We are ALL in when it comes to the essential oil game. I was a skeptic but am now a convert. Oils have been a complete game changer for us and I am so grateful that we discovered them sooner rather than later. I often wish I had been introduced to them before we got pregnant, but I’ll take anything we can get at this point. The benefits and uses are numerous and we literally use them all day, every day in some form or another.
I want to share with you what got me hooked, why I love them so much, and how we use them in our home on a daily basis.
I started using oils over a year and a half ago mostly for emotional support as a new mother. I spent four to five months researching them and then finally took the plunge. I bought my first diffuser and set of oils, took a deep breath, and completely went for it. I was fed up with the overwhelming exhaustion (hello breastfeeding and late night feedings), emotional rollercoaster (can you say pregnancy hormones), and general anxiety at the “newness” of being a parent and having no freakin’ clue what I was doing. I knew there had to be a natural and healthy way to aid my body from both a physical and emotional standpoint. Then we got pregnant AGAIN when I was only 6 months into my postpartum mommy journey. Here we were with a beautiful and completely NEW little human, praying every second that we won’t mess her up, and all the responsibility of shaping and molding her into an adult. I was staring down another nine months of pregnancy, such a complete and total blessing, but damn…its hard on the body and mental sanity. My husband felt lightyears away because thats just what happens when you have an infant and the mommy blues were creeping up hard. I had all the support in the world from friends and family, but it doesn’t change the fact that as a new mother my BIGGEST and TOUGHEST job was, and still is, learning how to be a MOM in the first place. I truly needed multidirectional support and finally found it with oils.
I began with this starter kit from Young Living (all of the most commonly used oils + a diffuser) and just dived right in. I worked my way slowly through the kit, asked LOTS of questions, and followed along with the book, Gentle Babies, as a guide for diffusing or using oils around infants or while expecting. There are a few oils that you shouldn’t use while pregnant or nursing. It felt good to have a natural resource to turn to for cleaning, diffusing, and aiding our bodies when something came up.
Let me also say that I still very much believe in modern medicine. I myself am a cancer survivor and through the power and knowledge of modern medicine, my life was saved. I don’t make my own soap or deodorant, we still choose to vaccinate our children, I don’t spend all our money on organic food and certainly all the products in our home are not 100% natural. But oils seemed like the right step towards a healthier lifestyle for us and our children and we haven’t looked back sense.
If you don’t use oils and are interested in learning more, I would love to be a source of information and inspiration for you. I felt so lost when I got started and I want to help you take the guess work out of your first steps. To start, you can learn about the Premium Starter Kit that I recommend here. Next, read this FAQ on essential oils and the ways they might benefit your family and home! Also, take a look at my essential oils resource page that references the books I read to get started. These helped me to understand the “science” behind oils.
I received some flak and skepticism for getting into these “voodoo” oils. I am all about finding balance in life and I started using oils not as a cure or end all for wellness. There is still a lot of personal accountability and effort that needs to go into creating a healthy LIFE. I am however open to new methods and ways of thinking to support my family. I was looking for ways to live healthier and oils felt like a reasonable step in that direction.
Full disclosure, I receive benefits for recommending oils and from the affiliate links on my site, but my goal is to educate and support new practitioners that are curious about essential oils.
I would love for you to join me over at my oils instagram @thegoldenlime where I hope to create a hub of wellness. I have covered my favorite ways to use each of the oils in the starter kit. I plan to share all of our favorite diffuser blends, what I use on my kids, a few recipes to keep Mommy sane, sugar scrubs and my favorite Cadillac Margarita using lime oil, aka, The Golden Lime! I want it to be a space for creativity to better your life.
Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please do not stop. I am not a doctor, I am a mama — trying to do what’s best for my family! Any information and advice given is meant to help educate and inform, not to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.