I’m a creature of habit. I don’t change course quickly or easily. Ask anyone who knows me well.
I also like to stick with what I know, what I feel competent doing.
So, here on Simple Nourished Living for the past several years I’ve been sharing topics I’m comfortable with: healthy cooking, Weight Watchers friendly recipes, basic weight loss tips, with the occasional yoga article, product and book review.
I’d found a comfortable rhythm and everything was good.
The Essential Oil Wave
Then in February something unexpected happened. Peter and I attended our first bloggers conference and got caught up in this huge Essential Oils wave.
Since we got back I’ve been experimenting with essential oils, incorporating them into my daily life:
- breathing in peppermint oil first thing in the morning to energize me,
- rubbing peppermint and frankincense oil onto my feet early in the day,
- diffusing citrus oil into the air to lift my spirits,
- adding lemon oil to my water to make it taste better and take advantage of all its health properties,
- rubbing oil into achey joints/muscles,
- adding grapefruit oil to my water to alleviate cravings and regulate metabolism,
- dabbing oil onto my wrists each morning. It’s supposed to interact with the unique individual chemistry of each person to create a unique fragrance designed to to impart beauty, femininity and allure. (Who doesn’t want more beauty, femininity and allure at this age?)
- rubbing lavender onto the bottoms of our feet to support restful sleep.
And I’m really just getting started. There are so many oils I want to begin experimenting with, especially in the kitchen.
I haven’t been this excited in a very long time because I believe that essential oils align so well with what I believe about health and wellness. And I’ve got some pretty strong views formed over my lifetime, 17 years of which were spent working in many aspects of traditional healthcare.
Modern & Alternative Medicine
To be totally honest, I’m a bit of a cynic when it comes to modern medicine. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the remarkable things it’s amazing technology is capable of accomplishing in life threatening emergencies. If I broke a bone or felt like I was having a heart attack or needed life-saving surgery, I would hightail it to the hospital. But, then as soon as possible I would get the heck out of there before acquiring a nasty infection or something worse. I could fill a book with the sobering stories of adverse events I’ve heard through the years.
And I resent the word “healthcare” as it is used to describe our modern medical system, which has more to do with managing “illness” and than with fostering real “health.” For all it’s high-tech bells and whistles, we seem to be getting sicker in so many ways.
I also believe that we are responsible for our health and well-being. This is where the rubber meets the road because that takes effort. We need to eat right, exercise, rest, and manage our stress. We can’t treat ourselves like crap, feed ourselves junk, work ourselves into the ground, string ourselves out on stress, and then expect a doctor to wave a magic wand and make us better. It would be so much easier if we could just abdicate responsibility, but we can’t. I know this from personal experience.
My body began retaliating against the lack of respect I showed it at a relatively young age. Headaches, high blood pressure and debilitating sciatica caused me to reevaluate my ways. I’ve been dabbling in alternative/natural approaches to wellness including nutrition, massage, aromatherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, meditation and yoga for ever since. I believe it’s better to try the safest, most natural solution to a health issue first. And then pursue more aggressive therapies, carefully and thoughtfully, as necessary.
A Wider Focus for Simple Nourished Living
I love cooking, eating and sharing recipes. It’s a big part of who I am. I’m happy when I’m puttering in the kitchen. (Though, I love to eat out too.)
But, I have another mission too. I want to help as many people as I can take better care of themselves so they can live happier, healthier lives. Up until now, I wasn’t sure best how to proceed with that, beyond teaching yoga.
Now it seems clear to me. I love that essential oils are such an easy, safe way to begin taking better care of yourself. If you are interested in learning more please feel free to fill out this form and we will get back to you as soon as we can!
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