Cynic: defined as someone who expects things not to be successful or useful
Ok, so I will be the FIRST to admit that when I first heard about Essential Oils and how it was the new craze I was SKEPTICAL. Yes, I am a bit cynical! But I have seen my share of marketing companies come and go and I thought this was just another phase, blah, blah and etc. Everybody but me seemed to realize the Essential Oil benefits.
A dear family member was selling oils and I agreed to listen to the sales pitch for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to be kind and show interest in her new hobby (aka, obsession) and second I was a tiny bit curious why everyone was FREAKING out about Essential Oils. I already have enough “products” to fill all of my bathroom drawers and cabinets. I wasn’t really looking for more, besides my husband might kill me if anything else appeared on the bathroom countertop.
So I guess I was feeling a little guilty, or maybe just a little confused, intrigued, in style, I don’t know, you decide. So, of course, I bought a starter kit.
It came really quickly and was in a very pretty box that sat on my kitchen shelf for a month or two or six. I felt bad every time I looked at it and I felt even worse as I got a few more small packages. You see they were arriving monthly…just like I agreed for them to arrive.
Finally, I realized that since I wasn’t opening them, or even logging in to my account, that I was getting the same oils EVERY MONTH. Ugh! Thankfully they turned out to be ones I really like!
So, one day I decided to open the box! GASP!
Then I opened the bottles, sniffing gently here and there. I didn’t want to overdo it or anything the first day, I told myself I was using willpower. Everything in moderation, right? It was kind of like going into one of those exotic spice shops, everything smells good but a little bit foreign.
I kept sniffing the bottles for a few days and set up the intriguing smoke sprayer to see how that would go. I started with one oil at a time. I know, some of you are already laughing at me. Then I realized they didn’t cancel each other out and I started adding a few different oils to the mix.
One day one of my friends came over with her boys and as soon as she walked in she said “Wow, your house smells amazing! My house just smells like teenage boys. What is that?” I proudly told her it was my new Essential Oils blend and you can imagine the mental “puff out your chest with pride” I felt. She wanted to know what I used. I felt a little like the cool girl and the mad scientist all wrapped into one!
I showed her my lemon, orange and cinnamon bottles and she asked where I got them…..
Uhmmm, should I tell her my whole “they’ve been sitting on the shelf and I didn’t know what the heck to do with them” story or should I go with the less is more version? I decided to play it cool and say I had had them for a while, just doing a little mixology. She nodded like she thought it was cool.
Guess what? She hadn’t even driven out of my driveway and I had logged onto my account and started my education. I felt so excited that she loved the way my house smelled. I didn’t even consider the health benefits, just that it smelled clean and fresh!
You see I had not figured out yet that aromatherapy wasn’t just nice smelling candles and stuff. It was actually therapy like you might get if you went to a health-centered facility. The aroma was the micro drops of oil floating around, making it into our bodies, plus making the house smell cool.
I was intrigued and wanted to know more!
First I started experimenting with DIY bug spray (it really works!) then I moved on to DIY cleaning products and laundry soap. I felt really proud that I was eliminating toxins from my house. I have 2 children that have auto-immune issues, one IBS and another with Type 1 Diabetes. Why hadn’t I done this sooner? I set out to learn more about why people use Essential Oils and here is my Top 10 list.
1. They are all natural products! The word “essential” means from something’s essence or primary structure. There are no man-made chemicals in the essential oil of a plant!
2. Essential Oils have a LONG history of being nature’s medicine. They were originally described in the Bible and their healing effects are well documented.
3. People who use Essential Oils have a sense of well-being that comes from using something pure and from nature. Unlike man-made chemicals, you can picture where Lemon or Rosemary oil come from.
4. Reputable Essential Oil companies go to great lengths, and spend lots of money, ensuring the purity of their products. Essential Oils can easily be tested and verified.
5. There is a lot of science supporting the health benefits of Essential Oils. This evidence has grown over hundreds of years. This is itself means it is not a fad or just another sales marketing program.
6. Users of Essential Oils report the benefits they feel in their health and vitality. Everywhere you go you can hear stories of how Essential Oils have supported recovery or improvement in health issues.
7. There are a variety of ways to use Essential Oils from inhalation and use with a carrier oil, to ingestion with certain and specific oils.
8. Essential Oils are the perfect ingredient for so many DIY health, beauty and cleaning products. Your creativity is the limit of how you can mix, match and use Essential Oils.
9. Essential Oils can not only be mixed and matched but will work even better when combined! Oil blends are even more popular and effective than individual oils when you are targeting a certain issue.
10. Essential Oils are very powerful and a little goes a long way. A few drops of oil can last hours in a diffuser. When you look at quantity vs. cost, oil is very economical to use to support the health and immunity of your family.
Note: Please learn about each individual oil before you use it. Many oils cannot be ingested and others can only be used for certain lengths of time. For best results, work with a local certified Essential Oil specialist.
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