Staying healthy while living in a sticks and bricks home is one thing but it becomes much more of a challenge as nomadic full-time RVers. But we took what we learned and are now traveling with our essential oils on the road! Follow our journey on our good health and wellness…
Toxins are everywhere!
Did you know, that every moment of your life, you breathe in toxins.
Products you use; cosmetics, OTC’s, cleaning agents in our homes (and RV’s), processed food products, etc. are all laden with chemicals, toxins and free radicals.
Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an unpaired number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed, these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction to prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Free radicals cause a whole slew of diseases, symptoms and ailments in the human body (and animals), robbing us of our energy and interrupt our metabolisms.
Free radicals are found in fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides, air pollutants, water contaminants, campfires, wildfires, cosmetics, health and beauty aids, sunscreens and even the sun! Free radicals can cause damage to parts of cells such as proteins, DNA and cell membranes by stealing their electronics through a process called oxidation.
Here it is in layman’s terms…
Unnatural elements all around us cause your health to age quickly, affect your metabolism and attack your body’s integral systems. Your body can’t fight the bad stuff and cancer cells invade and multiply. The best way to combat them is to rid them all together however, we know, this could be difficult in the world we live in today. This is why we seek more healthy diets, exercise, plant-based products in the home, and using pure Essential Oils. This is the reason for all the hoopla we hear about regarding ‘antioxidants’.
Okay, enough of the science lesson. What does this have to do with Essential Oils? First things first…
What is an ESSENTIAL OIL?
Why we got interested in Young Living Essential Oils…
Seven years ago, we adopted our Calico Maine Coon, Kandi, as a kitten. Our little fuzzy clown was loving, playful and sweet, only nine months later, we noticed peculiar behavior she started exhibiting…rolling skin, frantic licking or biting at her back, hair pulling, hallucinations, erratic tail-swishing and darting, serious anxiety and agitation and sometimes minor epileptic events.
We sought advice from her Veterinarian; soon after exam, she was diagnosed with Feline Hyperesthesia; a neurological seizure disorder also known as ‘twitch-skin syndrome’ and ‘psychomotor epilepsy’ that affects a rare percentage of domestic cats and the cause is unknown. They are brought on by stress, barometric pressure and weather changes, loud noises, confusion and yes, ‘free radicals’.
Some Veterinarians are not familiar with this disease and if they are, they only know to prescribe pharmaceuticals which certainly wasn’t the option we were hoping for. Because Kandi’s sweet and loving disposition, we chose to seek out alternatives that were not chemically invasive that wouldn’t alter her personality or perhaps, make matters worse.
Fast forward three years ago beginning our RVing lifestyle, I instantly stocked up on Kandi’s Peace and Calming blend (and also their Pet collection T-Away Blend) as well as several others. Today, we regularly diffuse her Peace and Calming on travel days to calm her from stress. Funny, not only does it help her but it also helps Krissie too! OH, did I mention that we also apply it topically on the soles of our own feet to encourage restful sleep?Now, anytime we notice Kandi is about to have her episodes, she automatically looks to us for her ‘oils’ (she knows that they help her). We fill her diffuser with distilled water, add 5-6 drops of her Peace and Calming blend and VOILA! The magic happens literally within a minute after pressing the button on the diffuser. She intensely watches the mist rise from her diffuser as she sniffs and takes deep breaths.
How we personally use our Essential Oils…
We also use Young Living’s Nutritional Support and Supplements (all containing Young Living Essential Oils!). Their Master Formula, Super B and Calcium supplements are the best!