So the time has finally come and my metamorphosis into a full-ledged crunchy granola cliche is complete. I am entering into the world of essential oils, along with everyone else and their mother.
I started seeing moms popping up in my Instagram feed talking about essential oils. It peaked my interest and I found myself navigating down a rabbit hole of hashtags and posts and comments. This was while I was in the midst of battling some pretty heavy postpartum anxiety and depression. I was considering getting on medication to help ease the feelings of overwhelm and hopelessness, along with the severe physical pain that these two illness bring along with them. But I decided against medication because I am still breastfeeding.
Essential oils seemed too good to be true. Migraine? There’s an oil for that! Depression? There’s an oil for that! Tummy troubles? Acne? Split ends? Yep. You guessed it. There’s an oil for everything you can think of. That sounds great! However, I’m way too big of a skeptic to buy into that. So I did what I do best. I researched the shit out of essential oils.
Essential Oils: Scam or Not?
First, I wanted to get clear on how they work. Then, if they work. Then what they help with. Then how to use them. I Googled the topic to death until I felt comfortable that essential oils were legit. They do help. With a lot of different things. And I can use them to replace my household cleaners and skin care products with non-toxic versions that I can make myself. I started getting really excited about all the different options and I figured, if nothing else, I can turn this into a fun hobby.
I also wanted to know what the best brand was. This took a whiiiile. To sum up, it seems like there are two top dogs. DoTerra and Young Living. I dug around the Internet and found some unsavory information about both of them (like this, this and this). And what I liked least of all was that they’re both MLM companies, which I’m not super in to. One thing led to another and I found myself on Rocky Mountain Oils website. I also read this interview with the founder and that’s what sealed the deal for me. Here is a post about why I felt they were better than the rest.
For now, my main goal is to learn as much as I possibly can about oils. The more I learn, the more excited I am to use them. I just got my first shipment in and my plan is to try making all my own household cleaners and skin care products. I’ll keep you posted on that. I’m also putting together a post about which oils I decided to start out with and why.
Have you tried essential oils? What has been your experience? Let me know in the comments.
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