Oils are crazy, that is the subtitle.
I wanted to share with you something that has been rocking our worlds, affecting our lives in crazy and amazing ways, some of which I still can’t even believe.
Since I last wrote about Essential Oils, a few things have happened.
First, I got a few emails from people who purchased and used them for the first time after hearing about them here–and it blew me away.
The first one was when Finley wasn’t feeling well the other morning and I posted on Instagram about how much we love the Breathe Oil, and how it opened his poor, drippy airways and he could breathe and rest.
Which is great. I am still always amazed each time I use oils, I just wasn’t raised on them, and it’s still just amazing to me how well they work. But then, more amazing than that, I got a comment that was one of the best I have ever received, it made my whole day to know someone else’s life was changed because they tried essential oils, she wrote: “Thank you for your tips on Serenity! We finally tried it and it worked. After 3 years of horrible sleep patterns, our little boy has been sleeping great for two months now!!!”
There is just NOTHING like a well rested child, I feel so honored and blessed to be able to share about essential oils with families. THREE YEARS!?! Oh my, rest well little one! Thank you, Serenity. I emailed with her a few times since then and asked her about it. Her message also encouraged other mamas to email about this special oil that helps little ones sleep, rest and feel their best because of it. I asked her if I could share and she said yes:
“Once he went to sleep, he would wake up around 2:30 am and it would take another two hours of putting him back in his room every few minutes to get him back to sleep. Looking back, the only sleep he probably got, was out of pure exhaustion. After seeing a post you had written on essential oils, I was curious, but honestly, I didn’t think it would work for Ryan..nothing else had. We started using it that night and for the first time in his life, he was asleep by 8:15!!!! He has slept from 8:15pm until 6:30 am every single night since we started using it…almost two months now! The change in his has been amazing. He isn’t a little “monster” any more because he is rested! Nothing else has changed…the bed time routine is the same, everything is the same…we just added the oil! I’m still in shock.”
Right, that’s how it is, cause ‘oils’ sounds so weird, but then–they work like crazy. It really is shocking.
This is the kind of thing that sends my heart soaring. I am the kind of person who so longs for people to be just doing well, feeling well, I’ll go out of my way for that for someone. I know for us once Elijah started REALLY resting, he had a huge growth spurt physically, but also a big burst in his language, too–sleep is big. Kids just need their sleep, and moms need them to sleep, too 🙂
So happy for that little household.
Another story, this one about me and my brother. The other day, 2 weeks ago, on a Saturday I had the WORST stomach ache, I told Andrew I had to go lay down. I had just heard the OilRN who used to be a nurse, but now helps people with oils, talking about oils and how to use peppermint. She said that as opposed to something like motrin, which you have to wait many hours in between using it, you can apply oils as often as you like. So I hoisted my pitiful self up and touched the peppermint oil onto my stomach. It was better instantly. So I didn’t believe it. My skin kind of tingled as you would imagine pure peppermint oil would do, so I just thought I was feeling that and it was masking the pain. But then I got up, and went into the kitchen.
“Um…yeah, I used that peppermint oil, on my stomach. And I feel better….” It was so weird.
15 minutes later it started hurting again, but I remembered about being able to apply it right away. I did, it went away and the pain never came back. What. The. Heck.
So, fast forward that same day, my brother was supposed to come over to help Andrew dig a drain under the avocado trees. He texted us that he was icing his stomach, it hurt so bad.
“COME OVER I HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU!!!” I told him, yelling in all caps.
He limped in, we put on the oil. He instantly (you guys….) felt better and worked with Andrew all afternoon and finished the darn drain!!! He was so into it, he started coating his whole body in it before I batted it away, “I JUST GOT THIS!” I told him, “STOP!!” I showed everyone all the weird/amazing ways to use the peppermint since I now loved it, and was kind of in awe of it in a new way; like put one drop on the palm of one of your hands, rub your hands together, cover your nose and mouth and take a deep breath.
It dramatically increases the uptake of oxygen into your brain and it’s like a wake up, similar to coffee, but with no stimulants. It clears your mind and makes you alert. I have Maria do this ‘self diffusion’ while doing school work. Or if Andrew is slowly waking up from a power nap, and I want it to be fast, I secretly put the oil on my hand and cover his nose…cause I am super loving. HAHAHA, and he’s UP! It’s cool, guys, it’s natural!
