As a certified hippie (Oh yes, I'm a proud card carrier), even I was a bit skeptical when my mom wanted to rub me down with oils for the nasty case of bronchitis that had come to knock me off of my feet.
I looked a bit like a pathetic mummy after she rubbed Young Living Thieves Oil (cut with a carrier oil) all over my chest and throat every hour upon the hour, then wrapping me up with a scorching hot towel. Her diffuser poured billowing steam laced with something called Thieves and R.C. into my nostrils, and she kept coming by to reapply a few drops to the soles of my feet. If I'd had enough energy to actually care, I would have protested. But because I felt like a cat had crawled inside and scratched up my throat, I would have let her do just about anything if it brought some some relief.
You know how you just know your body? The icky sick that I felt growing inside of my throat and lungs that day was the same sickness that I had felt many times before—and it had always resulted in a week in bed. But the next morning the strangest thing happened—I woke up almost completely well.
And that's when this hippie became an oil believer.
I bought my Young Living Everyday Oils Essential Oil Collection, purchased the Gentle Babies book to teach me how to use them on my 2 year old son, Moses, and hoped that my surprise recovery hadn't been a fluke.
And then my son came home from Mother's Day Out with hand, foot, and mouth disease.
I opened up my Gentle Babies book and followed the directions to a T…..alternating YL thieves, melrose, purification and lavender on the soles of his feet and up and down his spine (cut with a carrier oil on his spine!). After putting him down for his nap, the bumps that had started to surface on his wrists, chest, and feet had all but disappeared in a matter of hours. It was as if the oils had completely reversed what had already started to take place. For the next 24 hours, I kept up my oil regiment every time I changed his diaper, and the horrible disease that usually causes agonizing sores never had a chance to cause him any pain.
I put Lavender oil on all of our cuts, scrapes, and mosquito bites—and the healing properties of lavender are unreal, taking the swelling out of bites and healing cuts, scrapes, and burns in record time. One morning while getting ready before church, I reached down and picked up my hot flat iron—on the left hand fingertips where I needed to play guitar to lead worship. I immediately doused them in lavender, and no lie—by the time I got to church an hour and a half later, I played guitar with no pain, wondering how in the world my skin hadn't bubbled into a blister.
I put a drop of YL Frankincense oil in with my moisturizer every night, and it's literally reversing the wrinkles on my forehead and around my eyes. Young Living Frankincense (and ONLY Young Living frankincense) has been tested to help reverse the effects of certain types of cancer, and I've actually talked to one person who testified this to be true to help completely rid her of breast cancer. I also have a member of my family that began using YL Frankincense oil on a cyst in her breast, and the cyst completely disappeared.
Peppermint oil on my forehead, temples, the back of my neck has taken care of horrible headaches, and DiGize oil rubbed on the stomach (cut with oil) topped with Peppermint oil (cut with oil) has wiped out horrible tummy bugs in our household on multiple occasions.
Any time my throat starts to feel scratchy, I throw a drop of Melrose oil in the back of my throat and swish it around, then begin applying Thieves and R. C. on my feet and chest (the chest, always cut with oil), and I can't begin to count how many times it's reversed my sickness.
I know someone extremely prone to bladder infections, and she rubs YL Lemon oil topically over her bladder and puts a drop of YL DiGize in her belly button, and the infections that have required antibiotics year after year have never come back.
There's a bit of debate about whether or not essential oils should be digested, but because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Young Living and trust the quality of the product, every day I put 4 drops of Lemon oil in a drink for a deep, fresh cleaning. (I DO NOT recommend ingesting other types of essential oils—especially ones bought at a store!) I learned this recipe from my mother-in-law who got it from the book Trim Healthy Mama, and I must say, it's become a daily routine in our family. Moses always asks for his ‘Shine':
-Fill a quart sized glass jar with water and ice
-Add 2 TBS of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
-Add 1 tsp Ginger Powder
-1/2-1 Packet Stevia Powder
-4 Drops Young Living Lemon oil
( Remember, you should NEVER put Lemon oil in styrofoam or plastic to drink out of!)
Lemon Oil is fantastic for cleaning, and if I ever needed to quickly clean out one of my baby bottles or rinse of a pacifier, a drop of Lemon oil sanitizes like a champ.
A few drops of YL Valor oil before I get my chiropractic adjustment helps my body hold the adjustment longer, and YL Panaway is more like God's Natural Bengay—working out all sorts of soreness and tension in my shoulders and muscles.
YL Purification is fantastic for cuts and scrapes, coughs and bronchitis, and Gentle Babies is one of my favorite smells in the world. I used to douse Moses in the stuff after his bath, with a few drops of Peace & Calming. And after Luca died on March 5, I put Joy on my heart, and Stress Away on my wrists and temples every day.
