In this guest post from Hilarye Fuller, find out just how essential oils can help to make the life of busy moms just a little easier!
Thanks to Hilarye Fuller for guest posting today to share how essential oils have made her mom life a lot easier!
A few years ago I noticed a lot of buzz going on around me about essential oils and people using them in their homes for therapeutic benefits. I didn’t really know much about it and because of that, didn’t really pay much attention to it. But when my oldest daughter kept repeatedly getting sick over and over again and I was tired of spending all my money on co-pays and prescriptions that didn’t seem to be working and I wasn’t comfortable with, I turned to a friend I knew and trusted that used essential oils. Desperate for anything more natural to use on my family, especially if it worked, she agreed to meet with me one afternoon and brought over her Mary Poppins bag of essential oils.
Maybe you can relate to part of this story. Maybe it’s the part where you have heard a lot of stuff about essential oils going around but you don’t really know what they are or how to use them, or maybe you are the mom who is dabbling in a more natural home, striving to use organic foods but frustrated when you have to turn to the children’s medicines that are full of chemicals and dyes. I was at both points but I was ready and open to learn. I’m so glad I did because our lives have changed so much since that day and to be quite honest: essential oils have made my mommy life SO MUCH EASIER. Who doesn’t want to make their life easier? I’ll explain how and why making some small changes with essential oils has made life easier but first it will help you to know what essential oils are and how to know you are getting the best possible ones for your family!
So what are essential oils anyways? They are naturally occurring compounds found in plants that are meant to be their own defense mechanisms against threats (they work the same on cells!). Essential oils are often sourced from plants of herbs, flowers and trees that are known for natural health benefits but they are 50-70 times more powerful than using herbs. In fact one drop of peppermint essential oil is the equivalent of drinking 28 cups of tea.
Why are people so interested in essential oils these days? Because we are tired of all the chemicals and synthetics we are using in our homes that are actually just making us sicker. There are no side-effects from essential oils and you can’t get addicted to them. Obsessed? Yes, addicted no. They are so affordable at only pennies per drop, and because it only takes one drop to service your body the bottles last for a really long time.
Let’s go buy some essential oils! Yes! But…. there’s something you need to know. Not all essential oils are created equally. As of right now there is no governing body for essential oils. So any old company can go out and put whatever they want in a bottle and label it “pure” or “organic” essential oils. You have to be careful because if you purchase a bottle and it has synthetics or chemicals or is really watered down they won’t be very effective and they can actually cause harm. So you want to purchase from a reputable company that tests every single batch of essential oils and posts those results to be transparent (You can contact me to chat about which company I use and trust!).
How essential oils has made my mom life easier!
First a little more about me. I’m a homeschooling, blogging, work at home mama of 4 kids ages 7 and under. So it’s safe to say my life is a little hectic (re:busy) at times and if there is any way that can make my life easier, I am going to take it. So first and foremost, essential oils saves me time. I make sure to have the top ten essential oils in my house at all times (and when I travel!) so if something comes up with my kids they are my first line of defense. They are within arms reach, so no trekking to the store with four crazy kids running around screaming, no waiting at the doctors office, I have what I need now. I have to say that is empowering. It feels so good to have the tools to help and support my family and to KNOW what to do with them!
We save SO much money! I like this one. I like this one a lot. We are a traveling family. It’s our favorite hobby. So whenever I can siphon extra money into our vacation account, I am a happy mama. I hate to see our next DisneyWorld trip go to cleaning supplies, or prescriptions, or co-pays. As I mentioned before, essential oils may have a little bit of a sticker shock at first but once you realize the value you get out of them and how much they actually save you money in the long run- it’s pretty awesome.
Reducing our toxic load in a natural and easy way. I don’t know that many moms who just feel so great about pumping their children full of toxins and chemicals. But truth be told it’s overwhelming when you decide to eliminate as many as possible. It’s not so hard to start purchasing Organic food these days, it’s becoming more and more mainstream. But when it comes to medicines, household supplies, beauty products that’s where it tends to get more tricky. Using essential oils are so versatile! One moment I’m grabbing my Peppermint oil to support a fever and the next I’m grabbing Lemon to make a DIY window spray that took me two minutes to mix together. The more you integrate them into your home, the more natural they become. My kid’s used to ask for medicine when they were sick and now they ALWAYS ask for oils for everything! Blister, burn, bug-bite, congestion, headache, tummy ache you name it- there’s an oil for that.
These are just a few small examples of how using essential oils in my home have made my mommy life so much easier. Plus we just overall are healthier and happier and there is no price tag on that! That $150 starter kit was the best investment I ever made. Not to mention that I sleep better at night both because of the support of the oils but also because if something were to happen to my kids I know I can be there to help in an instant.
If you are interested in learning more about essential oils please feel free to contact me through my website www.get-essential-oils.com or connect with me on Facebook! I post daily recipes, DIY ideas and education and support www.facebook.com/getessentialoils
About Hilarye Fuller
Hilarye Fuller is a family travel writer and a natural health enthusiast. She homeschools her four small children and when she is not educating people about how to use essential oils in their homes safely and effectively, she is traveling and exploring the world with her family. Connect with her at Dotting the Map or Get Essential Oils.