Earlier this month my grandfather fell terminally ill and ended up in Hospice Care. My mom and I rushed as quickly as we could to Georgia to be with him. The days were long and nights longer and the times we left the Hospice to go home, shower and eat we were filled with anticipation on getting back as quickly as possible.
When we arrived in Georgia we weren't quite sure what to expect - we knew he had been sick for a while. Dealing with COPD, Congestive Heart Failure, Hyperthyroidism and a multitude of other things. Preparing myself to walk into the room, I braced, almost held my breath - but then I saw him.
He looked so peaceful and still. No tubes, no needles, no machines except for oxygen. The nurse quickly filled us in on his current state, letting us know that he wasn't in pain just (in full transparency) dying. Not knowing how long we had, I knew that I wanted every available moment to be for him. I wanted to hold his hand and hold space for him to do what he was ready to do. 35 years of love came flooding in at that moment and all the years spent a part disappeared.
I loved him. So for the next week I did just that. I loved him and on him. I NEVER travel anywhere without my oils. Knowing that there is literally an oil for EVERYTHING I made sure to bring the essentials with me for my trip.
- Frankincense (aka Franky Boy)
Every chance I had I was rubbing something on him. Every morning Frankincense on his forehead, third eye and brain stem/atlas bone area. The awesome part of this was immediately he would react, he would open his eyes and become somewhat alert after I'd apply it.
Myrrh over his heart to help with the erratic heart rate and cypress over his swollen hands and feet to help with circulation.
Balance on his pressure points (and lots of balance on myself) and at night Vetiver and Patchouli to help him sleep/rest.
Hospice even provided a volunteer massage therapist to come in and massage his arms, hands and feet - I asked that she include my oils and she did.
That last week with my granddad was one of the most special times I'll ever remember him. There were moments of joy - when he opened his eyes, asked for Ice Cream and gave me and my mom hugs and kissed his wife lovingly. There were moments of just quiet time, holding his hands, talking to him and playing his favorite gospel music. I would spend hours with my hand on his heart and my head on his chest listening to his heart beat and breathing.
The last day of his life was the most quiet. I think we all felt it was coming but we were there by his side and when he took his last breath, we held him and said our goodbyes.
This whole experience has proven to me (once more) just how powerful these oils can be. They may not have "saved" my granddads life but they brought us closer. I walked away with a whole new appreciation for these earthly beauties - the power they hold and whether you're wearing them or just in the room with them you can feel their effect.
I use my oils daily and they all do something different- offer something different - doTERRA Essential Oils will definitely be a part of my life forever.
If you're ready for more information on doTERRA Essential Oils and how you can enjoy your own let me know. I'd love to talk with you more about them and get you your own started kit! Feel free to contact me below!
In the mean time, if you currently use essential oils and have had a experience using them with/or on a loved one who was ill I'd love to hear about it. Please comment below.