Celiac Disease, Essential Oils & Allergies
CELIAC DISEASE AND ESSENTIAL OILS? Since this is a blog about living gluten free, you may wonder why I’m broaching the subject of essential oils?! BECAUSE THEY ARE AWESOME! HAHA…okay, follow me here… starting the gluten free journey was a catalyst to live my healthiest life. So, while my whole “journey to health” may have started with living gluten free, it’s continued with exercise, better food choices, getting rid of negative emotional baggage in my life and more. Like tons of you, I spent years on medications, and while I’m grateful for them when needed, I’m thrilled when something else can take it’s place. Follow me here…
HOW I GOT INTO OILS? I have terrible allergies… like TERRIBLE. I’ve been struggling with them for years. And while most allergy medicine is gluten free, I don’t want to be on it forever. So, 6 months ago, my BFF literally showed up a my front door with a capsule full of essential oils and said, “try this.” I thought… “ummmm, this is weird, but she wouldn’t try to kill me, so here I go!” I took the capsule and my nose stopped running within an hour. I thought it was a freaky fluke, so I tried it again the next day… and the next… and BAM, just like that, I became a believer in essential oils. Do I think they should replace all modern medicine? Ummm, no, don’t get crazy on me. However, I do believe there’s a place for modern medicine and natural methods in our lives, and I’m grateful for both. After using them for about 4 months, I’ve found they can really replace a ton of toxic products that were surrounding my life. How cool is that?! They can be used for allergy meds, cleaning products, gluten free beauty products and more. It’s awesome!
SO, WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS? Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Tons of plants that can be used for medicinal purposes, the oils come from these precious plants. How? The oil is extracted through steam distillation and cold pressing. What does this mean for you? It means you get a lot of these “medicinal” properties in a single drop of an essential oil.
WHERE DO I BUY MY OILS: I order my oils from Young Living. I 100% recommend & trust them. That being said, through this series of “oily recipes”, I want you to rock out your own research & pick oils that you love! If you want to learn more about Young Living oils and why I chose them for myself to use them, CLICK HERE.
POST #1 OILY RECIPE: For every “oily” post in this series, I’m going to give you a recipe for how I’ve found oils effective in my gluten free journey. And since I started with allergies, here you go!
DIRECTIONS: For adults: Combine all 3 oils into a capsule (you can buy 00 size capsules at your local health food store or online), and swallow. Do this 1- 3 times a day as needed. I find that one pill in the morning usually can hold me over. Also, to make it really simple, I make 2 weeks worth of pills at a time and put them in the freezer (no need to defrost when taking them from the freezer, your body will do that.;) Putting them in the freezer keeps the oils from leaking out, and it saves time in the morning. However, if you think swallowing essential oils sounds like madness, lol, these alternate methods may work for you:
Additional METHODS TO COMBAT ALLERGIES USING ESSENTIAL OILS for ADULTS AND CHILDREN:
- Lavender Swipe – Swipe a drop of lavender on the inside of the cheeks. This gets the lavender into the bloodstream very quickly.
- Use your nose: Put 1-2 drops of lavender on a q-tip and rub it inside your nostrils
- Use a Diffuser: Add lavender, lemon and peppermint to your diffuser
- Inhale: Rub a couple drops of lavender in your palms, hold them over your nose and mouth, and inhale deeply.
- Rub the lavender over the sinuses, on feet, chest, and/or throat.
- Topical: Rub lavender, lemon and peppermint onto the bottoms of your feet (this is what I do for my 2 year old, 2x a day. It’s totally working!).