After Luca died, my body went a bit crazy. I had this terrible rash show up on the bottoms of my feet the day we showed up in Hawaii right before I spoke at the Bloom Conference in June. When I got back home and went to two doctors—a family practitioner and a dermatologist—they gave me steroid pills and steroid cream to curb the terrible itch and calm down the rash. I was so desperate for relief, I took them, and THEN found out that the heavy metals in the steroids were messing with my ovulation—-and as you can imagine, this mama is ready to get pregnant. (And let me say, I was about to speak 9 times at Bethel's Worship University, and I needed a quick fix to get back on my feet for the week!) But for weeks after taking the steroids (which did help curb the rash and the sores, but not cure the root) I tasted a metal taste in my mouth, my period was erratic, and one month, it never even showed up. Believe me, when your body isn't working in the woman department you feel cray-cray. After calling a friend who does Raindrop Therapy Sessions with Young Living Essential Oils, I went over to her house, and she worked on me for almost 3 hours applying oils.
And the very next morning, I immediately woke up and started my period. As I continue applying the mixture she gave me, the metal taste in my mouth completely went away.
As the weather begins to get cold, we diffuse Thieves in the house, and I make sure to apply a couple of drops to my son's feet every day, especially when heading to Mother's Day Out. Whatever you step on shows up in your saliva within 60 seconds, making the feet one of the primary spots to apply the oils to positively affect the entire body. Thieves is proven to kill 99.95% of bacteria, and the mixture got its name after grave robbers would cover themselves in the stuff while robbing bodies that had been killed by the Black Plague. It's crazy—-but the stuff just works. And I must say, my little oil kit (my favorite being Thieves) has saved us hundreds upon hundreds of dollars in medical bills and prescriptions over the last two years since I began using them.
Not only are the oils great for wellness, but they're incredible cleaning products. My mother and I dilute Thieves oil in with distilled water and use it as our bathroom cleaning supply—and Young Living has an entire line of Thieves cleaning products. Instead of our family standing on bleach and chemicals that go directly into our body from the soles of our feet, Thieves products will kill the bacteria, and help fight infections in our bodies at the same time!
I must say, I feel sometimes like when you say you're into essential oils and someone says they are too—but they use DoTerra—it's almost as if you've discovered that you're in opposite biker gangs. I have a lot of friends who LOVE their DoTerra products, still don't know ANYTHING about the company (except that the owner used to work for Young Living and broke off to start DoTerra….and apparently there's a lawsuit), but I do know that all essential oils are not created equal–especially ones bought from the store.
Unfortunately, the FDA has zero regulation on the labeling for essential oils, so if you head to Whole Foods and purchase a lavender oil for $7.00—even if it says that it's all natural—there's no way that a real, authentic, plant-based essential oil of pure lavender can be sold for just $7.00. Basically, you get what you pay for. And unfortunately, because the FDA has no regulation on the labels, there are many essential oils that slap promises on their label that simply aren't true. For an oil to be 100 percent purely plant-based, it cannot be constructed in a lab—it must be pressed from nature. And a lot of ‘pure' essential oils at the store are actually synthetic oils, constructed by man in a lab—which is why they're cheaper and why they don't work like they're supposed to. The reason that I love Young Living is because I know that they press the plant less than any other high end oil company to extract the oil, so the product is richer, more concentrated, and extremely potent.
For a while, I had no idea what essential oils actually did in my body. I just knew they kept working. And then I was introduced to this horribly scientific video (but with brilliant content), about how plant based essential oils literally go into our bodies and ENGULF the toxins that are poising us from things like plastics, pesticides, and chemicals. If you have time to watch the entire AIRASE ESSENTIAL OIL BASICS VIDEO, it's totally worth it—answering several questions:
1) What are essential oils?
2) Where do they come from?
3) What is the difference between a genuine and synthetic oil?
4) What creates disease in the body?
5) How do essential oils heal the body?
Okay, this is getting long. Do I believe essential oils work? Abso-freaking-lutely. And as a mother who fights to keep antibiotics out of my child unless absolutely necessary, I've found an answer that not only works, but makes perfect sense as a believer. Of COURSE my good, amazing, wonderful Father would provide the solution for SO many of our diseases, hurts, pains, and aches within the plants and nature that He created—because that follows His nature to heal. Am I grateful for modern medicine? ABSOLUTELY. But if I can avoid synthetic, lab-generated medicines, you better believe I'm going to go the natural route first.
All I can say is do your research, try a few oils, and make your own decision. If they've worked for me, I promises—they'll work for you, too. And before you know it, you'll be a card carrying hippie just like me. (:
PS. Young Living is one of those companies that you have to know someone to sign up. I'm not trying to make a living as an essential oil rep—-ain't nobody got tiiiime for dat in this camp—-but if you can't find a way to sign up with someone in your area, email me at email@example.com and I'll put you in touch with ‘my gal' who is INCREDIBLE. And to start, I suggest getting the Everyday Oil Kit, plus R.C., Melrose, and DiGize to start!
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