Clinical herbalist, scientific researcher, jazz musician, theologian—Donald “Donnie” R. Yance can perhaps best be described as a modern Renaissance man. His wide-ranging interests come together in a unique approach to healing: Donnie merges the time-honored traditions of nature-based medicine with state-of-the-art scientific knowledge, infused by his spiritual practices and his creativity. With a passion for healing, Donnie has dedicated his life to helping people thrive, even in the face of significant illness, and he has successfully guided thousands of people in their healing journeys.
Anointing with Essential Oils
Oil of Anointment
Unction For all, especially the Sick, Suffering and Ascending (dying) By Brother Donnie Yance.
After the flood, the dove came to Noah, having “in her mouth an olive leaf.” (Gen. 8.11), the symbol of unction.
Topical Formula (When Indicated)
- EO Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra)
- St. John’ s wort (Hypericum perforatum) oil
- EO true French Lavender (Lavendula dentata)
- EO Spikenard (Nardostachys Jatamansi)
- EO Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
- EO Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
- EO Sandlewood (Santalum album)
- EO Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena)
- EO Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) DMSO liquid
Dosage & Directions: Massage small amount to any area/organs of the body that needs healing; as well as the hands, feet, &/or forehead with prayers & sacred intent.
About the ‘Oil (Chrism) of Anointment’ a gift for Unction, and the ritual of charism, for All to use, Especially the Sick, Suffering and Ascending (Dying). It is also can be used to simple bless someone.
We anoint and perform unction, to call upon divine influence, a holy emanation, spirit, the power of God.
Anointing of the sick and dying is also called the Sacred Mystery of Unction. The word Unction implies the action of anointing and blessing someone with a medical herbal, aromatic ointment/oil that has both Spiritual (1st) and human (2nd) bodily healing qualities. The mystery of unction includes praying before, during and after the anointing. May grace be bestowed upon this spirit and body and let us evoke the Love and will of God in our hearts.
Unction not only unites us to the Spirit, but creates in us a new/renewed Spirit; a sanctuary. “and let them make for me a sanctuary and I will dwell in thee.” (Ex. 25:8)
“And it shall come to pass on that day, that his burden shall be removed from upon your shoulder, and his yoke from upon your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of oil.” (Isaiah 10:27)
Who to anoint:
- Adults (and children old enough to understand what is taking place) suffering a serious illness, involved in a serious accident, facing surgery or major medical tests;
- The elderly, especially when frailty is pronounced – even without serious illness;
- Those suffering chronic infirmity (such as arthritis or diabetes) or serious mental illness.
- Animals that are in need of healing, comfort and love.
For blessings and to invoke the spirit of God to dwell within us.
The mystery of Holy unction provides both physical and spiritual healing with holy oil blessed by the Spirit and breath of the Divine. The oil carries God’ s grace both to renew the body and to cleanse the spirit. Holy unction is a mystery of great comfort that provides uplifting and asks for patience to accept the will of God whatever the physical outcome.
Holy Unction reminds us that when we are in pain, either physical, emotional, or spiritual, God is present with us gives us strength to meet the challenges of life, and even the approach of death.
Optional prayer to be recited or sung:
Lord, prepare me to be your sanctuary, pure and Holy, tried and true; In thanksgiving I’ll be your living sanctuary, for you.
Beyond all gifts there is the Spirit – whose proper name is theGift. In Greek the word ‘ gift’ is synonymous with the word ‘ Spirit,’ and/or ‘ grace.’ Grace is also a very common word, and in both Biblical and secular … In the first place, as in (e) above, ‘ charis’ may mean “a gift. …Evidently in this sense “grace” is almost a synonym for the Spirit.
Chrisma, the ritual of anointing, is the efficacious sign of the invisible spiritual unction – God’ s grace and ‘ seal,’ a branding of that grace. (Gal. 6:17) God’ s healing love is poured out into the hearts of men and woman, which is spiritual, yet can be physical as well, if it be the will of God, our prayers and love (a face of God), and our healing medicines, which include the humble plants we apply and bath of cells with, which is another face of God. Nature/Gaia provides for us the healing plants, but they are humble.
Optional prayer to be recited or sung:
“Praise be you my Lord, for our sister Mother Earth, who nourishes and sustains us all, and brings forth divers fruits, with many – colored flowers And herbs.”– St. Francis of Assisi
This seal (God’ s Grace) closes off everything that opposes, or alienates from God, which purity of heart – Agape Love.
This mystical aspect of unction depends solely on Grace, which may transform our natural senses into spiritual ones: “Behold I make all things new” (Rev. 21.5) And from the ‘ Song of Songs’ “Because of the savior of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth”(1:3)…“A bundle of myrrh is my well beloved unto me.” (1:13)
Now, the fruit (seal) of the Spirit is upon you, and “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Gal. 5:22, 23)
In Buddhism, the Buddha was also known as the Great Physician. He was able to diagnose, and administer instruction in a spiritual dimension, which would best bring about the fundamental change and progress. Similar to Christianity and Judaism, according to Buddha “One should unceasingly radiate loving kindness” when anointing the sick, perform auction with great humility.
