We aren't big drug users around here. We have taken something when we get very uncomfortable, but not all that often. Still, when I think back on all the times we've been very uncomfortable in the last 7 months and all the times we would have taken a pill or downed some syrup or used ointment or spray it adds up to quite a lot of times.
There are SIX of us in this house and we haven't taken (or bought) any prescription OR over-the-counter medication in the last seven months (apart from Advil for my stubborn headaches). This is true even though we've had (skip the list if it's TMI)
colds (runny nose, coughing, sore throat)
digestive issues (every type)
flu (fevers, aches, cold symptoms)
And now, at the risk of sounding like a new age freak, I just have to say that I love, love, love essential oils, which, you may have guessed, we started using 7 months ago. In that time we haven't taken the kids to the doctor except once (when Evie had an ingrown toenail that worried me. We held on to the prescription for antibiotics that the doctor wrote out, used oils with antibiotic properties and didn't have to fill the prescription after all.) There is always something on hand that is completely safe and natural that we can try before taking anyone to the doctor. And we just haven't had to.
Can you tell that this makes me happy? Hugely, hugely happy? We'll use medicine and doctors any time we need to, but I am starting to understand the neighbors of a friend (who I thought were a bit OTT a few months ago) who quit their health insurance policy (except for emergencies or something) because they used essential oils.
I'm glad we have a doctor and access to modern medicine, and I'm even more glad that we pretty much haven't had to use them, or deal with side effects and wait in discomfort to take the next dose, etc.
I haven't mentioned this on my blog, even though it's so important to me (now, though I was quite a skeptic before we tried them). But now that I have, I will probably share some of the surprises as they come. I still am regularly shocked when the oils work on a new ailment and I might just post anecdotes at the end of blog posts, like in italics so you can skip them if you don't care. :)
Do you use oils or know anyone who does? Do you think it makes me a freak? Did you know they can be used in place of medicine? (I didn't) Do you have an ailment that medicine doesn't seem to help that oils might help? Essential oils are so powerful, especially therapeutic grade oils (we use DoTerra's top quality oils.) I'm very grateful for them.
In case it's not clear, I'd be delighted to talk to anyone about oils who wants to! It never gets old. Just drop me a line.