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Friday, March 18, 2016

Essential Oils and the Occult



I just read this article about essential oils and the occult and wonder if anyone has more information?  I have used essential oils and have friends who sell the Young Living brand.  I have even visited a naturopath doctor and now wonder if there could be some odd influence there?  I do realize there must be a balance which rejects both the dangers of the "free spirit" and puritan like superstition.  The connection with witchcraft is disturbing and yet not surprising considering the rise of the demonic on so many levels in popular culture.  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

EDIT: I want to clarify that essential oils are harmless in themselves.  It is the report that Young Living is offering "spiritual" blends that are reportedly being blessed by witches that prompted me to share the dangers.  Thanks for all the input!

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  2. People have been using plants and herbs for centuries to maintain wellness, and to support digestion, etc. They have also been using plants and herbs for "holy" ceremonies, as indigenous tribes, and even to the use of incense in churches. So, it would make sense that they are also using oils for those same purposes. Companies may market to whomever is identified as a customer; that may include people who identify as shamans or medicine men or those practicing witchcraft. I wouldn't worry, but know your source! Oils don't have magical powers, but their chemical properties can affect the body and it's many systems, which can be proven by science, not wizardry. The change in marketing of oils from medicinal purposes to emotional have nothing to do with blessings, curses or magical properties. Scent CAN promote feelings of calm, or increased energy, or focus...by use of scientific knowledge of the brain, and how the olfactory center works. The oils are harvested from the plants! The oils (at least the ones I use) aren't guaranteeing an emotional change, but that the scents in a certain blend are known to support that emotion. Think of smelling a lemon (which has essential oils in the peel). How does that make you feel? What scents remind you of Christmas? Is that linked to positive memories and feelings? Yes, for most people, which is why that holiday joy blend is made of common spices used in Christmas baking. Those scents trigger the happy part of the brain through those happy memories. It is no different than using a hot bath and cup of tea for relaxation, or an invigorating shower and cup of coffee for pep. People can use many things with evil intent, but that does not make an item itself evil. Wanna use essential oils to clean your home, flavor your foods, support body system's health, and diffuse delicious scents throughout your home? Yes?! Great! Use them in that way, and they are not dangerous. People who practice witchcraft have been using herbs and plants in potions for centuries, that doesnt make the herbs and plants dangerous, or connected with evil.

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    1. Thank you!! I think I agree with you entirely. It's interesting how everything can be used for good or evil, depending on the intent.

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  3. This is a good blog post that helps too: http://www.carrotsformichaelmas.com/2016/02/09/is-it-ok-for-catholics-to-use-essential-oils/

    I have used essential oils and I think it all comes down to the intent - if you are using them the right way they aren't dangerous.

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  5. Colette, Ardella here.... (I can't get any of these options to display my name, and I didn't want to comment anonymously): I was listening to a presentation the other day by Fr. Ripperger (I'm sure you're familiar with him and his many talks on the Internet), and he mentioned various things, such as homeopathic remedies, essential oils, or basically any kind of natural remedy. He said that they're fine so long as no one has done Wiccan or Satanic prayers or spells over them. I have never heard that about Young Living; I would be surprised. But who knows? I use a couple of other brands that are less expensive, but then I tend to use them for such things as diffusing, cleaning, etc. I did check out the websites of both companies and didn't see anything weird. Usually, people who are into alternative spiritualities can't resist flaunting it--or at least, that's been my experience.

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    1. That's exactly right; I agree. I need to check out that presentation.

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  6. Hey Colette! As someone above stated, know your source. A dear friend of mine is studying to be a master herbalist. She's a dear friend in The Lord. She only buys oils from certain companies and blends them together herself. If you are unsure, read up on the company. Do not buy from India or Mexico. Mexico and India are for known demonic influences. The history of the company will yield how the practice of herbs and oils came about.

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