About two months ago, my grandmother gifted me an oil diffuser. I was pretty excited since I had recently read all of the natural health benefits of oils but had never gone out and bought a diffuser myself.
I quickly started reviewing the different types of oils online and ordered a bottle of Lavender to test for myself. I also had a bottle of Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil on hand–a VERY popular oil that our babysitter had given it to us when Beckham was sick. I had no idea this stuff was the equivalent of liquid gold in the holistic health community! (Retails at $45 a bottle)
After a week of diffusing oils before bed, I was hooked so I decided to research a little deeper. I was so intrigued by the outstanding reviews I was seeing as well as the many different health concerns that essential oils are said to fix. So I did what any other intrigued mama would do, I splurged and ordered the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. One of the best essential oil brands out there. Go big or go home, right?
You guys I could not be more satisfied and surprised, at the way these oils have helped me and my family. If you’re looking for a more natural way to keep the people you love healthy, you might consider giving essential oils a try, too.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are liquids distilled from plants or other sources. You can use essential oils in a variety of ways, including smelling them for aromatherapy, rubbing them on your skin, or ingesting them.
Besides smelling wonderful, essential oils have other positive properties. Oils have been used for centuries for healing. While it might sound a little crazy — it did to me — a few drops of oil may be enough to solve some common complaints around the house.
Essential Oils Are Versatile AF
Essential oils are versatile AF. Take for example, lavender essential oil. Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils of all. It’s most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body and has been highly regarded for the skin. You can use it to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. Furthermore, the fragrance of the oil is calming and relaxing which is what I have mostly used Lavender for. I diffuse a couple drops before bed and I sleep like a freaking baby.
If you’re looking for a little help with PMS symptoms, sniffing or rubbing some sage oil, or chamomile oil on your skin can help you feel a bit more balanced.
Feeling sickly with all of the Holiday germs? Try diffusing a combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. This combination has antibacterial and antiviral properties that may help your family avoid whatever illness is going around. Plus, it makes your house smell amazing! This is where Young Living becomes super helpful because they have a ton of combination oils, such as Thieves that I mentioned above. Remember I also mentioned the $45 price tag, but you can buy it for 24% off when you sign up for a YL membership.
Nowwww you see why I splurged??!
Essential Oils Can Essentially Help With Everything
Yes there’s more that essential oils help with. In fact, just do a simple Pinterest search and you’ll find 100’s of ways to use your essential oils. Here’s some of my favorite uses:
Headaches: Simply apply a drop or two of peppermint oil to your temples or wherever you’re feeling occasional muscle tension, and stave off potential discomfort.
Anti Aging: Lemon oils are also used in a variety of commercial skin care products to help reduce the signs of aging, such as wrinkles.
Skin:I have relatively clear skin, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect! Frankincense in lotions, geranium in toners, rose oil in moisturizers, and carrot seed oil in DIY sunblock—the possibilities are endless and are free of toxin-laden ingredients found in commercial products.
Relaxation: The olfactory sense is derived from a primal part of our brain (the limbic system). Scents have the power to transport us to specific memories and, during periods of stress, a soothing smell can mean the difference between relaxation and a negative downward spiral. Scents are very personal and there are dozens of different oils to choose from. Some top favorite relaxing scents are Purification (citrus/light floral), Stress Away (woods/limey/clean), and Thieves (cinnamon-y goodness).
Cleaning: Why buy toxic cleaning products when you can make your own—laundry detergent, carpet cleaner, and dish soap to name a few!
I am in no way an aromatherapist…I’m just a mom looking for holistic approaches to solving life’s everyday problems.
If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils or think you’d like to try something out, let me know. You can also sign up for a membership with Young Living and get 24% off retail price on all products: click here to sign up.
What do you have to lose?