Breaking the Essential Oil Stigma
When it comes to essential oils, I think we all have a different view of them.
We think of the multi level marketing pyramid and run. We think of those oily gurus who always just say “there’s an oil for that!”. Or we think oils are just straight placebo effects that will never work on me - previously, my husband.
You get what I am saying, right? But as far as oils go, do we really know what they do and how they work? I have been using essential oils for years and years, but as for having therapeutic grade oils, the education, research, and truly using them for my health, it’s only been about 8 months!
Before I tell you guys all about how they have perfectly complimented my health and wellness, I just want you guys to know WHAT essential oils are and why they actually work!
Essential oils are just the volatile liquid that comes from a variety of shrubs, leaves, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, seeds, etc. They are highly concentrated - meaning it takes a whole lot of plant material to produce one drop. For example, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to make about 2 pounds of Rose essential oil. That’s a lot of pretty little petals if you ask me. So, it’s no witchcraft or anything cooky, the oil is just directly extracted from our plants. That’s it!
Essential oils have been used since the beginning medicinally, spiritually, aromatically, and much more. There is a reason for this - it is not just because that’s all they had back then.. it’s because it is what God gave us from the beginning!
“AND ON THE BANKS, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER, THERE WILL GROW ALL KINDS OF TREES FOR FOOD. THEIR LEAVES WILL NOT WITHER, NOR THEIR FRUIT FAIL, BUT THEY WILL BEAR FRESH FRUIT EVERY MONTH, BECAUSE THE WATER FOR THEM FLOWS FROM THE SANCTUARY. THEIR FRUIT WILL BE FOR FOOD, AND THEIR LEAVES FOR HEALING.” EZEKIEL 47:12
The structure of the essential oils is perfect for entering into our cells and changing them for good from the inside out. Of course, each oil has different properties, but we have only begun to scratch the surface in seeing what these little guys can do. Some oils act as high powered antioxidants that heal free radical damage (YES) where as some cleanse and heal wounds // hence part of the reason why Mary was brought Frankincense and Myrrh. God’s provision is EVERYWHERE. How beautiful is it that God not only gave us the food to nourish our bodies with and stay healthy, but also the plants that have medicinal properties! I firmly believe that God has prepared and provided for us a remedy for each trial we may face. He never leaves us defenseless. Think of that armor of God. We have a full set of body armor against evil - if He has given us that power, then just think of the provision in taking care of our earthly bodies!
So, yes. I love essential oils. I think they are a true gift from God and incorporate them all throughout my day now! Where it used to be something I diffused for the purpose of a good smell, I now see the health benefits of them and can’t help but turn to God in pure joy at what He has given to us in abundance.
Now, onto what they have done for me!!
First and foremost, there are oils that support my hormones and help my ovaries. Hallelujah! ! ! ! Because hormones are tough sometimes - especially with PCOS. When you aren’t completely on track with balancing your hormones, it can show the next month. I have found that oils like clary sage, geranium, fennel, and spearmint have really helped my symptoms! I love taking epsom salt baths with geranium, clary sage, lavender and a few others! With geranium, I am helping keep my liver cleansed which is one of the number one things to do in balancing hormones! I can also take oils in a pill capsule if time doesn’t allow a nice relaxing hour long bath! Clary sage supports our estrogen levels so it really helps in balancing our moods and levels towards the beginning stages of our cycles!
I have been able to create a monthly cycle, make sure I am fertile, and soothe many of the symptoms caused by PCOS and it has been wonderful, you guys know that. But when a week full of stress happens, it would throw off my entire next month and I would have to work hard to get back on track. It is amazing what our food and lifestyle can do, but I would still get a little frustrated with myself when something did go wrong. For the past couple months though, I have been able to take care of my hormones in a more holistic way than before by adding in the essential oils. I still eat for my cycle phases, exercise accordingly, and pour into my spirituality, joy, career, relationships, etc. But now, if I do happen to find myself carrying more stress than normal, I can add in some oils to help calm me down and lower my cortisol levels! In turn, balancing my hormones and ensuring I create enough estrogen to ovulate! On top of this, if I ever do have excess bloating or discomfort around my ovaries, a few drops of a hormonal blend called “SclarEssence” literally saves the day (Just full of hormone balancing oils). Yay for oils and hormones!! It is never all about one aspect of caring for our bodies - but a balanced combination of all aspects!
