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So what does Valentine’s Day mean?

By Jo Hunt
Friday, February 8, 2019

Valentine's Day, is celebrated every year on 14 February.

It's the day when people show their affection for another person or people by sending messages of love.

Valentine’s Day is an annual holiday recognized around the world. It celebrates romantic love, making it a popular day for couples to spend together. Valentine’s Day is traditionally associated with red hearts, romance, flowers or other sweet things, and the exchange of cards, called valentines, that express love.

The story of Valentine’s Day dates back to the life of St. Valentine, a Roman Catholic martyr who died in the third century. Although the facts of St. Valentine’s life are varied he is consistently presented as a moral, generous, and romantic person. One legend holds that St. Valentine became friendly with his jailer’s daughter and wrote her a note signed “From your Valentine,” which remains a popular phrase associated with Valentine’s Day.

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today is all about love.

Valentines Day

Did you know? Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas in England and America. The first mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards were created by Esther Howland in the 1840s. Since then a large industry has developed around the making and selling of Valentine’s Day products like flowers, cards, and sweets.

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
It's thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. They'd be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they'd get married.
Later on, the church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine.
Gradually, St Valentine's name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.

So onto some suggested oils

Passion Essential OilWe have a blend called Passion

Say goodbye to the boring, the mundane, the predictable and welcome in a life full of excitement with the Passion Inspiring Blend. Enriched with a combination of spice and herb essential oils, Passion will help inspire creativity and ignite a passion for life when there seems to be little. This blend will fill your senses with renewed joy and feelings of wonder that will have you daring to try new things and will help you find greater delight in the blessings that surround you.

 

 

Motivate Essential OilWe also have a blend called Motivate

If you’re experiencing stagnancy in your life, or have found yourself with little inspiration, minimal confidence, or greater pessimism, take time to make a change with Motivate and propel your life in the direction of creativity and purpose. Motivate essential oil blend is formulated with mint and citrus essential oils that inspire the senses, allowing you to tear down the demotivating road blocks that stand between you and your potential. Whether you need motivation to clean your room, start training for a race, or pick up your paintbrush again, Motivate blend can support you with the courage and confidence to replace a pessimistic outlook on life with an optimistic one full of possibilities.

 

Ylang Ylang Essential OilAnother great oil is Ylang Ylang

In one of doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing locations, the Ylang Ylang flower is harvested by some of the hard working natives of Madagascar to produce a potent Ylang Ylang essential oil. The Ylang Ylang flower has been used for centuries in perfumes, religious ceremonies, aromatherapy, and wedding events, and the essential oil produced from this blossom is just as versatile. The many uses and benefits of Ylang Ylang oil can be obtained when used aromatically, topically, and internally. When ingested, Ylang Ylang essential oil has the powerful ability to provide antioxidant support, which makes it a cherished oil for bodily health. Ylang Ylang is frequently used for its external benefits and can promote the appearance of healthy skin and hair. The popular fragrance of Ylang Ylang oil is often used in perfumes and aromatherapy treatments due to its rich scent and its calming and lifting effect on the mood.