It's just the way I roll.
Don't get me wrong, though, I am not living in a yurt drinking goat milk from bowls I have made in my kiln while thinking about the homespun skirt I am going to make later.
At least not yet. :)
But I am on a lifelong trend toward cutting out the (often way-too-convenient) rubbish that robs either the earth, our health, or our pocketbooks and increasing what will feed my family (physically, emotionally, practically, etc.) best. It's a rather cool little journey.
But sometimes I run up against a real headscratcher. . .like how to get our family of six from here in Northern California back to the UK for a visit without leaving a huge carbon footprint or decimating our bank account. Canoes? Hot air balloons? Large birds of prey? I just dunno.
Or, more soberly, how to help my beautiful son through a plethora of devastation physical and emotional issues growing larger as he enters puberty.
Born to a schizophrenic substance abuser, this poor kid has had to deal with repercussions of choices he did not make, and it breaks my heart. Some of these issues are HUGE, though, thankfully, he is not schizophrenic.
And though we have gone through all sorts of non-invasive treatments (and are still in the thick of some of them), doctors are getting that 'we've gone the yogurt and granola way, but now we need to do something serious' kind of tone with us.
Words are being thrown about now. . .words I do NOT like: Lithium, Risperidone, Oxcycarbazepine, Lexapro. . .etc., etc., etc. In volume. In combination.
And what's worse, all of these medications. . .these heavy, serious medications. . .are not even meant to technically address the large but ethereal collection of symptoms that my boy has. . .so none of them are a 'direct bullseye.' But, I'm told, that a cocktail of drugs like these, and others, MIGHT help our son.
So you'll understand my urgency to see if there is any other way.
Ergo my attention to things like probiotic foods and the G.A.P.S. diet, and our intention to wean him completely off of gluten. . .all of which have a strong connection to helping brain function.
And now, too, I'm interested in researching essential oils.
I've heard some powerfully positive statements and I have heard some debunking of inflated claims. I've read tons of very strong testimonials and some scathing reviews. I even have two lovely friends who are being wonderfully helpful in my research, but one is pretty new to essential oils herself, and neither have had first hand experience with a situation such as ours.
So now I'd like to hear from people with real experience. Not with arthritis or snoring or problems falling asleep, etc. Those are very real issues. They just aren't ours.
Nor do I want a promotional slant from a distributor or agent. . .I'm not quite in the market for that just yet.
But if you, or someone you know and trust, have had any first hand experience with essential oils and any of the following: Bi-polar, autism, depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Pervasive Personality Disorder, Aspergers, or any similar diagnoses, would you either leave a comment or email me directly with your take on the effectiveness of Essential Oils of these conditions.
I, and the most precious blue-eyed boy you've ever seen, would be ever in your debt.
***Feel free to pass this cry for help on to anyone you know who may be able to help. It would be VERY much appreciated!
(photo of lavendar courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net and can be found here)