Use the oils, Luke! I am your mother!

The hardest thing about starting to use essential oils is … REMEMBERING TO USE THEM! We are so in the habit of doing other things – grabbing a bottle of pills for headaches, spraying or plugging in the toxic “air fresheners” if there’s a stale scent in the air, taking cold remedies or hay fever meds for congestion, sleep aids, “wake aids” (mmmm, coffee… oh, sorry!), you get the picture! So many times I am talking to a friend or relative and they mention some ailment or problem, and I ask, “Did you use Thieves?” Or lemon, or frankincense, or Melrose, or whatever would have prevented or helped with their issue. “Oh, I forgot,” is usually the answer.

Well, it’s hard when you’re starting out! Again, we have other habits, we don’t know that many uses for the oils at first – it’s just not the first thing we think of.

I have a few suggestions that will help you make the switch from the old, toxic way of life to the new, cleaner way of life using essential oils! Any and all of these ideas can help.

Some suggested references.

Some suggested references.

References – Obtain a good reference book! The best ones are a little pricey, of course. The Essential Oils Desk Reference, published by Life Science Publishing, isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it. The current edition is the 6th edition, but the older ones have their place, too. They may not have all the latest products but they have more information on the older products – information that the FDA is apparently now preventing them from publishing. This book is also commonly referenced as the EODR, or the “Essential Oils Bible”.

Another great reference is the Reference Guide for Essential Oils, compiled by Connie and Alan Higley, also called “Higley’s”. I like this book because, to me, it’s a little more accessible than the EODR. They also have a little different focus, with more information on using the oils for emotional care, what oils blend with with what other oils, and a little more specific information on application.

Both of these books are excellent, and I use both on a regular basis. They also both have smaller editions with just the usage information. Higley’s calls theirs a “Quick Reference Guide”; the EODR version is called a “Pocket Reference”. These smaller reference guides are less expensive, first off, but have all of the usage information that the big books have. They are also nice to be able to drop in a suitcase or travel bag for on-the-go reference.

Both references also have still less expensive mini-references. The one for the EODR is called a “Quick Reference Guide”, and Higley’s calls theirs The Primary Usage Guide. I keep one of these in my purse in my oil wallet (you can’t tell from the above photo, can you?). It has more information than you would expect for something so small! Currently these little references run about $2.50 – affordable!

Location, location, location!

Location, location, location!

Now, the books are all great, but not if they’re gathering dust on a bookshelf! At least at first, leave your reference out on a table, desk, or countertop – someplace where you’ll see it and remember to look up issues! Next to the medicine cabinet is a great place. Instead of your previous headache or upset stomach remedy, check the book and see what oils you have that could help!

Proximity – Speaking of where to keep your books, you also want to keep your oils handy, and at first it will be helpful to keep them where you use them. Do you want something to relax you for sleep? Keep lavender or a sleep formula* (see below for recipe) on your headboard or bed table. Put a bottle of lemon or orange essential oil next to the glasses cabinet, so when you are looking for a soda you can remember to drink water instead, flavored with a little pick-me-up of oil! Make a spritzer bottle of your favorite scent or a powerful odor-eliminator** and put that in the bathroom instead of your old air spray. Keep small bottles of peppermint or lemon, and lavender or Stress-Away handy in the car to keep alert and to help relax in busy traffic. My language is much nicer when I have my Stress-Away for city driving!

One tip I swear by is using Valor on my feet in the morning. At first I had trouble remembering to do that before putting on my shoes, so I put the bottle in my shoe.

Education – I learn something new every time I go to an introductory meeting. I go to the ones that Young Living puts on in nearby cities, and I go to ones hosted by other local distributors. Always take a notepad – you WILL learn a new way to use an oil!

Another good resource is Oil Testimonials. Oil Testimonials is a site where you can search on an oil or blend or an issue, and it will bring up testimonials written by people who have had experience with that oil or issue, and what worked for them. You can find lots of information here. Remember, oils work with frequency as well as with biochemistry, so what worked for one person may not work for you. Don’t give up – try another solution. You’ll probably find several on this site.

I’ve also found some good recipes on Pinterest and Facebook. Use these with caution, though – things get “shared” and “pinned” so freely that you will frequently not know where it came from or if it’s valid. Check the recipes out with other references before using them.

Young Living has a lot of educational material available for members online. In the Virtual Office go to the Member Resources link and take a look around. They have Product Information Pages (PIPs), videos, audio recordings, and slide presentations on products and product lines, as well as general business information about the company and their policies.

