This is a follow up to my post, “Health, Wellness, and the Enemy” or “Can Christians Use Essential Oils?” Please don’t skip by this post! It’s not just another essential oil post, I promise you. The tag line here for The Littlest Way is, “Encouraging Women to Grow in Closer Friendship with Jesus and Themselves.” To be our best selves, to be our healthiest selves–we need to address our entire person: spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental.
If You Don’t Have Your Health…
You know the old saying, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.” Haven’t you found this to be true? I know when I was suffering with mental health issues like anxiety and obsessive-compulsive thoughts, every area of myself suffered–my body hurt, my spiritual life was off track, and I was an emotional wreck!
I literally was just trying to make it through the day. Shoot! Make it through the hour! I knew I needed to make some changes. Prayer and daily Bible reading addressed the spiritual aspect. A daily brisk walk, which my counselor said was more effective in treating anxiety that even medication, addressed the physical aspect. Now for the mental and emotional.
I’m sure you know the way the smell of a fresh cut orange can make you feel, or a walk through the woods, or the smell of something yummy baking. Did you know there’s science behind that? Our sense of smell is estimated to be 10,000 times more acute than other senses. Once Aromas are registered, scent travels faster to the brain than both sight or sound.
“As the molecules reach the brain, they affect the limbic system, which is linked to the emotions, the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. In this way, essential oils can have a subtle, yet holistic effect on the body.” This is completely understandable right? Think about all the good-smelling candles (which are toxic by the way) we light to set a mood.
A Melanoma Diagnosis & A Vetiver Bath
In April of 2019, I had a surprise biopsy of a spot on my face. One morning I was feeling especially restless and agitated while waiting on my results so I took a hot, Epsom Salt and Vetiver bath. When I got out of that bath I noticed I had missed a phone call from the dermatologist. When I called back the nurse informed me my biopsy had come back, Melanoma in Situ.
Friends, one of my biggest fears was getting Melanoma skin cancer. I’m a child of the 80’s which means lots of sun and no sunscreen. Hearing one of my biggest fears realized, having a history of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive thoughts…this news should have sent me into a major emotional tail-spin. It didn’t. I 100% attribute this to two things: the work I had put in to retraining my mind and taking every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), and my regular use of essential oils.
Essential oils also played, and continue to play a large part in my healing and recovery. Once you receive a cancer diagnosis, it could be easy to fear another–especially, again, with a history of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive thoughts. So keeping a healthy and strong mental attitude is important; physical healing is crucial as well.
Almost immediately after the excision surgery, I started applying essential oils. The topical ointment the dermatologist gave me irritated my skin and felt heavy and gross. I made a roller bottle of Frankincense, Helichrysum, and Lavender. I topped this roller bottle off with fractionated coconut oil and started applying it to the excision site. The healing was remarkable–so much so the dermatologist even commented on it. I continue to use this roller bottle daily because the health benefits, even without a surgery scar are incredible!
For example, the essential oil Frankincense has proven benefits for the skin–especially more mature skin…ahem. Frankincense is also proven to ground and relieve anxiety and stress. So applying the oil with my facial moisturizer is a win-win!
What Does This Have to Do With Christmas?
So what does this all have to do with Christmas? Well, has someone asked you what you want for Christmas and you either
(A)have no idea or
(B)just answer with some random, easy to find “thing”?
How about an Essential Oil kit from Young Living? When you think about it, this would make a great gift! To use a cliche, “The gift that keeps on giving!” I know when I purchased mine I saved up for it but this would have been a great gift option.
I shared a post recently on Instagram about how I’ve been using a few specific oils and supplements daily; oils like Cedarwood for better sleep and Nutmeg for tired adrenal glands, Sulfurzyme for muscle recovery and hair and nail growth, Life 9 Probiotic for a happy tummy, and Digize when it’s not happy. The point is, we use our oils, especially the ones included in the starter kit, every single day.
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So if you’d like some help getting a Christmas gift you’ll love, use, enjoy, take care of your family’s health, and papmper yourself, I’d be happy to help you. Oh! It’s not just an essential oil kit by the way, it’s continuous education on using your oils! How would you like to learn to use your oils from a medical doctor’s perspective? Dr. Edie Wadsworth has built a culture of education within our essential oil family. We have monthly online classes–everything from oils for the Respiratory System, to Kids and Oils or Pets and Oils and the ALWAYS popular, Essential Oils and Hormones class.
Just like I share here how I sought to improve my spiritual life and my thoughts through the Word, I also share how I sought and continue to seek improving my body physically and my emotions using the God given gifts of plants in the form of essential oils.