Bible Essential Oils

Essential oils are mentioned throughout Scriptures. Here are a few references.

Song of Solomon

The Song of Solomon references the use of the following essential oils:

  • Spikenard
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense
  • Camphire
  • Saffron
  • Calamus
  • Cinnamon
  • Aloe

Birth of Yeshua
Most Christian’s know he story of Yeshua and the gifts brought by the three wisemen. There was gold and two essential oils:

  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh

Frankincense strengthens the immune system and Myrrh prevents the growth of bacteria.

YHWH gave Moshe (Moses) specific instructions for preparing sacred incense and holy oil. The holy oil was to be used by the Jews for anointing sacred objects. It was comprised of:

  • 16 pounds of myrrh
  • 8 pounds of sweet cinnamon
  • 8 pounds of sweet calamus
  • 16 pounds of calamus, and
  • 1.5 gallons of olive oil

I have often wondered about the shelf life of essential oils. Do they ever lose their effectiveness?Given the quantity of holy oil that Moshe was instructed to prepare I am guessing essential oils have a long shelf life.