Why I Chose Essential Oils

I hate going to the doctor.

But that’s not what prompted me to start looking for an alternative to the pharmaceutical superhighway that nearly every MD I met was pointing me down.

What prompted me was Autism. More specifically, my 2½-year-old son getting diagnosed with it after 19 rounds of antibiotics for ear infections.

After this devastating news, I floundered for a decade dabbling in alternative medicine–Echinacea, garlic, probiotics, and herbs for kids like Ear Willow Garlic Oil.

Then four years ago while attending a yoga conference, I reluctantly played guinea pig in the demo chair of a gentleman using something called essential oils. I was hesitant partly because I don’t like getting product pushed down my throat especially scented products as I’ve had progressively negative reactions to perfumed products of any kind.

So I was surprised when I actually liked how the oils made me feel. I did my homework and quickly found out the crap that I was negatively reacting to was synthetic chemical in everything from shampoo, moisturizers, and deodorant to laundry detergent, car deodorizers, and room fresheners.

Still, it’s hard to break bad habits especially ones I spent 40+ years developing. I slowly began replacing chemicals in my house–lavender for Bactine, After-Bite, and Neosporine; peppermint for Zyrtec, Pepto-Bismol, or Tylenol; and a clove & cinnamon blend instead of a Z-Pac, Benadryl, or Mucinex.

Last week I made my own laundry detergent from four household ingredients including lemon essential oil. This week I created an anti-aging eye cream with lavender (also called the Swiss Army Knife of oils). I’m on a roll, baby!

But I’m no salesperson. I still hate it when people try to push products on me, so I certainly won’t do it to anyone else.

But I can share what I’ve learned. So if something I said rings a bell or raises a flag, and you think you may want stick around for a while, maybe I can help you out.