Thank you for stopping by this page! I am excited to share my essential oils story with you below. While it is a long read, I think it is important because I want to share my personal experiences with essential oils and why I chose to become part of the essential oil movement.
Before we get started, I want to note that I am an advocate of safe use of essential oils. Essential oils are VERY powerful and should be used with caution and reverence.
I do not advocate the consumption of essential oils, nor do I advocate other unsafe practices. While I use essential oils every day in my own home, I do so safely and with caution.
A Little Backstory About Me
I have been a real food educator for years now and while I believe that food is the #1 place we must start to create health, it is not the be all end all.
True whole body wellness requires more than just a clean diet.
It requires a clean mind, clean body, and clean spirit.
Food can go a long way to support all three of those areas, but food alone cannot overcome the many health obstacles that we, as a world, face. That is where we must branch out and build our wellness toolkit.
Health care, er, SICK care costs are on the rise. We live in a toxic, polluted, and sickly world. The life expectancy of our children is expected to be LESS than that of their parents.
That is SCARY.
I have long advocated taking charge of your own health and being in control of your wellness. Raising health care costs won't affect us (hopefully) as much if we are striving to take the best care of our bodies that we can right now.
That is why I encourage you to start building your wellness toolkit today. There are so many natural remedies out there, we just have to know where to look. Essential oils are just one of the many tools that I use in building my family's wellness.
How Essential Oils Have Influenced My Life
One item that I have employed in my wellness toolkit and my health journey has been essential oils.
Essential oils are one of the most powerful forms of herbal medicine available. The ‘volatile oil’ (what we call an essential oil) contains the concentrated essence of a plant and they have amazing medicinal properties.
The impact these oils have had on my life, mentally and physically, as been amazing. That is why I am excited to share my experiences with you, so that you too can enjoy all the benefits that natural remedies have to offer.
I have used essential oils on and off again for many years. It started out with me purchasing a few bottles here and there from my local health food store. I did not know anything about the power that essential oils have — I was simply wanting some pretty smelling scents for my homemade skin care products.
That is where my essential oil use stayed for several years. Then, as I found myself faced with a chronic illness, I went searching for alternative tools to assist me on my health journey.
In my research, I was added to a Facebook group that was run by a blogger and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) who I had been following for years. Her name is Jennifer (of 20 Something Allergies) and she really is one of the main reasons that I am continuing on my essential oil journey.
Jennifer has a very down-to-earth, honest approach to oils. She is extremely knowledgeable and can assist you with almost anything. If she doesn't know the answer, she knows where to look to find it.
While I do think that some oils can be used internally for very specific treatments, they should NEVER be used without being under the care of a licensed aromatherapist or health practitioner. But that's just me — we must each do our own research and decide what methods are best for our needs.
What Essential Oil Brands do I Recommend?
I personally feel that there are a number of brands out there that create pure, quality oils. I used to be very brand specific and only recommend a certain one. Over the last year, I have expanded that research and now feel that no single brand holds the title of “best essential oil”, which is why I am now using a variety of EOs on my own home.
I personally feel that as with any product, we must do our research and find a brand that resonates with us. It doesn't matter what other people are using or promoting. Find a brand that you love to use and that you trust the company producing it.
While there are A LOT of crappy oils out there — just like any other product — there are a lot that are excellent quality. Below are the ones that I personally use and trust. As time moves on and new brands come to market, I will add to this list.
As an aside, I have used and liked both DoTerra and Young Living's essential oils in the past and still have a few bottles in my arsenal. I used to be a Young Living distributor but decided that I was not interested in the business side of things. There seems to be some controversy over Young Living's quality based on independent testing, but I am not well-versed in that enough to share an opinion one way or the other.
All I can say is do your research and see what your gut tells you.
If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to let me know! 🙂