Lynn’s Essential Oil Story
What makes one essential oil different from another? It is their focus on quality and purity. I remember wanting to try essential oils a couple of years before being introduced to pure EOs, but temporarily abandoned the idea after the following experience:
In 2010, I walked into a popular health and vitamin store with the intention of buying some essential oils for reducing stress and pulled a lavender oil off the shelf. The front label read “100% pure lavender”. However, when I turned it around to read the back, the label stated a warning that this oil was harmful if ingested or used on the skin. I had thought to use it aromatically, but the idea of breathing into my lungs something that was harmful to my body did not appeal to me, so I put it back and left.
Fast forward to January 2013. I was visiting Utah when I was introduced to certified pure essential oils. I got a few samples and a quick rundown on how great the oils were and how they could be used. I was Intrigued, but had some natural skepticism.
While in Utah, I was staying with a friend. A couple of days or so after receiving my sample EOs, my friends daughter and son-in-law popped by the house with their baby boy. They had just been to the doctor about respiratory and sinus issues their newborn was experiencing. Poor thing was glassy eyed and completely stuffed! The doctor didn’t want to give the little guy any medication, but he did say to keep an eye on him and to bring him back if it got worse.
The mom was pretty frustrated with the situation. I told her that I learned that pure therapeutic peppermint oil can support respiratory health and showed her the protocol for babies in a great resource book I had. After researching oil safety and babies, we were ready to try it out.*
We diluted a little peppermint oil in some neutral carrier oil, rubbed it on the baby’s feet, and laid him down on a blanket in the living room. I know, many of you are thinking – why feet? Besides being less sensitive than other areas, the feet have larger pores that are able to absorb these volatile oils in a faster (and with peppermint oil and babies, safer) manner.
After about five minutes we went to check on the baby. Well, what we found when we entered the living room was a pleasant surprise to all of us. Right there, in the middle of the floor, was a happily cooing baby, all bright-eyed and bushy tailed!
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*Be responsible. Make sure to use 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Read the labels, do your research, and read about oil safety before using essential oils. If you are pregnant, nursing, on medications, or have health issues, talk to your doctor.