I can't tell you how long I've gone back and forth on writing this post. It's such a talked about, and sometimes controversial topic that I want to stay far away from it, but this is really a story of God's kind faithfulness in our lives. I love looking back and being freshly reminded of ways God has worked in our family. And because this is our little space, I'm writing it....and it's kind of long.
It's no secret that I've struggled with a variety of health problems for the last 11 years. Charles Spurgeon once said, 'I venture to say that the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness. Sickness has frequently been of more use to the saints of God than health has.' This is true of my story. I can't tell you what a gift it would be to wake up feeling good, but poor health has broken my pride, pushed me closer to God, and given me a longing for heaven.
Almost two years ago a good friend gave me essential oils for Christmas. We used essential oils before, but not extensively. I pretty much didn't trust anything my natural doctor in Southern California hadn't approved and thought these oils would be of little help. Our doctor did get a chance to test the oils and thought they were a good product so it gave me confidence to use them. I still didn't understand how to make them a part of our daily life and didn't see how they would help with health problems I had dealt with for years.
Our friend kept faithfully sharing them with us and we started to like different oils here and there, but it wasn't until we tried them for Elijah's croup that we were sold. Elijah got croup the first time when he was 6 months and suffered with it multiple times a year since. Often it caused us to go to urgent care to get steroids and breathing treatments on a regular basis.
He started coughing one night and I knew it was croup. I know that dry, seal like bark anywhere. I immediately used the oils on him and it turned out to be his most mild case. He actually SLEPT through the night. That had never happened before. We usually spent the night going back and forth from outside's cold air to the bathroom with a steamy shower running. I kept asking Caleb, "do you think the oils actually helped?!" I'm not sure why but each time we've had a success with essential oils my first reaction is to doubt it, but we haven't gone to urgent care for his croup since using essential oils. So, I guess I have to say it's working!
That was what pushed Caleb and I to look more into the company. Caleb is a research king and he went to work looking into this particular oil company, doTERRA. He read a ton from third party doctors and scientists on doTERRA oils. We were pleased with everything we've found.
In all this research we started to learned about the different oils. We started to understand the many benefits and incorporated them into daily use. I noticed our kids got sick less and less. I was turning to our oils stash to care for headaches, sleep problems, infections, digestive problems, the list goes on and on. I noticed the biggest difference in the kids heath. They were able to fight off sicknesses they were exposed to and rarely get sick at all anymore. Even though I saw my family doing well, I was still struggling and I was discouraged. I really didn't think anything was going to help. I just wanted energy to get through the day and take care of my kids. I text my friend pretty hopeless that anything was going to work and asked if there was anything else I could try. She asked me if I was on any of the supplements and I wasn't. I really hadn't thought of it. She said I should get on them right away, so we put an order in.
As soon as I got them I started and have taken them consistently ever since, which has been since the beginning of September. I feel amazing. At first I second guessed it like always. I started feeling a little better, having a little more energy, but I didn't even want to say anything, cause what if it didn't last. But days turned to weeks, which have turned into months and I haven't felt this good in years. I am sleeping through the night (unless a kid wakes me) this never happened before. I don't take naps during the day. I'm much more productive. My back pain is more manageable, my headaches are less frequent. I really can't believe it. I'm thrilled. I know that God could take my health away again, but right now I'm thanking him over and over for how good I feel.
God taught me so much walking through those months. Caleb and I see his hand in all of it, my friend's desire to share and bless us with oils. And God ultimately using them to make me feel better. All I can think is how grateful I am and that I want to share this with other people who I know are suffering.
I have hesitations in writing though. I've heard so much debate and arguing when it comes to essential oils and natural health care in general. I need to share my thoughts on a couple things.
Essential oils are not little drops of miracles in a bottle. I clearly think that essential oils are wonderful and there are endless uses, but I've seen people turn to oils to cure all of their problems. I see people wanting to use oils for behavioral problems, and to take away the pain of loosing a family member, and there is an expectation that once you start using oils you will never have pain or be sick again.
The oils could help aid in all of those areas, but if your child is misbehaved an oil will not fix it. Our bodies are slowly decaying. I know people don't like to think of it, but we are dying and an oil will not save you from that. We will all continue to get sick. Place your trust in Jesus and keep an eternal perspective. Essential oils are a wonderful way to be a good steward of the body God's given you, but it makes me sad when I see believers putting so much of their faith into the gift and not to the Giver.
I've heard of people getting really ugly with each other over essential oils and natural health care in general. Why? I've heard stories among believers that are causing division with each other over oils....that is CRAZY. In fact, it happens with the whole topic of western medicine vs. homeopathic. There is so much pride and judgement. I never want someone to feel judged by us because we use essential oils and they don't. This is a personal decision that we've come to for our family. We've prayed, researched and are trying to make the best decision for our family. That will look different for different families. This is not a topic to argue about.
I have to say, I strongly believe that the purity of an oil is extremely important and I cannot speak to the purity of any other oil company. I know of other good oils (our doctor in California had great oils) but there are a lot that aren't pure and could be harmful for you. Be careful. Do your research. Not all oils are created equally.
I've also heard that doTERRA will make any claims to sell oils just to make money. As soon as I heard the words, multi level marketing, I said, no! no! no! But Caleb did a lot of research on this front too and he was really impressed with doTERRA's business plan. We've also been surprised with the company as a whole and how they truly love helping others. I want to say that there's no scam here. People are working it like a business and just because people make money selling oils and doing something they love does not mean it's a scam. Or that they're only saying certain things to sell oils.
The business side of things is another huge way that God blessed our family in a really, really, hard time. I'm going to tell that story next. In the mean time if you have any questions you can email me at email@example.com or follow me @jirehwellness on IG. I will share different ways we use the oils and how we've seen them help our family.