I know I’ve been talking a lot about essential oils lately, I am very excited at how well they perform for the benefits that I’ve seen as we’ve used them in our home. However, I want to be clear when I say that I do not believe our “healing” comes from essential oils.
I believe that when God created the world, He included everything needed for Adam & Eve’s optimal nutrition, health & wellness. Just as He created fruit high in Vitamin C or Potassium, He also created plants with properties that benefit a number of issues.
In looking into EOs, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking they will help anything as long as you find the right plant or the right blend. It’s even easy to get caught up in the “fad”, and anyone who looks into them knows there’s even a “new age” or mystic approach to many sites that offer advice, etc.
It is vital for Christians to use spiritual discernment, especially when talking about natural remedies, so we do not confuse others in what the origin of our “healing” is truly from, which is why I’m addressing the topic here today.
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 (emphasis mine)
We know the Bible has many references to essential oil usage – Ex 30:25, Ex 30:33-35, Ex 37:29, 1 Chr 9:30, 2 Chr 16:14, Eccl 10:1, Ez 24:10, Matthew 26:7-12, Mark 14:3-8, Luke 7:37-38 & 23:56, John 11:2, John 12:3, John 19:39, Revelation 18:13 to name a few but there are actually over 200 instances where ointments, aromas, fragrances and balms are mentioned.
Exodus 30:22-25 says, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. And you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.”
Even Jesus was given some of the most precious and valuable ones at his birth (Matthew 2:11). When Jesus sends out the twelve disciples, “they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.” (Mark 6:13). The New Jerusalem is described partly by this: “through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:2).
They did not have calamine lotion or benedryl to help with skin issues or bad reactions. They didn’t have amoxicillin or morphine to deal with infection or pain; they had apothecaries, plants and instructions – many times from the Lord – as to how to mix them. This is just historical fact!
We should not get so wrapped up in them that we forget who is responsible for creating all these plants and their properties in the first place. We should not forget the One who truly brings healing and redemption to our broken bodies.
God alone holds all things together and He alone is in control of everything that occurs (Colossians 1:16-18). However a person is relieved from their maladies, it is God who ordained it possible in the first place.
So when I say the Tension Blend helped ease muscle tension in my head and neck & reduced stress, I am not saying that the oil healed me. I am saying that God relieved me from daily issues with this muscle tension. I worship the one, true God – not any of His created things (Romans 1). I want to give Him the glory for choosing to work in my life in these areas.
As with anything, whether it be natural remedies or modern medicine (which I certainly believe there is a time and place for both), I think it can be easy to transfer worship from God to something else – this is called idolatry. Idols can be anything from your kids’ success, to your husband, to your performance and acceptance among people, to medicine and the like.
Anything that is not God can become an idol and we, as Christians, must be prepared to examine ourselves and identify what our hearts are worshipping. Let’s give glory to the only One worthy of worship and glory – the Creator of all things, who sometimes uses created things in the constraints of His sovereignty for our good. I urge you to not confuse them!
Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” – Revelation 4:11
This post was originally part of a series on essential oils for natural wellness and health. However, I took the series down to ensure that this blog is staying within compliance regulations set forth by the FDA & with my company. If you want to discuss essential oils further, please don’t hesitate to contact me.