Today, Janine of My Lamp is Full is sharing her frugal experience with essential oils. I recently tried oil of oregano myself after it was recommended by a friend whose auto-immune system was severely compromised by a hospital stay last year. I figured if it worked for my friend, oil of oregano would work for me which it did.
Now, every time I feel a tickle in my throat, fogginess in my brain, and tiredness, I drop 4 drops of Oil of Oregano, 1 Ounce (my affiliate link for the product I buy) into a glass of water and drink it up. As always, check with your doctor before trying.
I just purchased a bottle of helichrysum essential oil. It is 5ml. It contains around 80 drops of precious oil and cost me a whopping $75 at wholesale price! Just one year ago, I would have never dreamed of dropping that kind of money on something so small. In fact, I wouldn’t have paid the $10 a bottle that I now spend on 15ml of lemon oil. Even that would have seemed expensive. But it is all about perspective.
Last spring, my son came down with strep. We went to the doctor ($20 copay), we purchased an antibiotic ($15 copay) and he took it faithfully. Then a week later, the strep was back. We went to the doctor ($20 copay), we got a second prescription ($30 copay) and two weeks later, it was back.
$85 dollars later, still no results. (Editor: I had the same experience last spring with a sinus infection, and decided never to use antibiotics again if I could avoid them.)
I then decided that paying $24 for a bottle of therapeutic grade oregano oil seemed like a bargain. My son is brave and he dropped one drop ($.08) in a bit of water and downed it. Guess what? No more strep. No more white spots on his throat, no more soreness, redness, tenderness, swollen glands. None, not ever, one year later, still not ever.
*Note: Not all brands of essential oils are safe to take internally. I buy mine here.
Did I mention one drop? ONE! I am not trying to sell essential oils as a cure all miracle pill (nothing trumps proper nutrition), but they can be a powerful part of your health care arsenal. I am not exactly a math whiz, but I do know that $85>$.08. And I still had 239 drops left for future use. Essential oils do not go bad if stored away from light at room temperature. So that bottle of oregano can be around for years. But mine won’t be because here is the best part. It is not just for strep! It can remove warts. It makes delicious spaghetti sauce. It can help with colds and flu. It can help clear up infections. It can help with toenail fungus. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. What makes essential oils so affordable to me is how versatile they are. And if you buy high quality oils, they are so potent that one bottle will go a long, long way. Did I mention one drop earlier?
Essential oils are so potent in fact that it takes 1,500 Lemons to produce a pound of lemon oil. Imagine the cost to purchase enough lemons to have the same effect as one drop of lemon essential oil, where all the cosmic powers of the lemon rind resided in an itty bitty living space.
Versatility is the essence of essential oils. This is just a sampling of the things I no longer buy because I have a bottle of lemon oil.
Lemon oil: $13.33 retail price for 240ish drops.
How do we use it?
- At my house, lemon oil replaces sore throat lozenges and cough syrup. We stop sore throat fast and cough even faster with a drop ($.04) on a spoonful of honey. And unlike cough syrup, it actually works.
- We all need to drink more water and replace juice and Gatorade with a sugar free, liver cleansing, energy boosting alternative. Add 2 drops in your water ($.08).
- I hate using chemicals to clean. Replace disinfectant spray with 6-8 drops in 8 oz of water ($.24).
- Lemon Extract contains unknown fillers. I hate that. Plus, 1/2 teaspoon does not flavor as well as 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil.($.12) Try my lemon brownies (you won’t regret it).
- I stopped buying stove top cleaner long ago. Use the grease fighting power of lemon! Sprinkle stove top with baking soda (pennies) add 5 drops of grease fighting lemon oil ($.20). Scrub off that grease.
Lemon oil also takes smell out of laundry, gum out of hair, darkness out of age spots, and toxins out of the liver. Would you put all purpose cleaner in your brownies? How about wart remover in your spaghetti sauce? Do you drink your cough syrup? No way. The versatility of essential oils make them a great financial investment.
Finally, there is something I get by taking advantage of mother nature’s gift. Something that you can’t put a price on. That is empowerment. Why would I pay $75 for 80 drops of helichrysm? Because I know what it does. I know the amazing healing property that just one drop holds. Because I only have one body and I am going to take good care of it. I love that I have to tools to take control of my health, rather than relying on a failing health care system to do it.
How is this for priceless empowerment? My niece is highly educated in the arts of essential oils. She is 12 years old and knows how to apply oils and which ones to use. She came to my sister one day at school and told her that a migraine was coming on. She was sent home to bed. A few hours later this sister found her daughter in a dark room, asleep. Next to her was a bottle of magnesium cream, and a bottle each of frankincense, lavender and peppermint oil. My sister woke her and asked how she was doing. “Great” was the reply and she hopped up and went back to her day, symptom free.
My friend is a nurse in the ER. When I shared this story with her, she said she wished more adults knew as much as this little girl did. They see way too many people in the ER for migraines. This type of information could be very soothing to their pocket books! My goal is to save my family from very expensive and long visits to the hospital by educating ourselves on the power of real food and natural remedies, including essential oils.
To learn more about essential oils and real nutrition, please visit my site, My Lamp Is Full and explore.