I have always been interested in health and wellness. I had every intention when leaving high school to become a nurse. The human body fascinated me and I couldn’t wait to start helping people. I graduated with a degree in Health Science with a focus in Exercise Science. However, I think my curiosity with wellness came even earlier than that. I vividly remember a few things about my Nana: natural peanut butter (the kind with the oil sitting on top), fruit leather and her hands being orange from juicing carrots so much. She opened up the door to knowing about food items beyond the traditional. She was juicing before juicing was cool. She went to the health food store before they started popping up on every corner.
Fast forward to my first pregnancy and there are SO MANY things you have to avoid—medication and otherwise. It got me thinking about why those same items are considered “safe” after pregnancy. In my quest for knowledge I stumbled upon two women that I follow on their blogs–100 Days of Real Food and The Food Babe. Both of these women opened my eyes to all the JUNK in our food and, eventually, in our bath and body products. I started on a journey to rid our pantry (and bathrooms) of all the foods and other items with the extra additives and harmful chemicals. In November 2014, after what felt like a never-ending revolving door or sickness, I was exhausted and at my wit’s end. I mean, I cleaned my house regularly, we all bathed regularly and ate relatively healthy foods.
So, what was going on??
I began making as many of my own bath and body products as I could and researching cleaner/healthier alternatives to our family loved recipes. Now, don’t get me wrong, this was not an overnight occurrence. The kind of change that is needed is slow and tedious, even if needed. We still eat at places like Chick-fil-a and enjoy pizza that’s been delivered but I try to balance it out with fresh fruits and vegetables and less out-of-the-box foods. Balance, I found, has been key for our family. It’s a slow process converting my family, and myself, to better alternatives when we are so programmed to what is considered “normal”. But that’s a whole other topic and one that both of these ladies have covered extensively.
What I found that was missing, and that I longed for, is a scent profile. Our minds are very much programmed and effected by smells (You can read more in-depth about that here). I wanted to add a pleasing but non-toxic scent to the products I was making. Thus began my research into essential oils. In my quest for knowledge I stumbled upon essential oils. After months of research, I decided on Young Living essential oils (You can see why here) and 19 months later, I’m still just as in love with their philosophy and products as I was in the beginning. I love having something to use for the scent profile in my DIY products as well as immune support, stinky diapers, stress (hello, two toddlers!), digestive issues, headaches and so much more.
Thus, an oil addict was born.