Insomnia vs. Sweet Sleep

Dear Reader:

Have you ever dealt with insomnia? For anyone that has, they understand how truly frustrating it can be. There are many things we can go without and still survive, but sleep is not one of them. I have had insomnia issues that I don’t talk about too often for the last 17 years. A few months ago, it was so bad that I finally decided to talk to my doctor about it. Proof that I don’t ever talk about it much, I simply became used to suffering in silence. We came up with a game plan to catch up on some of the sleep that I was missing and it went well. However, that plan also included doubling the dose of my “sleep medication” for a period of 2 weeks. It helped, but my doctor doesn’t want me on the medication anymore. My resolve was to research some natural treatments to help and before you even ask, melatonin has never helped and doesn’t work. I dug into all the research that I could regarding essential oils and sleep. I began with diffusing lavender essential oil before bed, rubbing it on the bottom of my feet, my upper lip and my forehead. It worked for a little while, but it didn’t seem to be enough to keep me asleep. I ended up asking my doctor if he could extend my prescription one more time at the regular dose just for the nights that I was having trouble staying asleep. He complied, bless his heart. Knowing the ultimate goal is to no longer depend on that medication, I went back to the drawing board.

Understand, that I have always believed in taking the most natural approach for many types of ailments as possible. I’ve been taking this approach since my children were small (read my previous blog post about my children and their ear infections). I have been delving into the essential oils and the clear benefits and impact they have for not only myself but my family. Now, back to the insomnia issue after that brief break. I found a great recipe for a pillow spray using both lavender and cedarwood essential oils. I felt like a chemist creating the mixture in a 2oz. spray bottle, but it worked like wonders. I slept through the night and had a deep restful sleep. The essential oils get credit for helping me with my insomnia, sleep or lack thereof is no longer an issue for me. When something helps you with an issue that you have dealt with for so long, you share it. Then if you’re smart, you do more research and find other ways that essential oils can help. I’m on a quest and will be sharing in my journey along the way.

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and cannot make any medical claims in regards to essential oils. All I desire to do with this blog is share how essential oils have helped me. The following blog post is my perspective and my opinions only.

***If you would be interested in creating your own story with essential oils, please visit my website https://www.myyl.com/kailumcqueen and send me a message if you’d like the recipe for the pillow spray or google it.

Encouragement for the day

Finding my niche: Healthy Living and Encouragement

Hello everyone. I started this blog a few months ago with great intentions and then I got busy and set it on a shelf for another date. If you’ve missed me, great if not that’s ok too! I’ve been thinking a lot about trying to find a niche with my blogging and the most that I can come up with is the idea of encouraging people and doing my best to live a healthy lifestyle through all natural options.

When my kids were young, I remember countless trips to the doctor’s office for ear infections that would come right back after yet another round of antibiotics. Way back then, I would do my research to find natural ways to help them with ear infections, teething, chest congestion, etc. Once I decided to quit with the antibiotics (which are great when needed), all of a sudden the constant ear infections stopped and I believe that my children’s bodies figured out how to heal themselves. Was I neglecting my children? No, I was figuring out how to allow their God-given immune systems to work in the way they were created. There’s no magic pill that can be taken to combat every ailment out there, but there are natural things provided in nature that can help us become healthier and potentially keep us away from too many doctor’s visits. I still believe this way today, there are things found in nature that can help us, natural medicines that can bring relief. A few months back, I decided to try essential oils and became a distributor with Young Living. I can’t say enough about just the few that I have tried. I was having major issues with insomnia and choosing to diffuse lavender oil and rub it on the bottom of my feet helped before bed (I’ve been sleeping peacefully for the last several weeks when sleep had been evading me for years).  This is just one example of a benefit I experience using essential oils. My long-term goal is to become chemical free in my household, through thieves cleaner, dish soap, laundry detergent, toothpaste, etc.

As far as encouraging people, I hope that the example I live in my everyday life does that for me. Society is at odds with itself right now, we’re hearing all sorts of negative things on every side. Social media, news, media outlets, newspapers (for those that read them), political news stations, and the list goes on. It’s all negative, negative, negative and I’ve had just about enough. I’m going to do my part, to bring some encouragement and hope to the people that I connect with. It doesn’t take much to smile at people, be polite and treat others the way that you would want to be treated. We never know whose lives will be touched with just a smile. Find your rythmn in life, find what works for you and then live it.

Feel free to visit my youngliving website for any questions you may have regarding young living essential oils. https://www.myyl.com/kailumcqueen