Modern medicine would like to take the credit for the discovery of essential oils and their numerous health benefits. Yet the real truth is that essential oils have been an essential part of history, and the Lutheran church, for thousands of years. How and why is explained below:
If you read through the bible you are going to find numerous references to essential oils and their use in anointing and healing. Lutherans still use them to anoint, but have turned over the healing aspect to professionals. There are over 200 references to essential oils in both the old and new testaments, including Cedarwood, Fir, Cinnamon, Myrrh, Frankincense and Spikenard.
Biblical References to Essential Oils
Moses is given a recipe in the old testament on how to make a holy anointing oil. This oil was comprised of myrrh, cinnamon, calamus and cassia. This shows an even greater depth of understanding for the powers of essential oils then we have today.
The new testament begins with a gift from the wise men to the baby Jesus. One of these gifts was myrrh, a popular essential oil known for its healing powers. Later, Mary uses spikenard to anoint his feet.
Throughout Ancient History
Ancient Egyptians used an abundance of essential oils in almost all of their rituals. This included bathing and even embalming the dead. When you read through the writings of historians like Hippocrates and Napoleon, you also will find a number of references to the use of essential oils. These natural substances were considered to be a sign of wealth and prosperity for hundreds of years, until they were suddenly shunned, possibly seen as a part of Wiccen theology. Only a few were used in Christian churches as a part of their rituals.
Essential Oils in the 20th Century
Out of necessity, antiseptic containing essential oils were suddenly in high demand during the first world war. Then a study began into aroma therapy, and an account of how lavender oil aided in the healing of a serious burn. The research continued, bringing us to today and a growing acceptance of the benefits of essential oils.
Now you see them everyone, being applied as medicine and even worn around the neck in an essential oil diffuser necklace. The Lutheran church uses them as well as a part of many of our religious ceremonies, though we prefer the understated ZAQ diffusers.