Spikenard 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”
There are many instances where the Bible mentions anointing the body or head with an anointing oil. What exactly was “Anointing Oil?” What was in this essential oil mixture? Continue reading “Essential Oils in the Bible – Anointing Oil”
Cinnamon 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 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 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”
Cassia 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”
Frankincense essential oil is perhaps one of the best known essential oils of the Bible. It is mentioned in 21 verses in the Old and New Testaments.
Frankincense is one of the elements listed in Exodus 30:34 where God instructs Moses in how to make incense. The incense of the Bible was a perfume composed of different spices and Frankincense that was burned on the altar. Continue reading “Frankincense Essential Oil in the Bible”