This is principle #2 in our trainings “Essential Oils for Your Family” and “Methods of Use.” Use what you have. We developed this principle while out and about or traveling, and having only a few essential oils with us. In those instances, it’s likely that we won’t have the “perfect” oil for every given situation that comes up.
A couple of stories come to mind. We were out and about and encountered an outdoor annoyance. My “perfect” oil for that situation is the Purification® blend. When we apply it quickly enough, no issues! Well, no Purification in the diaper bag… Did I say, “Oh well. I’ll wait until we go home to apply Purification”? No. I used what we had. Of the few in the diaper bag, I chose Lavender. It helped! Another story – we were at church and a child vomited behind us. My go-to oil when I need extra cleaning boost in the environment would definitely be a Thieves® blend-infused product (Thieves Spray, Thieves Hand Purifier, Thieves Cleaner). Did we have any of them? No. So, I rummaged through the diaper bag and came up with Purification. We applied it to all the kids and dropped some on the floor after the vomit was cleaned up.
There are many instances when we may not have the “perfect” oil. Sometimes we’re waiting on it to arrive. Sometimes we need to budget. Sometimes it’s at home. Sometimes the kids did something with it. Sometimes it’s out of stock.
So, what do you do?
Use what you have!
We all have our go to oils. The ones we love, the ones we rely on. While Valor® has been out of stock, I’ve been telling everyone, “Be Brave! It won’t be long.” All the while, I’ve had a stockpile of 4-5 bottles. Well, that was a deceiving “stockpile,” because they were all about half full. Then, to top it off, we lost our entire diaper bag set while traveling. Ouch. Now, I tell the kids, “You do know that Valor is out of stock…” every time one of them has a clumsy spell. And, I’ve branched out. We tried the “Owie™” blend in the new KidScents Collection. It works, too! (We ran through the bottle in a month!) And, I’ve lined up oils that others have told me work for soothing the skin (namely Lavender and PanAway®) in case we run out of Valor.
Here are a couple of thoughts that help me when I’m panicking about not having the “perfect” oil…
1) The plant only has one essential oil. An injured Peppermint plant doesn’t think, “Oh! If only I had Lavender oil, I could really get to work!”
2) The fact is that our God is a God of abundance – and provision. He provides many solutions to our every need. So, get creative.
And, use what you have!
Important Note: “Use what you have” only applies when you know you have pure, potent, plant essential oils. Because of the nature of the essential oil market, I cannot recommend you just “use what you can find.” We use only Young Living Essential Oils.