faithful to God and letting his power bring healing to the body, mind, and soul. But by looking at His word, we find that oils are not meant to take the place of God, but instead, that God created them for us to use in His name.
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14)
So why am I sharing this with you? Because I strongly believe in the healing power of essential oils. But, please don’t just take my word for it! I challenge and encourage you to do your own research on oils and dig into scripture for yourself and allow God to teach you how you can care for your family using this incredible gift of healing with essential oils. Study the properties of essential oils and how to use them to treat various health conditions. I am not a doctor, but I have experienced their great benefits in my own healthy journey.