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How to Anoint Oil

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Anointing oil—also referred to as blessing or consecrating oil—is an act that turns standard olive oil into a great spiritual symbol and tool. The process is fairly straightforward, and once the oil is ready, you can use it in a variety of different ways.


Blessing Oil for Anointing

  1. Check with your judicatory or a religious authority for specifics.Each denomination has its own guidelines governing the way that oil is blessed for anointing purposes, as well as the way that anointing oil is used.
    • The most common restriction regards who may bless or anoint the oil. In some denominations, only a priest or similar clergyman can bless the oil. Some denominations even limit which clergymen are authorized to consecrate oil.
    • It is also important to note that some denominations also have guidelines and laws concerning how the oil should be consecrated and how it can be used afterward.
    • Other possible rules may include those governing how the oil is obtained and the oil you are allowed to use.
  2. Obtain olive oil.You can use plain or scented olive oil, but it should be olive oil either way since it has greater traditional and biblical significance than other types of oil.
    • Unless you are told otherwise by a religious authority, it is not necessary to buy special oil for anointing.
    • Extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil is the purest variety available, so many people prefer to use that when shopping for an anointing oil. You can find this oil in the vast majority of grocery stores.
    • If desired, you can buy scented olive oil from a religious or secular store. Oil that has been perfumed with frankincense and myrrh is both popular and spiritually significant.
  3. Place a small amount of oil in a vial.Find a small vial, bottle, or other container with a tight lid that does not leak. Pour a little olive oil into this container. The sample in this container will become the anointing oil.
    • You can buy a special oil stock at a religious bookstore or online, or you could use any small bottle.
    • The most common vial is a short metal container with a screw-on lid, with a sponge placed inside to help hold the oil in.
    • Less expensive plastic oil stocks are also available.
    • Even a "travel size" plastic shampoo bottle could be used.
  4. Pray a blessing over the oil.As long as your denomination does not prohibit it, you can usually pray a blessing over the oil on your own and without the help of a religious authority figure. The prayer should be firm and one made in full faith.
    • The prayer you use must ask God to bless and cleanse the oil, so that it can be used for the sake of God's glory.
    • For instance, the prayer might be something like, "God, I pray that you anoint this oil in Your heavenly name. I pray that You cleanse it of any defilement in it or upon it, and that You make it holy for the work of Your glory. May this be done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen."
  5. Store the oil at room temperature.The best way to keep the oil fresh is to store it sealed and at room temperature. Refrigeration is not recommended.
    • If you refrigerate the oil, it will start to look cloudy. This is not harmful, though, and the oil can still be used even if it has gotten cloudy.

