why I fell in love with essential oils

You guys, I was the biggest skeptic ever.  Until now…

Why I Fell In Love With Essential Oils

I have been hearing about essential oils for years and have just been ignoring all the ‘kooks’ (yes, my friends) that use the stuff.

I dabbled here and there in the last several months…  a little clove oil (mixed with coconut oil!) on my babies’ gums when they are teething is a lifesaver.  And yes, lavender is very soothing, I give ‘em that.

But beyond that, I took everything in one ear and out the other, smiling and nodding as I went.

But then, I just couldn’t ignore it anymore.  More and more people, that I know, love and trust, were telling me their stories and ‘oily testimonies’ and I finally figured I needed to really dig in and see what all the hype was about!

So I ordered a premium starter kit from Young LIving Essential Oils (really no better way to start.  So much bang for your buck!) and jumped right into trying out all the oils.

The very first thing I did was start using the diffuser.  And my goodness do I love that thing!

I put Thieves in there right away because Maren (my one year old) was miserably sick that day.  In this house, as I’m sure in most, if one kiddo is sick, the others are soon to follow.  I doubted anything would change that, but I was willing to try so I diffused Thieves pretty much that whole day.  And you know what?  NO ONE else in this house got sick!  With my loving, hugging, germ-sharing kiddos, that’s just craziness!!

Whether it’s to diffuse Thieves to prevent germs from spreading, to just diffusing Purification for a fresh, clean-smelling house, I love love love my diffuser.  If you like candles, you would love having an essential oil diffuser!

Anyways, the next thing I did was look up some remedies for my Restless Leg Syndrome (By the way, Pinterest is your friend when it comes to using Essential Oils!  So many great resources at your fingertips!)

If you have RLS, you know how frustrating it can be.  You are so tired, and yet all your legs want to do is move, and your body just cannot relax.  I was not expecting much, but I rubbed a mixture of Stress Away, Peace & Calmingand Lavender into my calves and up my legs and within minutes… I was out cold for the night!  (It is the last thing I do before bed almost every night now!)

A few days later, Bjørn (my 4 year old) bumped his head hard and immediately got a painful bump.  He is quite sensitive, and wanted me to give him some medicine to help him feel better.  So I put a drop of Panaway and Lavender on his bump and didn’t think about it again.  In the morning when he asked me to check his ‘owie’, we were both happy to see hardly a mark!  I was expecting a pretty good bruise from that hard hit!

But even with all these little things I was experiencing and learning to love about my oils, I was still finding myself skeptical.

I was doubting many of the ‘stories’ I was reading and hearing, because they just seemed too good to be true.  And I sure wasn’t telling many people I was ‘oily’ now.

Then, the real test and turning point for me came.  I got cramps.  (Sorry guys, but…  this is real life!)  I get horribly sick each month.  Miserable, so much pain, I just want to curl up in a ball and sleep for 24 hours.  I usually survive on ibuprofen and heating pads and suffer through the hours until I can function and feel normal again.  It’s not fun.

I had heard great things about Panaway for deep pain relief, but I was sure it wouldn’t work for me.  Nothing ever has.  But since I had it sitting there, I decided to give it a try.

I rubbed some on my lower stomach and back right away.  And then took 4 ibuprofen (I told you, skeptical!).  The pain came and then faded quite a bit.  (Still skeptical, I just figured the ibuprofen was working better than usual!)  I rubbed on the Panaway a few more times over the course of the morning, just because I had it with me and then all of a sudden I realized that I had long missed my next dose of ibuprofen and hadn’t even remembered to put on a heating pad!  That is unheard of you guys.  I am usually counting down the minutes until my next dose of pain meds, yet here I was actually feeling pretty good.

So I took it one step further for the rest of the day and added a mixture of Peppermint and Lavender in coconut oil (a carrier oil to ‘dilute’ the strong peppermint and help the oils spread farther) over my Panaway and also started putting some additional Panaway on the inside of my wrists.

You guys!  I felt NORMAL the whole 24+ hours!  This is crazy for me!!

For the past 20+ years, except for the few pregnancies in there, I have suffered and suffered each month.  I mean MAJORLY suffered.  Missing school every month.  And then having to tell employers upon being hired, so they wouldn’t think I was just a big slacker who like to call in sick.  It was so embarrassing and debilitating.

I know this is a lot of personal stuff that may not mean much to you, but as for me…  I am sold.  I am hooked now.  No more skepticism.

It took me a long time, but now I am just wishing I had learned more about these healing oils a long time ago!

If you’d like to know more, or find out how to get a kit to try out the oils and see for yourself, please email me: (sweetannasblog@gmail.com), I’d love to chat with you!

*Please know that I am not trying to “sell” you.  That is not the point of these posts.  I am just sharing something that has become a very important part of my life that I love seeing improve the lives of others!  You can take it or leave it, but if you want to know more, I’m here!

**Obviously I am NOT a doctor.  I am not a medical professional in any way.  These statements are just my personal experiences with essential oils!

I am joining with a few sweet friends of mine for a little Oily blog series…

Moms on a Mission with Essential Oils

Go check out Katy over at Goodness Gathering and Becky over at the Barefoot Seamstress for more wonderful testimonies.  Don’t just take my word for it!

((And click here if you’d like a little more informations about the basics of my oil journey!))

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  • disqus_qsCaQ79LUg

    Thank you for sharing! I am new to the oils and Young Living! I love my diffuser. I bought the gentle babies book. Do you have the navy book that discusses different places to put the oils. I am trying to decide if this is something I need to order now or can wait on. I am still confused on which oils need carriers etc. Also, is it o.k. to use the diffuser a lot? I have been and my 2 1/2 year daughter already loves the oils!

    • http://arthomas.blogspot.com annaliseree

      I have a couple books, but I honestly get 99% of my information online. There is a wonderful FB group (Oily Family Room), and Pinterest is full of answers too!

      You can diffuse 24/7 if you’d like! Just change up the oils, of course, so your body gets a full healing!

      • http://arthomas.blogspot.com annaliseree

        Oh, and most bottles will tell you on the back if they should be diluted or not. When in doubt, mix it with a tiny bit of coconut oil. Also, if you’re not sure where to put an oil, (like peppermint over the abdomen for a stomach problem!), then put it on your feet and/or wrists! Both of those locations are great catch-alls to your system!

  • disqus_qsCaQ79LUg

    Thank you!

  • Becky @ The Barefoot Seamstres

    excellent post! I remember feeling the same skepticism when I started. now I am amazed at what natural healing can do! it just keeps getting better and better. now, off to share your testimony :)

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