Should Christians use essential oils? Whether Christians should use essential oils is controversial, especially considering popular New Age and Occult uses and teachings. After building and shutting down a successful essential oils blog that exceeded over $100,000 in annual sales of essential oils and oil-infused products, I know how deep the controversy goes. But… what does the Bible say about essential oils and how they are popularly used and promoted?
Many Christians avoid using aromatherapy and herbs because of numerous New Age marketing techniques and uses. It saddens me because I believe your intention and application when using oils have more to do with whether they're Christian than the oils and herbs themselves. In this article, I'll provide my perspective as a Christian, hopefully demystifying some of the controversies and giving you peace as you make your own informed decision.
Essential Oils in the Bible
Remember that the Bible implies a lot about essential oils and aromatic plants, even more than it outright explains. Most people seemed very familiar with them, as we would with many common over-the-counter meds.
The issue with reading the Bible, explicitly searching for essential oils, can be viewed the same way as reading your family history or a family manual to pass down to your children.
For example, you may write out a template for your kids that discusses when they were anointed, but perhaps you dismiss writing down the exact measurements and recipes for what to use and how to use it because it seems like “common sense” based on how you live right now.
When something is thoroughly engrained in your culture, it is often overlooked when passing information to the next generation. Or perhaps consider the cultures of other locations where possession of certain information (like the Bible itself) is illegal and may result in the death penalty.
Potential Places the Bible Mentions Essential Oils
Essential oils are likely first mentioned in the Bible in Gen. 37:25, followed by many additional references.
As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.Genesis 27:25
A few terms in the Bible point to being either essential oils or herbal infusions, including balms, ointments, oil, aromatics…etc.
The Bible mentions using plants as a profession in the books of 1 Samuel and Nehemiah.
He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.1 Samuel 8:13
Ointments, Balms, Spices, and Anointing Oil
An ointment is an oily or unctuous substance that is usually a mixture of oil with various spices, resins, and aromatics, preserved in small alabaster boxes or cruses. Some ointments are said to have retained their fragrance for several hundred years.
Fragrant ointments were a much-coveted luxury and often very expensive.
Funeral uses for essential oils in the bible
Ointments, as well as oil, were used to anoint dead bodies and the clothes in which they were wrapped.Matthew 26:12
Medicinal uses for essential oils, in the bible
Ointments and salves were often featured as ancient medical treatments.
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.Revelation 3:18
Ritual or ceremonial uses for essential oils, in the bible
Exodus teaches us ceremonial uses for essential oils, specifically using oils in consecration.
22 Then the Lord said to Moses, 23 “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, 250 shekels of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus, 24 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil. 25 Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. 26 Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law, 27 the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. 29 You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.
Factoring Biblical Culture in Considering Essential Oils
Reading other ancient texts reveals more about how oils were used in the Biblical culture.
Egyptian embalming processes included Cedarwood, cinnamon, frankincense, juniper, myrrh, and rosemary.
The Greek and Roman practice of anointing the head and clothes on festive occasions also was practiced by Egyptians and appears to have had a place among the Israelites.
The New Testament also mentions aloes were commonly used for burial.
The unnamed woman who anointed Jesus's feet used a “costly perfume.”
Today, perfumes are now often made with chemicals in a lab unless you're conscious about where you purchase from or make them yourself. Back then, perfumes were made from processing plants into hydrosols, infusions, and essential oils.
What Exactly Is an Essential Oil?
Essential oil commonly refers to plant lipids, also known as the “lifeblood” of plants, serving as the plant's immune system. It is gained by cold pressing, extraction, or distilling plant matter where the essential oil separates from the hydrosol.
Furthermore, Ez 47:12 and Revelation 22:2 specifically tell us that God intended plants (and their dried, tincture, and essential oil counterparts) to be used for healing.
Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”Ezekiel 47:12 (NIV)
… On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.Revelation 22:2 (NIV)
We know through studying the Bible that God created plants and intended for plants to provide us with food and healing modalities. We look at the generic description of what essential oils are (knowing there is no current legal definition) and that they are derived from plants, thus showing that essential oils are NOT new age or satanic.
