Essential oils are all the rage right now. Within a 24 hour period, I had two friends ask if I was interested in doing a review/ giveaway on the blog about their oils and I declined because I had just bought oils from a third friend a couple days prior.
A search of Pinterest will pull up essential oil remedies for everything. Until my recent purchase, I was pretty sure my mommy blogger card was going to get revoked for not dousing my family in oils and stocking my medicine cabinet with things like Ylang Ylang (isn’t that the name of a panda?) and Valarian (which I mistakenly believed to be a Nordic god.)
But, as a cheapskate, I just couldn’t ignore the prices of those tiny, tiny bottles of oil. I understand they’re super distilled and pure and probably kissed by flax-headed virgins before shipping but why should I drop all that dough when there’s oils all around me for a fraction of the cost?
Take my Wesson. It’s concentrated vegetables grown in America’s heartland. I figured if applying a couple drops of Clary Sage behind your ears or on your wrists can relax you, why not my used cooking oil? I do put sage in my breading mixture after all.
I found that inhaling the aroma of french fries and crab cakes really brought balance to my day while driving the dog into a state of frenzy every time I came near. The only downside was everyone kept expecting something better than cold tuna salad for dinner.
I also know that oils can be diffused into the air. Since I couldn’t pin any of my older children down long enough to try some Wesson on their necks (“THIS WILL HELP YOU RELAX!!! LAY STILL!!!”) I thought forcing them to inhale some oils was the logical next step.
As we’re all feeling a bit unmotivated in the school department, I decided to try a little undiluted motor oil in my kids old Vaporizer. The results were mixed. Teddy and Fulton loved the feeling of being on a racetrack while I kept feeling like I was stuck in the waiting room of a Sears Auto Center. The older kids kept claiming they had “headaches” and “were going to be sick” but since they refused my offers of a Wesson temple massage for relief, I think they were bluffing.
While checking my house for any other oils I might have overlooked I discovered my bottle of Oil of Olay daily moisturizer What can be better than the concentrated oil from Olay’s?? Even though I’m not sure what an Olay is (perhaps the American way of saying “Ole'”?) I made sure to slather on an extra thick coat so those healthy oils could take off a few additional years from my face.
Finally, I remembered one of my friends posting a picture of a diffuser locket she wore to help fight anxiety during the day. Of course, I decided to DIY myself a personal diffuser. At first I considered just using a lace hankie sprinkled with a little oil tucked closely to my breast, like a classy Victorian lady. But since I can’t find my handkerchief and have resorted to using wadded up balls of toilet paper as of late, I went another route.
Pure coconut oil! The relaxing sent of the tropics right under my nose! And when I went to fry up some eggs, I didn’t have to make a trip to the pantry. I know it’s dangerous to use some oils straight without dilution and I learned that the hard way when my necklace snapped and the container of oil landed on my foot. Live and learn!
What experience do you have with essential oils? Any favorites to pass along? I’ve heard a lot of good things about fish oil, so I’m considering rubbing that on my feet before bed tonight or maybe sticking a lavender scented dryer sheet under my pillow! These old fashioned, natural remedies really are something amazing!
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