My Wellness Journey with Essential Oils
The last six years of my life have been a whirlwind to say the least. The week my sweet baby twins turned one I found out I was pregnant. Such a miracle and a blessing from God, but that’s another story. I’ve had so much joy in motherhood and loving on my children, but I still became one tired mama. I had three children under the age of two, and was juggling life and kids. Little sleep and not giving my body the nutrition it needed took a toll on me. I imagine most moms can relate to becoming busy and putting ourselves last, after all we hear how we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of our family all the time, right? It took a pretty big health scare to open my eyes to the fact that in order for me to take care of my family I needed to take care of myself. I didn’t fully realize what this meant until I was lying in bed forced to let my body heal, while my family took care of my children and my home. It’s not a good feeling mamas. I was down with what I thought was a bad virus, but I ended up going to my doctor as I just wasn’t getting better. When my symptoms weren’t adding up, my doctor decided to run some blood work. The tests showed I was extremely anemic and had high calcium in my blood. High calcium can indicate one of two things: Leukemia or Hyperparathyroidism. I was beyond relieved when I was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism, something that is treatable. I also received iron blood infusions to treat my anemia. This wasn’t good news but it felt like great news compared to the fact that I could have had bone cancer. Let me just tell you friends that afternoon as I waited for additional testing I was filled with fear, paralyzing fear. My mind and heart went to a deep place quickly while I waited for the test results. Questions like: How much time do I have with my children and family? How many more days and prayers do I have to pray for my sweet babies? Children need their mamas. But God is faithful in these times, and He met me that afternoon as well as met me over the next couple months as I struggled with ongoing fear and anxiety over my health and wellness. Ultimately God is in control and will take care of my children if I’m on earth or not.
This experience caused me to want to look deeper in to why I was so sick. This wasn’t the first time I’ve dealt with health concerns. I had a big surgery where scar tissue and my right ovary was removed due to stage four endometriosis, and this led to a struggle with infertility. I’ved struggled with anxiety and feelings of depression. I quickly realized I’m the only person who can give my kids a happy mom and a mom who isn’t tired all the time. I do understand our health is at times out of our control and my experience with health issues has developed a deep compassion for others who struggle with health everyday. But there are things we do have control over; if we don’t take care of our bodies we can’t expect to feel good and be healthy. Of course I’ve made huge changes in my diet. I can’t expect to have energy and health if I drink coffee and eat cookies all day long. But I found in my research that toxins in our homes can play just as big of role if not bigger in our health. This is something I wish I would have known when I was pregnant and when my babies were babies, but its not too late to start now. Im so glad I had people care enough to share with me a different way doing things.
My wellness journey with essential oils started at about the time my health took a turn for the worst. In the midst of my health crisis I received my starter kit of Young Living Essential Oils. I dabbled in oils for about a year prior, but was buying them from a local whole foods store as I didn’t understand the importance of purity when it comes to oils. I instantly fell in love with the oils! I quickly began researching the benefits to the mind and body essential oils can have. I was amazed by the many uses of essential oils. The emotional support the oils provided me alone is worth its weight in gold to me. I can say this was the best investment I made for my family.
The oils acted as a gateway into a healthier lifestyle for me. I joined an amazing group of oily friends who provided a great deal of resources and information to me. This is where I learned about the many toxins in our everyday products that fill our homes. Toxins that can cause infertility and endocrine issues; issues I had been struggling with for years. It made me look deeper in to a different way of living for me and my family. I really believe the information I’ve received was an answer to prayer. I remember praying that God would help me be a better mom and wife as I was so tired and felt so defeated as a mother. I believe He showed me a way to better take care of myself and in turn better care form my children and my husband. After all we are body, mind, and spirit. I’m so grateful for these oils and how they have changed my perspective on just about everything in my environment. Every oil I use replaces a toxin in my home. For more information about the dangers of toxins in our homes and about essential oils check out my Non-toxic cleaning page and Essential oil page on this blog. You and your family are worth looking in to a different way of living.