Using Anointing Oil

  1. Understand the true power behind anointing oil.There is nothing mystical or magical about the oil itself, even though anointing oil can be a powerful tool of the faith. As with all other spiritual tools, the real power comes from God.
    • Anointing oil is a symbol of your faith in God and of God's ability to cleanse and make things holy.
    • Without faith, anointing oil will not have any positive effect. You can use oil to help strengthen and demonstrate your faith, but you cannot use it to replace faith.
  2. Anoint yourself.Among other things, you can use the oil to anoint yourself when you pray, when you are troubled, or when you are sick.
    • While there are different ways to anoint yourself, the most common is to wet your right thumb with a little of the oil and make a Sign of the Cross on your forehead; draw a cross on your forehead while saying, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
    • After anointing yourself, you can continue with your prayers as you usually would, regardless of whether it is a prayer for healing, repentance, thanksgiving, or anything else.
    • Alternatively, if you are injured or ill, you could cross yourself with the anointing oil over the damaged area of your body while praying for healing.
  3. Anoint others.Just as you can use the anointing oil on yourself, you can also use it to aid others who are troubled or ill. Pray over the other person as you anoint them with the oil.
    • When anointing someone else, wet your right thumb with a little of the anointing oil and use it to draw a cross in the middle of the other person's forehead.
    • As you draw the cross, state the person's name and state, "I anoint you with oil in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
    • Follow this with any prayers that are appropriate to the specific circumstances. This includes prayers for physical healing, spiritual healing, consecration, and general blessing.
  4. Use anointing oil in your home.Anointing oil is commonly used when blessing a new home or a home that has faced some form of spiritual threat.
    • Remove anything from the home that may have any evil roots.
    • Walk around your home anointing the frame of every door in every room. As you anoint each frame, pray that God fills your house with the Holy Spirit, and that everything that happens in the house will be done in according to God's will.
    • The idea behind anointing your home is that you are turning it into "holy ground" for God.
  5. Note a few traditional uses.Anointing oil has roots that date back to biblical times. While some of the more traditional uses are rarely applied nowadays, it is still worth noting what some of those uses were.
    • Anointing the body with perfumed oil was once used to refresh the body. If done to someone else, the act was considered one of hospitality.
    • The Ancient Israelites once rubbed consecrated oil on the leather of their shields to prepare for war.
    • Some anointing oils were used for medicinal purposes, while others were used to prepare bodies for funerals and burials.
    • Some oils were also used to purify the body or consecrate an individual for a specific purpose or calling within God's plan.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can anointing oil cast out demon's sickness?
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    Community Answer
    Your faith, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the blood of Jesus is what can cast out demons. The oil is a symbol of the anointing at work.
  • Question
    Do I need a preacher to anoint the oil if I am a Southern Baptist?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you do this at the church, most elders or deacons follow the Baptist traditions in which the Scripture calls for elders or deacons. However, the Bible also says to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, so if God is pressing on you to pray for someone or yourself with oil, then do so; if you're doing it with a good heart and with the intention to please Jesus, then he will honor it.
  • Question
    What should I do if my church doesn't believe in divine healing, but I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you find that this difference in theology is preventing you from growing in your faith at your current church, you may want to consider finding another church with more compatible doctrine.
  • Question
    How do I have to dress when I am using an anointing oil?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You are expected to believe in your heart that Jesus will answer your prayer. No specific attire is mandated.
  • Question
    Does it have to be olive oil, or can it be another type of oil?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Olive oil is the only type of oil you should be using. Cold pressed olive oil is the best as it is the purest.
  • Question
    Is it possible to use annoined oil to help in the restoration of a relationship?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    In my humble opinion, yes, but the oil itself has no power or authority. It is used as a symbol to indicate God's presence and authority over the matter, be it a relationship or a new home you are moving into.
  • Question
    Am I supposed to touch and anoint the door knobs in my home?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    In Genesis 28:18, Jacob anointed a stone that he used as a pillow. Exodus 40:9 tells us that the Tabernacle was anointed with oils, the door openings and other parts of the house. People anoint furniture and anything else that has been or can be tainted by demonic spirits. So if it's in your spirit to anoint even your door knobs, do so, trusting that God will bless and protect even the smallest things.
  • Question
    Do I really have to be ordained, elder or pastor before I can anoint someone?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No, it just has to align with God's will. For the betterment of His kingdom.
  • Question
    I prayed over my own olive oil which I bought and each time I pray and use this oil, I feel a kind of relief and it seems magical to me. Does it mean I am doing the right thing?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Only if you believe in the power of Jesus Christ and in the power of His name. The oil doesn't have any power in and of itself. Ask the Father to bless the oil and pray over it to heal and deliver the afflicted in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Question
    How many times should a person that is sick be anointed?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    There is no limit. We're working off biblical principals, he didn't assign a limit. "Thy anoint my head with oil. If any sick call let him for the Elders of the church to pray."
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Quick Summary

To anoint oil for a religious ceremony, start by placing the oil in a small vial or bottle. Next, pray over the oil by asking God to bless and cleanse it, so that it can be used for the sake of God’s glory. Afterwards, anoint yourself by wetting your right thumb with a small amount of oil, then drawing the sign of the cross on your forehead. If you’re anointing others, say "I anoint you with oil in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” as you make the sign of the cross.

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