Can you imagine what the priests were breathing when they sacrificed animals in temples of old? Can you imagine the potential for infection and disease from handling the blood of dead animals?
1 Chronicles 9:26-30 describes how it was the duty of the priests to open the temple each day to make "the ointment of the spices" and to "oversee the vessels" which means they disinfected and deodorized everything in the temple.
Exodus 30:23-25 contains an exact recipe of spices, called the Holy Annointing Oil, which were used to annoint every surface of the temple. The essential oils of these spices are documented today to be highly antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antiparasitic, and antifungal. Then, picking up with verse 26, they are commanded to "annoint" and to "sanctify" everything from the candlesticks, the alter of testimony, the alter of incense and even the laver (sink pictured above) they washed their hands in after sacrificing animals.
In Leviticus 8:30, Moses even covers Aaron's body in the Holy Annointing Oil after a sacrifice. This was no doubt, to prevent Aaron from becoming infected from bacteria or contracting a disease.
Not only was everything in the temple annointed with this disinfecting Holy Annointing Oil to prevent disease, but a form of aromatherapy, called "bruising" was used. Dr. David Stewart, a former minister, states in his book Healing Oils of The Bible, that bushes of mint were crushed up and laid across the floor. Temple patrons would bruise the crushed mint as they walked on it causing molecules to burst into the air. This form of aromatherapy not only negated the stench of burning flesh and blood, but it protected them from contracting disease. Today, essential oil molecules are suspended in the air using cold-air diffusers.
I have since learned about essential oils after that day a rat died in the wall. I not only wear essential oils on my body to protect me from the daily bombardments on my immune system, but I diffuse them so their precious molecules can land on every surface of my home giving me extra protection. I figure, if God wanted essential oils in His house, then they should be in mine.
Thank goodness because we had a skunk get trapped under our pier and beam home who sprayed once he heard the toilet flush. The stench permeated our clothes which hung in the bathroom closet. Later, the poor fella died under the house. Essential oils to the rescue! I was able to remove the smell within hours, and I didn't have to worry if what we were breathing would make my family sick.
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