In yesterday’s article ‘What’s the Deal with Essential Oils’ I shared my experiences with using essential oils and introduced you to my friend Alyssa, who also happens to be an expert on the benefits and uses of essential oils. Today, I’d like to share her success story with using essential oils.
When I was in third grade, I started struggling in school; my teacher Mrs. McFadden can absolutely attest to the story. She informed my mother or somehow my mom realized, there was a problem. One day, my mother came to the back of the classroom. She took notes on my every movement I made. She could clearly see it wasn’t a behavior issue. I had a problem paying attention and staying on task (I guarantee you my mother still has this timeline… she wrote down, by the minute everything I was doing). I wasn’t a bad kid. I didn’t get into trouble. I was just simply having a problem getting my schoolwork done because it was too much for me and I COULD NOT PAY ATTENTION.
Third grade was a long time ago but I’m going to try to recall it to my best memory. I remember going through a lot of testing and it was determined I had Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). My mom, being the great mother that she is, researched the heck out of what this disorder was. At the time, I was going to a private Christian school, and back in the mid-80s, most people didn’t know what ADD was. My parents hired one of the top ADD specialists to come and speak at my school and educate all of the teachers and staff about what ADD was all about. From that time forward, I was on medication (Ritalin). My school nurse was so awesome! I loved to ride my bike after school. My mom and my nurse made a deal….if I took my meds on time, she would draw me a bike on a 3×5 card and I had to bring to my mom to get the privilege to ride my bike. I stayed on medication until I was a sophomore in high school. Right after receiving the medicines, of course I started to change and get my schoolwork done and I turned in to a great student. I continued that way throughout junior high as well as high school.
When I was a sophomore in high school, I recognized that I didn’t like my personality when I was taking this medicine. Also, I didn’t like the way it made my body feel. I wasn’t hungry when I was on medication. I took my morning dose and at noon, though, all of those years. I couldn’t take one in the evening because it had the opposite effect and it would not allow me to go to sleep. So during the daytime while being active in school, I really couldn’t eat. I was eating late in the afternoon and late in the evening. That all just takes a toll on your metabolism and it’s not good for your system when you’re eating so late. I was turning into a teenager and fitting in was important to me. I wanted to be likable and I wanted to have a cute spunky personality. I went cold turkey off the medicine!! I felt that I wasn’t any fun being on the medicine and I could try to overcome my challenges of focusing on my own– cold turkey stopping my medicine. So, that’s what I did. I graduated with average grades, but I was the type of person that I wanted to be! So from when I was a sophomore in high school, until September 2014 I did not treat my ADD at all!!! Nothing! Cold turkey!
A few years ago, I started to hang out with my friends a lot more and it became a lot more evident to them that my ADD did not just go away. It was alive and well. My ADD affects my conversations with others!! Because while you’re trying to have a conversation with me, I’ve got five other conversations going on in my head and planning what my next move is or what my next activity is—— but that’s just how I operated for years. Yes, I have been successful at work! Yes, I have been successful at school! But honestly, it was extremely difficult! I have made it much harder than it needed to be all of this time and I did not have a clue!!!
When I was taking the medicines, I knew the side effects that I was having, but I didn’t realize as a kid, there was another alternative–nor did my mother! Being the amazing woman that she is, she would have not given me a pill if she realized there was a better way to healthier way for me to be focused but have the energy and the right level of activities that I needed to have as a growing child and a young woman.
I am in a management position at work now. I started it the same month I started using oils. As a manager managing 12 employees, I have to not only keep myself together, but I have to help them keep themselves together. Not only that, today is a huge day for me! My FINAL master’s class starts today! I have two months to plow through this work and graduate on April 24 with a Masters of Science in Leadership! For someone that has ADD, this is very challenging. I have been remaining focused on the task at hand managing 12 people, staying on top, and accomplishing my goals–and I believe has been possible for me because I started using essential oils.
I am so much more productive. I have the personality I want. My sleep, mood, and eating patterns are not negatively impacted. I love treating my ADD naturally with no negative side effects. I have added a few oils to a roller ball and add apply to my big toe, and bottom of my foot. During the day, I apply to my wrists and to the back of my ears
So parents of hyperactive ADHD or ADD, children, there are alternatives to prescription medications if you’re considering trying something different. Here’s my focus blend:
15 drops of Vetiver, Cedarwood, Lavender
5 drops Roman Chamomile and Stress Away (these are optional)
If you are a female, I have added a few drops of Joy and motivation (to make it smell a little more girly).
Top the rest off with a carrier oil such as grape seed.
Please reach out to me with any questions. As you can tell, I am very passionate about Young Living Essential Oils.
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PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING/STOPPING ANY MEDICINES. YOU SHOULD HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH YOUR DOCTOR AND LET HIM/HER KNOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE INSTEAD. THIS IS JUST MY PERSONAL STORY LOOKING BACK AT MY LIFE. I DO NOT TREAT MEDICINE. I AM NOT A DOCTOR.