It’s no secret- I love my essential oils.
Yeah, I was a skeptic at first too… I thoroughly ignored them for the longest time, but once I tried them, I was hooked. I’m pretty much an oil fanatic these days… I’ve used them to:
- Treat an icky dog bite wound
- Combat colds and flus
- Make all sorts of DIY body products
- Clean my carpets and help with laundry
In fact, I like them so much, I even wrote an eBook about them. (Which you can get for free, by the way…)
Oils have brought many benefits to my home, but as silly as it may sound, these little bottles have really have changed my life in several different ways. Curious?
5 Ways that Essential Oils Have Changed My Life
1. We get sick a lot less.
It’s true. Many essential oils contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, and some can even combat MRSA. When I know that we’ve been exposed to a cold or flu bug, I immediately start diffusing antibacterial blends (sometimes I will also take a few drops of certain oils in a gelatin capsule.)
It’s been amazing how infrequently we have been sick lately– even though we have been heavily exposed to some nasty illnesses. (I do think that rest and diet play an important role here, too.)
Am I saying you’ll never, EVER get sick again if you use essential oils? No– I think that’s a bit unrealistic. But, it’s wonderful to have a simple way to support your body without the use of conventional antibiotics and medications.
2.Everything smells GOOD.
I don’t know about you, but I love smelly stuff. I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for candles, and I used to have tons of different perfumes and body sprays.
Now that I have my stash of essential oils, it’s easier than ever to make myself, my house, and my DIY projects smell pretty– all.the.time.
BUT, the cool thing about oils is that they don’t *just* smell good. Many oils contain properties that are actually beneficial to your body as you smell them. So, that lavender not only is making your laundry smell fancy, but it’s also helping you to relax at the same time.
I even use my oils in place of perfume. I’ll place a dab on my wrists and neck, or I place a drop or two on my clay pendant.
However, I feel like I must warn you– once you start using the oils, you’ll probably find that you no longer care for items made with synthetic scents… I know that I can hardly stand many of my old candles and perfumes anymore… Now that my nose is used to the real deal, it has no tolerance for counterfeits.
3. Essential oils are empowering.
I love that I don’t feel like a helpless victim of big-pharma anymore… Is there a time and place for medical intervention? You bet! But I also think there are times where we can treat ourselves.
In the past, I always felt “stuck” when I had to run to the doctor for little things… I always felt as though I was at the mercy of the system.
Essential oils have given me a natural way to help my family– without always having to rely on prescriptions or doctors who don’t understand our goal of a more naturally-minded lifestyle.
- When Prairie Girl has a fever, I can rub diluted peppermint on her feet, instead of reaching for the Tylenol.
- When hubby has heartburn, I reach for the our favorite digestive blend (it contains peppermint, ginger, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise), instead of the over-the-counter heartburn meds.
- When I have a headache, I use a dab of peppermint or lavender on my forehead instead of Ibuprofeun.
Now instead of feeling panic when someone in my family isn’t feeling well, I take it as a challenge to figure out how I can successfully use the oils to help them feel better.
4. We are better prepared for emergencies.
We live 40 miles from town, so it’s important to be prepared. We have several first-aid kits with the necessary bandages, gauze pads, and band-aids. However, I really feel like essential oils have given my first-aid preparations an added boost.
When hubby was bit by one of our dogs in December, we made the choice to treat the wound at home instead of heading to the hospital. You can read the full story here, but let me just say that the results were astounding! I rather doubt that the little tube of “antibacterial ointment” that came in our first-aid kit would have yielded quite the same results.
I’ll say it again, so I don’t get yelled at– Yes, there is a time and place to visit the hospital. BUT, why not educate yourself to treat what you can at home?
5. I’m even more in awe of the Creator.
Every time that I use my oils to help someone in my family, I can’t help but be amazed and thankful at God’s design in nature.
I think that we as a culture have been pretty much brainwashed to think that they *only* way we can treat an issue is through the use of a drug manufactured in a laboratory.
After all, how could something as “innocent” as a lavender plant or a peppermint leaf have medicinal value? It’s easy to scoff at such a notion.
But, anyone who uses essential oils and herbs knows differently. As I learn more and more about natural remedies, I am astounded at the healing properties God placed in so many different plants- I truly believe He gave us a whole medicine cabinet in nature– we just have to figure out how to use it.
Everytime I write a post about essential oils, I get a whole bunch of emails asking which brand I use. There are a LOT of different options out there, but I use doTERRA oils, and L-O-V-E them.
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