The New-age Problem With Essential Oils
Unfortunately, God's creations are perverted for nefarious purposes, causing many Christians to question whether they should have any part in purchasing or using essential oils or their plant counterparts.
New Age followers focus on marketing practices that contradict the Christian worldview. Unfortunately, numerous lukewarm Christians also fall into that trap unknowingly because they lack strength in their faith, succumbing to popular tactics often fed to them by mentors, online courses, and the brands from where they purchase.
While I agree the issue at hand is the perspective, not the plants themselves, moral and ethical issues for Christians come with the essential oil industry spearheading a very real New Age influence (just as yoga has in the past decade).
While pure essential oils are entirely natural, derived from God's creations, numerous mainstream marketing trends provide a slippery slope for Christians to accidentally or unknowingly fall into various occultist traps.
The New Age Slippery Slope: Insight From the Inside
Many Christian essential oil enthusiasts argue that essential oils won't magically yoke you into New Age, pagan, or occultist practices. However, I humbly disagree.
Being surrounded by constant New Age messaging could absolutely compromise your thought patterns and convictions, especially when “backed by science.” I know this because I lived it and have even participated before realizing the truth.
Just as yoga is a recent star in the wellness industry as a means to lose weight, gain strength, calm anxiety, and bring spiritual peace, essential oils are next on the list. Nearly all oil brands now also promote New Age practices, including:
- emptying your mind through meditation,
- energy healing,
- enhancing spiritual connections,
- “healing the spirit,”
- “restoring your faith,”
- prosperity attraction,
- Law of Attraction
- energy manipulation,
- balancing chakras
- sensual rituals/routines,
- seeing yourself as separate from God (or worse, His equal)
- and other incompatible ideologies.
Consciously Decide Who You Let In Your Circle of Influence
Jim Rohn famously said, “we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”
How will your mind, beliefs, and personality shift if you're constantly immersed in online and in-person communities speaking about references to ideologies that contradict Christianity? No wonder so many Hebrews fell out of God's grace!
From my own experiences, I've seen many Christians using online support communities to promote some or all of the above-mentioned “benefits” and how to use essential oils to better facilitate each.
I know those mentors I previously followed are lost, unknowingly serving two masters. Just as I know there are dangers for Christians getting involved in these online or in-person support communities. And I know this because their “good intentions” to educate caused me to get lost in a mess I would never have involved myself in if I had a more robust understanding of lessons taught in the Bible or if I had joined a support team of strong Christians.
What's worse, trusting them as I genuinely believed they were fellow Christians led me to heavily research “The Science” behind those practices, which led me to study aspects of Kabbalist Judaism, followed by some rather frightening nightmares and encounters.
While there is no denying there were amazing things in this world to discover with science, it can also be used to quietly convince people to stray away from the Word.
It took me a couple of years to learn these practices and “scientific findings” were occultist and not of God.
Don't Let Essential Oils (Or Support Groups) Take Your Focus From God
Many essential oil sellers, distributors, and manufacturers are passionate about them, and unfortunately, that passion often takes away from following God's higher calling.
God's people already have a higher calling to be witnesses (Acts 1:8) and ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) for Christ.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”Acts 1:8 (NLT)
So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”2 Corinthians 5:20
We should promote Him and His Word everywhere we go, sharing testimonies of the amazing benefits we receive through accepting Christ.
Christians often forget this higher calling while unintentionally replacing it with a passion for something else, such as essential oils, becoming a witness and ambassador for a product instead of for God.
When someone marketing essential oils promotes the products' healing abilities from a Christian perspective, they end up using Christ instead of being used by Christ, often without realizing it.
Beware of unethical marketing
Christians should be extra mindful not to use Christ's name as a means to an end (the sale). The goal for Christians to use and talk about essential oils should never be for personal financial gain (there are better ways to market your business).
While essential oils are derived from the earth and are part of God's natural creation, when taken out of context or inappropriately used, they may cause division between God and us.
If you previously fell into the New Age trap and using oils triggers memories, then you may be better served to not use them and stick to herbal infusions and functional nutrition.
Do Not Fall Into the “Science” Trap
No, I'm not “anti-science,” but I recognize that reading through scientific findings may skew and compromise your worldview if you're not strong in your faith and knowledge of Biblical truths. This is especially true when the studies are paid for or conducted by the essential oil brands and don't involve industry-standard double-blind placebo efforts.
