Coriander Essential Oil

Coriander Essential Oil is steam distilled from the seedsCoriander is an annual herb that grows three feet high and is very aromatic. The plant (Coriandrum sativum) produces both coriander and cilantro. Coriander from the seeds while cilantro comes from the leaves of the plant. Although coriander and cilantro come from the same plant, their flavors and aromas are very different. Coriander has a green, floral and herbaceous aromatic description. Cilantro’s aromatic description is fresh, herbal and sweet, although some find it pungent. Continue reading “Coriander Essential Oil”

Spikenard Essential Oil in the Bible

Spikenard Essential Oil is steam distilled from the plant rootSpikenard essential oil comes from a flowering plant (Valerian family) that grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. The spice is mentioned five times in the Bible by the name ‘nard.’ (The spice is also called ‘nardin’ and ‘muskroot.’) Spikenard is mentioned three times in the book of Song of Solomon in the Old Testament, and twice in the New Testament. Continue reading “Spikenard Essential Oil in the Bible”

Cinnamon Essential Oil in the Bible

Cinnamon Essential Oil comes from the barkCinnamon is mention only four times in the Bible.  We first read of it when God provided the specifications for making Anointing Oil (Exodus 30:23).  Cinnamon essential oil would have added a sweet smell to the anointing oil. The spice trade and cinnamon are referenced in Revelation when the fall of Babylon is foretold (Revelation 18:11-13).  Ancient nations prized cinnamon so highly that it was considered a suitable gift fit for monarchs. Continue reading “Cinnamon Essential Oil in the Bible”

Myrrh Essential Oil in the Bible

Myrrh resin from which myrrh essential oil is madeMyrrh is mentioned 19 times throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It is the first oil mentioned in Genesis, in the Old Testament. It is the last oil mentioned in Revelation in the New Testament. Myrrh essential oil comes from the gummy resin of the Myrrh tree. It was one of the oils used to make the Anointing Oil mentioned in Exodus.
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Cypress Essential Oil in the Bible

Cypress essential oil is obtained from the leafCypress essential oil has a fresh, clean, crisp smell that’s energizing and refreshing, and often used in aromatherapy. Although not mentioned in the form of an essential oil, cypress wood is mentioned 14 times in the Old Testament of the Bible. Solomon used cypress wood when building the Temple (1 Kings 6:34). Solomon probably used cypress because it is equal to redwood in its resistance to rot and insects. Continue reading “Cypress Essential Oil in the Bible”

Cedarwood Essential Oil in the Bible

Cedarwood Essential Oil is steam distilled from the wood

There is both written and archaeological evidence that essential oils were used as medicinal substances and aromatherapy in the Bible.  One of those, cedarwood essential oil, goes back to the time of Moses and Aaron in the Bible.  Essential oils were key in both physical and ceremonial acts of the Old Testament.  Continue reading “Cedarwood Essential Oil in the Bible”

Cassia Essential Oil in the Bible

Cassia barkCassia essential oil was an ingredient in anointing oil as described in Exodus 30:22-25 and in Psalms 45:7-9. Besides being used in aromatherapy and on people, the Bible tells us anointing oil was also used in making clothing fragrant. In Ezekiel 27:18-19 we learn that Cassia oil was also used in trade. Continue reading “Cassia Essential Oil in the Bible”