What is Anointing Oil Made of?
In the Bible, we are given the recipe for one anointing oil. In Exodus 30, God detailed the spices that were to be mixed with pure olive oil for the holy anointing oil. This oil was to be used only in the service of the Tabernacle and the Temple. In fact, God expressly commanded the people not to replicate the oil. It was to be reserved for God alone.
Even though we are not interested in violating this command, we can deduce something about anointing oil that we can incorporate into our worship. Principally we can deduce that oils mixed with exotic spices are pleasing to God. The holy anointing oil was made with spices from the far corners of the earth. Today, many prayer and anointing oils are mixed with scents and spices that recall Bible stories. For instance, an oil mixed with the scent of myrrh reminds you both of the birth of Jesus, and of His burial by Joseph of Arimathea. A prayer oil scented with spikenard focuses your mind on the story of Mary and her worshipful preparation of Jesus for His coming burial. Another oil might be scented with by the lily of the valley which speaks of the love that God has for His people.
From Genesis to Revelation the Bible speaks of scents. When we use prayer oil containing biblical scents, we can be transported in our senses to another time and place. As a worshipper, you can choose the scent which invokes the Bible story most appropriate to your prayer needs.