The Ancient Scripture Essential Oils Used
1. Aloes (Sandalwood) – It is believed that the aloes referred to in the Bible may have been fragrant sandalwood, a spice accessible to the residents of ancient Palestine. Studied for its ability to oxygenate the brain.
2. Cassia – A key ingredient in the temple’s incense oils burned daily. Among the most antiseptic of essential oils.
3. Cedarwood – From the mighty “cedars of Lebanon” came the fragrant and long-lasting wood ised to build Solomon’s temple. Recognized for it’s calming and purifying properties.
4. Cypress – Extracted from the cypress tree, whose wood is so durable that the cypress doors of St. Peter’s in Rome show no sign of decay even after 1,200 years. Improves circulation and support the nerves.
5. Frankincense – Symbolizing divinity, it was one of the three gifts given to the Christ child. Used anciently for anything in the body.
6. Galbanum – this oil has a pungent, basalmic odor. Antiseptic and body support.
7. Hyssop – In 1745, one writer suggested eighteen different plants for the Biblical hyssop. Hyssop is known to support the respiratory system.
8. Myrrh – Used in burial and was highly regarded by David and Solomon and was one of the ingredients of the holy anointing oil. Used by ancient Arabian people for a variety of skin conditions.
9. Myrtle – Myrtle branches are still used by Jews for the Feast of Tabernacles. Symbolic of peace and justice and studied for its soothing effects on the respiratory system.
10. Onycha – Another ingredient in the holy anointing oil used in various religious ceremonies. Traditionally known for its comforting and soothing properties.
11. Rose of Sharon (Cistus) -The beautiful flowering rock rose has a soft honey-like scent and may be the plant known as the rose of Sharon. Studied for it’s effects on cell regeneration.
12. Spikenard – A very expensive oil, and was sealed in alabaster boxes, used in the burial of their dead. Helps soothe and nourish the skin.