Essential Oils Improved My Quality of Health

I know I said I would be cutting back on the gimmicks this semester, but this is a deal I worked out before I got so stressed, and I can’t just go around breaking promises to people. My apologies.

Also, my apologies for the Saturday Steals gimmick that is coming up THIS WEEKEND, starting Friday evening and running through Sunday night. Steal or be stolen.

And then no more gimmicks for at least a month.


It’s no secret that I am a wannabe hippie. I use cloth grocery bags. I drive a diesel economy car and scorn SUVs (my sister and I are pretty much not speaking to each other because she’s in the process of buying an Escalade/Denali/Yukon/MegaMegaMcMonsterMobile). If I ever have babies, I will use cloth diapers on their poopy bums. I try to buy local. I even plant my own garden in my head every summer.

So it is no wonder that I have become increasingly interested in essential oils. The idea of curing almost any ailment with nothing but pure essence of nature?

How refreshing.

I’ve been wanting to learn more about essential oils for a while, but have been deterred by their high prices. At my local yuppie store, a tiny bottle of lavender oil costs nearly twenty dollars. It was so small that it looked like it wouldn’t last very long, and I have more important things to spend my twenty dollars on (wait, I don’t have twenty dollars, never mind).

Thus, I decided full-fledged hippihood would have to wait. (I did buy a bottle of orange peel oil because it smelled like Arizona and it only cost $5, but I never knew what to do with it besides unscrew the lid and take a whiff. And that seemed kind of creepy, so I stopped.)

A few months later, though, I received a fortuitous email from my friend Jami.

She wanted to give me two essential oils to try out for free (full disclosure).

I emailed her back all cool and suave, and said something like, “Hmm, I suppose I could pencil in room for essential oil in my agenda,” when what I really thought was “Score!”

A few weeks later, I tore into a padded envelope with my bare hands and teeth, eyes wild with anticipation, looking not unlike a savage bobcat devouring an elephant carcass after starving for three days straight.

My oils had arrived!

Jami sent me one bottle of peppermint and one bottle of lavender oil, because those are two of the most universal cure-all oils—perfect for a beginner like me.

I was anxious to try them out, but sadly, I had the dreadful misfortune of feeling perfectly healthy at that moment. Not wanting to waste even one drop of the precious liquid, I forced myself to wait for a sickness to come upon me before I used the oil.

But before long, I felt like crap—thank goodness!

My first issue arose when I ran out of Diet Dr. Pepper one night and all the stores in Mayberry were closed for the day at some ridiculous hour like 1:00 in the afternoon. I had a horrendous withdrawal headache. Talking on the phone, reading emails, breathing through my nose—everything—hurt. I was in a bad way. After a few hours of pain, I begrudgingly made my way to the medicine cabinet for an Excedrine (begrudgingly because Poor Kyle rarely uses medicine for his ailments and makes me feel like such a pansy when I do). Just as I was about to succumb to the forest green pills—my salvation—I remembered: OILS!

A quick internet search verified that both lavender and peppermint oil are supposed to help with headaches, and I was sold: I put a few drops on my temples, neck, and chest, and waited for the magic to happen.

It wasn’t instant.

But within a few hours, I was past the worst of it. (Just for reference, a headache like that normally lasts infinitely for me, or until I take medicine. Even a full night’s sleep doesn’t cure me.)

A few days later, Poor Kyle was suffering from general achiness and Tired Leg Syndrome (he swears he has it, the wuss) when we were trying to fall asleep. I gave him a back rub and foot rub with a few drops of each oil mixed with coconut oil as a base, and he was asleep in ten minutes. (He has been known to lie in bed, exhausted but restless, until 3 a.m. with the same symptoms.)

Some days later, when Poor Kyle complained of sinus congestion (he’s learning to stop complaining unless he wants to be a lab rat for my oil experiments), I soaked a few drops of peppermint oil into a warm wet washcloth and draped it over his face—immediate relief.

