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Essential Oils What Can We Learn From the Ancients About Using Fragrances to Affect the Mind?

Linda Lee Smith
 


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If we are wanting to affect the mind with essential oils then we are primarily looking at incense-the breathing in of beautiful and sometimes exotic fragrances but also the rubbing of perfumed oils on the skin for beauty as well as healing. The ancient peoples used fumigation, diffusion, smoking or smudging, and burning of resins on hot coals. Incense was absolutely indispensable among the ancient peoples for their rituals and for disguising the stench of sacrificial animals. Incense was used in many rites to purify and protect the soul in the after-life and to ensure a safe passage.

Scent had the power to evoke our highest aspirations and fears, and was used to transport one onto another plane of consciousness-a mind altering experience. Since fragrance was pleasing to the senses, it was assumed that it must be pleasing to the gods as well. The two most famous oils were that of frankincense and myrrh. The three costliest commodities of the ancient world-suitable gifts for a newborn king-Jesus-were frankincense, myrrh and gold. Now we know that gold most probably referred to liquid gold which was balsam fir-another aromatic oil.

Without going into detail on how various cultures used aromatics to affect the body/mind/spirit, let me just summarize here the primary ways we see in their history:

  • As an offering to the gods

  • As a way of uplifting and altering one's state of mind

  • As a way to alter or correct mood

  • As a means of “communion" between the earthly and divine realms

  • As a protection against evil

  • As a purifying agent for the psyche

  • As a cleansing agent for the physical body and the environment

  • As a pleasing perfume in gathering places

    Want to know more about essential oils and how they can help us stay healthy? Consider becoming a certified clinical aromatherapist. The Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy teaches classes throughout the United States on aromatherapy and energy healing.

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    By Going to my web site: http://www.ISHAhealing.com and signing up for our free monthly newsletter, you can receive a free gift: 5 Monographs on Biblical Oils.

    These oils include Frankincense, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Spikenard and Balsam Fir. While you are at our web site, check out our aromatherapy program and our program in Christian energy healing.

    From Linda L. Smith, director of the Institute of Spiritual Ministry and Aromatherapy, Inc.

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