The essential nature of oil
Oil is a topic of nearly universal application. Oil is used in transportation, marinating, lubrication, and elimination, etc., depending on the type and viscosity of the oil! Can you imagine your car, your skin, or even your salad without some form of oil?
I am reminded of a scene from the film, The Wizard of Oz. Exposure to the elements has left the Tin Woodsman unable to move, rusted and frozen in a forest. But Dorothy revives him with a few drops of oil.
We can surmise that all oil is essential! But in this article, we will focus on the therapeutic, or healing, nature of oils.
The Value of Oil
“There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling place of the wise.” Proverbs 21:20
Since ancient times, the wise have known about the healing and therapeutic value of essential oils. Believe it or not, the Bible contains a wealth of information on our topic. It mentions no less than 33 essential oils and oil-producing plants within its pages.
When you visit the Holy Land (Israel) you can easily understand why oils are so important. Even with all of its beauty, Israel has an arid, desert climate, which causes your skin to lose moisture quickly. That’s why the Israeli diet contains a lot of olive oil. The nomadic shepherds of Israel, to this day, anoint or rub olive oil on the skin of their animals to keep their skin supple and safeguard them from insects, inflammation and infections.
Olive oil has a vast array of health benefits including:
- Enhanced immune function
- Powerful antimicrobial
- As an excellent carrier for other oils and salves
Here is a list of just a few of the principle oils mentioned in the Bible:
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Interestingly, oil is widely understood as a symbol of the Holy Spirit in The Bible. Here are a couple of examples: in Luke 4:8, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”
The Spirit of the Lord and the anointing oil are directly linked here. The oil of anointing appears as a physical representation of Jesus being given the Holy Spirit to perform these functions for God in His love for mankind.
Here is another aspect of this symbolism. In Acts 10: 38, we read,“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
This is another reference to anointing, an act typically done with oil. But here, the anointing is done by the Holy Spirit!
In one of King David’s psalms we see the anointing oil compared with God’s people living in harmony, “For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was pored over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.” Psalm 133:1-2
And when it came to offerings or sacrifices in the Old Testament, they often required oil as an integral part of the offering or sacrifice. “Now when anyone presents a grain offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour, and he shall pour oil on it and put frankincense on it.” Leviticus 2:1
I am sharing these passages to emphasize the absolute importance, or essential nature, of oils throughout the Bible, as well as history.
- The apostle Paul considered the triad of basic needs to be food, clothing, and oil!
- Hosea described Israel’s basic needs in his day as, 1) bread and water, 2) wool and flax and 3) oil and drink.
- Oil filled the menorah, giving light to the temple, offerings and sacrifices.
- A cleansed leper would be anointed with oil before returning to family.
- Scented or perfumed oils were prized as much as gold and silver.
- Altars were anointed with oil.
- Kings were anointed with oil.
- Oil was sent as a symbol of treaty between warring nations.
- The list goes on and on!
In fact, before our modern electric conveniences were invented, oil was the primary source of light. Essential oil to ancient man was a necessity!
Now here’s the fun part…What makes each plant (or essential) oil effective to a different part of the body?
It’s inherent frequency!
That’s right! If you have read my book, Wholetones: The Sound Of Healing you are already tracking with me.
You see, everything is frequency and everything possesses a resonant frequency. Our bodies are electrical. So is everything around us.
When essential oils are extracted from plants, they possess unique chemical components, as well as their own specific frequencies. And each frequency will affect the body in a different way. One may resonate with the lungs, while another may rid the body of infection.
Essential oils have the capacity to change the electrical frequency of the body. The electrical frequency of essential oils ranges between 52 and 320 Hz. Because they are living substances, their frequency is harmonic with the human frequency. When essential oils come into contact with our bodies, the frequency of our bodies becomes raised to a degree so that we become inhospitable hosts to pathogenic organisms.
Rose essential oil vibrates at a rate of 320MHz. The highest measured frequency of any essential oil, rose emanates love, purity, and wholeness, connecting mind, body, and spirit. It is not surprising then that there is no greater human emotion than love: the feeling of love is the highest frequency any person is able to emit. So remember, when you use essential oils, regardless of their vibrational frequencies use them with an open heart filled with love.
This is the essence of nature from its organic origin, and it all depends on the Sun to make it work!
And here is yet another question…What is more essential…mankind, or God who gave us life? Now, stay with me…
I have used the word “essential” throughout this article without giving you its definition, which I will do now.
Essential: Absolutely necessary, vital, critical, all-important, nonnegotiable, must-have.
In my time on this “big blue marble” there is only one thing I have discovered that by definition is essential for life. This passage will describe it in detail:
“Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of Your of Kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has set YOU above your companions by anointing You with the oil of joy.” Psalm 45:6-7
The true essential oil, the oil of joy, can only be obtained through a healing relationship with the Son of God, Jesus. There are many things in this life that are beneficial, but only one that is essential. I have received the oil of joy through the love of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that He alone will become the one essential, must-have in your life today.
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Michael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities. Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise. Michael has been in full-time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well-known musician.