The Essential Oils of Patron Saints
THE ESSENTIAL OILS OF PATRON SAINTS
By: Mary M Meyer
“A saint’s heart is broken by every little sorrow and sin. A saint’s heart is also so strong that not even death can break it. It is indestructible because it’s so breakable.” (1)
A patron saint is chosen through canonization by the Roman Catholic Church to protect or guard over particular areas in life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes – anything that is important to us. The world’s earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century.
Recently, the popes have named patron saints but patrons can be chosen by other individuals or groups as well. Patron saints are often chosen today because of an interest, talent or event in their lives that overlap within a special area. Angels can also be named a patron saint. A patron saint can help us when we follow the example of that saint’s life and when we ask for that saint’s intercessory prayers to God. (2)
“The saints are our family. We are one Body. They are our legs and we are theirs. That’s why their feast day is our feast…A saint is a little Christ. Not only do we see Christ through His saints, as we see a light through a stained-glass window, but we also understand the saints only through Christ.” (3)
A saint is a seer, one who sees what’s there. A saint is a realist but also an idealist. A saint embraces suffering but also embraces joy! Saints embody the virtues that most of us only strive for on our best days. Saints have been attributed to healing countless ailments and conditions for centuries…impossible causes, desperate cases, addictions and infirmities…too many to list. Ultimately, whatever a person’s need is in life, a patron saint is humbly standing by to help us. Which brings me to the remarkable parallel of essential oils and how they too lend themselves – through God’s creation – humbly, standing by to help us.
2). Catholic Education Resource Center
3). Catholic .org/search/saints
Essential oils offer millions of healing properties that help people with illnesses, difficulties, emotional trauma, addiction, loneliness and loss of joy; just as the saints.
Much the same as a saint’s prayer, oils gently work through many negative emotions and help open the heart, allowing people to live lives of joy, happiness and health. For example, ginger root, lemongrass, ylang ylang, cypress and marjoram are all known oils that contribute to a joyful and happy spirit, a spirit indicative of and essential to the spirit of a saint.
Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, is Saint Augustine of Hippo’s mother. She was born in 331 A.D. in what is known today as Algeria. Saint Monica was married off, very young, to a man with a horrible and violent temper who was also openly unfaithful. He forced Saint Monica to take in his mother to live with them who also had a horrible and cruel temper. Saint Monica was in constant prayer for the conversion of her husband as well as the conversion of her son, Augustine, one of the great writers of Catholic teachings, but who was a Manichean prior to his Christian conversion. Augustine attributed his conversion to his mother, on her deathbed. Saint Monica is known to be the patron saint of alcoholics due to her confession to her son one day. She told Augustine that she had drank wine, secretly, in the wine storage of their home, only to be confronted by her maid who called her a “drunkard.”
Saint Monica never took a sip of wine again thus developing strong perseverance and a marked change of behavior. To this day, recovering alcoholics pray for the intercession of Saint Monica for their continued recovery and sobriety.
“Dear St. Monica, Troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet, you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, and your beloved son; your prayers were answered. Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord. Intercede for me, that God may favorably hear my plea and grant me the grace to accept His Will in all things, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.” (4)
As a parallel reflection between ancient oil qualities and the qualities of Saint Monica, I would like to suggest a blend of oils that support the strength of Saint Monica as well as help the addicted person suffering from alcoholism. I would recommend both an inhaler and a roll-on as follows:
2 Drops Helichrysum
2 Drops Clove Bud – 2 Drops Chamomile
4 Drops Basil – 2 Drops Grapefruit
Jojoba Oil as Carrier Oil for roll-on
These oils are prescribed for addictions. They relieve tension and are strong anti-depressants. Further, the oils are attributed to breaking negative cycles, are uplifting and calming. Basil, in particular, has strong therapeutic qualities that assist with mental clarity and strength, an essential quality of Saint Monica.
