How to Anoint with Oil


The “Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture” Collection


The process of applying oils for a specific purpose with a specific intent is called anointing.  Essential oils each have a frequency that corresponds with an area of the body, mind, or spirit that needs to be dealt with.  When using our oils, Gary Young, founder of Young Living tells us that our touch and our intentions can enhance the application and make it more effective.  Today, I would like to give some guidelines for anointing with some biblical references for the way oils can be used to bless those we love as well as ourselves. “Like a skilled incense maker, blend these ingredients to make a holy anointing oil.” Exodus 30:25

What are some of the reasons for choosing to anoint with oil?

  1.  Illness or injury:  The Bible refers to using oils for healing.  Young Living does not make claims of healing or treating any disease processes.  But the oils contain properties that support the body and its normal immune and self-healing responses.  They are a wonderful enhancement to the power of prayer.  See Mark 6:3; James 5:14; Luke 10:34.
  2. To set apart for a purpose:   Anointing is used to specify God’s calling on an individual for the work of the kingdom of God.  People can be anointed according to the will of God for a position of leadership, a particular mission, or a life calling.  Oils can be used to speak a blessing of purpose and vision over someone.  See Exodus 19:29; Leviticus 8:12; John 12:3.
  3. To create intimacy and enhance beauty:  Essential oils can be used to promote romance and as part of a beauty ritual  See Ruth 3:3; Esther 2:12; Song 4:14
  4. To pray for protection and sustenance:  Oils can be used as an offering and a statement of faith in the sovereign hand of God.  See Luke 7:46; Psalm 105:15; Psalm 23:15
  5. To heal emotional trauma or upset:  Oils can powerfully affect our emotions and they work in our nervous system to help bring emotional stability and balance.  See Hebrews 1:9; Isaiah 61:1; Psalm 104;15; Psalm 45:8
  6. To enhance spiritual practices and worship:   Oils and incense can be used during our times of spiritual communion to open the heart and create associations with their fragrance in applying truth.  Oils can help us focus when trying to memorize scripture or change our behavior such as dealing with an addiction.  See Exodus 25:6; Exodus 40:9; Luke 7:38; Genesis 28:18.

Who should apply oils?  

As you can see from the above scriptures, oils should be applied by spiritually mature and balanced individuals who have a trusting relationship with the receiver.  The one who applies the oils should search their own heart and motives for purity and selflessness.  We can apply oils to ourselves as well.  Oils should only be used on children with proper dilution and only be applied by a trusted adult.

Where do we apply oils?

Oils can be applied to the body at the point of an injury, to the head, the feet, the clothing, or to inanimate objects used for worship.  Oils can also be applied to the face or hair for beauty purposes. Apply the oils to the bed or pillow for intimate moments.  In addition to the oils effects directly, the whole environment is enhanced b their fragrance. Oils should never be applied to eyes or in the ears.

How do we apply oils?

Place the oil in the palm of the non-dominant hand.  Use the dominant hand to swirl the oil clockwise to activate it, then apply.

Other considerations:

Oils should be used with intent.  They should be used in communion with truth.  When anointing, always speak a verbal affirmation.  The word of God is very powerful and stating a particular truth or promise from the Word assists in removing strongholds of untruth from our minds and spirits.  These should be claimed in sincere and fervent prayers of faith.  This is very powerful in “re-wall-papering” our minds with truth instead of the lies that we have been believing.  I call this reversing a little-t truth with a big-T truth.  When we allow ourselves to be anointed we should receive it in faith and with a heart of surrender to the will of God.  Our motives should always express faith and desire for the glory of God, not to place our hope or faith in an oil or a procedure.  Oils should be used with an attitude of gratefulness for the way God has designed these oils for our good as we receive them.  Do some study on what body system or emotion each oil supports and select the oil that best suites the intended purpose.  Many of the Young Living oil blends give a hint in the name of what they are best used for.  Example-Joy, Humility, Hope, Surrender, Clarity etc…

Oils are an incredible gift from God.  He created these plants for our use for health and  development.  Using them is part of our obedience to His command to have dominion over creation.  The use of oils is prevalent in scripture and ancient traditions of faith.  The Bible gives us a guide to using the oils God has given us.  I pray this has been helpful information you can use in your everyday life for wellness of body, mind and spirit.




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