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I shied away from essential oils for a VERY long time – probably because most people who talked to me about oils were anti-medicine. They seemed to look at traditional doctors as the enemy. Since my husband is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist who LOVES his patients, and helps a lot of kids, I didn’t exactly take kindly to anyone who painted doctors in a bad light.
And me…I was trained as a nurse. I think modern medicine is wonderful and I am extremely grateful for it.
So why did I finally give essential oils a chance? What benefits have we experienced?
As I’ve studied and learned more and more about essential oils, I have decided that we don’t have to make a choice BETWEEN using medicine and essential oils. There are plenty of times when we NEED medicine. If I have an emergent health issue in my family, I’m going to go straight to a healthcare professional. But this isn’t an “all or nothing” choice. Oils can be used IN TANDEM WITH medicine to help support good health. They can help KEEP us from having those emergent conditions in the first place. Medicine is a lifesaving tool that I am grateful for. But essential oils are another effective tool I have added to my toolbox in my quest to keep my family healthy. It has been SO EXCITING for me to have a tool that is natural, easy to use, works quickly, and is effective.
When something interests me, I read everything I can. I’ve poured over medical articles and I’ve talked to my husband to see how what I was reading stacked up against his medical knowledge. He wasn’t trained in essential oils, but he related that they use Peppermint oil in the operating room in their masks when they have a stuffy nose. He understood the physiology behind why THAT worked. I was intrigued. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know WHY different essential oils would have a certain effect. I discovered THOUSANDS of medical, evidence-based research studies from medical publications on www.pubmed.gov. I was so impressed, I decided to put essential oils to the test for myself.
The first thing I switched over to using essential oils for was CLEANING MY HOME. I don’t want to use chemical-laden toxic cleaners that can hurt my family’s health. Many of the chemicals in household cleaners can disrupt the way the hormones in our bodies work, along with many other bad effects (see here and here for more info). Essential oils don’t contain a list of ingredients. Each oil has one ingredient…just the plant. If it is an oil “blend” it might contain several different oils, but they are all strictly that plant. Nothing extra. Nothing synthetic.
The second thing I tackled was using essential oils to replace the scented candles I previously loved using in my home. I knew those weren’t the best thing to be breathing in. The synthetic scents in them are known to be bad for us (more here). I use a diffuser with essential oils to replace scented candles.
The third thing I was SO EXCITED about was being able to use essential oils in place of running to the drug store for something synthetic. I’ve been able to help my family with things like:
- seasonal irritations
- focus problems
- head and neck tension
- problematic skin (especially with my teenagers)
- staying well
- getting well
- sore throats
- sun spots
- calming toddlers
- memory support
- stinky shoes and feet
- respiratory support
- nervous feelings
- cuts and scrapes
- staying awake
- AND MORE!
Essential oils are now a very handy a tool for our family. If something isn’t life threatening, we try an oil first. If it works…great! If we still have an issue, we see a medical professional. We work WITH our doctor to see if an essential oil can provide additional benefits to support more chronic issues, alongside whatever our doctor recommends. We use common sense, and also take advantage of all the medical knowledge we are blessed to have access to.
It’s been so fun for me to share this with friends and family and to have them come back overjoyed when they use an essential oil to tackle something that has been bothering them.
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