Let me just say that I’m not a distributor for DoTerra or Young Living. And I’m stubborn and you can’t make me.
See this face?
STUBBORN! (But I might be convinced to buy something from you. Maybe.)
Now, I have used oils. Because if a girl is sick and makes it public knowledge, her oiling friends will be the first to volunteer to bring her something to help. They are awesome like that.
There was that time I had a huge canker sore right before a big performance week at Christmas. I tried putting Thieves oil on it (made by Young Living). That’s supposed to help canker sores (or pretty much all the germy things evah)–those nasty little ulcers that you get inside of your mouth that feel like they are the size of a dinner plate when in actuality they are the size of a pencil eraser. Not that I’m dramatic or anything. No. And apparently they are a reaction to stress. And also to food allergies. And guess what? December is full of stress and yummy cookies, neither of which are good for me.
I can’t really say if that canker sore went away any faster because of anything I put on it, or which thing actually worked, because I tried so many things. Canker sores seem to last as long as they decide to last, no matter what a girl does. I’m not a masochist so I never did get up the nerve to swish with salt water. But the hydrogen peroxide really seemed to work wonders for me. It reduced the swelling and took away the pain almost immediately. I dutifully used the Thieves oil, too, which I know has strong antibacterial properties so I’m sure that helped some. But I really can’t say for certain. BUT SPICY!
There was another time just lately that I was flattened with a horrible cold. I don’t get sick often (once every five or so years, really, which I believe is strongly affected by regular chiropractic care) but when I do, I do it up big. A sweet friend brought me over a little roller ball vial of yummy smelling oils (Thieves, peppermint, and some others) to rub on my sinuses and really anywhere it might feel good. It helped me feel happier, but that cold had already settled into my lungs like nobody’s business and so I got shot up with antibiotics and steroids and saw my chiropractor almost every day for almost a week. The fallout on my body was huge. But I’m recovered now, thank you very much.
Recently I was given the opportunity to review some non-DoTerra, non-Young Living oils by a company that provided them to me in exchange for my unbiased opinion. They sent me peppermint and lavender, and lemon is on its way.
Two things about these oils in comparison to the oils from the home business companies.
1. The bottles are huge! I mean…just look. (120 ML vs the 15 ML you’d get from DoTerra or Young Living) I’m all about supporting mom businesses (because I’m a mom and I’d love to have people support mine!) but I’m also thrifty and I like to know that I’m getting the best bang for my buck.
2. They are not meant to be taken internally, according to the labels. This is a deal breaker for a lot of you when it comes to oils. I realize that means that the quality might not be as high as other companies could provide, or maybe it is and they just don’t want to get themselves in a lawsuit because someone without medical expertise self-medicated themselves. But for me, this is fine. I’m not planning on putting this stuff into my body anyway. I like the peppermint oil to rub on my temples when I have a headache. And the lavender mixed with epson salts…take me away. Then put me to bed. Ha!
There are tons of ways to use essential oils that don’t require ingestion. Just a quick search on Pinterest yielded these 25 Ways to Use Peppermint Oil and 55 Ways for Lavender Oil. I really can’t wait to try some of these out! Especially that coconut lavender moisturizer…it sounds like heaven.
And just like anything that I use these days, whether provided by a company to review or purchased independently, I like to know what I’m putting on/in my body so I do my homework. These oils (Just like Young Living Oils) are extracted by a steam distillation process. They can be purchased directly from the company or on Amazon. And there are a ton of reviews from happy customers on both the peppermint and lavender oils. (And not all of them were from other bloggers! There really are lots of happy customers!)
So if you’re looking for a more economical way to test the waters of essential oils (does that even make sense?) then I would highly recommend these products. And if you’ve been thinking of going to an essential oil home party or signing up with one of those companies, by all means go for it. Any way that we can be a little healthier without pumping our bodies full of drugs is a win in my book.