This post is sponsored by aromaRosary. I received a free Nativity Rosary and Bracelet set in exchange for an honest review (and I honestly love it to death).
The excited laughter grew louder as my children ran from mailbox to front door, arms filled with papers and envelopes – and a package!
They couldn’t wait to see what was in it, and neither could I. The return address read “aromaRosary” and I knew I was in for a treat. My lovely friends at aromaRosary sent me a gift to experience, and to share my experience with you.
I was dying to tear into that package without delay, but with a great display of patience, I was able to convince myself to hold off for a video unboxing.
When I peeled away the blue tissue paper and opened the lid of the box, the first thing I noticed was the amazing smell emanating from the package. It was so calming and peaceful!
The aromaRosary is designed to diffuse essential oils. Each rosary comes with a sample of four essential oils, hand-picked for meditation on the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries of the Rosary.
A Generous Gift from aromaRosary
The next thing I noticed was the generosity of our friends at aromaRosary. They sent me not one, but two gorgeous products to review! Before my box arrived, I waited with excited anticipation to find out which Rosary I would receive.
I imagined my joy at receiving one of the Rosary bracelets, and the opportunity to have it with me at all times as a reminder to pray and a witness to the faith. But I was equally eager to try out the traditional Rosary, and use it for our daily family prayer time.
Beautiful Craftsmanship and Detail
Upon lifting the gorgeous Rosaries out of the box, I was captivated by the craftsmanship and detail on the Rosaries. The combination of earth-toned gemstones and porous lava rock is stunning.
The Rosary is adorned with a bronze center-piece and crucifix, and bronze caps on the Our Father beads that give it a special touch.
Details are important. I loved that the Rosary had tiny spacers in between each Hail Mary bead, as well as a bigger group of spacers to set off the Our Fathers. That may seem trivial, but it gives the Rosary an elegant feel – and showcases the care and attention of the creator.
I must admit, I’m a bit of a stickler for the way a Rosary moves through my fingers when I’m counting. I like it to have enough give to slide the beads, but not so much that I have to reach for the next Hail Mary. And I was pleasantly surprised that the aromaRosary satisfied my picky standards.
Experiencing the Essential Oils
So, of course I had to try it out with the essential oils. The sample oils are blends from doTerra (though I hear the Nativity Rosary comes with a special Christmas blend when you order it!)
I tried out the Joyful mysteries first.
I simply added a drop to the Rosary, massaged it into the lava rocks, and took a deep breath in. It was so soothing! I love the practice of putting myself in a calming place by a deep breathing routine before beginning my prayer, and the essential oils added a whole new level to that experience.
Since the Rosary is such a tangible prayer – with the beads, the cadence of the prayers, the invitation to place our imagination in the time of Jesus through meditation – that adding the scent and experience of essential oils just makes sense.
I could go into the health and wellness benefits of implementing essential oils into your life – but I’m an oily newbie myself, so you’ll have to find out about that here.
Loving My aromaRosary Bracelet!
I will say, however, that one reason I was overjoyed about receiving the aromaRosary bracelet is the opportunity to reap the added benefit of having the essential oils present to me throughout the day in a wearable form.
Not only are the scents pleasant and beneficial, but they’re a reminder – especially when paired with a sacramental like the Rosary bracelet.
When I smell the oils from my bracelet, and recognize: that’s the blend for the Joyful mysteries! then I am reminded to briefly call to mind God’s love for me in the Incarnation. I may say a Hail Mary or two – or even a decade – while I go about my busy day.
I really can’t love my aromaRosary(ies) enough!
Your New Favorite Rosary
I’m so blessed to have received this gift from Chantal at aromaRosary – and I just want to hug her! I thank her from the bottom of my heart.
And I encourage you to at least go over there and browse the store. If you have more than enough traditional rosaries, check out the Rosary bracelet (seriously, a must!). Or perhaps consider gifting one to your oily friends (we all have them, right?!)
I highly recommend aromaRosary to be your new favorite rosary. It will help you pray and celebrate God’s gift of life and love. And it has the added benefit of integrating essential oils to participate in God’s plan for your good.
It’s a sacramental, a witness, a reminder, and a beautiful work of art.
The aromaRosary combines grace and wellness, helping us to achieve God’s plan for our lives.
Why Do You Love the Rosary?
If you’re not familiar with Catholic prayer, you may be wondering: why was I so excited about this string of beads? What’s so special about the Rosary?
If you’re new to the Rosary, it may seem like a strange prayer to you. And that’s okay! I’ve had a waxing and waning relationship with the Rosary, but it’s grown into a deep-seated love.
The Rosary is Biblical
The Rosary, believe it or not, is actually a very Biblical prayer. It’s comprised mainly of the “Our Father” and “Hail Mary” prayers that come right from Scripture.
