One of the ways essential oil anointing was used in biblical times was to heal and return the sick to the community, especially lepers.
The anointing with oils was used to alleviate wounds and in other books such as the Apocalypse of Moses it is mentioned as a “oil of mercy” and as a cure for all kinds of diseases. The idea that the oil conferred health and well-being is the meaning of a rite in the cleansing of the leper found in Leviticus 14: 15-18. We must remember that any type of “disgusting” skin condition was classified as leprosy; This could include Hansen’s disease (what we know today as leprosy), eczema, and psoriasis, to name just a few. The Leviticus passage is not a rite of purification, but the transfer of life as the anointing of the head suggests. The entire rite indicates that the former ostracized person is now accepted once more into the life of society. This is such an interesting story because if you know anything about Vita-Flex points on the body, these three are important. The priest had to put a little oil on the tip of the right ear, a reflex point to release the guilt. He then put oil on the thumb of the right hand and the big toe on the right foot, both reflex points of the brain and the pineal gland, the center of the body’s communication systems and the place where emotional memory is stored.
“The priest will take from the log of oil [a liquid measure] and pour it into the palm of your own left hand, and dip your right finger in the oil that’s on your left hand and sprinkle some oil with your finger seven times before the Lord. Of the oil that remains in his hand, the priest will put the priest on the lobe of the right ear of the person being purified, and on the thumb of the right hand, and on the big toe of the right foot, on the crown of the head. blood of the guilt offering. The rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand, he will put on the head of the one who is being purified. Then the priest will make atonement for him before the Lord. “ Lev. 14: 15-18
The oil used in this particular ritual was cedar wood, one of the oldest oils known to man. It was used to cleanse lepers and evil spirits; it was used similarly to sandalwood. The Egyptians and Sumerians used it more than 5,000 years ago for embalming, as a disinfectant, and for other medicinal purposes. For biblical people, this oil symbolizes abundance, fertility, and spiritual strength. Tibetans still use it as incense in temples and it is used in their traditional medicine.
Oil in the Old Testament appears fundamentally as a source of strength, vitality and life. Owning an oil was a proof of wealth and a sign of the nation’s prosperity. Anointing someone with oil was a great honor for the person. This is why it was said to bring joy and cheer to festive occasions. Oil created links between parties where the anointer showed his authority and assured his support and protection. And in sacred contexts, anointing with oil took on the weight of theology and holiness.