Put a drop in your mouth if you got stank breathe, a drop in your water makes it taste great, and is good for your insides.
Lavender: Lavender is all things skin. So here’s something that is making me feel real joyful these days, connecting with other adoptive families as a helper. I love helping people, talking to people (Some would call that an extrovert ; ) and in my little circle of special needs adoptions, it’s been really fun to research with them the best oils for things like open sores, eczema, sleep issues, digestion issues–I can’t get enough. The thing with oils, as opposed to over the counter items is that all the side effects are good side effects. The phycological side effects to these oils are powerful and healing. When your whole body relaxes because you are applying oil in one part of the body, it has an entire, systemic healing.
So, lavender. My husband rocks his red hair, and sometimes, if we’re not careful, the sun rocks him. If I am sunburned, it will usually go away the next day. For him, the burn can last even 2-3 weeks 🙁 A couple weeks ago, he was burned, and since my confidence in the abilities of these oils has been increasing, I told him I’d put it all over his burned back. Well, first off, there’s nothing much more relaxing than the scent of lavender, and the connection of human touch that is often overlooked these days, but when he woke up, most of his skin was healed, only a few patchy red spots left, much duller. My major skeptic of a husband looked at his healed back and couldn’t believe it.
I made my very first ‘order!!!’ It was so exciting, I took a picture of it when it came, as you do.
My friend Savannah was over when it came. The first one we saw was Elevation, the ‘Joyful Blend.’ We doused it on our wrists, and I literally felt it go straight to my brain, and we were laughing and smiling with each other. When my kids woke up from their naps, it’s pretty hit or miss on emotions–that delicate witching hour before dinner, when you need to cook and get things moving…we rubbed a drop on their little chests and they were happy, dancing, making music, playing quietly.
We haven’t stopped using this one since that day. Actually, I am going to go out on a limb and claim this one as my current favorite oil. And that’s saying a lot.
For instance, during homeschool review of grammar–the one thing that can cause death–I didn’t die.
“I think what makes a good teachers is when if she likes her teacher.”
Me, smiling, high on elevation and not dying, “A good teacher isn’t usually characterized by liking their teacher, lets keep brainstorming!” 🙂
Oh Elevation, where have you been…
I asked my friend Kelly who is my oil friend who is also a doula if she has ever tried Elevation it since it was rocking our worlds over here and she said, “Yes, I diffuse it during births!! I love it.” #Genius. We all need a little joy during birth 🙂
I also got Clary Calm–which I have yet to use, will let you know, and Wild Orange, that probably the best smell of the bunch, but I have yet to use it, too. But the Oil RN said that once a month, her husband will just grab the Clary Calm and hand it to her, and doesn’t need to say much more 🙂
Deep Blue: I got this one for Andrew, it’s for deep pain within the body. He has pain in his upper back, forearm and ankle. Chronic pain and the body is not healing itself through it. He asks for it to be rubbed everyday, just for the moment of relief. I rubbed the Deep Blue into his forearm just to see how he would like it.
He said it felt better right away. He said he felt it doing something inside of his arm, “And it’s way better than Bengay which makes me feel horrible.” I asked him right now how he thinks those three areas are doing now since we’ve applied it three times, “I think maybe, they are getting a little better…maybe. Especially my arm, it actually feels a lot better.”
Ok, if you know Andrew, especially if you are in his family, you know that these are big for him to be saying. If you don’t know him and are reading this, it may not sound like much, and that’s ok, I’ll share more as time goes on and we keep using it longer term. He is usually such a skeptic, that I feel very encouraged by his response. We watched a video about it, since we were intrigued and we learned that it works on three levels:
What’s good and powerful is that we as consumers today have such better access to research and information, and just aren’t satisfied with putting toxic, strange or synthetic things into our bodies or the bodies of our children. We want better, and we know there are better options out there. In this case, the the simplest option, most natural, made from plants. Some people think that oils are ‘New Age-y’ when in reality, oils for healing have been around for millennia, and are even talked about in the Bible over 300 times.