I don’t know if it’s the Washington air or my getting older but I find myself trying to approach some things in life more naturally. Like my health. (Never mind the three bags of Cheeto Puffs I inhaled while in California during the quilt retreat last weekend – what happens at quilt retreat, stays at quilt retreat.)
Occasional junk food aside, I do like trying to find natural alternatives to everyday chemical products. Except toilet cleaner. Have you ever tried to use an all-natural toilet cleaner? If you have well water or hard water, you can almost forget about your toilet ever being sparkling again without bleach. Thankfully, Lysol makes a cleaner that is septic-safe. And it kills the stains. I like a clean toilet so I don’t mind the chemicals there.
But I do sometimes mind all the pain killers, allergy pills, and other medications. I used to get excruciating migraines ten years ago. Only a prescription medication would dull the pain. I don’t have anything against prescriptions when they’re absolutely needed. I get it. I’m on a daily thyroid medication. But when I just have a dull ache in my temple or my lower back is stiff from sitting on the floor, I don’t always want to be popping a pill to get rid of the pain. And that’s when I started researching essential oils.
I won’t overwhelm you with what I found because there is SO much information about oils out there. But I will tell you what I love about them. They’re plant based and have no chemicals. While oil remedies might take more frequent and longer doses (as most natural remedies do), the outcome is the same as their chemical counterparts. I love a dab of lavender on my temples when I’m feeling stressed. I used to use peppermint for my sinuses and plan to use it again once I’m done breastfeeding (peppermint decreases milk production and I’m all about boosting it right now.) Fennel is great for boosting milk production though. Eucalyptus and Oregano are alternatives to peppermint for sinus issues. Breathe is an oil blend by DoTerra that is a mix of several fantastic oils like peppermint and tea tree to really clear up those sinuses. Deep Blue can be found on the same page as Breathe and it’s another awesome oil to mix with carrier oil and rubbed directly onto the lower back (my biggest problem area in terms of soreness, especially as little miss grows!)
Some oils can be ingested and some are better used topically. I personally like to put a couple drops on the soles of my feet straight, without a carrier oil. And carrier oil is just a plant based oil that allows oils (even hot ones) to be placed on the body if you have sensitivities or you are putting them on young children. Some people use fractionated coconut oil (some fats have been removed so that the oil stays in a liquified state) and some use almond oil. I’m using almond oil right now because that’s what I have in my house and it’s what I use on little miss after her baths.
Speaking of little miss, I use a couple drops of lavender in her bath at night. A couple is all that’s needed because essential oils are so strong. A 5mL bottle will last quite a while even when using it every day.
I also have a diffuser for my classroom that I’m excited to try out with the On Guard blend from DoTerra. Every year without fail, my classroom becomes an incubator for germs (what classroom doesn’t?) No matter how often I sanitize desks and door handles, the crud gets passed around multiple times a year. I’m planning to diffuse On Guard every day to protect not only me and my family but my students as well. I’m hopeful that there will be fewer absences this year.
Do you use essential oils? Which ones do you find most beneficial?
Almost all the oils I mentioned are in the Family Physician Kit (click here and use the search bar to find the oils (including the fractionated coconut oil) you’re looking for.) Fennel and Eucalyptus are single oils and they can be found here.
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