Discover the scriptural and spiritual meaning of the biblical essential oils mentioned in the Bible. The healing oils, or essential oils as they are known today, are the aromatic, volatile, distilled liquids of certain plants known and esteemed for their therapeutic qualities. They are referenced in both biblical and ancient secular history, and are generally regarded as being man's first known medicine.
There are numerous references to essential oils (or the plant they are derived from) in the Bible. Some precious oils, such as frankincense, myrrh, galbanum, rosemary, hyssop, cassia, cinnamon and spikenard were used for anointing and healing of the sick. The three wise men (magi) brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child. Clinical research shows that frankincense and myrrh are two of the most powerful immune-stimulating substances available, containing very high amounts of immune-stimulating properties. Perhaps the three wise men were wise in ways beyond our knowledge.