Born circa 420 A.D., in the countryside of France, Saint Genevieve was a peasant girl, later orphaned and raised by her grandmother in Paris. Saint Genevieve was a natural Christian girl who prayed continuously and fasted to the point of only eating twice a week to show her dedication to the Lord. She had many visions, acts of charity and would prophesize regularly, much to the dislike of the local citizens of Paris. At one point, some locals wanted to put her to death by fire due to the visions she shared publicly. They thought she was a hypocrite and a false prophet until Attila the Hun and his army came to Paris to conquer the city. All Parisians were planning on running away when Saint Genevieve convinced them to stay within their homes. She implored them to pray and fast for the Lord which she believed would protect them with the power of Heaven. As holy intervention would prove, while Attila the Hun headed to Paris to conquer and destroy the city, he changed his mind on the way and turned around. What would Paris be today, if not for Saint Genevieve? Would Paris even exist today?
Saint Genevieve is the patron saint of fevers. The reason being that after the miracle of Paris being protected from Attila the Hun, another culprit came to town…a deadly fever, killing everyone in its wake. But by this time, Saint Genevieve was not on Earth to give warnings or offer visions. She had passed on from this life and was living in Heaven with the Lord. Parisians were falling sick with fever at a furious and destructive pace when a little church, dedicated to Saint Genevieve, paraded her relics and picture down the church aisles during mass. Sick with fever, church-goers touched her relics or picture and were immediately healed. This translated from one person to the next throughout the city. All of Paris was healed and immune to the fever from that moment on with the intercession of Saint Genevieve.
Again, would Paris even exist today, if not for Saint Genevieve?
“Dear Saint Genevieve, you who by the days before, penance and prayer ensured the protection of Paris, intercede near God for us, for our country, for the devoted Christians hearts. You, who cured the sick and fed the hungry, obtain the light of God and make us stronger to reject temptation. You, who had the concern of the poor, protect the sick, the abandoned, and the unemployed. You, who resisted the armies and encouraged the besieged, give us the direction for the truth and justice. You, who through the centuries never ceased taking care of your people, help us to keep the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. May your example be for us, an encouragement to always seek God and serve him through our brothers and sisters. Amen.” (5)
To follow Saint Genevieve’s example of healing during life-threating fever, I would recommend oils that enhance fever-reducing healing through a diffuser to be employed at all times during occurrences. Certainly, I would advise a consultation with a medical physician as well, but as an additional supportive and comforting layer to the patient, my blend is as follows:
2 Drops Hyssop – 2 Drops Ginger
2 Drops Sandalwood
2 Drops Clove Bud
4 Drops Black Pepper
4 Drops Peppermint – 4 Drops Basil
4 Drops Orange
Carriers: Sweet Almond Oil and Vodka
SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Saint Michael the Archangel is not a saint in the traditional understanding because he was never a human being. Saint Michael the Archangel is an angel. The strongest angel in Heaven’s realm. “He is the leader of all angels and the army of God, thus the title, Archangel. Saint Michael is above all angels. He is the first to combat Satan. He is the second to escort the faithful to Heaven at their hour of death. He is third to be a champion of all Christians, and the Church itself. He is fourth to call men from life on Earth to their Heavenly judgment.” (5)
5). Catholic. Org/search/saints
Saint Michael the Archangel is the force that fought off Satan over the body of Moses, scribed in the Epistle of St. Jude. As if defending all souls against the battle of Satan and Hell isn’t enough, Saint Michael the Archangel has his final feat in Revelation, when he takes victory over the dragon of death as did Mary (the new Eve) over the snake of Satan for all time. Thank you, Saint Michael the Archangel, for saving our souls and bringing us to Christ Everlasting.
“Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.” (6)
Protection for the soul and its environment is what is called for to reflect Saint Michael the Archangel’s incredibly strong force in our Heavenly and Earthly realm. Essential oils that support the protection of the soul, home and environment are as follows with vehicles of room sprays and diffusers:
2 Drops Frankincense – 2 Drops Sandalwood
6 Drops Hyssop – 2 Drops Geranium
4 Drops Basil – 4 Drops Galbanum
4 Drops Clary Sage
Carrier Oils: Almond Oil and Vodka
Saint Rita is the patron saint of loneliness, abuse, marriage difficulties, parenthood, widows, the sick, bodily ills, and wounds. Her body, which has remained incorrupt over centuries, is venerated in the shrine of Cascia, Italy – a remote area in southeastern Umbria.
