In the last year I’ve been experimenting with essential oils. I first learned about the benefits of essential oils when I was completing a graduate certificate in Complementary Therapies and Healing Practices, however, at the time I was more interested in other modalities such as acupuncture, HeartMath, and labyrinth meditation so I never dived into the world of essential oils.
More recently I learned about Thieves Oil when I noticed a diffuser in my chiropractor’s office and really enjoyed the smell. I was told the oil not only provided a pleasant smell, but it had anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties to prevent illness. Since illnesses were pretty prevalent at my workplace I decided to give it a try, especially after I ended up with a cold at the end of 2016. I diffused the blend in my office and didn’t end up getting sick again after that. I really don’t know if the oil contributed to my immune system keeping up, but I ended up leaving that job in March. In hindsight, I believe Thieves oil may have contributed to my decision to leave because I recently learned how Thieves helps with strengthening the inner self to live with integrity, maintaining boundaries, and has positive properties to help someone feel capable and independent. I learned this in the book, Emotions & Essential Oils A Modern Resource for Healing.
As I read more about Thieves, I couldn’t help but wonder if diffusing the oil assisted me with leaving a job that was no longer serving me. It was a very difficult decision because I had been there for four years and really enjoyed the people I worked with, but my soul was yearning to do different work and it was time to move on. I decided to give my employer notice without having another job lined up, and by the time I left I had a temp job and more interviews to complete, which resulted in my hiring at Lotus Center as a therapist. Whether or not the Thieves oil had something to do with it, I made a brave choice to listen to myself and follow my truth, and that did not come easily.
My curiosity has been piqued as I’ve continued learning more about how oils can impact mental health in Emotions & Essential Oils A Modern Resource for Healing. Douglas Fir oil is noted as the oil of generational wisdom and as I continued researching information on oils I learned about how the oil helps the trees in nature. According to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy website, “The Douglas fir tree releases a complex mixture of volatile oils, or terpenes, from their needles to defend against the spruce budworm.” Even more fascinating is that the Douglas fir trees ‘“will vary the composition and production of terpenes each year thus decreasing the ability of the budworm to develop widespread immunity to specific compounds.”’1 So the oil of the Douglas Fir helps the tree ward off invaders by adapting each generation to become wiser. How cool is that?
If your curiosity has been piqued, sign up for the Do It Yourself Essential Oils Workshop by clicking the link below. You will be provided with the materials and oils to create your own lotion, room spritzer, and lip balm. Please notify us of any skin sensitivities prior to signing up so we can do our best to accommodate.