Essential Oils in the Bible.

On the Internet, there are other listings of essential oils in the bible, and statements like:
1. Referenced in 36 of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament.
2. Mentioned more than 500 times.
So, where are these references? Here I hope to find and number them. Also, the person making these claims must be using the King James version, because the Catholic bible has more than 39 books in the Old Testament.

I have listed all the refernces I found, and you can find them here.

There are no where near 500.


Hyssop is mentioned

Hyssop is a kind of wild marjoram used at the Passover; it was dipped in the blood and used to mark the side posts.

Olive oil

pure olive oil

The following passages refer to a cake of oiled bread or to other uses of olive oil.

There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up. (Proverbs 21:20)


Frankincense is one of the most useful oils, even in our time.

Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense (Song of Soloman 4:6)

Historically, the hill of frankincense is Calvary. biblehub


Moreover the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrry five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and os sweet cqlamus two hundred and fifty shekels,
And of cassia five hundred shekels after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin:
And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compount after the the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.(Exodus 30:22-25)

And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.
Upon man's flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.
Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon astranger, shall be cut off from his people. (Exodus 30:31-33)


Spice or essential oil? Both.

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. (Proverbs 7:17)



sweet calamus is translated as fragrant cane in the Catholic bible.

The dictionary definition: 1.a. The sweet flag. b. The aromatic root of the sweet flag. 2. Any of various tropical Asiatic palms of the genus Calamus, from some of which tattan is obtained.

Rattan is an Asian climbing palm of the genera Calamus, Daemonorops, or Plectomia, with long tough pliant stems. The stems of the rattan are used to make wickerwork.


And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil an hin:
And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. (Exodus 30:24) Here, this verse is taken out of context. The previous verses start the instructions for preparing this sacred oil mixture. It consists of myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, cassia, and olive oil. For the porportions, see the scriptures. Also note verses 31-33 where it is forbidden to make this sacred mixture for any purpose other than to use in the sacrifices offered to God.

Cassia is a tree of he genus Cassia. Cassia oil is derived from the bark of the tree Cinnamomum cassia. The bark of the cassia tree is similar to cinnamon.

All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. (Psalms 45:8)

Exodus 30:34,35, 37

And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankncense: of each there shall be a like weight:
And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy: (Exodus 30:34,35)

And for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord. (Exodus 30:37)


Exodus 30:34


Exodus 30:34


Exodus 30:34

Cedar wood

As for the living bird,he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: (Leviticus 14:6)

And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop. (Leviticus 14:49)

Leviticus 14:4

Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:

Leviticus 14 tells how to cleanse a leper.


Leviticus 14:4

Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:

Leviticus 14 tells how to cleanse a leper.

willows of the brook

Leviticus 23:40


he shall put no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; (Numbers 5:15-29)

The law of jealousies. The bitter water mentioned may be from wormwood.

But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. (Proverbs 5:4)

Wormwood is a woody shrub with a bitter taste. Wickipedia says Artemisia herba-alba (white wormwood) is the the wormwood of the Bible.

wikipedia wormwood Indian sandelwood

1 Kings 10:10,11

And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and preciou stones.
And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day.

Is almug the same as Indian sandelwood? And called algum in 2 Chronicles 9:10,11.

And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones.
And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah. (2 Chronicles 9:10,11)



They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (Psalms 69:21)

And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. (Matt 27:48)

John 19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.


He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. (Proverbs 21:17)


While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. (Song of Soloman 1:12)

Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,
Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees frankincense; myrrh and aloes, and all the chief spices:
A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. (Song of Soloman 4:13-15)


And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. (Mark 14:3)


My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of En-gedi. (Song of Soloman 1:14)

Camphire, or henna is a shrub with small white flowers.


The willow (Psalms 137)

This willow became the weeping willow.


I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, andthe pine, and the box tree together: (Isaiah 41:19)


is there no balm in Gilead? (Jeremiah 8:22)

balm is a fragrant ointment used to soothe the skin.

Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. (Jeremiah 51:8)


Exodus 15:23-25

And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,

I wonder what tree that was.

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. (Song of Soloman 2:1)