“What is the deal with all the talk about essential oils?”
by Jennifer Helms(Married with two kids, ages 12 and 7)
“Okay, what is the deal with all the talk about essential oils? Are they air fresheners? Medicine? Perfume? A scam? Hopefully, I can help you unravel the mystery.
First, a little background on how I learned about essential oils. Our son struggles with certain developmental delays and deficits and we have spent years working with medical professionals and therapists to help him. During this process, I learned that the best way to help my son was to become the main source of all knowledge regarding his treatment. I was (and am) his greatest advocate, which means I am an expert researcher on my son and all aspects of his health. Now fortunately, I am a researcher by trade – so these skills come easily to me. I have spent endless hours researching and reading articles and books, organizing material and information, and discussing my son’s health and development with medical and health professionals.
One of the most important things I have learned through this process is how important it is to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals and alleviate the toxic burden on our cells. I learned that just because I grew up eating Twinkies, M&Ms and McDonald’s does not make it safe. I learned that just because the stores sell ammonia and bleach for housecleaning does not make them safe. I learned that we are surrounded by toxic chemicals everyday – from the pesticides on the foods we eat to the hottest new beauty products we slather on our skin. I learned that the chemicals in our sunscreen and our cleaning products and our shampoos are easily absorbed into our skin – and our cells must detoxify these environmental toxins from our body. Similarly, chemicals in our foods and medications put a toxic burden on our cells. The build-up of these toxins in our bodies has been linked to infertility, asthma, heart disease and cancer. Toxic chemicals are especially harmful to children whose bodies are much smaller and are still developing.
While I learned it is impossible to completely avoid toxic chemicals, I also learned there are EASY things I can change to significantly reduce my family’s exposure and the levels of toxicity in our bodies.
In the process of researching how to detoxify our home, I stumbled upon some information about the effectiveness of essential oils. Then, while researching ways to help our son alleviate his extreme anxiety, I stumbled upon some more information about essential oils – specifically therapeutic-grade essential oils. At the time, these high quality oils were difficult for me to find. So I began researching what kind to get and how to get them. I decided I wanted to purchase Young Living brand oils because they were reported to be of the highest quality. After talking to a friend of a friend, I finally found a lovely and super-intelligent mother who used and sold Young Living oils and was willing to explain what these oils are and how they work. My son and I went to meet her and she taught us that plants produce compounds that can provide therapeutic benefits to humans in a variety of ways. Plant extracts and essential oils have been used effectively since the beginning of time to kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses, to cure all kinds of maladies, and to stimulate tissue and nerve regeneration. The exquisite fragrances of essential oils also have been known to balance mood, lift spirits, and dispel negative emotions.
Sign us up! My son and I ordered a Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. It came with a diffuser plus a variety of oils and a book with instructions on how to use them.
Over the last year and a half, I have experimented with these oils in a multitude of ways. First, I got rid of all toxic cleaning supplies and replaced them with non-toxic products like vinegar, water, and essential oils. These products clean everything! I no longer have a single chemical cleaning product in our house and our house is truly spick-and-span and safe for anyone who enters.
I got rid of many medicines one-by-one as I experimented with their essential oil counterparts. We have used these essential oils (with success) for everything from cleaning cuts and scrapes to pain relief, to leg cramps, to psoriasis. Amazing.
We put a diffuser in our son’s room and most nights he adds water and a few drops of oil to the diffuser, turns the machine on, and inhales the diffused oils which can stimulate feelings of calmness, relaxation, sleepiness, and well-being.
We replaced our soaps, shampoos, and lotions with safe substitutes using essential oils.
Now, this may sound overwhelming. I literally began learning about this exactly two years ago. Remind yourself that detoxifying your home and life is a marathon, not a sprint. Every incremental change you make matters!”
Thanks to Jennifer who sent in this great “In Your Opinion” post. If you would like to learn more about Young Living essential oils and clean living, order your own starter kit from Young Living or set up a private appointment, please contact Jennifer below. They offer numerous options including roll on oils and diffusers that would make great holiday gifts.
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