Sound familiar? That was me when I was first introduced to Essential Oils. I wondered…”Could essential oils really help me with my family’s needs?” To say the least, I was very skeptical. I just figured it was someone trying to make a buck selling me something that didn’t really work.
Make life better…one drop at a time…
My husband had suffered with some chronic discomfort for many years, so I was/am always on the look-out for something that might make things better for him. I think that’s how a lot of us think…always on the look-out for something that might help our child, spouse, significant other, parent or whatever. But we don’t want to be taken in either, right?
First, before I get into more of that, let’s talk about what essential oils really are. They are volatile compounds produced from the root, stem, flower, bark, or peel of plants. They are the part of the plant that “protects” the plant. For example, have you ever held an orange in your hand and rubbed the skin? Then smelled the beautiful aroma of orange on your hands? That’s the essential oil!
That’s great, but how do essential oils help ME?
Essential oils are carbon based, and so are you! When they are used topically, aromatically and/or internally, the body recognizes the constituents that make up the oils and puts them to work to help balance your body’s systems. In other words, essential oils help me by being easily broken down into components the body recognizes and knows what to do with. Quickly and easily.
Keep in mind all essential oils are not the same. If you are unsure of the safety and purity of your oils, don’t use them internally. The brand I use is safe for internal use and I will refer to that often.
Ever noticed how a good smell can bring back a happy memory?
When used aromatically the essential oils can have positive effects on the limbic system. This is where memories are stored, and one reason smell is so intertwined with long-term memories. As they stimulate the limbic system, you can also experience a change in emotion, stress levels, and even unconscious physiological functions like breathing and heart rate.
Think of it like this: stimulus>>physical reaction in body>>emotional response in body>>like pain, restlessness, trouble sleeping, stress>>sickness, dis-ease, etc.>>physical reaction>>and the cycle continues.
What if we can break the stress cycle?
What if you insert an aroma, topical application or internal drop after physical or emotional reaction in the body? And it triggers a response in the Limbic System, Respiratory System, Immune System, Circulatory System, and/or Digestive System?
You see police lights in your rear view mirror>>>your heart starts beating faster and you start to sweat as you realize you are speeding>>you feel scared>>you are so stressed as you pull over that your hands shake and you have trouble breathing>>officer comes to your window and you can barely roll it down because your hands are shaking>>officer asks if you know how fast you were going>>you can’t think what to say, so you say “no”>>he writes you a ticket>> more stress because your bank account is almost empty>>etc.
How could we change this scenario?
You see police lights in your rear view mirror>>>your heart starts beating faster and you start to sweat as you realize you are speeding>>you feel scared>>you grab a bottle of Balance essential oil and swipe a drop under your nose and breathe deeply>>you feel more calm and your body relaxes a little as you pull over >>officer comes to your window and you roll it down and smile at the officer>>officer asks if you know how fast you were going>>you say yes sir, 10 miles over the speed limit>>he smiles back and tells you to go a bit slower and be safe>>you tell him thanks and get back on the freeway>>you are relieved and calm.
Ok, maybe an exaggeration, but you get the point right?
Interrupt the downward spiral and change the outcome. And you do it naturally. That’s what an essential oil can do for you!
You could apply this same logic to a discomfort cycle, anxiousness cycle, digestive cycle and so much more.
Essential oils are a simple but effective tool I use in helping me deal with the difficulties of everyday life, while helping prevent many of the challenges we as adults and our children of all ages face daily. And I use them without negative side effects, without them expiring on the shelf…all while promoting a healthier, happier me.
So back to what I learned with my hubby…
He tore his rotator cuff right after I received my first oil kit. He couldn’t take Ibuprofen because a doctor had him on it for another issue and it had started to mess with his liver, so that was a no go. He was HURTING, and I had to do something.
So, we tried the oils. I rubbed 3-5 drops of peppermint essential oil mixed with about 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil (FCO) as a carrier oil on his shoulder. And for the first time in several nights, he slept. I thought maybe it was a fluke…maybe he was just exhausted from several nights of no sleep. We did it again the next night. He slept through the night again. And it kept working, night after night. He still had to have his surgery. It wasn’t magic, but it was VERY EFFECTIVE. And for us at that time, it was a huge blessing.
What issues do you deal with?
Muscle stress and strain, join discomfort, stress, digestive problems, cardiovascular issues, circulatory, immune issues, emotions, weight management, or sleep issues?
Then essential oils may just be the natural, safe, effective tool you have been looking for. If you haven’t seen this yet, feel free to download my Top 7 Essential Oils Quick Guide to get an idea of some of the things the oils can do for you.
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Warning….you may get excited…this stuff is pretty great!
What’s the best thing for me from here?
Typically, if you think you want to start using the oils, the smartest move is to purchase one of our starter kits. You save a lot and get more for your money. If you want to check out my special offer, and explore which kits I recommend right now, check out this post entitled “How to get your own Essential Oils and Natural Products“.
Not sure yet? That’s OK! Would you like to know more about how essential oils can help you have a happy tummy? Or A better nights sleep? Answers to these questions and so much more are contained in my posts. Or feel free to contact me with any questions you have…I’ve got your back!
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