Science in and of itself is not bad. Science is the study of our world, and is meant to be questioned, celebrated, and explored from various lenses. God's creation is filled with beautiful things for us to discover.
However, Christians should not entirely rely on science (especially THE science) or believe that the scientific process provides all the answers to life.
I know how easy it is to fall into the science trap. Science and statistics can be manipulated to give you any results you're looking for (as I learned from taking statistics courses in college), so having multiple studies conducted from various biases duplicating results is critical.
When you're immersed in in-person or online essential oil communities that constantly put out information about how the oils heal you, you're compromising your view of science.
Many essential oil studies are not conducted from a Christian worldview, shifting the focus and attribution away from the Creator to the creation. However, when you're constantly shown evidence of what different essential oils have been “scientifically proven” to do, you also end up attributing the benefits to the plant and oil instead of God.
Science should not replace God. While the scientific process often leads scientists to God, it cannot explain nor replace Him.
The dangers of “following the science” fall under the same concepts that pulled many Hebrews to worship idols, as mentioned in numerous stories of the Bible.
The little bottles of smelly goodness should not be misconstrued as the things that heal us or treat our diseases. That is God's domain.
When we do not first seek God for healing, instead looking to someone or something on earth to fix our issues, that thing or person then has the potential to become an idol.
Essential Oils Do Not Cure Ailments
Essential oils do not heal anything and shouldn't be marketed as so. Anyone who says otherwise has a false belief, does not have a solid faith foundation, or was blindly misinformed.
Essential oils are derived from plants, thus being creations of God, and tools for us to use. The tool is not the source.
I say this, knowing essential oils served an important role in my own chronic health healing journey… but not as THE healing modality.
God was my healing modality. Essential oils served as a replacement for toxic products in my home and His therapeutic aid.
All Healing Comes From God.
So how does all healing come from God, while certain substances seemingly produce reliable results?
Essential oils do not provide power or healing, God does. He gave each thing in this world a purpose and the capability to adapt… including your body. Your body uses essential oils as a tool to help itself, as God instructed.
So it isn't the essential oil that is “healing” you. It is your body using the essential oil to heal itself.
Do not place all your faith in any man-made system, whether in an essential oil company, a pharmaceutical company, or any other man-made establishment. Your wellness should never be 100% in the hands of another human.
It is written that you should treat your body as a temple.
This also means you should take responsibility for your own health, just as you take responsibility for the maintenance of your home.
You are not a robot or a number in a machine and, therefore, should not surrender to a secular healthcare system that tells you what to do and when to do it. Instead, seek God's healing through prayer and healthy lifestyle practices as He told us how to live.
It is also written to use healing prayer, with many accounts teaching you how.
Are Pharmaceutical Medications Better for Christians?
Hearing Christians claim pharmaceutical medicine is more “holy” than natural solutions astounds me.
Based on my personal experience, I avoid pharmaceuticals at all costs, but that is because nearly every pill popped or injection received caused me the need to be hospitalized. The side effects and ingredients are alarming when you read through the package inserts (not just the marketing pamphlets, but the insert that comes with the package itself).
Lessons I learned working with more than 30 medical specialists across four states showed me the medical community often sees our bodies as a mix of separate, unrelated systems that are often “inherently flawed.”
I verbally abused myself for the longest time, thinking I was broken, just as they told me I was. Now, after reconnecting with my faith, I know better.
My healing journey taught me a lot about God's design. I also learned a lot about environmental contaminants (including within our homes) that essentially operate as poison, causing a variety of physical, mental, and spiritual ailments.
I saw firsthand what sustainably farmed foods can do for healing through nutrition and what happens to your body when you stop using (unknowingly) harmful products.
Seeing the same healing results from my past clients repeatedly solidified that knowledge.
I watched my health improve, followed by the health of over 300 families I coached through adopting healthier lifestyle practices. The results were profound, including helping clients being able to stop taking long-term medication. Not to mention the alarming annual death rate worldwide stemming from medical malpractice and using medicine as prescribed.
I'm honestly not convinced that pharmaceuticals are a better healing modality.
