essential oils!

I've been exploring the wide world of essential oils lately.  It was kind of a random path that led me to essential oils, but also it was a long time coming.  I had a friend who started using them and they changed her life.  I was obviously a bit curious (and a lot skeptical), so after chatting with her for a bit, I decided that I wanted to give essential oils a try myself.  I knew that essential oils were sold at my local natural health store, but after doing some research and reading about essential oils, I knew that I didn't want to bother wasting my money with lower quality oils.  I'd also seen stories from people who'd tried using oils from natural health food stores and they didn't work... and then tried Young Living's essential oils, and they worked.  So I decided to start my essential oils journey with Young Living.  Since I wanted to go for it, I decided to become a Young Living member, which I think is the best way to do it.  As a member you get the wholesale prices, versus being a retail customer and paying the full retail prices, which are 24% more than the wholesale prices.  Do you own research before choosing which essential oil company you want to use.  There's a lot of conflicting information out there, it can be discouraging. I'd heard enough testimonials from people who used Young Living, I chose to go with them.

I'm still a newbie to the whole essential oil thing.  I know there are people out there who are 100% sold on the whole thing, and I'm still in the optimistic skeptic camp, but so far in my own little experimentations with them I've been very pleased and excited about the possibilities.  So far I've used my oils for quite a few things!  I'm a relatively healthy person, I don't have any chronic health problems or anything, so I wasn't sure if I'd be using the oils frequently, but it's amazing how many things can be replaced by essential oils!

My first attempt at using them was on chapped lips.  I had some crazy chapped, peeling lips from the winter climate and heard that Lavender was great for fixing that right up.  Not only did it instantly relieve the cracks in my lips, overnight Lavender healed them up and they looked better than ever.  I kicked a yeast infection in a couple days using Thieves and Purification (a couple essential oil blends).  I bit the inside of my cheek super hard and I know that whenever that happens it always turns into a horrible canker sore.  So bad that I can barely eat.  In two days of using Thieves on the bite, it was totally healed and never came close to becoming a canker sore.  Peppermint is great for headaches, and Panaway is amazing on my sore post-workout muscles (Insanity will do that to ya, let me tell you).  I've also started putting drops of Cedarwood in my conditioner to help promote hair growth after I lost a bunch of hair from using birth control pills, so I have yet to see the results from that yet.  Oh!  And Lavender and Peppermint helped soothe some period cramps too!  I haven't had those in forever since I've been on birth control and now that I'm off I guess it's back to that fun grind.  Cedarwood and Valor have both become my go-to insomnia-butt-kicker, for the occasional night when my brain won't let my body sleep.  I realized that even though I don't deal with any major health problems, I've found that oils have been great for just my regular I'm-A-Human daily issues.  And the best part is that I don't have to use any drugs.  I haven't taken any drugs since getting my starter kit.  Huzzah!

If you're interested in getting started with essential oils or just want a little more info on the kit that I started off with, click here!

I am required by law in the USA to state, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” If you are under the care of a physician or taking prescription medications, please inform your doctor before using essential oils. If you are pregnant or nursing be sure to check with your physician before using essential oils. Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.