Essential oils have recently taken on a bigger role in my life, and they have been a total game changer. I wanted to share with you how and why we use them in our home.
When I was pregnant with baby #2, I became increasingly frustrated with not being able to sleep, lots of stress, constantly feeling fatigued and constantly had difficulty relaxing. I chocked this up to moving from one state to another half way through my pregnancy, but who knows. I knew about oils, but didn’t really feel like I knew enough to start using them regularly or to their full potential. I was looking for options that would help me feel better, and finally get relaxed, but mostly wanted alternatives to the products that I was using that I knew contained harmful chemicals. I wanted to ditch those toxins for sure!
I had previously ordered a home essentials starer kit with doTERRA (all the most commonly used oils + a diffuser) and had tried navigating through them but just felt overwhelmed, and so they sort of were shelved. But in the last 4 months or so, I found two lovely ladies on social media who talked constantly about all the amazing uses for essential oils and had a large facebook group where users could share recipes, ask for help with issues, and just receive the overall support that they needed to really feel comfortable using the oils.
I was cautious at first, but I joined this team and the community really helped me find my stride. I now feel comfortable mixing my own blends not just for my diffuers, but also for roller bottles. I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching and asking questions, but I’ve definitely found a way to integrate oils into my everyday life.
Now, before anyone starts questioning me, I 100% still believe in modern medicine (I’m a nurse practitioner after all married to a physician), and this is certainly not a substitute for that, but it’s certainly a way to compliment it. My love of Beautycounter tought me that there can be safe and effective products that do not contain harmful toxins, and oils just feel like the right step towards a healthier lifestyle for us and our children. For example, supporting our immune systems with On Guard, or encouraging relaxation and a good night’s sleep using lavender or serenity. I’ve discovered an amazing homemade lemongrass scrub for the shower (which supports healthy skin and smells amazing!) or a homemade roller bottle for tummy discomfort.
A few people have recommended the book, Gentle Babies, so I plan to read that and learn more about how oils can support me more while pregnant, nursing or around my newest addition, since there are a few oils you can’t use or need to be diluted. If you don’t already use oils and are interested in learning more, you can READ ALL ABOUT THE STARTER KIT HERE. Also, come follow my health and wellness Instagram @healthy.beauty.mama where I have covered some of my favorite ways to use the oils in my starter kit and plan to share more as I learn and discover even more amazing ways to use my oils.
I plan to share some of my favorite diffuser blends, recipes for my favorite bath soaks, scrubs, roller bottle recipes and so many other amazing concoctions you didn’t know you could make!
I hope you’ll join me and I know you’ll love oils just as much as we do!