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What Is Annointing Oil

What do people refer to when they say 'annointing oil'? Is this a specific oil or could it be any oil - olive oil, sunflower oil or what? Do people think it must be consecrated in some special way before use?

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I'm just so sorry for the person whose sister was recently cremated--she just lost someone very precious and I am so sorry for her loss. :(
---Mary on 10/12/10

\\My sister was cremated recently and the nuns performing the memorial service are going to do an anointing by mixing my sister's ashes with oil then putting it on everyone's head at the service.\\

Such a practice is unknown to Orthodoxy.

And I really doubt it's in any Roman liturgical books, either.

Now, generally some olive oil is added to the palm ashes when they are blessed and imposed on Ash Wednesday in the Western use, but this clearly is not it.
---Cluny on 10/12/10

There are generally three kinds of oils used in Orthodox Churches:

1. Oil of the Sick, aka Prayer-Oil, which is blessed on the spot by the Priest, and is olive oil with a little bit of wine added, referring to the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

2. Oil of the Catechumens, pure olive oil, used to anoint those just about to be baptized. This is also blessed as needed by the Priest.

3. Chrism, consecrated by a Bishop, which is olive oil, myrrh, frankincense, and other spices and fragrant substances. Its preparation is more complex.
---Cluny on 10/12/10

I have good results with my blessing oil. Olive oil has an OSI (Oil Stability Index) of 11. which offers a shelf life of 2 years, therefore I use meadowfoam seed oil for my base which has an 80.8 OSI and offers an indefinite shelf life. Blessing oil can be used for various purposes. But commonly it's used for healing: "Dear Lord, please minister to _____(name)____". And the Elders may lay hands upon the person and pray for the person. Then say, "I (we) anoint you ____(name)____ in the Name of Jesus Christ: for the healing of your body. Healing come, and heal through and through, and make every part whole. In Jesus I (we) pray. Amen". Likewise for the home, sanctify the areas and things in the name of Jesus.
---Eloy on 10/12/10

Priests, Kings, and Prophets were anointed. Oil were poured on the person being anointed....Olive oil were the most common--oil produce from Castor, bay, almond, myrtle, Cyprus, cedar, walnut, and fish were also used....All who are Christ's disciples are said to be anointed, they are God's very own, set apart, and commissioned for service [2 Corin. 1:21].
---catherine on 10/11/10

Ross and the other Larry have provided salient answers, but anointing oil is of no affect in the hands of the lost or non-believing soul.

Some TV ministries are bottling who knows what?
---larry on 10/11/10

The anointing oil should be olive oil.
---Gloria on 10/11/10

I dont know where anyone would get the idea that anointing oil is mineral water from salt.
Exodus 30:23 25 gives us the recipe: Take the finest spices of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. And you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer, it shall be a holy anointing oil.
The only use of salt/mineral water anointing I've encountered is when pagans use it to cleanse crystals, runes and other divination devices of demonic influence - never a Biblical practice.
---Ross on 7/28/10

Anointing oil is any oil, that you (must be a christian)set aside in a smaller vessel and just plainly ask God to bless it, he will and that's that.(preferably us the oil of our people Olive Oil)
---larry on 10/13/09

I believe the oil is one of the best kept secrets on the planet. It was concentrated mineral water from the salt. It contains all the trace minerals that our body needs to function the way God made it. It feels like oil and enters your body like oil to replace the mineral deficiencies. They knew exactly what it was. That is why they used it. We Christians sometimes get too religious and loose the original purpose. This is not to say that your faith combined will not also bring on the blessing. Test the waters and see. Things of God don't always have to be so mysterious.
---Joseph on 10/8/09

the annoinying is a powerful thing and should continue to be used in prayer, healing, blessings, etc. Your faith is just as strong. Just dabbing some olive oil on your door frame won't cut it. You have to PPRAY the annointing, have FAITH in the power and authority over the spirits of this world and BELIEVE God will do it! I plead the blood over my home, annoint my doors, walls, fenceline.... it's all good. Same with prayer cloths. They are biblical in the NT, but I have to search it. I hope this helps you.
---lisa on 3/21/09

