Jenna (of the popular Instagram account @jennaskitchen) and Jacqui (of Baby Boy Bakery), recently hosted a special event on essential oils here at Petunia Pickle Bottom HQ. Along with great company and sweet treats, Jenna and Jacqui shared their love for essential oils, along with personal stories about how they use these oils to help promote emotional well-being with their families. We found the class to be so inspiring that we wanted to share a little bit from the evening for those of you who couldn’t attend. Read on see pictures from the event, and to learn from both women about how you can use them for yourself.
Why did you decide to explore essential oils?
Jenna: I first learned about essential oils six years ago from a good friend. The knowledge came at a time when I was looking to find alternatives to some of products my husband and I use in our home and with our children. I found I was reaching far too often for synthetics and wanted to restock my home with more natural solutions to some of my family’s emotional and some physical discomforts.
Jacqui: My husband, Dan, and I lost our three year old son Ryan Cruz last year. Since losing my son I’ve been suffering from panic attacks and loss of sleep. My anxiety runs high at certain times and I really had no interest in using methods that were not natural or took the pain I was feeling completely away. Even though my loss is the worst pain imaginable I still wanted to feel it because I think it helps me grow stronger. I was desperate to find ways that helped curb the pain and ease my anxiety. Ways that made me feel comfortable and confident. My dear friend Jenna of Jenna’s Kitchen showed me the way with essential oils. I attended one of her classes and quickly found that they worked for me and my husband. Now we don’t go a day with out using them.
What is your favorite Essential Oil, and why?
Jenna: My favorite oil is, hands down, frankincense. It’s a precious oil and, when in doubt, use frank! It is an all purpose oil that will accelerate the properties of all your essential oils. Frankincense is a very versatile oil and its properties are truly wonderful.
Jacqui: Lavender keeps us calm and induces a restful sleep. I diffuse it into our air at night and rub it on the bottoms of my feet. I also use Lavender in my laundry and I make a spray for my sheets and pillows. Lavender is just one of those oils that is good to have on hand all the time. You can use it on cuts and burns too.
When do you use your essential oils? Do you work it into any of your daily routines?
Jenna: I love to wake up and put a balance blend and wild orange in my diffuser to boost happiness and joy. Then, to prep my boys for school I rub a focus blend on their spines. At night, my husband and I rub lemon and frankincense on their feet for immunity and Cedarwood on their spine to help sleep. My boys just love this evening ritual.
Jacqui: We have an evening routine that helps with our sleep. I diffuse Lavender an hour before bedtime. I also rub Cedarwood on the bottom of my husband’s feet and Lavender on mine. During the day it varies. I like to diffuse Citrus oils and I typically use the inhalation method with Lemon or Bergamot before work for a little mood lift. There are a few ways to use Essential Oils; to diffuse them into the air, topically, inhaling or ingesting. Be sure to learn exactly how to use each method from someone who really knows how Essential Oils work before trying yourself.
Do you have any advice for any women who are looking to use essential oils for the first time?
Jenna: If it’s your first time using essential oils, my advice is to pick a wellness advocate that you jive with! You really need a trustworthy and helpful person who is dedicated to your well being and to help you pick and use your oils properly and safely. Pick someone who is educated about essential oils!
Jacqui: My advice is simple, and necessary if you find yourself seeking help through Essential Oils. You must open your heart and be willing to believe in them truly working. Honestly, first time essential oil users must really want to explore the benefits and be open to them. Also, when you first start out find a person who really knows and understands Essential Oils so they can act as your guide. Essential oils can be intimidating so having a go-to person for help is necessary.
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