I'm not saying there's a time and place where they may be useful, especially in emergency situations. But I remember learning all medications are derived from synthetic (patentable) counterparts for plants (God's medicine), so it is difficult for me to see pharmaceuticals as the end all be all of the medical field.
You Have Permission To Decide What Is Best For You, Within Reason
The apostle Paul discussed eating food sacrificed to idols with the Corinthians Christians. Within the ancient church, there were disputes about the ethics involved in buying meat in the marketplace that had been used in pagan sacrifices.
As Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 8:2, “Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. “
I can tell you I don't have all the answers. And I've found that reading the Bible throughout different life seasons produces new meanings of the same stories, so perhaps look there to help you find your current answers. For now, I'll share what jumped out to me during my own contemplations.
Paul mentions that for Christians, “there is one God, the Father, from whom all things are made and for whom we exist” (1 Corinthians 8:6).
Taking that phrase at face value implies that using anything previously sacrificed to false idols is irrelevant because we give those idols no value.
Paul continues telling the Corinthian Christians in reference to eating from a pagan meat market,
It’s true that we can’t win God’s approval by what we eat. We are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.1 Corinthians 8:8
The meat belongs to our Creator regardless of how cultists misuse God's gifts. It is further reiterated:
Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, the earth is the Lord's, and everything in it.1 Corinthians 10:26
Paul continues preaching the topic through 1 Corinthians, chapter 10:
19 What am I trying to say? Am I saying that food offered to idols has some significance, or that idols are real gods?
20 No, not at all. I am saying that these sacrifices are offered to demons, not to God. And I don’t want you to participate with demons.
21 You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too.1 Corinthians 10: 19-21
While 1 Cor 10:19-21 may sound contradictory, reading the whole chapter for context, I interpret this to mean as long as you're not participating in the dedication rituals themselves and eating the feast that goes along with it, the rituals don't apply to you.
Though, I can see the argument taking those three sentences at face value and want nothing to do with anything that has been involved with any type of ritual, especially if you know for a fact that product was used in a ritual.
Paul urges us to be considerate of other people and their beliefs.
27 If someone who isn’t a believer asks you home for dinner, accept the invitation if you want to. Eat whatever is offered to you without raising questions of conscience.
28 (But suppose someone tells you, “This meat was offered to an idol.” Don’t eat it, out of consideration for the conscience of the one who told you.
29 It might not be a matter of conscience for you, but it is for the other person.) For why should my freedom be limited by what someone else thinks?
30 If I can thank God for the food and enjoy it, why should I be condemned for eating it? 31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God1 Corinthians 10:27-31
Applying Lessons in Corinthians To Essential Oils
Using meat as the biblical example teaches the same lessons when regarding essential oils. Consider taking caution in where you acquire your products, out of respect for the seller's beliefs.
Do Cultists Use Specific Blends of Oils for Desired Physiological Effects?
Yes, obviously (there's an entire scientific industry to back up their claims).
Do They Believe Essential Oils Have Metaphysical Properties?
Yes, as evident by all the “energy healing” and “everything is frequency” claims.
Do the Beliefs of Non-christians Mean Christians Shouldn't Use Essential Oils?
From my interpretation, no.
Your duty and responsibility require you to refrain from using oils dedicated to any false god or participating in rituals not aligned with your Christian values and morals.
However, knowing oils come from God, that does not mean Christians should swear off essential oils altogether.
1 Corinthians 10:20 tells me specifically to avoid any teachings, events, or training where essential oils are used in occult practices (like yoga routines, meditation rituals, or energy healing techniques like Raindrop or Aroma Touch).
Be Conscious of Your Influence
In 1 Corinthians chapters 8 and 10 , Paul discusses your freedom to choose where you acquire your products and gives you permission to use/consume those products without worrying about what nonbelievers are doing. However, with that freedom comes the associated responsibility.
9 But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.
10 For if others see you—with your “superior knowledge”—eating in the temple of an idol, won’t they be encouraged to violate their conscience by eating food that has been offered to an idol?
11 So because of your superior knowledge, a weak believer for whom Christ died will be destroyed.
12 And when you sin against other believers by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong, you are sinning against Christ.
