The last 5 days, I was in a town called Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, working at an orphanage there. This trip was my 7th time there and to say I love that town and the people there would be an understatement.
I highly recommend everyone take a missions trip at least once in their lifetime. I believe serving others should be done on a regular basis, and I encourage everyone to put a missions trip on your bucket lists! You won’t regret it!
I wanted to share how I maintained my oily, organic, chemical free lifestyle in a 3rd world country.
I had no idea how this was going to go. The last time I was there, I didn’t have the knowledge I do now and therefore didn’t care what I ate or put on my body.
I was nervous and excited at the same time, to see if I could make this lifestyle work. I have to honestly say, I am very proud at how well I did.
To start, I always get motion sickness on airplanes. I would take Dramamine before every flight. To get to where we were going, we take 2 flights!
I had no idea which oils I wanted to bring with me, so I brought them all just in case! 😂 And I’m glad I did. I immediately got nauseous as the plane took off from O’Hare. I grabbed my peppermint essential oil and direct inhaled it 3 times. I applied some to bottom of my nose, temples and around my ears. I closed my eyes and just breathed. After a few minutes I felt completely fine. I was so thankful. I wanted to make sure I didn’t get nauseas again, so before every landing and take off, I did that same thing and it worked like a charm! That was huge win for me! 👍🏼
A lot of the work we do there requires us to be in the grass, dirt and mud so another big problem I worried about was the bug spray. Where we were going, No-see-ums are a big problem. If you don’t know what those are, you are very lucky 😂. They are basically super small insects that bite you and leave the itchiest red bump and are a huge pain in the butt! The only thing that has worked in the last for me was 99% Deet I would get from Bass Pro Shop.
Well this year, since I’m trying to be a chemical free as possible, I decided I would make my own “deet”. I did some research and decided I would use Lemongrass and Citronella essential oils along with some coconut oil and use that as my bug spray. Guess what? It worked!!! I had mixed it in a carry on spray bottle and reapplied every few hours or so! My legs are bite free! My essential oils worked just as well as the Deet and I couldn’t be more excited about that.
Eating organic is not as easy to do in Jarabacoa. When it came to eating, I brought a lot of my own snacks from home. Did I eat organic 100% of the time? No way! I had to pick and choose. Not to mention, to refuse a meal from these people who prepared it was considered rude. But I did the best I could and for that I am content. There were a lot of opportunities I could have caved, but I stayed strong. Speaking of picking a choosing…
One night I went into their “downtown” area with a friend of mine who is a local there. He was hungry, so we stopped at a small place so he could get something to eat. I had ate earlier so I wasn’t hungry, but he bought me a sandwich anyway. I have no idea what this sandwich was, I watched him make it and it looked like some kind of ham or thin meat that was fried and then a bunch of other ingredients placed on a bun. He handed it to me and I didn’t want to refuse his offer so I accepted and he watched as I took the first bite. I told him it was delicious and thanked him for his kindness but said I was full and didn’t want anymore.
As you can imagine, later that night I was laying in bed with stomach pains. I remembered I had brought my Digize oil and I quickly put a few drops on my stomach and rubbed it in. Within minutes I felt no discomfort and was able to fall asleep.
These are just my favorite examples of how thankful I was to have brought my oils. I, of coarse, used other oils during my time there, but was most impressed with the stories I just shared with you!
I hope to encourage you to try using oils as a replacement for your everyday go-to products. I think you will be surprised and glad you did!
**For those interested in getting started with oils, you can read my blog titled “Becoming an Oily Mom” and feel free to ask me any questions. ❤️