A few weeks ago, I was sick. Luckily it was nothing more than a cold but it was still enough to make me feel like a sloth. Before I became a mom, I would take a day to rest if I was feeling under the weather. Take it easy, ya know? Relax. Sleep in. Nap. Sleep in general was key. But obviously I’m a mom now and there are no sick days to be had at this job. The boss (AKA my daughter) was very demanding. She still had high expectations from me and didn’t care that Mommy was sick. Boohoo!
Like I said, thankfully this didn’t turn in to anything more than a sore throat and a stuffy nose, but one of my biggest concerns was the fear of passing the sickness along to my baby! Having a sick child is my worst nightmare. I know, I know… it’s bound to happen. But I have this internal struggle with the idea of giving my daughter medicine and know that a sick baby often means zero sleep. Sleep is life. Cue panic attack.
Hear me out. I’m by no means against medicine. I think that there is a time and place for it, absolutely! I also understand that giving my daughter Tylenol or Advil isn’t the end of the world. In fact, I have some on stand by for her in our medicine cabinet. So, I repeat… I’m pro medicine… but I’m also pro natural medicine. The way I look at is if there’s a natural approach that can be just as, if not more effective, than why not give that a try?
A few months ago, I was introduced to essential oils. I will admit that I was a total sceptic but after hearing stories from people I know and love, I figured that there was no harm in giving them a try. So I went ahead and ordered the Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit. It came with 11 of their most popular oils, a diffuser and lots of other goodies. Not only was this kit a better value than buying a diffuser and essential oils separately but it also served as a great starting point.
I am just starting out and have lots to learn, but I’m eager to try more “recipes” and use these in my daily life! So far, my family loves them. We diffuse them daily and my husband has been converted into a believer after he used Peppermint EO on his temples after suffering from a headache. He gets headaches often and would always reach for Advil to find relief. Surely taking Advil on a semi-regular basis can’t be good for you, so we’re happy that we’ve found a natural cure for those pesty headaches! I’m hopeful that these oils will help us fight more illnesses and ailments in our family and that we can refrain from using traditional medicine when possible.
A few days ago, my friend hosted an essential oils 101 party where we learned more about these oils. It was a very informative session that gave me a better understanding on how to use essential oils to make them work for our family. I also learned the importance of using pure essential oils. Now this is something that I still struggle with…
Apparently not all essential oils are pure… even if they say that they are. Young Living and doTerra are two of the most popular Essential Oil companies and are known for their purity. They’re also known to be sold by people who aren’t necessarily herbalists or aromatherapists. I’m by no means discrediting either of those companies and I do believe that the oils they sell are pure. But I also feel like I would be more inclined to purchase oils from someone who is knowledgeable on what they’re selling. An aromatherapist, for example specialises in essential oils much like a Dentist specialises in teeth. They are knowledgeable on their trade. At the same time, those who are selling these essential oils from Young Living and doTerra believe in the product of the company they work for and have used their particular oils for themselves. So, does this mean that they are their own specialist? Are they only able to speak on what has worked for them, their family and from what they have heard from other people? Quite possibly. I just feel like it would be more beneficial for everyone if those who sell these oils were herbalists and aromatherapists. I’m not familiar with the training that they receive, nor do I know their accreditation but I would certainly value their opinion more if they were further educated on ALL essential oils and not just believers and followers of the particular brand that they are selling. I feel like a non-biased opinion is always appreciated and since I am using these oils on my family it’s important to me that I am using EO’s properly, safely and so that I am able to get the most value out of them.
With that being said, I do believe that it’s important to do your own research. Use essential oils at your own discretion. If you feel comfortable and trust the information that you’re being given by retailers, family and friends who are essential oils specialists in their own right, go for it! But if you’re not sure and prefer to seek advice from a specialist like an aromatherapist or even your family physician… I encourage you to do that too. I believe in essential oils and that they have natural healing properties and benefits. I believe that they are a great alternative to medicine because they’ve been around for years and are proven to be effective. I also believe that it’s important to use oils that are 100% pure and that they are being used safely. So whether you’re buying oils from a large company like doTerra or Young Living, or from a small wellness business in your town, make sure that you’re using oils that are pure and that they are being used properly.
I am excited to continue using essential oils in my life and trust that they will help my family live a healthier and cleaner lifestyle.
They say that there’s an oil for everything so I hope that you find a way to learn more about there benefits so that you’re able to get the most out of every powerful drop!