James 5:13 & 14 (NIV)
13Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
---Andrea on 2/25/09

Venetia, olive oil was used throughout the Bible made from olive trees that grow in Israel, to anoint things or people for service.
- Jesus said, "the Father has anointed Me, the Holy Spirit has come upon Me.."
- that if not other places connect oil, anoint(ing) with the Holy Spirit.
- anoint means to "liberally pour or smear all over with". Christ is the greek word for the Jewish word Messiah. so when ever you read "Christ" in the New Testament try replacing it with "the Anointed One".. also meaning "empowered with the Holy Spirit".
- not until a certain point in acts were the believers in "the way", called Christians, meaning "little anointed ones".
---opalgal on 1/7/09

How is olive oil representitive of the Holy Spirit? Please, show me where it is biblically, along with any comments you might have. Thank you & to God be the glory.
---Venetia on 1/7/09

Praise God. Bless you lord Bless you . Thank you for this blog . The Lord has Put it upon my heart to pray for people and anoint the with oil. I thought of olive oil immediately and this blog is the first I have ever visited and responded to . What a Great God we serve. Thank you Holy Spirit for your confirmation upon olive oil and direction from you Lord . praise God!!!
---Denise_Noel on 10/28/08

Here's an oil anointing story for you. An elderly lady was forced to live with her son-in-law and daughter to be close to her doctor(see had advanced cancer). The elderly lady read in the Bible about anointing with oil. The son-in-law happened to be a pastor, I know because I talk to him, who did not believe in divine healing. But in order to to please his mother-in-law he anointed her with oil. Next visit to the doctor in St. Louis they announced her cancer free. And she has remained that way ever since. This particular incident. So astounded the son-in-law that he reported it in the local newspaper.
---Mima on 7/1/08

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I had the anointing of the sick before my cancer surgery. I had photos taken right before the anointing and right after. What was truly interesting is that before the anointing nothing special came out on the photographs, but right after the photos showed a white round light that descended onto my cancer side on my shoulder. Like a dove. Heavenly host. Amazing!
The Holy spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ on me!
I will cherish this photo and moment forever.
---Paul on 7/1/08

DDM, Sorry I dont think I clearly said what I meant...I meant that specific recipe for anointing oil was only used once. To be sure, anointing oil was used throughout the entire Bible, and I believe can still be used today. :-)
---Todd1 on 6/1/08

pt.1: "elaio" is not exclusively olive oil, for depending on the context elaio and eleipse can be synonymous. James 5:14= "anointing him with oil"... (elaio). Luke 7:46= "with ointment anointed of me these feet." (eleipse).
---Eloy on 5/30/08

pt.2: Etymologically, "e-" is a prepositional prefix meaning, "on" or "with". "leipse" < lipos, meaning, "lipid" or "fat" or "lubricant". Therefore elaio can rightly mean, "oil" and "anointing", as well as "olive" or "olive oil".
---Eloy on 5/30/08

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JESUS changed that,
And they cast out many devils, and anointed with OIL many that were sick, and healed them. (Mark 6:13)
This is a common practice in the early church among all Christians! (James 5:14-16). Anointing with OIL and praying for the sick is also the ministry of the Church today! God has given THE CHURCH the POWER of the HOLY Spirit to do THE SAME works that He did and EVEN greater! We are directed to anoint the sick with OIL, BELIEVING that they will be HEALED!
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/29/08

God never intended for just a few individuals within the Church to be anointed and having the gifts and manifestations of His Spirit flowing only through them! Just as God established a Holy Priesthood in the Scriptures in Old Testament days and anointed them with His Holy anointing oil, He is establishing and still doing it today, a Holy Priesthood, of men and women who are saturated with His Spirit, walking in a demonstration of the fullness of His power to do the works
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/29/08

DDM awesome reference!! What I found was that it seems to be a one-time deal, after the tabernacle was made, to anoint all the furniture within, Aaron and his sons so they could go in the tabernacle. Afterward it says in Ex 30:32-33:
"It shall not be poured on mans flesh, nor shall you make any other like it, according to its composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you. Whoever compounds any like it, or whoever puts any of it on an outsider, shall be cut off from his people."
---Todd1 on 5/29/08

the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh (1) five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon (2) half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus (3) two hundred and fifty shekels, And of cassia (4) five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: And thou shall make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an HOLY anointing oil. Exodus 30:22-25
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/28/08

