Have you ever felt anxious? I mean the overwhelming kind that makes you feel on edge, like you're creeping through a haunted house just waiting for someone to jump out at you? The kind that makes you feel like your heart is going to pound out of your chest—for no reason at all? I sometimes feel like that.
I’m thankful for essential oils that can calm the nervous system.
Jesus had an oil or oil mixture applied to Him at the most stressful, anxious, dreadful time in His life. He was about to encounter the cross. He knew it was coming. It’s what He was born for. But it didn’t change the human feelings that came with the foresight of what He would soon face.
Mary wouldn’t have known, but His Father knew. Could this be why God prepared Mary of Bethany to anoint the feet of Jesus in Bethany? The oil most likely would have been rich in linalool, a monoterpene alcohol whose chemistry is sedating, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety. It’s found in lavender (also interpreted as spikenard or spike-lavender), petitgrain, ylang ylang…all sedating oils.
Mary was preparing Jesus’ body six days before the inevitable anxiety that would come. Hematohidrosis is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress. The Gospel writer and physician Luke wrote how Jesus experienced this in the garden of Gethsemane the night of His arrest, “and being in anguish He prayed more earnestly and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:44)
The next day, seven days after His anointing by Mary, Jesus would be subjected to the incredible torture of the crucifixion. The number seven of course represents completion and perfection--and it's never a coincidence.
God was preparing His body by means of sedating anointing oil from the hands of Mary. Without my current understanding of essential oils that support anxiety and stress, and my own experience with the haunted-house feeling, I’m not sure I could appreciate this inside look into those moments in Bethany and the garden.
I’m fascinated with the prophetic patterns I see throughout scripture, and it’s why the Oils of the Bible Online Course was born. Truly, this is just the beginning. I invite you to join me on this expedition that will expand your understanding and deepen your faith!
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Rachel Lee Carter is an alumna of Word of Life Bible Institute in NY. There, she studied Bible Survey and Systematic Theology with an emphasis on evangelism and youth ministry. doTERRA has allowed her to expand her ministry and career to include Oils of the Bible training.