Today is St. Patrick's Day and, although I’m not Irish, I do have a huge appreciation for St. Patrick and his story! I also realized that since most of our audience is from Asia, where many people don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (as much as we do here in the US) I thought it would be fun to write another little history lesson blog post. So here’s the story of St. Patrick and his day, why it’s important to celebrate, how I celebrate, and how we can have a very oily St. Patrick's Day with a few fun blends.
March 17th is actually the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who was born in 4th century Britain to a Christian family, when it was still under the rule of the Roman Empire. At the age of 16, he was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland. During his enslavement, St. Patrick grew in his Christian faith, as he was constantly tested by his pagan masters, and made it his dream to convert Ireland from paganism to Christianity. Although he was able to escape from his captors after a few years, he later returned to Ireland as a missionary to carry out his goal. During his time back in Ireland, he succeeded in converting most of the population by combining Irish pagan beliefs with the Christian sacraments in order to make the people’s transition easier. There are many legends attached to the holy life of St. Patrick, but I think the most significant is that of his explanation of the Holy Trinity through the use of the shamrock. Just like the plant and it’s three petals on one stem, he would explain, the Christian God is three entities in one; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all in one being. St. Patrick is also attributed to the lack of snakes in Ireland. Legend has it that the snakes attacked him during a 40 day fast after which he chased them into the sea - which is an allegory for St. Patrick’s casting out of pagan ideology in Ireland - especially as snakes are usually symbols of evil and the devil.
As for good luck today, I’ll be using all my green-colored essential oils:
Green Mandarin: taken from the unripe fruit of the mandarin tree, I love blending this oil with peppermint for a lovely morning pick me up. Basil: Italy's favorite herb, this deep and spicey oil not only adds a kick to your food but can also be diffused for a relaxing environment *cue spa music* Tea Tree (Melaleuca): acne's worse enemy, this oils has anti-bacterial properties perfect for cleaning! Lemon Eucalyptus: a new oil recently added to doTERRA's collection, this oil packs a punch of antioxidants while also supporting healthy skin! Petitgrain : sometimes called "a man's lavender", this oil has all the same chemical properties as lavender and is the perfect replacement Steady: another new oil blend and part of the Kids Kit, this little roll-on is perfect to use in times of uneasiness and tension
As for a “Lucky” Blend here’s one for you to try: 3 drops Bergamot 2 drops Eucalyptus 1 drop Tea Tree 1 drop Lavender Have fun today! Cast out your cares and worries, just like St. Patrick cast out the snakes and let me know if you try the blends!