Let us be still and listen for the whisper, that is Wisdom – which is connected to the Gift, which is the Spirit, which has been sealed with our prayers, anointing, and God’ s Grace.
“May the Lord bless you and keep you,
May the Lord cause His favor to shine upon you and be gracious unto you,
May the Lord lift His favor unto you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26) and healing.
“My beloved is mine and I am His” (Song of Songs 2.16)
“Lord, you are the vine and we are the branches” (John 15:4)
May the Lord, who is the Prince of peace, bring peace, as well as goodness, blessing, compassion, and healing to each of us and all of the people of the world.
May the Lord ease our suffering and give us the courage and love to be transformed in Agape Love. Amen!
My the Lord gives you strength and through it all happiness – Happiness isn’ t the absent, or avoidance of pain and suffering, but the mastery within pain and suffering, to know and feel, in your heart – peace, joy, beauty and love.
O Heavenly Creator, who art everywhere, you are our Comforter, Spirit of Truth, treasure of Graces, and giver of Life, O come dwell in us, cleans us of all that is not of you, heal us, renew us, and transform us, with your kindness and Love, O gracious One.
About the sacred ingredients
Frankincense along with myrrh, and gold, was brought as a gift at the beginning of his life as a gift and was offered to Him as he hung on the cross. This oil is first a resin harvested from a tree. The tree is pierced and drops of resin like tears “bleed” out with a reddish color.
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).
Derived from gum resin, both frankincense and myrrh are prized for their alluring and uplifting fragrance. Frankincense the resinous extract from the trees of the genus Boswellia, has been used for centuries in cultural ceremonies, as a cosmetic agent, and as a traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, especially inflammatory diseases including asthma, arthritis, cerebral edema, chronic pain syndrome, chronic bowel diseases, cancer, and some other illnesses.
The finest and most aromatic of this species is Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra), a small tree that grows in Somalia, Oman and Yemen. The essential oil (EO) of Boswellia sacra is highly revered, by the Catholic and Christian Orthodox churches, and is the bases of the incense used. Boswellia sacra essential oil has the highest biological activity in inducing tumor cell-specific cytotoxicity and suppressing aggressive tumor phenotypes.Suhail et al. Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cellspecific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:129 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/11/129
Lavender (Lavendula dentata) EO’ s unique and sweet aroma is subtle and floral, providing a perfect balance of relaxing and uplifting characteristics.It is excellent for treating stress, calming the mind while uplifting the spirit, and adds balance and sweetness to some of the other EOs in the Oil of Anointment.
Lavender has been documented in use for over 2,500 years. In ancient times it was used for mummification and perfume by the Egyptians and peoples of Arabia. The Greeks and the Romans bathed in lavender scented water and it was from the Latin word “lavo” meaning “to wash” that the herb took it’s name. In many Christian houses a cross of lavender was hung over the door for protection.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) EO possesses anti-infectious, antiviral, anti-parasitic, endocrine balancing, anti-inflammatory, thyroid-regulating, and helps support the immune system. This essential oil has commonly been used in oral hygiene products.
Sandalwood essential (Santalum album) EO is derived from the steam distillation of the wood from the sandalwood tree. Sandalwood EO is widely known for being a sacred oil, used around the world during practices of prayer, meditation and for healing mind and spirit. The EO of sandalwood calms a busy mind, reducing anxiety or worry, allowing a person to relax into a peaceful state, let go of their own mind/ego, and slip into the presence of God (especially when applied over the forehead).
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) is often referred to as Tulsi, and it’ s name translates into “the incomparable one.” Holy basil is considered one of the most sacred plants in Hinduism, and is thought to embody a purifying radiance that refines body, mind and spirit. Holy basil EO is warming, clarifying and uplifting.It is a sacred herb and commonly grown in earthen pots in Hindu homes and gardens, and placed on home altars.
Rose (Rosa damascena) EO is the quintessential oil of love and assist in processing grief and specifically for grieving the loss of a loved one. Rose EO encourages a feeling of happiness and contentment and is esteemed for being a classical “heart opener.”
The nutmeg tree grows very tall and may reach up to seventy feet in height. Nutmeg oil is obtained from the seed of the nutmeg tree fruit. Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) EO is warming and is very useful for treating muscular and joint pain as it is an excellent sedative, as well as warms and calms the belly aiding in digestion and relaxation.
Nutmeg is used in various incense sticks due to its woody fragrance. It is also believed that Roman priests used to burn nutmeg as incense. Nutmeg EO helps to relieve depression and resistance. It allows us to embrace flexibility, spontaneity, and joy so we can move forward easily in our life or ascend with warmth and comfort.