Life Salve

Since I have been using essential oils, my life just got bigger. And my God, the One who made all things, He just got bigger in my own eyes.

When I think of His perfect provision for all that we would need through the creation all around us, and when I ponder the miracle of extracting essential oils out of the plant He grew for us, and when I ponder how we can use them to nurture and heal our bodies, brains and emotions, I can’t help but break out in thanksgiving.

Experimenting with essential oils has been loads of fun. The other day, I made a salve to soothe the skin and deal with all kinds of skin irritations. It works beautifully as an ointment against diaper rashes and itchy bites; I love it as a moisturizer for my dry feet. I even use it as a night cream.

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The little salve container with its invigorating fragrance somehow makes me happy. I coat my hands with the salve and rub it all over my face and my feet. It simply soaks in and seems to totally engulf me with moisture and well-being. It’s  soothing, like gentle classical music for my body. It makes me smile all over.

And this salve is such an amazing gift that I simply can’t hold on to this delight all alone, so I share it with friends. After using it for a couple of days, Kathleen said that it made her ponder friendships, and how we are salve to one another.

My heart jumped. Yes, yes, yes! That is exactly right.

Whenever I am dry and wrinkled and have misplaced my joy, friends are the salve that saturate me back with life moisture.

Whenever I’m irritated and swollen and itchy and out of sorts, friends are often the salve that smooth me back to normal.

And when I somehow lose the Christ-like fragrance on my life, these friends of mine, they just are who they are, exhuming all His beauty, and He is irresistible in them.

English: Glass vial containing Cistus Essentia...

Jesus in my friends–essential oil for my being.

Jesus in my friends–salve for my victory.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann

one thousand#677 The moon playing hide-n-seek with the clouds last night

#678 The revelation that I don’t have to have a bad day

#679 My son calling me and sharing his plans with me 

Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 HomeSDG,  Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing HomePlay Dates with GodMonday Musings, Hear it on SundayInspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s StoryInto the WordIn and Around Mondays,OYHT, Gratituesday, Titus2Tuesdays, ExtraordinayLessons from IvyDenise in BloomSweet BlessingsFaith Filled Friday, Finding JoyWholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word,

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20 comments

  1. Great thoughts! I’ve never thought about the salve of friendship but love the idea that we can rub the sweet fragrance of Jesus on one another!

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  2. Love these thoughts! Friendships are so necessary in life. It brought to mind the portion of Scripture in Ecclesiastes 4:9-13 which speaks on friendships. If one falls down, his friend can help him up, keep him warm, help defend him & do work. Thank you so much for this reminder to cherish our friendships. I visited from Unite.
    Blessings,
    Joanne

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  3. Love the analogy. Yes, friends are a balm to our spirit! Glad you got to hear from your son. Thanks for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today! 🙂

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  4. “friends are the salve that saturate me back with life moisture.” what a wonderful illustration!
    I enjoy using EO for my own family. It does add so much to life, to be able to provide for and nurture my family with the ‘stuff of the earth’ the way God made it to be.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I wonder if the ointment that Mary poured on Jesus was one of these essential oils?
    Just thinking. I am happy you are enjoying experimenting with these oils. I think my hubby could use some of that salve for an itch on his knee. (smile) Thank you for sharing at “Tell Me a Story.”

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  6. I’m glad people are discovering all the wonderful benefits of our creation. Thank you for sharing this information. I wonder how many other things have yet to be discovered. God is so good.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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