My journey with natural healthcare or home remedies began years ago. I grew up in a small town outside of Atlanta. My mother, like so many others, was a nurturing single parent who worked hard to raise my sister and me. She taught us to be active, get fresh air, and take care of ourselves. She was my first basketball coach in youth league and is still very fit herself. As kids, we went outside to play every day absorbing all of the sunshine and adventure we could hold: kickball games, backflips on the clothesline, splashes through the creek, hop scotch, and dodgeball competitions. It seems like such a distant time now considering the takeover of computer screens and cell phones.
With all of that action, there were many bumps and scrapes. One rule stood: don't go home crying. Any time someone had to go home crying, it meant that the fun would be over for everyone. Unless it was truly serious, we all just "put some dirt on it" and kept going. As kids we somehow understood that being outside together was the best place to be. The laughter, the experiences, the games, and sometimes even the teasing brought the neighborhood kids together on one accord. Most of us still share those same friendships today.
In the event of one of those childhood scrapes, pills were never the first option. Maybe a cup of water, maybe a nap, maybe even a snack, but rarely was something like Tylenol the answer. My mother showed us that a little time would heal most wounds. She was right. By the grace of God, here I am 44 years later without ever having experienced a broken bone or serious injury. Love and self care can heal many things and prevent many others.
By the time my sister introduced me to essential oils 16 years ago, I was ready. I had already started to break away from some of the unhealthier foods I was accustomed to eating. I had never embraced pharmaceuticals as a first option when faced with any ailment. I was exploring the benefits of acupuncture and yoga and healthy cooking. All I had to hear was that they were natural oils derived from plants without any toxins, and I was sold. I am not an aromatherapist, but I am a firm believer in aromatherapy as a way to assist with overall well being in modern times. Thanks for reading.