This is just ONE of things I use oils for. I have to restrain myself in telling you everything all at once and signing you up for reading a novel. I will be sharing more examples in coming posts! I am so excited to share about what they have done!
The last thing and probably the most important thing I want to say about essential oils is QUALITY. I cannot push enough for the quality of your oils. When I started buying them, I was getting them from Whole Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond - they smelled good so that’s all that mattered, right??! Wrong. This is why a lot of people can react negatively to oils or not see any differences after they use them! Oils bought at the store are not 100% therapeutic grade oils. Meaning - they are allowed to add in additives like water, other oils, fragrances (which is harmful for our hormones and respiratory health), and the oils are not from the “first press”. I know - it’s like everything we find nowadays is bad for us.. sorry I had to break the news to ya.
When looking for anything I use on or in my body, I research the heck out of it to ensure its purity and quality. No, I don’t think it is insane. With everything that is NOT regulated in our products, I have to be proactive. The brand of oils I use is Young Living. If you want to learn more about how it started and the story behind the man who founded this company, just come chat with us at Bloom Studio or message me!! I love telling his story and how God used him in providing us with these oils. Young Living has the highest standards of purity. Sometimes I will notice that oils will be out of stock due to not having enough of the highest grade. Of course, there is plenty oil left - but it is not pure. So, the oil goes out of stock until they can make more. I LOVE that about Young Living. There are also oils that you can only purchase one of at a time due to supply and demand. They aren’t going to make a bottle of oil to sell that isn’t the purest of quality.
I can go on for days about the quality and the importance not only for our health - but also the biblical importance behind the first press and pure oils. Email me or come chat with me one day!! :) Or, if you’re like me, just do all your research and decide for yourself what is best!
Last but not least, if you want some of these oils, there’s a few different ways you can go about this!
— 1 — If you are all on board and ready to get started, you can set up your account and forever get 24% off your oils (Wholesale). You start this by purchasing a Premium Starter Kit! You will click the link below and choose “Member”. The starter kit is around $160 and this starts up your account. The starter kit comes with : a diffuser (you can pick between two) and 11 amazing oils : Lavender, Copaiba, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense, Thieves, Raven, DiGize, PanAway, Citrus Fresh, and Stress Away. You also get a sample of the most amazing non-toxic essential oil infused cleaner and a couple samples of their NinXia Supplements (Made with essential oils and Wolf Berries for an amazing antioxidant boost) Then, you get lots of fun accessories and tools on how to use them AND access to me to ask all the questions to :)
— 2 — If you want to try a few oils before you commit to several, I totally understand! (Retail) Just order the oils you would like to try first! Click on the link below and click the box “Retail Customer”. You can always ask me what I would recommend you try first if you are overwhelmed with all the options! If you go this route, I highly recommend comparing the oils you order from me at Young Living to the oils you buy at the store! There will be very obvious differences in smell, strength, and even thickness! :) This way you don’t just have to take my word for it!
My member number is 15252752 if you happen to need it - although it should be filled in for you already!
— 3 — And if you just have more questions, PLEASE feel free to ask me! I love talking about the oils and how the compliment a healthy lifestyle. Come find me at Bloom Studio Birmingham, email me, or message me on Instagram!
I personally believe that essential oils and learning about their properties will enlighten us all to see the provision in God’s creation. It truly is everywhere and it is just beautiful! In our food, the air, the plants, the people around us, and our precious pets and animals! He is so good to us and I have loved incorporating another part of His creation into my life. I cannot wait to hear about how they bless your life!
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:29-31