13 So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.1 Corinthians 8-13
This is where my personal struggle with publicly using and promoting essential oils lies, especially as someone who previously build a sizable 6-figure+ business around oil sales and education.
At what point is your use of essential oils unintentionally encouraging another Christian to stray?
You Will Not Be Tempted More Than You Can Handle
12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.
13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT)
God is faithful and will always provide you with a path back to where He needs you to be when you stray.
If you choose to use essential oils and find yourself buying into a perspective that conflicts with your Christian values, forgive yourself and ask for God's forgiveness. Let it go, correct your course, and move on.
Just be mindful of your own actions and how they influence others.
It is tempting to share positive experiences and results from using essential oil with others, especially when you see others hurting the way you were.
Be careful to attribute your healing to God, and not to the oils themselves.
This is true whether or not you make money from the sale or essential oils, essential oil education, or any other wellness-related activity.
Sharing your story comes with responsibility.
How Should Christians Use Essential Oils?
God gave the Hebrews specific instructions for how to conduct themselves, which we as Christians continue to strive to follow today.
Interestingly, our modern world now has science and historical evidence proving there was a reason for everything God commanded.
For example, the washing God commanded kept His people from contracting diseases, which is now practiced in all hospitals, wellness centers, and individual homes.
Another example is biblical dietary restrictions mentioned in Leviticus chapter 11. God specified to the nation of Israel to not eat pork, shrimp, shellfish, many types of seafood, most insects (“creeping things”), scavenger birds, and various other animals. Now, through historical evidence and scientific reasoning, the unclean foods mentioned in Leviticus have been proven to transfer parasites (some deadly) to humans.
Using the above examples, I assume that combining prayer and anointing oil is also important, even though I may not be able to break down the science for you at this moment.
But more than what is specifically told in the Bible, essential oils are a great replacement in our modern society for synthetic (harmful) perfumes, fragrances, medications, cleaners, and ingredients for numerous household products. Using them in this capacity honors your body (your temple) by removing what could harm you with what will support you.
Christian-Friendly Ways To Use Essential Oils
Using essential oils is about honoring God and His creations (including you). Using essential oils should not mean becoming a pharmacist, prescribing things to heal. God should never be separated from medicinal needs or applications.
However, there are several ways Christians can use essential oils ethically without believing that healing comes from oils (or anything else).
The Bible mentions anointing 156 times, usually referring to oil but occasionally mentioning using mud or a spiritual anointing.
Anointing oil always contains aromatics, if not 100% aromatic.
“Anoint” means to “cover, rub, or smear the head or body with oil.”
“And not just people were anointed with oil, but also things in the temple, food, shields” (Is 21:5).
There are a few ways to anoint:
- anoint each other and pray,
- anoint doorposts and pray,
- anoint ourselves while praying
- anoint our children when they're born
Make Your Home Healthier
My mother was not a Christian, but she often relied on natural alternatives to cleaning and healing modalities and prioritized finding the cheapest solutions possible. Essential oils were a large part of that because, when used modestly, they were more affordable than other over-the-counter options.
As a young adult who was too sick to work, lost my career, and couldn't afford life, I leaned in on that mentality, which turned into reuniting with my faith and healing my chronic health.
Now that I'm grown with my own children, I deeply value doing everything we can as naturally as possible, knowing most commercial products contain harmful chemicals that lead to dis-ease and chronic health ailments. Her unintended frugal lessons encouraged me to lean into my God-led dive into using natural products within my home.
Essential oils have since become a cornerstone for my family to use healthy cleaning and personal care products.
Should You Be Cautious About Where You Purchase Essential Oils?
I've seen passionate arguments all over the internet about where to purchase essential oils, and I've noticed a trend for Christians to start preferring to buy what they need from other Christians, or at least restricting their purchases from anywhere that holds an appearance of contradicting the Christian worldview.
Where you spend your money is a very personal question, as we discussed at length earlier regarding 1 Corinthians chapters 8 and 10.
Instead of telling you what to do, I'd like to give you some food for thought so you can make your own informed decision.
Not All Oils Are the Same
Numerous aromatherapists online confidently claim that “all essential oils are the same,” which is a statistical impossibility factoring in a few dirty little secrets of the essential oil industry.
