September 27, 2017 by Drafts & Crafts
Continuing along in my journey of working toward a healthier lifestyle for my family, I am talking about how I have replaced some medicine with essential oils.
Last week, I kicked off this new series by discussing how I am using less harmful, and more natural beauty products in our home. This week I am continuing with part 2 of the series, talking about how I started using essential oils in our house. When someone in our house doesn’t feel the best, we typically jump toward the medicine cabinet. I wanted to try to break this habit with introducing essentials oils in our home.
Since my second pregnancy has been much more sickly than my first, I used anti-nausea medicine from week 6 to week 12. I cringe at the fact that I had to take medicine while pregnant because I felt so sick. The first time I ever used essential oils was when my girlfriend, Meghan, made me an anti-nausea roller. I used that everyday, along with a prescription medicine. Around 12 weeks, the nausea did subside, however the insomnia kicked in FULL-FORCE. I resorted to taking unison (a sleep aid) nightly. My doctor did ensure me that it was safe to take, but it still made me feel uneasy. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to wean myself off. I did NOT want to depend on a sleep aid from week 13 until delivery.
Around 24 weeks, I decided something needed to change so I got my first essential oil diffuser and oils from Vitruvi. I had been asking a lot of friends about their experience with oils. I honestly did know if I was that “crunchy” to wean myself off medication with something so natural. I finally thought, I have nothing to loose so why not try essentials oils. I ripped the band-aid off about 4 weeks ago and have been sleeping pretty sound with Vitruvi’s sleep roll on and the diffuser on my nightstand. Sure I toss and turn some (and pee often), but when I was pregnant with Tanner I was up from 3am to 5am every single night. This has not happened to me once in the last month!
I have been using essential oils for my whole family! I put the sleep roller on Tanner’s feet before he goes to bed and on my husband’s neck. It has been fun to look up different remedies for things, we have mostly been using them for sleep, headache, calmness, and fall scents to make the house smell delicious! Vitruvi was kind enough to share some fun blends with me:
Favourite Fall Blend
10 drops Bergamot and 10 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Eucalyptus, and 10 drops Frankincense into my diffuser and turn it on the 7.5 hour cycle.
5 drops Lemon and 10 drops Eucalyptus together in the morning.
Yang Ylang can be quite strong, use about 2-3 drops along with 10 drops of Geranium
Moving forward, I plan to try oils first before we jump for Tylenol. I personally feel like trying oils can’t hurt so why not try them first. You can look up a remedy for nearly anything you are experiencing. If I am able to have a VBAC with baby number 2, I plan to bring my diffuser to the hospital to diffuse some calming scents in my room. If you have any questions about the Vitruvi oils or diffuser that I have been using or would like to know any remedies, please don’t hesitate to send me a message. Thank you to Vitruvi for sponsoring this post and making my essential oil dreams come true! Stay tuned for Part 3 of Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle Series.
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