I almost threw the baby out with the bathwater. Really.
Several years before I had any kids, I bought my first book about essential oils. At the time, I was just beginning to explore “alternative” methods like herbs and essential oils. I figured I’d dabble a little bit and see what happened. Book in hand, I went to the health food store and bought four of the most popular essential oils and then brought them home to try.
Essential Oils: The first attempt
They smelled pretty good, that was a plus. After taking a whiff, I dreamed of all of the natural things that I could make with them: cleaners, candles, cosmetics. I was ambitious.
But my real reason for trying them out was to see if they’d be useful for a healthy lifestyle. Since I had peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree essential oils I felt that I was pretty well prepared for most of what I’d need. Over the next several months I used the oils many times and well…I was underwhelmed. I didn’t really see any noticeable differences in how we felt, and so the book and the oils got pushed to the back of a closet.
Essential Oils: The second attempt
Somehow those oils survived two moves and several years without getting noticed or being used again. Once we moved to the rural west we experienced a lot of different changes including having to learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
With that paradigm shift, I started to dig deeper into educating myself. My reading and research led me back to essential oils. At the time I felt like we needed to economize, I bought a wide assortment inexpensive essential oils from Amazon. I was determined that I would have many options to choose from. Just to make sure, I threw away the oils that I had bought several years before, just in case they had expired.
Like clockwork, I had an opportunity to try out my new essential oils. I got the plans from an essential oil reference book, followed the instructions and waited to see what would happen. And waited, and waited.
Nothing helpful happened and my mommy’s heart broke into a thousand pieces when my son’s delicate skin started to turn red and irritated. He was looking to me for his comfort and now his chest and back were very obviously bothered by the inexpensive oils. I was horrified. We rushed to clean off the oils. Thankfully, after a day or two, the angry rash eventually disappeared. We made it through the incident, but that day I swore off using essential oils on my children. My best intentions and carefully following the directions had not been enough to protect my son from harm. My fully stocked oil arsenal had hurt my son in his time of need.
Last Ditch Effort
I was still partially open to using up these inexpensive oils. Over the course of that winter, we experimented with the recipes in the book (mainly so we could use them up) and saw NO changes. My husband and I were very disappointed in our results. I was so upset for spending nearly $200 on inexpensive oils that I apologized to my husband for wasting our money. To his credit, he was very gracious.
At that point, I decided that essential oils were just not for our family. They just didn’t work, and they had hurt my son! I still didn’t throw them away but put them back in the dark closet corner. I had the vague thought that they might still work to scent a candle or make some cleaner some day. But my heart was firmly set against using oils ever again for anything else.
They were clearly a scam.
What changed my mind? Read Part TWO now!