There is no legal definition of “essential oil,' no regulations on how they are made, and no regulation of aromatherapy educational and certification components.
With no authority, consistency, or definition, how can anyone be sure that all oils are the same unless they come from the same source?
In fact, it is common for companies to procure completely synthetic oils (especially those found in popular stores including Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc).
Of the companies that sell actual essential oils, it is common practice for those oils to be diluted to 5% using odorless solvents.
Finding a transparent company you can trust to provide quality essential oils without falling for clever marketing nonsense is difficult.
Plus, oil brands often seem to be the same, embodying similar marketing practices, including:
- Most brands have a commission-based marketing and sales program (where anyone can sign up to make a commission off essential oil sales).
- Ayurvedic or medicinal benefit claims
- Spiritual benefit claims
- Emotional benefit claims
- Yoga or chakra benefits
- Law of Attraction or manifestation
- … and many more, as mentioned earlier in this article
They all seem to be $$cashing in on mainstream concepts, much of which is verifiably incompatible with Christianity.
Is It Ethical to Purchase Oils From a Secular Company?
This is where you need to dig deep and decide based on how you interpret the Word and the world.
On one hand, to purchase from other Christians what you cannot grow or make yourself is honorable.
As Christians, we should love one another and do everything we can to help each other.
On the other hand, many stories within the Bible show Hebrews serving and engaging in societies and commerce that are not of the same faith. Just as many Hebrews hired workers who weren't of God's people.
This tells me that we may need to do business with those with different beliefs for society to function adequately, and that is ok. It certainly shows that there are times when doing business with non-Christians is necessary, or at the least appropriate.
I view essential oils in a similar manner.
Like most others, I don't have the garden or time to forage everything I'd need to produce all the plants I'd like to harvest and process into oils or hydrosols. I also don't have the distilling equipment to create the oils and floral waters myself, though the thought has crossed my mind.
Instead, I spent the time to find the company that best aligns with my values to produce them for me, fully recognizing that no company or brand is 100% perfect.
My Journey Finding a New Essential Oil Brand
As mentioned earlier, I spent a long time researching oil brands. I started in 2013 looking for the highest quality essential oils, learning about standard practices, and being disgusted by deceptive marketing. So much so that I created a blog and a few online courses and coaching programs centered around it.
I found a company that produced quality products I loved, even though they were a network marketing business, which I had sworn off after bad experiences in the past.
I thought I was good, even found a solid Christian team to work with, and initially loved their individual and group support efforts.
Through their encouragement, I unintentionally built a $109k annual business and blog simply by sharing my healing story and encouraging others.
Endings Create Beginnings
Suddenly (seemingly overnight), the same levels of support and focus on Christian values were gone. I noticed that Christian company showed their true colors, pushing ideologies dangerous to Christians (they even stopped mentioning Jesus, a huge red flag). Seeing the obvious transition made me question my own efforts in learning from them, promoting them, and using their products.
That deeply Christian mentoring team I loved followed the company's lead, focusing more on yoga, mindfulness, energy healing, creepy Halloween DIY projects, and other alarming practices. There was no more Jesus talk or openly praying for our team leaders or customers from the higher levels.
The focus within the business mentorship group shifted from serving others to focusing on how much money they can make. They began to focus solely on the hard-charging money makers, unlike how they previously focused on the members who needed the most help.
While I was solid with my business strategy, seeing the changes saddened me for new leaders and pushed me away from inviting other members into that online community.
Then my first two levels of support vanished completely, disintegrating the support I loved so much. I knew I could easily recreate the support team I felt was lacking, and I did for a while in one-on-one coaching.
But something just didn't feel right.
Listen to God
Perhaps I was subconsciously resisting continuing to support and promote a company that was not complimenting my Christian beliefs.
Maybe God was nudging me in a different direction to pursue Bible immersions, herbalism, and home gardening.
Perhaps I needed some time to build something new and different for myself and to encourage others who feel the same way I did.
Maybe I needed to cool my business-building jets and focus more on homeschooling and finding something different to better involve my kids' emerging entrepreneurial aspirations.
I don't know precisely what felt wrong or why, but I know to follow my God-led intuition and trust that He will guide me to where I'm supposed to be (as He always does).
