Essential Oils in the Bible

Rose of Sharon/Cistus(LabdanumCistus ladanifer)–I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley (Song of Solomon 2:1). Defining the rose of Sharon requires the wisdom of Solomon. One likely candidate is labdanum, sometimes called rock rose. This beautiful rose has a soft honey-like scent and may be the small shrubby tree called the rose of Sharon. Anciently, the gum that exudes from this plant was collected from the hair of goats that had browsed among the bushes. Cistus has been studied for its effects on cell regeneration.

Cypress(Cupressus semperviren) – He hewest him down cedars and taketh cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the tress of the forest. (Isaiah 44:14) The cypress tree is renowned for its durability. The sturdy cypress doors of St. Peters in Rome, for example, show no signs of decay, even after 1,200 years! The mighty cypress groves of Lebanon were described in the Apocryphal Book of Ecclesiasticus as trees which groweth up to the cloud (50:10). Some Bible scholars believe that cypress may be the gopher wood used to build Noahs Ark. Cypress is used to support the circulatory system.

Cedarwood(Cedrus atlantica) – And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall(1 Kings 4:33). The cedars of Lebanon were used to build Solomons Temple and Herods Temple where Christ taught. Cedar was an integral part of two biblical purification rituals–one for lepers and another for those who were impure from touching a dead body (Leviticus 14:1-32; Numbers 19). Cedar was noted for its incorruptibility and in ancient times, clothing was anointed with cedar to protect it from humidity. Cedarwood was recognized historically for its calming and purifying properties.

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The Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture

Myrtle(Myrtus communis)– Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written (Nehemiah 8:15). When the Jews came out of Babylonian captivity, King Nehemiah commanded that they gather branches from four trees, including myrtle. To the ancient Jews, myrtle was symbolic of peace and justice. One of the promises to Israel for the future is that instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree (Isaiah 55:13). Myrtle has been studied for its soothing effects on the respiratory system.

Contains: Twelve Single Oils (5ml bottles): Aloes/sandalwood (Santalum album), cassia (Cinnamomum cassia), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), frankincense (Olibanum — Boswellia carteri), galbanum (Ferula gummosa), hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), myrtle (Myrtus communis), onycha (pronounced oh-nigh-kah, a very thick oil, remove the plastic orifice and warm the bottle in your hand so that the oil will flow — Styrax benzoin), Rose of Sharon/cistus (Labdanum — Cistus ladanifer), and spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi).

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Aloes/Sandalwood(Santalum album)- 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.(John 19:39) The documenting of biblical plants and aromatics down through the ages has been inexact. The first entire book on plants was not published until 1566 by Levinus Lemmens. Many botanists believe that aloes was derived from sandalwood, one of the oldest incenses known to man. Its 4,000-year history includes use as a carved wood as well as distillation for its sweet, woody, and fruity-scented oil. The great antiquity of myrrh and aloes used in preparing Christs body for burial was indicative of respect. Aloes/Sandalwood is high in sesquiterpenes and has been researched in Europe for its ability to oxygenate a part of the brain known as the pineal gland, the seat of our emotions. The pineal gland is responsible for releasing melatonin, a powerful hormone that enhances deep sleep. Sandalwood is similar to Frankincense oil in its support of nerves and circulation. It was used traditionally for skin revitalization, yoga, and meditation, and has been found to help remove negative programming from the cells.

Cassia(Cinnamomum cassia) – All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. (Psalms 45:8) Two of the oldest known spices in the world are cinnamon and cassia. While cassia is similar to cinnamon, it has a more pungent, less delicate aroma. It was an ingredient in the holy anointing oil and the incense that was burned daily in the temple. Cassia oil is distilled from the plants leaves and twigs. In Job 42:14, Job bestowed the name Kezia(Hebrew for Cassia) on one of his three daughters. Cassia oil is among the most antiseptic of essential oils.

