Healing with Oils

There are numerous references to healing 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 among the presents, gold, and the oil frankincense and myrrh as a gift for baby Jesus.  Frankincense and myrrhhave been found to have two of the most powerful immune-stimulating substances available.

Alchemists labeled aromatic plant oils as essential because they believed that the fragrances reflected the plant’s true inner nature. Throughout history, the oils have been used for healing and are still key elements of many of the world’s non-Western healing tradition.  For example, India’s Ayurvedic healing tradition routinely uses oil fragrances to obtain the right balance needed for good health.  Indian sages believed fragrances affected man’s consciousness, and encouraged rituals of worship that incorporated flowers.  To this day,flowers are an integral part of daily worship and activity throughout India.  Everywhere you go, you will see people making flower garlands used daily to adorn households,villages,  fields and  temple shrines.  They are blessed at temple and then given back to the worshipper who wears it throughout the day. It is believed the constant exposure to these highly evolved fragrances refines and elevates consciousness.

To Egyptians, fragrance was of the utmost importance as their goal was divinity. Bathing, anointing and using fragrances/oils would lead to holiness. When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, the victors wanted all essential oil formulas, especially aphrodisiacs and those that gave power over others.  It is thought that due to this misuse of oils. Priests then started to forbid the use of them.

In recent years as natural, alternatives have been sought out, aromatherapy/oil therapy has seen a remarkable resurgence In Europe, it is considered an effective, treatment that is increasingly being used with conventional medicine.