Also keep an eye out for classes from ISHA (Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy) and CARE (Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education) in your area. And frequently other Young Living members will give classes – check with your upline and see what resources may be available.

I hope this has given you some ideas on ways to develop new, healthier habits for using your essential oils!

* Sleep formula – 1/2 and 1/2 Citrus Fresh and Lavender. Apply to your big toes, bottoms of your feet, around your navel, and on the nape of your neck (brainstem). Really helps!

** Odor eliminating formula – there are several. Purification blend, of course (15 drops in 4 oz of distilled water). Cedarwood and Melrose is another (10 drops each in 4 oz of distilled water). Citrus Fresh is great, too (15 drops in 4 oz of distilled water).

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Join in on a Research Project!

As most of you know, I’m in the Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Program with ISHA (Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy – http://ishahealing.com).  As part of the homework for my next class, I’m doing a research project.

I’m wanting to see if this technique is effective, how effective it is, and under what circumstances it works or doesn’t work.

Long Fingers

This is something that just came to me as I was developing a headache (it’s allergy season – sinus headaches used to be 24-7 and severe – much better now, but I still get them occasionally).  It’s probably been done before, but I haven’t been taught it that I can remember, and even if I have, it’s still something good to research and disseminate.

Please give it a try, and let me know if you have any questions – and by all means let me know what results you get!  As much detail as possible, please – I have some specific things I’m looking at in the document.

Blessings!

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On Healing and Medicine

I recently had a discussion with someone who sells health insurance for a living. It was not a pleasant discussion, as he is totally convinced that only western medicine could possibly be effective. In fact, he insisted that someday I would develop diabetes and cancer and go to a hospital, because “that is where real medicine happens!”

Amazing. Because he really believes that! He really believes that everyone develops some chronic disease and that those diseases require western medicine to control and treat them. And he really believes that western medicine is the only medicine that works. It’s very sad.

Of course, having been involved in natural healing for many years, I have experienced its effectiveness on multiple occasions. I, personally, would no more go to a western hospital for cancer than I would drink bleach to get rid of a sore throat! (At this point I think I need to emphasize that you should always consult your health care provider for any serious illness or condition. My personal preferences are in no way to be considered medical advice or recommendations!) But we need to make sure we are not treating natural medicine the way most people treat western medicine.

In western medicine, people eat lifeless, boxed food. They drink diet sodas or vast quantities of high fructose corn syrup. They don’t get out in the fresh air and sunshine, or exercise; instead, they sit in cubicles breathing various carcinogens all day, then go home and sit in front of the TV with its electromagnetic frequencies bombarding their cells’ precious protons. Then, WHEN they get sick, they go to the doctor and get pills that alleviate the symptoms for a while. Then they go back and get more pills that counteract the symptoms of the pills they got before. But they don’t change the things they are doing that are making them sick. This continues until they finally die.

Natural medicine doesn’t work that way. Natural healing methods don’t aim for symptoms, for the most part, although they frequently can alleviate them. Most natural healing modalities go after the root of the problem. That’s why sometimes you don’t experience immediate relief from your symptoms – or sometimes, you even feel worse for a while! You are healing from the inside out!

BUT! If the root of the problem is that you are eating carcinogens on a daily basis, and you don’t STOP eating carcinogens on a daily basis, the healing materials and energy are fighting a losing battle.

Imagine you are in a boat, and the boat starts filling up with water. You can bail all you want, but until you plug the hole, you’re not going to get anywhere.

So using natural healing methods means you need to look at the WHOLE picture. You can’t just say, “Oh, I have a headache, I’ll use some PanAway™ and be done with it.” Sure, use some PanAway™! But why do you have a headache? Have you been eating properly? Sleeping enough? Are you exposed to allergens, or too much stress, or not enough humidity?

Natural medicine is not a band-aid. It is so much more! But it WORKS WITH your body, it doesn’t just cover up the warning signs the way many common pharmaceuticals do.

If you are experiencing illness or pain, or even just a “not-right-ness”, that means there is an imbalance in your body’s systems. You need to find and correct that imbalance. Then you will experience true healing and restoration. That doesn’t mean you will necessarily go back to a perfect body – if you have had an accident or have had a chronic illness for a long time before getting it under control, you may have a new balance point.

And always, remember that healing is God’s business. He gave us tools to use, but it’s always between you and God to have His perfect plan for you come about. As a favorite pastor friend likes to say, God always heals, and sometimes He cures.

But we still have a lot of control over what we have to deal with in regards to our health and well-being. Use the control you have! And ALL medicine will work better for you, western and natural!

 

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