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What Does The Bible Say About Using Anointing Oil?

The sight of a pastor or a priest anointing a member of their congregation is a pretty common one, but not always one that new members to the fold can understand. Anointing CBD oil in USA is much more than a new, stylish kind of facial moisturizer! Here is a quick peek at the true meaning of anointing and anointing oils, and how they are used in the family of God.

What Does It Mean to be Anointed?

Before one can understand the symbolism of oil used for anointing they would have to first understand what it means to be anointed. Someone who is anointed has been set apart, made different from those around them in the eyes of God. Abba Anointing Oil had perhaps the best definition of what it truly means to be anointed on the web:

“To be “anointed” is, among other things, to be made sacred (consecrated); to be set apart and dedicated to serve God; to be endowed with enabling gifts and grace; to be divinely designated, inaugurated, or chosen for some purpose.”

What The Bible Says About Anointing Oil

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The words “anointed” and “anointing” appear often in the Bible.

Mark 6:13 “And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

Hebrews 1:9 “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

Anointing Oils

There are many different kinds of anointing oils in USA, and which is used is usually determined by the church, temple or synagogue that is performing the ceremony or invocation. The first anointing oil in the Bible was found in Exodus, when the Lord ordered Moses to make a holy anointing oil of the finest spices, including flowing myrrh, sweet-smelling cinnamon, fragrant cane, cassia and olive oil. This oil was used by the priests in the temple. Today anointing oils are made of similar ingredients; one recipe calls for an oil to be made of olive oil, salt, sugar, allspice seeds, whole cloves, myrrh or frankincense.

How Anointing Oils are Used in USA 

The oils are used for a number of different purposes but serve as a symbolic representation of our faith that Christ will answer our prayers through divine intervention. Oil used for anointing is often used when praying for the needs of a specific individual to show that the church is placing their faith in Christ to address that need. Oils are also used during burial, in preparing weapons for war and for their calming influences.

Anointing oils are a vital part of the church and its rituals, and they spread across many cultures. To learn more about the practice of anointing in your church, speak to your pastor, rabbi or priest. They will be happy to answer your questions and set your feet on the path to greater understanding.

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Bible Scriptures On Anointing Oil

Onycha (Styrax benzoin) is mentioned only once in the Bible:


"The Lord said to Moses: Take sweet spices, stacte,[another name for myrrh] and onycha, and galbanum, sweet spices with pure frankincense and make an incense blended as by the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy; and you shall beat some of it into powder, and put part of it before the covenant in the tent of meeting where I shall meet with you; it shall be for you most holy. When you make incense according to this composition, you shall not make it for yourselves; it shall be regarded by you as holy to the Lord." Exodus 30:34-36

Benzoin was used both as medicine and as incense in the ancient world. They used it in perfume and blended it in holy anointing oils, and used it as an ointment to heal skin wounds. Since the 16th century however, it has been used as a tincture for respiratory complaints and for cuts and skin conditions. To make a tincture, the oil is placed in alcohol. Benzoin is a rather sticky substance that has a characteristic vanilla-like fragrance. The oil comes from the benzoin trees that grow up to 65 feet in height. These are tropical trees that come from places like Java, Sumatra and Malaysia. To get the oil, solvents must be used and later removed from the oil.

How Can Onycha (Styrax Benzoin) Be Used Today for Healing ?

Modern uses of onycha (benzoin) include stimulating renal output, relieving colic, flatulence, and constipation and it may help control blood sugar levels. Onycha can be inhaled for sinusitis, bronchitis, colds, coughs and sore throats. It is anti-inflammatory and is used for dermatitis and skin wounds. This oil can relieve stress when used in massage. As a nurse, I used tincture of benzoin countless times for wound dressings, and when patients were diaphoretic, I used it to help tape to stick to the skin.

Onycha can be inhaled, used in massage, and applied topically in wound dressings. It is a non-toxic, non-irritating oil but some may be sensitive. Want to learn more about this healing oil and many others? Consider becoming a certified aromatherapist. Educational courses in healing energy and aromatherapy can help you understand how essential oils heal the body/mind/spirit. The Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy is offering courses throughout the United States.


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