My Journey with Essential Oils
I know this may sound surprising, but my journey with essential oils began way before I learned about health and wellness.
At the age of 4, I was diagnosed with respiratory conditions, and was always in and out of the various Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) Departments in both public and private hospitals. Over the years, I’ve been prescribed various nasal sprays, inhalers and nasal decongestant drugs to manage my condition. With the countless medical examinations, scopes and consultations over the years, I became familiar with sinusitis, rhinitis, allergies, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. On good days, I simply woke up to a blocked nose and watery eyes. On really bad days, I’d have to walk around with a toilet roll (because facial tissues are just not as absorbent) to clear my ever-flowing mucus.
My mum sent me to various alternative health treatments, hoping that I can reduce my dependency on medications. Some provided temporary relief, while other treatments allowed me to have good days for about 2 weeks.
During my teenage years, having seen a documentary about the ancient benefits of using essential oils, I began exploring this new field of healing modality. I bought brand after brand of essential oils, many ceramic burners with tealight candles (oooh, nice smell and ambience), and oils from various plants. For the past three years, my house just smelled nice, but the essential oils did not deliver the benefits that were promised in various literature. That was when I decided… essential oils do not work. Aromatherapy was simply a marketing term to promote fragrances.
Then… fast forward to 2009. I was on a trip in Penang and my friend just passed me a bottle of Young Living Peppermint essential oil and it totally blew. me. away. I remembered my first response was, “What was that???” This isn’t essential oil as I had known them. Because for the first time in my life, a bottle that was labelled essential oil… actually worked! Till today, I clearly remember smelling the air that I’m breathing and tasting the sweetness of air in my mouth. Up until that moment, I never knew I couldn’t smell anything, and that the years of medication had numbed my taste and smell.
That bottle of Peppermint essential oil transformed my life and I dove right into the world of Young Living’s essential oils. It’s been 8 years and I’m so grateful for my amazing health and for the opportunity to witness so many health miracles and transformation.