I’ve never been big on “alternative medicine” and would roll my eyes at those referring to themselves as “crunchy” moms as I told Whine it’s okay to eat Doritos off the floor. I thought postpartum depression was a figment of people’s imagination, that it didn’t exist, and women just needed to get over it because babies are hard.
Along came Scream and Shout and turned my world upside down. I was miserable to the point of homicide, suicide, maybe even genocide on the worst days. I couldn’t get a doctor to see me for months. Not only did the hospital I delivered at not help me or even care, they were likely the root cause of it all.
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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
So with nothing to lose, as my sanity was definitely off the table by the time the twins were 3 months old, I sent a private Facebook message to a friend and asked about essential oils.
She let me cry on her couch for a couple of hours and sent me home with a “happiness potion” to use, plus a Young Living starter kit (because you get a great discount by becoming a consultant, even if you only ever use it for yourself).
I was more than skeptical – and told her as much – but the desperation far outweighed every other feeling I was having by that time.
The first week, I frantically rolled the mixture and other oil my friend had given me over my wrists, behind my ears, near my heart, and down the nape of my neck every 10 or 15 minutes. The next week, it slacked off to every 20 to 30 minutes. Next thing you know, I’m only putting it on twice a day. Now, about a month later, I sometimes forget to use it at all. Then the feelings of misery and anxiety creep back in; so I reach in my purse for that those little bottles of magic, and I’m good again in 10 minutes.
Truly, truly magic.
The Proof is in the Pudding
Of course, my own experience was not enough to convince this full-on skeptic of the power of essential oils.
- So I tried some lavender in the kids’ rooms at night. Whine stopped bucking like a horse in her sleep; Scream slept through the night for the first time ever.
- Scream had just developed a cough, and Shout had been coughing for about a week. Instead of it going away on its own, as I had hoped it would, it went from a slight hack to a chest cough. So I brought the twins to the doctor. The doctor said it was allergies and prescribed over-the-counter Claritin D. Dad was appalled and said absolutely not; we are not giving our 6-month-olds a medication that puts grown men to sleep for hours on end.
- I suggested trying oils first, and, mildly amused that I would make such a suggestion, Dad agreed to give the oils a go. I changed my diffuser mixture in the kids’ room that night and the next, and lo and behold, Scream’s cough was gone in two days; Shout’s took a little longer, about four days, probably because it was worse than Scream’s. Their snotty noses were cleared up in just one night.
- Now I give them a little roll-on treatment a couple times a day to keep the sniffles and sneezies at bay.
- One day, Dad laid on the couch until almost noon (VERY atypical of this man). When I asked him what was wrong, he said his stomach was a little queasy and he had a bad headache. I told him I could mix up some oils to see if they helped. He just kind of raised his eyebrows at me; so I got started researching on what could help his issues. A few minutes later, I had a little concoction that I rubbed on his temples and feet. Within 5 minutes, he was outside cutting the grass because he felt that much better.
In the Words of DOVE
Like I said, we don’t eat organic; I don’t make my own baby food; I’m not even gluten free even though I’m gluten intolerant and the stuff does a number on my stomach. I’m just not that person. But there comes a point when you just have to go with the best choice, and that choice for us is most definitely essential oils.
Now I am that person. Anytime anyone has a complaint, my automatic response is – There’s an oil for that!!