Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Fav!


I am always a skeptic. It is something that I get naturally I think in this world. Everything around me is constantly teaching me that if something feels too good to be true, then it probably is. BUT-- I have been turned recently. It is definitely this week's Friday Favorite!

A few weeks ago I reconnected with a very good friend. I had been dead sick with awful pollen induced allergies. My child was constantly sick. My husband had been dealing with a cough for 6 weeks. I mean--my child missed 11 days of school since January. That is crazy. I just needed something new that could promise to help curb these issues we were dealing with. My friend told me about something that she felt had made a huge difference in her life. Essential Oils.

Yeah I know, cue the sighs and the rolling of eyes. BUT when I really thought about it--using essential oils is similar to eastern medicine techniques. It is not new technology to use plants and herbs as medicine. Aromatherapy has been a practice forever. I decided that I HAD to try to do something, and that I had NOTHING to lose.

So I bought a few oils and two diffusers.  I bought roller bottles to dillute the oils for little P, I quickly started diffusing lemon, peppermint, and lavender. A combination supposed to help with allergies. Guess what--that night I didn't wake myself up coughing. Ok that is a start, right.

Over the next few weeks this is what I noticed:
1. I sleep more soundly and can fall back asleep when P wakes me up in the middle of the night (yes, she still wakes up)
2. I have started using a blend that is supposed to help calm tantrums and moodiness in children. Whether it was coincidence or not-- I have noticed a change in P since I started using this blend each morning. Far less tantrum behavior.
3. I haven't gotten sick again, and neither has anyone else in the family. Although, it has only been a few weeks
4. it makes my house smell awesome and instantly kicks the stress out of my mind and body.
5. These things are addictive. I want to know it all. I spend hours each day scouring Pinterest for diffuser and roller ball recipes. I'm obsessed.

So in short. I am hooked on essential oils. I am one of those dirty hippie moms now. I want to make my own laundry detergent, face wash, and bath bombs. Maybe it works, and maybe it is just a placebo effect. Either way it makes me feel like I might have some tools to ease the discomfort that I have and the discomfort of my family. An added bonus is that it helps to eliminate some of those toxic chemicals that we use in our everyday life. Essential oils can be used in cleaners and even bug sprays. With a small one around--I am all about keeping the toxic chemicals away from Miss I Put Everything In My Mouth Or Nose.

If you would like to learn a little bit more about oils (there is so much to learn), I would be happy to share with you what I have learned so far. You can check out info on your own here.

PS. It is summer. I am going to try to blog more often since I am home sitting on my butt. I have lots of Disney, oil, and summer activity to toddler blog posts plan. Help hold me accountable people!

Have a GREAT weekend!
Caroline

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