Essential Oils & Ancient Scripture: What Do They Teach Us?

Essential Oils & Ancient Scripture: What Do They Teach Us?

Well Hello there! My name is Melissa Clark and I am Doug’s little sister. We are 7 years apart and to say we got along as kids is a lie. I would like to say that now we are pretty close. I have loved watching Doug and Abby through their pro-life journey and am amazed at the lives they have been able to reach. It is such a blessing to know these two and if you ever need to laugh, they are the ones to be around!

So a couple of years ago, I started using Young Living Essential Oils when I was pregnant with my first daughter and have loved learning more about them. They have made a huge difference in our health and wellness. I had no idea the amount of chemicals in our home that are horrible for your health! When I started using oils for my health, I had no idea they had anything to do with my spiritual life. As I did more research, I realized that they are not just an alternative to health and wellness but a large part of my faith. I am going to share with you the oils that are mentioned in Scripture and what they can do for you.


Although Doug and I grew up in a very religious home, I think we can both agree that our spiritual knowledge has grown significantly since we have grown older and taken responsibility for our own growth and the growth of our families. Doug’s path has led him towards the Catholic Church and mine has led me to a Non-Denominational Bible Church. Although the small details of our faith differ, Doug and I enjoy healthy discussions about our faith and what it means as we raise kids. Growing up and even most of my adult life, sermons have been “here is a Scripture you have heard a million times and here is how it applies to your life.” Then, one day I heard a preacher say “here is this scripture and here is what it meant in that time.” IT BLEW MY MIND. A piece of scripture I had heard a thousand times suddenly had new significance to me and taught me so much more about my faith. Since then I really enjoy learning about why certain Scriptures have been included and what did it mean to the people who were experiencing it at that time. Believe it or not, Essential Oils are mentioned over and over in Scripture and often we gloss over it and don’t think twice about what they mean.

In the Old Testament, people went to the Temple for sacrifices, prayer, healing, etc. As time went on and scientific discoveries grew, people stopped going to the Church for healing and now we look to Doctors for that role. Believe it or not, you can ask most churches to “anoint” and pray for you if you are ill. James 5:14 says “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” Most churches use vegetable oil which has zero health benefits. My goal is to show you how oils should not only be a part of our faith but were created by God to be an important part of our whole life. Here is where I have to pause and state that I am not a medical professional. These statements are not evaluated by the FDA, and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease or condition. I encourage you to do your own research on what these oils can do for your health and family.

First, let’s talk about what an Essential Oil is. They are an essential part of the plant that helps the plant heal itself and is considered the life of the plant. So we distill these plants and contain the properties that then penetrate our cells and affect them at the most fundamental level of our body. Oils can be applied topically (think anointing), inhaled or diffused, and taken internally. PLEASE, please, please do your research on the brand of oil you are taking internally. Young Living is the only brand I trust for that due to their Seed to Seal process which you can watch for yourself. Not all brands are safe for internal use. In Scripture, the majority of the references are to topical anointing or a “pleasing aroma,” inhaling. We know God intended for us to use plants and their oils based off these scriptures. Ezekiel 47:12 says “On the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” Similarly, in Revelation 22:2, “The leaves of the tree are for healing of the nations.” There are hundreds of references to Essential Oils in Scripture and we are going to look at the main oils mentioned. Why have we never noticed them? Well, it was common practice to use them in that time so it wasn’t something that needed extra explanation in the Scripture. Not to mention the main intent of Scripture is God’s story, so to stop and explain oils would have distracted from what the writers were trying to convey.


So let’s dive in and look at the oils! While Young Living has a kit of 10 (used to be 12) oils, we are going to only cover a few.


Frankincense, this is the one we probably all think of when we hear oils and Scripture in the same sentence. It is in the Christmas Story and several places in the Old Testament (52 times in scripture overall under different names, “incense”, and Lebonah). We know that the Wise Men brought Jesus Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh but why is that important? In that time Frankincense was used as an anointing oil for newborn sons of kings and priests. When the Wise Men brought it, they were bringing it to acknowledge that a King had just been born. We think nothing of it when we read that part but the oil that they brought was pointing to who Jesus is, The King of Kings. Frankincense is mentioned a lot in Leviticus as part of offerings. (Leviticus 2:15-16, Leviticus 5:11, 6:15, 24:7) Today Frankincense is used to support healthy skin, the immune system, endocrine system, nervous system, respiratory system and more. It is still considered a very valuable oil and many people use it during prayer to help focus their mind. The Catholic Church often diffuses this oil.


