Use What You Have

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.

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You usually won’t have the “perfect” oil for every situation when you’re traveling.

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!

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We all have our favorite essential oils, the ones we rely on.

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.

What I Learned Today: School of Nature’s Remedies

Just returned from School of Nature’s Remedies that Peter presented here in Bryan, Texas.  It was a well-organized curriculum covering most of the health and wellness issues that we deal with on a daily basis.  Having lived with Peter for many years now, I’ve heard most of the information in one format or another.  That said, I learned a lot!  It’s interesting to me how the same information presented in a new timing and received with a new understanding becomes NEW.

So, this is my report of the lessons I learned today and what are my current foci to increase my wellness.

  • There is a health assessment questionnaire that was provided as part of the “School of Nature’s Remedies,” a sort of inventory to rate issues that were related to the 6 different topics.

Not surprisingly, the area I need to work on most is emotional — how I am managing stress on a daily basis.  Surprisingly, my homework is to “laugh more.”  I have to admit that one hasn’t often made it to the top of my to-do list.  Now, I’m focusing on putting it there!  My son ds2 inspired me by stating, “I need to relax!” and pulling out a favorite DVD of a stand-up comedian (Tim Hawkins).

  • I need to focus on the quality of fat in my body!

For many years, we’ve eaten a clean diet which includes paying attention to the quality of fat that is going in (i.e. no trans fats, no fried fat, minimal organic or local clean animal products, and supplying good fat).

Peter discussed the parts of the anatomy that have high fat content: nervous system, including the brain, connective tissue, breasts.  Then, he had us envision what happens to fat sitting on the counter that becomes oxidized (rancid).  Ewww!  Definitely don’t want rancid fat in my body!  It also helped me to visualize my brain and something I can focus on to keep it healthy.

The homework I’ve given myself is to put essential oils on everyday, to supplement good quality fat, and to use castor oil and other natural massage oils to help cleanse fat and support healthy tissue.