Two years ago my daughter, who was away at college, invited me on a journey of discovery to explore the world of essential oils. She discovered it after years of frustration with constant illness and ailments while away at college. She was in a vocal performance music program in Chicago and couldn’t afford to get sick because when she did, she couldn’t sing and keep up with the demands of her program. The pressures were intense, and she became discouraged.
Every time she got better she just got sick again with something else. She also had the added problem with the food in the cafeteria not agreeing with her. Therefore, she was always sick with digestive issues as well. She lost so much weight and had troubles maintaining a healthy weight. And there was the other trial of constant migraine headaches that kept her in bed all day at times. It was rough.
The dead-end of seeking conventional medical help
She went to so many different doctors in Chicago and had so many tests done, but no one could help her. Her experience with doctors was that they didn’t take the time to listen. They didn’t seem to have any answers or even care. Some specialists even callously said, well, maybe you should just change your major and give up on singing. Eventually, she ended up having vocal cord damage. Even when she was well, she could no longer sing. Sadly, she had to give up her dream and change her major.
The introduction of a natural alternative that finally helped
On one of her choir tours, she stayed with a family who used essential oils. They offered her some peppermint oil for her headaches, and it surprisingly helped. With curiosity driving her, she did some research about essential oils. Her new interest led her to a childhood friend on Facebook who was selling Young Living Essential Oils. She decided to get the starter kit and then started using them for everything. The good news is that she started getting better. She even went over a year without getting a single cold. She attributes this to the Young Living essential oil blend called Thieves (I’ll share about this oil in future posts).
My daughter encouraged me to give essential oils a try
When she first started talking to me about essential oils, it was like she was talking gibberish. It was something I didn’t know anything about, and it sounded crazy to me. I was skeptical. But, to show love and respect to my daughter, I listened and took on her challenge for me to investigate and do some research about them. At first, it was all so overwhelming, and I didn’t know where to start. I looked online and got confused. I went to health stores to ask questions and got even more confused.
One thing I did learn was the need to use pure therapeutic grade essential oils and Young Living had an excellent reputation for distilling quality therapeutic oils from plants on their farms all over the world. So, I decided the easiest way to learn about them was to try them. Young Living’s starter kit has 11 of the most popular oils plus a quality diffuser at an affordable introductory price. If I bought all these oils separately, they would be a lot more costly. I wasn’t interested in doing the business, but I did want to get the best price so getting the kit gave me wholesale status and there was no ongoing commitments or monthly requirements.
The incredible results of my experiment with essential oils
It has been two years, this month (April 2017) that I made this life-changing decision. My way of celebrating this anniversary is by writing this blog post.
It turned out that this was the best decision I ever made. By having a selection of the 11 most popular oils, I found that I had something that worked for almost every issue that came up. I learned a lot about how to use my oils on Pinterest. I would just search for whatever ailment I was facing plus the phrase “essential oils, ” and there were so many pins with suggestions and links to blogs about how to use them.
Later, I bought The Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley on Amazon, which has become my essential oil bible. There are answers for everything in there. You can look things up by ailment or by the oils. It is organized so well and just packed with information. Once I started using these oils and seeing the dramatic results I wanted to know more about how they work. I found a section in this guide about the science behind their effectiveness that is fascinating. This brought together my positive experience with the oils with a newfound knowledge of why they worked.
The lightbulb went off for me about why essential oils work
I realized that these are God’s medicines, created by Him because they are purely from the plants He has created. They are perfectly balanced and healing to the amazing bodies that He has also created. It is a mind-blowing concept once realized. Because these natural medicines are created perfectly by the creator, and they are not synthetic, they don’t have the adverse side-effects that conventional medicines have.
Have you noticed that every prescription medication or over the counter medication has side effects? It is because they are synthetic. Many of these medicines are created to mimic the properties found in plants but they are not natural. They don’t have all of the balance of the perfect creation God made in nature. Therefore our bodies respond adversely. Maybe not at first but eventually, there are consequences.
Although essential oils seem to be a new trend in our day and age, they have been around since biblical times. They were man’s first medicines. There is plenty of evidence found in Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese manuscripts and even 188 references to them in the Bible. (Higley)
I encourage you to learn more about the benefits of using essential oils
In future posts, I plan to cover more of the science behind why essential oils are so effective and more about my favorite essential oils and why. If you are interested in learning more right away or starting as I did with a starter kit, please visit my Young Living website.
If you have questions, please reach out to me at Laura@naturalhealinghope.com. I’d love to help you get started on your own journey with essential oils.
The happy ending of my daughter’s story
After a year of vocal rest, my daughter’s vocal cords healed. She was then able to complete a modified music degree. During the time she couldn’t sing, she developed her piano skills and learned to play the organ. Just before graduation, she had a beautiful senior recital featuring an hour of diverse music, including classical and contemporary vocal repertoire, piano, organ, and worship music. This event was unique to any other senior recital at her school. The whole evening was uplifting and inspiring and brought a lot of glory to God. Yay, God!
Sometimes our journey doesn’t turn out how we first plan or envision. However, God always has a plan and uses our trials to mold and shape us while directing our path. “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NLT
Wishing you JOY in your journey,
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