Why Essential Oils and the Rosar
The beauty of our essential oils today is that they are more accessible and versatile than ever. Right at our fingertips are remedies for supporting physical, mental, and emotional health. We have the unique ability to connect them with all areas of our lives. By incorporating essential oils into habits such as sleep, food, exercise, etc., we are literally improving our quality of life. God desires that we use the gifts and talents He has offered to us and to glorify Him through them. For this reason, to draw upon the oils of plants, trees, bark, flowers, etc., and to incorporate them into our prayer is only natural. We do this regularly in the Catholic tradition with other forms of nature… building bouquets of flowers, iconography, offering incense, etc.
Not only are essential oils natural God-given gifts from the earth but they are also deeply rooted in Scripture and tradition. Biblical references to aromatic gum, balms, spices, precious ointments, perfume, incense and anointing oils are super abundant. Aloe, Cassia, Cedar, Cinnamon, Cypress, Fir, Frankincense, Juniper, Myrrh, Myrtle, Spikenard, Hyssp, Galbanum, Labdanum and others are mentioned by name. A large body of the biblical references that refer to oil do so in the form of olive oil which was a critical provision for life at that time. Aromatic oils, unguents, ointments or healing oils - which today take the form of essential oils - would have been olive oil (or another fatty carrier) infused or blended with crushed plant material. Anointing oils are yet another class of oils that would have carried a unique significance due to the way in which they were mixed and the purpose for which they were used. These were fragrant, oil perfumes which were sometimes a combination of olive oil with herbs, spices or resins and sometimes referenced as pure, genuine, un-mixed, liquid oil.