Essential Oils In Christianity Is As Old As Christianity Itself

“Are any among you sick?
They should call for the elders (priests) of the church and have them pray over them, 
anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.” 
James 5:14

First I should share the definition of an essential oil.  An essential oil is a highly concentrated liquid distilled from a plant. Not all plant species have this non-fatty oil. Currently I am aware of over 400 different essentail oils. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to help the body heal itself of allergies, infections, headaches, and various diseases. I keep an average of 60-80 oils in stock. I have access to approximately 160 if I need them.

Essential oils are the key ingredient when I treat someone with Connectology, an assessment method used to listen to a body to determine which essential oils the body is lacking.  Although I have been working with essential oils as a professional since 2010, my relationship with these oils is much older. My family was anointed with a specific blend of oils when we joined the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church in 1995.

Roughly 300 million people around the world, known as Eastern Orthodox Christians, are familiar with this specific blend of oils, known as Chrism.


Chrism has been used by traditional Christianity since the time of the apostles to anoint Christians during baptism and times of illness. The apostles adopted the tradition of Chrism for baptism because as the body of Christ grew they were not able to personally lay hands on all of the newly baptized as they did in Samaria. The Chrism was distributed to appointed leaders, bishops and elders, to distribute (i.e. James 5:14).

Christianity followed the instructions of the apostles and continued the tradition of anointing. We can read details on anointing and chrism, as well as preparation instructions from Tertullian, Theophilus, and Cyril of Jerusalem. Chrism was not only used on people, but was and is used to anoint a new church, specifically the altar.

The blend follows the pattern explained in Exodus 30:23-33 to Moses. It has roughly 60 ingredients and is made on average every 10 years by the Orthodox bishop who is First Among Equals, known as the Ecumenical Patriarch (he has help). The chrism is then distributed to all Eastern Orthodox parishes throughout the world and is a bond which unites all Eastern Orthodox Christians.

If you would like to know more about chrism and being anointed leave a comment below and I will respond.

Question: Have you experienced the healing power of essential oils, either physical or spiritual?

P.S. For those interested, here are a list of New Testament scripture references on anointing.
Matthew 26:6
[ The Anointing at Bethany ] Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,
Mark 6:13
They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Mark 14:3
[ The Anointing at Bethany ] While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.
Mark 14:8
She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial.
Mark 16:1
[ The Resurrection of Jesus ] When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
Luke 4:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,
Luke 7:38
She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.
Luke 7:46
You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
John 1:41
He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed).
John 11:2
Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.
John 12:1
[ Mary Anoints Jesus ] Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
John 12:3

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations
Acts 4:27
For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed,
Acts 10:38
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
2 Corinthians 1:21
But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us,
Hebrews 1:9
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
James 5:14
Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
1 John 2:20
But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge.
1 John 2:27
As for you, the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and so you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, abide in him.
Revelation 3:18
Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.

2 Replies to “Essential Oils In Christianity Is As Old As Christianity Itself”

  1. Can a person diffuse a good essential oil at the alter instead of burning frankincense as smoke incense ? I just get too stuffed up and have sinus issues for several days afterward.
    And…are there some oils that one could use in the olive oil candle other than a rose or something; ..that do not take too many drops but it smells nice? It can become expensive to use rose etc, if one wants to use real essential oils of good quality.
    Thanks, Daisy

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