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The Forgiveness & Essential Oil Connection – Intro

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. Luke 11:4 (NIV)

Forgiveness and essential oils?  When this thought repeatedly popped into my mind, it made absolutely no sense! Since the topic continued to grab a hold of me, I decided to explore various psychological and aromatherapy resources. Much to my surprise, the different threads of research tied together like a woven tapestry.

According to Salvatore Battaglia (2004)1 and Stillpoint Aromatics, there is a correlation between essential oils from specific plant parts and emotional healing.   The writings of Dr. Robert Enright, the founder of the International Forgiveness Institute address the emotional healing process for deep hurts. In his book, The Forgiving Life: A Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of Love Dr. Enright indicates that you need to admit you have anger and other emotions related to unforgiveness. Then, you can work through the remainder stages of forgiveness.2 The therapeutic properties of the following plant parts correspond with these phases:

Stages of Forgiveness

 Essential Oil Plant Part
Deciding to Forgive Wood Oils
Working on Forgiveness Resin Oils
Discovery and Release from Emotional Prison Flower Oils

Forgiveness-Intro-Cedar with Flower
Praise the Lord…you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars. (Psalm 148:1, 9)

Discoveries of the purposes of God’s creation continue to unveil.  It is fitting that Psalm 148, which is an overview of all creation praising and worshipping the Lord include trees from the mountains, fruit trees and cedars. Essential oils extracted from resins, flowers from fruit trees, and the wood of trees have therapeutic properties to help balance the limbic system (the emotional seat of the brain).3

Essential oils are a resource that God has made for people who harbor bitterness, yet desire to say as Jesus did on the cross… “Father, I forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” The odor molecules with therapeutic properties go directly to the brain to help provide the emotional strength needed to forgive deep hurts.

It is for freedom that Jesus set us free. Sharing our stories of forgiveness with others weaves our testimonies into an intricate masterpiece of praise.

To forgive is to release a prisoner, and discover the prisoner is you. ~ Lewis Smedes

Click on the blog titles below to continue reading in this series of “Forgiveness & the Essential Oils Connection”:

See our Forgiveness & Essential Oil blog subcategory for more on how Jesus, The Author of Creation has designed essential oils to help facilitate the forgiveness process.

Eleos | "the Fragrance of Forgiveness"


Eleos, the fragrance of forgiveness, is an essential oil roll-on that I designed specifically to help to forgive, when combined with an act of the heart. It includes essential oils from three different plant parts listed in the chart above. For testimonies and more information, click on ELEOS.



Suggested Reading:

“The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy” by Battaglia
“Total Forgiveness” by R. T. Kendall
“Aromatherapy for Health Professionals” by Shirley Price









1 Battaglia, S. (2004)  The Complete Guide to AromatherapyBrisbane, Australia: The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy.

2 Enright, R. (2012) The Forgiving Life: A Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of LoveWashington D.C.:  American Psychological Association

3Price, Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. Comp. Shirley Price. London: Elsevier, 2012. 230. Print and CD Rom.

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Roseann Dennerlein

Roseann Dennerlein

Roseann Dennerlein, also known as Rosie, is a Christian clinical aromatherapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and holds a Masters in Divinity degree. She has a passion to share about the healing power of God through Jesus, Scripture, prayer and God’s Creation. Rosie incorporates her training and her personal journey of healing into her writings and vlogs.

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