Pardon my leave of absence, the jump from having three children to four has been by far the most difficult for our family. My five year old thinks she’s thirty, my 3 year old seems to think that since he is so sweet he can do whatever he wants (kind of like those sour patch kids commercials) and my almost 2 year old doesn’t like that she’s not the baby anymore; throw in a newborn baby and you’ve got yourself a party! Enter essential oils. Lately, I’ve been using several essential oils for my postpartum sanity and on the kids to subdue the cray-cray. It all started 3 years ago when my hubby and I were looking for something that promotes a more restful night’s sleep. A friend of mine was a Young Living distributor and gave me some Lavender to try out, after that I basically said SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY. Our sleep was UHMAZING man!! I later learned that Lavender is basically the hot sauce of essential oils, you put that stuff on everything. This led me on a rabbit trail of oily goodness which then led to me -a mom at the time of three under 5- to go to school for aromatherapy. I can’t stand school, so I knew aromatherapy was a passion of mine when it propelled me to go back to school and become a certified Aromatherapist.
I’ve noticed that most articles out there about Essential Oils are usually surrounding the potential dangers of essential oils and bashing MLM companies for promoting unsafe usage. I learned about oils from an MLM (Young Living woop woop!!) I also first learned about safety from them and have not had an adverse reaction yet. I most definitely support MLMs and disagree with the sentiment that most distributors are spreading unsafe information. So if that’s what you’re looking for, you will not find it here.
Once I started school, the more I learned about oils, the more I realized that using them is not rocket science (even though the science behind it is pretty gnarly!) The source of most articles or posts you read harping about the dangers of essential oils and safety usually stems from a place of “better safe than sorry”. Take dilution, for instance. There are mild essential oils out there that do not require dilution if you don’t have super sensitive skin, but if I have a company and I want to avoid lawsuits, I’m gonna tell you to dilute it anyway to avoid legal issues in the case you had an adverse reaction. I love safety as much as the next person, don’t get me wrong, but I also believe people have common sense. I’m going to assume 98 percent of the population has come to this blog inquiring about oils because they heard about it from somebody, and I can almost guarantee you that the issues of safety have come up. Of course I’m going to cover safety, but from a common sense approach. I’d like to think I am a happy medium between the person who says its okay to put peppermint on your 5 day old baby and the person who would only diffuse oils in their house. Okay, I’m stepping off my oil soap box now. Here’s the lineup of my future 101 posts, I’ll be posting them every monday:
- What Are Essential Oils and How Do They Work
- Essential Oil Methods Of Application: Aromatic
- Essential Oil Methods Of Application: Topical
- Essential Oil Methods Of Application: Ingestion
- Essential Oil Safety
- Kids and Essential Oils
- Pregnancy And Essential Oils
- Popular Essential Oils And Their Potential Uses
There you have it, I look forward to getting our learn on together!