It seems as though essential oils are kind of like the Tupperware of our times, or the new Pampered Chef, I guess. So many people who I know are on the essential oils bandwagon. In fact, Tom came home from work the other day laughing about all the guys he works with who are so over essential oils because they are all their wives talk about. I’ll admit that it does seem to be the trend now, but here’s why I too am buying into the hype.
Essential oils work.
I have to tell you right off the bat that I’m already a fan of alternative methods of taking care of our family. Why? Because I have been on medications for asthma, allergies, and migraines for almost all of my life and I’m completely tired of it. It depresses me to be dependent on medications just to breathe normally and be able to function on a daily basis. I’m trying desperately to find ways to get off of the meds… the side affects make me sick and I hate them, I really hate them. I wouldn’t say that we are “super crunchy” and I don’t think that many people would look at us and think of use that way. However, we do see a chiropractor every week and love it, we juice just about every day (kale, carrots, apples, ginger, lemon, cucumbers, strawberries, or any combination of those things), we take probiotic supplements, we eat a reduced gluten diet (Levi is very close to gluten-free), and we try really hard to fill up of fruits and veggies rather than junk food. We have noticed a pretty significant improvement to our family’s overall health since we have started incorporating all of these things into our life. Knowing that the more natural approach to our health and a preventative approach works for us, the essential oils really interested me.
So I got some money for Christmas and ended up spending almost all of it, not on fabric or sewing patterns, but rather on health and fitness things. I know, I know! It’s important to me. Dare I admit that the health/fitness category sits above the sewing category in my life? It’s true. If I have to make a choice between the two you’ll find me at the gym before you’ll find me behind my sewing machine, not that I don’t LOVE to sew, because I do. Some of my gift money was spent buying this Family Physician Kit from DoTerra and joining their wholesale program so that I can get the oils at a discount. The kit came with smaller bottles of several oils that come in handy in the home. It’s a great way to test them out and see which oils you will use and which will just kind of sit there and not get used much. We have been using some of them a lot! I’m looking forward to sharing some of the ways that we are using them and whether or not they are doing what they say they will do, but today I’ll just share one easy way I have started to use them on a daily basis. We made our own hand sanitizer!
I used this recipe, which ironically is intended for Young Living Thieves Blend (Young Living and DoTerra are kind of like feuding families). I substituted DoTerra’s On Guard Blend, which is a blend of Wild Orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus radiate, and Rosemary oils… you can imagine how amazing it smells! These oils have been studied for their abilities to kill harmful bacteria (not the good stuff that we need) mold, and viruses. Seems like the perfect thing to use as a hand sanitizer, and it contains no alcohol or harsh chemicals. Because it only kills the harmful bacteria you don’t have to worry about it actually doing more harm than good. It’s wonderful! The oil blend is combined with purified water, aloe vera gel, and vitamin E oil. It’s kind of watery and thin, but that doesn’t bother me. The heavenly smell makes up for it. I love that we are using ingredients that are all natural to prevent and stop germs from getting to us.
Do you already use essential oils for health purposes? I’d love to hear how you incorporate them into your life!
Here’s a list of the oils that are included in the Family Physician Kit, incase your curious: lavender, lemon, peppermint, Melaleuca (aka tea tree oil), frankincense, Deep Blue Soothing Blend, oregano, Digestzen Digestive Blend, On Guard Protective Blend, Breathe Respiratory Blend (which we are using A LOT!).
If you are interested in learning more you can leave a comment and I’d be happy to try to help you. I’ll be sharing more with you all as we keep using the oils.
Middle photo is from DoTerra’s product catalog.