Embracing My Inner Skeptic and Loving Essential Oils
I first heard about the essential oil craze a few years ago when we were still living in Milton. I knew a few “crunchy” moms and followed some others on Instagram who were into diffusing, wearing fancy oil bracelets, and living a “high vibe life” (I still don’t fully get that one). Honestly I thought it would pass.
Fast forward a few years to this past Fall when I started up my own business with Steeped Tea. After leaving my corporate job in Human Resources to stay home and raise my daughter, I wanted something of my own to learn new skills, meet new people, and make some money on the side. This was perfect, and I quickly met other local mamas at a vendor show who were doing similar things with other companies. We formed a very small Facebook group to support each other and encouraged adds of other likeminded ladies into the group. This is how I met my oil lady.
At first I thought “oh here we go with the oils again” immediately dismissing it as something I would never be interested in. To be honest, I’m not fully sure why I felt that way. I really didn’t know anything about it, but it just felt like something that was more work to get involved with that I didn’t have the energy for. Plus I didn’t believe they actually worked.
When I was growing up, we had a very well-stocked medicine cabinet. Headache? Advil. Cough? Benylin. Allergies? Reactine. Scraped knee? Polysporin. There was always a medication at the ready to ease our symptoms. On top of that, I went through a lot of antibiotics since I had asthma and often developed bronchitis, a sinus infection, or some other respiratory ailment. It’s just what we did and I’m glad that my parents always had something to help us feel better and back on our feet quickly.
Now as an adult I’ve eased off a little bit, opting to give my body a chance to heal itself before running to the drug store. We keep the basics on hand – pain killers, tummy meds, cough & cold meds – but they will often expire by the time they’re needed again. For awhile I stopped getting a flu shot because I didn’t find it made a difference for me either way. Then when I was pregnant and breastfeeding Rowan there was a lot that I couldn’t take. I distinctly remember being about 38 1/2 weeks pregnant and coming down with a brutal sinus infection, yet there was nothing I could take. I just toughed through it and luckily it was gone by the time I went into labour. I don’t like going to the doctor and I had a home birth because I didn’t want to go near a hospital (but we ended up there anyway).
Still essential oils seemed hokey to me. Ask my oil lady, it took a long time for me to come around. I think I went to about 4 info nights before I even tried a single thing. The turning point for us was actually something that helped my husband, Rich. We were flying to Disney and he is a nervous flyer on a regular trip with just the two of us. Now throw a toddler’s first flight into the mix, during a week that Trump had said some questionable things to the world (but that’s pretty much all the time am-I-right?). We considered getting him some Ativan from the doctor but ran out of time. Oil lady to the rescue!! She brought us a rollerball of “Balance” which he used on his wrists as we were about to take-off and descend, figuring what the heck, it was worth a try.
Well it worked. Or maybe it was a placebo, I’m not sure. But my husband who is more skeptical of these things than I am, actually told me that he thought it worked. He didn’t feel as stressed and was actually chill throughout the flight. Both there and back we used it and the experience was much better than we originally anticipated. Now I was a believer.
So I decided to try the kit with the top 10 oils: lavender, lemon, peppermint, tea tree, oregano, frankincense, digestzen, easy air, on guard, and deep blue.
The first thing we discovered was fruit & veggie wash. I was actually horrified what came off our grapes and strawberries. Horrified. Thanks, lemon oil!
Then lavender on the bottoms of our feet to sleep. I slept so well that night it was incredible.
Rich still uses Easy Air every night on his chest. It helps him sleep and cuts down on noisy breathing (code word for snoring) which I appreciate.
I’ve used DigestZen for a bloated belly, Deep Blue on sore muscles, and tea tree in my face wash. Peppermint on a sunburn and on the back of our necks to cool off on a hot & sweaty day.
Recently I made wool dryer balls and used a few drops of lavender on each so we can cut out dryer sheets altogether. Each night Rowan requests that we put on her oils – which means a rollerball with 1 drop of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Lavender. Our oil lady made it for us when she was teething but Rowan loves it so much that she uses it everyday.
Just the other day I made an anti-itch cream for Rich to use on mosquito bites (he’s allergic to them and also attracts mosquitos like CRAZY) and he said it worked after just one application. I’m planning to try making some skincare products soon.
So you could say I’m a believer. There is so much to explore and more that I want to try but I’ve learned that you just need to take it one thing at a time. It may take a few ailments to find something that works for you, but once you do, it’s like a lightbulb being turned on. I love that I can help myself and my family feel better without medication, and green up our home in the process. Of course oils can’t cure everything, and there is a time and place for medication, but I will continue to seek ways to use them whenever possible.
Do you use essential oils at home, or are you skeptical? What was the first thing you tried that won you over? Comment below!