The “lavender” scented garbage bags made me cringe every time I opened up the cabinet door to throw something away; perfumes made me gag; air fresheners and scented candles were like being in a gas chamber; I even had to avoid lotions. That’s what being pregnant does to me: the nausea can be so overwhelming and persistent to the point that I wish I could retreat into a sterile, dark bubble. No smells, no bright lights, no loud noise, no nothing. Just rest. But there was one type of scent that I could handle–that I enjoyed, even! A fragrance that was both calming and rejuvenating at the same time.
The scent of Essential Oils.
Every time I went in to my midwife’s office, I was greeted by a pleasant fragrance vaporizing from her essential oils diffuser. It was truly a “heavenly” experience! It was a respite from the onslaught of harsh, grating odors I met with at every turn. If I could have bought a diffuser and some oils at that time, I would have–enthusiastically! But what I felt could have benefited me greatly at that point would have to wait to benefit me some other time; I simply couldn’t afford it right then. However, I decided that once I did have the money, the first thing I would get myself would be one of those glorious, exotic, oil diffusers!
And I did. Here’s the starter kit I ordered from Young Living Essential Oils. My midwife and doula are both members of Young Living.
That was almost a year ago (I started in February of 2016), and since then, I’ve been excited to discover different and valuable uses for my oils. What makes essential oils so useful, and so powerful?
Largely harvested from farm-grown and wildcrafted plants, herbs, and trees, essential oils are concentrated plant extracts obtained by careful steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping. These pure essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they are extracted. We offer hundreds of single oils, blends, and oil-infused products, each containing the optimal levels of specific, naturally occurring constituents to maximize their potency. Whether you use oils for aromatherapy, personal care, or household solutions, every aspect of daily life can benefit from the incorporation of essential oils! [Young Living 2016 Product Catalog, page 11]
I look forward to learning much, much more! What I like most about essential oils is their versatility, as noted in the caption above. You can use them for:
Skin and hair care
Air freshening and purifying
Natural food supplements
Supporting good health in general
Because of their flexibility, and because essential oils have so many great benefits, I feel this is something I can get behind 100% and feel good about sharing with others. As I explore and discover more about essential oils, I am hoping to find answers to such questions as the following, which I look forward to sharing with you…
How can I use essential oils to:
- Freshen and purify the air in our home? (Not just make it smell nicer, but actually make it healthier to breathe by making it less toxic.)
- Soothe my husband’s tired muscles after long work days?
- Support my children’s health?
- Support my own health, especially during the child-bearing years?
- Help me relax during pregnancy and labor?
- Smooth my complexion?
- Buy or develop my own alternative personal care products, such as toothpaste, but without unnecessary–or even harmful– ingredients?
- Protect our home from dangerous chemicals by replacing harsh cleaners with natural and safe products?
Under my new heading Natural Health and Beauty, I will be posting articles on various general natural remedies that I find work for me and my family. In addition, I will be writing specifically about my experiences with Young Living Essential Oils. I am so excited to be starting this new adventure, and I would be very pleased to have you join me!
If you’re interested in finding out more, here’s a link to the Young Living Essential Oils website! If you want to order a starter kit like I did, click on this link. You will first be prompted to choose whether you want to order as a retail customer or a wholesale customer (as a wholesale customer you get a 24% discount on all products, which is a great benefit), and can then grab the starter kit along with your choice of a beautiful diffuser (I love mine and use it everyday). I highly recommend that you order the starter kit — it comes at a huge discount and is a great way to start your essential oils / better health journey. My member # should automatically pop up, but just in case, it is: 3677030.
[There is one thing I want to add, as a disclaimer. Young Living promotes some of their oils as being not only great for health, but also for “spiritual grounding.” I’m not sure what that means, but the only “grounding” I need spiritually doesn’t come from God’s beautiful creation (as wonderful as it is), but from the Creator Himself. My soul anchors, and is grounded, in Christ and nothing else. So, I choose to overlook any comments about spirituality, and focus instead on the oils themselves, which are very high quality and come from a company that is trustworthy.]
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