What an amazing journey! I have a loving husband, 6 outstanding children, and friends and activities that fill my heart and soul.
I never understood depression and anxiety until I experienced them for myself. I was able to manage my depleted emotional state with eating unhealthy foods. The sad thing is that these foods did make me feel better, but only for a short time and then I would feel guilt and shame. I saw counselors and a psychiatrist and tried a couple of medications. They did help me have less despair, but I also felt like a bit of an emotional zombie.
I was introduced to doTERRA essential oils in 2012 when a friend suggested I try Balance oil blend on the bottoms of my feet each day to help me feel more emotionally balanced. I noticed a difference in my mood and have been hooked ever since. Balance was, and still is, my go-to oil when I'm feeling overwhelming emotions. I also continue to work with a wonderful counselor and life coach in learning to change my thoughts to create the life I want. I have been so blessed with amazing people and resources in my life.
Essential oils became a staple in our home. We use On Guard constantly during the cold and flu season and have even seen miracles with one of my daughters who suffered from recurring strep throat. Having a healthy home is especially important to me because I want to protect my loved ones with immune weaknesses: an autoimmune disease and Down Syndrome. These oils give us a powerful and natural way to boost everyone.
While teaching junior high school, I dealt with a couple of bouts of horrible vertigo. The oils and some manipulations helped me to recover quickly. My struggles with weight and eating finally came to a place of peace when I learned about eating in a more natural and healthy way. It is not always easy or convenient, but I know there are deep connections between our guts and minds. I no longer eat to stuff down emotions and have freed myself from the guilt and pain that is associated with disorderly eating. I continue to have a drop of grapefruit essential oil in my water each day to refresh my body and keep cravings minimal.
Essential oils and healthy eating have become a daily part of my life and a daily routine in our home.