If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you likely remember that when I was pregnant with Knox, I lost my everloving mind. I was the most stressed-out pregnant person in the history of all creation. I cried every single day, I worried, I researched, I Googled. Oh, the Googling. You guys… it was pure crazy town. One good thing that my neurotic researching did for me was solidify my ever-growing desire to do everything as naturally as possible in regards to raising a family: our eating, cleaning and life in general. I am a big fat lover of all things green, crunchy and natural. Can’t help it. Call me a hippie if you must, but I own it.
We started out with choosing healthier food items. Organics when possible, less processed food (this increased even more upon the discovery of Knox’s soy allergy/sensitivity). We chose to cloth diaper with Knox, then Brody (we only lasted about three months with Brody- working full-time, diapering two kids and the fact that Brody was the most labor-intensive baby on the planet stifled my desire to continue… I still love you, cloth diapers). Green cleaners, including laundry detergent, replaced our traditional cleaners. We really tried to do things as holistically as possible for the health and well being of our family- I still feel a deep passion for this stuff.
Last year, I added essential oils into my repertoire, and y’all, it’s like a whole new universe. A lot of you have asked me about our oil usage, lately, so I thought I’d share. If you don’t know what essential oils are, they’re the concentrated oils from plants, flowers, shrubs and fruit that have different protective and medicinal properties. They’ve been used for thousands of years (frankincense and myrrh that we read about in the Bible are essential oils!) in lots of different ways. I recently switched over to the Young Living brand oils, and I have to say, I LOVE THEM. I began with their premium starter kit, which has a diffuser and 11 oils, plus some samples and literature to get you started.
If you purchase that kit, you’re also considered a wholesale distributor and get a nice discount on your oils (you do not have to sell them to be a distributer- you only have to order $50 of oils a year to keep that status, so it was a no-brainer for me). There are a million ways you can use these oils, so it can be kind of overwhelming when you first begin if you don’t research a little first!
It’s so much fun to learn about these oils. I love diffusing something natural in my home that not only smells great but has health benefits aside from scent.
We also use oils internally in veggie capsules (like an empty pill) for allergies, cold prevention and other afflictions. Then we use some topically, as well. I am obsessed with Stress Away which smells insanely awesome and also has the added bonus of helping get rid of stress. I wear it on my wrists every day. I also have been rubbing Vetiver on Knox’s feet twice a day because it can help with some ADHD/Autism behaviors. I will let you know how that goes once I have done it for a few weeks- I didn’t stick to it last fall when I started on the Vetiver for him. So far, I have seen the best results with Stress Away and my kids’ activity level. My mother-in-law came over the other day and asked what was in my diffuser because my kids were SITTING ON THE COUCH. If you have been around my children for 45 seconds, you’d understand the shock and awe surrounding that.
If anyone is interested in learning more, let me know. These things will change how you live your life in the best kind of way. My friend Karie and I are doing an online class on Facebook on Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m. (you can tune in later in the week if you miss it). We’ll talk about what oils are, the everyday oils & what they’re used for, then how to replace some commonly used items with essential oils. It’s free, you can participate from your computer and still be done in time for Downton Abbey. Amen. I’d love for y’all to attend if you’re interested in learning more. Just click the link above to sign up. If you have specific questions on oils or how to get started, let me know in the comments or email me.