My obsession began with my own personal experience.
This year has been a horrendous year for allergies for me. So one morning, I was in the office with a particularly bad case of the sniffles and sneezes. I could hardly open my eyes and I was about to go meet with a client. My coworker, Dave, came up to me with what the others in our office lovingly call “his snake oil” and told me to put three drops of his oil blend on my tongue. I have tried a lot of remedies for allergy attacks like that, with at most minimal results, so I was skeptical it would have much of an impact. But only a couple of minutes later, I had stopped sneezing and I was feeling like I could breathe again!
I have never, ever had anything fix me so quickly, so of course, I immediately asked where I could get some of that. He sells the essential oils through a company called DoTerra, but since he didn’t have that particular one in stock, he directed me to a place in town that carried them. Ever since, I’ve been hooked! It’s not entirely surprising because I’ve always had a strong interests in both plants and natural remedies. (I call myself a plant nerd).
To me, it’s awe-inspiring how mother nature has provided us with so much healing power. But until recently, I don’t think I ever quite grasped the potential that plants carry.
My new interest has me fascinated in all of the uses each oil can hold, so I’ve been squeezing as much of this knowledge into my brain as possible. Hopefully the people around me don’t start to get annoyed because when somebody has a ailment that’s been nagging at them, I’m pretty apt to tell them, “I’ve got an oil for that!” I’m passionate about the oils because they really seem to work (from my experience and the many other stories I have heard) and because I love helping people. I want to give them away free to everyone I know that has an ailment so they can heal and see for themselves, but unfortunately, until I make it big time, that would leave me broke.
So what I would like to do, is share my knowledge here in the hopes that someone will find it useful and be able to heal themselves or make their lives a bit better. My plan is to start posting information, recipes, and remedies related to essential oil, amongst the other fun stuff you’ll fid here. Next up, I’m going to tell you why I’m so fond of DoTerra’s oils and their company…
I have long been interested in natural remedies, alternative medicine, and of course, nature. Unfortunately, my mom is allergic to most scents and my fiance is not fond of 'smelly stuff'. So while I sometimes use essential oils, I am concentrating my efforts on growing my own herb garden. It is unbelievable how many plants can help heal. I plan to learn how to make my own infusions, teas, salves, and what nots for more immediate use. This will allow me to always have what I need on hand and get my hands dirty doing it. Now my loved ones are going to have to avoid/deal with my garden, but hopefully, I can manage to keep the house relatively scent free. I will check out DoTerra though. I have my own recommendation of herbal books pertinent to our region: "Infusions of Healing, A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies" by Joie Davidow, "Healing with Plants in the American and Mexican West" by Margarita Artschwager Kay, and "Father Kino's Herbs, Gowing and Using Them Today" by Jacqueline A. Soule. Keep up the good work, Kim!
Hi Theresa! Thanks so much for sharing your story with me and everyone else who reads this. It must be hard for people who cannot handle strong scents. I have a few friends like that and I myself have a really hard time with strong scents, but for me, it is usually related to synthetic scents. That's one thing I love about DoTerra's oils is that they are always 100% pure and they have a very rigorous third party testing operation to make sure they are. However, because they are so pure, they tend to be stronger smelling (and different smelling) than many other essential oils on the market.
Anyway, I am interested to hear more about your experience with the concoctions you end up making. If you ever want to do a guest post on any of that, I'd be on board 🙂 Also, thanks so much for the book recommendations. I will definitely look into those! Very cool! I have one my Michael Moore (not the political filmmaker) called Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West. It's very interesting!