Updated: Dec 18, 2019
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Using these oils in conjunction with my own medication has been amazing. I take my Doctor prescribed medicine which helps me to get through each day, the downside is that they leave me feeling very foggy, sleepy, and as though I’m watching my life happen from afar. The oils have really helped my to improve my day to day life. My mind is clear, my brain can focus, and my midnight anxiety attacks are at a minimum.
Probably one of the most popular questions that I’ve been asked lately is why did I start to use essential oils. What was it that got me onto them?
Well, it wasn’t a what, it was a who. And yes, I’m going to name her – she's my mother-in-law.
This amazing woman has gone through a lot in her life, and everything that she has gone through has made her into one of the most incredibly smart, down-to-earth, honest, and caring people that I know. So about the time I really started struggling with everything, and other people that she cares about too (those people I’m not going to name!), it was as though she went on a hell bent journey to figure out what she could do to help. Her interest in oils became a passion, and there were so many different oils that were tried, blends created, and books researched.
She created the blends that you can buy in The Box. Hours were spent perfectly crafting them, making sure they would not just complement each other, but achieve the desired result of creating a more peaceful state of mind. Using aromatherapy for mental health isn’t a new thing, to be perfectly honest it’s something that has been used for thousands of years. It just that until recently, no one really knew why essential oils were so effective for helping to treat mental illnesses.
Have you heard people say that your sense of smell is 10,000 times more stronger than your sense of taste?
Our sense of smell is an incredibly important gift, it has an impact on recalling different memories, our emotions, and even hormone balance. There has been clinical trials done involving essential oils, and they have proven to assist in elevating mood. By using our sense of smell, the molecules from each oil is delivered directly to the limbic system of our brain. Our limbic system is what’s called the emotional center of our brains, and communicates with our nervous system which in turn can affect different parts of ourselves such as our heart rates. It helps to direct our emotional response, determining whether we feeling fear, anger, depression, or even joy.
Essential Oils are incredibly potent, so using them either internally or topically should be done carefully. Different oils can cause different reactions and sensitivities to people, so doing a skin patch check before you use them is a really good idea.
Oils have three different ways that they can be used, and each way has it’s own different benefits. Which is why in our Box we have made different blends for each of these ways, so that you can decide which one you prefer.
The first way is by inhaling. You can do this by putting a couple of drops into your diffuser, into the bath, or by using the Cupping Method:
The Cupping Method – place one or two drops of oil on the palm of ONE hand and then rub both hands together. Cup hand together and hold over your nose and mouth, inhaling deeply. Do this a couple of times for maximum results. Please remember to wash your hands after doing this as any accidental touching of an oil to your eye can be very painful!
Ingestion is another way. A lot of people feel very uncomfortable ingesting oils, so if you feel uncomfortable doing so please talk with your health practitioner to talk about it further. This method works by delivering the oils directly into your blood stream through your intestinal wall. People have also placed a couple of drops of oil beneath their tongue which then gets delivered to your blood stream via the small vessels beneath your tongue.
PLEASE READ: If you are going to ingest essential oils please do your research on which ones are safest to use, yes there are ones that you mustn’t do, Eucalyptus for examples! When ingesting oils it is also a good idea to use a carrier oil so as the absorption is not as ‘potent’. Essential Oils in their pure form are incredibly strong, and should not be treated as a “nice smelling thing”, but as an addition to your medicine cabinet.
The last method is by applying to your skin, otherwise known as the topical method. Those pretty roll on bottles with their beautiful fragrances are amazing. Just a couple of drops of oils mixed with an carrier oil, can be easily carried in your purse or bag, and used like a perfume. While still getting all that goodness into you!
If you are struggling with insomnia, anxiety attacks and low energy I really urge you to try them out. Using these oils in conjunction with my own medication has been amazing. I take my Doctor prescribed medicine which helps me to get through each day, the downside is that they leave me feeling very foggy, sleepy, and as though I’m watching my life happen from afar. Using these oils have really helped my to improve my day to day life. My mind is clear, my brain can focus, and my midnight anxiety attacks are at a minimum (touch wood!).
Please remember, using essential oils are amazing, but you should never swap them out for any doctor prescribed medication. If you have any issues about using essential oils in conjunction with your medication please talk with your health practitioner about this.