“What is she talking about? Essential oils? Oh geez, she must be one of THOSE. Run away, run awaaayyyyy.”
I hear ya. That was me a few months ago. I had several friends who use essential oils for everything under the sun, and I thought, “Sure, that works for them, but I’m not that crazy.” Well, I am officially that crazy now. 😉
Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to traditional medicine. I know, I know, that sounds super hippie-ish. Hear me out, though. I’ve got 3 reasons why I love them, a couple of ways you NEED to try them, and then some free printables to share with you at the end! 🙂 Let’s get to it!
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Reason #1: My Own Story
Somewhere in my teenage years, I developed absolutely ridiculous seasonal allergies. I would sneeze my head off and be congested almost all year. It doesn’t help that I live in rural Texas, where trees and flowers and weeds are everywhere. One summer, I was working at a camp, and it was so bad that I actually had to see an allergist. They did allergy testing and found out that I’m basically allergic to everything, year-round.
That was basically me. So, they put me on four different medications: two in the morning, a nasal spray, and one before bed. In addition to that, I have asthma, so I had an inhaler to use before I run. And you know what? It worked! All the medication worked! My allergies were gone, I could breathe clearly, and it was great!
Until this past year. Don’t get me wrong, the medication was still working. But I suddenly became very uncomfortable with taking all these medications and not even knowing what was in them. I knew I couldn’t just stop taking them and try to suffer through allergies, because I might actually die. I began thinking about different alternatives, and essential oils came to mind. I decided to give them a shot.
In February of this year, I ordered four basic essential oils: lemon, lavender, peppermint, and melaleuca (tea tree), along with coconut oil to use as a carrier. I mixed up my first blend, took a deep breath, and stopped taking all of my medication. I didn’t slowly remove the medications from my routine. One day, I got up, and I just didn’t take them. I began using my allergy blend between 3 and 5 times a day and … it worked!
I haven’t taken any allergy medication since February and I’ve had no trouble with my allergies. Here’s what I do instead.
When I wake up, I use Ocean Spray nasal spray (it also comes in a version made specifically for kids). This was highly recommended by my husband’s dentist to reduce swelling in nasal passages. Unlike many other nasal sprays, the only ingredients in Ocean Spray are water and saline. The saline attacks the bacteria to kill it and clear your sinuses out. I cannot begin to describe the difference this nasal spray has made for my allergies. Instead of the allergens and bacteria just living in my sinuses, I clear them out and start fresh every day! It’s such a relief!
That was a digression from our talk about essential oils, but I just couldn’t leave it out! My allergy blend of essential oils is lemon, lavender, and peppermint (4 drops of each), and I use coconut oil for the carrier oil. This is a basic allergy blend, but it completely relieves my allergies! I may have a little bit of allergy trouble when I wake up, but after nasal spray and oils, I’m good to go for the rest of the day! Not only do I feel good, but I actually know what’s going into my body. That brings me to …
Reason #2: Natural
Essential oils are natural. I use the Melaleuca brand oils, because we order all of our home and health supplies from them. Oils can harm you if they are not high-quality, so I am only going to use oils from a brand that I trust. I absolutely trust Melaleuca. They have a wellness guarantee that they only use the highest-quality ingredients. They have been proven time and time again as a leader in natural and top performance products. If you are interested in Melaleuca, comment or send me a message and I’d love to tell you more! 🙂
When I was on allergy medication, I took four medications and an inhaler regularly. Though I’m sure the ingredients to those are posted somewhere on the Interwebz, I never looked them up. And if I had, I most likely couldn’t have pronounced them or known what the ingredients actually ARE. With oils, I know exactly what I’m putting in my body.
When I use my allergy blend, I know that I am putting lemon, lavender, peppermint, and coconut oil into my body. And because I use a company with a guarantee of high-quality products, I know that these ingredients are natural and do not contain any additives or anything that could harm my body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Glorifying God in your body doesn’t just mean going to church and not doing drugs. Those are great; don’t get me wrong. But I think there’s more. I think God wants us to think about the food that we eat, our exercise habits, and what we put into our body. For me, taking a bunch of medication full of unknown chemicals wasn’t glorifying God in the best way I personally could. I’m now choosing to take care of my body, and I believe God is glorified through that.
Reason #3: MONEY
If you’ve ever shopped for essential oils, you may have raised your eyebrow when you read that. But it’s true. Switching to essential oils has saved us money in multiple ways.