The Our Father, of course, was given to us by Jesus.
“This is how you are to pray…”(Matthew 6:9)
The Hail Mary prayer, though, can make some people nervous. Are we praying to Mary? Is this idolatry?
Not to worry! This prayer is straight from Scripture, too. It’s a reminder of the Incarnation. The words of the Hail Mary bring to mind the day the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the coming of the Savior:
It starts with:
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”(Luke 1:28)
This comes straight from Luke 1:28, though we add in the name “Mary,” just to clarify.
Then the prayer continues with a reminder of the first Evangelization: when Mary brought Jesus (still in her womb) to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth was so excited to receive the Savior, and recognized how blessed Mary was to be his mother!
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.”(Luke 1:42)
Well, Elizabeth didn’t yet know his name was Jesus. But again, after the fact, we added his name to the prayer for clarification.
The remainder of the prayer simply asks Mary to pray for us, just as we would ask a friend, mother, or spouse to pray for us:
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
The Rosary is Meditative
The prayers we say are Biblical, and the subject matter is, too.
The Rosary is comprised of 20 Meditations, broken down into four categories. Each category has five”Mysteries.” The Mysteries are scenes from the life of Jesus for us to think and pray about.
For each scene, we pray one Our Father, ten Hail Mary prayers, and one Glory Be.
While we say these prayers, we let our mind focus on the scenes from the Bible. We might imagine being there with Jesus, talking to him, learning from him, walking through life with him.
Or we might think about what virtues we can learn from the mysteries. We might apply the lessons to help us grow in love for God and neighbor. We may ask Jesus to speak to us about some struggle or difficulty in our lives.
Or we may simply say thank you for coming down to earth and sharing in our humanity! The possibilities of Meditation are endless.
The Mysteries are broken down in this way:
The Joyful Mysteries:
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The Nativity
- The Presentation
- The Finding in the Temple
The Luminous Mysteries:
- The Wedding at Cana
- The Baptism of Jesus
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom
- The Transfiguration
- The Institution of the Eucharist
The Sorrowful Mysteries
- The Agony in the Garden
- The Scourging at the Pillar
- The Crowning with Thorns
- The Carrying of the Cross
- The Crucifixion
The Glorious Mysteries
- The Resurrection
- The Ascension
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit
- The Assumption
- The Coronation
This may seem like a huge list of things to pray about! Don’t worry, you don’t have to pray the all in one day. You may, if you like! But you can start off with just one set of Mysteries, or even just one single “decade” (a fancy name for the 10 Hail Mary’s that go with a single scene from the Rosary).
The Rosary is Soothing
You know that feeling you get when you have a cup of tea (or coffee) with your mom? Or when you call her on the phone and know that her advice will bring peace to your day? When you seek the comfort of familiar conversation?
The Rosary can have that same soothing effect. The cadence and pattern of the prayers can help you recenter. The familiar words and mysteries become like home. And, best of all, it’s like having a chat with Mama Mary.
I haven’t always been a die-hard Rosary fan, but I’ve always come back to it with love and fondness.
I pray it when times are tough.
I pray it to help me get to sleep.
I pray it when I have a tough life question, and I need some insight from the life of Jesus.
And our family has taken to saying the Rosary together as part of our daily routine. Just one decade for now – with four kids, that’s about what we can handle.
Praying the Rosary can be a calming and soothing time, reconnecting us with God’s grace.
The Rosary is Tangible
I used to think meditation was something like letting your mind drift into the void of space, contemplating the purpose of life.
Meditation is much more tangible than this.
In the Rosary, we meditate on actual scenes from the life of Jesus. We can use our imagination to place ourselves there. We can think about what we might see, what we would smell, what our surroundings might look and sound like.
We can imagine conversations with Jesus, the apostles, and Mary. We can ask them for their wisdom and advice. It’s like we’re right there with them. We can almost reach out and touch them.
We use the cadence of the familiar words and prayers to carry us through our meditation. The rhythm sets a predictable time-frame to spend thinking about each mystery. Although, there’s no rule that says you can’t meditate for longer if God inspires you to!
The movement of the beads through our fingers brings the physical sense of touch into the Rosary. It connects body and soul, bringing our entire being into the act of prayer.
And the added bonus of the scents, when diffusing essential oils with the aromaRosary fits seamlessly into the experience! I found that the smells really helped my disposition, and created a calming and centering effect for my prayer time.
Check out the aromaRosary
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about the Rosary in general, and the amazing gift that is the aromaRosary.
If you want to obtain a beautiful aromaRosary for yourself or a friend, you can check out all the styles at aromaRosary.com.
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