Ive had some people asking, Why Essential Oils, do they really “work”, “are they just a fad?” “Can they really help me?” “Will it be a waste of money…”
Ultimately this is a decision you must make on your own to be open to learning and the possibility of natural health and wellness … however this is my story!
Let me begin with saying, this past year + has been an amazing time of growth, education and change – in so many ways for myself and my family.
Ive made a decision to further my education and share my own knowledge and experience with essential oils.
Because the oils themselves have had a profound effect on our family and our daily life. The company Ive chosen to represent, continues to set their standards higher to ensure their oils are 100% pure with no additives, chemicals, fillers and true to the labeling of what is written on the bottle is in fact what is IN the bottle! It is extremely important to do your research, know the company and their history, before using any essential oil. Especially since there is no governing body to regulate the industry.
I love my job working within our family business dedicated to Home Comfort – whether its Plumbing and Heating or Property Rentals. This for me was a very natural fit. Since becoming an avid Essential Oil user I now feel much more dedicated to “Home Comfort” and am finally able to fully enjoy my job and life in general – because I FEEL GOOD!
I am not shy about sharing that I am living with THREE invisible illnesses. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS, Hypothyroidism and Endometriosis.
Did you know that when you have these illnesses – or other invisible illnesses for that matter – there are a LOT of over the counter meds you are not to take… I didn’t know this, I was never told this, I found this out on my own.
Did the Essential Oils cure me? No.
Essential Oils do not cure – they support the body’s natural functions.
Essential Oils are plant based and something that our body easily recognizes whether it be applied topically, aromatically or internally*.
For many, Many MANY years I suffered in silence, I felt broken, I felt so very much alone. I went through years of various “treatments”, many tests which showed I was “in the normal range” yet I felt off, unhappy, had zero energy to do anything, was extremely uncomfortable, experiencing daily discomfort and completely felt at a loss. I was losing out on fun with my family which was bringing me down even more.
For anyone else out there who has had similar feelings – you are not alone!
I was first introduced to Essential Oils from someone within our community, I was looking for a natural option for our family and after leaving my first class I knew this was it! I went home, read through all of the information, did research online about essential oils, read up on the various oils and what they could do for us… finally making my first purchase in June 2014. For the first few months I slowly began integrating the oils into our daily life, if something came up rather than doing what we had always done, I made myself think outside of the box, beyond what I was always used to.
This is when I began noticing that the oils were making a difference, not just in myself but also in my kids.
When asked what we use the oils for or how they could help someone else… my first thought is “for everything”… because we truly do use them for everything!
How have they helped ME personally…
- Head tension.
The head tension I used to experience all.the.time is now .5 out of 20 days – significantly less. I use a tension blend as well as our soothing blend, lavender and frankincense – depending on the type of tension. When its more severe I will use all three – however I am so happy to say that this is extremely rare now – yay!
- Constant discomfort and pain.
The constant discomfort and pain I had almost daily in my abdomen related to PCOS, its significantly less. I used to be in tears some days because of this pain and was taking over the counter meds all.the.time so often in fact that it began not being as effective in the past. I have not taken an over the counter med in a year now!
- Stomach/Digestive discomfort and pain.
For years I experienced a lot of discomfort and irregularity with my stomach and digestive health – again comes with the above illnesses I live with. With our digestive blend I have not only relief, but comfort as well as the wonderful feeling of being more “normal”.
- I am sleeping extremely well.
Over the years Ive had difficulty sleeping an entire night, which as we know affects our day to day activities and overall wellness. I have never slept better than I do with my diffuser and various essential oils. A few fav combinations are Wild Orange and Lavender, Cedarwood and Bergamot, Vetiver and Lavender… in the past I did try a prescribed sleeping aid – please do NOT. Your body then 100% relies on this medicine to sleep and you can become dependent on this.
- I feel balanced.
Anyone who has an invisible illness will know exactly what this means. Some days can truly feel like an uphill battle and regardless the various options I tried, my body was simply miserable. I truly believe feeling this balanced is a combination of the essential oils I use daily and the supplements I take daily. These supplements are outstanding and are natural plant based – you can actually see the powdered nutrients in the veggie capsule move – they are not packed and compressed into one large multivitamin, I personally experienced stomach discomfort and ill-feelings with these types of compressed multivitamins I used to take.
- I am not sick all.the.freaking.time !
This is huge for me. I used to get sick all the time. Very annoying. I used to take the over the counter “stuff” to help with various issues – as I mentioned above… not many people know that with a variety of invisible illness (also including many heart issues) there are many over the counter meds you are NOT to be taking. I was never educated about this when diagnosed, I found this out on my own. Another one of the long list of warnings on the product package!
