Blind…? frangrant c ?
Like entourage effect…..receptors….genes, terpenes…cann homeostasis
Can open receptor flow and brings terpenes with it anti info
Truth is, the magi gave the Christ child gold, frankincense, and myrrh resins. Essential oils as we know them didn’t exist back then. Simply put, the essential oils that we all love and use today require highly advanced distillation techniques that weren’t yet invented.
Largely, these were extracts, with many writings indicating the use of olive oil and pressing the oil out. There are indications of crude distillation methods, though, with discoveries of clay-made distillery equipment not unlike our own. (1) While these early distilled oils would have been closer to our modern hydrosols – steam distillation that creates an aromatic water – the idea of extracting, distilling, or otherwise capturing and using the fragrant component of a plant is of old.
In more recent decades, the science of distilling essential oils as pure, concentrated components has been honed. As researchers and chemists learned more about chemical composition in the early 1900s, they were able to perfect the ability to isolate these compounds and, later, analyze their exact composition to understand more about their specific benefits. Unfortunately, with that ability came the appeal of synthetics and attempts to mimic the art of harnessing nature from the predictable halls of a laboratory.
As the ancient practice of perfumery began to meld with the newly confirmed healing actions of aromatic oils, the temptation has been to synthesize the fragrance in an attempt to replicate the benefits.
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14) While not all essential oils that share Biblical names are identifiable, available, or used now as they were then, the study of ancient botanical preparations is fascinating. When we see threads of benefit – antimicrobials as anointing or temple oils, for example, keeping the population healthy – we begin to deepen our understanding of creation and the order that God set into place. The anointing oil, for example, contains fragrant ingredients that would contain at least some of the volatile (essential) oils no matter how it was produced. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take the following fine spices:
- 500 shekels of liquid myrrh [about 6g]
- Half as much of fragrant cinnamon [about 3g]
- 250 shekels of fragrant calamus [about 3 kg]
- 500 shekels of cassia [about 6g]
- And a hin of olive oil [about 5 quarts]
“Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law, the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.’” (Exodus 30:22-29) For your own fragrant, daily anointing oil, combine these essential oils and carrier oil. The antimicrobial and immune effects, fragrance, and connection to sacred rituals of long ago make a perfect combination to carry you through your day healthy and at peace.
- 1 tbsp olive oil (or other liquid carrier)
- 2 drops myrrh
- 2 drops cinnamon (for the cinnamon and cassia)
- 2 drops sweet orange (for the sweet reed calamus)
- 1 drop frankincense (for good measure!)