Essential oils are my new best friend, and I don’t care who knows it. Have I been living under a rock? I think maybe.
Up until about three weeks ago, the scope of my knowledge on these fabulous little things were this: they smelled good. But as I have come to learn a little bit more about this world of oily awesomeness, I’m finding that what they say is true, “Once you dip your toe into a pool of wonder, walking away instead of jumping in would be foolish.”
Alright, no one ever said that. But it’s still true.
Before I go any further, let me start with an apology. To all you oily people out there, I’m sorry I called you crunchy granola hippies without the the best of intentions. I’m sorry that I said if the oils were working it was probably just all in your head. I’m sorry I said you were just one more person trying to sell me something. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I feel like Happy Gilmore when he says to Chubbs, “I’m stupid. You’re smart. I was wrong. You were right. You’re the best. I’m the worst…”
Now. Let’s get to the good part.
Several months ago one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known (that’s you, Whit!) called me up and asked if I would want to try out some essential oils from Young Living and write a review. Of course I would, I told her.
As we both multi-tasked in making lunches for our kids, we managed to talk for a good 30 minutes to an hour about her experience with these oils. She was so passionate as she talked about the illnesses she had been able to either curb or nip in the bud altogether.
As a mother, eliminating your child’s illness before it morphs into a full-blown catastrophe has to be one of the greatest accomplishments, right??!! That alone was a reason for me to be over the moon excited.
A few weeks later, my package arrived which included 11 oils, a diffuser, and few other goodies to get me started.
Anyway, my box couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Christmas was days away, so naturally both of my kids aaaand my husband decided this would be a perfect time to get sick. It’s like the universe JUST KNEW.
“Diffuse your Thieves oil around the clock. Put Lavender and Lemon and some coconut oil on their feet. You can also put Peppermint, R.C., and Lemon on their chest and back.”
I did as my personal oil guru told me. 🙂
Three days later, and I had a whole new household. I wanted to run up and down the streets telling the WHOLE WORLD that my family wasn’t going to be sick for Christmas after all.
*Side note: my husband is one of those people who questions EVERYTHING. He sorta laughed when I suggested putting the oils all over him, but didn’t turn it down because…obvi. After night one he said he had the best night’s sleep for the first time in who knows how long.
Then it was my turn. I woke up with a terrible sore throat that clearly didn’t give a mess about the Holiday To-Do List I was looking at. Again, I turned to my guru.
“Put a drop of Thieves and a drop of Lemon in some hot water and sip on that.”
I’m not even playing when I said I had immediate relief. I did that every morning until I was no longer waking up with a sore throat (I think it was two days tops), and it never developed into anything more than that.
Since that first week I’ve pretty much been turning to my oils for anything and everything, including but not limited to:
- a miserable canker sore right on the tip of my tongue (again, immediate relief!)
- the baby being constipated and/or super gassy
- a restless toddler, refusing to go to bed
- feeling sluggish and unmotivated
- difficulty falling asleep
- the morning after we had friends over for dinner and mayyyyybe had one too many glasses of wine
- anxiety because…always
- depressed feelings from the lack of sunshine and the fact that it gets dark at 4:30
- super duper dry skin which I’m fairly certain was an eczema flare up
- a shift in my hormones that was causing me to feel nauseous almost every day
So I mean, yeah. I’m all about this new way of life (haha, it REALLY does feel like that!). Is it going to take the place of us going to the doctor? Well, nahhh! But that’s not what essential oils are about anyway. The way I see it, parents deal with difficult scenarios every day, sick or not (i.e. a kid who just won’t go to sleep). So if I can whip out a secret weapon that can help get my 4 year old excited to go to bed (he now asks for oils on his feet every night, ha!) then why the heck not?
Okay. So just to give full disclosure, there are a few types of people who would not benefit from essential oils. I’ve listed them below:
- people who like to be sick for as long as possible
- people who enjoy feeling stressed out
- people who hate sleep
- people who don’t like pure, therapeutic smells
- people who thrive when their children are whiny, anxious, and also stressed out
Oh yeah, and another important thing. Not all oils are created equal. Some will do nothing for you except just make a room smell nice (which is why I chose to go with Young Living), so make sure you do your homework.
Now, I don’t sell these oils, but if you’re interested in getting into the oily world, go ahead and shoot me a message in the CONTACTS section and let me know. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you don’t know me, don’t be shy. It’s totally cool. I love getting messages from people I don’t know! I’ll make sure you get some good info. It was a little overwhelming at first, so I felt super lucky to have my girl Whit helping me along the way.
Alright, now go ahead and get back to whatever you were doing before you jumped in to read what I had to share. Just remember: take care of yourself every single day. Not just because you deserve it (because hell yeah you do!), but because it’s a basic need that must be met.
Ur a Mom Now.
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