I was at a health seminar and have been warned not to use aromatherapy oils because aromatherapy is part of the occult and witchcraft.
I love my aromatherapy oils and Frankinsence is mentioned in the Bible..
if I have to give up my aromatherapy oils i am going to miss them so much..
Prehaps I grew up believing everything was a sin..
I burn oils because of the comforting smells they have...I burn smelly candle stuff too...its better than using sprays etc. Maybe we should not wear clothes or certain colours etc because occultists wear them lol. I dunno..it seems that according to some everything is bad and of the devil of late.
Prehaps we should pray about it and ask the Lord to show us if applying the oils on us is a sin..I love to burn oils myself and it can be really relaxing when you smell them..
Maybe its a sin only when you use aromatherapy oils and Pray to other Gods as the New agers and psychics do.
any practice that breaks the first commandment is a sin.
Question: "What does the Bible say about aromatherapy?"
Answer: Aromatherapy is a branch of alternative medicine that uses plant extracts, especially those with odor, to treat medical and psychological ailments. Despite the name, these extracts (also known as "essential oils") can either be administered by inhalation or applied directly to the skin. Aromatherapy is used to treat skin conditions, congestion, and infection. Essential oils like lavender are also used to aid relaxation. Besides the effective use of peppermint in freshening breath, there is no scientific evidence that aromatherapy actually has a medical benefit, and many essential oils can be dangerous if administered incorrectly.
The Bible mentions aroma and incense extensively. In Exodus 30:22-33, God instructs the Israelites to make anointing oil with myrrh, fragrant cane, cinnamon, and cassia (similar to cinnamon) in a medium of olive oil. The next passage describes the incense to be used in the tabernacle and, later, the temple, including spices, onycha, galbanum, and frankincense. Frankincense was also to be added to the grain offering (Leviticus 2:1-2) as a "soothing aroma to the LORD." The wise men brought frankincense and myrrh to the young Jesus (Matthew 2:11), and Mary washed Jesus' feet in nard, an extremely costly ointment, "and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume" (John 12:3).
In the time of the Old Testament, plant-based medication was viewed with ambivalence. Its use was so closely linked with pagan religious practices that it wasn't encouraged by Scripture. Instead, the Israelites were to rely on God as their Healer (Exodus 15:26; Jeremiah 46:11). Priests were authorized to identify ailments but not to treat them (Leviticus 13:7, 19, 49). The anointing oil prescribed in Exodus 30 was used to dedicate people and things for God's service. Frankincense and myrrh were used in embalming. And, while nard may have a pleasant aroma, there is nothing to indicate a medical benefit to Jesus' feet beyond deodorizing.
Using plant-based extracts for topical and respiratory medication is not intrinsically new age, although, like any alternative medicine, it can be combined with unbiblical practices. Although care should be taken when using essential oils (especially around those with allergies), there is nothing unscriptural about using scents or plant oils to treat medical conditions.
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Don't they use incense in the tabernacle, with the prayers?
That was really helpful
I am going to continue to use them and I also love to apply oils on my clients when they are stressed..Although there is no evidence to support that they have health benefits I feel they may not do any harm..
what kind of healthy seminar did you attend. was it organized by the Church or what. And please if you are able provide a little bit more detail of what was said about aromatherapy. Did they give you Bible readings to justify the reasons why aromatherapy should not be used. i feel you have left out a lot of information for us to conclude.
I think the principles of 1 Corinthians 10 are applicable.
The seminar was at a SDA organization called Steps to life..And it was actually a seminar about the different types of meditation practices...
How trancental meditation is dangerous compared to faith based meditations..With Faith based meditation providing amazing benefits, which is meditating upon the word of God..
They mainly focused upon the topic of meditation and used many scripture verses from the Bible..
And later in the seminar one of the speakers spoke on how many new age practices such as trancental meditation, Accupuncture, reiki, reflexology and aromatherapy are based on ying and yang healing which is all part of the occult..
They did not quote any verses in the Bible that give any evidence that aromatherapy is wrong..
Prehaps aromatherapy falls into an occult practice if the person who uses the oils fail to believe in God and calls onto other spirits for healing (evil deceptive angels)..Which is breaking the first commandment of the Bible..
To be honest..we can make anything be a part of the occult if we wanted to.