Bottles of essential oils can range from around $5 to $40. There are some oils that are very rare, and they are even pricier. I’m not generally one to spend $40 on a bottle of anything, but let me tell you why I’ll do it for oils.
First, when you use oils, you don’t use very much. For my allergy blend, I use four drops of lemon, lavender, and peppermint, and that one blend lasts me over a month. I also add oils to my diffuser, but it is only two to four drops at a time. There may be times when you use more oils, especially if you are making things with them (soaps, cleaners, etc.), but in general, you don’t use much at a time. I bought my oils in February. It’s now June, and I won’t have to re-order any until July or August.
I will also spend this much on oils because it’s nothing compared to the medication that I used to take. An inhaler is $30; I bought one every six months. As far as my monthly medications went, I spent $12 on nasal spray, $20 on Allegra, and around $20 on my other prescriptions. That means I was spending over $50 JUST ON MY ALLERGIES! Thinking back, that was ridiculous when there was another way!
Essential oils seem like a lot when you make your initial investment, but over time, they save you money on both medications and doctor visits. I used to visit my allergist every six months, and it cost me $60 every time. Not anymore.
Once I discovered what essential oils could do for me, it was a no-brainer. They save me money, they help me take care of my body, and they took away my allergies! I’ve mostly talked about allergies in this post, but essential oils help with everything from soreness to chigger bites (as we’ve recently discovered) to the flu! They are extremely versatile.
How I Use Oils
I use oils in two ways: roller balls and a diffuser.
I’ll start with the roller balls (you can also use an old oils bottle for this). I think these are super convenient because you can take them anywhere with you. I always have at least one in my purse. I use the roller balls from Melaleuca, but these are also great and are high-quality, sure to last. All you do when mixing up a roller ball is add your oils and fill the rest with a carrier oil. For my allergy roller ball, I add 4 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint, then I fill the rest of the bottle with coconut oil. Pop on the top and boom, there you have it! Relief in a bottle! It takes a couple of minutes and is really so easy.
The other way I use oils is diffusing. Oh, diffusing. How I love thee. Many companies, including Melaleuca, give you the option of purchasing a diffuser through them, but I’ve found that my Radha Beauty diffuser works just as well and is perfect for what I need! You can change the color of it (which would be great for a nightlight for a child) or turn the color completely off. It will do a mist every 30 seconds or a constant mist, just depending on what you want or need. The most common time that I use the diffuser at night. I add 2 drops each of lemon, lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus. I add water to the fill line, set it on the 30 second mist, and it helps keep our sinuses clear while we sleep. It’s perfect for us. On the nights I don’t use it (because sometimes you’re just so tired you can’t take 30 seconds to fill a diffuser), I can tell a difference when I wake up pretty congested.
There are so many other ways to use oils (soaps, cleaners, bracelets, necklaces, etc.), but these are the most common and the easiest to start with. Now, to what you’re really here for …
THE FREE PRINTABLES!
I’m a very organized person. I love planners, color coding, and lists. So for me, it really helps me to have these printables. Here are the three printables that I’ve created for you (and me) to use:
My diffuser blends: This is a great way to keep track of the blends that you love to use in your diffuser. There are so many recipes out there, especially on Pinterest, but if you don’t pin it, you may have trouble finding it again. I like to use this sheet because I can write down the name or purpose of the oil, as well as the oils that go in it and how many drops to use. It makes life a lot easier when I go to mix a congestion blend and I don’t have to hunt Pinterest or try to remember what I did last time.
My roller ball/bottle blends: This is very similar to the diffuser blends printable, but with it, you can keep your roller ball recipes separate from your diffuser recipes. Same concept! 🙂
My inventory: This printable is invaluable! How often do we need something from the store, forget to write it down, then have to go without it until we can get back to the store? The same thing happens with oils! We order from Melaleuca once a month, so I forget something, I have to wait until the next month, which is a bummer, because of course you always need something when you don’t have it! On this page, I keep monthly track of what oils I have, how many of each oil I have, and what I need to order at the beginning of next month! The “need to order” section is also a great place to jot down oils you would like to try the next time you order.
These printables help me keep track of my oils and my recipes, and they keep my life in order. You can download any of them by simply clicking on the name of the printable and it will pull up the PDF. Feel free to print these out, share them with your friends, and get your oils organized! 🙂
Whew! What a post! Now it’s your time to talk. Do you use essential oils? If so, what’s your favorite blend? If not, have you ever wanted to?