My wife is an essential oil junkie. To be honest, she is my teacher on the subject. I use to think essential oils were for hippies and bohemians who don’t bathe. Haha, well I’m sorry. I’ve discovered there’s much to enjoy about the pleasant fragrances. But honestly, as I began to dig in to this, I’ve found they go way, and I mean way beyond just a fragrance.
I looked to the Bible, my roadmap for holistic health. From the beginning of creation, essential oils have had a purpose. We find them used in ceremony and worship, we see them in symbolism and anointing, and over and over again we see them as essential medicines. There are over 600 references to essential oils and aromatic plants in scripture. We see Jesus’ feet being anointed with spikenard. At His birth, a gift of frankensense and myrrh. At His crucifixion, hyssop.
I’m reminded of James prescription for sickness in chapter 5 verse 14, “is anyone sick among you, let him be anointed with oil.” The word often used as “anoint” in scripture is actually “rub”. Essential oils were the Rx of biblical times. No wonder they were essential.
Today, my family enjoys them for multiple purposes. I will confess that at night I will rub some lavender on the back of my neck for tranquility. We’ve used eucalyptus, thieves, and witch hazel for medicinal purposes.
If you haven’t discovered the wonderful world of essential oils yet, I encourage you to do so. There’s much for us to learn and utilize of the amazing benefits of this God given medicinal substance. And if you’re like me, you’d even enjoy a little pachouli fragrance that your hippie wife wears around the house.