- 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
From the beginning of Genesis, it is quite clear that God values aromatherapy. The first indication being that He put Adam and Eve in a lush garden full of soothing fragrances. Throughout the Bible, aromatic oils are mentioned several times. In Genesis 43, Joseph’s brothers bring him myrrh and spices, the aromatic oils popular with the Midianites. In 2 Chronicles 13:11 we learn that the Israelites burned “fragrant incense” in the temple every morning and evening. This incense was most likely made of fragrances like balsam, onycha, frankincense, galbanum, and similar aromatic plants (Exodus 30:34). Aromatherapy was a vital part of daily life in the Bible!
God knew, of course, how effective aromatherapy is in soothing stress, increasing concentration, improving moods, and creating good memories. It works by stimulating the olfactory senses, which then sends messages to the limbic system—the part of the brain that “controls emotions and retrieves learned memories.” Over the next few weeks, we will be examining twelve of the oils mentioned in the Bible as well as some of the history surrounding them. This week, let’s turn our focus to sandalwood.
Sandalwood, one of the Biblical aromatics, is frequently referred to as “aloes.” It is mentioned in the Old Testament as a beautiful perfume (Psalm 45:8, Proverbs 7:17, Song of Solomon 4:14), and a tree that God planted (Numbers 24:6). In the New Testament, sandalwood is only mentioned once—as one of the fragrances used to embalm Jesus before he was buried (John 19:39).
Sandalwood essential oil has many health benefits. Its astringent properties strengthen the gums, skin, and muscles. It also helps scars heal faster and soothes the skin. It works to relax the intestines and relieve gas, while also acting as a diuretic. It reduces high blood pressure, and improves concentration and memory. In aromatherapy, it is used to relieve stress, fear, anxiety, and restlessness.
To use sandalwood, apply a few drops to Vita Flex points or blend it with a high-grade coconut or olive oil and use as massage oil. You can also inhale directly, diffuse it, or ingest it as a dietary supplement.
As always, if you are pregnant, please consult your doctor before using.
If you have any questions about aromatherapy in the Bible, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here to help! Stay tuned as we continue our Twelve Healing Oils of Ancient Scripture series in the coming weeks.
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