Healing oils of the bible are introduced as early as Genesis when Joseph is sold into slavery. In fact, the bible is filled with references to oils, spices, balms and the traders and merchants who sold, bartered, and used them. Healing oils of the bible are fascinating and give us a glimpse into the ancient world of medicine. At their very basic level, these oils are made up of a unique, natural substance known as a “terpene.”
These compounds—whether monoterpenes or sesquiterpenes—are said to hold powerful healing properties. Although none of these statements are verified in the current medical community, the use of these oils throughout history and as recorded in Scripture makes them worth exploring a bit further. It important to note that not all oils are created equal and since there are a variety of processes used to extract these plant oils, research into each company’s practices is important.
Cheryl Dickow is the president of Bezalel Books and is the author of Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage and Our Jewish Roots. Cheryl lives in the beautiful state of Michigan with her husband of 27 years and her three grown sons. Her works appears on a number of faith-based sites and has been published in a variety of magazines and papers.