By Jim Morris
In many things I’m about as conservative as they come. If there’s work to be done, you do it. If you have a bill outstanding you pay it. If you have a small ache, take a pill and shake it off. A more substantial body ache? Time to pay a rare visit to the doctor.
When my wife Leslie first entered the world of Young Living Essential Oils just over a year ago, I can’t say I greeted the news with enthusiasm. What difference could a few drops of oil make for an aching back, improving your focus or a good night’s sleep? Frankly I treated this news as a fad at best. Leslie might as well have gotten into the shrunken heads business.
This wasn’t a moneymaking endeavor for Leslie; the goal is and remains to improve the quality of life for every family member. First up is 10-year-old son RJ, a brilliant child though hamstrung with attention difficulties. The first oil for him, lavender, was diffused at bedtime to help turn off his racing mind. From there, new oils were added to the regime. Cedarwood and Brain Power for focus. M-Grain to help with some side effects of too much life happening to fast. Much to my surprise, these oils made a difference. I noticed them most when we forgot to give RJ his oils. His comfort and performance would almost always suffer. Luckily he has learned so much about them himself that he knows just what he needs and when and requests them on his own.
Next, Leslie began to improve her overall well-being and daily comfort. Panaway for body aches. DiGize for un-settled digestive system. Lemon or Orange Oil in water further improved her digestion. Daughter Ashley, 21, was up next. Several of the oils have made a tangible difference, most notably the uplifting Joy Blend that she wears daily as a non-toxic perfume.
With 75 percent of the household on board, it was time for me to be a little more enlightened. I started using Cedarwood and noted improved sleep. DiGize became my best friend after those occasional extra slices of pizza didn’t settle well. After completing a marathon, a combination of Wintergreen and Lemongrass directly on overworked body parts dramatically improved and quickened my recovery. Additionally, I take BLM and Sulfurzyme daily, which has improved my body’s performance abilities. I’m drinking more water than I would have by adding delicious Jade Lemon, which is one of the foundational parts of improved health.
Low and behold, I’ve become as invested as anyone in the household with essential oils!
Leslie is now helping others live better through essential oils by mentoring new oil users and teaching classes on how to use the oils effectively. I’ve transformed from skeptic to supporter. It helped me to read The Husband’s Field Guide- Navigating Your Wife’s Essential Oil Habit to learn I wasn’t alone. It turns out many husbands are often the last adopters of an oily lifestyle. If your wife is trying to oil you up, you need to get a copy of this book! Its a quick easy read.
There’s a steep learning curve ahead, but what’s clear is the oils can help if you do your homework and have the right attitude. After all, their use is well chronicled in the Bible, so the track record is considerably longer than modern health and wellness options.
What eventually won me over – besides the obvious positive results from Leslie, Ashley and RJ – was answering this simple question of ‘What do I have to lose?’ With a super demanding job, two awesome but active kids and having entered my 50s (shiver), why not take a chance? I can tell you the rewards are there. I just had to get over myself to see them.
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Jim Morris is Communications Manager for the California Rice Commission. Jim has worked in communications for more than 20 years.
When he’s not on the job, he enjoys his family, faith, football, outrageous monster stories and running marathons.