Medicine Cabinet Makeover

It's true...I recently inhaled the essential oil Kool-Aid and I'm becoming a believer!  Last fall when we were terribly ill, I started researching every, possible remedy to get better.  You name it. I tried it!   Epsom Salt, oil pulling, dry brushing, salt lights, tons of water, Vitamin D, tea, garlic, rest, probiotics, ugh antibiotics, and eventually Thieves Essential Oil. Finally, after 12 really long weeks of being very sick we finally kicked the crud.  We have been using the oils since then.  I thought I'd share a few of my more recent favorites as well as some general information on making over your medicine cabinet with the natural stuff.  Who really likes all those lab-produced chemicals anyway? 

Story #1-
Two weeks ago, I literally felt like I was going crazy because sweet Charlee would not sleep by herself.  A friend of mine suggested that I try some essential oils.  She was having a similar experience with her 11 month old and started using the oils and apparently had a magical experience, skeptically, I decided to give it a try.  I was literally desperate. I knew the oils worked with our sickness in the fall, but getting a baby to sleep through the night is a whole different thing.  I figured since I was embracing my skepticism, I'd also buy her one of those little, Amber teething necklaces as well and pray that she finally started sleeping.  I started by diffusing lavender oil in her room, and I am not sure if it's the oils or the amber necklace, but something started working.  As an added bonus, I noticed that it wasn't only working for Charlee, but since we are currently all co-sleeping (don't ask) in a tiny, full-sized bed in the same room, Barrett and Finn have been sleeping pretty great too!  I loved the stuff so much that I decided to become a distributor.  I mean seriously, why buy your oils when you can get them for free right!  It's a good thing I'll be earning free oils, because I'm creating quite the collection.  In addition to my love for lavender, I recently discovered Cedarwood, which might be my new favorite!

Story #2-
Allergies anyone?!?  Woof! They have been real bad lately.  We left for vacation a week ago and when we returned home, wham...slapped me right in the face.  Well, literally that's what it felt like.  So naturally, I said to myself "I think there is an oil for that".  Sure enough, we've been diffusing a little peppermint, lemon and lavender blend ever since and it seems to definitely take the edge off.  I also made an allergy relief "lotion" that I've been slathering on.  

Here is the lotion recipe:
1 cup of Organic Coconut Oil (warmed to a liquid state)
10 Drops of Lavender Oil
8 Drops of Lemon Oil
6 Drops of Peppermint
Mix and then pour into a glass container to cool overnight.  

As with most things in my life, once I get going I want to know more and more, so I start researching and reading and if you've spent anytime around me the last couple of weeks you've probably heard the phrase "I think there is an oil for that!"  Below you'll find some general information about how I'm using my Starter Kit Oils.  

GI Support:
For occasional GI upset or to aid with digestive function I use peppermint.  Young Living also makes a blend called Di-Gize (peppermint, fennel, and ginger are the main oils in that blend)

Lavender, peppermint and lemon in combination or just lavender alone.

Basic First Aid:
Cuts, scrapes, burns, bumps.  Again, lavender is my first choice, followed by melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil)

Restful Sleep:
Cedarwood, Peace & Calming, and Lavender

General Immunes Support:
I mentioned this initially, but Thieves was the main blend that I used to eventually kick our crud last fall.  A little history on Thieves- during the time of the Black Plague, vandals stole from the dead and dying without getting ill.  When they were caught they admitted to coming from a long line of spice traders and told their "secret recipe".  This is where this blend was inspired from--clove, rosemary and cinnamon bark are some of the main ingredients. Thieves is considered a "hot oil" so it's best to dilute it with a carrier oil before applying directly to skin.  As with all oils, be sure to read the label for safest application instructions.