Self Care Saturday: More Than Oils

I often write about oils, ways I’m using my oils, favorite blends for oils, etc. A friend of mine who enrolled with doTERRA and had never used oils before expressed to me feelings of discouragement when it came to using oils because she felt they didn’t work for her in the way they work for other people. After the second time having this conversation I started asking some of the other Wellness Advocates for advice because I didn’t feel like I knew how to best help. I’ve had an impactful experience with using oils.

There’s a couple of things important to using oils.

 

First things first, oils are not the same as medication. Especially in the early stages when your body is working to find balance and adjusting to a decreased toxic load, it’s not going to work the same as ibuprofen. I’ve been consistently using oils for 4 months now and I still take ibuprofen, but I take it way less than I used to. My body is still adjusting. I’m still working to find balance. I can say that with my cycle this month I only had to take ibuprofen once or twice on the first day instead of taking it around the clock for 3 days. I was able to use my clarycalm roller ball and deep blue rub to help with my cramps. But this month I made a point to not eat dairy. I KNOW that dairy will make my cramps worse, ever since I started experimenting in college with cutting out dairy, I can tell the months when I eat more dairy because my cycle is so much worse. I have found that when I do take ibuprofen in conjunction with my oils I usually only have to take one dose to take the edge off. As you’re adjusting to a more natural lifestyle, give it time and don’t have the same expectations for oils as you do with medication. Lastly, know it takes some experimenting to figure out which oils are going to work best for you.

 

IT TAKES TIME. I can not say this enough. I used my oils every day, throughout my day for a month. The women I know who are wellness advocates with doterra with me say the same thing. Give it time. We live in a culture of instant gratification and expect the same thing with our oils. But these are an ancient practice. They aren’t going to work in the same way. One of the women I share this journey with told me it took her a month to find the right combination to support her allergies, and that was just for allergies. Not sleep or upset tummies or headaches. Because the oil combo that works for me might not work for you, and you won’t know what works for you until you consistently try it.

 

LIFESTYLELifestyle. This is the real kicker. Oils are only a piece of a more natural lifestyle. They can support you and help you lead a more natural life. They are a piece of the puzzle. Incorporating oils is really a part of a lifestyle overhaul.

As you think about what ways you want oils to support you, ask yourself these questions:

  1. How do you want oils to support you? Allergies, asthma, sleep, energy, emotions? I would suggest, if you’re just introducing oils into your life, picking one of these and building from there.
  2. What does your diet look like? Are you eating food to nourish your body? Are you choosing good for you foods, that feed your body and your energy levels? Or are you eating food to because you’re craving it, to support your emotions?
  3. How do you manage stress? Do you go home from a stressful day and eat a pint of ice cream? Or do you incorporate exercise into your week and maintain a routine to consistently manage your stress?

Let’s say you want to use oils to support your sleep. Say you currently take benadryl, z-pexels-photo-271955.jpegquil, or nyquil every night in order to sleep through the night. And if you don’t take those you either can’t fall asleep or stay asleep. And on top of that you’re falling asleep watching something on tv with a glass of wine (or alcohol of your choice). You wake up every two hours, and never wake up in the morning feeling rested.

Here’s a sample of a more ideal night time routine, with 10 pm as a goal bed time.

By 8pm finish any alcohol you might be enjoying that night. Draw a bath and add epsom salts and lavender oil. Read your book or if you want to watch a show/movie on your computer in your bath that’s a good plan too. Then get out around 9pm. Brush your teeth, do any night time beauty things, diffuse some lavender in your diffuser (I like to mix it with cedarwood and frankincense). Feel free to rub some lavender on the bottoms of your feet and on your pillow.  Give your body some time to cool off from your bath. At this point you should also put away your phone for the night. No more light to stimulate your brain. Then if you have any vitamins/supplements you take at night go ahead and take those. And spend a few minutes writing down things you’re grateful for from the day. And at this point you should be getting close to 10pm and it’s time to sleep. Practice this routine every single night for a month and just see what happens. Other important things to consider with this routine, is your diet and when you’re eating meals in relation to when you’re trying to sleep and what your exercise routine looks like. These all impact your body’s overall well being and ability to sleep. I definitely find that when I’m consistent in my exercise I sleep better.

Here’s the oils that doTERRA recommends for sleep. The ones in bold are ones I have found to work for me.

 

  • Clary Sage
  • Begarmot
  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Petitgrain
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Serenity
  • Peace
  • Console

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moral of the story for today – using oils encompasses a lot more than just using oils. It’s a whole lifestyle. It’s getting to the root of your problems and seeking to balance your body by what putting in and on your body.

If you’d like to get started in leading a more balanced, natural life, comment “I’m interested”

 

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