Review: Attaining Better Home Health and Wellness with Essentially April

April and I first connected over parenting. We both have kids who’s experience sensory overwhelm. As mamas, this means we are also susceptible to overwhelm as we work to calm our children and teach them self-regulation (aka de-stressing) through proper care of their bodies. 

Over the years, my family has incorporated numerous “off-the-beaten-path” techniques for self-care. After a medical professional recommended aromatherapy, we began to experiment with essential oils. We discovered that changing the scent in our home was an effective method for easing overwhelm, and not just for the kids. It worked unexpectedly for me. 

I collected a handful of oils and blends from my local supermarkets. I loved the aromas but quickly discovered I was allergic to many. Enter April.

April gave me samples of the oils she uses in her home. Despite that many of them were repeats of oils I’d purchased at the store, I wasn’t allergic to any of them. This was at least in part because the oils I’d purchased were partially synthetic despite being labeled as natural. I decided to learn more. 

As luck would have it, April is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Basically, she knows a lot about the sourcing and creation of essential oils as well as how to effectively use oils for daily and long term physical and emotional health needs. With her help, I reestablished an allergy-safe collection of oils to use for therapeutic purposes in my home.

What I love most about April is that she never pushed sale of oils on me. She gave me several samples and set me up to purchase my own oils at retail price. She then reviewed oils uses with me, expanding the applications of oils in my home. Her goal was clearly to support me in attaining better home health. She did so with consistent kindness and warmth that made me feel safe and heard.

Ultimately, we replaced several ointments with oils–good news for me because I’m also allergic to most pharmacy creams. I use oils to flavor teas and meals, for baths, in a diffuser and for bumps, bruises, cleaning and insect repellant. The result is financial savings (a little bit goes a long way with doTerra) and a healthier home.

Once I was familiar with her product, April invited me to work with her on establishing her online business presence. She now has a site where she shares recipes, recommendations and wisdom based on education and experience for individuals seeking an alternative to current prescriptive care. Individuals like me who have very strong, negative reactions to even over-the-counter medications, or who have sensory disorders and are looking to ease day-to-day existence. In person, April provides biofeedback sessions, Aroma Touch and Wellness Consultations. I have experienced all and am amazed by the lasting, positive results despite my innate skepticism.

If you are seeking relief or would like to learn more about natural health care methods, connect with April through her site, Essentially April. You can also listen to her radio shows here, find her on Facebook and Instagram where she regularly shares oils and their uses. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter to receive tips, recipes and specials in your inbox.

*I did not receive any compensation for this review. 


Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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