6). Catholic Online.org/search/saints
Born in Italy in 1381, Rita’s parents knew she was saintly the day after her baptism when a swarm of bees descended on her, flying in and out of her mouth without stinging her. Rita prayed as a young girl to live the life of a nun at a nearby convent but her family arranged marriage for her instead, at the age of 12. Her husband was an impossible one with a terrible and abusive temper. Rita gave birth at the age of 13 and had two sons, both of whom had the same cruel temper as their father. Rita’s husband was eventually murdered, due to his hateful conduct throughout Italy. While Rita pardoned her husband’s murderer, her sons vowed revenge and planned to set out to kill their father’s killer. Rita prayed tirelessly, asking God to take her sons prior to the ruin of their souls by committing the mortal sin of murder. As holy intervention proved, her sons both became infected with Dysentery and died prior to committing the murderous act. Rita then went to live out the rest of her life as a nun at the convent she dreamed about as a young girl. In her mid-sixties, after asking the Lord to show her the pain He endured so she could move closer to Him, Rita was afflicted with sores on her forehead in the likeness of Christ’s crown of horns. The wounds never healed. She is believed to have died from TB. As stated earlier, her body remains to this day, incorrupt, in Cascia, Italy.
Saint Rita is the patron saint of loneliness, impossible causes and hopeless circumstances due to her difficult and disappointing life.
“O glorious Saint Rita, your pleadings before the divine crucifix have been known to grant favors that many would call the impossible. Lovely Saint Rita, so humble, so pure, so devoted in your love for the crucified Jesus, speak on my behalf for my petition which seems so impossible from my humbled position. Be propitious, O glorious Saint Rita, to my petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy supplicant. Be lavish to me, as thou has been in so many wonderful cases for the greater glory of God. I promise, dear Saint Rita, if my petition is granted, to glorify thee, by making known thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus I pray. Amen.” (7)
In reflecting the qualities of Saint Rita and her strong spirit of faith, my suggested blend to support those in a state of loneliness and despair would be applied through inhalers, room sprays and roll-ons as follows:
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2 Drops Frankincense – 2 Drops Rose
4 Drops Rosemary – 4 Drops Lavender
8 Drops Bergamot – 4 Drops Orange
Carrier Oils – Sweet Almond, Vodka
SAINT JULIANA FALCONIERI
Born to a noble family in Florence, Italy, and influenced by her uncle, Alexis Falconieri, one of the founders of the Servite Order in the Catholic Church, Saint Juliana became a nun at a very young age, later becoming the Mother Superior of the first convent of the Third Order of Servites. The sisters devoted themselves to the service of the sick and other works of mercy.
Saint Juliana spent entire days tending to the sick and would often fall into hours of ecstacy through prayer. She was known for using her own lips to suck out infections of patients’ wounds without fear of infecting herself. At the time of her death, Saint Juliana was so ill she was unable to swallow the Eucharistic host. She requested the priest to place the host on her chest. The host then disappeared and she passed to Heaven. The image of a cross, just like the cross on the host, was found, imprinted upon her breast. Because of this miracle, Saint Juliana is the patron saint for those suffering from chronic illness.
“O God, you gave to your virgin blessed Juliana wondrous solace in her illness through the precious Body of your divine Son; grant that through her intercession, we too may be strengthened and comforted in the hour of our death and brought safely to our heavenly home. Through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.”
Because of the many varieties of chronic illnesses, I suggest a wide-scope blend including strong synergies of essential oils embodying therapeutic properties of purification, protection, deep-healing, soothing and spiritual depth. The vehicles for this blend would include roll-ons, lotions and bath salts and is as follows:
5 Drops Frankincense
5 Drops Clove Bud – 5 Drops Black Pepper
5 Drops Peppermint – 10 Drops Orange
Carrier Oils – Sweet Almond
This particular collection of remarkable saints, with their coordinating essential oils from God’s Creation, is a microscopic example of the potentially endless combination of resources from both nature and man to help guide and heal people in time of need. Nature and man live in unity through God’s Creation. A unity enveloped around a shared layer of God’s biosphere, embracing the earth, its soil, and everything that is alive. For man, the presence of nature is so organic that when or if natural principles disappear, man himself disappears.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be Light: and there was Light. And God saw the light, that it was good:… And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good:..And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth…” The Book of Genesis, Chapter 1.
God’s Creation of the world…of nature…of man. If we lose God’s image, we lose our image, or life. Only through the unity between God, nature and man will we be able to continue to sustain life on earth, with joy, in body and in soul.