January 29, 2014


First it was crystals & minerals. Now it’s essential oils. While I love the idea of the healing properties in crystals, it still feels a little bit like a make-believe-just-for-fun kind of indulgence. A very pretty indulgence. But essential oils…  I think it’s legit. I was first introduced to essential oils as a teenager when a friend of mine gifted me with a small bottle of lavender and told me that rubbing a few drops on my temples before bed would send me into the most blissful slumber. Fortunately, I’ve been blessed with the slumber that is blissful as soon as my head hits the pillow every night. And then there was the Patchouli … I know some people hate it but I’ve always loved wearing it as a perfume. It’s just so earthy and exotic. I love it. I know, I know. Just look at me. It’s not lost on me that I’m a total cliche of myself at times (let’s all agree not to take ourselves too seriously, eh?).

So fast forward to present-day. My ever-growing tribe of talented friends started preaching the healing powers of essential oils. Around this time last year I started to feel like I was coming down with a cold before going to a conference. My friend Claire, whom I also refer to as my witch doctor, brought over a bottle of Thieves essential oil. She instructed me to place two drops under my tongue (INTENSE) and rub two drops into the bottoms of my feet. Sure enough, I never got full-blown sick as I was expecting.

And then just a couple weeks ago Jeremy came down with a pretty disgusting cold. Now armed with my own bottle of Thieves I included a drop on my toothbrush (again, intense – it made my mouth go numb) and rubbed it into the soles of my feet twice a day to avoid catching what he had – especially around the due date of my little one. My momma friend Greer also arms her kiddos with Thieves during the sick season to keep them healthy. I also recently picked up a bottle of lavender again to add to my baths – but apparently it’s a pretty powerful anti-bacterial great for burns, cuts, and bug bites.

Here’s the creepy / cool part about Thieves: Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who protected themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary blend was university tested and found to be highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health. (via Young Living)

I’ve learned that quality is important when it comes to essential oils – apparently Young Living has a great reputation. But it can be expensive! So I’m slowly building my collection.

Do you use essential oils? What are some of your favorites and why? 

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