Snake Oil

Recently, I have been taking it upon myself to try and live a cleaner lifestyle. For me, that means eating better, amping up the exercise, and trying to rid myself of some habits that are a detriment to my health. None of these things are particularly easy on me. Are they easy on anyone? Who really has the time, honestly? It is definitely a work in progress. One of the easier changes I have implemented, is the introduction of essential oils to my beauty and health regimens. The difference in the way I look and feel is significant. I buy my oils from doTERRA, because they have the highest purity standards in the industry. No more watered-down, health food store oils for me. No sir! These are really concentrated, and really effective. In fact, one drop of doTERRA Peppermint oil is enough to quell one of my notorious raging migraines almost instantly. I haven`t felt that kind of relief since I started having cluster headaches at age 9. From that moment, I was hooked, and I have been trying to tell everyone I know about what these oils can do. Most have reacted positively; believing my testimony enough to at least give the oils a try.

There is one person, however, that I can`t seem to convince, no matter how much proof, no matter how many positive testimonies I show her: my mother. Call it stubbornness, call it willful ignorance, call it whatever you will, but the fact remains she simply will not try the oils. She has chronic pain from injuries sustained on the job, and from a terrible car accident she was in years ago. She takes prescription painkillers for it. I have to admit, I have taken my fair share of painkillers out of desperation for relief from my migraines, but I never enjoyed the feeling that came along with them. So when I found something that healed my pain without throwing me for a loop, I was ecstatic. I figured, no one would be more excited about this than my mom, so I told her right away. Imagine my surprise, when she completely rebuffed me. `That stuff is nothing but snake oil,` she told me. For those who don`t quite understand the reference, `Snake Oil` is a term used for any number of placebos sold by traveling salesmen in the 19th century. Some were harmless, others were extremely toxic-many were made with poisonous ingredients, like the severed heads of rattlesnakes. Hence the name. Point is, my mom was making a snap judgement about the essential oils. She was, and remains, unwilling to try them. She even convinced my grandmother that my oils were a scam, so she became unwilling to try them, too. How do I get past this? Persistence! I have been making myself the guinea pig for the oils, always making a point of mentioning them whenever someone complains of a joint problem, or headache, or sore throat. Anything at all. I have an oil for that!

In the last few weeks, I have been using a mixture of Lavender, Melaleuca (Tea-Tree Oil) and Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) on my skin to heal my acne, and clear my post-acne marks and the results are amazing! FCO is non-comedogenic, meaning it won`t clog your pores, and since all the fats have been removed it doesn`t stain your fabrics either. None of the oils do. Lavender is an anti-inflammatory (it works for sore throats, too!) and Melaleuca has anti-microbial properties. It is actually my go-to oil for skin problems. Point is, my skin is dewey and blemish-free! The FCO keeps it moisturized without adding to my acne problem, and the essential oils help keep my skin`s natural oils in check while killing bacteria that could clog my pores.

I have to admit, though, I think I am getting a zit-fighting boost from the doTERRA vitamins. The Life Long Vitality pack makes me feel SO good! I have more energy, I sleep better, and I just FEEL better- and that`s on a half dose! Beauty starts within, so I figured the vitamins would be a good addition to my beauty routine. I was right.

Seeing a positive change in me must have moved my grandma a little at least, because not long ago I was able to convince her to let my friend make her a roller bottle of Frankincense and Marjoram for her arthritis. Both are excellent for joint pain and swelling of any kind. The improvement was almost instant! The swelling in her wrist went down from a mass the size of a softball, to almost nothing after only a few seconds of massaging the oils into her wrist. She has been using the oils ever since.

I guess the point of all this, besides yet another wonderful testimony in favor of doTERRA, is the celebration of my little victory. A little victory that made a big difference for my grandma, and for me. I was able to help her with something that has plagued her for years, causing her untold amounts of pain. But more than that, it solidified my resolve to keep it up with the oils, despite the opposition. So here I am, telling you about my passion- eager to teach everyone I meet, as much as I can. The oils may not be a cure-all, but they are effective in many cases, and they`re non-toxic. And if you are trying to live naturally, I can`t think of a better way to do that than giving these oils a try.

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