Tuesday, March 18, 2014

oily journey.

today i have something new to share with you + i am really excited about it!

i wish you could come sit at my dining room table with the sunlight pouring in + have a cup of chai tea with me.

so for now, let's just pretend, m'kay?



let's start with some background.....2012 was a tough year for our family. we moved. we remodeled. our son, jonah, started kindergarten and had a tough time adjusting. my business boomed. we got sick a lot. like non stop sickness. it was not fun.

i knew when 2013's flu season rolled around that things needed to change. then my friend, katy, introduced me to young living essential oils. she had been using them on her family with crazy awesome success.

we finally bit the bullet + ordered the premium starter kit.

the day it showed up on our doorstep the kids were just getting over two weeks of the horrible nasty flu and i was on my way to coming down with it.

three days later, i posted a photo on my instagram + facebook with my testimonial of how i had just beat the flu.

beat the flu, y'all! hallelujah!

that was the moment when i knew these oils could change our health + our lives.

as i began diving deeper into learning about essential oils, i was blown away by testimonials of parents of kids with adhd + autism + ocd + the list goes on. 

ok, i had just beat the flu but could these oils really help jonah's adhd? i prayed on this for a while.

in january, i got a call from jonah's teacher that he had a really tough day + his behavior had increasingly gotten worse the past several weeks. we knew something needed to change. he was already on a gluten free diet but he needed something more. 

my research showed me that vetiver, cedarwood + lavender were helping kids with adhd. as soon as the oils showed up, we started diffusing them in his room at night + layering them on his big toe at least twice a day.



it took a week before i noticed changes in him. he seemed calmer + less distracted. 

two weeks after starting the oils on him, his teacher sent me an email.

my heart dropped

this could either be a good email or another "your kid is in trouble again" email.

her words were, "jonah's behavior has greatly improved since we last talked and he has also jumped up to the highest reading group in the class."

can i get a hallelujah?! my eyes teared up + the water works flowed.

this was just what my sweet boy needed. 

the longer we have been using the oils on him the more benefits i am seeing. he sleeps better. less anger + frustration. more independence. and my favorite, he can't get enough to read!



now a little disclaimer. he is still a 7 year old boy who forgets his manners, gets wild + crazy when his cousins come over to play and burps at the dinner table. he is still a kid with lots of growing + learning left to do, as it should be. the oils are bringing out the best in him and that is an answer to many prayers. 

thank so much for stopping by to read our journey!

if you would like to know more about young living essential oils, head on over to my oily page.

UPDATE: i have had several emails asking exactly what oils we use on him. here is a typical day: we diffuse believe as soon as he wakes up. then we apply one drop of  vetiver + cedarwood  to each of his big toes. sometimes, i will rub one drop vetiver on the back of his neck. if he's having anxiety about something at school, i will apply one drop of believe on his wrists. when he gets home from school, we diffuse either thieves or lavender or peace + calming. at bed time we apply the vetiver + cedarwood again to each of his big toes. then depending on his mood we will diffuse lavender or cedarwood or vetiver in his room while he sleeps. 

and don't forget to stop by the other bloggers in our moms on a mission series, katy at goodness gathering and annalise at sweet annas. you will love hearing their journeys, pinky promise.





10 comments:

  1. So much great info. We have yet to try them but I'm really anxious too. Just gotta wait for a time when the budget allows! haha

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    1. totally get it! it took us a few months to save up but something that I don't regret at all!

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  2. Becky, what an amazing story! I love how God is using these oils to change our lives for the better!

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  3. I have been appling the same to my daughter in the mornings but i am concerned that it does not take her through the whole day. I have not tried difusing the oils aswell. Do you defuse all three oils? How many drops do you use?

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    1. here is a typical day: we diffuse believe as soon as he wakes up. then we apply one drop of vetiver + cedarwood to each of his big toes. sometimes, i will rub one drop vetiver on the back of his neck. if he's having anxiety about something at school, i will apply one drop of believe on his wrists. when he gets home from school, we diffuse either thieves or lavender or peace + calming. at bed time we apply the vetiver + cedarwood again to each of his big toes. then depending on his mood we will diffuse lavender or cedarwood or vetiver in his room while he sleeps.

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  4. Hi there! Found you through Pinterest. I struggle with anxiety and a lot of stress and my daughter has diagnosed ADHD and anxiety. Would you mind sharing any more info with regards to how you used the oils for your son? Thanks much, Kristin

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    1. here is a typical day: we diffuse believe as soon as he wakes up. then we apply one drop of vetiver + cedarwood to each of his big toes. sometimes, i will rub one drop vetiver on the back of his neck. if he's having anxiety about something at school, i will apply one drop of believe on his wrists. when he gets home from school, we diffuse either thieves or lavender or peace + calming. at bed time we apply the vetiver + cedarwood again to each of his big toes. then depending on his mood we will diffuse lavender or cedarwood or vetiver in his room while he sleeps.

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  5. Hi there! Found you through Pinterest. I struggle with anxiety and a lot of stress and my daughter has diagnosed ADHD and anxiety. Would you mind sharing any more info with regards to how you used the oils for your son? Thanks much, Kristin

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  6. I have heard that lavender is not good for boys as it will mess with their hormones..... I wonder if you can leave that one out and just use the other two.???

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    1. There is no scientific proof that lavender effects hormones. When researching the topic you continually see where one family with two sons had excess breast tissue and they both used lavender, so they have tried to claim lavender is what caused that ---- this was not a scientific case with controlled variables. This was one family who used a myriad of other products in their home and decided randomly that it had to be the lavender. I use lavender on my son daily as do thousands of other people using Young Living Essential Oils and there has not been any other reports of this issue. YL does however offer many "calming" oils that could be used as a replacement.

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