According to research, there
are 33 species of aromatic plants given in the Bible from which
essential oils were produced. Depending on the way you count them,
there are as many as 1,035 references to essential oils and/or the
plants that produced them in the Old and New Testaments.
and God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed,
and the fruit tree yielding fruit..." and it was so. God's intent for
us to use plants for our medicines (see Ezekiel 47:12 and Revelation
22:2) is more than just their oil. God's intent is for us to take
responsibility for our own health care and use the intelligence He gave
us, guided by Him through prayer. This is the way we can personally
discover the medicines He created for us and how to use them. This is
how we can alter our lifestyles to live free of disease, which is God's
desire for us.
Healing is a holistic
spiritual term, not a medical
one. God, being the
first aroma therapist, filled the earth with life sustaining plants,
inspiring us to realize the infinite care and detail to which our
Creator has gone to provide for us the medicines we need to heal and
maintain our health, spiritual purification, moral repentance, and
healing. Among these divine gifts are the oils of plants. God made them
and gave us the intelligence to discover and learn how to use them.
They are called 'essential' because they are necessary for the life of
the plant and contain the 'essence' of the plant, and are a gift from
God to us, His children.
Aromas come from essential oils, broadcast by plants as their means of
communication between themselves, the animal kingdom, and people.
Scientifically, we now know that these natural aromas are more than
just pleasant. They are emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and
physically healing. Just by breathing them, even in minute quantities,
even when the fragrances of the flowers and trees are too faint to be
detected by our sense of smell, the molecules of oils are still in the
air, administering therapy to us. God gave us the natural herbs and
essential oils to be our medicines, for inhalation, topical
application, and ingestion for healing and wellness.
Biblical times, a great
assortment of essential oils were used for healing, medicines,
ointments, anointing, sweet savors, odors, spices, incense, perfumes,
oils of joy and gladness, given as gifts, embalming, and offered as
sacrifices. The people of the time knew what each oil was for and how
to use them, which isn't always depicted in the Bible. It would be like
writing a story about modern Christianity today and including the uses
of aspirin, which are common place and wouldn't need to be explained.
The same holds true with the oils of the Bible, they were so much a
part of the lives of everyone that no explanations were necessary.
oils perform many
duties in plant functions. They regulate plant growth, help in plant
metabolism, and provide the basis for the plant's immune system,
warding off undesirable viruses, bacteria, microbes, fungi, parasites,
and insects. When a plant is cut, it bleeds the oleo gum resin into the
wound which initiates healing. Because God created the plants for us,
their oils can serve many of the same purposes for us. They support and
balance our endocrine, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and
reproductive systems. They clear our sinuses and lungs to help us
breathe better. They help us metabolize our nutrients, minerals, and
vitamins. They also boost the natural defenses of our immune systems so
we can fight off disease by our own abilities. And while they are
friendly to us, they can be hostile to bacteria, viruses, parasites,
and fungi. As if the foregoing were not enough to demonstrate the
amazing abundance of healing properties of essential oils, they are
also the world's most powerful antioxidants that gobble up free
radicals in our bodies.
While eating foods high in antioxidants is a
desirable and very healthy thing to do, learning to use essential oils
in your daily life can potentially be even more desirable and health
producing. God's intelligence in oils and the beauty of oils as
medicines is that they don't have negative side effects like the
synthetic drugs and chemicals of modern pharmacology. For example, the
tinctures of iodine, merthiolate, mercurochrome, and other antiseptics
may be effective in killing organisms that could invade an open lesion,
but they are toxic, destructive to human tissue, and retard healing.
Essential oils are not only just as effective in their antiseptic
powers, they are non-toxic, harmless to human tissue, and promote
healing. Because they are direct creations of God's word (see Genesis
1:11-12), when properly applied in a prayerful way they possess the
divine intelligence to know how to do what is beneficial and to avoid
doing that which may bring harm.