The Priesthood and Essential Oils 

Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well. We have been experiencing some beautiful weather here and the gardens are flourishing. It is supposed to get pretty hot by the weekend, but for now it’s nice.
Let’s continue our discussion about essential oils.An example of Old Testamentt priests engaging in diagnosing, prescribing, and administering oils is described in Leviticus 13-14. There is a cleansing ceremony for priests to perform given in Leviticus 14 using equal portions of cedar wood and hyssop oil for leprous diseases, which means any infirmity manifesting on the skin, such as rashes, itches, scabs, acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin cancers, or leprosy (Leviticus 14:54-57). There is also another ritual for cleansing a diseased house from mold and mildew described as greenish or reddish growths on the walls (Leviticus 14:34-53). This procedure also calls for a cedarwood and hyssop blend (Leviticus 14:6-10).
Did Biblical priests know reflexology? During the ritual for leprosy and other skin diseases the priest is to take some oil and anoint the person’s right ear, the right thumb, and the right big toe (Leviticus 14:17). The choices of the reflex points and these oils are very interesting in light of today’s scientific understanding of reflexology and emotional release points. First of all, these points all correspond to matters of the right brain, which involves our feelings and emotions. The upper portion of the ear is the trigger point for releasing emotional issues regarding the mother and father. The right thumb is where fears of the unknown and emotional blocks to acquiring new knowledge can be released. The right big toe is the point for clearing addictions, compulsive behavior, or bad habits.
The scent of hyssop is a releaser of swallowed emotions and a spiritual cleanser of past sin, such as immorality and evil spirits.David would have known this when he prayed, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7). Cedarwood oil can clear the emotions of many kinds, but is especially suited to deal with conceit and pride. Cedarwood also cleanses the brain and improves thinking processes. Could it be that the ancient Levites understood the underlying emotional basis of disease?  Could it be that they also understood the emotionally releasing powers of essential oils in the emotional release points of the body as well?
In Exodus 30:23-25, God gave Moses the formula for the Holy Anointing Oil. This was restricted only to the priesthood for thousands of years, but now is available for everyone. This special oil consists of the healing oils of myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, cassia, and olive oil. This holy oil was used to anoint priests, prophets, kings, etc. According to I Peter 2:9, we are a “royal priesthood” and as such are able to use this healing oil. God also gave Moses the formula for the Holy incense in Exodus 30:34-35. This oil contained sweet spices, stacte, onycha, galbanum, frankincense, and myrrh. Myrrh is the only ingredient these two formulas have in common. This may be due to the fact that myrrh is one of the most fixative oils of all time, and one of the most used. This holy incense was not to be burned for personal use, but was to be holy unto the Lord. The Israelites made variations of this incense to burn in their homes and businesses, but the God given formula was holy unto Him.
We will stop here for now. Hopefully we will pick this back up next week. So, stay tuned!
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