When I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17, I very quickly learned of how our everyday products affect our overall health. I completely changed my diet, exchanged my shower essentials to ones with less toxins and became more aware of what I was putting on my skin. I was definitely aware that the products I was previously using were harmful to my body and needed some revising, however, I never truly thought about how much natural products could truly benefit my overall health until I was introduced to essential oils.
In the spring of 2016, my mom and I spent 6 weeks in Tijuana, Mexico for my cancer treatment. We quite enjoyed exploring Tijuana and continually appreciated the milestones we accomplished in becoming less like tourists and more like citizens. We learned enough Spanish to order ‘Crepes de Fresa’ (Strawberry Crepes) on Sundays at our favourite Pancake Place (the restaurant’s name was literally Pancake Place) and quickly found our favourite coffee shops. Although we did get lots of time to explore, the main purpose of our trip was cancer treatment and so Monday – Saturday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM was spent at the clinic.
We quickly befriended and bonded with the other patients and their loved ones and still cherish these friendships today. One Sunday evening, we were invited over to one of the patients’ residences. They were a lovely couple from Australia, Inga and Richard. Richard spent the days in treatment with me while Inga and my mom got to know each other. Inga was an excellent cook and was cooking up some delicious, doctor approved pizza for us to enjoy.
On this particular day I was in some kidney pain. By this point I had been experiencing kidney pain for 8 months already, so it was no stranger to me. I usually popped some Advil and away the pain went. However, on this day I had forgotten my trusty pain killer at home. When Inga heard of the pain I was in, she dashed off to her bedroom and came back with a small container of some sort of liquid. I had heard of essential oils before but was really only familiar with oil of oregano. If your mother was like mine and spoon fed you oil of oregano as a kid to fight off the nasty cold that went around the elementary school, you would understand my apprehension when Inga initially informed me about using her essential oils.
However, this was different. She had a mixture of oils that she had made and said that Richard used it all the time to combat pain and was to be applied topically. I was skeptical at first but didn’t want to be rude and decline her offer. I rubbed the mixture onto the skin around my left kidney area and within minutes actually felt relief!
I even remember how shocked I was that it had actually alleviated my pain!
This is when my love of essential oils began and I have used them and loved them ever since. I personally only trust the brands Young Living and doTerra for my oil use. You can get essential oils from any health food store, and they admittedly will be cheaper, but it is 100% worth it to pay the extra money for the quality these 2 brands offer.
I had never realized how beneficial essential oils could actually be. When I was originally diagnosed and changed up the products I was using, I only did so because I knew the products were considered “bad” for me. I’d never really considered how “good” the new products I was using truly were, or even that certain natural products could be more beneficial than the old products were harmful.
I now use essential oils in my own home for everything. I diffuse Peppermint essential oil in the morning to help wake up and feel energized. I rub Lavender essential oil on my belly or just sniff it when I feel nauseous. I use them diluted in water instead of harsh chemical filled products to clean our home. And if our house needs some refreshing, I’ll diffuse any combination of oils that smell nice.
There are many practical uses for them. But, the reason I am sharing this post at all is because of what I discovered the other night. If you have read my last blog post, “Totally Unfiltered: Who I am today“, you’ll know that I have lately been suffering from difficulty breathing. The really scary episode I discuss in my last post is an exaggerated case of how I feel every so often. The other night, I couldn’t fall asleep due to laboured breathing. I felt as though I was getting full, big breaths but not enough oxygen intake to satisfy my body. I understand the biological mechanisms of what I was physically feeling and so I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it. I ended up staying awake until 4:00 AM because of the way my lungs felt. A few nights later, the same feeling returned and I was fed up.
I suddenly realized that there must be some essential oils that could help with my problem and low and behold I have discovered my holy grail lung therapy.
I added a mixture of Cedarwood, Lavender, Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils to my diffuser and placed it near my bedside. I also rubbed some Eucalyptus oil onto my chest and no word of a lie, within 10 minutes of breathing in the oils, my lungs began to relax and my breathing was back to normal. I was able to fall asleep and slept soundly the rest of the night! Since I have discovered this remedy, I have used it multiple times already and can say first hand that it works.
I literally have so many other stories like this, where the use of oils have made me feel so much better! There is an abundance of information online informing you on each oils’ use and the lists are extensive! I am so grateful for these oils and I think it’s so amazing that these are things that God made and put on this earth for us to use! I’m by no means an expert on these but man oh man do I ever recommend them.