I’m familiar with essential oil blends, but I mostly have experience with single oils, such as lavender and rosemary. Panaway is one of those oils I didn’t have a way to compare with other oils. The first time I massaged it on my husband I thought it smelled like something my brothers used after football practice. I didn’t really touch it for a few days after using it, not that I didn’t like it, but it wasn’t what I needed at the time.
This was in April 2018 and life was pretty intense, I was solo parenting for the most part, I wasn’t taking care of myself, I barely had time for myself, Finis had just started to walk and get into everything, and I was still processing the end of my career and starting a new season of my life. I was a mess, but still far happier and content than I’d been in a very long time. We just had a whole lot going on. We were still finding our rhythm and more than ready to move into our new house that we were renovating.
My friend told me about her experience wading into the waters of Young Living. She asked if I would like some samples and I said sure. I was curious, but hesitant, I didn’t want to be in a situation where I would have to tell her I’m not interested.
So then I receive the oils and I’m using them on and off. I was asking questions and making observations, especially of my friend who experienced a massive shift, spiritually and emotionally. I was so happy for her, and at the same time watching with wide eyes and mouth agape. She was talking about gratitude and abundance quite frequently. The level of emotion, her tears, were all perplexing to me, I was like, “whaaaat?” How can essential oils create this kind of intense response in someone? Is she okay? Of course she was! She was healing and releasing! It’s not that there was anything “wrong” with this, I just didn’t know what she was experiencing, but I was certainly intrigued.
I knew deep down and on the surface that I wanted some of what she had going on. I knew in my heart that I needed that kind of release. I was walking around with a massive rock in my chest that was full of anxiety and pain. It needed out in healthy ways because I wasn’t coping with it well. I was feeling sad, angry, and lethargic. I was eating to cope with it, too. Eating half a bag of chocolate chips in the corner is not the healthiest way to handle life.
Then it happened.
It was a messy morning, full of intense energy, but also full of joy. I decided I needed to use something other than lavender, that’s all I was diffusing or applying to myself and I knew I needed something different. I looked at the samples that my friend sent and decided to diffuse Panaway. For those not familiar with this oil, Panaway is for using topically after a workout for a cooling sensation. That’s where the benefit is, not in diffusing. I was new to all this and didn’t know any better, but I’m glad I didn’t.
I was in the kitchen listening to yoga music, it was a mess, I was walking around trying to get things organized and cleaned. This often seems futile because for every item I pick up the boys throw three more down. I walked by the diffuser and breathed deep. I smelled the lovely combination of wintergreen, helichrysum, clove, and peppermint oils and the only way I know how to describe what happened was an unlocking in my heart. I felt this shift and I was overcome with such deep gratitude, peace, and joy. I felt a release and I stood there crying in the kitchen as the boys played in the other room. I was taken away by this response and the unexpectedness of the moment. It was a joy I was not looking for, but wholeheartedly welcomed.
That was my gateway moment to Young Living. That’s when I decided to welcome these magnificent oils into our home.
Now I love to rub Panaway into my shoulders and feet after a long day running around chasing and picking up kids. It always reminds me to be grateful and look for the joy in little moments. I am also reminded about the magnificence of our planet and the wonderful gifts we have in the plants that make up these oils.
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Tell me, what was your gateway moment in Young Living Essential Oils?