Anointing with Essential Oils – What’s it all About?

Anointing with sacred oils in the time of the Pharoahs pic via

Anointing with sacred oils in the time of the Pharoahs pic via


From the –

a·noint  (-noint)

1. To apply oil, ointment, or a similar substance to.
2. To put oil on during a religious ceremony as a sign of sanctification or consecration.
3. To choose by or as if by divine intervention.
Anointing is absolutely connected to religions of all kind but lets step up and reclaim the word on behalf of consciousness and spirituality.

If you are anointed in a religious ceremony it usually signifies that you have been playing the game correctly, and symbolizes your worthiness to be alive. It can also help you remember to walk with the divine in your life on a daily basis and allow the almighty gods to be with you. It shows others you are doing the right thing and can also be a source energetic protection. This practice occurs in many religions across many cultures and centuries.

Man with a tilaka - a mark of the divine pic via

Man with a tilaka – a mark of the divine pic via

Going to a temple in India, one may leave with a thumbprint of red paste on the forehead called a tilaka. It could be red sandal paste or red tumeric but there are so many variations according to the specific sect, caste and temple. The style and shapes of the mark are different too, and of course this does have a mild scent.

The Egyptians were into scent as a connection to the gods in a BIG way. There are depictions of perfumes, incense and scent rituals in the art they left us. The pic at the top of this article shows this, and according to wikipedia:

“In several temple reliefs in Ancient Egypt the Pharaoh is depicted being anointed by Horus (sun god and “father” of Pharaoh) and Thoth (god of wisdom), the oil of which is symbolically depicted as a stream of ankhs (symbols of life).”

Jesus , the Anointed One (so the story goes) pic via

Jesus , the Anointed One (so the story goes) pic via

The Bible and the Hebrew Bible are full of stories about anointing, the anointed or chosen ones, and references to this practice as being an important part of religion. The Hebrew Bible apparently describes the recipe for the anointing oil, while in the New Testament Jesus was described as the ‘anointed one’.

Back to present time.

Dr Hfuhrurur and Delores in The Man with Two Brains pic via

Dr Hfuhruhurr and Delores in The Man with Two Brains pic via

I recently referred to Steve martin in “The Man with Two Brains” when talking about myrrh. Clearly this movie has stuck in my mind and I just can’t seem to shake it. In this movie Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr woes his love Delores with this poem (by a fictional one-armed English poet named John Lillison):

‘ O pointy birds, o pointy pointy, anoint my head, anointy-nointy.’

Yep so there you go. Every time I say or think “anoint”, I’m not thinking about Jesus, I’m thinking about Dr Hfuhruhurr. Deep.

Let’s anoint! Historically fats and oils, perfumes, scented waters and coloured pastes have been used for this practice but I use essential oils.

**** Officially I can’t recommend you use essential oils straight from the bottle on your skin as it could cause a reaction in sensitive people. Why not follow your intuition with this but I’ll recommend you use a little carrier oil to dilute the essential oils.

Anoint yourself with pure essential oils

Anoint yourself with essential oils

Anoint Where?


Pulse points – wrists, throat, heart

Anoint with What?

One or two essential oils diluted with some carrier oil

Why Anoint?

When you feel you need support from the universe

To inspire gratitude

To open energetic flow in your body

To open channels of creativity

To remind yourself you are surrounded by beauty through scent

Before or after meditation as a symbol of your connection to your spirit

To give you courage for a hard task or day ahead

When you need to feel more compassion for others

The practice of anointing is easy and a quick way to get in tune with the entangled web of us and the universe!

Happy anointing and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

copyright suzannerbanks 2013

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