My {new} Love of Essential Oils

13
Feb
2013

You’ve all been asking, “When are you going to talk more about essential oils?”  So – finally, I am sharing!

It all started about two months ago when I had been sick. I  was searching for other ways to get over the cold and flu season – and it was all of you who started me in the right direction, and I will be ever grateful!  I shared on the Facebook page about being sick and you all commented on using essential oils as well as Elderberry Syrup, which is now a staple in my frig!  I began looking at essential oils and I will never look back – it has been amazing!

I tried several brands available on amazon, they were okay, but to be quite honest, I just didn’t see remarkable results.  As I did my research I realized there was a lot I didn’t know and if I was going to incorporate oils in our home, I wanted to make sure I was getting the best.  I read blog posts others had done on the different oil companies and finally decided to try Young Living.

I am not here to pitch one oil company against another, but for me and my family Young Living was the best choice.  I’ve been thrilled with the results of all the different oils I’ve discovered so far and I want to share how I’ve been using them.

I’ve really gotten a new way of living here!  I am having so much fun.  For me personally, smell is a big part of what influences my mood.  I’ve shared a few times that I’ve battled severe depression for years, over 20 years to be exact.  One thing I do know is that aromas do influence my moods.  So when I began using oils and reading about which oils helped with depression and mood I was so encouraged.  When you breath in the oil molecules, they reach your “smell receptors” which are linked to your nervous system – which send out tiny impulses along nerve fibers.  It all comes together in the center of the brain where we interpret smell.  Incredible really, but makes perfect sense.

Without going into a bunch of information on my Lupus and combination Depression, let me just say – I am nearly off all my depression medication with the help of using essential oils in my home.  Ladies, I’ve taken these expensive drugs for nearly 20 years – without any luck when I’ve tried to decrease and wean myself off in the past.  I wish you could see me jumping up and down right now!  {BIG HAPPY DANCE!!}

It has been fun diffusing oils and applying them topically – I have yet to take them internally, but that is on the list! Young Living oils can be taken internally because they are 100% therapeutic grade unlike cheaper perfume grade essential oils.

Here are a few of my favorites I’ve been using:

Thieves

WOW!  It is an amazing immune boosting blend. I’ve been diffusing it in order to keep the house resistant to all the germs that invade each day!  I’ve also been rubbing it {diluted in grapeseed oil} on our feet before bed to help keep us well while all the crud is going around. Here is a Thieves Booklet with more information.

Lemon

Who doesn’t love the smell of lemon – yum!  I’ve been soaking my dish rag in a bowl of water with a couple drops of Lemon oil and it freshens it up.  Then I dump the water down my drain, which makes the sink smell so good.

A good friend of mine had been struggling with a wart on her foot for months, so I gave her a small bit of lemon oil, which I had read will get rid of warts and she combined it with vitamin E oil.  She texted me two weeks later saying her wart had fallen out in the shower that morning!  She had tried several over the counter wart remedies to no avail – relief came from Lemon oil!  Lemon oil is great for so many uses – just let me share with you!

Lavenderlavender young living oil

I have always loved the smell of Lavender.  I have a Lavender bed pillow and now can refreshen the Lavender smell with REAL oil.  Diffusing it in the house is divine – so relaxing and subtle.

I scalded my hand about 3 weeks ago and quickly put Lavender oil on it and the pain subsided and felt 100% better within a few hours.  I was amazed.  I’ve also been rubbing a mixture of Lavender oil and Grapeseed oil on my little ones skin after bath to help with his eczema – it helps and he sleeps really well!

I’ve been using a rinse in my laundry white vinegar and Lavender oil – just take a 16 ounce bottle of plain vinegar and add 20-40 drops of oil.  Shake it before each use and pour 1/4 cup in your rinse spout of your washing machine.  This is really a nice fabric softener.
 
I place a couple drops inside a toilet paper roll before I put it on the roller and every time someone takes a bit, they are getting a little “poof” of good fragrance – and in our home with 4 boys, I can use all the good fragrance I can get!
 
Can’t avoid the bath topic either!  I’ve made more of a routine of taking baths – at least once a week.  The combination of silence, the warm water and the drop of Lavender in the water are beyond wonderful.  When I’ve had a cold, I add a bit of eucalyptus and/or peppermint and it livens things up too.

Joy

I recently got this essential oil blend – which is amazingly beneficial for mood.  I am sitting here right now as it diffuses next to my desk.  I’ve been dabbing it behind my ears and on my wrists to give me a boost too.  It smells lovely – a wonderful mixture of oils, including geranium which is highly used to treat stress, anxiety and depression.

Grapefruit Lip Balm

I have a son who has suffered from chapped lips and nothing seems to help. We’ve been using the Grapefruit lip balm and it seems to be helping to keep his lips moist, not cracked and it isn’t too ‘glossy’ which is kinda weird for a guy – wearing glossy lip stuff!

I hope that helps you see how easily you can begin using oils in your home to take the place of other chemicals and harsh over the counter medications.  I am early in my learning, but know  whatever I find out I will share with you all.  :-)  I have found it incredibly helpful when you all share with me how you are using oils too!

I love learning more and more about natural ways to stay strong and healthy and heal our bodies as much as possible without chemicals. I am researching more ways to incorporate oils into a routine to help with my Lupus and hopefully  {cross fingers} reduce or get off other medications.  Essential oils are blessing my family in our journey of natural living and I am very hopeful for our future!

Learn more about  Young Living as I share more details here.

Grab this free booklet on Essential Oils if you are looking for more information and help on how you can incorporate oils in your home, it is very helpful.

