I’ll start with the most precious of all the essential oils, frankincense. The only time I’ve ever heard of this oil was when the wise men brought it as a gift to Jesus the night he was born. I had absolutely no idea that it was still being used today. My husband suffers from acute pancreatitis, which is a sudden onset of inflammation to the pancreas that causes mild to CRAZY severe pain…like banging on the walls severe pain. Many people can develop pancreatitis from heavy drinking; however, in my husband’s case it is hereditary. Last year he had a severe case that landed him six days in the hospital, and I also happened to be five months pregnant. To make matters worse we were supposed to close on our house in a different town that weekend; apparently, lenders don’t make hospital calls. His episode ended up being a blessing because we were able to avoid witnessing a HUGE tornado that made a grand appearance just a few miles from our house that weekend!! To summarize the whole ordeal to help the inflammation he was on a smorgasbord of medications. One of the major side effects of the medicine is a decrease in sperm count. My husband’s health is our first priority, but I intend of hopefully having a small army of children and these new medications were not about to fly with me. He did end up taking some of the medications for a while, but we sought for an alternative. A family friend introduced us to frankincense when I told her what husband was going through. She graciously gave us a big bottle and told us to give it a try. My husband had an instant improvement in his digestion… if you catch my drift. He takes a drop under his tongue every day and it has been working great!! I do not encourage going against your doctor’s recommendations, but at the end of the day you have to do what’s best for you and your family. In our case, it was to seek an alternative that happened to work wonders!
According to young livings website it has many other uses: relieves joint pain, stress relief, elevates mood, increases immune system and is a disinfectant. Those are just some of the MANY uses of this ancient oil!
2. Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit is my favorite essential oil that I use daily. I’ll start off by saying that it smells absolutely amazing! Since having my little one it has been difficult to lose all the baby weight, and there is soo many fad diet drinks and cleanses it’s hard to turn them down. As a breastfeeding mom, it makes it easier to turn them down since many of these products are not recommended while nursing! This is where essential oils make their grand debut; many oils are safe for nursing mothers! Grapefruit essential oil helps curb cravings for junk food and gives me the energy to get through the day! I have been an avid coca cola drinker since middle school. Some people need a constant drip of coffee going through their system while I need good ole’ fashion Coca Cola! I majorly cut down my consumption to about twice a week while I was pregnant. After my little one was born I literally asked for someone to bring me a sonic coke! My addiction was in full effect, and I needed it more than ever to get through those first couple months. I wish I had known about essential grapefruit oil! I take a drop under my tongue every morning and have no desire to drink coke or snack throughout the day. Sometimes I want one just because of pure habit but it doesn’t even taste good to me now! Talk about a miracle oil! I also love to diffuse the oil in the air, and it leaves the house smelling like a fresh tropical paradise!
It can also be used as an antidepressant or for digestion, dry throat, fatigue, hang over (who knew), migraine headaches, and PMS!
3. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender might be one of the most popular and widely used oils. I can understand why because it smells divine! I love to diffuse this oil in the air to insure the house smells fresh when we have company. It also works wonders when I’m suffering from a headache. I simply rub a drop on my temple, and my headache will typically reside shortly! Lavender also has a very calming effect and can be sprayed on your pillow case or drop can be added with a carrier oil on your little ones foot to help ensure a restful nights sleep!
Lavender essential oil is also used for minor burns, eczema, motion sickness, dry skin, cold sores and dandruff! This is one oil that covers such a board range of symptoms!
4. Clove Essential Oil
Clove is one of my all time favorite smells. During the holiday season, my family would always make a ham because my picky palate wasn’t quite up to par with the rest of America’s traditions. My dad and I were always in charge of baking the ham and making the special pineapple sauce. One of the most important steps in making a delectable ham was placing the cloves sporadically throughout the ham to ensure a “christmasy” delicious flavor. Clove isn’t a very popular essential oil, but every parent with a teething baby should keep some on hand. Teething can be so painful for our tiny tots! There is nothing worse than seeing our babies in pain and not being able to help them. Clove essential oil with a carrier oil works great as a numbing agent for babies and an excellent alternative to children’s Tylenol! It can also be used for adult toothaches, muscle ache, and under eye puffiness!
5. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree was one of my very first essential oils I purchased and originally bought it to add in homemade wipes for my little babies’ tooshie! Growing up my mom always had it on hand and would diffuse the oil in the air when she was vacuuming, so it was a very familiar smell! We also use it during the cold season. A couple drops can be added to a warm cup of water with a spoonful to honey to help flu symptoms and loosen congestion! I also use tea tree oil for problem areas on my face when I am breaking out. Other uses for the oil are: helps prevent lice, can help keep fleas away, soothe sunburns, reduces itchiness, treats ringworm, and relieves earaches!
These are just a few of the essential oils that we keep around to help our family run on full steam! There are many more uses for all the oils I’ve talked about! The wonderful thing about essential oils is there are rarely any side effects, so it never hurts to try alternative like essential oils to help you and your family’s livelihood!
More information on the oils can be found at DoTerra and Young Living’s websites!