Not Essentially The Same

If you were like me, you probably thought that every bottle of essential oil was the same. I believed I could go into any store and buy an essential oil and reap the benefits.  How could an essential oil be bad for me?  How different can each company be?  Isn’t lavender, lavender?

Venturing into a healthy lifestyle can often times be daunting, frustrating, even upsetting to have to tell the good from the bad.  Many times people just give up completely.  So I am here to help!

First, let me start by telling you this… not all essential oils are the same!  In fact you might be buying and using ones that hold no benefits (maybe worse) and are really just a waste of money, but smell nice (that’s at least something).  There are many factors to consider when purchasing and using essential oils. Considerations such as how the oils are grown, cultivated, distilled and packaged.

But why is this important?  Because if you want the benefits an essential oil has to offer you don’t want it diluted in solvents or distilled to the point there is no volatile components left.  For instance, an essential oil bottle can be labeled as 100% Pure and only contain 5% essential oil! And if that 5% was distilled incorrectly (for the type of plant), there could be very little beneficial constituents left in that mere 5%.  So why bother huh?

But I don’t want to sit here and type out all the things you should want to look for in an essential oil, because lets face it, you wouldn’t sit at your screen and read it all.  So I am going to keep this short, peak your interest, encourage you to learn more and beseech (I have never used that word in my life, why not start now) you to contact me for more information.

Let me share with you personally, my continued knowledge to start you in the right direction.  I want to help you choose a brand of essential oils that will bring you all the great benefits they have to offer and to guide you through all their countless uses.  I will take the confusion away and get you started.

I am beginning this conversation and I hope you will continue it with me.

 

 

Essentially Gone

Essential oils first came into my life for one reason, to help alleviate/heal an old injury that resurfaced with vengeance.   After trying many alternative therapies (which I feel, have also contributed to my pain relief), it was suggested to me that I try essential oils.

Enter essential oils into my life…..

After feeling the relief that the essential oils were bringing me, I decided to read up on them.  Boy was I surprised at all I would learn.  The benefits of essential oils were mind blowing!  From pain relief, emotional support, calming benefits, house cleaning help, air purifying to skin rejuvenation, cold and flu prevention, the benefits are ENDLESS.

Through my reading, one thing really stuck in my mind, if you are really drawn to a scent you probably need it.

The body is an amazing thing and it uses so many avenues to tell you exactly what it needs.  For instance, if you are craving something to eat it is probably due to the fact that your body needs something from that nutrient.  Just like with essential oils, if you are drawn to a scent, your body may need what that oil can offer.

Today’s blog is to share my little story.

There once was an essential oil called, Wintergreen and this oil was one that the girl (me) used everyday.  But unlike the others, this one brought the girl an overwhelming sense of relief and joy.  Everyday, the girl would put on the oils, one by one, blend them into the area of issue and feel her pain dissipate.  Each and every time the girl opened this little bottle of wintergreen, she would want to pour it over her entire body.  The scent was just amazing to the girl!  The girl would literally wanted to eat it.  The End. (Should I publish this story?)

Up until I started to learn more about essential oils, I had no idea why I would have this reaction.  As I learned, Wintergreen is known for therapeutic actions of soothing, clearing, relieving and can support bones, muscles, joints and tendons.  NO WAY!  Reading this, learning that your body is attracted to scents it may need and relating it back to my main areas of concern, I was blown away. These oils are exactly what I needed.

Now onto my experiment.

Back story…

I am a severe headache/migraine sufferer.  Ever since I can remember (6 years old), I have been battling headaches.  I have used every drug I can imagine to try and alleviate them. In my search for healthier options I started to think about the essential oils that I am drawn too, such as, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Spearmint.  Go figure!  All the ones that are touted as helping with headaches, tension, circulation, soothing (just to name a few things).

Results…

For the past 3 weeks (or so) I have been avoiding all drugs (legal, come on folks!) and have been dousing myself in oils.  I am happy to report that only once has this not worked.  So far using essential oils, in conjunction with ice, has been helping my headaches ease and go away.  Hooray!  My headaches are, essentially gone.

So… are you sold yet?  If not, don’t worry, I have more stories to share, in due time.