So I have this (wonderful) friend who is very into essential oils. Now, a few years ago I was knee deep in essential oils and aromatherapy, but as of late, not so much. I pick up a bottle of tea tree (malaleuca, for those of you in-the-know readers out there) a couple times a month, but that’s about it. I still have a rather extensive collection of oils, but whether or not their quality is anything to write home about, well, I’ll leave that one alone for now.
So, back to my friend. She started learning about essential oils in the context of use with her infant son (and herself) a while back and began to amass quite the assortment of oils over a couple of months, as she saw their use in both everyday and emergency/out of the ordinary treatments was working astoundingly well. So well, in fact, that she decided to begin selling essential oils.
Skip forward a couple months and I’m sitting in her parents’ living room listening to her talk about the various uses of this oil and that oil as she passes around vial after vial of interestingly potent-smelling liquid. My memory is jogged and much of that old information I’d learned years back while writing a term paper on holistic aromatherapy for a medical anthropology class comes trickling back into the part of my brain currently at bat. This makes for great buying power, because with this wealth of new knowledge and memory I’m trying to dust off, I feel very intrigued and decide to open my pocketbook to the tune of nearly $500.
Fast forward a week and I’ve been using the samples of oil my friend has made me, and my shipment of oils has arrived. Using the Melissa oil has left me nothing short of euphoric, ladies and gentlemen. A blend of lavender, peppermint and frankincense eases away those pesky headaches I’ve been getting (thanks, Texas summers), not to mention the blend leaves me inhaling a deliciously pleasant aroma.
One of the troubles I am faced with, poor me, is easy bruising. In consulting my dear essential oil guru (and the guide book[s] that abound), I have found that helichrysum is touted with working small miracles in dissipating bruising and at least in minimizing bruising when you expect it will occur. Well guess what, I have a wedding—at the beach—in a few days, and I have several unsightly (is a bruise ever sightly?) bruises on my legs. So I’ve applied some of this supposed miracle worker oil on my bruises and am sitting back waiting for results. Okay, not exactly. But I am hopeful, after the results I’ve seen using other oils for various purposes, that perhaps some discoloration will fade by the wedding this upcoming weekend. I’ll let you know how it works out.
And so it seems I’ve set forth, again perhaps, on a beautiful, natural, journey…