I am probably the most disorganized and least structured person I know. haha However, I thought for sake of trying to provide a semblance of a workable outline I would cover the 12 oils of the Bible alphabetically, meaning first up is Aloes. Aloes – [pronounced all-oss so this is not aloe vera] is the same essential oil also referred to as Sandalwood (Santalum album). It has a rich, sweet, warm, and woody aroma that is sensual and romantic. Used traditionally as incense in religious ceremonies and for meditation, it is uplifting and relaxing. It is valued in skin care for its moisturizing and normalizing properties. Sandalwood has an approximate ORAC of 1,655 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Sandalwood has an ancient history, and is seen in Sanskrit and Chinese manuscripts from up to 4,000 years ago. It was often used in religious rituals, with many temples and deities carved out of its wood. The Ancient Egyptians used this wood in their own religious practices, including embalming of the dead. It is used in many death ceremonies even today because it is believed to help the crossing over of the dead and brings comfort to mourners. In many forms of initiation rites, it is used to help open the disciples minds to consecration. This wood and oil is sacred to many religions and peoples the world over.
John 19:39-40 (ESV)
39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. David Stewart noted that this weight would be worth $150,000-$200,000 in today’s market, indicating that it is very likely that Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea were very wealthy and that they had a great respect and reverence for Jesus.
Psalm 45: 7b-8a (ESV)
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
Numbers 24:6 (ESV)
How lovely are your tents, O Jacob,
your encampments, O Israel!
6 Like palm groves[b] that stretch afar,
like gardens beside a river,
like aloes that the Lord has planted,
like cedar trees beside the waters.
7 Water shall flow from his buckets,
and his seed shall be in many waters;
his king shall be higher than Agag,
and his kingdom shall be exalted.
Can additionally be found in Song of Solomon 4:14 and Proverbs 7:17.
I am going to share some ways you can use it below, but I also recorded a video (originally shared on Periscope) on how we use Sandalwood in my home, that you can watch here via YouTube. 🙂
WAYS TO USE IT
-Uplift your spirits and maintain balanced emotions
-Support during times of occasional normal anxiety
-Add 1-2 drops of Sandalwood oil to your favorite moisturizer for smooth, glowing skin
-Diffuse for restful sleep
-Reduces the appearance of blemishes
-Apply 1-2 drops to wet hair to help restore moisture and give hair a silky shine.
-Supports mental clarity and focus and concentration
-A natural aphrodisiac, and promotes a healthy libido
-Supports overall wellness
-Fabulous for muscles and joints after a long day, or after exercise
Which is your favorite way to use Aloes (Sandalwood)?
Did you miss a post? Read my kick-off post here! (post #1)
Overview of The Oils of the Bible (post #2)
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