Essential Oils – First Experience

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!

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*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. 

25 thoughts on “Essential Oils – First Experience

  • March 7, 2019 at 08:37
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    This is great! I’ve started getting into oils a little bit but just with a diffuser.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 09:23
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    That’s so great! I love essential oils. Peppermint saved me when I was congested with sinuses for a week. I even use tea tree and lavender to my nightly face regime.

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    • March 7, 2019 at 12:12
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      I love using oils. It is amazing how the one for your stomach actually works. My kids will ask for it if they feel sick.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 09:53
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    Essential oils are more powerful than we can imagine. They are the real medicine, not the chemically produced copy of them that are sold in pharmacies. Thanks for the article

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  • March 7, 2019 at 11:10
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    More people need to use essential oils!! Love it and glad you’ve had a good experience 🙂

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  • March 7, 2019 at 11:40
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    I’ve been trying a few more here and there and have been pleased with the results so far. Not sure I’m a “true believer” but I’m no longer a true skeptic.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 11:50
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    Thank you for this post. I too work in the medical profession as a pharmacist, so you can imagine how hard it is for me to believe. I started to look into essential oils a few years ago. I had a stroke a few years ago, and I get frequent headaches. When my neurologist found out that I was taking Excedrin almost every day, she told me no more than 5 days. I started looking into essential oil. I love peppermint and lavender. Now I mix my own blend of headache rollerball.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 12:58
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    I love using essential oils! It’s so much fun to to learn new ways to use them.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 13:30
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    I’ve never tried DoTerra oils. I used YL for years, then added other brands sold online. I’ve heard good things about DoTerra oils though. The kit seems like a good idea for people like me!

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  • March 7, 2019 at 17:25
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    I love that you are an RN and using oils. The medical community is starting to listen to people that want a more natural approach! Congrats on your venture!

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    • March 9, 2019 at 08:19
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      I think the human body is too complex to not look around for other therapies. Some things will not be fixed by oils but that doesn’t meant they can’t help in conjunction with traditional medicine!

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  • March 7, 2019 at 21:24
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    I’ve heard a lot about essential oils and I even bought some as my sister-in-law gave me a diffuser…. I used it for the smell good but really didn’t notice any benefits from using it that way. Everyone I read has great things to say about them though. I might just need to give it a try again.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 21:24
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    I love that oils are becoming more used and understood! We’re starting to use them more around our house.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 22:25
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    I will have to look into this ool. I have some doTerra oils thst I love but I also like Plant Therapy which is more affordable. However doTerra lavender is the best!

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    • March 9, 2019 at 08:17
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      There are so many options – I do find myself favoring Doterra but will admit I have bottles from other vendors that I just can’t do without!

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  • March 8, 2019 at 13:44
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    Essential oils are very helpful. I use Young Living and although still a newbie, I’ve found many uses for the oils!

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    • March 9, 2019 at 08:16
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      I’ve used them as well – a friend of mine uses them quite a bit and we swap blends from each vendor. I have favorites from both!

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  • March 8, 2019 at 15:18
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    i do love good essential oils! I’ve used these for quite a while.

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  • March 8, 2019 at 22:35
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    I love Culvers! I live in California, so I never get it! I have never tried oils, but have wanted to get started because I have heard they do work well. Would love to have something for nausea. Thanks so much for the info.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 18:45
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    Essential oils can be so intimidating. Thank you for sharing.

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  • March 10, 2019 at 10:53
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    I love mine. Be big go to is lavendar.

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  • March 10, 2019 at 18:01
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    EOs are awesome! They are fun to learn about and use for so many reasons!

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  • March 11, 2019 at 13:29
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    I’m still in the learning phase of essential oils. I do have a roller and have used it for headaches. My son says it worked for him. Thanks for sharing your story – so glad that it worked to help your stomach feel better!

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