You all know I'm all about keeping bees, chickens and milk goats, I'm all about all-natural, heirloom, home-made, do-it-yourself, make-it-yourself, grow-it-yourself, local-made, small-business, let's-keep-our-own-power-and-not-give-it-away, etc.etc.etc. In that spirit, I've been using essential oils for several years now, I make the vast majority of my home-cleaning and personal care products myself, and essential oils are a big part of those recipes. I'd tried several different brands of essential oils, and they all worked pretty much the same, and I thought that's just how well they all worked-NOT so! When I started using the Young Living brand of oils, I immediately saw a big, big difference in the way all my products performed...but what really blew my mind was how amazingly they perform as Over The Counter medications!
I have chronic pain in my neck and shoulder area from herniated discs (horse-wreck, car-wreck, snowmachine-wreck, who knows how it happened lol!) I've gone to chiropractors, masseuses, and taken all kinds of OTC's for the pain and stiffness-and it all helped, some. THEN I got my oils and starting rubbing PanAway on my neck every day...the oils work just a few minutes after contact, and I had temporary relief from the pain and stiffness right away. I started using it every night before bed, and it continued to feel better every day...then I ran out of my PanAway oil and didn't use any oils on my neck...in just a few days my neck was as stiff and sore as ever-I panicked because it was still several days before my next order of PanAway oil was scheduled to arrive, so I did a little research on the oils and started using Valor on my neck every night-and viola! my neck is way better again! Is my neck 100% better? Does it feel like I'm in my 20's again? Can I look completely over my right shoulder? No, but it is at least 80% better-I don't wake up in the middle of the night with my neck aching because I've slept 'wrong', I don't have to take Aleve during the day because my neck is hurting, I don't have a band of pain from my neck to my hip 24/7/365...yes ma'am, I'll take it!
The next thing the oils did that blew my mind was saving the life of one of my chickens! I had a chicken that had been a little listless and peaked looking for a few weeks...nothing serious, no sign of what might be wrong with her, but just not herself-then she took a turn for the worse and within two days, I knew I had a 'dead chicken walking'. I don't know what it is that happens, but I've had several chickens die with the same kind of symptoms over the past 3.5 years...nothing I've ever tried has made any difference once they get that 'dead chicken walking' look. So, since I figured we had nothing to lose, we put her in a little kennel by herself in the mud-room, and I dosed her water with a couple of drops of Thieves and Purification in her water-she rallied right away, and in a few days was laying eggs again!
Of course, I won't doctor my chickens, or any of my animals with anything I wouldn't use on myself-and I definitely wouldn't ingest any non-food grade substances-not only are the Young Living oils food grade, they are Therapeutic grade oils, which is HUGE...that's why the huge difference between the Young Living oils all the other oils I've used...
And here's another thing that sold me on these oils-their philosophy. "Anything that goes on your body should be safe enough to go in your body." AND "There should never be an exchange. For instance, you should not have to take something for your heart that destroys your liver." YES and YES!
One of my personal goals is to replace my medicine cabinet OTC's with essential oils...after 6 weeks of using the oils, I can honestly tell you I haven't reached for an OTC yet! I'm sure we all know that OTC's are not-so-good to really-bad for us...but we also know that if something's hurting, we're not gonna care about long term liver damage, etc in that moment, we just want the thing to go AWAY, so we pop an OTC-with the oils, you don't have to make the choice between long-term health and being pain-free right now!
Over the past 3.5 years I've created (with MUCH help and support from Giant of course) a small business to sell what I personally am passionate about and believe in; pure, local honey from our beehives, farm-fresh eggs laid by our free-range hens, our adorable dairy goats for milking; things that are good for our health and our earth!