Since we just mentioned Myrrh, let’s talk about that one! Myrrh is actually the most mentioned oil in scripture, over 156 times. Not only was it mentioned in Matthew 2:11 as part of the Christmas story, it was used in Old Testament times as an anointing oil and holy incense. It is mentioned several times in Song of Solomon (3:6, 4:6, 5:1, 5:5, 5:13) and was to be used often by women before marriage to balance the endocrine system. Myrrh is also mentioned in the Story of the Cross. We all remember the part where Jesus was offered wine but some translations include that it was mixed with Myrrh. Mark 15:23 “And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he drank it not.” Now, Myrrh is used to support the immune system, the endocrine system and the nervous system. 


Cedarwood is mentioned 25 times and in 8 books of the Bible. Leviticus 14:51, 2 Samuel 7:7 are just a couple of the scriptures where it is talked about. It was used to build Solomon’s Temple and was thought to stimulate the mind and support clear thinking as well as emotional cleansing. What better way to worship God than to make sure we are focusing on him and cleansing ourselves!?! Now, Cedarwood is fantastic for healthy hair growth, it supports the nervous and respiratory systems, and enhance spiritual connection during prayer. I personally use Cedarwood in my shampoo to help healthy hair growth. I noticed that when I would wash my hair before bed, I would sleep like the dead so it quickly became a staple in my Goodnight Blend.


Cypress is what Noah made the ark out of!? (Genesis 6:14) They also used Cypress to make the doors of St. Peter’s Cathedral. If you have not been there, I highly recommend going. It is beyond amazing. Cypress was historically used because of its extreme durability. As far as the oil is concerned, it is great for supporting the urinary system, cardiovascular system and respiratory system.


Sandalwood/Aloes, wow. This is what Jesus was buried with. John 19:39 “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.” 100 lbs of myrrh and aloes would have been worth about $200,000 in today’s time. It gives you an idea of how much they valued their Savior and wanted to honor Him in his burial. Sandalwood is supports healthy skin, the reproductive or endocrine system, cardiovascular system, nervous system and emotional balance.


Spikenard is an oil we have all read about but glossed over. In John 12:3 Mary came to Jesus and broke a bottle of perfume over his feet and began to wipe them with her hair. This “perfume” was Spikenard and that bottle would have cost over $2000 in today’s time. Spikenard, is used for emotional balance and I think it is safe to say that right before Jesus’ arrest, emotions were running high. It can also stimulate your immune system and cardiovascular system.


After reading all of that, I am amazed at how even Essential Oils tell the story of Jesus being THE King. Sometimes I feel like God has placed so much on earth for us to use and we have lost touch with the blessings He created for us. I had no idea when I entered this oily lifestyle to support my health that it would have anything to do with my spiritual life. There are several more oils mentioned in scripture, Cassia, Galbanum, Onycha, Hyssop, Myrtle, Rose of Sharon/Cistus but I don’t want you to have to read a novel. I invite you to look at Hyssop and it’s role in the Passover as well as David using it after his affair with Bathsheba. Once I started studying the use of oils in Scripture, I was amazed at how often they were used and mentioned. Doug texted me the other day and asked if I thought these oils were just a fad. I told him no, they have been around for thousands of years and it is my goal to educate people on how to use them in their own life. After writing this blog, I am even more convinced they are meant to be a part of our daily life and God created them as a gift for our health and spiritual well being.


I hope as you read various scriptures that you keep your eyes open to what is being said. I pray that as you reread familiar scriptures for who knows how many times, God speaks to you and points out something new.
If you are curious about how to get started on your own oily journey to either improve your health and wellness or explore more in your faith, please feel free to email me at or visit my website at

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