Ever feel like your feet are straddling a line? You ride that border carefully trying not to fall too far to one side or the other. Of course, there are some things in my life, like my love of animals and veganism, where I am all in. No splits needed. I stand, feet firmly rooted and secure in my position as my personal truth.
But, I am a dichotomy in one simple area: Traditional Western Medicine and the more Open-minded Spiritual Approach. There are plenty of people that don't straddle this line. This divide has been controversial and fought over since the invention of "modern medicine." And, sometimes, I feel like I am walking the line between one party screaming, "Scientific Method, Medicine, Data !" and other another carrying picket signs that read, "There Are Other Options." Of course, these are dramatizations and exaggerations, but you get the idea.
I grew up in a science household. My mom majored in microbiology, and has worked in various hospital labs since I can remember. Her life, and thus, my upbringing, focused on the POWER OF SCIENCE. ( I would prefer you to read this in your head with a booming and echoing voice.) So, I grew up loving science, how the world worked, biology, and was encouraged to ask why and not except ignorance.
However, as my veganism can attest to, I am not a follower. Don't get me wrong, I love structure, but I want to build a structure and world that sits right with my personal truth, and my truth is that the natural world is a magical and mysterious place. So, I like to keep an open mind. I believe that when modern science cannot explain something or fix it, there must be another answer.
Thus, I come to my review. This might seem a little anticlimactic, and perhaps I should have reviewed the existence of ghosts or an alternative treatment for cancer, but today, I bring you the humble (and to me) mysterious essential oil.
I have heard a lot about essential oils over the years, but my scientific brain did not see the merit in smells. I could not understand how oils could be any better than a candle, which for me the benefits less to do with the smell and more to do with the alluring glow.
So, this month in my Vegan Cuts box, I received Azalia Spa Goods Grapefruit Essential Oil. And in my ignorance, I had to look up how to use it! The only oils I had used were for cooking and moisturizing, not for aromatherapy.
However, my (lovingly dubbed) "inner-hippie" told my science side to suspend disbelief and expand thinking to see if this oil would fit into my world's personal structure.
And, I am proud to say, that it does! This Grapefruit Oil is refreshing. If you have ever cut open a grapefruit, which of course you have, you know how that smell has the ability to awaken your senses. It is sweet, bitter, and citrus all at the same time. The same holds true for Azalia Spa Good's oil.
After doing some research on this company, I was happy to see that Azalia Spa Goods are Cruelty Free and Vegan, and in regards to this particular oil, it is organic, non-gmo, gluten free, paraben, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance free.
This product is just about as clean as it gets, which for me is insanely important. Our skin absorbs so much of what we apply to it, so I love finding products that I know that I do not need to worry about. In fact, according to Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, the oil received an almost perfect score of 1 (0 being the cleanest and lowest hazard, while 10 is the riskiest for your health).
The ingredients for this product are as follows:
helianthus annuus oil (sunflower)*, simmondsia chinensis oil (jojoba)* pure essential oils of citrus paradisi (grapefruit)*, citrus reticulata (mandarin)*, kosher certified mixed tocopherols oil (vitamin e). *certified organic
As for uses, I am still learning those. However, I did find out that grapefruit oil, in addition to its refreshing qualities, helps with digestion. And whether it was a placebo effect or not, I rubbed some on my slightly unsettled stomach (actually before I sat down to write this) and I do feel better. If you are looking for more uses, you can check out this link I stumbled upon. However, note that while I am partially scientifically minded, I am no doctor and do not endorse these claims as scientifically or medically based: http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/grapefruit-essential-oil.html
So whether you are a skeptic, a full-on believer, or you are, like me, somewhere precariously in the middle, you can easily try Azalia's Spa Goods Oils for a very reasonable price. She offers trial sizes (.25 oz) that only cost five dollars. Which is perfect, because you can try their many scents or simply see if essential oils are a fit for your personal truth. If you decide to jump into essential oils with both feet, then she offers 5 ounce bottles for 41 dollars.
Either way, and regardless of which side you lean towards, I think it is important to try new things. The wonderful thing about playing both fields (Science and Non-Traditional Ideologies) is that nothing is off limits. I can try anything to make myself and the world I live in feel better. So, while I dance and sway between the two, I feel happy to know that my options are open, and because of my new excursion into essential oils, my world and choices have gotten a little bit bigger:)