By David Stewart, PhD
The fourteenth chapter of Leviticus describes a blend of essential oils composed of 50% cedarwood and 50% hyssop. This blend of pure essential oils has a variety of uses as given in the Bible
A Levitical Remedy for Skin Problems
Leviticus 14:54-56 suggests the blend for various skin ailments such as itches, scales, scall, risings, swellings, scabs, rashes, lesions, eczema, pimples, eruptions, skin spots, and/or any "leprous" disease, which could include dermatitis, psoriasis, skin cancers, and even leprosy, itself. The actual terms expressed in this passage depend on which version of the Bible you are reading, but they all refer to various unhealthy conditions manifesting on the skin.
The Biblical remedy is very interesting. The Scriptures prescribe applications of the oil blend to the right ear, the right thumb, and the right big toe for these diseases. These are all emotional reflex points for the right brain through which emotional issues can be resolved.
The Levitical instructions do not to say to apply the oils to the affected areas of the skin, which are the manifest symptoms of the disease. Instead, they say to apply the oils to the release points through which one would address the emotional roots of the conditions, rather than the skin conditions themselves.
There is some dispute over the exact application of the oils to the right ear. Some English versions of the Bible say “top of the ear” while others say “the ear lobe.” Meanwhile, the Hebrew version of the Old Testament simply says “ear” while some Jewish customs recommend applying the oil around the back of the ear. Each of these locations on the ear connote different emotional issues, but the point is that these application sites are all emotional and are not the sites of the rashes, eczema, or other manifestations on the skin.
I have not personally tested the Leviticus prescription for skin diseases. However, it is interesting to note the Biblical preference for addressing underlying emotional and spiritual issues over treating the surface symptoms directly on site. However, I would think that applying these oils directly to the affected areas of the skin might work well also. One of the wonderful things about essential oils is that you may experiment with them safely.
There are also some Jewish ceremonies described in Leviticus 14 that are prescribed to go with the anointings with the oils, but I expect that the oils would do their work without the rituals for which one can substitute a simple prayer for healing.
A Levitical Mold Remedy
Leviticus 14: 34-53 describes a problem with “diseased houses” whose walls have “greenish or reddish spots” which may be “deeper than the surface.” Of course, you will recognize that the Bible is describing an infestation of mold or mildew in the house. In modern terminology, this would be called the “sick building syndrome.”
The presence of toxic mold in your environment, especially in the heating and cooling ducts, should not be taken lightly. Prolonged exposure to toxic mold of any kind can result in serious illnesses.
According to the landmark book by Ed and Jacqui Close entitled, “Nature’s Mold RX: The Non-Toxic Solution to Toxic Mold,” the presence of mold in the one’s personal space, at home, work, or office, has been correlated with many disease conditions, including rashes, dermatitis, pain and inflammation of the linings of the mouth and throat, burning sensations around the eyes and in the nose, tightness of the chest, chronic coughing, bloody discharges from nasal passages, dandruff, diarrhea, earaches, hair loss, flu-like symptoms, fever, headache, dizziness, vomiting, asthma, allergy-like symptoms, sinus infections, respiratory congestion, sleep disorders, and fatigue.
Constant inhaling and exposure to mold can also affect brain function, causing loss of memory, personality changes, and slurred speech. Mold has also been implicated with such extremes as seizures, cancer, kidney failure, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mold is, perhaps, one of the most commonly overlooked causes of sickness leading doctors to treat the symptoms in the person instead of the causes in the home or workplace.
Dr. Close’s book outlines a protocol using Thieves Blend Oil that can be 100% effective in solving mold problems. His book and DVD on mold and its remedy are available at www.RaindropTraining.com. Thieves Blend contains the oils of Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus radiata, Lemon, and Rosemary. However, the Bible suggests another oil blend: Cedarwood and Hyssop.
I have not personally tried cedarwood and hyssop for mold remediation, nor do I know anyone who has. The Biblical blend of oils for mold has not been tested scientifically while the “Close Protocol” using Thieves Blend has been thoroughly tried and tested.
The important points to take from the suggested treatment of a diseased house in the Book of Leviticus are twofold. One is that mold is an ancient problem, as old as mold itself. And Two, that the ancient remedy (oils of cedarwood and hyssop) and the modern remedy (oils of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary) are both from essential oils.
As the tests and experiments of Dr. Close have shown so conclusively, nature’s remedies for mold are far more effective and superior to any solutions afforded by man-made chemicals. Once again, God’s creations are found to be the best.