First of all I'd like to state that I am NOT a crunchy granola, vegan-eating, use all natural, organic products hippy kind of gal. I sometimes joke that I love processed food because all the preservatives will keep me young looking forever (and yes, I know that those preservatives are actually not great for you). That being said, the post below explains how I got into essential oils and what made me a believer in their value.
Like I mentioned in my first essential oil post (I'll call them EOs for short), I started researching them for their abilities to keep my head from exploding. I had a friend from high school that kept posting interesting things about how she used EOs in her everyday life, including how to keep her health in tip-top shape even during the winter months when it seems everyone gets some kind of crud.
She kept posting about this premium starter kit (picture below) that included a bunch of oils, some of which I'd heard of but had no idea what they did...I mean, tea tree? It's in shampoo, right? Frankincense? Isn't that what Jesus got as a birthday present? After a month or so of checking out her blog and researching A TON of articles and studies I decided to test my skepticism and buy a kit. It wasn't cheap - including tax ands shipping I think it was $175 - but it did include 11 oils, a diffuser, and a bunch of other 'extras.' I also got a free oil from my friend when I purchased from her, so all-in-all I thought "alright, if I don't think these suckers work, I bet she'll at least buy them from me."
Well, I got the kit and opened it with the excitement of a four-year-old at Christmas. My friend Jessie was with me and we had a blast opening every bottle and sniffing everything. We thought some smelled really good (uh, Stress Away smells like a margarita) but others...let's just say that thank goodness they smell different when diffused!
I felt a little under the weather (I'd been SUPER sick the two weeks prior to getting my premium starter kit - which I'll shorten to PSK) so I decided to use the diffuser that came with it (my boyfriend calls it a fumigator). I diffused Thieves, an oil blend that was inspired by the legend of four 15th century thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying of the black plague. It's used to promote a healthy immune system - which at that moment I didn't have. Overall I did start feeling better the day after diffusing Theives, but to be fair, I was also taking dayquil and nyquil - that stuff is good. Still wasn't completely sold on these strange little bottles. That was to quickly change.
The first measurable snow of the year fell a few days after I got my kit. I was outside playing with my dog Chip (who LOVES the snow - see exhibit A below) and was kicking up the light, dusty snow at him while he was running around.
We came inside, started a fire and sat down and cuddled on the couch and watched some netflix (Parks & Rec). I headed to bed feeling great but woke up at 3am with fairly awful knee pain from playing with Chip in the snow. I nearly reached for my Aleve but thought "hey, I think there's an oil in my PSK that said something about soothing muscles." I grabbed my Panaway (an oil blend) and rubbed it directly on my knee and gave it 15 minutes to do anything. At about the 14 minute mark I was heading to the bathroom to grab my Aleve but then noticed that MY KNEE DIDN'T HURT AT ALL. WHAT??? Skepticism about these oils was gone. I was as shocked as a bird on a wire.
Now that I'm convinced of the effectiveness of EOs I want to share my experience using them with everyone, hence this blog. If you're at all interested in getting some oils of your own but don't want to buy the whole kit, let me know as I'd be happy to include your oil on my order (and give you a discount)! If you are interested in the PSK, you can find out more here!
*Disclaimer: The information on this blog has not been evaluated or approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.