Young Living Essential Oils Week 1
I’m new to these oils and I decided to give them a try because two people that I respect swear by them. I don’t have too many ailments but my main reason in trying these oils is for my skin to help with sensitivity, redness, pain in my big toe joint for days after running, and a tiny cystic tumor in my hand which is harmless but will continue to grow. I’m also a skeptic though I want these oils to bring world peace - haha - I’m not expecting a miracle. My goal is to make use of every oil in the starter kit before I buy any additional oils. The concept is cool but I could picture myself spending a small fortune on them which I simply can’t do.
So first I went to a meeting my girlfriend had which gave me a general scope of the oils, how they are made, what makes them different from what you can get at Sprouts, and some basic uses. I also learned that there’s a ton of support, blogs, facebook pages, etc… which makes for some fun browsing.
I received my kit and it hit me that I should have taken notes at the meeting – but on what??, as I didn’t know what I would need to know. I opened my kit and immediately diffused peace and calm in my house because my girlfriend diffused it at her meeting. My husband who hates candles or any fake smell in the house loved it! Ok, so now I’m on to something: )
I then picked up each oil and tried to remember what Tracy had said about each one, so I jumped in.
Lemon: This is a single oil and I can eat it so I put a 2 drops in a glass of water and sipped while I started reading through the small pamphlet. Rule #1 came into play – never put these oils in anything plastic. Use glass or metal if you are going to put them in any type of container. The oils draw out impurities and will draw out the junk in plastic so don’t ever drink out of a plastic cup. (See Tracy I was listening).
Peace and Calm: It was already in my diffuser and I tucked a drop behind each ear. Ahhhh, meditation in a drop – heavenly.
Joy: It’s what it sounds like – so I dapped a little of this on too – haha! Gotta use it all NOW. I also dabbed a little on my pre-teen daughter and told her to have a little joy - she laughed but has asked to a drop a few days this week.
Panaway: I had put this on my toe at my friends class so in the spirit of using every oil in the box this very minute I put it on my big toe. I also remembered that my husband had had a pain in his shoulder for the past 4 months so I accosted him and he begrudgingly complied. He commented that he liked the smell and was off to coach volleyball. I texted him an hour later to ask if he noticed a difference and he said his shoulder felt noticeably better. My response –“ you don’t have to BS me – if it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work.” He laughed – “didn’t you get these cause you thought they’d work?” He did feel a bit of relief – nice : )
He has asked me every night to put it on his shoulder and I’ve gotten daring and chased it with a drop of peppermint. “Chase” term I learned at the meeting but have yet to really know how to implement. All in good time.
Peppermint: At the meeting I had put a drop on my tongue so knowing it wasn’t fatal I did it again. I have since looked up Peppermint on my discussion groups and I’m now alternating a drop or two in my metal water bottle with the Lemon. I have since learned that this is used to curb appetite and help with weight loss. Will keep you posted but I like the minty water. It’s energizing and makes my mouth feel fresh all day. Oh and peppermint soothes headaches. I don’t get headaches often. My girlfriend suffers from migraines so I gave a sample to her.
Lavender: besides smelling heavenly I remembered it helped with skin. I applied a drop to my chin for the rosacea – YIKES – burn. I looked it up and vividly remembered the term “diluting”. This means to use with a few drops of organic coconut oil. I diluted it on my second application before bed – much better. I haven’t noticed much of a difference expect for the burning sensation with inflamed rosacea is gone but the acne like junk is not any better. I looked online and got a recipe for a witch hazel, lavender, frankincense tonic. I need a brown glass bottle and I’m going to order that next. Lavender also aids in cuts, burns etc so I keep it close. Actually I’m bringing the oils with me everywhere.
Valor: I had no clue what to do with this that first day but as the week went on I discovered it would be one of my “can’t live without.” I read that it helped with negative thoughts, inspired confidence and much more. Our close family friends just lost their father to suicide and i made a note to give some to her to put on the kids. Who knows…maybe it’ll help. I no sooner made this mental note and I got a horrible, confrontation text from a person in my life struggling with addiction. I went into a state of second-guessing my actions, fear, sadness, anger. I immediately put a drop of Valor in the palms of my hands, rubbed them together and cupped them over my nose. Breath! The panic disappeared and stayed gone. The skeptic that I am I looked for the panic to raise its ugly head again and kept the bottle next to me convinced that the soothing scent would wear off and I’d have a panic attack. Nope! Gone! I’m a believer : ) In Valor at least.
Thieves: Again, first day no clue but it helps with immunity so I put a drop on my daughter’s chest every night. First week of school and she started getting signs of a cold. I usually use airborne so I gave a half to her twice a day and used Thieves on her every morning and every night. I read up on it and massaged it into her feet at night. I also learned that you can put a drop in warm water to make a tea is you’re sick. I’ll do this for myself. Not confortable yet with giving it to a child to ingest – though I know it’s fine. Baby steps when it comes to my baby. Sickness report – we are all free of illness this first week of school.
Sacred Frankincense: I haven’t really used it this first week. I know it’s for acne, possibly will help with my rosacea and can be made into a face cream for skin. This is on my list for the weeks to come.
DiGize – I haven’t used this at all. I think it helps with cramps?? Will be exploring this next week if you know what I mean – ugh!
Stress away: Again – the explanation is in the name. I alternate this with Joy. Both give me a soothing feeling.
This was just my first week and I feel empowered and a bit more knowledgeable in just one week. I have a full time job and I’m a mom so I don’t have a ton of time to research. I’ve had fun browsing sites and have come across some ideas that I never thought of. Fun!