An Uncomplicated Life Blog: The Thing About Holistic Health and Essential Oils

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Thing About Holistic Health and Essential Oils

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.


  1. I am a total believer and love reading your reviews about essential oils. It definitely irks me as well when I read about diet curing things such as ADHD it is way more complicated than that but definitely eliminating processed junk makes such an overall healthy living change!

  2. Love this! People who think EOs will "cure" everything are living in lala land. They are there to help support our bodies and systems. I love them combined with a healthy lifestyle, lime you do. And you are so right, modern medicine is sometimes needed and that is A-OK with me. Bring on the epidural!

    1. "Like" you do, not lime. But I do like lime EO. 😊

  3. I am very interested in trying out essential oils in the near future. Thank you for this helpful post.

    xoxo, Jenny

  4. I love that you put this into perspective, Paige. This is something that bothers me about the world of instant gratification - someone overweight buys a Fitbit and expects to be, well, fit. But EVEN if you get your 10,000, it really doesn't matter if that's the only thing you're doing!

  5. Definitely not a cure for cancer. Those kinds of people bother me because there are some medical conditions that NEED to be treated by a doctor!

    xo, Chelsie @ HTC

  6. I totally agree with you that essential oils is part of your lifestyle not a cure for things!! Great post girl! xo, Biana

  7. yes. love this post. some things call for traditional Western medicine - especially serious things!

  8. I absolutely love that you wrote this post. So often we are fed only the good info. I appreciate reading a post like this because it is well rounded and actually helpful.

  9. Great post! EE can be helpful and do wonderful things, but the end all be all approach sometimes doesn't work when it comes to them! PS epidurals totally rock ;)

  10. This is a really great post. I hate when people go to extremes and think that one good thing is the answer to everything. While I love essential oils, I would not replace much needed medical treatments with them. Thank you for saying something that not all would say. I love how you always speak your mind and are so honest.

  11. I have never tried essential oil, but it is definitely something I would like to research more and give a try. It is important that people realize it's not a miracle cure or anything, so this is a great informative post!

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  12. I love this! Nothing is a silver bullet, and people are always looking for the easy out. Essential oils are such a great way to ROUND OUT a whole lifestyle but won't fix it if you are unhealthy in 95% of your life!