“Do the best that you can. Until you know better. Then when you know better, do better”
- Maya Angelou
I love this quote as is it pretty much sums up most people’s health journey, including mine. For me, I thought I was nailing it in the health department, I was working hard at the gym and I was eating good wholesome food. According to popular belief I was doing what healthy people did!
But why was I still so exhausted, cranky, hormonal and stressed out? Was this is how I was now mean to feel as a Mum?
Welcome to the world of natural medicine. So to be completely honest with you, before I was introduced to Essential Oils, I thought there were just for the hippy mums, that they were not something that I would be aligned with at all.
All it took was for one amazing friend to introduce me to the power of essential oils to help support my son’s respiratory condition for me to be blown away. The fact that they also were also able to calm and support some of my own Polycystic Ovary symptoms, burst my mind open to a whole new way of caring for my health and that of my family.
Once cracking open the idea of natural solutions, I started exploring and researching the effect of the toxic lifestyle we have all entered, without even realising it. I found interesting facts like, in 1960 the average age a girl started menstruating was 16 years old. Today, it is 8years old! As a Mum to a 6 year old, this statistic freaks me out. As a PDHPE teacher, I have witnessed it as Mums have pulled me aside before boarding a bus to school camp, asking me to take extra special care of their daughter as she has her period!
As women, did you know that the average woman rubs or sprays approximately 750 chemicals on her body everyday, between her soap, hair care, face care, deodorant and perfumes!? All of these, contain chemicals and toxins that love to mess with our hormonal balance and body chemistry.
So the questions becomes, how can these Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) versatile aromatic compounds replace the Panadol, Clarytine, Dettol, respiratory sprays, digestive soothers, skin ointments, burn creams, stress busters, sleep aids and mood enhancers that clutter up our cupboards?
Before I share with you how we use Oils in our home, let me share a few ways they can be used.
Essential Oils can be used in 3 ways
Aromatically - in a diffuser, on your pillow case, sprayed in the room, on your shirt colour or just simply smelt out of the bottle.
Topically - placed on pulse points, souls of your feet, or rubbed into muscles, joints or affected body parts
Internally - in your water, cooking or in a empty veggie cap. Please note that all oils are not created equal and it is due to the incredible quality of doTERRA oils that we are able to safely do this.
So now how do we combat every day health concerns. Please allow me to share with you just a few of the ways Essential Oils are now part of our lifestyle.
Clary Calm - I call this my ‘Crazy Mumma Oil’, it promotes calming but also supports a healthy hormonal balance. It gets rolled on my pulse points and belly during ‘that time of the month’ and at the first sign of a stressful situation. Which could be just trying to get the kids out the door to school in the morning.
Lavender is the swiss army knife of Oils and is great for calming when used aromatically and topically.
Citrus Oils such as Lemon, Wild Orange and Bergamot are incredible to diffuse in the room to lesson heightened tension.
Lavender - Diffused in the room, or massaged into the soles of feet and within minutes you will be feeling calmer and preparing your body for a restful state.
Lavender Peace - a gorgeous blend of grounding oils (Lavender, Cedarwood, Ho Woo, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile) that helps set a calm tone and relaxes the body. Can be massaged into the soles of your feet before bed, diffused or I even mix some with water in a little spray bottle and spritz my families pillows before bed. Lavender Peace is also a great replacement for an everyday Pure-fume.
Peppermint - whilst great for headaches, temperature regulation and calming upset tummies, it is also fantastic as an energiser. Diffused with Wild Orange is a morning favourite in our home.
Motivate - this blend contains Peppermint, Coriander, Clementine, Basil, Rosemary and Vanilla. It is my get out of bed and workout blend, the do the things you don’t want to feel like doing initiator!
Calm Kids -
Peace Oil- So the combinations of the oils in this blends are incredibly powerful to promote feelings of contentment, composure and reassurance when feeling overwhelmed. A perfect tantrum tamer and help to settle a restless child.
Lavender Peace - Otherwise known as the Chief Calmer. This is the blend that hit’s my diffuser after my kids bath time and when I am settling into slow down mode before bed. I also put it on in my kids rooms about 30 minutes before they go to bed, to set a calm tone.
Breathe Easy -
Easy Air - A gorgeous combination of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon and Peppermint that assists open up airways. Amazing for those who suffer from respiratory concerns but also during seasons of allergies and coughs and colds. This can be diffused in a room or bedroom overnight, as well as rubbed diluted on chest and feet. I also love to use Easy Air before a workout or during times of stress when you feel like you need a reminder to breathe.
Coughs, Colds -
Tea Tree - often referred to as Melaleuca, is a great infection buster. As an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, decongestant and anti oxidant, it makes for a brilliant antiseptic. Diffuse for aromatic benefits, which helps stop the spread of germs between family members.
Oregano, Lemon, Tea Tree, OnGuard and Frankincense - this is the famous 5 used in what I loving refer to as a ‘Flu Bomb’. 2 drops of each in an empty veggie cap at the first sign of illness and it will have you sorted out pretty quick. No doctors prescriptions required.
Head tension -
Peppermint - A drop on temples and back of neck and you will feel the tension dissipate. Also a great addition to your protein smoothie and homemade dark chocolate!
Past Tense - A roller blend containing Wintergreen, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Cilantro, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Basil and Rosemary. Apply to temples, the forehead, the back of neck and pulse points on wrists. A handy one to keep in your handbag or top drawer at work.
InTune - A roller bottle blend that allows you to sort through the 100 things you think you need to do and focus on ONE! Not only a winner for us as Mum’s but also for our kids, especially around Homework time.
Digestzen - Our go to for any digestive concerns. From diarrhea to constipation, gas and bloated feelings. Also a winner after indulging in foods our bodies are perhaps not used to. Can be rolled on (diluted with a carrier oil) on our stomachs, taken in a shot glass with water or sipped on throughout the day in your glass water bottle.
OnGuard - This baby gets rolled onto the soles of feet at the beginning of each school term, diffused at the first sign of a sniffle or body ache and taken internally when I feel my glands start to get a little swollen and my body is giving me a gentle reminder to slow down.
Oregano - I thought it may have been great just for my Pasta sauce but little did I know that Oregano is nature’s very own Antibiotic. Considered a hot oil, it needs to be used carefully and heavily diluted when used on your skin. But can also be diffused and taken internally via a veggie cap.
Tired muscles/Joint pain -
Ice Blue is like an active persons best friend. Ice blue is my go to for sore muscles and joints. Like most oils I use them as a preventative as much as a treatment, in other words before workouts and after. I have also found it super helpful for period cramping and my son’s growing pains.
As you can see these oils are legit. They have been incredible in transforming the way I approach my families health care. I honestly believe their is an oil for everything and in some cases works in beautiful synergy with modern medicine.