“Is it forbidden for a Catholic to use essential oils?” I’ve been asked this question several times lately since I started my essential oils business and the first time I was baffled by it. For that question to even be asked I think there must be serious misunderstanding of what essential oils are, so let’s start with the basics:
What Are Essential Oils?
An essential oil is a highly concentrated oil containing the volatile aroma compounds of plants. So to make lavender oil, for instance, you’d need about 150 pounds of lavender flowers to make one pound of lavender essential oil. While they’ve become very popular in the past few years, essential oils aren’t a new thing. They’ve been used for ages and are even referenced in the Bible. They’re probably in the shampoo in your shower and cleaning products under your sink, too.
So what we’re dealing with here is oils made from plants: Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon, Oregano, Rose, and hundreds of others.
So Why Is Anyone Scared of Essential Oils?
I’m not exactly sure. I’m thinking that maybe folks are imagining this:
When really, they’re just this:
Maybe it’s that essential oils are considered kind of crunchy and sometimes Catholics get nervous about the crunch. Drinking raw milk seems innocent enough, but could it be a gateway to drinking the blood of virgins in a pagan ritual? That was a joke. But you know what I mean. It’s gets a little silly.
Because some folks who practice New Age spirituality (which yes, is a big no no for Catholics!) are also often interested in That Granola Life, Catholics can have a knee-jerk reaction to anything crunchy without rationally considering the facts of the matter.
So here’s a helpful test to help you figure out whether you’re using essential oils the right way:
Question 1: Are you using Lavender oil for bug bites? Are you making your own deodorant with tea tree oil? Are you using Purification blend to get the stink out of musty laundry?
Answer: Your soul doesn’t seem to be in danger.
Question 2: Are you diffusing oils while trying to channel the spirits of the dead?
Answer: You are using essential oils incorrectly.
Now I’m not saying that there’s no complexity to these issues at all. There’s certainly people who use essential oils in a way that seems very “woo woo” to me. I steer clear of that.
But essential oils were being used long before New Age was a thing and they’re backed by plenty of science. Certain oils are anti-bacterial or anti-fungal. Some of them smell so good that you want to eat your diffuser. Just because some crunchy folks of the New Age-y persuasion use oils, doesn’t mean that they’re off limits for Catholics who plan to add them to their home toolkit for health and cleaning. That’s just silly logic. I mean after all, New Age practice also uses candles and incense. And last time I went to Mass it didn’t seem like Catholics were avoiding either of those things.
So essential oils are ok for Catholics? Yes. But don’t use them for anything that is against Catholic teaching. Seems pretty common sense-y, right? Ta da!
Need some oils?
Personally I use therapeutic grade oils from Young Living because I love their seed to seal guarantee and feel confident in the high quality of their product. I started using their oils last summer and started distributing them this past fall. If you’ve been wanting to jump in with essential oils, I recommend beginning with the Premium Starter Kit which includes 11 oils, a diffuser, and extra goodies and samples.
After ordering a kit, you receive wholesale membership and can get all your Young Living products at 24% off retail price (no strings attached).
Here’s how to order your kit:
- You will go to Young Living’s web site
- Click on United States (or your country if you live outside the U.S.).
- Click on Become a Member at the top of the page. (Becoming a member does NOT mean that you have to sell oils or that you have to make a monthly order! So don’t worry.)
- When it says who introduced you, check the first circle and put 2736034 in both spots.
- Fill out info and sign in information.
- For tax info, click the top circle that says individual-here they will ask for your social security number only because it is a federal law and they will only use it for tax purposes if you ever decide to sell.
- Check that you have read terms and agreements and continue.
- Pick premium starter kit and skip essential rewards. Indicate “no, thank you” to autoship.
- You can click on checkout or continue shopping.
- Once your order processes, I will email you and connect with you on Facebook to add you to an Facebook group about how to use your oils exclusive to members.
If you have any questions, I’m happy to help! Just email me at email@example.com
Disclosure: I am an independent distributor with Young Living, so I will receive a commission when orders are made through me. I only share about products I use and love at Carrots.