The Healing Oils of The Bible
The healing oils, or essential oils as they are known today, are the aromatic, volatile, distilled liquids of certain plants known and esteemed for their therapeutic qualities. They are referenced in both biblical and ancient secular history, and are generally regarded as being man’s first known medicine.
The therapeutic bio-chemicals within essential oils are among the most potent healing substances known to man. Their anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, immune-stimulating qualities are without equal in the world of medicine and healing.
Pathogenic microorganisms like bacteria and viruses do not become resistant to essential oils as they do modern-day synthetic antibiotic drugs. And, unlike many of today’s most popular antiseptic chemicals, essential oils do not harm human tissue. Wounds of all types appear to heal quicker when treated with essential oils. Skin diseases like psoriasis disappear quickly using essential oils.
Anchored in Scripture:
There are numerous references to essential oils (or the plant they are derived from) in the Bible. Some precious oils, such as frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, rosemary, hyssop, cassia, cinnamon and spikenard were used for anointing and healing of the sick. The three wise men (magi) brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child. Clinical research shows that frankincense and myrrh are two of the most powerful immune-stimulating substances available, containing very high amounts of immune-stimulating properties. Perhaps the three wise men were wise in ways beyond our knowledge.
Recent excavation of the ancient city, Gilead, has unearthed the remains of a fortress like building used for the manufacture of balsam oil. This “balm of Gilead” noted in Jeremiah 8:22, had long been famous in antiquity for its nearly miraculous properties to HEAL WOUNDS. In fact, the balsam oil of Gilead was so famous that the conquering Roman emperor Titus (79-81 A.D.), after conquering Gilead, displayed branches from Gilead’s balsam trees in his triumphal march through Rome.
The Secret of Gilead:
So precious was this oil to the commerce of Gilead, the exact manufacturing process was kept a closely guarded secret. So much so, archaeologists uncovered an inscription carved into the floor of a local synagogue that reads, “Whoever reveals the secret of the village to the gentiles, the one whose eyes roam over the entire earth and see’s what is concealed will uproot this person and his seed from under the sun.” (see Biblical Archaeology Review, Sep/Oct 1996 issue)
It should be noted when Joseph’s brothers tried to sell him to a caravan of Ishmaelites passing by, Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, purchased in Gilead, on their way to Egypt (Genesis 37:25). And so it is, the use of extracted plant oils was an established industry thousands of years before Christ walked on the Earth.
Throughout early history, the ancients knew the value of essential oils. What happened to the information about these oils? Why is it we are only now beginning to re-discover God’s amazing healing oils? During the Dark Ages and the burning of the library in Alexandria (a center for man’s knowledge) and other places, much of this knowledge was lost.
And the Research Began …
It wasn’t until 1907 that modern day Scientists began to research essential oils. However, pharmaceutical companies today avoid producing and marketing essential oils, because naturally occurring products are not patentable in the U.S.
World history richly records the use of essential oils as a means to stave off disease and illness. As modern day “super bugs” have their way with man-made antibiotics, more and more people are turning to the past to find the answers they seek for health and wellness. As they search, they are finding essential oils to be the one source mankind has faithfully depended on over the millennium.
As people experience these wonderful, God given oils for the first time, and witness how well their mind and body responds to them, the genius of our Father comes to light. His wisdom to perfectly match our needs is unparalleled. Let the people rejoice in praise…For our God is an awesome God!
by Jim Lynn
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