And then I used my rescue inhaler around Day 8 (and 9…10…11…). But it wasn’t just that. Over the course of my two week (ish) fling with essential oil use topically and internally, I called it quits. Here, in no particular order, is exactly why I’m not singing out of the hymnal at the Church of EOs.
My Poor Stomach.
After some research, like this which cites the dangers associated with peppermint ingestion, I determined that any internal intake of essential oils – no matter their proclaimed safety – can make and did make my stomach do terrible things. I was having pretty consistent belly pains and bathroom visits, all of which I could directly associate with oils usage. For the record, I was ingesting peppermint, lavender and lemon essential oils with large glasses of water.
If I didn’t oil, my stomach was fine. I think it’s important to note here that digestion health is a big deal topic in my family. We take probiotics (I prefer Ultimate Flora Extra Care Probiotic Supplement Vegetable Capsules), eat extremely lean meats (like bison), and don’t buy sodas. “Juicing Night” is actually a thing in my house.
Oh, y’all. This one by itself is enough to make me run for the pharmaceuticals (I joke. I’m still using a modified OCM cleanser for my face, which is natural).
I know my face. I obsess over its large pores, unsightly blemishes, dark spots, the occasional wrinkle or crinkle and all the weird dryness and oiliness that come to boot. I just have crap skin. However, after decades (literally) of fighting, it is better. Much better actually – thanks to that oil cleansing method above, some killer products, and education about my face (compliments of /r/skincareaddiction).
So when I began to have large, cystic acne appear on my face, neck and chest shortly after I started oiling, you could say I was a little concerned.
You could also say I freaked the eff out.
Day by day, as I continued using my essential oils (cutting down on the ingesting and placing them on my wrists and back of neck, or diffused) my face grew into a minefield of horror. I kid you not – some bumps were as large as a nickel if you included the inflamed area surrounding it.
That was actually my last straw. Knowing full and well that the only thing that had changed in 2 weeks was the inclusion of essential oils – I quit.
It’s been a few weeks now and I am slowly getting my skin back. I’ve had a couple of BHA chemical peels, but I’m getting there.
There’s no miracle cure here. I knew that. I wasn’t expecting one either. But inflammation, chronic inflammation, is nothing to laugh over. It’s not a quick-fix medical problem. It doesn’t go away with any one thing. It takes a healthy diet, proper medical attention, and awareness. It may, FOR SOME, include essential oils.
But for me? No. It doesn’t.
But there’s good news.
My children absolutely love it. I do not let them ingest any essential oils, but each and every night I hear the same thing.
Momma? Can I have some of that sleepy smell stuff?
I put 3 drops of lavender essential oil on each child’s pillow as they lay down for the night. Each of them burrow their little faces, taking deep breathes and exhaling in cartoon-ish style. It’s calming. I get it. And to be honest, I don’t care if it is placebo effect or not – my children are soothed by adding lavender oil to our nighttime routine.
As a benefit – I have children with bedrooms that smell like spas – not daycares.
I intend to keep lavender around for this sole purpose – to soothe and calm before bed and during stressful times. I have interest in finding other oils that the children find benefits from as well – as long as they don’t experience the negative side effects that I did.
And they may not. Which is sorta my point here.
Your “perfect health mix” is different than every other person on the planet. What is good for you is what you should do. While essential oils may not be part of mine, maybe they will be part of yours. So if you are interested, I recommend trying essential oils out. Do your homework and use them as directed (unless they begin causing you issues).
Should you have any questions? Hit me up! I happen to know people.