- 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
Our series on the Healing Oils of Ancient Scriptures has covered all kinds of uses for essential oils. In every post, we’ve also discovered all kinds of little miracles. From the way essential oils work to the way our bodies respond to them, God’s wisdom has been evident in every detail.
Another incredible detail worth exploring is the way our bodies store emotional memories. Surprisingly, our brain does not actually store emotional memories. Instead, it assigns them to an area of the body. When an emotion is triggered in our brain, the brain releases a peptide, or amino acid, somewhere in the body. Every part of our bodies—every organ, tissue, gland, etc—has peptide receptors that allow them to store this information.
The storage capacity of our bodies is endless. There are about 100 trillion cells in our bodies, each with a strand of DNA capable of storing six gigabytes of information. That means our bodies can store more information than any computer. How amazing!
This is why trauma results in emotions trapped within our bodies. These trapped emotions, as we’ve discussed in other posts, have the ability to dramatically impact our health. Cancer, chronic pain, and depression are just a few of the things linked to trapped emotions.
On the positive side of this, it means that good emotions are stored in the body as well. Essential oils have the ability to influence our emotions toward positivity through aromatherapy. Because they can easily pass through the blood-brain-barrier, essential oils have direct access to the part of our brain that organizes emotional memories. What an incredible relief aromatherapy is! Emotions can be very hard on our bodies. Using aromatherapy to help us maintain positive emotions helps our bodies manage our emotions in a way that helps our bodies remain healthy.
Cistus, or Rose of Sharon, is one of the essential oils used in the Bible. The healing powers of this incredible plant are many. It is a plant that grows wild and was used by shepherds to treat cuts and wounds. Now it is used to treat respiratory infections, arthritis, urinary tract infections, inflammation, and unsettled nerves. It is mentioned only once in the Bible (Song of Solomon 2:1). Throughout history, however, many have referred to Jesus as the Rose of Sharon. Perhaps this is because Jesus, like this incredible plant, is healing and available to everyone.
To use cistus, apply 2-4 drops on location or to Vita-Flex points, inhale directly, or diffuse. As always, please consult a doctor before using essential oils when you are pregnant. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me! I am happy to help.