Congratulations to this month’s Mommy Master, Shannon Abitbol. She is a mom who knows her essential oils and loves educating others about natural solutions and the impact on postpartum depression. Learn more about Shannon’s journey below.
My love of oils plays a role in my life as a mom because I feel empowered. I feel empowered knowing that I have safe, plant-based solutions for all of my babies, from my littlest (3 months) to my oldest (4.5), and these are tools that will last throughout their lifetime. Most importantly, I’ll be able to pass on the knowledge of using them to my kids and they’ll be empowered too.
Another way that it plays a role is in my emotional health. Emotional aromatherapy is a great way to experience the oils, and I wish that I would have found them sooner. I suffered greatly with postpartum depression with my first two babies, and I feel completely different this time because of the oils. It’s truly incredible.
I actually became interested in essential oils before my first child was born because I became more aware, while living on the West Coast, of all the chemicals and toxicity we are exposed to in our daily lives — through cleaning products, personal care products, even things like baby shampoo and lotion.
So for me, the findings initially lead me to eliminate all cleaning products from my home and learn which essential oils were best to replace them. I removed all the toxic personal care products too, but that took more time to learn how to make my own and incorporate essential oils into them.
As I explored essential oils more over first two years, I became more intimidated with learning about them and I really didn’t know where to start. I tried to find good information, but it was hard to tell what was reliable and what wasn’t. I couldn’t find anyone that really knew about oils and could help me, so I did all the legwork to educate myself.
After a couple of years of wishing that I could find someone to share essential oil information with me, I ultimately decided to be that person for others and do this as a business. Now I spend my time holding classes to educate people about essential oils, both in person and online.
I’m so passionate about the oils because natural solutions are really important to ME. I think that there is a time and a place for medicinal and conventional solutions, but I don’t think that is as much as we are made to believe in society.
There are many times that I can help my kids feel better using ONLY oils and not needing to run to the doctor each time something comes up. It is empowering to be aware of what oils in your “tool chest” can do, and it is important to me to at least make others aware of the possibilities. Other moms can absolutely do what I’m doing and I’m always looking for great people to join my team and help me spread the word about essential oils.
PS — Within the next two weeks, I will be adding about 50 new items to my Etsy shop
. I’m finding that people are really interested in essential oils but are too intimidated to do everything themselves, so I’m trying to streamline that a bit and give people more access to essential oils and products.
Thanks Shannon for sharing this great information.