Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Essential Oils: A former skeptic turned total believer

This past Christmas I decided it was time to ask my mom to get me the Young Living Essential Oils starter kit.  For months I had watched countless women post about them on Instragram, Facebook, and their blogs about how beneficial essential oils were in their life. What held me back for a long time was the cost, and just general skepticism -- I believe in some crunchy hippy stuff, but not all! I also wanted to make sure the oils were high quality and safe for me to use internally, and on my baby!  After Felix got his first of many colds, I was hoping that essential oils might be a way of helping his symptoms naturally -- instead of overwhelming his system with antibiotics and tons of ibuprofen or tylenol. 
When we finally got settled and moved in I opened up the box and poured through all of the material inside. It's definitely intimidating at first. I had never met with someone in person about using essential oils, and had only skimmed through Instagram posts and facebook groups that teach you the basics. I decided that using the diffuser was an easy way to jump in, and with time I would learn which oils can be put on what body parts for different ailments. Just a month later, and I'm totally hooked. I have seen firsthand, the benefits of using essential oils and am so eager to find out how to incorporate them more into our daily lives. 

Here's a short list of what it's helped with so far:
- Seth's snoring
- my funky moods
- bedtime
- cold symptoms
- headaches
- stinky things
- neck and back tension
- cough and congestion
- did I mention SNORING?! hallelujah!! 

Lavender was an easy go to. I knew it was in baby bed time stuff, so I diffused it in Felixs bedroom for a couple hours before bedtime. This resulted in a calm baby who didn't make a peep when he was tucked into his crib at night. Now I use it frequently to help us all relax and wind down at the end of the day. Lavender is also good for soothing bites, burns, and stings. It can help with dry or chapped skin, and even dandruff! That is next to try on my list as my dandruff has dramatically increased since moving to the PNW. 

Young Living has blends which are fantastic. I particularly like Stress Away. It helps my mood when I'm having a difficult day (which is not uncommon with a toddler). I like to diffuse it almost every day, and it smells great! They even make Stress Away in a roll on container for easy application when you're out and about. 

My next favorite is Valor. Valor is a blend of frankincense, Rosewood, Blue Tansy, and spruce essential oils, it smells amazing too!  As a wife of a snorer, I will do whatever it takes to sleep better at night. Usually I will ask Seth to roll over onto his side about 5x a night to help him stop snoring, but recently that hasn't been working, it helps maybe 1 out of 5 times. I had heard that essential oils could help with snoring but this is where my real skepticism set in. How could rubbing an oil on my husbands big toe REALLY help with snoring? I read that the key is consistency so I am pretty religious about putting it on both of his toes at night before we turn in. For two weeks I have had to wake him up to turn over significantly less. And some nights I don't wake up at all. 

There was one oil in my kit that I didn't open until recently. I didn't really understand the benefits of it so I figured I would give it a shot after I did some research. Melaleuca oil is also known as Tea Tree oil, is known as a great skin refresher. I rarely ever put anything on my skin. My routine every day and night is a face wipe and moisturizer. I wear makeup maybe 2 days a week, and am blessed to not have any acne issues. I do get pretty big blackheads on my nose. I started putting just 1 or 2 drops on with my moisturizer and my skin is brighter and my nose has no visible blackheads. It's not my favorite smell in the world, but after it is all rubbed in the smell goes away quickly. 

Purification is another oil that smells strongly, but for all of the right reasons. When I diffuse it, which is often and especially before people come over, it gives the illusion that my house is really really clean. It is also a very versatile blend. You can add a drop to your laundry for a fresh scent, put some on a cotton ball in your stinky shoes (aka every pair of TOMS I've ever owned), or diffuse it to neutralize odors in the air. 

I could go on and on about what I've used oils for. Peppermint for tension headaches, thieves for Felixs cold, R.C for Felixs cold, citrus fresh as a mood booster, Joy as a mood booster and stress reliever, Breathe Again as a powerful vapo rub for Felixs asthmatic cold, and Pan Away for my achy body. 

I'm not going to try and sell you anything, mostly because I chose not to sign up as a distributor or anything like that.  I don't want to pressure anything to buy something they aren't going to use! I have found Essential Oils to be extremely versatile, helpful, and valuable. They are also completely safe when used correctly, who doesn't love to use 100% natural products especially for their kids?! 

If you have any questions about Essential Oils and there benefits I encourage you to join a facebook group or follow an IG account that has expert knowledge. I am a total novice, but I will happily share more insight as we continue to use them in our daily routine! 


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