This blog post has been a long time coming. In a way, I feel like I’ve been leading a secret life- my fashion blogging one, and then the one I lead outside of the blog and Instagram- the one where I use essential oils daily and talk about them like today is Armageddon. I hate that I can’t be as open about my oils usage on @thedandyliar, but I’m hoping that will change one day soon. My prayer is that I will be able to talk about them as openly as I do fashion- because I am equally as passionate about both.
So, how did I get into oils in the first place? It started a few months shortly after I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression from a missing thyroid. My levels were so completely off, and though I started taking anti-anxiety medication and anti-depressants, they only seemed to barely help. I felt pretty hopeless.
Shortly before I went into isolation for my chemo (you can read all about that here), I had a friend from elementary school (shout out to @ouroilynest!) sent me an emotional support roller with Joy and Valor in it (two blends of oils from Young Living). After years of swearing that I would never using essential oils (frankly, I thought they were for hippies and didn’t believe that they would work), here I was, not only using the emotional support roller, but actually benefitting from it. I applied it religiously to my wrists, behind my ears, and across my heart. I did this for two weeks, and noticed that each time I would smell my wrists, I would get a little lift of serotonin. And that whenever my anxiety was getting bad, I would use the roller and feel grounded.
If these two oil blends could do this for me, what about all the other oils out there, I wondered? What could they do? My interest was piqued, to say the least, and shortly thereafter, I bought my Premium Starter Kit (11 of the most commonly used essential oils + a diffuser) from Young Living. I quickly began to realize that the answer to my question was… a lot. These oils could do a lot for me. They began to offer me:
- sleep support – I used to wake up multiple times throughout the night, and now I wake up in the AM feeling rested!
- immune support – True Story: my kids haven’t been to the doctor since just before I got my oils kit. Coincidence?
- skin support – Just take a look at my surgery scar. Looks pretty darn good, huh? Thanks to my DIY Glow Serum.
- and of course, emotional support
Among the many ways in which oils began to support me, I also realized that I could begin replacing some of the toxic chemicals in my home (foaming hand soap and dryer sheets were the first two to go!) with clean products I either made from essential oils or bought from Young Living. With a wakeup call like cancer, I realized there was no greater time to “clean up my act” so to speak, and to in turn, clean up my home.
And now, I’m sharing this with you all. Just like I’ve spend the past 3.5 years sharing about everything from my favorite lace-up espadrilles to the BEST sales of the season, I’m here to share something even more important than any of that. You read that right. Even more important.
If you want to grab your own starter kit and join me – ORDER HERE (make sure 14980191 shows in the sponsor/enroller field, and then select member). Once you sign up, I have an exclusive facebook group for my entire community to learn, share, and support one another while we’re using oils. We are truly like one big happy family- we offer weekly classes, tons of resources, have monthly calls, etc. I’ll also send you a welcome kit with info and some goodies to help get you started (cough cough, super cute brushed gold and white rollers). I will be here with you every step of the way to teach, encourage, and support you in any way I can. Let’s do it together!
If you want to hear more about my oils journey and how I use them daily, you can follow me on my oils account on Instagram @thedandyliarhome. I share everything from DIYs and recipes, oil usage, my daily routine, and so much more!