Wellness with the 12 Scriptural Oils

This post is contributed by One Drop founder – Kai Tan

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Historical Uses:
Myrtle was associated with Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. Further, the brave soldiers, athletes and nobles were honored with its leaves. In ancient Greece, it was priced for its medicinal properties too. Myrtle has been researched by Dr. Daniel Penol for normalizing hormonal imbalances.

Healing Properties:
  • Supportive of the respiratory system, skin, and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances and its soothing effects when inhaled. It is also helpful for meditation and lifting the spirit.
  • For respiratory support, apply Myrtle essential oil to the sides of your nose
  • To help support your endocrine system, apply Myrtle essential oil to the thyroid area and to the soles of your feet.
  • Myrtle resonates with the heart chakra (interestingly relating to the chest again) and is useful for “letting go” of the past. Inhale and diffuse in meditation and quiet moments of healing.

Historical Uses:
Onycha was traditionally known for its comforting and soothing properties as well as its benefits for the skin. Ancient people used it to improve complexion and to help nourish the skin. Onycha was a prized aromatic mentioned in Exodus 30:34: “And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight.”

Healing Properties:
  • Supports the digestive and urinary systems.
  • Supports and maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • Support healthy sinuses and respiratory system (especially when inhaled)
  • Used to soothe skin irritations
  • Mix Onycha essential oil with carrier oil, such as olive oil, and rub on chest to help support respiratory system
  • Apply a few drops to chapped or cracked skin to help support healing
  • Onycha can be combine with Rose and V6 as a highly uplifting blend for massage and self care.
  • Rub Onycha over the stomach and abdomen to release blocked emotions


Historical Uses:
Rose of Sharon (or Cistus) is also known as the “rock rose” and was noticed by shepherds thousands of years ago. Sheep and goats grazing in the fields would pick up the gum of the shrub in their coats and shepherds noticed that it would heal cuts and scrapes faster when they rubbed their hands in the gum trying to get it out of the coat!

Healing Properties:
  • Calming and uplifting, it is helpful for meditating and counseling.
  • Traditionally, cistus has been used for respiratory support.
  • Rub along the spine or apply to the soles of feet
  • Apply 4-5 drops of Rose of Sharon oil to the spine or to the sole daily to help support immune
  • For respiratory conditions, dilute several drops of Rose of Sharon with carrier oil and apply to the chest area. Cup your hands and inhale after.

Historical Uses:
Spikenard is highly regarded in India as a medicinal herb. It was one of the precious oils in ancient times, used only by priests, kings, or high initiates. References in the New Testament describe how Mary of Bethany used Spikenard to anoint the feet of Jesus before the Last Supper. In Jesus’s time, a box of Spikenard Oil can cost a year’s wage. According to Dietrich Gumbel, PhD, Spikenard is very good cardio system support.

Healing Properties:
  • Supports sleep, hormonal and circulatory system.
  • Supports skin issues by applying topically.
  • Supports digestive system by massaging the oil (diluted in V6) in a clockwise position around the abdomen.
  • Tibetan herbalists use Spikenard oil for the purpose of hair growth and colour restoration
  • Spikenard is a good oil for use at the time of approaching death. It can give one the courage needed to seek release from this life and move forward to the new. It is also regarded as an oil of forgiveness. It can help us come to terms with the experiences of our life and to feel at peace with those who shared our journey with us. Gently apply on heart or base of feet.
  • Spikenard can also be inhaled or applied for emotionally doing a clean sweep and beginning again. It is not about repair of attitudes or relationships.

Lastly, here is a wonderful piece written in the Young Living Blog with regards to using the 12 Oils of the Ancient Scripture for healing from sexual abuse. While this may not have relevance to many, the information of how each oil can be applied for emotional clearing may offer valuable use in your pursuit for emotional wellness.

May you find great healing and joy as you discover and unveil for yourself the depth and richness of each of these oils.

Kai is the founder of OneDrop. She and her team supports oil users via If you like Kai’s articles and would like to purchase the Young Living oils, please feel free to get in touch with Kai here or sign up directly here.


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