I've been asking all sorts of questions beginning with, "Do they even work? Or is it a bunch of hype?"
But more and more, I've been wondering about essential oils. I mean, there has to be something to them with how long they have been in use, right? I wouldn't go so far as to treat appendicitis with them, but for a cold....that might be worth looking into.
Here is the problem: As much as I appreciate modern medicine, it only does so much. My quadruplets are two (almost 3!), so there isn't a ton of stuff that they can take to help when they are sick. Most over-the-counter medications are reserved for older kids and adults. And that's frustrating. Really, really frustrating since my kids get sick every time a germ looks at them.
I just feel like I need something else to combat their illnesses. Another tool in my arsenal for when they are sick every other week. (Oh, if only I was joking about the frequency of illness!)
So I've started to dive into the world of essential oils. What are they? How do they work? What is the science behind them? Which is the best one? Is it worth the money?
So far, I've looked into (some more than others):
I have to tell you, there is an INSANE amount of information out there, and a good chunk of it is contradictory. I did find two resources that I've enjoyed at length though. This seven-part series on which essential oil companies are the best and this video about the science behind essential oils.
I like having facts substantiated with science, and unfortunately, not many scientific studies exist about them since they aren't highly monitored. It seems, each essential oil user has to do their own research about what makes up a pure oil and then decide which company they think is best. So much for my need for everything to be black and white.
If you think I have answers....sorry. I research stuff like this to death before making a move on it. Can you blame me? This is my family's health we are talking about!
Hmm...I waver back and forth several times a day about whether or not to give it a try. Right now, I'm leaning toward trying it. But then my mind says, "You just rub a little oil on and you're magically better." (My mind likes to simplify things.) Is it too good to be true? I hope not.
I'd love to hear if you have any experience with essential oils. Did they work for you? Or not? And which companies do you recommend, and which should I avoid?
As my hubby put it last night, "It's a bit granola-y for me."
Me too, Babe. In fact, I can't believe I'm even entertaining the idea. But I once said that about chiropractic care, and now I see - and enjoy! - the benefits of that.
So...I guess I figure essential oils are worth looking into.
Don't miss the other posts in this series!
- Second Post: Essential Oils: The German, British, and French Schools of Thought
- Third Post: Essential Oils: To Ingest or Not to Ingest? (and how I ended up picking my method)
- Fourth Post: Essential Oils: Which Essential Oil Company is Best? (and reviews on 5 popular companies!)
- Fifth Post: Essential Oils: How I Saved Money by Switching To...