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This post originally appeared on Parent Savers. I think enough of you are naturally minded that you’d also be interested in the information!
Chances are you’ve seen essential oils popping up on your facebook or instagram feed. Or maybe in conversation with co-workers or your mommy group. And maybe you listened to the Parent Savers podcast on essential oils for babies and infants and wanted to know more. I’m here to help!
Essential oils (EOs) are “substances created inside aromatic plants that are both volatile (they evaporate) and oil soluble (they easily mix with oils and fats), ” source. They have been used throughout history in medicinal form and have recently been making a comeback in mainstream culture. They are extracted from plants through a process of either steam distillation or cold expression.
While many companies sell EOs, they are not all created equally. The quality of plant, extraction process, and testing of oil all come into play. It is important to do your own research when starting your journey with EOs, so you can pick a brand you feel comfortable using. At the beginning of my EO journey I didn’t do much research and just purchased the cheapest organic option on Amazon. The quality was sub-par to say the least. Now I choose to use DoTerra because they source their EOs from the plant’s native growing area, (i.e. peppermint comes from Washington State and lavender comes from France), they test every single batch of oil that they bottle and sell, they do not add anything to their oils, and they are the only brand that is certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) and safe to ingest (not all, but most! check the bottle for a nutrition label to be sure).
I started my journey using melaleuca (tea tree oil) when I was pregnant. Instead of luscious hair, long nails, and a glowy complexion I was gifted hair that wouldn’t grow, brittle nails, and a rampant case of acne reminiscent of my middle school years. Traditional acne treatments were off-limits, so with my midwife’s blessing I explored the use of essential oils (EOs) as an alternative. I was pleasantly surprised when my face cleared up almost immediately!
From there I started using citrus oils for cleaning and lavender to add scent to homemade starch spray. It wasn’t long into using EOs when my daughter, then 4 months old, came down with croup. A friend suggested using EOs to help her quickly rid her body of the sickness. When using EOs in children you should dilute them with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. I mixed 1 TBS coconut oil (get the big tub from Costco!) with 5 drops each eucalyptus, OnGuard and peppermint, and rubbed it on her chest and feet every few hours. Unlike medicine, which coats cells and masks symptoms while you heal, EOs can actually penetrate the cell wall and help your body heal faster! Her croup was cleared up within 3 days. I was in disbelief!
Since then my journey has gone from exploration to a daily part of my life. I LOVE essential oils! I wake each morning and start the day with a drop of peppermint in the shower (or DIY Vick’s Vapor Discs if I’m sick), apply clear skin to my face and use my homemade deodorant made with lavender. I use EOs throughout the working day, (balance and serenity when I’m feeling stressed, onguard, citrus bliss and melaleuca in my homemade hand sanitizer, and PastTense when I have a headache), and citrus oils in my homemade cleaners to clean my kitchen after dinner. My daughter’s night time blend is OnGuard, serenity (sleep aid) and digestzen (tummy troubles) mixed with fractionated coconut oil. And I end my day with a blend of serenity, balance and vetiver in fractionated coconut oil and a drop of OnGuard under my tongue for immunity.
My daily routine may be overwhelming to you, it would be to me if I were new to EOs! But after a bit of exploration and testing oils out you’ll find they are very easy to incorporate into your daily routine. I now sleep better and am healthier than I’ve ever been, and I love sharing my love and knowledge of the benefits of essential oils with others. Please drop me an email at leiladishesblog @ gmail .com if you have any questions!