I am so excited to finally let the world know about my obsession with essential oils. This is completely new for me and for the blog, but I am just thrilled to introduce something that has genuinely made a difference in my life, the lives of my children, and our family as a whole (pets included). There are so many amazing ways that we use our essential oils and I feel honored to get to share them in a space that was originally meant to document my transformation into wellness (spiritually, mentally, and physically).
Let me start by saying that I’ve been very quiet about my learning process when it comes to oils and it is definitely not something that I’ve openly advertised. I have shared with family and friends that I was exploring the use of oils behind the scenes, but overall I wanted it to be about our health and wellbeing and nothing else. I can’t keep it a secret anymore. Everyone needs to know about these little bottles of pure magic and what a tremendous impact they could have on your family and general wellbeing.
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. It felt good to truly 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.
There are literally dozens and dozens of ways we use our oils. For example, Thieves oil for ongoing immune support, my all time favorite Peace & Calming linen spray to encourage a relaxing nights sleep, a few drops of Lavender oil in my mascara tube to grow my lashes long and longer, or a homemade fabric fresher to replace the chemical laden Febreeze gathering dust on the shelf. I love a therapeutic Epsom salt bath with a few drops of Stress Away oil in the evening to bring me down from the overstimulation of being a full time mommy, and my favorite “Happy Mommy” rollerball is always by my side for extra energy, feelings of calmness, and adding an extra spring to my step when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the kiddos.
If you don’t already use oils but have considered it and are interested in knowing 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 take the guess work out of getting to know your oils. If you are wanting to dive right in I would love for you to join my team. All you need is this essential oils starter kit. It comes with ten of the most popular oils, your choice of a diffuser (we LOVE the dew drop because of the price), my all-time favorite Stress Away as a bonus oil, and all the info you could ever need to get started. (BONUS TIP – when signing up be sure to check Young Living wholesale member so you can save 24% on any oils you order later on.) You are not signing up for an ongoing subscription though, just the AMAZING starter kit that already has everything you’ll need. I am an open book when it comes to oils so PRETTY PLEASE email me or comment below if you have ANY questions.
Then come join us over at my oils instagram @thegoldenlime where I have covered our 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 the kiddos, my favorite recipes to keep Mommy sane, sugar scrubs and a recipe for my favorite Cadillac Margarita using lime oil, aka, The Golden Lime!