Anointing is the ritual act of pouring aromatic oil over a person’s head or the entire body. We don’t know exactly what essential oils Jesus Christ used, although we can find out by going back in time, to the biblical times.
What Essential Oils Were Available and Used in Biblical Times?
We know humans have been using essential oils for centuries, like these 4 traders that used essential oils to survive the black plague. Hippocrates, said to be the “Father of Medicine” used them widely. The active constituents are scent extracts from the plant which are often called plant essences or medicinal odors. The Bible actually refers to thirty-five different botanical plants by name. Some were used primarily for incense but many others were crudely distilled by several different methods and used for healing the body. They were rubbed or smeared on the body, poured on the body, or may have been sprinkled on the body.
The more popular oils that would have been commonly available at the time of Jesus include myrrh, frankincense, balsam, sandalwood (called aloes at that time-no relation to aloe vera), cypress, hyssop, spikenard, cinnamon, cassia, calamus among others. These would have constituted their “medicine cabinet” much like we might have aspirin and other remedies in our medicine chest.
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