I *literally* stumbled into using essential oils.
My essential oil journey
Almost 3 years ago, I tripped over a rug in our house (yes, I did) and broke the hallux – aka big toe – of my right foot. Sheepish, I was determined to be all healed up and ready for basketball season a mere 6 weeks away. The podiatrist was skeptical, though, thinking that I’d need an additional 2 weeks before lacing up my sneaks. Ever the go-getter, I researched alternative healing options along with faithfully wearing the prescribed stiff-bottomed shoe. I found a protocol for supporting my healing foot with essential oils so I researched where to buy some and headed down to a local natural store to purchase the ingredients. At my follow-up x-ray, the doctor was surprised to see that not only had the bone healed fully, the stretched out ligaments surrounding it had also healed as well. I was released from my boot and given clearance to get out on the court with my athletes.
A few months later, I was pregnant and wanted to continue down the path I was already on of moving to a more natural lifestyle. Morning sickness? Ginger tea. Headache? Ibuprofen’s a no-no during pregnancy and we were out of acetaminophen but I did have this handful of random oils leftover from my broken toe. I googled what you can do for a head and neck tension and so I tried applying peppermint to my temples. It worked!
My sister had been getting into essential oils at the time too so we talked about the brand she used. Both science minded – she’s a nurse and I was a high school science teacher – we read scholarly journal articles about the efficacy of essential oils for a variety of problems. Curiosity piqued, I started saving up for a stash of my own. Meanwhile, a blogger friend of mine had been writing a bunch about the same brand of essential oils and I couldn’t learn enough. I finally had enough saved up – while expensive, they’re amazingly worth it! – and purchased a kit that allowed me to be able to keep our family healthy without the chemicals in over the counter meds and in other compounds throughout our home.
Why – and how – I love using oils…and why I can’t help but share them with y’all
As a naturally minded mama, essential oils are a key element in my healthy and wellness toolkit. As a former science teacher, I am fascinated with the science behind how these amazing molecules work. Whether I’m using them in easily applied roller bottles or diffusing them throughout the rooms of our home, essential oils have become a mainstay in the ins and outs of every day life. That teaching degree? While I’m not using it in a traditional classroom, I’ll teach educate anyone who will listen to the merits of essential oils.
The following is an excerpt from the introduction to my new ebook, 101 Essential Oil Blends for Aromatic and Topical Use:
As a scientist – I taught high school chemistry and advanced biology – I knew that aromatherapy relaxed the mind and body, restored body systems to a state of balance, improved moods and emotions, and had an overall positive effect on body chemistry. I kept researching and found study upon study demonstrating the powerful properties of these natural substances. Being trained in safety and efficacy, I wanted to know the how and why behind their actions as well as all of the associated background and safety information. These molecules are incredibly powerful and I am constantly in awe of what they are capable of, for good and for bad. A healthy respect is necessary when using essential oils since they are so powerful… 101 Essential Oil Blends for Aromatic and Topical Use
This respect for the power of essential oils is what first drove me to share them with others. I have THE textbook – Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, by Tisserand and Young – and I nerdily have read the entire first half and have referenced through much of the oil listings. I knew that what was listed on Pinterest couldn’t be right (80 drops of an oil? Are you kidding?!?) and sure enough, that’s enough to send you to the hospital.
The following are the most common mistakes I see among essential oil users:
- Not diluting properly (Those Pinterest recipes? They can seriously hurt you at those levels of concentration.)
- Using oils that are contraindicated for your situation (For instance, there are MANY to not use while pregnant…)
- Purchasing oils from non-reputable sources (How do you know your oils bought off Amazon, etc haven’t been tainted? Always buy straight from the company.)
But wait…you only tell others about oils so you can make money off of people. You’re just a salesperson. While I do use a particular brand of essential oil (and LOVE it), I truly want to share about oils and how to use them safely and effectively. Sometimes I actually forget to tell people which company because I get so caught up in talking about how great essential oils are in general! (#facepalm) But seriously, I have seen too many people tell others how to use oils in an unsafe and ineffective manner and it kills me.
Let me be straight with you
I mean the following with all my heart and if you talk to any one who has attended one of my in-person or Facebook classes, had a Skype session with me, or sat down with me one-on-one, they will tell you that I’m passionate about helping people use oils right. My blog isn’t going to turn into an oils HQ but I will be posting things here and there about them.
I’m so honored to be part of your essential oil journey. Whether you’re just starting out or miles down the road, I hope you find these blends to be helpful in a multitude of ways. Use them for yourself, for your family, and for others to help remedy particular issues, provide a welcome to your home, or foster a desired environment physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I’ve been blessed by using essential oils in my own home and with my family and pray you have the same experience. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I’d love to chat about oils and help you find what’s right for you right now. 101 Essential Oil Blends for Aromatic and Topical Use
I want to help people improve their lives through taking care of themselves and those around them in the best possible way, whatever that looks like. If you end up using the brand of oils I do, great! If not, I’m happy to still help you as long as you use a quality source. Either way, I’d be blessed to help you on your oiling journey. Check out Active Mama Oils for more.
Blessings to you!