I am many things, crafter, painter, dreamer, whiskey drinker, jewelry maker, coffee consumer, kitchen dancer, iphonographer, silly face maker, misfit lover, knitter, snow shoveler, and occasional cooker. But one thing I never considered myself to be was a crunchy. Mostly because I don’t like to associate myself with labels that describe a system of belief, I will describe what I do but not who I am. Like Ferris Bueller said “A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself.” I agree I don't like to be put in boxes, no two people believe the exact same thing in the exact same way. But lately I’ve been finding myself becoming a little crunchier around the edges.
Sure I always use reusable bags, I loathe using paper plates and cups, I follow Max around the house turning off all the lights he leaves on, I try my best to buy ethically sourced meat, coffee beans and honey. But honestly I never put too much effort into the other things, I either didn’t feel they were necessary or I scoffed thinking that some of those were nonsense. One of the things I never really considered to be necessary in my life were essential oils, but boy was I ever so wrong.
I don’t know why I originally ignored essential oils, maybe because I didn’t think they had a place in my life or weren’t really suited to my lifestyle. About three years ago though when we moved up North a woman at a lotion shop suggested I buy some almond oil for my face to help with the dry winters I was about to enter into. I bought it on a whim and I’ve been using it ever since, but never really put much thought into other oils. Until a couple of months ago when I was having trouble sleeping, I either couldn’t quiet my brain long enough to get to sleep or I would constantly wake up in the night from horrible nightmares. I'd read a few places that lavender oil helps promotes relaxation and sleep, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. I honestly can't believe the results. To be honestly it works a little too well, sometimes I diffuse a little oil and I'm asleep before I even put down my book.
After my lavender success I decided to explore other oils. I've tried clove for a midday energy boost, bergamot oil for a fabric refresher and sweet orange oil for an air freshener. I'm happy to say that I've loved them all and have felt they really hold true on their promised properties. So far lavender has been the most effective and clove has been my favorite smell. I think I'll keep exploring these and trying new ones.
Are you a little crunchy? Have you tired any essential oils?
Cheers to a good night's sleep.