Galbanum(Ferula gummosa) – And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee seet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense of each there shall be a like weight(Exodus 30:34). Botanists have written that galbanums odor is strongly balsamic, pungent and disagreeable when burned. There is an interesting suggestion in the Jewish Talmud as to why this powerful, less-than-fragrant resin was used in the holy incense: Every communal fast that does not include sinners of Israel is not a fast. This has been linked to the fact that incense included spices or perfumes with lovely fragrances, but was not complete without one spice, galbanum, with its earthy odor. Galbanum is used for its antiseptic and body-supporting properties.

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Myrrh(Commiphora myrrha) – I have perfumed my bed with myrrh and aloes, and cinnamon (Proverbs 7:17). It is fitting that myrrh, also known as stacte, symbolizes suffering since it is produced by slicing the bark of a myrrh tree so that the precious resin oozes out and hardens into drops called tears. Christ was given myrrh at His birth; and along with aloes, it was used in preparing His body for burial. Myrrh was included in the holy anointing oil and was well-known to the ancient perfumers. From (Esther 2:12), we learn that the candidates from which King Ahasuerus was to pick his queen were prepared by anointings: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odors. The Arabian people of antiquity used myrrh for a variety of skin conditions.

Onycha(Styrax benzoin)– And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall be there be a like weight (Exodus 30:34). Onycha (pronounced oh-nigh-kah) stirred debate, whether it refers to a shellfish or a plant. The great Jewish scholar Rashi said that onycha is a kind of root, while the Talmud states it came from an annual plant. Young living believes that Styrax benzoin may be the plant source for onycha. Like frankincense and myrrh, benzoin is a resin. Onycha was traditionally known for its comforting and soothing properties.

Spikenard(Nardostachys jatamansi) – And Jesus being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard, very precious, and she brake the box, and poured the ointment on his head (Mark 14:3). Spikenard was transported to the Holy Land in sealed alabaster boxes all the way from the Himalayan mountains. When a distinguished guest came visiting, the master of the house showed honor by breaking open the spikenard and anointing the guest. The Hebrew and the Romans used spikenard in the burial of their dead. This is why Jesus said of the woman who poured the precious spikenard oil on Him, She is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying(Mark 14:8). Spikenard helps to soothe and nourish the skin.

contains the twelve most significant oils found in the Bible. Young Livings wish in bringing them to you is that you will savor and enjoy the beautiful fragrances and intriguing histories of these precious pure essential oils. Gary Young draws on his travels to biblical lands and explains the twelve oils in the cassette. Includes a Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture cassette.

Hyssop(Hyssopus officinalis) – Purge me ith hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow(Psalms 51:7). The hyssop plant was used during the exodus from Egypt to dab the Hebrews doorposts with lambs blood, protecting them from the plagues of death. Hyssop may be the most difficult biblical plant to identify because so many possibilities have been suggested. However, because hyssop (along with cedar) was used in purification rituals, modern-day hyssop with the chemical constituent carvacrol, which has antibacterial properties, make it a likely choice. Anciently, leprosy was believed to be a result of the sin of pride. Rabbi Isaac bar Tavli (from the 3rd Century A.D.) wrote about the use of hyssop in cleansing the leper: You were proud like the cedar and the Holy One, Blessed be He, humbled you like this hyssop that is crushed by everyone. Hyssop is known for supporting the respiratory system.

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Frankincense(Olibanum-Boswellia carteri) – Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? (Song of Solomon 3:6). An ancient synonym for frankincense is olibanum, derived from the Latin Olium libanum (oil from Lebanon). Frankincense may have been sold in Lebanon but it is grown in the desert regions of Saudia Arabia, Yemen and Oman. Because frankincense symbolizes divinity, it was one of the three gifts given to the Christ child. The temples of antiquity were fragrant with aroma of burning frankincense. As late as the reign of Englands King George III (1760-1820), frankincense was burned ceremonially in the royal chapels. The healing power of frankincense was known in antiquity since people used frankincense to cure everything from gout to a broken head.

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