Reading The Signs

I am a firm believer in signs and I have been receiving a few lately. Ever since my Uncle John passed I have been on a (slow) quest to be healthier. After watching traditional western medicine fail him, I have begun questioning it. A lot.

While my Uncle John’s health was dwindling my other Uncle ended up in the hospital as well. Not once, not twice, but three trips to the emergency room in excruciating pain (without being given pain meds) before they figured out what was going on with his back.

Both of my uncles were seen and treated at the same hospital, a hospital I have always held in very high regard, or rather, used to. As I watched them suffer, and tried in vain to advocate for their care and well being. Since I have been drawn for awhile now to more holistic care… Well, I was ripe for this change.

A few months back a friend of mine started talking about essential oils, Young Living Essential Oils to be exact. I was definitely intrigued and she was immediately impassioned by them. I kind of filed it away in the back of my mind. Something I wanted to look into but not yet. I figured I would see how she felt about these magical oils after a few months. Besides, I had a lot going on so I was not up to something new.

About a month ago now I noticed another person talking about Young Living Essential Oils on Facebook. I thought it was interesting that two people I knew were raving about these oils. My curiosity was now heightened. I was getting ready to contact my friend to ask her a million and a half questions when I met a third person who was touting the benefits of Young Living Essential Oils.

I am a believer in the number 3. It stands for completeness and tends to be a very powerful or significant number. Here was a third person talking about how wonderful essential oils were and here I was, wanting a healthier way of living my life, less dependent on chemicals and medication. I threw my hands up in the air and surrendered. It was time to check this stuff out.

I have been using Young Living Essential Oils for a week now and I have to say I am very impressed. When I received my kit I was suffering from an awful head cold. I was so congested, my head, my ears, etc. DayQuil and NyQuil were only going so far which wasn’t very truth be told. I got my kit on a Wednesday and immediately text my friend.

“I’ve got a cold. Super congested. A bit stressed out. What do I do?”

“Put a drop of lemon oil in a glass of water and drink it,” she said. “Rub some Thieves Oil on your feet at bedtime. Apply Lavender under your nose and across the bridge of your nose. Also, diffuse some in your diffuser.”

I did just that. Approximately twenty minutes after starting my diffuser with Lavender oil I felt myself calming. I text my friend, sure that I was crazy. “How long does diffusing lavender take to relax you?” She told me it took her about 15-20 minutes to notice a difference. I was right on target. That night, diffusing Lavender in my room, I slept so well.

Ever since then I have been diffusing Lavender and sometimes Valor at night. Last night I was feeling a tense. I could feel it in my shoulders, creeping up my neck and into my scalp. Again, I text my guru for some advice and decided to apply Peppermint oil to the back of my neck, a drop of Stress Relief oil into a glass of water and started the diffuser with Lavender and Valor. Release and relaxation found me quickly. It was wonderful. I didn’t have to reach for my Xanax (a beautiful, wonderful med, a controlled substance that many women abuse).

I am only a week into my journey with essential oils but I have already experienced enough benefits that I am very interested and open to learning more. I am very much looking forward to a few classes in the next couple of weeks about essential oils that are held locally. One day, soon I hope, I will be able to manage my General Anxiety Disorder with exercise, nutrition, and essential oils as well as other holistic options. I am tired of living my life at the whim of some mad scientist, a society that dishes out drugs like candy and poisons our food for profit. I am happy as I look to a future that combines the best of Western Medicine with the beauty of Holistic care.

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