It's only natural

"The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it” – Hippocrates

I love to hear other people’s whys, what makes them tick, what lifts them up and what keeps them well. Especially the parents, and especially those who have found natural solutions that work for them. My own journey with natural remedies has been long and winding since my own childhood, and has taken me via nutrition, Reiki, homeopathy, reflexology, meditation, kinesiology, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, gut cleansing and more. All of these have worked for me in different ways at different stages, and I am always ready to learn about other natural approaches that have worked for you, to help your body heal and function at its best.

This week we’re hearing from Alex Willis, London mum of 2 and wellbeing educator, on the ups and downs of her life with two busy boys, now in their teens, and how she has found physical and emotional help through the use of essential oils. She’s here to teach us about educating and empowering our kids to take responsibility for their own wellbeing, and that true wellbeing is about maintenance and prevention, not cure.

A mum's journey with natural remedies

Now in my thirteenth year of parenting, I wish I'd known in the past what I know now. Simple parenting hacks – especially when it comes to my boys’ basic medical needs, both physical and mental – are essential for the mum toolkit. As a parent and specifically a mum, I strive to create a warm and comforting place for my kids to thrive and grow. And I think, for the better part, that I’m doing okay.

We mums are amazing! Constantly educating ourselves to find better ways to look after our families, our role is forever changing. But one thing is constant: to always want to do our best. This is what makes our lives both exciting and terrifying all at once.

It's only natural to want to raise children who are happy and thriving. To hope that, for them, things may perhaps be a little easier than they were for us. We want them to know that we love them and that – no matter what little hiccups they have along their own journeys – they will be supported. We try to raise them with open hearts and open arms, teaching them that everyone is equal and that their thoughts and feelings are valid. This is why offering them, at an early stage in life, the opportunity to make choices about their personal wellbeing, is key in building up a strong sense of self and instincts.

In a big city like London, we all need to breathe and find that happy place where we can escape. Taking time out of the day to put down the homework, the iPad, the noise, and sit and meditate, just for a moment, helps relieve so many stresses and guilts. Breathing in fresh air and nature, and tuning in with our senses is so healing, and one of life's natural pleasures.

I’m sure many of you will have had some serious ups and downs with your little ones, I know we have. Living in the UK, my husband and I have been so fortunate to have the brilliant NHS to help us. Our hospital visits have, at times, been life-saving and I will always be grateful to those who helped us through some of the very darkest days we have had. There is no question, conventional medicine is a wonderful thing. However, after many years of believing that was the only option, I was introduced to other, additional choices – and this has been a massive eye-opener.

An introduction to pure essential oils through a friend altered our family life dramatically. She had been using them for years with her children, for everything from headaches and allergies to colds and flu. You name it; she had a solution. I fell in love with these amazing natural gifts and began my own journey of natural healing together with my family. I started slowly, but quickly discovered that no matter what the issue, we were able to find the perfect remedy in an oil.

We’re a very affectionate and communicative family, always hugging and saying ‘I love you’. But the introduction of these oils into family life has enabled us to go a bit deeper. If one of our boys is struggling at school with exams or having a rough time with their emotions due to friendship issues, they now freely open up and tell me what’s going on – and will ask: "is there something in our dōTERRA oils kit that will help?”. So we look and smell and discuss and always seem to resolve the hurt, fear, or anger that may be involved. Not gonna lie, the pre-teen and teen years are hard, but these oils are helping us all.

In an increasingly busy, stressful and confusing world, we all need to take a step back sometimes, to re-connect with ourselves and the natural world. If we can do this as mums and then pass that healing instinct on to our kids, then you know what? We’re doing something right.

If you live in West London and are looking for ways to improve your family’s wellbeing, or would like to know more about dōTERRA essential oils, you can get in touch with Alex at alex.willis.doterra@gmail.com or on Facebook at Ready Steady Do!