Essential Oils: Miracle or Myth?

Preston and I are always open to new ideas and information when it comes to our healthy lives. We have discussed the importance of having new experiences so naturally, we attended an informative party on TerraDota Essential Oils.

Firstly, it was really fun to attend a “grown-up” party. The hostess had a beautiful and well-cleaned home. Platters of small snacks were neatly placed along the table. Adorable mason jars filled fresh lemonade and rose water slated our thirst. The perfect, Pinterest-worthy flower arrangement accented the coffee table. Literally, it was everything I want my home to be someday— and it made me once again realize how far we really are from adulting at our gatherings.

After my initial amazement, it was time to get down to business. The topic of the evening was Essential Oils for health and wellness. Oils are molecules and compounds found in natural plants, such as peppermint or lavender, that may have health benefits. The user only needs a few drops because the serums are incredibly concentrated. Some oils can be consumed, rubbed into the skin, or inhaled through the nose.

I would certainly be open to a bottle of lavender to relax at night or peppermint to refocus during the mid-afternoon slump; however, these are not for those on a budget. Essential oils may be a great investment for your health if you are willing to spend the money and your budget is willing.

There are numerous blends of oil compounds that are marketed to help with headaches, tummy troubles, and minor scrapes. Some blends supposedly help with emotional states such as mindfulness, serenity, and motivation. After looking through the catalogue we determined that there is an oil for everything.

Preston and I were impressed with the presentation and I don’t believe that oils could do much harm. I did experience more burning (than tingling) when I rubbed the oils into my skin, but I may be sensitive. Preston didn’t seem to feel any adverse side effects from the application. If the price was right, I would certainly be open to a bottle of lavender to relax at night or peppermint to refocus during the mid-afternoon slump; however, these are not for those on a budget. The target market is certainly those with plenty of disposable income, something we are lacking at the moment. One small bottle was over $20 and the price point only increased from there. We, of course, push balance and prioritizing to achieve a healthy life. Essential oils may be a great investment for your health if you are willing to spend the money and your budget is willing.

We have yet to answer the most important question about oils: miracle or myth? This is impossible to adequately answer. I believe there are certainly healing properties in the compounds found in plant life. I completely agree that the smell of lavender is soothing and the scent of peppermint is refocusing. But what I am still questioning is the placebo effect present in the oil industry. Do they work because you believe they will work? Am I calm because I was told lavender is calming? That, Preston and I are not sure of the answer.

In the end, we encourage you to look into essential oils and alternative wellness. These products might help you immensely or you may find they are not the answer. The important thing is that you believe in their power and you can afford them. We will be looking into them more, but for now the jury is still out.

Xoxo,

Hayley

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