What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties. They are primarily extracted through careful steam distillation but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted.

My Journey Towards Essential Oils:

I have recently been diagnosed with a few hormonal imbalances and issues with my endocrine system. One of my doctor’s suggested a new, expensive treatment to treat the symptoms of my hormonal imbalance, but not the root cause. I was not in favor of this “band-aid” approach and began doing some research of my own. Essential oils came up everywhere I looked (Pinterest, Internet Search Engines, and Friends’ and Families’ Personal Testimonials).

Initially, I thought it was just a coincidence, because essential oils are trending right now. However, with time and more research I learned that essential oils may be just as effective at alleviating some of the symptoms associated with my hormonal imbalances and endocrine issues. One of my favorite introductory posts about essential oils comes from The Rising Spoon.  Check it out!

Note: I do not believe that essential oils have supernatural healing powers. Only God can truly heal. Nevertheless, He has created a multitude of things, including plants, medicines, and treatments, which have medicinal properties and we can use them to seek wellness during our time on earth.

If you have never tried essential oils, then I encourage you to contact me at christine@wordsfortheweary.com. I’d love to share more of my research regarding essential oils with each of you, but I’d prefer for it to be tailored to your individual needs.

Be on the lookout for more posts about my chosen essential oil provider – Young Living, the benefits of essential oils, how-to guides for utilizing essential oils, and essential oil blends for targeted concerns.

The Paleo Diet – Eat Like a What?

My husband and I have been following the Paleo Diet for over a year now. We have lost a few pounds and seen a decrease in digestive issues, but more importantly, we have gained extra energy and muscle mass as a result of following this high protein, low carb diet.

Want to know more? Basically, the Paleo Diet encourages people to cut out grains and dairy. The iconograph below from A Clean Plate explains what it means to “eat like a caveman,” as well as some of the benefits.

What is Paleo

Recently, I have been experiencing some health issues (I’ll share more about this at a later time) and sought guidance from a local Natural Health Clinic. The doctor looked at my blood work and body composition assessment results and said that I was pretty healthy, largely in part to following the Paleo Diet.

As you can tell, I am definitely a fan of the Paleo lifestyle! I recognize that it is not the only healthy eating option out there and it has received its fair share of criticism. Nevertheless, it has worked for us.

The truth is – a single diet (even the Paleo diet) does not work for every person. What has worked for you?

If you want to try the Paleo diet, then stay tuned for my future posts about my meal plans, recipes, and the additional benefits of adopting this lifestyle!