Oils & Provisions

This week there was a lot of wellness going on. I got another Goddess Provision box and was able to sit down with Jen, the woman who sold me my essential oils and pick her brain a bit.

This box was the Sun Energy box- here is the break down of what I got:

 

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The Coal Miner’s Daughter Sun Mist- it’s an energizing spray of organic rose water and essential oils, meant to nourish skin and reduce stress. I haven’t sprayed it yet because I am trying to ease Mike into the essential oils and I worry if I come at him with another spray trying to decrease stress, he is going to pull out all of his hair and that seems stressful. Let’s ease into that one.

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Violet Lace Energy Perfume- I am not a big perfume-y type of gal. It sometimes gives me a headache to be around people who have perfume on, and also, the name of this one makes me picture an old woman playing a piano in a haunted house. It also has little things floating around in it which, at first looked to me like they were teeth but upon further investigation I discovered they were in fact, jasmine flowers which is much less unsettling. Despite my initial hesitation, after smelling the perfume it actually smells more citrusy and light and not overpowering. This one you can use before a workout to boost mood and energy though so I may give that a shot.

Amethyst Orgone Pyramid- this is meant to neutralize energy from electrical devices. I put it on my nightstand next to my phone which is right by my head and I KNOWWW is the worst possible place to keep your phone and I am a living, breathing, hypocrite for allowing the phone to be near my head as I am on a health mission. I will break that habit. Soon.

Emmy’s Organices Lemon Ginger Macaroons- vegan, organic, gluten free- I want to try and make something like this on my own next week.

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Andalou Naturals Konjac Sponges- I am excited to use this with my favorite face wash! It is supposed to brighten your skin.

Healthforce Vitamineral Green- This is a superfood with antioxidants, chlorophyll, phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, amino acids etc. It can go into food or a drink- I will probably add it to my teas with the rest of my concoctions.

Sunstone- Another crystal. This one promotes abundance and enjoyment of life. I still haven’t used the other crystal but am feeling more motivated to give them a shot after chatting with my friend, Brie, who loves them. I think I figured out why I am hesitant to use crystals. They remind me of Spencer from the reality show The Hills. Does anyone know who I am talking about/ remember him? He was mean to everyone and then helped to BREAK UP the friendship of Lauren and Heidi (looking at you too, Heidi, for your role in that one) and then it seemed like at one point his marbles went a little loose and he because obsessed with crystals.

And thennnnnnnnn- I met with Jen about the oils. She was awesome and like chatting with a friend. I love learning about health supports and looking through the information about oils, I realized if there is an ailment…there is an oil for it, from cellulite (what?!) to thyroid support. There are three ways to use the oils.

You can use them aromatically for respiratory or emotional support. It can also clean the air when you diffuse which is one thing I really love. I feel like our apartment has never smelled so fresh and clean. I used to burn candles (although that is not good for you) because I was desperately trying to cover up any smells of our two cats. I love them and I will embrace the cat lady that I was born to be but I will never embrace the pet smell.

You can also use oils topically to help with irritations or discomforts as well as for immune support. I was told that you can put oils at the bottom of your feet because they are less sensitive to irritation and they are also thought to be the end of your nerve line. If you believe in reflexology (which OBVIOUSLYYYYY I do) there are areas on your feet that correspond to your body’s organs. Also, with the pores on your feet being thicker than pores on the rest of your body, the oils will absorb faster. Oh! I should also mention, if you are going to use oils topically, you need to dilute them with coconut oil (maybe you can use other oils but I have only heard of coconut oil thus far and also, if you read my earlier love letter to coconut oil, I think it is pretty clear that that would be the only oil I would use).

Anywho, the last way to use oils (that I am aware of) is internally. A lot of people, at least initially, are hesitant to try this one. Some people argue whether or not this is safe to do. From what I have read, it is indeed safe in the appropriate quantity. But as we have observed, quantity control is not my forte.

Ok, bye!

 

doTERRA

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SHE’S HEREEEEEEE! I’ve been waiting patiently by the mailbox for my first shipment of doTERRA oils. I was a little blue when I realized my diffuser was shipped separately but I am supposed to get that tomorrow and then I will REALLY be zen. I’ve heard a lot of people talking about essential oils for a while now and of course my little holistic ears would always perk up at that sort of chatter but, I held off for a long time since I am really trying not to spend as much money during the most expensive year of my life.

Well. I was out to coffee a while back with a woman I worked for when I was interning in grad school. We try and catch up once every month or so and I just love her.  Partly because we connect over our Italian roots but also because I feel calmer just being in her presence. While we were chatting, we got on the topic of how fast paced life can be and how it seems like everyone around us is feeling stressed (including us!). She pulled a little bottle out of her purse (I think it was clarycalm) and said she uses a bit of it on days where she needs a bit of calm. I brought our previous conversation to an abrupt stop and requested she tell me everything she knows about essential oils. It turns out one of her daughters had started working with doTERRA (am I capitalizing this correctly? It feels unnatural) and had seen major health changes with oils that modern medicine had not been able to help with. This got her hooked. I don’t want to go into the details of the story because it’s not my story to share but, it was enough to convince me.

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I am always suffering from all sorts of weird ailments whether it’s breathing issues, cystic kidneys, migraines, you name it…I’ve probably had it. My dad once called me his million dollar baby because honestly, it felt like there was a period of time there where someone would look at me the wrong way and I’d break out in a rash. When you are constantly dealing with some sort of health issue, you don’t want to constantly be pumping your body with medicine. Or I guess I shouldn’t speak for you. I. Iiiii don’t want to pump my body with medicine. It’s a temporary fix and the more you have, the more you need. I had headaches all through my childhood and painkillers hardly work on me now. I just don’t want to go there if I don’t have to. I love the idea of using something natural to address physical as well as emotional issues. 

After our coffee, my friend’s daughter reached out to me and couldn’t have been nicer. I already felt like I was talking to a pal and realized I should probably reel myself back in when I started telling her my weekend plans. She was able to give me a complete rundown of the things I needed to know and what might make the most sense for me based off of what I shared with her (price point, areas of concern, etc). She was awesome and I would be happy to connect anyone with her (just send me a quick e-mail). She recommended I start with the aromatouch kit as it gives you a bit of everything. I also wanted the clarycalm roller to keep with me when I am out and about. 

Since this post has gotten really long and also since I am waiting for my diffuser…I will hold off on writing more until I can review the oils. I’m pumped and would love to hear more success stories of people who have used these oils!

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