Do you have to have an illness for your body to positively benefit from the use of essential oils? Of course not…
The essential oils assist us and within our home in:
- protecting against environmental and seasonal threats,
- deterring insects,
- promoting healthy cell function,
- powerful cleansing and purifying agent,
- creating a sense of calm and well-being,
- promoting whole-body relaxation,
- soothes sore muscles and joints,
- cooling the body,
- enhances memory function,
- promotes mental alertness,
- reduces stress and tension,
- soothes minor skin irritations,
- maintains clear airways and breathing,
- supports overall respiratory health,
- soothes and balances the digestive system,
- promotes healthy, clear skin,
- and so So SO much more!
I am in no way anti-doctor, my kids are vaccinated, they’ve had all of their check ups etc, our medical system in Canada is one we are extremely lucky to have – when its required. We have never received the flu shot and I am confident we never will. There is most definitely a time and need for prescription medication, however my personal experience is they tend to be over prescribed.
In January of this year I began taking plant based supplements, beginning with a lower dose and a few months later upping to the full recommended dose. I have honestly never felt better. These supplements are scientifically made up to assist the body in finding its natural balance with optimal levels of the various vitamins and minerals required for the body. They provide essential vitamins and minerals to support normal growth, function and maintenance of cells; fights free radicals with antioxidant vitamins A, C and E; supports healthy metabolism and cellular energy (huge for someone with PCOS); supprots bone health, healthy immune function and healthy digestion (also important); promotes healthy cardiovascular and nervous system function; supports healthy joint function and comfort; protects against lipid oxidation and supports healthy function of the brain and much much more!
About 10 months ago I began making our own cleaners – simply with water, vinegar and essential oils – its all we use in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room – everywhere in the house. I change up the scents with the season, for the fall and winter we use a protective blend, which has a wonderfully spicy, warm scent which is extremely powerful. In the spring and summer we will use a citrus essential oil such as lemon or orange – the smell is simply amazing – so fresh, uplifting and invigorating!
Ive also been making our own foam soaps – Ive quite honestly found that since using essential oils in our daily life, the “fake” scents are extremely over powering to me. To make your own foam soaps its also easy by using water, liquid castile soap and essential oil. Again they can be scented with whichever essential oil you would like. Typically its similar to our cleaners, citrus in the spring and summer and the protective blend in the fall and winter.
I even make my own deodorant… do you know how many chemicals are in many of the deodorants at the stores?! For most people with invisible illnesses these are things you should stay far far away from! Deodorant is so simple to make with aluminum free baking soda, arrowroot powder, coconut oil and essential oils. It may take your body time to adjust, however when you do, you will not miss the sticky, waxy residue of deodorant left on your skin and clothes and much like the soap and cleaner you can scent it to what you enjoy!
My kids were on board immediately after getting our first order of oils and are still just as excited as I am when our monthly order arrives! They have loved experiencing the smells, learning about what each of the oils do and have even begun sharing on their own with their teachers and friends. The kids have become their own little wellness advocates and I am proud to say that they are learning to be pro-active for their health vs relying on synthetic based alternatives which may only temporarily mask what is happening in their bodies.
Another great thing about essential oils is one oil has SO many capabilities and uses… also if you do not like the smell of a certain oil, there will be others which will assist and support your body for whatever your need may be.
Why did I decide to represent an essential oil company, because I believe in not only the company but in their products. The company I have chosen to represent and be a part of prides themselves on the quality of their oils, from the locations and farmers who grow the plants which are then made into the essential oils, to the testing to ensure what is in the bottle is only essential oil with no other additives, fillers, chemicals etc. I also love the fact that we are essentially one big family, the resources available, training, education etc is amazing.
I was asked recently if I was offered thousands of dollars for ALL my essential oils and could never touch them again (from our company) would I? Hahaha NEVER! These are a staple in our life in so many ways.
Essential Oils have truly changed my life and I know they can also have an impact on yours!
The best way is to experience them, I would be happy to share a sample with you!
*All essential oils are not created equal, there is no governing body over the quality or disclosure of ingredients within any essential oil bottles. If an oil is labeled “For external use only” this generally means what is in the bottle is not a 100% pure oil – typically this means there are fillers, additives, chemicals or the oil listed on the bottle isn’t even the oil in the bottle. The company I have chosen to represent have set a standard for themselves to ensure every single batch is tested 3 times and meets their standards. They pride themselves in quality. Their labeling reflects topical, aromatic and internal use – if the oil is not to be ingested their will not be supplement facts. When used topically and aromatically essential oils can quickly begin benefiting the body and are absorbed into the blood stream within seconds. This is why the use of a quality essential oil from a company which is transparent in their testing and procedures is extremely important.