We were married in 2007. 2 months later my back went out. Happy honeymoon to us! I was 27 years old & couldn't get out of bed one morning. For the next 3 years, I did all the physical therapy, injections, epidurals, surgeries, pain management, bed rest....everything. Nothing helped. With every intervention, I was weaker & in more pain.
I realized what I was doing wasn't working. I started researching & looking for options. I joined chat rooms (that's what we did in 2010) to learn what worked for others, asked lots of questions, downloaded medical journals, & read lots of research. I was on bed rest so I had the time & motivation to learn. And boy did I learn!
In my research, I learned that chemicals & harmful ingredients in food, personal care, & cleaning products can cause inflammation & inflammation can cause injury. My spine injury was a non-impact injury, meaning I wasn't in a wreck, I didn't fall, & I wasn't playing sports. I just woke up one day & couldn't stand up. My injury was a result of excess inflammation hidden in my body.
So I started ditching all the chemicals in my house.
I upgraded 1 product at a time.
I started with my cleaning products. Yall. I LOVED cleaning wipes! Getting rid of those hurt my soul! And dryer sheets! Say it ain't so!! I gave those up, too.
My pain started to go away! I wanted more!
Next came my beauty products. Yep, I ditched the shampoo & makeup from the drugstore that are full of ingredients that are linked to inflammation, cancer, autoimmune, infertility, allergies, & more.
And I started getting stronger! And sleeping better! And even less pain!
Then I found essential oils.
I bought the famous starter bundle.
I was excited to find this bargain! The best oils bundled together at a discount -- yes, please! I added essential oils to all my homemade / DIY recipes for cleaning and personal care.
- I put a drop of PanAway on my back and instant relief!
- I put a drop of Frankincense in my face moisturizer at night and my face glowed in the morning!
- I put a drop of Thieves Vitality in my morning coffee and it was delicious & immune boosting!
- I diffused Lavender at bedtime & bedtime with my kids was so easy!
I became an instant believer. These oils worked!
That was a decade ago. I haven't been back to a spine surgeon, physical therapist, or pain specialist since.
I'm so thankful for these healthy products and oils for me and my family. I know my healing journey wouldn't have been the same without Young Living