Holistic health and essential oils are wonderful for many things, but are not the answer to everything
Y'all know I get down with essential oils. I practice yoga and eat organic food. I avoid taking prescription drugs and over the counter drugs. I love living a holistic health lifestyle, and think that it's the healthiest way to live. But essential oils and healthy food isn't the answer to everything, or right for everyone! Here's the thing about holistic health and essential oils.
No, it's not a miracle cure.
If you want to eat fast food three times a week and cure your heartburn with an essential oil, you're doing it wrong. It won't work for you, and essential oils don't work that way! I think I described it best to my friend the other day who is just starting to look into essential oils: It's not the end all answer to your health woes. It won't change you overnight. But rather, it's one spoke of the wheel that is holistic health. For it to "work" you need a full wheel, and need to incorporate other healthy practices into your life.
So no; peppermint oil won't cure your headache if you binge drank last night and are hungover. Grapefruit oil won't help you lose 10 pounds if you're busy consuming processed foods in between sips of your essential oil infused water. My lavender and frankincense face wash wont cure your acne if you pile on chemical acne treatments before and after using it. There are no miracles with essential oils!
Yes, it's a lifestyle.
Just like I mentioned, essential oils are one part of a holistic healthy lifestyle. What are the other parts? For me, it's what I eat, what I do, and how I think. For example, I eat an organic diet for the most part - when we go out to eat, I'm not "that girl" who won't eat it if it's conventionally grown! But everything I buy and make at home is organic, locally sourced and/or from a farmers market. I make a TON of dishes with veggies to consume their vitamins and minerals.
For the "do" part, I'm constantly moving. It helps to have two young boys to chase after! We don't spend our afternoons watching TV, or sitting around the house. We walk to a park that's about 6 blocks away or we go to the Dallas Arboretum for a play date or even just play with the dogs in our yard. We're not stagnant, we're active, and active bodies are healthy bodies. I also have a solid yoga practice to help shape "how I think." It helps me be present and not always thinking about the future. It helps me be mindful about what I'm putting in my (and my children's) bodies. It's taught me to breathe through challenges. In fact, when I was pushing out Otto, my OB said, "Paige stop breathing! Hold your breath and PUSH!" Literally, the hardest part of birth was not being able to breath for 10 seconds at a time during pushing! No, I'm not kidding.
It's not for everything or everyone.
I just mentioned birth, which you know if you read Otto's birth story, I got an epidural. And that epidural was WONDERFUL, and I'd get one again in a heartbeat. I know that's not something someone like myself would typically say. And I brought some essential oils with me to the hospital. But I tell you what: some things call for traditional Western medicine! No essential oil was going to cure that pain, and without Western medicine, I wouldn't have two healthy boys as Henry required a c section and Otto needed Pitocin to get him out.
I also find it dangerous when I come across a blogger who advocates that essential oils and alternative medicine can cure ADD/ADHD, is the answer for mental health issues or even some extremists who think it's the cure for cancer. No. Nope. I wish those people would go away! Maybe in the future they will find that plants hold the keys to cures and symptom relief for serious health issues, but today is not that time.