Essential Oils

Our family is very, very new to being health conscious. Like, we used to eat pizza for dinner more nights each week than not. We also used to pop a Tylenol for any tinge of a pain we felt, drink NyQuil at the first sign of a cold, and throw down on Excedrin for headaches. We didn’t “believe” in remedies other than those over-the-counter solutions. We also were totally clueless to the fact that proactive healthcare is a thing!

However, I wanted to make a change after Elliot was born due to his many complicated health issues (which you can read about here) and we looked further into DoTERRA Essential Oils.  I had a little bit of experience with oils (mostly Peppermint for things like nausea and headaches), but I had never been serious about learning what oils could do for my family. My best friend is a huge advocate for natural wellness, so I looked to her for guidance. Once I started diving in, I was really impressed with the facts and realized this was something I wanted to try. My family is my world and their health means everything to me!

Did you know:

  • 95% of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, and hormonal disruptions?
  • phthalates (commonly found in many chemicals and fragrances used in personal healthcare products) are known to “mimic human hormones” and cause endocrine disruption?
  • frequent use of over-the-counter NSAIDS are linked to major heart problems (heart failure, heart attack), hearing loss, kidney damage, and bone loss?
  • increased usage of Benadryl is linked to a 54% increased risk of dementia?

 

These scary facts alone are enough to turn me off of over-the-counter medications and household products that contain chemicals! 😲 Especially with Elliot’s preexisting health issues, the last thing I want is to expose my family to higher risks of cancer and other diseases. So, I’m choosing better products and realizing they work just as well as, if not better than, all of the other crap we’ve been using in our bodies and our home!

For colds and minor illnesses we turn to DoTERRA’s OnGuard essential oil blend. We also use the OnGuard cleaning product line to protect ourselves from germs while effectively cleaning up messes (which we all know occur way more often than any of us like to admit when you’ve got kids and pets LOL).

For minor skin irritations and to reduce stress, we turn to Lavender oil. For headaches, nausea, and muscle pains, we turn to Peppermint oil. For upset tummies we use DoTERRA’s DigestZen blend. For allergies, we take the TriEase blend softgels. To make our house smell yummy, we diffuse our favorite oils, including the Citrus Bliss and Motivate blends. We also are huge fans of all of DoTERRA’s skin care and hair care products! Pro tip: the shampoo is shimmery and smells like heaven 😉.

These are just a few of the ways to use essential oils in day-to-day life, but I’m telling y’all, they are LIFE CHANGING. If you’ve been worried about the products your family has been using, I urge you to look into them and research what you’re actually putting on/near your bodies. The facts are chilling! Luckily, essential oils are here for you and aren’t going anywhere.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have; I want the best for every single one of you!

 

 

Sources:

Phthalates, Environmental Working Group. http://www.ewg.org/chemindex/term/480

Ingredient Watch List: Phthalates, the Dangerous Hormone Disruptors, AnnMarie. https://www.annmariegianni.com/ingredient-watch-list-phthalates-the-dangerous-hormone-disruptors

Factsheet: Phthalates, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html

The Ibuprofren Risks You Need to Know, TIME. http://time.com/4746319/ibuprofen-painkillers-risks/

CAN ALLERGY MEDICATIONS HARM YOUR BRAIN?, Cognitive Vitality. https://www.alzdiscovery.org/cognitive-vitality/blog/can-allergy-medications-harm-your-brain