Then, when I had a monster pimple, I dabbed a few drops of peppermint oil on the affected area (the very affected area). It ended up making my eyes burn and water like crazy, so I rinsed it off (apparently it’s too strong for direct application to the face) but the next morning, the swelling and redness was significantly reduced.

I’ve taken to massaging lavender oil on my temples before bed, and I truly believe it’s helping me fall asleep more quickly and rest more soundly. For someone who needs (needs!) a lot of sleep, this is a lovely benefit.

A few nights ago I ate a plate of nachos with jalapeños at the movie theatre (I eat like I’m a kid or something, forgetting that I’m really an old granny) and was paying the price by the time I got home. In a last-ditch effort to avoid vomiting (which I try to do at all costs), I drank a glass of water with a drop of peppermint oil in it.

I don’t know if it worked, but I didn’t throw up.

Also, I could feel it tingle all the way down my throat and through my digestive system, so that was a fun new trick.

My brief experience with these two oils has me converted. They are still expensive, so I won’t be buying any more right away, but I will probably be asking for the starter kit for a Christmas present.

I like the idea of being a homeopathic healer in my own home. It seems like any time I can make my problems go away with natural substances (i.e. healing with essential oils), I should try to do that before getting injected with who knows what chemicals at the doctor’s office. (Now if they only had an essential oil that functioned as a contraceptive, I’d be chemical-free before I could say fetus!)

I plan on buying more oils during the next year. For now, I’m enjoying browsing the website and thinking of how healthy I might be someday. (I am veritably glowing in that fantasy, by the way. I look beautiful and I have lost 15 pounds and I eat cookies all day and my name is Simoné.)

If you are interested, you can check out doTerra’s website and see all their fascinating products (they have an all-you-can-eat kit with every oil under the sun that I’m pretty much coveting but for the fact that it’s worth four car payments, oy vey). Apparently doTerra is some sort of multi-level marketing company, which doesn’t appeal to me at all; but if you sign up, you can get the products for 25% off the retail price, and I will probably do that when I am ready to spend a chunk of cash on the stuff. I don’t think it should deter you from looking into the products, because I believe they could make a difference in your life—I know they have in mine, in the way I think about my health and treat my own ailments. No, I’m not going to go around having married couple friends (if I had married couple friends) over for dinner to talk about the stuff, but I will certainly buy it myself and tell anyone who asks (emphasis on the ask) all I know.

For more information, you can email my girl Jami at spencerandjami(at)gmail(dot)com if you want to read her praise of essential oils or ask her any questions. She has about a million more oils than I do, and she knows about them all. (She’s the real expert, obviously.)

I hope you do.


Now, to sweeten the deal, Jami has offered to give away one bottle of lavender essential oil to one lucky reader.

If you think you might be a closet hippie like Jami and me, you can enter to win some liquid gold of your very own.

You know the drill:

One comment = One entry

Blog post (and comment with the link) = One entry

Tweet (and comment to say you did) = One entry

Facebook (and comment to say you did) = One entry

Email blast (and comment to say you did) = One entry

Any other social spreading of the word (and commenting to say you did) = One entry

Separate comments for each action, please.

Contest closes Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.

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24 Responses to Essential Oils Improved My Quality of Health

  1. Lisa says:

    I wouldn’t exactly call myself a closet hippie…maybe more like a selective hippie for things that are interesting or convenient :) I love natural healing stuff like this since I don’t really like taking medicine. And lately I have not been sleeping well (or for very long unfortunately) so whether I win or not I may be investing in some essential oils. Thanks for the info!!

  2. Leah says:

    I guess you could say this is gimmicky but I love it – I’ve always been curious about essential oils so this post is great. I hear oils can be good for nausea… hoping to get to try that out!

  3. Leah says:

    and, um, i tweeted this.

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  5. chelsie says:

    Oh I am so excited. I have been having a headach for days and I know that these oil will help… I will write another comment when I FB and Tweet!!! Yay I hope I win

  6. Katie says:

    I’d love to try oils, too. I really think I was a hippie in a previous life; it didn’t really take in this life…

  7. tracy says:

    I love essential oils too! My mom used them while I was growing up and I loved them. I also found out the hard way that they are too harsh to use directly on your skin… other than that minor detail they are lovely.

