Essential oils were literally the foundation for my transition to toxin-free beauty. They were the first things I bought and it’s how I slowly started ditching products & replacing them with essential oils. I don’t know how I survived before without them.
Before I started using oils, I assumed they were these weird potions/a form of witchcraft. Thoughts that ran through my head:
- Essential oils don’t work.
- Only hippies use them.
- The only thing you can do with them is put them in a diffuser.
- Lavender essential oil helps you relax/sleep.
- Oils makes your house smell good.
So you can see I had my mind made up before I even tried them! Some statements were completely false, while some were true (they do make your house smell really good!)
I wanted my house to smell good. I wasn’t sleeping great and I was definitely super stressed and anxious. I couldn’t sleep through the night. I was constantly tossing and turning and thinking about 10000 things I need to get done the next day. I had tried “lavender oil” from the drugstore which was supposed to be helpful for sleep, but it smelled super fake and gave me us awful headaches the next morning.
I also was aware of all my toxic products at this point, but overwhelmed how to start transitioning them out. It was too hard and too expensive to start with these essential oils. Again… more excuses.
I kept seeing posts from people using Young Living’s Essential Oils. I watched my others post about how these oils have helped them and their families. I watched them talk about how they used them for skincare, immune system support, restful sleep, cleaning, and even internally! I was intrigued, but skeptical of many things, but most importantly: 1) their effectiveness 2) the cost. I’m a speech therapist in a public school, so I’m not exactly drowning in extra money every month. We are saving for a house, paying off my loans, and trying to save as much as we possibly can, so I was hesitant about buying the starter kit. Would it be worth it? What if they didn’t work just like the ones from the store?
BUT, you know what else wasn’t worth it? Constantly feeling tired, stressed, sleepless, and anxious. Constantly inhaling chemicals from candles and slathering toxic products on my face and body. Also, what was the worst that could happen? My house smells good?
So I had a “mini” breakdown (but are any of my breakdowns ever “mini?” Probably not.) with my husband and told him how frustrated and confused I felt. He encouraged me to go for it. Looking back, I realized I was spending money on other things (like 2 iced coffees a day) instead of actually investing in mine and my family’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness.
So I ordered my Premium Starter Kit which came with a beautiful diffuser, 11 essential oils, multiple free samples, and an amazing, supportive community of fellow oily-loving friends. Do you think I had any idea what to do with each oil?! NO. I knew nothing. But that’s where the support groups on Facebook came in.. they were SO helpful.
So, where am I today? Now, I use my oils everyday. I use them for pretty much everything. A common misconception people have is that you just “diffuse” them in a diffuser. Yes, you can do that, but they do SO much more. I ingest them, I use them in all my skincare products to support my skin. I rub them on my forehead for head support. I diffuse them for mood boosting and to eliminate odors. I ingest them for a healthy immune system. I clean my house with them… you name it, and I use essential oils for it. I order new oils and products every month from Young Living while getting rid of my toxic products.
So if you’re curious about what essential oils are, what they do, and how to start using them, I’m hosting an “Essential Oils 101” class tomorrow night (Tuesday July 17th) at 8:00pm on Facebook! Feel free to join us 🙂
Remember.. I’m here to answer your questions! I was once where you are.. skeptical, curious and completely overwhelmed. So grab a glass of wine, sit on your couch in your comfy clothes, and learn more about these essential oils with me tomorrow night! Here’s the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/events/762706557263060/
See you there!!!