Ok, I’ll admit that I thought essential oils were more for the crunchy, granola types. Yes, I like a little aromatherapy with my massage or around my home, but other than offering a pleasant scent to my surroundings I didn’t think the oils were doing much.
My mother-in-law was a huge fan of homeopathy and loved to visit The Organic Pharamacy in London and bring back loads of remedies for the entire family. I would just laugh at Malcolm when he would take his liver drops or his colon cleanse (I do love to use their burn cream). I became more intrigued by homeopathy when we were in London and Malcolm’s mother convinced him to have a health assessment at The Organic Pharmacy. I sat in on his consultation and listened as the homeopath asked Malcolm about his lifestyle, diet, excersice, emotion, and family health. She then did a galvanic body scan on him to assess his stress level, vitamin and mineral status, hormone imbalances, oxygenation,toxicity, antioxidantiants and hydration. From this information the homeopath developed a health plan for Malcolm to help balance out his body. He used all the oils and remedies she recommended and said that he felt better after using them. After watching the consultation I was interested in the process and wanted to have my own assessment done, but I was pregnant with Alexandra at the time and the body scan is not recommended during pregnancy. Still, I wasn’t sold that essential oils really did anything.
A couple of weeks ago my friend, Jennifer, asked my if she could send me a few doTERRA oils for me to try. I told her I would love to test them out. She sent me samples of lavender, lemon, peppermint (these are the basics), and wild orange. At first, I was a little intimidated and didn’t really know what to do with them. But after reading Jennifer’s blog, Texas Oil Mama, I started to get new ideas on how to use the oils. She has some great posts about using oils and lots of great tips on her Instagram as well. Malcolm loves to use the lemon oil in his water and the girls love to have a lavender massage and lavender drops on their pillows before bed. Here’s a link to a 101 ways to use oils.
After almost using up all the oils Jennifer sent me I decided to place an order to try out some more oils. On her blog, Jennifer talks about replacing many of the items in her medicine cabinet with oils. I like the idea of using natural remedies on my kids when they have a bobo if possible. So I order the Family Physician Kit to get me started. It contains 5 mL bottles of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Frankincense, Deep Blue®, Breathe, DigestZen® and On Guard®. I also ordered PastTense® to help alleviate headaches, On Guard® Foaming Hand Soap, and TerraShield® an all-natural bug repellent (and it really works!).
I am looking forward to using these oils on a daily basis and then giving you feedback on them in the future. I also can’t wait to order a diffuser so I can begin diffusing oils throughout my home. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer if you have questions about using oils. She is a wonderful resource and more than happy to answer your questions! You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The samples were sent to me to try for free, but I purchased the additional products with my own money.