Sunday, February 10, 2013

Essential Oils, Part Two

So, I've been trying to figure out using essential oils. A few weeks ago, I was filling up my vitamin box, trying to get in the habit of taking my vitamins, again.  I started pawing the shelf of medicine in our cupboard and ending up throwing away at least half of it. There were loads of expired prescriptions and just a bunch of stuff that the doctor has prescribed that I don't want. I found the old bottles of ADD medicine that two of my children used to take as well as the multiple medications my doctor had prescribed for my migraines. I used to take a blood pressure pill that was supposed to lessen the frequency of migraines, as well as a monster pill that I would take when my migraines got to the point that I was severely nauseated and seeing floaters and not able to function.

I haven't refilled any of my medications since October and I told my husband a while back that I thought it had been about two weeks (since that time of month) since I had had a monster headache. I used to get them 4-5 days/week.  Using the preventative medication, I'd still get at least two per week. Even with medication, I often got headaches that would last for several days at a time. The last really bad migraine I got was during my menstrual cycle, which I think is probably just something I will live with forever.

I really feel like getting that medicine totally out of my system and beginning to use the essential oils is making the difference. When I get a headache, I can often head it off with the pasttense (a blend by DoTerra which includes peppermint, wintergreen, frankincense and ?) before it gets too bad. And I do not wake up fuzzy in the morning (as I would have with medicine) or with the headache still raging. If the essential oils only do this one thing for me, that is still $108 per month in medicines I am no longer refilling and a lot of peace of mind from not worrying about what those heavy medications are doing to me and my cranky liver.

One of the websites that has been hugely helpful in educating me is

It is a treasure trove of information!  I am still learning, and hoping that I can use the oils to heal  my throat, that is still prone to laryngitis, my liver that is always cranky, and the allergies that plague our whole family!


  1. Jenn, I'll be following your journey into essential oils with much interest. I, too, am weary of "Modern Medicine" throwing yet another pharmaceutical at me to see what sticks. Tired of feeling crummy all the time, hoping that this may be what I need to function better.

    Now I'm off to check out the essential oil site!


  2. I hear you Ivy! It seems like a recurring theme that we try a medication and learn much later that it has lasting side effects that are not immediately obvious. How many times has a doctor told me that tylenol is the safest medicine there is, and yet, repeated use of tylenol (never over the recommended amount) is apparently what damaged my liver!

    Of all the luck, I have somehow managed to catch another stomach bug. Reading now to see if there is anyway to stop vomiting or if I just have to ride this out. Blah.