Our journey has has taken us down many paths of symptom management: medication, therapy, chiropractic care, vitamins and supplements, and essential oils. Symptom management tends to be a very hot topic within most social circles and there is an expansive continuum on which people's opinions lie. One end is anti-medication, while the other is all for it. I've found most people lie somewhere in the middle, especially when the patient is a child.
Let's be clear here: there is no right or wrong way to help your child. For some, medication does wonders. For others, the side effects outweigh the benefits. Our oldest son has experienced both ends of this spectrum. Currently, we have a combination of two medications working well together, but it took over a year of trial and error to get to that point with many medication breaks along the way.
One constant throughout this process, though, has been our use of essential oils. Three years ago, I asked my husband to get me a starter kit for Mother's Day. I intended to diffuse oils in our home and occasionally use them topically, when needed, on members of our family. I really had no idea how beneficial essential oils were. I just loved the smell!
Fast-forward 3 years and they have become a vital part of our everyday life. I could spend a LONG time sharing how we use them, but I plan to keep it short and sweet today!
For many, the cost of essential oils is intimidating. Sticker shock is common, BUT when the cost per use is broken down, most find it's actually quite cost-effective. Let's break it down using our family's 3 favorite essential oils: Valor, Lavender, and Peace & Calming.
Valor (5ml): $39.75 Wholesale (40 cents)
Lavender (15ml): $24.75 Wholesale (8 cents)
Peace & Calming (5ml) $34.75 Wholesale (35 cents)
Considering you only need 1-2 drops of oil when diffusing or applying topically, it turns out essential oil usage is not so expensive after all!
These three oils are a staple in our regimen. You will always find these three bottles in our home! Valor is used for anxiety. There are six people in our family...five of us have anxiety. A dab on the wrist or a drop in the diffuser does wonders in our home!
Lavender is calming. A drop behind the ears, on the wrist, or in the diffuser is an absolute must when our sweet, adorable children are falling off the rails. Our oldest daughter insists on having this oil in her diffuser every night at bedtime. It can also be added to the bath water. Super versatile!
Peace & Calming...the relaxing oil. Dilute 1-2 drops and place on feet at bedtime, diffuse in the evening or in your child's room at bedtime. When my younger son is struggling, I dilute and place on his wrist. I LOVE the way this oil smells and use it daily.
You can also blend these three oils together for the ultimate sleep cream!
Essential oils can be an amazing addition to your home! Please keep in mind, though, that not all essential oils are created equal. Grocery and health food stores sell oils at a cheaper price, but there is a reason why! Knowing where oils originated from or how they were grown is important. Young Living guarantees their oils from seed to seal. To be labeled "pure," an essential oil must only contain 10% of the true essential oil. Ultimately, essential oils purchased from a grocery or health food store are less effective and less potent. Why settle for less? Invest in a high-quality product to receive the ultimate benefit of essential oil usage.
Have questions? Email me and I'd be happy to chat with you!