I come from DIY-ers, before anyone called it that. Gardening, canning vegetables, dairy farming, natural home remedies for all things- these are the roots of my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents… My great-grandmother was at one time the town medicine woman because there was not a local physician. You may have a similar story. Once upon a time and not that long ago, it was the norm for folks to grow their own food, preserve their food and look to nature for their medicine. Many cultures around the world still live in this fashion today.
I first dedicated myself to pursuing natural living when my daughter was just a few months old when various skin sensitivity issues began appearing. We tried over the counter medications, specialty creams, etc. Her pediatrician gave us many prescriptions to alleviate the various symptoms. At one point, I was using six different medications to treat the various issues before my daughter was even a year old. I became concerned about the long-term effects of using so much medication with her because the issues were not going away, only somewhat being held at bay. I knew there had to be a better way to help her. We cleaned up our eating and our personal care and cleaning products which yielded encouraging improvement. Any progress is progress!
When my son was six months old, his development began to take an abnormal turn. Over the following years, one new challenge after another presented itself. His future development and ability to speak, move, and learn were called into question. This stage of life ushered in the specialists, the therapists, and the medications. Figuring out how to help him became my full time job. We once again revisited diet and household toxin load- narrowing down to the cleanest of the clean and purest of the pure. I could not explain why he was not developing properly and neither could anyone else. What I could do was control his environment, his food, and his knowing he was loved and accepted. No matter what his future held or did not hold, I was committed that he would be treasured and taken care of to the best of my ability.
My son’s struggles were not kept private. We openly shared with anyone who would listen and offer prayers for him. We had so many specialist appointments and people following the journey that my husband started a Facebook group to help people stay up to date. This gift of community provided support to us beyond what we could measure. It was through this gift of community that doTERRA came into our lives. A friend shared with me some essential oils that were helping her daughter. I could not believe there existed a natural product available of which I was unaware. I considered myself an expert by this time in what was available in terms of clean eating and living. Plant-based medicine was the perfect fit for where we were at this point. We had been on the treadmill of prescription medication type, dosage levels, timing of dosages, and mitigating the side effects for years with terrible results. My son was receiving a variety of therapies for his multiple gross and fine motor issues, but needed additional support for his hyperactivity, sensory processing issues, and social awareness . Beyond that, he was old enough to know he was different and had developed a negative self-image. We needed a new plan.
When we tried our first essential oil, I noticed zero difference. So I tried another. Then another. Then another- which finally worked. And it didn’t just work, it created a different reality for us. I saw calm and control and improved speech. I received a glimpse of a future where each day did not have to be such a struggle. I did not understand the science at the time of chemical constituents found in plants that could provide calming support to the central nervous system, among multiple other benefits. This is what we had been looking for. I also noticed that when I handled the products to apply them to my son, I enjoyed the smell and I felt better. I wondered if one oil blend could work this powerfully, then what could the others do? Or the vitamins? Or the probiotics?
The story writes itself from there. DoTERRA products are part of our everyday lives- my whole family. We are still on a road with many challenges, but I am grateful to have resources at the ready to support the process.
Please know that we are not anti-modern medicine in the least! Physicians, nurses, therapists, and hospitals are a blessing to our world. God has placed key people in our path who had the medical and therapeutic training to support Henry in his journey. The key lesson we have learned is that the battle is won in the little things. I believe we are in charge of our health and must be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to quality of life. Every one of us has the opportunity everyday in the large and small choices we make to nourish our health. The intelligence and healing properties that God placed in His creation are available to us should we choose to use them. What a blessing!
This is not the end of our story, of course. And it’s not the end of yours either! Thank goodness for that. There is so much more good yet to come.
Allow me to leave you with this thought…
“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31