Easter is just around the corner. Commence marshmallow chicks, plastic eggs full of gifts, and delicious chocolate bunnies galore! But above all sugar-high giggles and cheeks stuffed with candy, Easter serves as an anniversary of God’s greatest miracle: the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So, how do essential oils correlate with the most significant event in history?
MYRRH IN THE BIBLE
“Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body.”Mark 16:1 (NLT).
John 19:39 recalls something similar.
“With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes.”John 19:3 (NLT)
“Burial spices” referred to several herbs such as aloes, balsam, cumin, cassia, cinnamon, coriander, dill, frankincense, galbanum, henna, mint, myrrh, onycha, rue, saffron, spikenard and stacte. However, the Resurrection is associated with specifically myrrh. Myrrh was the anointing oil given to Moses, one of the gifts brought by the wise men to baby Jesus and was used in embalming. It was often thought to be used to foreshadow Jesus’ death or that he was born to die.
Discovered more than 3,700 years ago, myrrh has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense, and health aid. It has powerful antioxidant activity and is often used to soothe the skin. But it also has one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds that effects the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala, the seat of our emotions. Thus, it is highly desirable for emotional balance.
HOW TO USE IT
To use myrrh, diffuse 1-2 drops to help promote awareness and lift your mood. Add to your lotions or moisturizers to help reduce the appearance of imperfections. It can also be used during prayer and meditation! Because of its significance in the Bible, using myrrh is ideal during your religious endeavors and may help you connect with God.
Do not use it during pregnancy as myrrh oil is fetotoxic (poisonous to the fetus). Myrrh oil may lower blood sugar levels, so it is not recommended for people with diabetes or other blood sugar conditions. And, like always, avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Quick tip: myrrh is very thick and sticky. Clean the diffuser after use by dispelling white vinegar for a cycle.
A GIFT FROM ME TO YOU
Enjoy some Easter recipes! Perfect for diffusers and roller balls!
- 3 drops of Citrus Bliss
- 2 drops of Wild Orange
- 2 drops of Juniper Berry
- 1 drop of Lemongrass
- 2 drops of Vetiver
- 2 drops of Lemon
- 1 drop of Wintergreen
- 2 drops of Basil
- 2 drops of Clary Sage
- 2 drops of Lemon
- 2 drops of Spearmint
- 6 drops of Frankincense
- 6 drops of Wild Orange
- 5 drops of Sandalwood
- 5 drops of Lemon
- 4 drops of Petitgrain
- 4 drops of Bergamot
Have a hippity-hoppity happy Easter!
Jayden Almeida has been the head blogger of Essentially Sp’OILed for Life since 2019. Her passion is to help readers understand the benefits of essential oils to achieve a happier and healthier lifestyle. In addition to writing for ESFL, Jayden’s also a novice author determined to publish her own series of literature.