Aromatics in Magic and Ritual Part 2
Aromatherapy played an important role in the religious rites of ancient cultures and contributed to the development of many civilisations.
The exodus of the Jews from Egypt to Israel around 1240BC also saw the exodus of knowledge of herbs, resins and oils. As a result, references to essential oils and precious balms can be found throughout the Bible.
While leading the Jews to the promised land, Moses received knowledge of a special healing ointment from God that could protect people against disease. It contained cassia, cinnamon, frankincense, galbanum, hyssop, myrrh and spikenard (Exodus 30:22-25).
Many of Bethany used oil of spike nard to wash Jesus feet with her long hair (John 12:3).
One of the best known references to essential oils in the Bible is the gift of frankincense and myrrh given to the baby Jesus (Mathew 2:11).
The Bible has references to oils such as cypress, pine and juniper.