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Olive symbolizes the Holy Spirit. Just as grape juice/wine sympbolizes the blood of Jesus during Communion. Any oil can be used as a symbol for the Holy spirit. Baby oil,sunflower,canola...any kind will do, but olive is the most popular.
---Robyn on 5/28/08

I am fairly certain that the oil used for anointing in the Bible was always olive oil. Olive oil represents the Spirit of God. I think any ceremonies to make it sacred oil are purely manmade tradition, there's nothing in the Bible about it. I think it's our faith that makes it special. Using anointing oil to keep demons away from your house I think is just superstition and getting into witchcraft and cultish stuff.
---Todd on 5/20/08

thank you for posting this blog. i was wondering though if the oil can be used to keep demons out of a house or at least a room? i have heard of people annointing their door frame and then certain people (assumed to be possesed) doing everything not to enter the room. is this biblical?
---Lisa on 5/19/08

My mom gave me some beautifully scented, consecrated (prayed over and they waited for the Holy Spirit's leading) anointing oils. I do not discount the value of such things, but it is all new to me and I am very cautious and discerning. What can I read in the Bible to help me decide the rightness of these products, as well as the real correct usage? Please feel free to respond via my email. I also have a myspace and would love to begin a blog on such issues--Sannisue is my display name.
---Sandy on 12/25/07

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Linda - I would not permit this - it reeks of Satanism.
---Andrea on 9/27/07

Linda - No, human ashes are not used for annointing. It is cult. Can you stop it being done? No wonder it disturbs you.
---Helen_5378 on 9/27/07

My sister was cremated recently and the nuns performing the memorial service are going to do an anointing by mixing my sister's ashes with oil then putting it on everyone's head at the service. I never knew human ashes were used to anoint. I thought it was special oils and herbs like myrrh and frankincense that are used. Can anyone help me understand this? I find it quite disturbing.
---Linda on 9/27/07

We usually use olive oil. The greek word used in James 5:14 is "elaion" {el'-ah-yon} which does mean olive oil.

Olive oil was a staple of commerce in the first century. Certainly, it is not the oil that matters - olive oil, vegatable oil, margerine! - it is the act of obedience and faith that counts.
---Bruce5656 on 5/4/07

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i agree with Bruce, the faith behind the oil brings the healing. The evergreen olive tree is prevalent on the Mount of Olives east of Jerusalem, and commonly used for holy anointing oil. Olive oil oxidizes quickly, so i make my own blessing oil, but olive oil is adequate. The anointing oil can be used to consecrate a person for a particular service, or to fortify and empower a person against demonic forces and oppression, or to sanctify a person from sin and commit or recommit him in the Lord.
---Eloy on 9/21/05

Olive oil may have used because of the convenience of the tree to the location of the Bible. It is one of the oldest oils in history. It is thought to be curative in nature. In nutrition olive oil is the best oil available. All the other oils such as canola fall in another group.
And oil is also a picture of the Holy Spirit.
---barbara67 on 9/20/05

Oil is a Biblical symbol of the Holy Spirit.The oil itself has no power.The person being anointed is submitting to the work of the Holy Spirit in their life.
---lovable_linda on 9/14/05

Anoint - to smear with oil or any soft substance; apply oil or ointment to.
To put oil on as a sign of consecration, as in a religious ceremony.
Consecrate - to set apart as sacred; dedicate to sacred uses with appointed ceremony - to dedicate, devote - to apotheosize, canonize, - to make reverend or venerable, hallowed.
Olive - a small oily fruit native to Southern Europe and the Middle East.
---barbara67 on 9/14/05

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We use "Olive Oil" at our church. Yes, we do Pray over it, before it is used. The reason, that it is called "Annointing Oil", is, because, a person is annointed with it, and the Deacons lay hands on them, and Pray for them, when they have a need from God for something, or someone is sick.
---Ruby on 9/14/05

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