I have been so excited to share what I am learning about oils of the Bible with you! I am just going to start with the basics today and then we will go from there.
So, first of all, I need to mention that I have used the following references for my study: The Bible (obviously!), Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart, PhD, information from different sites on the web, Karina Sammons from Healthy Essentials with Karina, and other sources that I will cite with specific quotes.
Essential Oil use was very common in Biblical times. We find references mentioning essential oils, their uses, and/or the plants from which they are derived in 70% of the Bible books! There are 1.031 references to essential oils involving 33 different species of oils from specific trees or herbs!
Fragrant oils were treasured and used daily in the lives of those who lived in the Holy Land. The strip of land between the Mediteranean Sea and the Jordan River was the crossroads of trade for spices, oils, aromatic herbs, and so much more during the Bible times. That region of the world is still blessed with the indigenous plants that produce healing oils (such as Frankincense & Myrrh), and was at that time the major funnel of traffic from north, south, east, and west.
So, it is pretty cool that the very first reference to healing oils in the Bible is where a caravan of camels came by Jacob’s flock of sheep on its way from Gilead – the very caravan to which Joseph was sold! The Scripture reference for this is Genesis 37:25 “…bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.”
We know that God was the first aromatherapist, and that He specifically gave us plants, trees, herbs, and fruits as a way to heal our bodies naturally. The writer’s of the Bible were more intent on recording God’s direct Words to us, and not on detailed usage of oils. However, it does allude to secular use, emotional healing, and spiritual attributes of essential oils.
The use of oils as incense, perfume, spices, ointments, and medicines were so much a part of daily living that no explanations were necessary. Everyone already knew how to use oils and so the focus was on other things when the Bible was written. But, we do have 33 specific species and more than 500 references to essential oils and the plants from which they came.
I look forward to sharing more with you next week In the meantime, you may want to check out the book pictured above. It was not written specifically for doTERRA, but still has great info in it, and many of the oils mentioned we can purchase today.