I have recently begun to explore the world of essential oils. I did this in search of getting help for my special needs daughter. She is autistic and has trouble with mood and sleeping. When she gets sleep deprived she goes to the extreme of having to be hospitalized for days to get her back on track. The direct result of her hospital stays was several types of daily meds that left her in a fog and not the sweet girl she used to be. So I began to research, as I often do, to help her.
In my search I came upon essential oils. Now, if you are anything like me you thought that essential oils just smelled good. While this is true, I have discovered so many more benefits than just a pleasant smell. Specifically, I researched depression, mood, anxiety, and sleep. I read that lavender was a soothing oil, it can help with sleep, anxiety and depression. Cedarwood (this was an oil? Who knew?) helps with sleep as does the essential oil, vetiver. The citrus oils are uplifting and can be calming. An essential oil blend I found called Balance can help with anxiety.
I must say I was skeptical. Oils for medicinal purposes? Really? Then I started looking into the medical research. Lots of it is being done, not by some unknown doctors, but major hospitals like Vanderbilt and the Mayo clinic. I started learning that most of our modern medicine is plant based. They take a plant, study it, and take one component from the plant that does what they need. Then they chemically reproduce it for mass marketing. This is why there are so many side effects from drugs. I started thinking if one component from the plant was good, how much better would the entire group of components in their natural state be?
It couldn’t hurt right? So I started my daughter on essential oils. I got lavender (calming) and put it in a diffuser. I put cedarwood on her feet before bed (to help with sleep) and I had her consistently take some supplements that helped support the beneficial effect of the oils. And do you know what happened next? It started to work. I slowly started to reduce her meds. As of today, she is off all meds. She lives in a group home and her oil routine is a medical protocol overseen by a nurse. She is doing great.
As I saw the results with my daughter, I started to incorporate the oils with the rest of my family. From headaches to sore muscles, colds, stress, and trouble sleeping. And do you know what happened next? It worked!
I know some of you will say it’s snake oil, it won’t work, and you won’t give it a try. I know, I have been there, I know how you feel. I felt that way too. But here is what I have found, sometimes you have to open your mind and be willing to try something different. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years with success. I am not saying it will replace modern medicine, but it is a nice compliment. If you could take care of many of your minor health issues or help prevent them would you? If it cost less to use essential oils then go to the doctor for your cold, would you be willing to try them?
What do you think people thought when they came out with a pill to use for a headache? Don’t you think they were skeptical too?
I urge you to reconsider your health care, take charge by adding essential oils to whatever you are doing now. Essential oils don’t cure your maladies but they give your body what it needs to heal itself, without all those serious side effects.
Open up yourself to the possibilities of the power of the oils.