Have you heard of essential oils before? How much do you really know about their benefits… or even, where they come from?
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are pure plant components. Therapeutic properties can be extracted from the stem, bark, leaves, or the rind from the plant. Common essential oils you may have heard of are lavender, peppermint, or vanilla— but essential oils also come from various herbs, flowers, spices, fruits, and teas.
Practical Uses for Essential Oils
Beth Wadlow of Albany is an essential oil connoisseur, entrepreneur, certified yoga instructor, and busy mom of three boys. She says that these wondrous little tinctures have changed the way she and her family approach ailments, afflictions, and day-to-day obstacles.
Going the holistic route wasn’t a new venture for Wadlow. “I’ve always been interested in something natural. That was my motto — if I can approach it naturally, I’d rather do that than run to the doctors for meds.” Admittedly, she points out that it can be difficult to know how to begin, and that she didn’t know how to get started with essential oils—where to buy them, along with how and when to use them. With a little guidance from a friend, and a sinus-opening experience with tea tree oil after medications fell short, she hasn’t turned back.
Wadlow juggles a lot in her daily life, as most of us do. In order to maintain a sense of balance with her household and her work while maintaining the health of her family, she’s developed methods using oils that are now just as routine as making breakfast in the morning. Her kids share the same attitude. “We use essential oils all day, every day. My kids often ask, ‘why would people not use oils, Mom?’”
A typical day begins with diffusing something immune-boosting, (especially if one of those pesky bugs or colds is going around, prolific in the elementary schools) or with something calming. As well as creating an environment that will affect everyone positively, Wadlow also created a specialized blend for each one of her sons, specifically targeting each one of their needs. “My eldest actually has a rollerball [with essential oil] in his cubby at school and he uses that when he needs to recenter himself, focus better. He has a tendency to be very distracted at school, and this re-grounds him.” Wadlow also notes that, involving kids in essential oils and their effective uses, empowers them to take the initiative to naturally aid whichever affliction comes up in that moment. From growing pains to sores to nightmares, the kids can take it upon themselves, creating an independence of their own health.
In a broader sense, Beth has a drive to help and teach others about essential oils—how and when to use them to create the highest benefit and, enable anyone to bring the benefits to themselves and to their family’s lives. “My passion is educating others so that they, too, can see the benefit physically, emotionally, and financially.”
Wadlow attended a doTERRA (a leading essential oils brand) leadership training to further her knowledge and skill as an educator. Beth teaches classes for self-development in the Albany area as well as online, including one-on-one sessions. As a doTERRA wellness advocate and representative, Wadlow is able to buy oils wholesale, which is the easiest, most economic way for people to obtain them.
When asked what the most common afflictions and ailments in kids that essential oils have helped, Wadlow said respiratory issues, tummy trouble, behavioral issues, and teething. Using Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Tylenol, and Tums are a thing of her past. She actually can’t remember the last time she’s used them. She also noted that these powerful, little bottles of oil are not a guaranteed cure-all. “Is it magic fairy dust? No, but with proactive approaches to a healthy lifestyle using essential oils, we can move mountains with our kiddos.”
Essential oils are another way to care for ourselves and our family. With knowledge and exposure to them, we may be swapping out the aspirin we keep in our purses for lavender and peppermint.
By Leah Biesack