**ADDED NOTE**  I’ve had several emails after this posting asking me about other oil companies and my help with finding ‘the best’.   Let me say this – I am not here to push you to Young Living, rather I wanted to share with you my journey and my discovery.  I encourage you to do your research to make the best choice for your family.  I just decided I would feel most comfortable working with an oil company who was the leader in the industry and had been around since 1973.  I wanted a company with integrity and experience, that is why I chose  Young Living.  Your research and needs for your family may differ and you will know which fit is best for you.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

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  • Lisa

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been looking forward to hearing what you had to say from your experience with essential oils. A friend of mine mentioned putting lavender oil/diluted water on a baby that she sat for who has eczema. In a matter of just a few days it was gone. I was intrigued. My #3 has this condition as well as other allergies and within the past few weeks has had a flare up on one of his hands/wrists and now the other hand is getting it. It’s very itchy and painful and he’s even had to move his watch over to the other arm because it’s irritating his condition. This is a first as far as the where, but not the what. So, I finally found some lavender oil at Whole Foods and we shall see. I put some on him this morning. I didn’t know about mixing the grapeseed oil though. I look forward to reading up on the ebook. Thank you for offering it up to us.

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    My pleasure! It was fun!! The grapeseed oil is nothing special, just a carrier oil. Obviously it adds moisture too. I’ve put Lavender oil directly on my little guys face, when he has a small break out from an irritating food, that really helps clear it up too!

  • April P

    I love this blog! Alyssa introduced me to it and I am here to second you on how wonderful Young living oils are. They are life changing at the very least. I’ve used several oil brands and was hurt physically by them so YL is the choice for my family too. Guaranteed for purity and potency, it doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    Thanks April for stopping by! I do agree, everyone must do what is right for them and I have found what is right for me. So life changing and I hope that my kids will benefits for generations to come!

  • Dana

    We have used YL oils for about 10 yrs now & would use nothing else. I love how much money they have saved us by keeping us out of the doctors office. I love how my kids first thought when they get hurt is, “get the Lavender” or when they start feeling a cold come on they look for the Theives oil. They have grown up using them & are healthier for it!

  • http://www.heartandsoulreflections.com Cherie

    Susan, I am curious to know what oils you use to fight depression.

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    I’ve done some looking inline and have two books I refer to – also the group of ladies who part of a private facebook group provide a lot of excellent advice and suggestions – that is how i get most of the information – from others who’ve tried different methods, oils, etc. The support we all share is really excellent!

  • http://www.howdoigetridofwarts.com/ Mike

    Thanks for the tip on using lemon oil to treat warts Susan. I’ve been searching the internet high and low for natural wart remedies. Did you friend apply the oil topically or did she take them internally?

  • Elena

    Susan, I am new to young living & so far love them. Which 2 books do you refer to & what is the name of the FB group, if you don’t mind sharing??!

  • Genevieve

    Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.jillsoils.com Jill Clark

    I have a client with Lupus (I’m a nail tech) and her hands itch terribly. Have you found any oils that are specific to Lupus that may help her?

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    There are products with oils that are very beneficial for itchy skin, but I would wonder if trying to determine the underlying issue for the itchy hands would be better. I’ve not heard of Lupus causing itchy hands, so would be curious about her diet perhaps and if she needs to stop dairy and gluten – I love Lavender and Frankincense for itching….. also a product Young Living has called Animal Scents is a great moisturizing ointment!

  • Leah Christopherson

    Susan I am hopeful you can help me in finding answers in the oils for my mom who has had lupus since I was born 28 years ago and for almost 22 years my mom has been on prednisone which is not good!!! She is finally willing to give YL ois a shot as she has hit a wall and her Lupus has Flared up and I am really worried about her and how bad this Flare up is. Please help with and insight. Thanks in advance!!!

    Leah Christopherson
    Alexandria, MN
    leichriser@gmail.com

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    I will be sending you an email with a document of what I’ve done and how well I’ve progressed since I’ve started using Young Living oils and other supplements :-)

  • Marcie Cheshire

    Thank you for this informative post! I have been wanting to try YL essential oils, but just keeping putting it off because of the price, which I know is reasonable for all you get. My daughter and I have had the sinus crud/cold and I wish I had the oils now to diffuse. Is it pretty easy to get started?

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    I would love to have you join our community! I walk alongside you to help you gain confidence and also provide a free pocket reference guide as my gift to you – which is great for having information at your finger tips!! Look at the cost of your kit as an investment, because ultimately that is exactly what it is….. your family will not only feel better but you will be empowered with oils that you can easily treat symptoms and everyday issues at home with confidence. Ordering your kit and getting it on the way is the first step – then I can help from there!

  • Shaina

    Susan

    Can you also send me an email with the info about the oils and lupus? My sister has lupus with some kidney involvement and I would be very interested to hear your story.

    Thanks!

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    Of course

  • http://www.megaoils.com/ megaoil

    I love theives oil and use it in lots of different ways. I’ve just about used all of mine up, and would love some more and other oils to experiment with. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • Angie

    Hi! I am interested in learning what has helped your lupus! I found your page through an internet search and would love to hear more! Thank you!

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    I have emailed you a document with my protocol – would love to help you!!! Did you enter the giveaway that ends today?

  • Beth Lowney

    Susan,

    I am enjoying your blog. I have a friend with Lupus and she wants to try YLEO. Please send me information & oils you use for Lupus and any information you can share. Thank you for your quick response!!! Beth

  • Lisa

    Hi. Could you also send me the Lupus information that has worked so well for you? Thank you so much! Lisa

  • http://www.theconfidentmom.com Susan

    Look for it in your inbox as well as a new updated post on my condition with Lupus and how essential oils and Young Living products have made a difference!