“So, what are you doing these days?” is the question most frequently asked since I left my corporate gig over a year ago. “Well,” I say, as I shift uncomfortably, “Nothing really. A little of this. A little of that.” This is uncomfortable because I, Lori, am a producer. My jam is getting stuff done. I thrive on ‘to do’ lists—or more specifically, crossing stuff off my lists. This past year, however, I learned to embrace a different M.O. as I transitioned from producer to explorer. Oh, and dabbler, which I’ll get to later. My year of exploring began by accident. About six months before I left my corporate job, I started experiencing stiffness and pain in my lower extremities. I wrote it off as the dreaded sitting disease—it’s the new smoking, you know. After a few months of toughing it out, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Did I mention that I had just turned 50?! I was told by a surgeon that I would require total hip replacement surgery, but to put it off as long as possible. I’m not a big fan of operating rooms so ‘nuf said. I immediately began exploring options to manage the pain and/or cure myself. As you know, the internet is a bottomless pool of info for the curious researcher. I’ve always been intrigued by alternative and holistic remedies so I willingly jumped off the high dive where I discovered some great wellness blogs, read a ton of testimonials from other arthritis sufferers, and, of course, purchased a ton of products and books. It wasn’t long before my medicine cabinet was overflowing with all sorts of magical elixirs that were sure to help. A few did, but most didn’t.
Somewhere along my path to wellness, I discovered doTERRA essential oils. Essential oils are derived from plants—in the purest form—and have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The first product I tried was Deep Blue Rub which is a topical cream that sends soothing warmth to achy joints and muscles. Ahh. Immediate relief. It didn’t cure me, but it sure made my achy, inflamed joints feel better. I started experimenting and over time, found myself reaching for oils such as peppermint vs. Advil or other staples. While I wasn’t able to avoid the inevitable hip replacement, I was able to greatly reduce the amount of prescription drugs I put into my body. I also learned a lot about every day toxins that we bring into our homes through cleaning products, soaps, etc. I’m still exploring and learning and looking forward to pass along some of that knowledge so stay tuned.
P.S. I’ve also been exploring my artistic side (vs. my arthritic side) and dabbling in drawing and colored pencil portraits! Old habits die hard, but doing my best to channel my productive energy over to my playful side.
Next Up: But first, peppermint.