St Dymphna healing oil
St Dymphna healing oil is dedicated to the Irish saint who is acknowledged as patron saint of mental illness. Saint Dymphna is an Irish Catholic saint. According to tradition, she lived in the 7th century and was the daughter of a pagan Irish king and his Christian wife. When the king’s wife died the king decided that his daughter should become his new wife. Dymphna refused to agree. She was murdered by her father.
The story of Saint Dymphna was first recorded in the 13th century by a canon of the Church of St. Aubert at Cambrai, France. The author expressly stated that his work was based upon a long-standing oral tradition and a persuasive history of miraculous healings of the mentally ill
Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It is used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person is invited to apply oil on the part of their body they want healed. As they do so, they are asked to pray to whomever the oil is dedicated to. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Applying the oil while praying are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.