...along with the UV rays and those summertime pests.
Just a few weeks ago my family and I decided to take our first trip to LBJ Grasslands for an afternoon of skeet shooting and fishing. Before we headed out, I slathered some lavender oil onto my shoulders, chest and legs to help sooth my light sunburn from the day before. My oldest son did the same. That's just a normal everyday thing for this eclectic bunch, we try to choose the natural alternative whenever we can and these essential oils are our “go to” for just about everything. So, we loaded up the truck and left the house for hours and hours of fun shooting and a picnic then we headed over to the beautiful Black Creek Lake for some sunset fishing. That was our first time there. It's beautiful and well worth the drive. Now, I'm not really into fishing, and neither is my daughter, but with four brothers she and I have learned to like lots of outdoor activities, or at least the moments together. Once everyone had scattered to find the best “spot,” I found a quiet corner and pulled up my chair to try and catch up on some overdue reading, where I could still watch for any excitement. It didn't take long before I noticed a large haze of mosquitoes encircled all around me. I started to get concerned but realized that they weren't landing. At all. Hmmm, interesting! I chalk it off that it must be one of my essential oils. I'm impressed, but brush it off really. I go back to reading, but not for long because the rest of the crew started slapping and smacking mosquitoes all around. They were getting eaten up! It's literally a sky full of mosquitoes. In quite a hurry, all seven of us gathered up our garb. Chairs, drinks, fishing poles, worms and tackle boxes and who knows what all else, clamoring all about. We made it back to the truck, in record time! I'm sure we made quite the scene! Laughing at ourselves, once inside the truck, doors slammed shut, we are all talking about how bad the mosquitoes were and how they just hit all of a sudden out of seemingly nowhere. (Clearly we don't fish at sunset often!) My oldest son pipes in and announces “The mosquitoes weren't biting me at all!” I say “Me neither!” That's when we put two and two together and said in stereo “The Lavender oil!” Too bad we had left it at home or we could have all doused it on and returned to our fishing!
Now, I don't know where you are on your journey to natural living. Seems like we are all at different spots on the road – main thing is to just keep taking the next step. About a year ago, we stepped into essential oils, seemingly by accident, but I'm SOOO glad we did! At first I was making my own goat's milk soap and I wanted to add all the yummy smells. Once I began looking at what others were using for their scent combinations on Pintrest and at health food stores, etc., I began seeing that there must be much more to these oils than simply a smell/aroma. I guess my perception of “aromatherapy” was simply that you breath in an “aroma” and if you like the smell (if it seems pleasant to you) then voila, it's therapeutic! You know kinda like the smell of fresh baked cookies – you take a big breath in of that smell and there's just something about it. Ahhh, relaxing memories of Grandma.
Anyway, when I started digging into the “these oils” I couldn't stop reading. I ordered dozens of books, have and still do spend countless hours researching and searching online for articles and scientific studies and documentation. I became intrigued – Okay, obsessed! Essential Oils are incredibly fascinating and the research is not new. It's times like this when I wish I had paid more attention in Chemistry class. Essential oils have been documented to have amazing healing benefits: antibacterial, antiviral, anti-tumoral, anti-depressive, antihistamine, antispasmodic, anti-parasitic ...and on and on. They've been proven to help with asthma, allergies, migraines, ADHD, autism, insomnia, heart irregularities, blood pressure, depression, arthritis, and just about any ailment. All without side effects. Yet, for some reason we are only being fed prescription drugs and never told about these natural and very successful alternatives! Could it be because you cannot patent “nature” therefore no pharmaceutical company can get the corner on the market? Hmmm, I wonder.
Now, I admit some of the fragranced candles and bath products scented with “lavender” make me say YUCK! I've smelled “lavender” when I couldn't stand it. That would definitely be synthetic lavender, adulterated with toxic chemicals. So definitely, don't smell it or rub it on! If you, like me, are concerned about what you put into your body you need to be equally, if not more, concerned about what goes onto your skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body and has, in each square inch, 100 sebaceous oil glands, 100 hairs, and 650 sweat glands! All-in-all our skin, which is a two way membrane, contains about 20 million cells! What makes putting these synthetic chemicals directly on your skin, so harmful? They very quickly enter directly into the blood stream and are delivered unfiltered all over your body. At least if you drank them instead, they would go through your stomach and your body's natural filter, the kidneys and the liver. The sunscreen and bug spray companies probably don't want us to realize this! There is plenty of documentation now showing that these chemicals in sunscreen have actually been hurting instead of helping. Here's a quote that was taken from Dr. Mercola's website “Washington-based nonprofit, released their annual report claiming nearly half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer...” In case that's not enough reason for concern, it's also being blamed as a hormone disruptor. Now, at 44, I'm entering some natural “hormone disruption” all on my own. Not so fun. Now, why would we want to slather/spray that ALL over our kids? We don't. We just didn't know that what we thought was helping, was potentially hurting. The last thing we need is, to make them more toxic and disrupt hormones in their prime developmental ages!
Pure, unadulterated, Young Living Lavender oil has SO many amazing benefits. Did you know that oil is not only great for helping you relax and sleep soundly, (try it on your kids feet when they won't settle down) it's also known for it's antihistamine properties. Many, many people have been able to ditch their allergy meds, by simply switching to the 100% all natural alternative of Lavender oil? It has NO side effects. No cloudy-headed feeling, and best of all you don't have to “have it in your system” you can just swipe the inside of your cheek at the onset and voila! Allergy symptoms disappear! Lavender has a natural SPF of 6 and will dramatically speed up the healing process on burns, cuts, bites and as I mentioned earlier - those pesky mosquitoes hate it!
I've barely scratched the surface of all the healing benefits that God has provided for us with this wonderful gift in nature, that we call essential oils. If you're interested in learning more, purchasing oils or would like help with a specific concern, please feel free to contact me. I also teach free group classes so be sure to check out the “What's coming up?” section on page 3 or my FB page for more class listings. During my Intro to Essential Oils class, we'll uncover the therapeutic properties of at least 11 different oils and blends. Plus, you'll get hands on samples and plenty of sniffs. At each class we try to have oils and resources available for you to take home with you, if you'd like. I'd love to meet you personally, hear your story, and help you becoming radiant with health! Be sure to register for class on my Facebook page “The Radiant Life,” so that I'll know you're coming.
Until next time,
With all the wonderful benefits of essential oils wouldn't you rather make some sunscreen and bug spray that you can spray on without fear? In fact, you might even make yourself healthier!
Here are some recipes to get you started.
Natural Sunscreen Recipe
SPF Approximately 30-35
- 50 drops of Young Living Carrot Seed Oil
- 40 drops of Young Living Myrrh Oil
- 10 drops of Young Living Helichrysum
- 2 ozs of Grapeseed Oil or other thin carrier oil Combine well. Put into a spray bottle. Apply when experiencing high sun exposure. Repeat every 4 hours.
- 5 drops of Young Living Peppermint Oil
- 5 drops of Young Living Purification Blend
- Put a pinch of Epsom Salt in the bottom of a 4oz glass or BPA free plastic spray bottle. Fill with oils and water and shake before use and enjoy bug & toxin free outdoor fun