By Lynsey Eaton | Photography by Danielle Sabol
Several of my friends have hopped on board this essential oil train and taken a ride to fanatics-ville. And in my typical “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is” approach to just about everything in life, I avoided listening to the spiel on them for about as long as I realistically could.
Then, one day last Spring, I ended up on a trip with another influencer who had drunk the essential oil Kool-Aid and actually got me to listen.
“You’re having trouble sleeping? These will help,” she swore to me after filling my mind with images and information revolving around all of the chemicals we pump into our bodies each day, the importance of natural oils and their healing effects. She mixed me up a roller-ball (filled with Lavender, Frankincense and Vetiver) right then and there and told me to try it that night before going to bed.
I thought it was at least worth a try. After months without uninterrupted sleep, I was willing to try anything. So before bed I followed her instructions, rubbed the roller across my wrists, gave them a quick sniff and then settled in for a night of tossing and turning. All went according to plan except for the part where I actually slept. Like, really slept.
When she asked me how I slept the following morning, I admitted that I had had the first good night’s sleep I’d had in months. But slow to award total causation to the oils, I then quickly reminded her that I was also in a luxurious hotel room without a baby around, so the likelihood of getting good rest had been high, oils or no. She nodded, letting me have my excuses, and just told me to keep trying.
I returned home, forgot about the oil, and went back to tossing and turning and waking up for 30 minute periods in the middle of the night. One desperate night, I frantically rummaged around in the dark searching for that roller-ball, willing to try anything to get me to rest. I eventually found it and gave it another whiff. And again, I slept.
So I tried it the following night and once again was rewarded with a solid night’s sleep. It was working and I was shocked.
I’ve since been a hesitant convert to the whole essential oil game. Sharing my experience and my original skepticism freely.
To be clear, I haven’t done all of the research. My friend is certainly more educated on the topic, including which oils to buy and why. But I can’t argue with the results.
Although I still use the blend originally created for me (concocted of Young Living oils), my newest discovery are Tata Harper’s line of essential oil treatments. Known for her natural skincare, Tata also has a collection of rollerballs meant to help with everything from sleep and stress to a Love potion designed to give you more confidence and other mood traits historically attractive to members of the opposite sex.
All I can say is, if the sleep oils worked like a charm, imagine what the irritability treatment could do….