- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 1 | Sandalwood
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 2 | Cassia
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 3 | Cedarwood
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 4 | Cypress
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 5 | Hyssop
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 6 | Galbanum
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 7 | Myrtle
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 8 | Onycha
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 9 | Cistus
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture Part 10: Spikenard
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture Part 11: Myrrh
- Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture: Part 12 | Frankincense
We have talked extensively about the effectiveness of essential oils here on this blog. They work very well in enhancing healthy physical function and fighting disease, but why? God not only knew that they were effective, but He also, of course, knew why. More recently, we have discovered why these oils impact our bodies so dramatically.
One of the first things that sets essential oils apart from modern medicine is their lack of negative side effects. While many synthetic medicines work for their intended purposes, they always come with a long list of daunting side effects that actually keep your body from healing and cause new ailments that then need to be treated as well.
Antibiotics, a common type of medicine in the U.S., do not work against viral infections—namely those that cause colds and flus. Instead, they tackle bacterial infections. Because they cannot discern between good and bad bacteria, they end up depleting the presence of good bacteria within the body and leaving us more susceptible to disease.
Essential oils lack these negative impacts on our bodies. If they are high-grade and are used within the parameters set forth as far as dilution, these amazing oils work to relieve ailments and promote healing without causing any damage to our bodies.
God knew this when he placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They would have been surrounded by essential oils, an aromatherapy paradise! It makes sense, then, that early people like Adam and Methuselah lived long, healthy lives. Their Creator gave them everything they needed to treat ailments and take care of their physical beings.
The chemical composition of essential oils is what makes them so effective. Although they are each a bit different, they have some things in common. All essential oils are extremely concentrated—there are about 40 million-trillion molecules in each drop! That means that each drop of essential oil has the ability to cover each molecule in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. This high concentration allows essential oils to break the Blood-Brain Barrier and get straight into our blood and olfactory system.
Essential oils contain phenylpropanoids, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes (PMS). Phenylpropanoids, also called hemiterpenes, come in many different varieties. They combat bacteria and viruses, and clean our cells’ receptors sites so they can communicate properly. Monoterpenes come in thousands of varieties, and their primary function is to reprogram cells that have improper coding. Cells that are miswritten malfunction, making it easy for cancer and other diseases to affect them. Sesquiterpenes come in tens of thousands of varieties. Their function is twofold: they deliver oxygen to cells and also erase faulty programming in the cell so that monoterpenes can then reprogram them.
Because essential oils are so concentrated, they are able to pass into the blood and the brain to interact with ailments at their source. This is why they are effective in aromatherapy, applied directly to the skin, and via ingestion!
The Bible references essential oils many times. Knowing how they work gives us better insight into why they were used for anointing and incense. One such essential oil is cedarwood.
Cedarwood is part of the pine family. It is mentioned several times in the Bible, including in Leviticus 14 when God is telling Moses how to cleanse healed lepers. This oil is known for its purifying and calming effects, and has one of the highest known levels of sesquiterpenes. It has also been used to promote focus and evoke positive emotions. The Egyptians even used it in embalming.
To use cedarwood, do not dilute. Simply apply on location, to Vita Flex points, inhale directly, diffuse, or ingest as a dietary supplement. As always, please consult your doctor before using essential oils when you are pregnant.
If you have any questions about the chemical composition of essential oils or the way they work, please contact me! I would love to help you on your journey to better health.
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