The Spirit as Anointing Oil
Recently during an interview for IN THE GARDEN book, I was asked about the health benefits of essential oils. While reading this chapter, I was prompted me to do further research for you. There has been more research in this topic than I originally thought, from using essential oils for anxiety, depression, sleep aids, and antioxidants. There is still conflicting data out there for human studies. The issue is complex depending which extract of oil is purchased, how it’s derived, and there can be adverse effects to consider. “Environmental conditions including climate, time of harvesting, storage conditions, etc. may play a role in the chemical composition of oils” (1) Some oils are known to bind to hormone receptors causing breast development in children before puberty. This observation is disturbing. Essential oils are big business, so be careful about what you’re purchasing.
Let’s look at the qualities of the anointed oil that was poured over Aaron in Exodus 30:23-25, that Lucado speaks about in chapter 9.
True cinnamon -(9) also called ceylon cinnamon; believed to have a broad spectrum of medicinal and pharmaco-logical applications. Several studies have reported the anti-inflammatory activity of cinnamon and its essential oils (Sosa et al. 2002; Li et al. 2003; Matu and Staden 2003; . Cinnamon bark has been shown to contain very high concentrations of antioxidants (Dragland et al. 2003)
|Cinnamon||Cinnamomum zelancium||Cinnamaldehyde||Enterobacteriaceae, P. mirabilis, S. pyogenes|
Cinnamomum cassia, called Chinese cassia or Chinese cinnamon , most common cinnamon used in the US. The main chemical constituent of bark and leaf oil is cinnamaldehyde, Various pharmacological activities, like antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer (colorectal cancer), antidiabetic, antiobesity, and antileukemia activities, in cinnamon species have been reported (Meena Vangalapati et al. 2012; Varsha 2012). Cinnamaldehyde, the major compound of cinnamon, exhibits anti-inflammatory (Reddy et al. 2004; Lee and Balick 2005).
Myrrh – has noteworthy antimicrobial activity. Myrrh oil has also long been used for the treatment of skin wounds and fungal infections caused by Candida albicans and Tinea pedis . (2) The volatile oil produced from myrrh is called Commiphora molmol, has been used as an effective antimicrobial agent, effective in treating sore throats, canker sores and gingivitis . Myrrh is used in traditional Chinese medicine to relieve
pain and swelling due to traumatic injury. (10)
This may have been more than you ever wanted to know about eh anointing oil poured over Moses’s brother. Do we know why God wanted these specific combinations used? Could it be the antimicrobial effects they all appear to have; a purifying act? As Max teaches us, the Holy Spirit is the true purifying agent the gift given to us since the new covenant began. Thank you God, no need for pouring agents over our heads. I like a clean, fresh head of hair.
- Daferera, D.J., Ziogas, B.N. and Polissiou, M. (2000) GC‐MS analysis of essential oils on some Greek aromatic plants and their fungitoxicity on Penicillium digitatum. J Agric Food Chem48, 2576–2581
2. S. de Rapper, S.F. Van Vuuren, G.P.P. Kamatou, A.M. Viljoen, E. Dagne, The additive and synergistic antimicrobial effects of select frankincense and myrrh oils – a combination from the pharaonic pharmacopoeia, Letters in Applied Microbiology, Volume 54, Issue 4, 1 April 2012, Pages 352–358, https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1472-765X.2012.03216.x
3. Sosa, S., M.J. Balick, R. Arvigo, R.G. Esposito, C. Pizza, G. Altinier, and A. Tubaro. 2002. Screening of the topical anti-inflammatory activity of some Central American plants. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 81 (2):211–215
4. Li, Y.-Q., D.-X. Kong, and H. Wu. 2013b. Analysis and evaluation of essential oil components of cinnamon barks using GC–MS and FTIR spectroscopy. Industrial Crops and Products41:269–278
5. Matu, E.N., and J.V. Staden. 2003. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activities of some plants used for medicinal purposes in Kenya. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 87 (1):3 5 – 41
6. Reddy, A.M., J.H. Seo, S.Y. Ryu, Y.S. Kim, K.R. Min, and Y. Kim. 2004. Cinnamaldehyde and 2-methoxy-cinnamaldehyde as NF-kappaB inhibitors from Cinnamomum cassia. Planta Medica 70 (9):823–827
7. Lee, R., and M.J. Balick. 2005. Sweet wood—Cinnamon and its importance as a spice and medicine. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing 1 (1):61– 6 4
8. Dragland, S., H. Senoo, K. Wake, K. Holte, and R. Blomhoff. 2003. Several culinary and medicinal herbs are important sources of dietary antioxidants. Journal of Nutrition 133 (5):1286–1290
9. Cinnamon Oil, Khalid Haddi, Lêda R.A. Faroni, Eugênio E. OliveiraBookGreen Pesticides HandbookEdition1st EditionFirst Published2017ImprintCRC PressPages34eBook ISBN9781315153131
10. El Ashry, E. S. H., et al. “Components, therapeutic value and uses of myrrh.” Die Pharmazie-An International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 58.3 (2003): 163-168.