Editor’s note: Today marks the beginning of a new monthly series called Catholic Scents. It’s based on the daily lives of two women joining together to share what living naturally and faithfully mean to them. Erin Giddens and Kelly Birnbrich welcome discussion, ideas for specific “living naturally & faithfully” topics, or confidential questions via email. -SR
I (Kelly Birnbrich) learned about essential oils this year and haven’t looked back since. I would be remiss if I didn’t openly share them with others, both the knowledge that I have learned and the benefits derived from them.
Did you know that 36 of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament mention essential oils or the plants that produce them? These were the medicines provided by God, and they still are today—that is, if we utilize them as such!
A bit of caution to begin with. Not all oils are created equal, even though many list themselves as being “pure” or “essential.” The problem is, about 98% of essential oils produced in the world today do not have serious medicinal properties accompanying them because of additives and fillers.
There are so many things to consider when considering essential oils, and each month, we hope to explore those considerations a bit more in detail.
“And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47:12 RSVCE)
Copyright 2013 Erin Giddens and Kelly Birnbrich
Photo by Naomi King