What does the Bible have to say about essential oils?
There are more than 400 mentions of essential oils in the Bible. During biblical times, essential oils were common. This is why most scriptural passages don’t elaborate on how essential oils were used – it was assumed information.
Thirty three oils are mentioned by name in the Bible. Some of the most important were:
Myrtle is mentioned 6 times. Modern Day Uses: encourages proper nasal function and supports normal respiratory function – especially for children, supports healthy hormone balance
Sandalwood is mentioned 5 times. Modern day uses: cognitive support, to reduce absentmindedness, to slow signs of aging on the skin such as liver spots
Cedarwood is mentioned 70 times. Modern day uses: provides nervous system support during times of stress, promoting mental clarity, promoting restful sleep
Myrrh is mentioned 156 times. Modern day uses: supporting healthy hormone levels, slowing signs of aging on the skin, and calming tantrums and over-sensitivity
Cinnamon is mentioned 69 times. Modern day uses: endocrine support, maintains normal blood sugar levels and supports immune function
Frankincense is mentioned 81 times. Modern day uses: supports the immune system, supports healthy lung function, reprograms cellular memory promoting a shift to wellness, enhances connection to God during prayer and meditation
Healing Oils of the Bible (by David Stewart PhD) is a great resource for
anyone looking to dive further into this area.
Here are a few favorite scriptures relating to healing plants and oils.
Ezekiel 47:12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. …
Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.
Mark 6:12-13 They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
James 5:14 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.
Healing Oils of the Bible presentation is one of my most popular programs.
St. Hildegard was a 12 century healer, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, and visionary.
Hildegard’s medicinal and scientific writings developed through her experiences cultivating her monastery’s herbal garden and infirmary. She became renowned for her healing powers involving practical applications of what could be found in nature. She documented the value of garden materials for home remedies and provided future generations with a perfect example of respect for the powerful elements found in nature- knowledge still in use today.
She coined the term “Veridita” to convey nature’s divine healing power transferred from plants to humans.