Before I sat down to write about this one I had to organize my thoughts because there are so many good things I could say about Valor! So I guess I'll start with the basics... Valor is an essential oil blend containing the following oils: Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, and Spruce. The description in the EO desk reference says this, "Balances energies to instill courage, confidence, and self-esteem. It helps the body self-correct its balance and alignment." And I have found this to be true when we use Valor.
Although Valor came in my Everyday Oils kit I ordered around Thanksgiving, I didn't start using it until recently. All I can say about that, is that I wish I would have started using it sooner! I want to make the most of my oils and use them the best ways I can, so I've been doing more research lately. And when I learned Valor could help with confidence and courage, I immediately knew how I wanted to try it out.
My parents gave us a gym membership for Christmas (yay!) and I couldn't wait to start going. It was perfect timing to get serious about working off left over baby weight and we could all benefit from getting out of the house during this long winter. So we started going to the gym. I love working out, so that part has always been great. However, every morning we would go, my 3 year old would freak out when I brought him to the child care area. Screaming. Not letting go of me. Tears. Those tears break my heart. He loves playing with other kids and usually does great when we go places. But for some reason, he seemed to have heightened anxiety when we got to the gym. This went on for a couple weeks until I realized what Valor was, and that I already had it in my living room. So we gave it a try.
Jacob is used to me putting Thieves oil on the bottom of his feet every morning, so he didn't question when I told him I also needed to put a drop of oil on the back of his neck. I didn't want to tell him anything and risk throwing off my experiment! So off to the gym we went. We parked and went in, so far so good. The anxiety would always come once we got to the child care area. We walked in the nursery and he let me take his coat off and hang it up. I said, "Mommy's going to go exercise for a little bit and then I'll come right back for you, ok?" He said, "Ok, Mommy." Gave me a hug and a kiss and started playing. This threw me off! I just stood there for a minute, confused, yet proud. No melt down, no tears, and no clinging to me like he's never going to see me again.
I'm not going to lie, I was a little skeptical. Was this the oil really helping him? Or was his behavior just a coincidence? There was only one way to tell for sure, so I kept applying the Valor before we would go to the gym. We have now gone to the gym for 2 1/2 months without Jacob experiencing anxiety or break-downs. That makes this mama very happy :)
My friend Wendy told me that Valor is often referred to as "chiropractic in a bottle". After all, it does claim to help the body self-correct its alignment, right? I go to a (great!) chiropractor regularly, yet most of the time I would be hurting by the time my next weekly appointment would roll around. I could definitely tell the chiropractic care was helping in major ways, but my body just kept going back to the ruts it was used to. So after I found Valor to be such a help to Jacob, I decided to start using it myself. Before I left for an adjustment (I think it was just over a month ago), I applied one drop of Valor with a dab of coconut oil to the bottoms of my feet. My actual adjustment wasn't much different than other ones, but what surprised me was that I was able to go two weeks before my next appointment. I was nervous, because when my back starts hurting it often becomes difficult to accomplish day-to-day tasks without experiencing noticeable pain. So I went back after two weeks. I still needed an adjustment, but wasn't hurting like before. As a result, we've been able to cut our monthly chiropractic budget in half. This also makes me happy :)