  8. I was just thinking about essential oils the other day. But differently. There are a few families in our ward that are REALLY big on it all (including two of the ladies in my presidency), and it always seems that their kids are so sickly. Or maybe I just grew up in a family that never really got sick or had anything wrong.
    And lavender gives me major headaches (I guess I’m messed up…tea tree oil too) so, if I’m a winner, I shall pass it on to one of the above mentioned ladies. Or to you, so you can save your monies and help your headaches.

  9. Geevz says:

    I got into the whole essential oil during my hippidom in Flagstaff. I’m a fan. Many of the remedies don’t work for me, but enough do that I want every kind of oil imaginable. And it may sound totally gross to you, but my excessive armpit perspiration overpowers all deodorants (natural, aluminum free, super chemically comes in the box, you name it). But two drops of lavender oil is all I’ve been using everyday for about two years.

    You should try it, but give it a few days before you declare a verdict. Every time I try a new deodorant and it stops working after about three weeks, I go back to the lavender and it takes a couple days to get back to normal.

    Fair warning though, if you ever let people know that you don’t wear deodorant, they are completely disgusted.

    Oh and unless you are

  10. Megan Walter says:

    I always thought essential oils spelled good, but I didnt know there were so many awesome uses for them! Good to know! :)

  11. Mikelle says:

    I would love to try this out! I feel like someone is always getting sick, is sick, or is recovering from being sick in my house!

  12. Alaina says:

    I just love the fact that you were waiting for yourself to feel like crap so that you could use them. That’s classic.

  13. Cristy says:

    Ugh, I need lots of sleep, too, and if I make a point of going to bed on good time, I definitely want to fall asleep ASAP. I would love to see if the oil helps!

  14. Meghan says:

    This would be great on those nights that I just can’t fall asleep! Thank you for the chance!

  15. I have had a cold for a week and I can’t taste any of my food. I would try anything by now.

  16. anna says:

    I love homeopathic remedies. I’ve been to the doctor for one of four reasons in the last 10+ years: kidney stone, Shingles, OB and well, that hard lump in my stomach (but we don’t need to talk about that). So please give me some lavendar so I can keep avoiding the Dr. :)

  17. Anonymous says:

    Cool. I’m impressed. Everyone I’ve talked to about them swears by them. Do you think that lavender could help a big, old, fat pregnant lady fall asleep at night and stay asleep for more than a few hours? If so, I’m sold! Here’s my comment in the hopes that I win the bottle. But I am the one who’s apparently going to kill the environment with a huge MegaMegaMonsterMcMobile, or whatever, so maybe I don’t deserve to have these yuppie, homeopathic remedies. You can decide if I end up winning.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I just read Geevz’s comment and am now wanting to win that bottle. Hmm… Lavendar oil for armpit sweat. That would be so cool if it actually worked! I’m a sweating machine. Maybe I will call Jami after all. (I’m sure I won’t win…)

  19. jacque says:

    i am so intrigued about essential oils! i know so many people who swear by them. my husband is a total skeptic when it comes to being a hippie, but he does love his Lush shampoo. maybe i will be able to convert him if i win :)

  20. Christal says:

    Great post and here is my entry! But I wanted to say I so agree with you as a society we are so medicated and dependant on perscriptions medications remedies all of it when if we all just took a healthier approach we would all actually be a whole lot better off! Great post!

  21. Hannah says:

    I ordered some sort of lavender oil from aveda for acne… It didn’t work very well for me but I wonder if straight lavender oil would! and heaven knows I could use it to help me fall asleep! I have a mint plant growing in my house, I haven’t used it for anything but everyday I rub a leaf and take a wiff and it relaxes me… Thanks for the inspiring post, I might go out and buy some oils today!

  22. chelsie says:

    Hey, I just tweeted about your give away

  23. chelsie says:

    The facebook world knows that your give away is on my mind…

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