The Essential Series: Spiritual Oils

Meditative inhalation using aromas and perfumed oils symbolizing acts of spiritual significance can be found through the records and annals of history.  In Eastern religions, incense is frequently used to help one obtain a level state of mind, or in conjunction with an offering.  In the West, folk and institutional uses of essential oils were more directed toward purity and sanctifying a place.  In Africa and the Americas, perfumes and oils had a central role in rituals and celebrations.


Here are a few examples of ways you can use “historic” essential oils in your spiritual practices:

  • Inhale 6-12 deep breaths of Frankincense before bed time and meditate on your day for a good night’s rest. Frankincense is said to create clarify of mind, calm the emotions, and enhance spiritual awareness.
  • Use Myrrh, Frankincense, Myrtle, or Cypress to pray and anoint each other as seen in the Bible verse “call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
  • King David in ancient Israel used Hyssop when he prayed the prayer of Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart oh God and renew a right spirit within me…” Apply Hyssop with Sweet Almond to temples and neck during your reflections and prayers.
  • Cassia and Cinnamon are among the holy anointing oils described in scriptures Exodus 30:22-31. Try smelling them before going to a place of worship.
  • Before doing yoga, inhale Jasmine or Sweet Marjoram for an enhanced experience.
  • Queen Esther in Esther 2:12 was massaged with Myrrh for 6 months in preparation for her marriage. Massage on Myrrh with Rosehip or inhale.
  • Spikenard was poured over Jesus of Nazareth’s feet days before he died. Inhale ancient and spiritual Spikenard before meditating on the sacrifice of the cross.

These are just some thoughts on how ancient essential oils were used in spiritual practices or significance of the day.  Perhaps they can be imparting to the modern practices used now by you?


Do you use oils or incense in your spiritual practices or beliefs?  If so, which ones are most preferred?  Feel free to share!


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