The Bible's Sacred Healing Oil

The Bible's Sacred Healing Oil

Brian Chambers – posted by Douglas Raine

 

Like olive leaf extract, the oil of the olive fruit is one of the Bible's true healing treasures.

It's mentioned in the Bible over 160 times, which gives you an idea of the significance of the sacred oil in the ancient Mediterranean world.

It was used for light in lamps, for cooking, for ceremonial purposes (anointments), as well as medicinal purposes.

In fact, the use of olive oil for healing dates back to the very genesis of modern medicine.

In 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used olive oil in over 60 formulas to treat his patients,

And modern research is showing us why this oil is so important. It has powerful healing effects, both in the body, and used topically on the body.

As a food, it's one of the healthiest fats available.

Replacing unhealthy fats with high-quality olive oil is associated with:

           Lower risk of heart disease and stroke

           A stronger immune system

           Lower risk of colon and breast cancer

           Lower diabetes risk

           Alzheimer's prevention

           Slowing down the aging process

And topically, olive oil is well known for its skin moisturizing effects. It's much better for your skin than most lotions, and it's also great for moisturizing dry hair. It also may help speed wound healing and relieve mild pain.

But there's a problem: to get these benefits, you must use a high-quality olive oil. And most of what's available in supermarkets is anything but.

To understand the difference, let's look at how olive oil was produced in Biblical times.

In his book, Healing Oils of the Bible, author David Stewart, PhD gives a good description of this process:

"When olive oil was extracted in Biblical times, the whole fruit was crushed in a stone wheel (as in Gethsemane), or mashed by treading underfoot (as in Micah 6:5). The broken olives were placed in special baskets where the oil was allowed to drain into vats or basins by the force of gravity. This could take a few hours, or a day or two. In the Bible, the resulting product was called 'first oil,' 'beaten oil' or 'fine oil' (Numbers 28:5)"

`First oil' is what we refer to today as extra virgin oil. And keep in mind, we can assume that all the olives grown in Biblical times were grown organically, without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

This slow, labor-intensive process resulted in a nutrient-rich, unrefined product that was full of beneficial polyphenols.

That's a far cry from what you'll see in supermarkets. Most mass produced olive oil (even extra virgin) is heated, refined, and sometimes even diluted with other, cheaper oils. Not to mention that by the time it reaches supermarket shelves, there's a good chance it has begun to go rancid.

So how do you make sure the olive oil you buy is high quality? I recommend looking for three key words/phrases on the label: "extra virgin," "organic," and "cold pressed." "Unrefined" is another good indication that you're getting an unadulterated olive oil.

Check the labels for these words, and you'll eliminate much of the 'fake' olive oil that lines grocery store shelves. You may also notice that natural, cold-pressed olive oil has a

bold, peppery flavor. That's an indication of high amounts of a beneficial polyphenols called oleocanthal, which researchers believe is responsible for olive oil's neuro-protective effects.

In addition to the cardiovascular and of olive oil's mono-unsaturated fats, the neuro-protective and cancer-preventative benefits of its polyphenols, and the skin health benefits of using it topically, there's another neat way to use olive oil: earwax removal.

To do this, place two drops of warm (not hot) olive oil in the affected ear...leave in for one hour (lie on your side, ear up)...then rinse in the shower or bathtub. Repeat as necessary.