my oily life

If you know me and my family at all, you’ve likely noticed that our lifestyle falls into the categories of “crunchy” or “hippie.” We birth at home, eat mostly organic, avoid the medical system as much as possible, raise our own backyard chickens, and approach health and wellness with a natural, holistic perspective.

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So, it might be obvious that we also use essential oils. I’ve only recently started using essential oils on a daily basis, though, and I’m quickly learning how beneficial they can be. Even my kiddos ask me for them when I forget, and sometimes I overhear them telling their friends about how we use oils. They work!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a quick rundown of what essential oils are and why they’re beneficial to our health:

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the flowers, roots, stems, seeds, and bark of plants. They can be both beautiful and powerful in their aroma. Essential oils can lift the mood, soothe the senses, and elicit emotional responses. EOs have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal benefits. Many have powerful cleansing properties and are naturally microbial. 

Essential oils are administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically to the skin, or taken internally as dietary supplements. They are naturally safe and have few, if any, undesirable side effects when used as directed.

The oils I use are highly concentrated and must be used in small quantities. Just one drop of these oils is surprisingly powerful. Here are a few of our favorite oils:

Lavender (for calming bug bites, promoting restful sleep, soothing an agitated child, creating a relaxing bath experience)

Lemon (for elevating moods, neutralizing odors, cleaning surfaces, removing gum or other adhesives from fabric)

Peppermint (for calming indigestion, opening sinuses, promoting alertness, combining with lavender and lemon during allergy season)

Melaleuca (as a natural antimicrobial agent for skin or for cleaning surfaces, for supporting immunity)

The list could go on and on, but the above oils are a great example of the usefulness of high quality essential oils! If you’re interested in learning more, contact me at thechoulife@gmail.com or click HERE to see what’s available! Essential oils have changed our family’s life and I’d love to share them with you.

-Abby

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