The first time I can remember encountering true (homemade) plant based care was with my grandmother. I had a stye on my eyelid, and she quickly had me fetch a white flower from her garden, she added water in a pot, brought it to boil, & added this flower. I don’t remember the steps after that, but the next thing I recall were cold cotton balls on my eyelids. She assured me it was “Santo remedio” i.e., a sure thing, “magic cure.” She had aloe in the backyard too, which was often used after a long day at the beach. I grew up with these beautiful plant based remedies but they were just a part of my life, but I never connected these with “essential oils.”
Fast Forward a few decades later…
Whenever I get a massage at the spa, the smell is “delicious” & the aroma wins me over with relaxation. Once I became pregnant, I was more mindful of the products I used and consumed, so organic face wash, & lotions, etc. I have aromatherapy plug ins at home. I keep peppermint on hand for my all too common migraines. I use aromatherapy hand wash, aromatherapy laundry detergent, the list goes on and on.
Everyone is on to something here right?!
In my private practice, I have so many patients struggling with anxiety & depression. My wheels are always spinning, how can I help them more? Whether they were on medication or initially resistant to medication, what can I offer as a resource to supplement or aide them on their journey to emotional wellness?
I started searching for someone who could provide knowledge on oils, and while preparing for a self-care event I was hosting, I came across Monika Arenas – a Latina, Registered Nutritionist, who taught yoga, was a PUMA-sponsored athlete, AND had an entire page dedicated to essential oils.
When we met and I asked her if she would be willing to help my patients, she looked at me, & challenged me to help them myself.
“I do not know enough, how can I?” “You learn as I did, you consume, you grow, then you educate, empower & teach your patients to advocate for themselves and GROW!”
So here we are together, you and me! I am so excited to share this with all of you & can’t wait to help you learn & grow some more.
P.S. Can you imagine if the Latinas in my community new that their ancestors’ remedies were now available in a different medium…oils?!
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Comment below If you already use essential oils A.K.A. aromatherapy and share the benefits you have found that work for you.