- 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
Essential oils, as we’ve been discovering the past several weeks, are endlessly applicable when it comes to the ailments of both the physical and emotional variety. They are powerful sources of healing, but that’s not all. God demonstrates His intelligence through essential oils. They are antiviral, antimicrobial, and able to rewrite faulty code at the cellular level. When inhaled, they access the limbic system and spur good memories and feelings. They are incredible. God didn’t stop there, however. Essential oils also have many uses outside of healing the body.
Cleaning and disinfecting are at the top of the list. For a powerful sink scrub, try ½ cup baking soda, 1/8 cup white vinegar, and 5 drops of bergamot and lime! It’s simple and will leave your sink—or bathtub!—fresh and clean. If you need to sanitize an area, try eucalyptus or thyme. To make an easy sanitizer, combine 2 cups hot water, ¼ cup washing soda, and 10 drops of thyme or cypress essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray on surfaces and clean with a damp cloth or sponge.
If you’re struggling with odors in your homes, essential oils are the perfect solution. In the Bible, many oils were used in embalming, as incense, or as perfume. The aromatic properties of essential oils are important because they act as so much more than just a deodorizer. If there are tough odors in your carpet, combine a box of baking soda and 5-10 drops of lavender, lemon, or geranium. Sprinkle over your carpets, let sit for an hour, and then vacuum. For trouble spots like garbage cans, put a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and place in the can. Not only does it fight odors, it also kills germs.
Essential oils also come in very handy for fighting pests. To keep spiders and mice away, put a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place in the area you want them to avoid. For ants, put 6-8 drops of citronella or peppermint on a damp sponge and wipe the area you want them to avoid. You can also put a few drops on windowsills and doorways where they enter.
One amazing essential oil that possesses powerful disinfectant properties is hyssop. This antiviral, antibacterial, and antiparasitic essential oil was used in the Bible as part of the sacrifices in the Tabernacle (Exodus 12:22, Leviticus 14:4-6). It has been used more recently to alleviate respiratory and circulatory problems.
To use hyssop in your home, try combining 10 drops of essential oil with two cups of hot water and ¼ cup of washing soda. Keep it in a spray bottle to use on any surfaces you would typically use a disinfectant.
To use hyssop to relieve physical ailments, dilute 1 part essential oil with 1 part high grade olive or coconut oil. Apply on location or to Vita Flex points. You can also diffuse or inhale it directly.
As always, if you are pregnant, please consult with you doctor before using essential oils. If you have any questions, contact me! I would love to help you.
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