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Rewind to about 8 years ago, and I’m not sure I would have known what you were talking about if you mentioned essential oils to me. At that time I was lathering my skin in scented lotions and my hair in scented products, burning candles throughout the house, you name it. I started to become more conscious of what I was putting on my skin several years ago, when a shampoo I was using suddenly caused me to breakout in hives. The hives covered my face and neck and it was weeks before it finally cleared up. I discontinued the use of that shampoo, and started to try to figure out what could have caused the reaction.

I started to research the effects things like synthetic fragrances, phthalates, parabens, etc. have on the body. With that knowledge, I could no longer bring myself to lather my body’s largest organ—the skin—in toxins. Everything you put onto your skin, toxic or not, gets absorbed into the bloodstream. Eek! So for me, that meant no more scented lotions, no more perfume, no more crazy scented hair products. Nothing. I also stopped burning candles in the house because they made my eyes red, itchy and watery.

My allergies and overall health definitely improved after I cut out the toxic, synthetic fragrances. Although I had a boring-smelling house since everything I was using at that point was of the unscented variety, I went on my merry way. That is until a couple of years ago, when I mentioned to my natural doctor that I had recently been slurring words when speaking and missing letters when writing. He immediately asked if the antiperspirant I used contained Aluminum Zirconium and a couple other things. I had absolutely no idea. I went home, checked the label, and sure enough, the “bad” things he mentioned were on there. I did more research and found out that aluminum zirconium and several other ingredients in antiperspirants have been linked to some pretty nasty illnesses/diseases. I immediately stopped using the antiperspirant and—long story short—began making and selling my own natural deodorant.

As I started tweaking my deodorant recipe to find perfection, I began experimenting with essential oils. I had no idea at the time what a huge role they would play in my life. What started out as a fun way to scent my deodorants, has now resulted in creating deodorants with healing powers! Who would have known?!

Not only am I now using pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils in my deodorant line, but I use them instead of prescription medications to help control my asthma, anxiety and depression. I use them on my 5-month old to help resolve fussiness, congestion and coughs, as well as for diaper rash prevention. I have also begun using them in place of toxic household cleaning products which is incredibly important to me especially with a little one about to start crawling on the floor! And I can’t forget to mention that I’ve finally found something to help “scent” my house that won’t kill me! Goodbye “Glade Plug-Ins”!  Did you know that those things are filled with formaldehyde—the biggest chemical carcinogen that we know of? Did you know the formaldehyde in there actually deadens your olfactory nerves? That’s why you stop smelling it after a while and have to switch scents! Terrible!

There are so many more uses for essential oils, I am so excited to explore the myriad of possibilities of what EOs can do for myself, my family and my friends! Expect more info coming your way soon, and if you’re interested in purchasing pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, I do so through Young Living. Feel free to message me for more information, but the best way to experience EOs is to purchase the Premium Starter Kit, which gets you a TON of oils as well as the diffuser, which is muy importante, for a super awesome price.

Peace, love and essential oils,

Melissa

YL Distributor #1563299

If you are into this “crunchy” stuff, you’ve probably heard essential oils come up in conversation. If you’re not sure what they are, get ready because your mind is about to be blown! The healing power and versatility of EOs is absolutely astounding. I only wish I had known about them sooner!

Essential oils are concentrated, natural, aromatic liquids extracted from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bark, fruit, bushes and seeds. Plants depend on essential oils to grow, evolve and adapt to their surroundings. They also play an important role in defending against insects, disease and harsh environmental conditions. Pure, unadulterated essential oils have many potential benefits and are used daily to enhance the lives of millions. They have also been around forever. Essential oils were mankind’s first medicine. From Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, we know that priests and physicians have been using essential oils for thousands of years. In fact, there are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible. Oils such as frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, hyssop and spikenard were used for anointing and healing the sick.

How are essential oils used?

Essential oils have many uses. Whether you want to fill your home with safe, purifying products, strengthen your health and/or physical wellness, improve your emotional balance or enhance your natural beauty, essential oils are the natural way to go! EOs can be used in place of medications and in beauty and cleaning products, instead of other toxic, over-the-counter options. I personally have used them on myself to help with depression and anxiety, sinus and allergy issues, asthma, restlessness, skin issues, to help build immunity and to clean the house! I have even used them on my son as young as 2 months old to help him breathe better and get drainage during a terrible cough and congestion, to help him build immunity and to help calm him when he’s teething and just generally fussy.

You can use essential oils by smelling then directly (inhalation), applying them to the skin (topical application) or taking them internally (internal consumption). Safety guidelines should be carefully reviewed for each essential oil you plan to use, especially if you plan on ingesting them! Not all oils are safe for ingestion and some need to applied with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. There are also special considerations for those that are nursing and/or pregnant. Consult a health care professional prior to ingesting essential oils. Also, it is very important that you use only high-quality, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Why should you buy only high-quality, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils?

The short answer: because oils that are made cheaply could have adverse effects on you. That’s reason enough for me! So how do you know if something is pure or not? Do your homework and buy from a trusted resource. One of the factors that determines the purity and therapeutic value of an oil is its chemical constituents. These constituents can be affected by a vast number of variables including: the part(s) of the plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer (organic or chemical), geographical region, climate, altitude, harvest season and methods and distillation process. When oils are purchased for the perfume industry (not for therapeutic uses), they are produced as cheaply and quickly as possible to produce the greatest quantity. This means high pressure, high temperatures, rapid processing and the use of chemical solvents are often employed during the distillation process. The oils may smell the same and will cost less, but they will lack most, if not all, of the chemical constituents necessary to produce the expected therapeutic results. The oils I purchase and use are only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

How do I get some of this stuff?!

I purchase my oils through Young Living. I have researched them and trust them when it comes to my family’s health and wellness. There are plenty of people out there who claim one company is better than the other, and everyone has their opinions. In the end, I trust YL and purchase my products through them. You can go to their website and become a member to order directly by using my distributor ID: 1563299.

You can also look forward to a new line of premium deodorants in my Etsy shop, the first one in this line will launch this week and will be…drumroll please…Peace & Calming! Peace & Calming is formulated to help release tension and promotes a deep sense of peace and emotional wellbeing. Can I get a heck yeah?!

Essential oils have truly changed my life. I’m so happy to have so many options to help my family and I live happier, healthier lives. I will be posting much more about essential oils in the near future, so please stay tuned. Expect to see posts containing information about the in-depth benefits of EOs, application of EOs, treatment for certain ailments such as asthma, depression/anxiety, eczema, allergies, natural homemade cleaning products, beauty products, baby products and of course, EO success stories!

You, Me, and EOs

If you have a success story you would like to share, please email me, I would love to feature you! melissa{at}livewholebefree.com. Also, if you live near me, I am going to host an oily party in the next few weeks. Let me know if you would like to be added to the guest list! We can discuss EOs more in-depth and well, it’s a great reason to get together and have a party!

Peace, love and EOs,

Melissa