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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Little Thing Called Essential Oils

Y'all, I'm the biggest skeptic. I'm always the last to get on board with any trend because I think a lot of them are silly or unnecessary or will fizzle out quickly. But then there are those "trends" that come around and intrigue me, so I sit back and watch and learn about them for years before I do anything about it. That was me with essential oils. They piqued my interest from the start. Young Living is no newbie in the world of blogging--most of the bloggers I've followed for years have been using them and advocating for them as long as I can remember. I've always kept them at arm's length--sure, they probably helped them some, but I thought I didn't have the time to dedicate to using and learning about essential oils. I also don't feel like they're as prevalent in my area--I don't know many people who use them in real life, so I was hesitant to believe that they could actually help us day to day.


Then I read a post by an Instagrammer/Jesus-follower who I loved (who I eventually enrolled under) about how the oils have been crucial to her after having 4 kids close together. Her claims about the emotional support that the essential oils bring to her postpartum was enough for me to want to try them. After battling anxiety after having Williams, I was looking for anything to help me with those anxious feelings, insomnia, and stress overall. I'm a huge believer in medication when needed (hello, I'm a nurse!) but with me breastfeeding Williams, I was afraid to take anything that may affect him, too. I was really just looking for a way to introduce wellness into our family, little by little. Essential oils sounded too good to be true, but I prayed hard about whether this was the way the Lord was leading me or not, and He opened wide that door for me and I'm so thankful for it. Young Living is an incredible company that truly values the product they're putting out, because they know we're using them every single day on ourselves, our husbands, and our babies, so they have to be the best of the best. 

I'm only a couple of months into using my oils, but they're already a huge part of our day. I diffuse peppermint, lavender, and lemon every morning to get us awake and alert (and it makes my house smell like a spa!) Stress Away has become my new best friend. I carry a roller of it in my pocket at work for those busy nights, and I roll it on a couple of times a day to keep me grounded and less anxious. Williams gets diluted Thieves on his feet and down his spine to help with immune support, and the R.C. and frankincense were so helpful with his breathing when he had RSV a few weeks ago. And the Lavender before bedtime makes me sleep so soundly, I don't even hear my husband snore anymore. Peppermint is my go-to for headaches now--I don't reach for that bottle of Ibuprofen anymore. I'm telling you, they're so versatile. And there are SO many of them to utilize. I find new ways to incorporate them in our lives every day and it's kind of thrilling to discover new uses.


My husband is still a little doubtful, but I'm bringing him to the oily side little by little. He loves the way the Panaway smells--I catch him with it often! If you're looking for something more when it comes to daily immune support, emotional support, mood support, sleep support, and more, holler at me. Plus, they smell divine. I would love to just chat with you more about how incredible these little oils are. I have no intention of making this a business, I am just a firm believer in finding things that truly work for our family and spreading the love to those around me, so they'll know the goodness too. I love anything that combines my love of people and my love of serving, and I think that these oils are exactly that. Interacting with people while serving them with ways to fill their lives with abundance and wellness, little by little, day by day with oils. Good stuff, y'all. If you try them, I know you'll love them. 

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