for the Holidays

Maria Low
November – December 2022 • Vol 4, No 1

Essential oils, herbs, shrubs, and trees are mentioned in ancient scriptures from all over the world. The word “oil” occurs in the Bible 191 times. Olive oil is mentioned seven times, and the word “incense” appears 68 times. These primary Biblical oils are described as fragrances, odors, ointments, aromas, sacred smudges, and sweet savors. The following are the 14 principal oils mentioned in the Bible: Myrrh, Frankincense, Calamus, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cassia, Galbanum, Onycha, Spikenard, Hyssop, Sandal-wood (Aloe), Myrtle, Cypress, and Rose of Sharon.

Students in seminary school are not taught about the virtues of the holy oils mentioned in the scriptures. I always wondered why! Unfortunately, their teachers often pass over the information about sacred essential oils.

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