Onycha Essential Oil - a Bible Healing Oil

Styrax benzoin - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-133Onycha essential oil is the heaviest of all essential oils, often requiring a toothpick to remove it from the bottle.

As with frankincense and myrrh, onycha essential oil is extracted from the dried sap or resin of the trees. The resin of Onycha (Styrax benzoin) is most commonly used in incense. Onycha essential oil has a lovely vanilla aroma, thanks to a small amount of naturally occurring vanillin aldehyde.

The Spiritual Connection: Onycha Essential Oil

Onycha in the Bible:

And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight: And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy: And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy. Exodus 30:34-36, KJV
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The holy incense described in Exodus was kept burning in the temple 24/7. It represents our prayers ascending uninhibited to the Most High, who never sleeps.

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7 Benefits and Uses for Onycha Essential Oil

  • Comforting to respiratory systems
  • May aid in easing digestive gases
  • Contains naturally occuring benzoic acid – commonly used to promote healthy skin
  • May create an uplifting mood to relieve occasional nervous stress
  • Promote feelings of safety
  • An aromatic reminder that our Lord hears our prayers 24/7
  • Aids in spiritual reassurance that the Lord keeps us safe in His care

Onycha Essential Oil in the 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture collection

Onycha essential oil is only available from Young Living Essential Oils in the 12 Oils of Ancient Scriptures collection (it may be available singularly from other companies). This kit contains these therapeutic grade essential oils:

  • cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
  • hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
  • sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
  • cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
  • cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • myrtle (Myrtus communis)
  • spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
  • galbanum (Ferula gummosa)
  • Rose of Sharon/cistus (Cistus ladanifer)
  • onycha (Styrax benzoin)

  • Secrest, Teri, and Cristina Campbell. “Learning About the 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture.” Power Point. Crowndiamondtools.com. 2013.
  • Stewart, David, Ph. D. Healing Oils of the Bible. Revised ed. Marble Hill, MO: Center for Aromatherapy Research & Education, 2002. Print.

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