The Rich Biblical History Of Essential Oils

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God’s Provision for Our Well-Being 

Essential plant oils are one of God’s extravagant provisions for the well-being of our body, mind, and spirit. Just as the trees, flowers, and shrubs give us shade, color, beauty, and fragrance, their essential oils give us these same things in a highly intensified delivery system. Because it takes hundreds—and, in some cases, thousands—of pounds of plant material to create just one pound of essential oil, applying just a few drops on the body, or breathing in a few drops, can have an enormous, compounding effect. 

The next time you are driving out in the country and happen to pass the most glorious, vibrant purple flowers you have ever seen, they might be wild lavender plants. If you do see them, say a little thank-you prayer. God planted them there for you and me to help us stay calm in times of stress. 

During the first year I studied essential oils, the words of Scripture often seemed to jump off the page when I read a passage about trees and essential oils. There are more than 500 references to plants mentioned in the Bible and at least 200 of these refer to known aromatics. Many are described as being in pure essential oil form. 

The following passage represents how the heart of God always desires to restore and heal all things for us…and let us know who’s in charge.

I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. (Isaiah 41:18–20)

This passage alone lists several trees whose essential oils support our physical and emotional health. Get ready to discover just how relevant these essential oils are for you and your family as we uncover the powerful properties of several of them in this devotional.

As a health-minded mom who looks to food as our medicine, I have discovered that there are times when food is just not enough to turn around a temporary health crisis. Our family’s rallying cry is, “Oils to the rescue!”