First of all, this post is going to be a little different for me, but I’m so excited that I wanted to share with you something that has changed my life in just a short period time. Really, I’m not kidding, changed my life!
A couple of months ago I started using essential oils.
(Hmmm…I think I can hear crickets chirping.)
I’m sure you’re reading this and thinking – what is she talking about? What are essential oils, and what could they possibly have to do with designing, sewing and DIY projects (some of the usual topics of my blog)??
Well, they don’t have anything to do with designing, sewing and DIY projects, except that they have changed my emotional state so that I can concentrate on designing, sewing and DIY projects, as well as everything else in my life.
Also, they have helped me ward off colds, healed my canker and cold sores, relieved my headaches, helped with my heartburn and helped me to sleep better at night.
First, before we get into that, I guess I should explain what essential oils are. Specifically, Young Living Essential Oils.
Essential oils are the oils derived from plants. They’re not something new, they have been used for thousands of years. The three wise men brought two essential oils for baby Jesus – Frankincense and Myrrh. They’re used to promote emotional health, physical health, and a lot of other things too.
I first learned about essential oils from a blogger friend a few months ago. She wrote a blog post about how she started using essential oils to help with anxiety that she sometimes felt. Rather than using prescription drugs, she wanted a more natural way to cope with anxiety and stress.
I researched essential oil companies a bit after reading her post, and I liked that Young Living has been around for a long time, they grow all of the plants on their own farms all over the world, and they don’t dilute the oils – they’re 100% pure with no additives.
Because I’ve always had problems dealing with anxiety and stress, I told her I was interested in learning more about essential oils. That was in January, and it wasn’t until we were in the midst of our renovation in April that I contacted her again. Actually she contacted me first and asked if I was still interested in talking about the oils, and I said yes, I need help!
Our house renovation was making me VERY stressed and anxious. It was horribly hard to live and work in the house while it was going on. I have written a couple of posts about it here and here. I was extremely overwhelmed, just spinning my wheels and not getting anything done. I was getting desperate to find some relief from the stress, anxiety and sleeplessness.
My friend talked to me about the oils, and how she and her family were using them. I was very intrigued that some of the oils help boost the immune system, because my daughter has had Guillain Barre syndrome and my son has Ulcerative Colitits which are both caused by their immune systems going a little haywire. If some of these oils could help them boost their immune systems, I was all for it!
She also made a recommendation for what to order first from Young Living – the Premium Starter Kit, which comes with 11 oils, some samples, and a diffuser. Here’s a graphic of the 11 oils that come in the starter kit, and some of the ways they can help. I love that I can use these oils instead of ibuprofen, cold sore medicine, mouth rinse for my canker sores, heartburn tablets, bug spray, itch relief gel for bug bites, acetaminophen pm and cold remedies. Some of which can be very expensive.
I have to tell you, that at first I was pretty skeptical that they would help me, but I’m a believer now! I’m not a salesperson and I don’t want to be pushy, but when I get excited about something I want to tell everyone about it. I want everyone else to benefit from these oils too. I’m constantly being amazed at what these oils can do.
I also want to stress (no pun intended!) that while I would rather not use prescription drugs for my anxiety and stress, I’m not saying they don’t have their place. Doctors and modern medicines are wonderful, but if I can use something natural instead I’m all for it.
In the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing with you how I’ve used each of the 11 oils that came in the Premium Started Kit, and how they have helped me. I know it’s not what I normally blog about, and if you’re not interested, that’s OK. There’s still going to be lots of home decor, sewing and DIY projects here too!
If you’re interested in ordering your own essential oils from Young Living, I have a Young Living Essential Oils page that will help walk you through the process.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I’m just sharing my experiences.