Most families don’t have a lot of money to burn on whatever whim comes their way. Ours is no exception. In fact, my husband and I are extremely careful about what we spend our money on for a variety of reasons. As you can imagine, we carefully considered whether to buy them even though many recommended it. We wanted an answer to the question: Are essential oils really worth the money? Let me tell you what led us from skeptic to customer.
Here’s what I’ve shared so far in our current series:
- How skeptical I was about essential oils
- The science behind how essential oils work
- Which essential oils companies I prefer
Today I’m going to share with you a little about what our family’s experience has been these past two years and why I choose to spend our hard-earned money on essential oils.
Our First Experiences with Essential Oils
As I mentioned earlier in the series, I didn’t want to waste my money on what was basically smelly water. Educating myself on what essential oils are and the science behind how they work was a big part of taking the leap into actually using them. I became convinced that they were at least worth trying out.
My very first experience with essential oils happened when my cousin offered me a sample pack of hers (from doTerra). I was intrigued but didn’t do much with it until I was hit with a whopper of an earache. (I had no idea adults got earaches like kids do. Not fun!) I pulled out my little oils and had my first big win: lavender and melaleuca on a cotton ball and… BAM! It was gone so quickly! I was completely surprised.
I decided to try them out a little more and, not being the MLM type, started shopping around for a company. Through several recommendations I found Native American Nutritionals (which has now merged with and re-branded to Rocky Mountain Oils).
Being a blogger, I often approach companies and ask for product in exchange for an honest review and that’s just what I did in this case. They sent me a little case of oils to get started and I began
harassing interviewing them and pressing with the hard questions. I have grown to really enjoy Rocky Mountain Oils as they grow in their customer focus. I plan on sharing more about them soon, but in the meantime, let me share how the oils actually worked out for us.
Why I’m Sold on Essential Oils
I put those oils to good use and invested in a diffuser and some roller bottles. My big goal was to see if I could use essential oils to reduce the frequency and duration of cold and flu in my family through the fall and winter.
I consistently used Immune Strength as well as lavender with other singles, including chamomile, lemon, and orange. Before we went to church or someplace where we were more likely to pick up a bug, I rolled a properly diluted blend onto to my family’s neck and feet. If we were starting to come down with something, I’d diffuse Immune Strength. Fairly simple.
Again, I was surprised to see that we did in fact get sick with the cold and flu less often the first year we used essential oils and that trend has continued. It has been noticeable, especially reducing how long we are sick when we do get hit with something nasty. We used to have colds come through our family and linger for weeks, and now things clear up in a few days. I’m not saying it happens all the time this way, but it certainly did so enough to make me sit up and take note.
We continue to find good results with essential oils, including the following:
- Easing stomach aches and headaches
- Heading off migraines before they settle in
- Helping everyone sleep better at night
- Calming down a rowdy household
- Helping focus during school lessons
- Assisting with skin and scalp issues
- Basic first aid for things like cuts and burns
- Easing coughing and congestion
Are Essential Oils Just Placebos?
I used to wonder quite often if essential oils simply had a placebo effect. Perhaps there is the sense of relief, healing, calming, or whatever the desired effect is that comes just from using the oil, and not as a result of that oil’s interaction with the body.
After the research I’ve done so far, along with my practical experience, I don’t believe that the popularity of essential oils can be chalked up to a placebo effect. I do suspect that there are times when that does happen, especially with results that seem more “internal” to me such as calming nerves. Although, as I’ve mentioned in another post, it is interesting to note that many of the studies that have been done on essential oils actually show that essential oils do help improve the mood of hospital patients.
Do I think there’s an oil for everything? Can it cure whatever ails us? Should we chuck conventional medicine and stick with essential oils? No, I don’t think that’s true and I’d be weary of anyone who did.
However, observing our own successful experiences with essential oils, in addition to what I found while studying up on them, is enough to keep me buying and using them for our family. Essential oils have become a valuable supplement to an increasingly healthier lifestyle as a family and I believe we are better off using them than not.
The Bottom Line
Bottom Line: Yes, I think essential oils are worth the money (even my money). This is especially if you start with the most versatile oils (lavender, chamomile, tea tree, Immune Strength, etc.) from a recommended company. In the end, we are sick less often and have a great natural toolkit for our family. I call that a win!
I am excited to continue to grow and learn about essential oils and find new ways that they can benefit my family and I plan on writing more about it here in the coming year with great tips and recipes.
One of the most important things about using essential oils is to educate yourself on usage, safety, and more. Tomorrow I’ll wrap up our series with resources to get you started. Also keep your eyes open for an exciting announcement!
I want to hear from you! What has been one big “win” for your health and wellness with essential oils?
*FDA disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”
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