- 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
In our series on the incredible essential oils of the Bible, we’ve covered the benefits of essential oils, the science behind why they work, and their many uses all while examining several different types of Biblical oils. This week, let’s take a closer look at the two different kinds of oils in plants.
There are two kinds of oils in plants, both of which are important parts of the plants survival. First, there is the fatty oil found mainly in the seed of the plant. These fatty oils help sustain the plant until they can make their own food via photosynthesis. We use many of these fatty oils in our daily lives—olive oil, coconut oil, peanut oil, etc. The molecules in fatty oils are too large to evaporate and be absorbed into the body like essential oils.
Essential oils are typically derived from the stalk and leaves portion of the plant, although there are some varieties that are derived from the seeds. Essential oil molecules are tiny. They evaporate and can be absorbed through the skin and even break the blood-brain barrier!
Although fatty plant oils aren’t the healing powerhouses essential oils are, they have other uses. Olive oil, for example, is an excellent hair conditioner and can also be used to alleviate acne. Coconut oil has hundreds of uses, including homemade deodorant and lotion, soothing chapped lips, getting rid of lice, improving gum health, and even improving sleep! The high-grade varieties of both olive and coconut oil act as a great carrier oils in which to dilute essential oils. This is another incredible example of God’s intelligence in essentials oils—He created plants with both the essential oil and the carrier oil necessary to use them!
One of the essential oils mentioned in the Bible is myrtle. The myrtle is mentioned in Nehemiah 8:15 as well as in Isaiah 41:19 and 55:13. This essential oil is known to normalize hormonal imbalances in the ovaries and thyroid. It can also be used to treat respiratory infections, skin irritations, and muscle spasms.
To use myrtle, dilute 1 part essential oil with 1 part high-grade olive or coconut oil. Apply on location, to Vita Flex points, diffuse, or inhale directly.
As always, if you are pregnant, please consult your doctor before using essential oils. If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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