While the extra income was nice, and I admittedly grieved the loss, it didn't come from oils, the company I promoted, or even my own efforts in marketing. The funds I received came from God, who always provides (even when I couldn't afford living expenses and was denied homeless services long ago).
Be Still and Know
I spent a few months doing nothing (no promotions, no writing, no coaching, no researching, no “work”). I took the concept of “deschooling” we used with our kids a few times and applied it to my work.
I stopped all promotions while allowing the changes to sink in, grieved, and closed down that associated blog (I know I could have sold it or given it away, but it felt right to shut it down completely).
8 years into my essential oil journey, I started researching brands again, this time being more selective in searching for a company that provides quality products without contradicting my Christian values.
Around the same time, I learned about numerous Christian leaders within that company also leaving for the same reasons (the company culture changed too much, turning from God and openly welcoming varying degrees of occultism, defending themselves as being “inclusive”). Hearing the news further validated my own thoughts and feelings, and gave me further insight into how much the company culture shifted away from God.
As I permitted myself to walk away, I felt lighter, more confident, and happier.
It was liberating to give it all up and start over.
Finding Something Better
I spent another year researching essential oil brands (again), looking for the diamond in the rough. I wasn't done using them. I love using oils in homemade cleaners, skincare, ointments, tinctures, and diffuser recipes.
I love my home smelling wonderful and changing up which aromas we use.
I love honoring God with them, using them to keep our homes clean and void of avoidable harmful chemicals.
I wanted an essential oil brand to use, support, and promote that procured oils ethically and had a wide variety of oils and nontoxic oil-infused products so I wouldn't have to DIY everything all the time.
I wanted an oil brand that did not embody any of the dirty little secrets of the essential oil industry.
But I also wanted to find an essential oil brand that honored Christian-friendly morals and values.
I quickly realized I was looking for a unicorn.
Receiving Additional Unexpected Answers
I love how God communicates with us and guides us in unexpected ways.
Through all this searching, I noticed a friend was creating all the skincare products I wanted to use without needing to DIY. She started her own business making skincare products in her kitchen and selling them on Facebook.
After talking back and forth, she sent me some of her essential oil and herb-infused GGlowry skincare products in exchange for my website-building skills to help her elevate her sales and marketing abilities. The results were astounding.
Compared to the big-name brands in the essential oil and healthy skincare industries, her homemade products are exponentially more enjoyable to use and arguably more effective in aiding my skin.
This process also led me to embrace herbalism from a Christian perspective (Healing Homestead is a great starting point for learning).
I started learning more about God's medicine, how to use herbal infusions without needing essential oils and how to garden or forage for some plants with my kids.
The entire process was once again very liberating and gave me peace of mind when factoring in potential supply chain concerns.
In Summary: Are Essential Oils Right for You?
The question of the day: should you, as a Christian, use essential oils?
Unfortunately, whether or not you should use them is not something I can answer for you.
I can tell you as someone recovering from unexpectedly submerging and climbing out of the depths of the occult practices, I will continue to use them from a Christian-friendly perspective (and do have some DIY recipes that use them posted on this website and in my healthy home online course).
I intentionally removed myself from the support groups of my past, unfollowed all the influencers and brands, and picked up a few courses in Christian herbalism to further solidify my Christian foundations while expanding my own knowledge and understanding of the plants God provided to us.
I now recognize how to discern between what communication is of God and which is not, and strongly recommend you remain conscious of the way seemingly innocent yet disruptive terms can weasel their way into your mind.
If you're struggling to navigate using essential oils in a way that honors God, then it may be best to avoid it altogether.
Ultimately, you must seek God FIRST.
Using essential oils is not required for a healthy lifestyle, though they can be convenient and helpful. If using oils doesn't feel right to you, that is perfectly ok. There is no need to force them into your life.
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Nicole is a wife, homeschooling mom, child of God, Navy veteran, information research analyst, and entrepreneur currently serving as a writer, healthy lifestyle coach, and flexible business strategist. Since earning a BA in Business from Virginia Wesleyan University, focusing on business strategy, she has also taken many courses and seminars in Psychology, Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Chemistry, Biology, and Theology. She loves gardening, needlepoint, hiking, animals, and teaching natural wellness and healthy lifestyle topics.