ALOES - The Mysterious Biblical Fragrance!
Of the plants mentioned in the Bible, the most common varieties may be identified either with certainty or probability; but a large proportion of the biblical plant-names are generic rather than specific.
From what we have learned from extensive research, the aloes of the Bible is most likely the product of a tree of the genus Aquilaria, a native of northern India; at a certain stage of decay, the wood develops a fragrance well known to the ancients and from it a rare perfume was obtained.
Aloes is mentioned 5 times in the scriptures, all referring to its treasured fragrance. So desirable is its fragrance that it is listed among the “chief species” in the garden of the beloved in Song of Songs 4:13-14: “Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits... with myrrh and Aloes and all the finest spices”.
Our "Aloes" scent can be best described as the fresh smell of a garden after a rain.
Biblical references to "Aloes":
Numbers 24:6, Psalms 45:8, Proverbs 7:17, Song of Solomon 4:14, John 19:39-40