Can I get a little personal? Today I thought I’d share my essential oil story. Where it all started.
A couple of years ago my two little girls spent the entire winter sick. Fevers, congestion, sneezing, runny noses, the whole bit. When I say the entire winter, I mean it. I was getting sick too, and so was my husband – which is really crazy because he never gets sick. I would take the girls to the doctor over and over because they had fevers and I was constantly worried it may be an ear infection or some crazy mutant virus. Because you see, my children are really healthy. The above story is really common for many American families right now. But it wasn’t for ours. We were well on our ‘crunchy’ lifestyle path and getting sick was rare. Really rare. So we were very concerned and perplexed that suddenly our very healthy children were nearly constantly ill for months on end.
And the very frustrating thing about it was that the doctor always sent us home. Luckily they didn’t prescribe any unnecessary antibiotics. I’m thankful for that! But basically they told me, until they had a rash or seizures, don’t come back. Put them on Tylenol for the fever. It will pass.
It killed me to watch them suffer. And I hated that they had to miss out on playdates and parks and story times. And I didn’t want to keep filling their little bodies with drugs.
But I didn’t know what else to do. I felt helpless and like a bad mom. I tried so hard to keep them healthy and I couldn’t.
We stumbled through and survived that Winter, and hoped and prayed we’d have a healthier season ahead of us.
That summer I came across essential oils. I was immediately intrigued, yet skeptical. I don’t know why exactly. We were already pretty crunchy! I guess it seemed too good to be true. Luckily I was wrong!
The more I read, the more curious I was. And the closer Winter became. Those memories of that hideous Winter were fresh in my mind. I convinced my husband that we should just try it. I wanted one of those little bottles of OnGuard bad, and I wanted it before we needed it. I got it in September and it wasn’t long before we did need it.
You see, because of our vast experience from the year before, I was well versed in the ‘day-before-a-cold’ signs. You know what I’m talking about. It’s like your body is mocking you saying, ‘Haha! Tomorrow you’re going to feel like you got hit by a FREIGHT TRAIN!!”. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. You know.
As soon has that twinge in the back of my throat started, I broke out the OnGuard. I made a little OnGuard tea with 2 drops of OnGuard and a teaspoon of raw honey in a cup of hot water. It was delicious, and even better, the next day I was perfectly fine. When my girls were around other kids with sniffles, I diffused OnGuard as soon as we got home and made sure it was in the girls room at night. If they started showing really early signs of a cold, I even made a highly diluted tea for them. My oldest would even ask for it if she needed it!
And you know what? They never got sick that winter. Neither did I and neither did my husband.
It was amazing! And it wasn’t just that it was a ‘good cold/flu’ year, because it wasn’t. Other people were just as sick as we were the year before. But we had found a little treasure to help our bodies fight it off.
As you can imagine, it just snow-balled from there. I eventually tried a few more oils and all the while I studied and learned more about the science behind them. It took a while for us to financially afford a kit, but when we could I bought one and have never once regretted it. It was a small investment in our health that is paying big dividends. I don’t go a day without using them. They have changed our lives drastically for the better. Essential oils have empowered me to take charge of my own and my family’s health on a whole new level. It all starts with a nutrient dense diet, but beyond that essential oils have added a missing piece to the health puzzle.
If you haven’t yet jumped into the world of essential oils, I want to encourage you to take that leap! If you want some help navigating all the information out there, don’t hesitate to contact me (chickadeehomestead@gmail(dot)com) and I will be happy to help you find a good starting point tailored for you and your family. You are also more then welcome to join my Essential Oils Facebook Group. It’s a great place to learn! I’m passionate about health and wellness…it’s ultimately what got me started on this crazy homesteading journey in the first place! I want to help anyone I can to discover and enjoy the amazing benefits of these oils like my family has. So don’t put it off any longer, take charge of your health with essential oils!
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