- 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
This series has been full of valuable information, not only about essential oils and their healing powers, but also about the beautiful precision with which God created them. In the past twelve weeks, we’ve discussed the science behind how they work, the properties that set them apart from antibiotics, and their many applications. Regardless of your ailment, there is an essential oil that will help.
It seems fitting that we would wrap up this series with one of the most iconic essential oils in the Bible: frankincense. Used frequently in the incense burned in the tabernacle and then the temple, frankincense is iconic in the Bible. It was used to treat a variety of ailments as well as to embalm the dead. For those who could afford it, frankincense accompanied them from birth to death. The smell of it burning would have conjured memories of worship in the temple or the loss of a loved one. Like the smell of rain or freshly cut grass today, so was the smell of frankincense in Bible times—familiar and full of memories.
One of the amazing uses for frankincense is to boost happy, joyful feelings. The Bible references the “oil of joy” in several places (Psalm 45:7, Isaiah 61:3, Hebrews 1:9). It’s very likely that frankincense is one of the oils that was used in the Bible for anointing with the oil of joy. Joy has many positive effects on our health. Aside from the immediate lifting of our mood, joy also boosts our immune system and helps our body heal quickly.
Why not add a little joy to 2016? The best way to use frankincense to boost your mood is to put a few drops directly on your hands, rub them together until warm, then place them over your mouth and nose and inhale. Avoid contact with your eyes!
In addition to frankincense, you can also use cassia, cedarwood, myrrh, or sandalwood in the same way. As always, if you are pregnant please consult your doctor before using essential oils. If you have any questions, please contact me! Wishing you joy and health in the New Year!