This is the first of a 12-week series on How I Learned to Manage My Bipolar Illness by Cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle.
I became obsessed with doTERRA essential oils during the fall of 2013. Today I’m not sure how I ever lived without them.
(This is not a post encouraging you to buy essential oils from me, but if you are so inclined, I do sell them and you can purchase via this link and I will earn a small commission.)
I want to share with you the difference doTERRA essential oils have made in my life. After ordering the intro kit (Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint) from an old high school friend of mine who was a Wellness Advocate under (surprise!) another high school friend of ours, I became hooked. (doTERRA is a network marketing company, for those of you who aren’t aware.)
I use the Peppermint on my temples whenever I get a headache and it dissolves the pounding within minutes. Peppermint boosts mood, so whenever I feel sluggish during the day, a deep inhale of Peppermint wakes me up. It’s also a great breath freshener. A drop of peppermint does wonders for a fuzzy, post-lunch mouth.
The Lemon oil is my favorite way to flavor my drinking water during the day. Water can be so boring, but we all know how important it is for us to drink. A drop of lemon oil makes water tasty. I also love cooking with Lemon oil. And for cleaning, in a spray bottle with water, it was great to cut grease on countertops and mildew on shower walls.
These two oils are wonderful, and they have plenty of other uses. The versatility of essential oils is what makes them amazing. But Lavender was an absolute game-changer.
Sleep is a trigger, therefore it is essential to treat it
Lavender has an incredibly relaxing scent, and when I apply it to the bottom of my feet before bed and a drop to my chest so my body heat diffuses it for me, I’m usually asleep within fifteen minutes. But that’s not even the best thing about it. After having birthed two babies – both C-sections – my body was never the same. Ever since my first pregnancy, sleeping through the night without getting up to pee at least once was a dream, not reality. Broken sleep was my norm, and my health was suffering.
Enter doTERRA. Lavender oil puts me into a heavy, deep sleep. There are nights when my son will come into our room, crawl into our bed, and I won’t even know until I wake up to his sweet face sharing my pillow. I don’t wake up at 2am to empty my bladder anymore. My nights are filled with restful, perfect sleep and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Since I’ve been a doTERRA Wellness Advocate for over a year now, I’ve had a chance to try many of the fabulous products. But the oils I love the most are the ones that enhance sleep. My favorites are kept on my nightstand. I now alternate between Lavender, Marjoram, Serenity, Bergamot, and Cedarwood for sleep. They all work equally well. It’s been over a year since I’ve had to reach for an Ambien, and I am so thankful to have said goodbye to the groggy side effects of that sleep med in favor of natural supplements which have none.
I have only ever used doTERRA brand oils, but I did do a little research last time I was at the grocery store. There is a large display of essential oils at my local Wegman’s in the Wellness aisle. I was curious, so I spent a few minutes opening the sample bottles and sniffing the various oils and blends.
What a dramatic difference. The oils in the store smelled like a chemical version of doTERRA’s, barely even close to the aroma of the oils I had come to love. I don’t know why I was surprised. doTERRA touts their oils as being Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, meaning they are 100% pure, free of fillers or artificial contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues. Plain and simple, I trust doTERRA.
An investment in my health
doTERRA oils aren’t cheap, but for the many ways I benefit from using them, they are completely worth the money. By joining the company, I’ve made an investment in my health, and I am so glad I was introduced to the many benefits of using essential oils.
Have you tried essential oils? If not, what are you waiting for?