This past spring we children wanted to purchase a diffuser and some essential oils for my mother as a birthday gift. After researching our options, we ended up signing up with Young Living and buying a premium starter kit that included a diffuser, eleven different essential oils and other samples. One of the main reasons we signed up was because we were interested in stocking up on some oils and this way we could get the 24% off discount, but at the time I was a little skeptical.
I had often heard people talk about the benefits of essential oils but I hadn’t experienced them myself. Once we received the oils, I quickly learned the difference between inexpensive essential oils (many of which are watered down, diluted with other oils or come from synthetic sources) and the pure, high-quality, therapeutic-grade oils that come from Young Living. I have mentioned briefly in previous posts how much the oils have been a blessing to us but I thought it would be fun to share all the different ways that we use some of the oils we currently have in our possession!
These six oils are part of the Raindrop Technique … a massage treatment that I found to be very helpful. A friend of mine did it for me when I had injured myself and I was amazed at how effective it was. It definitely provided more relief than other creams, salves, rubs, etc. I decided to get the oils to have on hand and I now need to teach my sisters how to do it 😉 We have also used some of these in cooking.
Citrus Fresh is a blend of grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine and spearmint. We like to diffuse it to help cleanse the air. It’s good in drinking water too. The same goes for lemon and orange. I like to include lemon in my facial oils for its cleansing properties, or in drinking water along with orange. I also diffuse it to freshen up the room.
When my horse threw me the other day and I landed on my neck/shoulders, I was in a lot of pain! And it happened to be the afternoon before Thanksgiving Day, so our chiropractor wasn’t open for visits. I had just ordered Deep Relief but it had not arrived in the mail yet, so I used Valor II and Stress Away. Personally, I like the smell of Valor better than Valor II but sometimes it isn’t in stock and the II version seems to work well. I rubbed the Valor II into the bottoms of my feet and my neck and shoulders, and then I rubbed the Stress Away into my neck and shoulders too. I planned to layer PanAway also but I experienced so much relief from the first two, that I held off on the PanAway and just used it when I was going to bed, since laying down was really painful! These three really helped for a couple days but then the pain started to return so a friend of mine recommended another oil … I’ll share about that in a minute!
My sisters and I have used Valor when we were feeling out of alignment and in need of a chiropractic adjustment, and had great success. I have just received the Deep Relief so haven’t used it much but a friend of mine told me that she has found it very helpful with menstrual cramping, and also for contractions in labor.
I believe that Frankincense is the oil that has proved most remarkable to me! I had heard that it provides oxygenation but was (again!) a little skeptical. Then one of my dogs had a litter of puppies and she has a bad habit of squishing them. I try to monitor as closely as a I can but there were two times that I found half-dead puppies from where she had apparently smothered them. The one was still breathing but obviously struggling … I applied some frankincense to her chest and within a couple minutes she was breathing normally and nursing vigorously. The second puppy was further gone – we could barely see any breath and I was quite sure we would lose him. But with frankincense, helichrysum and prayer, he revived! It took a little longer for him – probably 10 to 15 minutes before he was breathing normally, but he is now a healthy, active little guy and you’d never know anything had happened!
I mentioned that my friend had suggested another oil when my neck was in pain … it was frankincense. It isn’t typically known as a pain relief oil but she was praying for me and that’s what came to mind, so I tried applying it to the back of my neck. Within about 30 minutes, the pain and stiffness had lessened considerably and I was able to move my neck normally!
Helichrysum is the most expensive oil we currently have. We became aware of its benefits when we had a litter of puppies that had umbilical cords that wouldn’t stop bleeding. We normally tie them off with dental floss but it wasn’t working in this situation so a visiting friend let us use her helichrysum. I was overseas when this happened but my sisters were so impressed with how well it worked and stopped the bleeding, so I suggested we all pitch together and get a bottle to have on hand. We have used it several times with the dogs on bleeding cords or dewclaws, or even for ourselves. Just this morning my sister Sarah came and showed me where she had cut her hand and it was still bleeding after applying a band-aid for awhile. She put a drop of helichrysum on and it stopped bleeding!
This combination was my introduction to “oils that work”! I have struggled with a certain type of “discomfort” in my head for years and I had heard people say that lavender and peppermint essential oils are helpful. I had tried it, with the cheap ones, and there was no relief. Just after we got our starter kit I had this “discomfort” and decided to give it a try. It worked so well and I was thrilled!
Lavender has been my mother’s go-to oil for years. She usually has a bottle in her purse and likes to put it on regularly. It has so many wonderful qualities. Among other things, I have had it relieve burns and painful finger callouses. We use a lot of peppermint too – we put it in our toothpaste, diffuse it, put it in drinking water, etc.
Peace & Calming is probably my favorite oil to just smell! I love to wear it or diffuse it. I have also used it to calm down our mother dogs sometimes and it can work the same way for people too! The Progessence Plus is very helpful in balancing hormones and some of us girls use it to prevent normally painful cycles. My mother also discovered that it helped relieve her hot flashes. It has definitely been a blessing!
We purchased Lemongrass this past summer to help one of our dogs that had a skin issue, and quickly discovered that it prevents flies! On a farm, this is a necessity and we much prefer using an all-natural resource rather than chemical products! When we went camping for Sukkot a couple months ago, we had a lot of flies around the camp kitchen and we found that when we sprinkled lemongrass on a cloth or napkin and wiped down the tables, the flies disappeared.
We like to diffuse Purification, or put it in our laundry detergent. I have also used it on bee/wasp stings … it provided a lot of relief and minimizes swelling. I use Tea Tree for cleaning and fungal issues. It has been very helpful when we’ve had several issues with our dog’s skin and I also use it with facial oils.
Thieves might be my second favorite blend. We diffuse it often, especially this time of year. We also use it in cleaning sprays and toothpaste. If someone isn’t feeling well, especially cold/flu related, I have found it beneficial to apply it.
Do you use essential oils regularly? Which are your favorites?
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