Children and adults alike often get excited over the idea of discovering hidden treasure long forgotten. Adventure stories and movies can reel in the audience as the search goes along and the suspense builds. Then when the treasure chest is found everyone waits with bated breath and the long lost treasure is finally revealed.
What does a treasure hunt have to do with essential oils? Though the use of essential oils is rather new to many people these days, the use, knowledge, and understanding of essential oils goes way back! It is like they are a rediscovered treasure!
Let's pause a moment to answer the question of what is an essential oil. It has been said that the essential oil is the "lifeblood" of the plant! Essential oils are those aromatic fluids that course through the plant's roots, stems, leaves, and fruit. They are intricate parts of plants. And plants were on this Earth prior to people (along with all their parts!) way back in Genesis!
Furthermore, "the Bible contains over 200 references to aromatics, incense and ointments." (Essential Oils Pocket Reference). In order to separate out the essential oils from the rest of the plant parts there must be an extraction process and different methods have been used historically, such as cold pressing, alcohol extraction and distilling.
The Essential Oils Pocket Reference explains: "Aromatics such as frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, cinnamon, cassia, rosemary, hyssop, and spikenard were used for anointing and healing the sick." In Exodus, the Lord gave a recipe to Moses for a holy anointing oil containing: Myrrh, Cinnamon, Calamus, Cassia, and Olive Oil. Today, olive oil or other "carrier oils" are often used together with essential oils, for specific reasons having to do with their complementary effects plus their individual benefits.
In Leviticus, there are references to Cedarwood, frankincense, and hyssop.
Numbers also mentions Cedarwood and hyssop, and in chapter 16 an incense offering by Aaron stopped a plague!
Skip over to II Samuel which mentions Cedarwood, as does I Kings, II Kings, I & II Chronicles, and Ezra. I Kings mentions hyssop as well. I & II Kings and II Chronicles again mentions frankincense.
Nehemiah also mentions frankincense. In fact, all through the Old Testament, there are references to what would be called Essential Oils.
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