I am a firm believer that things come into your life at the time you need them and for me essential oils are a perfect example of that. In my network of friends essential oils had just become the hot new thing. Now that my 3 years of nausea was resolved I was open to learning about things that before would have been a turn-off based only on my inability to tolerate smells.
I was vaguely familiar with EOs but really learned about them since around March. There are a couple of Lyme protocols using essential oils and I was convinced this would do the trick to help me kick Lyme again. I ordered what I needed and started the protocol. After ingesting the oils internally as the protocol recommended (many drops in capsules multiple times each day) for a week or so I was concerned it was making me more sick. I was crazy dizzy and light-headed. I had pains in my stomach. I had a big internal debate with myself if the oils were killing bugs inside of me or if the oils were killing me. One of my closest friends posted an article about oils and ingesting them internally and I started learning more about essential oils in general and focusing on the safety aspect of the oils.
Because I studied marketing and graphic design in college I picked up on the TM next to the term “Certified Therapeutic Grade”. The fact it was trademarked was really strange to me. It turns out there is not body that certifies therapeutic grade, instead this statement by multilevel marketing companies is a marketing tool and doesn’t mean anything! To their credit, it’s been a very brilliant marketing tool but it doesn’t mean their oils are better than other reputable brands.
In my research I learned about people who did serious liver damage by ingesting oils that were “therapeutic grade” and believed to be safe for consumption. I decided I didn’t want to use the oils internally anymore on my body (I did the internal Lyme EO protocol for a couple weeks) and instead I would use them to enhance the healing process by applying them to my feet and diffusing them in my house. There are many wonderful essential oil companies. Some are more expensive than others. I personally am not loyal to only one brand. Instead I focus on a few brands and purchase based on the oils they offer.
I had my own experience with feeling very very sick after ingesting the oils in capsules. I was following the Lyme protocol available many places online and it made me very sick. I originally thought I was majorly herxing, but now I believe I was underestimating the power of essential oils and could have found myself in a very dangerous place. I was having symptoms like extreme dizziness and after all my research I feel like this method was not safe for me or my body.
I recently took a three-day course on essential oils, not focused on selling a brand, but instead on what essential oils in general offer to the body. Essential oils were explained to me as the earth was created by a marvelous creator who filled the earth with thousands of plants to help the earth take care of itself. Plants can purify and clean the air, roots that can filter water so it is safe to drink. It’s pretty cool how the earth has what it needs in every climate. Oils are condensed and mimic those same healing abilities in our human bodies that it does to the earth. Some smell good and others smell not so good but the healing properties they offer is phenomenal. Essential oils can help the body to function better: sleep, relax, boost the immune system, combat illness, but can also be extremely hard on the liver and kidneys. Each small vial of essential oil is made from hundreds to thousands of that item.
I’ve found that essential oils are tremendously helpful in helping me detox, sleep and boost my ability to fight infections. Because I was back to square one with building my immune system any time I was around kids or large crowds I seemed to catch one cold after another. I feel like without essential oils I would have been completely miserable! I’m loving making creams, sprays, and blends to help support my body. I’m also enjoying sharing what I have learned with friends and family!
As always with EOs this statement is recommended. So here it goes: The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of these formulas, products or oils. Products, information, and descriptions presented here are for educational purposes of the traditional uses of essential oils only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. Individuals with serious illnesses should consult a qualified health care professional.