May 24, 2018
I have always waffled back and forth over the line (is there a line? For the sake of this story, let us pretend that there is a line) of “crunchiness”. I have intervention free births but deliver in a hospital. I exclusively(and extended-ly?) breastfeed but I use disposable diapers. I read ingredient labels but I love Starbucks. You get the idea.
My first memory of exposure to the idea of essential oils was when I was walking through my season of secondary infertility (before Mabel) and perhaps that’s where my first heavy dose of cynicism towards essential oils entered into my brain.I had a number of people suggest to me that I should try them to regulate my hormones and that they would help me get pregnant- except I was working with a Reproductive Endocrinologist at the time…and then with a Naturopath. Neither of which suggested I do such a thing, and so, I didn’t.
Years continued to pass and essential oil suggestions continued to pop up to me. Sooo many women were convinced that I would love them, if I would just try them.
But I wouldn’t!
Until, one day, I did.
I 100% fell in love with them and use them every single day.
Some of the oils it only took once for me to fall in love with. Some others? It took a little(lot) longer.
Now? I absolutely love to start our days with a fresh, clean, and cheery blend and to wind down our days with a calming and relaxing one.
My girls absolutely love choosing bottles for me to try blending, love to experiment with new smells and concoctions, and together- we’re slowly replacing one more product at a time with a clean, toxic free, alternative to things we have used in the past without a second thought.
One of my favorite memories is shortly after I started regularly diffusing essential oils, Jim mentioned, “I don’t know what you’re using, but I instantly feel relaxed as soon as I walk into the doors of our home.”
So after that, (along with a few other THESE ARE LEGIT light bulb moments…which I will share with you eventually!) I started to expand our collection.
I used the hand me down printers tray from my grandparents to hold all of my little bottles and slowly started integrating more products into our cabinets and additional diffusers into our rooms.
I began to make roller bottle blends to stick in my purse(who even am I??) and knew I would miss them so much that I packed everything up and brought it all on vacation with us(true, true story)!
And now here I am, sharing all of this with you, because if you’re a cynic like I was. I want you to know that I get it. I GET IT. But, whenever you’re ready to finally give essential oils a try, like I did, I’m here to welcome your cynic self into my crew.
I promise not to be crazy and intense, I’m just really excited about natural products that work, smell good, and keep my family healthy.
To get started, all you have to do is this:
And I wish that I would have started using them 5 years ago when some wonderful people first suggested to me that I should- but, today is better than never, so onward and upward!
I have a few more blog posts coming soon, sharing more about the Young Living Starter Kit, my very favorite YL products, and my favorite essential oil “swag”- things like, spray bottles, rollers, labels- etc. So be sure to stay tuned for those!
Also, I have started up a separate Instagram account and Facebook page for all things A + Life essential oils- like our daily diffusing recipes and other fun tips and tricks that we’re using every day, so follow along!
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