Today, if a Christian minister performs an anointing, they just put a dab of olive oil on the head in a symbolic gesture. However, Biblical anointing was done with precious oil – not just olive oil. God provided a recipe of myrrh, cassia, cinnamon, calamus, in a base of olive oil for the holy anointing oil in Exodus 30:23-24. This essential oil blend was used in such large amounts that the oil would run down the head and garments as referred to in Psalms 133:2.
The Hebrew word for “anoint” has a few variations: “masach”, “mishcah”, or “moshchah”. The translation is: to cover, rub, or smear the head or body with oil; sometimes, the translation refers to pouring oil over the head as in the anointing of Aaron. It is interesting to note that both the meaning and pronunciation to these variations is similar to our word massage.
Although numerous ways exist to administer essential oils, the most common are through the nose and the skin.
Volatile oils can affect the body through the highly sensitive olfactory system in other words, the nose. When cells located in the upper part of the nose capture odor molecules, signals go to the brain's limbic region, a primitive portion of the brain. This region controls the body's basic survival functions, in part, by influencing key hormone-secreting glands affecting the entire body. Hence, a smell can quickly influence your entire body.
These actions are below the threshold of consciousness. Hence, the most important functions necessary to our survival are powerfully affected by smell – and we don't know it. You don't need to be aware of the smell at all to be affected.
The same is true for odors that bring disharmony and imbalance. For example, the pheromones of fear and violence can trigger the same in another, thereby increasing violence.
Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin through skin pores and hair follicles. From there, they enter bloodstream capillaries and quickly circulate throughout the body. Because you smell the fragrances as the oil is rubbed on your skin, it is difficult to separate from inhalation the synergistic effects due to topical administration.
Unlike many chemicals or drugs, essential oils do not accumulate and are quickly excreted from the body. Furthermore, unlike medications that must be swallowed and systemically absorbed, locally applied essential oils bypass the stomach and liver and, therefore, are not compromised by mesu_tabolic alteration. They go directly to the spot (e.g., sore muscle, bruise, etc.) where they are needed the most.
Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they are usually diluted before being applied to the skin with oil-based mixtures, such as mixing oils, salves, creams or lotions, or with a compress (a water-soaked cloth).
Essential oils are used to either stimulate or relax the brain. Some oils can have calming and tranquilizing effects; others are energizing and are mood elevating. These oils can relieve stress and anxiety and promote a general feeling of well being.
In therapeutic aromatherapy, essential oils can aid in the treatment of many ailments. For example, they can:
- Fight infections
- Promote wound healing
- Reduce inflammation
- Affect hormonal levels
- Stimulate the immune system
- Heat the skin as in a liniment
- Promote blood circulation and digestion
- Lessen sinus or lung congestion
- Support of the respiratory system
- Fight negative moods
- Promote sleep
Can aromatherapy cure my major illness or psychological problem?
If you expect or hope that aromatherapy will in itself cure a major illness or actually cure “stress”, you will probably be disappointed. God alone holds this miraculous power. Many times, He finds it beneficial for us to go through trials such as illness to prepare us for the Kingdom. However, He doesn't leave us without comfort… If you expect that aromatherapy can help with a physical condition, can help with symptoms, can affect your mood, or help alleviate normal anxiety or other psychological factors, you may be delighted with the results that you experience.
Aromatherapy has been known to enhance a cancer patient's quality of life by enhancing the patient's mood, calming fear and easing nausea during chemotherapy treatments. For AIDS patients, aromatherapy can help enhance the patient's quality of life psychologically. Essential oils can help improve one's immune system and thus potentially assist an AIDS patient in that way.
Aromatherapy is a complementary alternative health modality. Its current use is not intended to replace standard medical care, but is meant to complement it because it can offer an alternative choice to taking prescription or over-the-counter chemical drugs, or at least lessen the dosages. However, it is important to tell your medical practitioner if you are using any kind of herbs, supplements, or essential oils. Some drugs are actually neutralized, or otherwise altered by these substances.
Aromatherapy can offer daily practical benefits for a variety of common ailments or symptoms such as:
- Assisting with cuts, wounds, bruises
- Indigestion and bloating
- Menstruation (cramping and mood)
- Providing mental and emotional assistance with such issues as stress, fatigue, anxiety, fear
- and the list goes on and on.
Essential oils are even added to skincare to help us look younger, to hair care products, and even to nutritional supplements to improve the delivery and assimilation of nutrients.
In summary, essential oils are…
I know most of you here have heard this before, but it is worth repeating…One of the biggest secrets in achieving optimal health is to achieve balance within your body.
Imagine having available to you an invasive treatment that will affect the whole person — not just the symptom, or disease… A treatment that will actually help your body's natural ability to balance, regulate and heal…Isn't that something we all want??