Essential Oils/ Homemaking

Why I Started Using Essential Oils

I am sure that you've seen all the essential oil information out there floating the web. Unless you live under a rock, you've seen them around either online or in the store. I fairly certain none of us live under a rock. What is about essential oils that draw people in? Surely they are hocus pocus voodoo that only crunchy mamas take part in using. Right? Find out why I started using essential oils and see if you should too.

I am sure that you’ve seen all the essential oil information out there floating the web. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen them around either online or in the store. I fairly certain none of us live under a rock. What is about essential oils that draw people in? Surely they are hocus pocus voodoo that only crunchy mamas take part in using. Right?

Wrong.

I try to do a lot of things as natural and organic as I can. We eat from scratch whenever possible, I love baking our breadwe eat organic for basically every meat now. I clothed diapered my babies as much as I could (and trust me it took some convincing from my sister to even get me to try them out). We love our backyard garden. I’ve yet to embrace homemade cleaners – because I just don’t think they clean very well or kill bacteria and I’m a germophobic –  or mama cloth. Never say never but basically never!

So I can’t say that I’m 100% crunchy but I wouldn’t be able to tell you where I land on the crunchy scale either. Probably very low. So I can attest to the fact that essential oils are not just for those all out crunchy mamas.

There isn’t voodoo involved or some magical potion that will heal all ailments. Yes, I believe that there is a time and a place for doctors and medication. More so than you would think. I’m not one to believe that pouring garlic oil in a child’s ear is going to make the infection disappear. We need modern medicine.

So why did I start using essential oils? What won me over about them if I’m not as crunchy as most others?

I researched them. A lot. (I should add that I’m married to a pharmacist so I knew that I needed research to back up my proposal about using essential oils in our home!)

A lot of the oils out there are from plants that we use in our everyday life already. Peppermint, lemon, cinnamon, orange, and even spices that we cook with such as garlic. So if it’s okay to eat these fruits or to use the dried plant in our cooking why is it not okay to extract oil from the plant and use it for other purposes as well?

We use oranges in orange juice and over the counter pills to boost our immunity that have vitamin C , right? Then why can’t we diffuse the oil in a diffuser and breathe it in while we go about living in our homes? To me, it doesn’t make much sense. One thing is okay while the other is deemed magical voodoo. Hmmm…..

It’s okay to slice a lemon and put it in your water for energy boosting or for flavored water, but it’s not okay to drop a few drops of the essential oil into your water because you’ve crossed a line into hocus pocus? I disagree. I think they can be considered one in the same just in different forms. Like solids, liquids and gas perhaps? That sounds vaguely familiar.

I am sure that you've seen all the essential oil information out there floating the web. Unless you live under a rock, you've seen them around either online or in the store. I fairly certain none of us live under a rock. What is about essential oils that draw people in? Surely they are hocus pocus voodoo that only crunchy mamas take part in using. Right? Find out why I started using essential oils and see if you should too.

Now that we’ve settled that let’s talk about the medicinal purposes. Back in ancient times, people didn’t have over the counter medications to relieve their ailments. They had God’s creation. God provided relief through His creation. I think we can all agree that when we eat natural, raw foods and less processed manufactured foods we feel better overall. Our health is better, we are more energized, our skin and complexion are healthier. Through my research and little experience using them, I am not convinced that oils heal people but I was convinced that they can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

I finally took the plunge this last winter to start diffusing essential oils because my kids get hit hard every single winter with colds that they pick up from church. We spend 2.5 weeks at home, cooped up recovering to then go back to church and get hit with another cold two days later. The cycle continues all winter long. It’s enough to make any mama want to scream from the top of her lungs “stop bringing your sick kids to church!!!!”. But we can’t do that now can we?

I knew there had to be something out there that could help boost their immunity. Not heal them from their colds. But help them. If we rub menthol on their chest from Vicks vapor rub then why can’t I diffuse it to clear their nasal passages or mix it with coconut oil and apply it that way? That’s what started me on my essential oil journey. And I found what I was looking for and so much more!

I found that by diffusing oils, adding them to our cooking or drinking water can only benefit our health. Just as would eating a salad or an orange for a snack. They can help, but, in my opinion, they can’t heal.

Again, I don’t think they can heal you but they can boost your immunity and overall health.

I think they can ease symptoms but not remove symptoms.

So why not use them? What’s the harm? If we were against anything like that, then we should stop eating organically, stop cooking from scratch and just eat the processed convenience foods out there these days. Now what sounds sillier?

Knowledge is power. Usually, once you take the time to research something out – even if it is all the thing that everyone is all crazy for right now – you will find that your opinions change or get stronger. I know that was the case for me with cloth diapers and now essential oils. We are usually more afraid of the unknown, of the public opinions of others than to even begin to research something. A fish that swims against the stream is more noticed, right? It appears that most Christians fall into the category of criticizing essential oils, calling them voodoo, hocus pocus without actually taking the time to form their own opinion. Just like the crunchy mama scale there is a scale of people who believe in the healing powers of essential oils. Are you brave enough to figure out where you land on the scale?

 

Your turn! Do you use essential oils? What made you start? Or are you against using them? Why is that? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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2 Comments

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    Dr. Aletha Oglesby
    July 27, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I think you express a balanced approach. I don’t understand why people think doctors are against using things that help them feel better, especially for things we know we can’t cure anyway, like a cold. It resolves eventually, thanks to our mostly healthy immune systems. To says essential oils “boost immunity and overall health” is a pretty broad statement with several potential meanings so I won’t address that. But I see nothing medically unwise with what you are doing, and I’m glad it helps you and your family. We physicians would rather patients avoid drugs whenever possible too.

    #RaRalinkup

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      Anastasia Safee
      August 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      I’m of the same opinion, a balanced approached to medicine and our health is needed. I think many doctors and pharmacists out there (I’m married to one!) think that things are bunk if there isn’t enough scientific data out there to back them up. Otherwise, it gets thrown into the old wives’ tales group and get’s discredited.

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