My mother has been a strong advocate of essential oils for years and always used them as her go to solution whenever anyone got sick. I, on the other hand, was always pretty skeptic about them and felt like they offered more of a placebo affect then real results.
I wondered every now and then about trying them in my own home, but they were far too expensive for my budget so I didn’t.
That changed during my last pregnancy.
I got pretty sick when I was eight months along with a rough cough that made it impossible for me to go more than a couple minutes without having a horrible coughing fit. In the evening, the cold, night air made my cough ten times worse and I was unable to sleep for more than two or three hours at a time because I was up literally up all night coughing.
My voice was so hoarse and barely audible. I got to the point where I wondered if I’d ever get my voice back or get back to a time when I wouldn’t be coughing all day.
On top of that, I suffered from Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and every coughing fit wracked my body with unbearable pain. I don’t think I’ve ever been sick for that long or more miserable. After three long weeks, a concerned friend insisted I try essential oils to help me at least sleep at night.
I was very skeptical that essential oils would work when nothing else had, but my cough was continually getting worse.
I was also worried sick about going into labor with my cough. They really were intense coughing fits that wracked my whole body, causing horrible cramping and pain in my stomach, back, and so much more. I didn’t see how I could go through labor if I didn’t find something to help.
Since nothing else was working, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try the essential oils. I had just over a week before I was due! I purchased a cheap humidifying diffuser and used eucalyptus oil that my friend had lent me. I put the diffuser across the room in my bedroom and added a couple drops of the oil.
My cough didn’t go away immediately and since I knew very little about essential oils, the ones I used were very low grade. Even with the low grade oils, I was finally able to sleep and get through the day without coughing every couple minutes.
My voice started coming back and, at times I’d actually think I was pretty much better and would stop using the oils only to have the coughing fits come back not long after.
About six days after I started using the essential oils, I went into labor. I was adamant that the diffuser had to be in the room with me while I was in labor or I wouldn’t be able to do it. We left it on for a couple hours and I was fine. At one point it was turned off and within ten minutes I could feel the itching sensation building up in my throat indicating a coughing fit was coming on. I asked that the diffuser be turned back on and was able to get through the rest of my labor without coughing. Something I’d been praying for since I got sick!
It did still take almost two more weeks after my baby was born for me to recover completely, but it was very obvious that there was a huge difference when I used the oils vs when I didn’t. It was very clear to me that they were working and none of my kids picked up the cough from me which I was so thankful for.
If I were to go through it again, I would have used organic oils from my favorite place to get essential oils instead of cheap grade oils that don’t offer as many therapeutic benefits. I also would have used them from the start instead of when I’d already been sick with no improvement for three weeks.
Using Essential Oils to Keep My Boys Well
Since I had noticed such a difference when I had my cough, I did a lot of research into essential oils and I started to include them to help both me and my kids stay well. When I used them, I noticed my kids didn’t seem to be getting sick as easily as they used to. When they did get sick, it never lasted long.
Coincidentally, or not, last winter was the first winter since my oldest son was born, that I didn’t have to stay home with sick kids for several days at a time. I’m not saying my kids didn’t get sick, but as soon as they did, I treated whatever they had with essential oils and, within a day or two, they were fine and symptom free.
Every year before, I was home with one of my sons multiple times throughout the year because they were excellent at catching whatever was going around. Sometimes it’d be 7-10 days before they were well enough to go anywhere. It was such a nice change and a relief to not have to go through that last winter! Especially with a young baby!
My Favorite Place to Get High Quality Essential Oils
Essential oils are becoming increasingly more popular but I refrained from even trying them for years because they are so expensive. One bottle of therapeutic grade oils can cost as much as $50-$100!
I was told that if I wanted a good set I’d need to spend between $500-$600. I thought that was crazy and never planned on using them in my home. When I was sick and saw that they really did work, I felt helpless because I knew I still couldn’t afford them.
I looked into quite a few places where they could be purchased, did a lot of research, and decided I would try Mountain Rose Herbs.
They sell dozens of high quality, organic, essential oils at a reasonable price. I went through and compared their prices with some of the bigger name brands in essential oils and every single oil was at least half the price. Most of them were less than a third!
I worried that lower cost meant lower quality, but, since they were so inexpensive, I decided to try a couple bottles.
I was very happy with the results I got using them, so I went back and got my first big set of 14 bottles for $101.25. In comparison, the same oils, would have cost $450+ elsewhere.
I have a table here comparing the prices you’ll get from Mountain Rose Herbs vs another famous distributor of essential oils.
I’ve noticed an incredible difference in both me and my kids and have since gone back to Mountain Rose Herbs to restock any oils I’ve run out of.
5 Great Ways to use Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used in numerous ways depending on what you’re treating and which types of oils you’re using. Some can be applied directly to the skin, while others should be mixed with a carrier oil before being applied. Other oils are best when used with a diffuser.
Regardless of how you’re using essential oils, they can offer quite a number of benefits!
- Diffused in the air: There are several different types of diffusers you can purchase. You’ll find evaporative diffusers, ultrasonic/humidifying diffusers, heat diffusers, and nebulizer diffusers. Each of them have their own pros and cons; some of them require water, others don’t.
- Massage Oil: Essential oils of your choice can be mixed in with a carrier oil to make a great massage oil. They offer numerous benefits for the skin and smell incredible! Make sure to properly dilute the oils though so that they don’t irritate the skin. A good rule of thumb is about 10 drops per ounce of carrier oil for adults and 5 drops for children.
- Baths: A great way to use them in a relaxing bath is to mix them first with salts so that they can be distributed evenly throughout the water. Otherwise the oil will float on the water’s surface. I’d recommend about 10-15 drops mixed with half a cup of salt.
- Applied directly to the skin: Some oils can be applied directly to the skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, it’s best to mix them with a carrier oil of your choice. I personally really love using avocado oil and coconut oil with mine. A great way to have them absorbed into your body is by applying them to the soles of your feet, onto your chest, or on the back of your neck. If you’re using them to treat a specific part of your skin, they can usually be applied to the area in question.
- Cold/Hot Compress: Put cold/hot water into a small bowl and add in a couple drops of your choice of oils. Add in a soft washcloth, wring it out, and apply it directly to the skin. If you’re looking for a cold compress you can put the washcloth into a ziploc bag and place it in the fridge or freezer for a couple minutes before applying it to your skin.
What do you think of essential oils? Do you use them in your home? Let me know in a comment below!