My name is Michelle Baas and I am a registered nurse in labor and delivery at a local hospital in Tucson, AZ. I grew up in the state of Maryland until the age of 17, and then I moved to Tucson, AZ where I have lived ever since. I have two amazing little boys that I was blessed to have delivered at home supported by family, friends and an amazing midwife, Amy Zenizo, L.M. I was first introduced to doTERRA through my midwife in 2009. We used doTERRA essential oils to support women throughout their pregnancy as well as through childbirth, postpartum recovery and newborn care. However, as someone who felt like I was doing “all the right things” to care for my own health, essential oils simply seemed like an unnecessary additional expense for me personally. For this reason, the benefits of essential oils were not a part of my daily life at that time. Well that is until I faced my first true healing crisis in December of 2014.
I was in a car accident and broke 4 bones in my foot. I was not only in tremendous physical pain but also suffered emotionally as well. The fear, anxiety, pain and even depression set in so strong that I could hardly enjoy being around the people I care for most. I did not sleep, I ate very little and the pain medications I was taking hardly took the edge off while they only offered an hour of pain relief at a time. I spent 3 months non-weight bearing and when the boot that protected my foot finally came off, the view of my foot and leg was almost unrecognizable. My physician warned me that it would be a long road to recovery, and to expect swelling and pain off and on for the next year. This news was obviously difficult to accept. Feeling hopeless, I called my midwife in tears! She came over to my house and brought with her the tools she always uses to support the health of the people she loves most, ESSENTIAL OILS! Then the light bulb in my brain went off! That’s right! I do have other options! So I quickly went to work researching all the best remedies and ways to apply essential oils for support after an injury, but also for detoxification, increasing energy during the day, improving restful sleep and balancing mood.
The essential oils not only offered me immediate pain relief, in only a matter of 5 days, the swelling was almost completely gone. This allowed me the ability to move and use my foot and ankle in new ways. Increasing my strength and range of motion was so helpful to the speed of my recovery. I was also feeling more rested, revitalized, and able to tackle the challenges of the day. After 8 short weeks, I returned to work, fully recovered, no residual pain or swelling, and with a very powerful story to share with my co-workers in the hospital. Since then it has been my mission to bring these amazing essential oils into clinical practice. I use essential oils with all of my patients and co-workers and the positive results have been so incredible to witness!