Let me begin this post saying, we are all very different and the is NO cure to anxiety and depression. It is truly something you have to work on forever. Then, when you add PTSD and addiction to the mix, it is truly a day by day process. I will be in recovery forever. With that being said, I finally found something that gives me relief. Here is my story in summary, skip the first paragraph is you already know it.
My story is clearly longer than this next paragraph, but this is just to give you a glimpse on why I am the way I am. I struggled to fit in growing up and had a difficult childhood because of that. When I was 15, I was raped by a friend in my youth group. He took my virginity. It changed my entire life. I went from being a straight A gifted student to a high school drop out. I spiraled into drugs and sex in excess. Two years later I hit my bottom with drugs. I was also misdiagnosed with bi-polar due to the fact that I had completely blocked out the rape for several years. That was the beginning of my medication battle. I hated my prescriptions. I didn’t take them because of the side effects and they honestly, didn’t work. I hated how I felt on them. For the next decade, I was in & out of therapist offices and on & off of prescription meds. I hit my bottom with alcohol over 3 years ago. Getting sober from drinking was the hardest thing I ever did. I relied on alcohol to get me to sleep, more so, pass out. In the end, I had stopped eating and only drank. After I got sober, I was ready to tackle the issues behind my addiction. (You can also never be cured from alcoholism, but it can get easier. Also, there is no reason I am an alcoholic except that I self-medicated and drank too much. It can happen to anyone.) 3 months after I got sober, I was pregnant. After my girl was born, it was time to really work on me. I was not sleeping, even when my baby slept through the night. I was trying different anxiety and antidepressants again, this time, completely sober. I was frustrated because I was giving it my all and still struggling. I was also up to 4 Benadryl a night to get rest. (Yes, I made sure this was ok with my psychiatrist.) I was frustrated from the side affects and that I was still suffering from occasional panic attacks. I just couldn’t understand why there wasn’t something that could help me! Well, there was.
A good friend gave me Lavender oil during a particularly stressful time to help me sleep. It helped, I was shocked. Really/? An essential oil helped? I was interested and tried another brand of oil on my face. I saw results! I was ready to know more. I put a post on Facebook asking for help. I got it. I was introduced to a Young Living distributor and she came to a party at my house. I learned about essential oils and researched the different types. Then, I ordered my start kit from Young Living. When I started using Stress Away (an oil blend) my life changed.
I began diffusing Lavender and Cedarwood at night and alternating Stress Away and Valor on my wrists throughout the day. I was sleeping through the night. Going to sleep like “a normal person!” I was amazed. I was also off of my prescription medications within a week. I felt better than I really ever have. I feel like the answer was there the whole time and I am only mad I didn’t know about Young Living Essential Oils sooner. Why don’t more people talk about these! That is my mission, to tell everyone what their options are!
Now one thing is perfect and different oils work for different people. Young Living is the most pure, seed to seal, oil available. The difference in quality is also noticeable in effectiveness! A friend said, “If they work for you, they will work for anyone. I am sold! How do I get started.” Then she got and kit and is in love the way I am. Everyone can benefit from these oils! I hope to get the word out to all my fellow anxiety/depression sufferers. I can feel myself slipping, apply an oil, and my mood is changed within 20 minutes, usually sooner! I am no longer a slave to my medicine. I can tailor my oils to me and what happens each day. There are so many different oils that all benefit your overall health. I can’t wait to try them all and see how they enhance my life! I will share my journey with you!
Please message me with any questions! I am more than happy to talk to you about the amazingness of essential oils! Or visit my site, to get your very own!