Ahh, spring! (achoo)

Lavender Essential Oil in Clover

I love the Pacific Northwest. The green trees, the rivers, lakes, and ocean. Nature. It’s all around us here and it is breathtaking. Literally. For those of us with allergies, the beauty that spring brings can also usher in sneezing attacks, watery eyes, itchy ears and throats, coughing, asthma, and [insert your allergy symptom here]. These things can make it difficult to sleep well at night, to focus, or…breathe. Also, if you’ve got additional autoimmune issues, as I do, allergies can trigger flare ups which make bad symptoms even worse.

Well, since today is St. Patrick’s Day and I’m a good portion Irish (born a Sullivan), I’ve decided to share my lucky remedy with you! Okay, maybe it’s less lucky and more about science, but I feel lucky that it works. Lavender essential oil has given me a “spring” back in my step. There are several ways you can use it, and I take advantage of all of them. I’ll break it down for you.

Diffusing. This can be in your handy diffuser (which can be purchased all over the place online or in stores, but look for info at the bottom of this post for how you can find one like I use), or in your actual hands. Add a few drops of Lavender to the water in your diffuser and use it alone, or blend it with Lemon and Peppermint. Lavender has a natural antihistamine effect, Lemon cleans the air and toxins from your system, and Peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being invigorating. If you have oils and no diffuser, simply put a drop or two in the palm of your hand, rub both hands together and then inhale the aroma. You can rub any remaining oil on the back of your neck.

Topically. Lavender is generally well tolerated by most people when applied directly to the skin, but for infants or highly sensitive individuals, you can always dilute with fractionated coconut oil, or another carrier oil of your choice. Apply across the tops of your ears, the back of your neck, or bottoms of your feet.

Internally. To be clear, you should never ingest essential oils that aren’t CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade). My choice of oils is doTERRA, as they are third-party, triple tested for purity. You can brew a “tea” of sorts by adding a drop or two of Lavender to a mug of hot water and drinking it. It also tastes great to blend 3 drops of each Lavender and Lemon, and 2 drops of Peppermint into a porcelain teapot of hot water. I actually put a drop or 2 in a Mason jar and enjoy it cold. For a particularly bad allergy moment (like when I woke up sneezing at 3am a few nights ago), I put a drop on my thumb and apply it directly to the roof of my mouth for a few seconds. I always get relief within a matter of minutes. As with many other homeopathic remedies, you can use a drop or 2 under your tongue as well. If you have trouble with the taste, you can always blend it with honey, or add to a capsule.

The bottom line is I get relief, and I am not taking a chemical laden pill of any sort. Please keep in mind that I am sharing my experiences and can’t guarantee results, but have seen this work for many. I also don’t have medical training, just my own trial and error with years of failed doctor suggested treatments. Please make sure to care for yourself in the way that works best for you.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If you have questions about oils, want to find a way to purchase oils or a diffuser, or just want to connect with someone who can relate to what you are going through, please leave me a comment, send me an email (oilinmyhands@gmail.com), or visit my doTERRA site http://www.mydoterra.com/oilinmyhands




I’m about to lose it!…want to watch?

Stress. I have lots of it. I have a gorgeous teen daughter who looks like she’s twenty, a self proclaimed hippie twenty-two year old daughter who tends to live on people’s couches all over the world (or share a condo with 5 others she’s never met while working a seasonal job in a city she’s never visited), and a job that I am on disability leave from due to my fibro body telling me its had enough. The funny thing is, none of my stress is coming from these things.

Okay, so it’s a little stressful that adult men look at my 14 year old, but she thinks it’s creepy, and I’m grateful for that. And maybe I would be worried about my nomadic daughter if it wasn’t for the fact that I know I did my best to impart any wisdom I may have had to give her, and she’s choosing to be happy. Who am I to tell her to stop? I’m also not worried about my job. It will either be there when I am better, or it won’t. That is if I get better. And that’s where the real stress comes from.

As a divorced woman somewhere a bit over 40 (I always forget the exact number), with a child I’m still raising, one that hasn’t completed college, and no college degree of my own, learning that I have an autoimmune condition was not good news. Like many who have dealt with the long process of getting a diagnosis of why you can’t sleep, why you sleep all the time, why you can barely eat but still can’t lose weight, why you have pain for no reason and it’s never the same pain, why you can’t remember anything, can’t focus, and why your body literally changes overnight – I felt like I was going to lose it until the day came that they decided to call it Fibromyalgia. Since then a few more diagnosis have been added: Arthralgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Migraines. Not to mention difficulty absorbing Vitamin D, Iron, Potassium…the list goes on and on.

So what does that mean? It means 3 years of trying different drug therapies, trying pain diversion techniques, seeing tons of specialists, and literally crying myself to sleep sometimes. Yes, this is my stress. How do I work a “normal” job when I can barely roll myself out of the bed some days? How do I make people understand that while I look fine on the outside, my pain level is at a fairly constant 8? This is what I am referring to as what I am “about to lose.” I’m letting go of the need to live up to the expectations of others at my own expense.

This opportunity (which is how I am choosing to look at it) to be on leave and focus on repairing the damage of not listening to what my body needs and what my limitations are, and how I can heal myself without prescription medication, is what I want to share with you in this blog. That may mean ranting about pain one day, sharing a recipe for Paleo chocolate chip cookies the next day, taking a 3 day meditation break, and then telling you how my essential oil therapy is managing my allergies a few days later. Whatever it looks like, I hope that you will come along on the journey. I encourage you to connect with me and share your thoughts and challenges. It can only help us all increase our awareness.