I have spent years studying and working in the field of nursing. While I am aware of holistic and alternative medicine, I really don’t know much on what is out there & the benefits they may offer. A few months ago a family friend invited me to an “oil party”. I was a bit skeptical and thought if I knew more maybe essential oils would something more to offer. When I left with samples, my first experience with essential oils would be unexpected. While I have heard of essential oils – I hadn’t given it much thought. I went and while everything smelled amazing (well, almost) and all the benefits of oils sounded great – would anything actually work? The downside was the investment cost. Did I want to drop that much money just to diffuse the fragrance into the air? I still have candles from two PTA fundraisers ago that could serve the same purpose. Was I really going to rub anything anywhere on myself (or my kids) on a regular basis? Considering my track record with exercise I didn’t hold much hope. I left the party with an open mind, handful samples, and some reading material — but really didn’t think this would be for me.
Fast forward a few weeks & I had taken the boys out to dinner at Culver’s. I love Culver’s. Their fish basket is amazing especially if you get the cheese curds. Plus the boys get their free dessert – it really is a win-win. The downside to my rich dinner & over-indulgence was a horrible belly ache that night. I also have some issues with acid reflux, but this night it had notched up a mark in the “I really don’t feel good”. I spent the night trying, willing myself not to throw up. I took my pepcid. Drank some 7-up. As I got ready for bed I noticed the oil samples near my nightstand. There are many brands – my first exposure to essential oils had been with a doTERRA consultant. I had DigestZen at the ready.
Since I had spent a good part of the evening miserable – I was willing to try anything. I had a sample vial of DigestZen which is their digestive blend. I had no intention of drinking anything, but remember the consultant and other guests talking about how they rub in on their or their kid’s bellies. I really had nothing to lose except pride. So there I was, standing in my bathroom pouring the sample bottle into my palm with a dollop of lotion and then rubbing it into my belly. I felt like an idiot. I looked like an idiot. I cleaned up in the bathroom & walked to bed.
In that short walk – maybe 10 paces – I had already noticed that the nausea had disappeared. It had been going strong for HOURS. While I would love to think that eventually, it would go away – there was no inkling that it would have gone away THAT quickly. I sat there, in bed, for about ten minutes waiting for the sickly feeling to return. It didn’t. The next day I contacted my friend who is also a consultant and told her of my experience the night before and she wasn’t the least surprised. It took a bit more time to gather the nerve to make the leap into purchasing any but as you can see by the picture I have been tinkering with more than just the one oil. Guess the old saying of “don’t knock it till you’ve tried it” would apply here.
Where to begin? What should you even purchase? Thankfully doTERRA offers enrollment kits to suit your needs – and this is one of my favorites. The Family Essentials & Beadlets Kit comes with a little bit of everything (including the DigestZen!). This way you can test what you like and don’t like and then start to focus on purchasing what you use most. Then, branch out a bit and try oils that you might not have considered before. There are other enrollment kits options – the diffuser is almost a must-have in the house – is a great option as well. Doterra offers so many specials and BOGO offers throughout the year and the uses for oils are endless. Take the leap, you won’t be disappointed!
*Disclaimer: This blog does not provide medical advice. Be advised information provided is opinion & should not be taken as medical advice. There is no substitute for the face to face relationship between a medical provider and patient. See your physician, osteopath, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or other qualified and licensed health care provider regarding any questions you have about your personal health or medical condition.