Do you know where the Easter tradition of using painted and decorated Easter eggs comes from?

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the use of painted and decorated Easter eggs was first recorded in the 13th century. Apparently, the church prohibited the eating of eggs during Holy Week, but of course, the chickens continued to lay eggs during that week. The idea of decorating the eggs evolved as a way to identify those eggs that were laid during “Holy Week”. The egg itself became to be seen as a symbol of the Resurrection. Just as Jesus rose from the tomb, the egg symbolizes new life emerging from the eggshell. In the Orthodox tradition, eggs are painted red to symbolize the blood Jesus shed on the cross.  Here in the Northern hemisphere, Easter is associated with Spring, and all that symbolizes for a new beginning, a new blossoming, a new period of growth and a new season.

I do hope that during this very special season, even while you celebrate and follow your traditions, you will be able to carve out some time to reflect and consider where you are in your life and where you would like to go.

I always like to create an essential oil synergy to help energetically and this year will be no different.  I’m still working on the blend and haven’t finalized it yet but if you would like to do the same for you and your family, the blends and suggestions I have shared in past years around Easter might give you some inspiration of what you’d like to work with this year.

Easter 2016

I shared a special synergy and a recipe for Chocolate Truffles.

Easter 2017

I created a special synergy around the information I gleaned from folklore attributed to different plants.

Easter 2018

I looked at both Easter and Passover and made suggestions on oils to choose to use in a special blend.

I wish you all a Blessed Easter and Happy Passover!

For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all newborn.
Alice Freeman Palmer

Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being.
Morris Joseph