Grumpy mommies train grumpy kids. When we feel sick or run down, it’s very difficult to have a cheerful, energetic attitude; and, as unfair as it seems, it will effect those you care for and train.

Not only that, a tired, moody mama is also going to find it difficult (if not downright impossible!) to stay on top of the housework, to consistently train the children (without losing it), and to keep a productive, industrious household. Ask me how I know.

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A few years back, I began struggling with a number of weird symptoms. This was after living too long in “emergency mode” while my husband and I struggled to maintain three full-time family businesses, all while having babies, homeschooling, traveling to speak at homeschool conferences, and (him) pastoring a growing church. Life was crazy and so were we.

This was all supposed to be temporary (until we could hire more help); but, until we moved from Houston to Illinois and sold the businesses, things just seemed to get more and more out of control and consuming.

Years later, even after the crazy life began to slowly dissipate, what I discovered was that my body had already suffered the consequences. The damage was done and it was going to take work to correct it and heal.

maidenssecondbatchOver time, I began to feel like my nerves were on the outside of my skin; I was jumpy, anxious, and stressed. I often felt emotional and on edge. When my poor husband asked me what was wrong, I would burst into tears, “I don’t know!” And I didn’t! I knew something was terribly wrong, but I couldn’t verbalize exactly what it was because I really didn’t know. Was I crazy?

I also had unexplained itching on my arms, legs, neck, and abdomen, and not always at the same time. I had no rash and no skin irritation (except from the scratching). It was so bad that it would wake me up in the middle of the night in tears. I went to the doctor only to be prescribed expensive creams that didn’t work (not even a little) and had disturbing side effects.

My memory started to get really bad…I mean, scary-bad. I even Googled “Early Alzheimer’s” to check for symptoms. There were times when I would be driving down the road and I would completely forget where I was going, for minutes at a tim
e, long enough to miss my turn or exit!

I would forget entire conversations that had just happened; and I began to get self-conscious when talking to friends, wondering whether or not I had insulted them by not remembering some significant topic or plan we had recently discussed. I couldn’t focus on simple conversations because my mind was racing, which caused even more anxiety! I wrote things down and saved emails in an effort to remember the details of life.insomnia with clock in the night. woman can not sleep.

The jumpiness was the worst. Sometimes, I would panic when a car was coming toward me in their own lane. I began to avoid driving, especially at night. My startle response was stretched so thin that even children playing and squealing in the next room made me constantly jump. I couldn’t relax.

I woke up every morning around 4:00 a.m. My mind filed through all the things that needed to be done, that weren’t being done well, or that needed to change. I worried about children, remembered things I had forgotten the day before, and basically tried to solve all the world’s problems in my head. Sometimes I cried.

I usually fell back asleep right before it was time to get up. As tired as I often was, it was usually the most energy I would have for the day.

By early afternoon, I was dragging. When I tried to help the children with their schoolwork, I had to read a concept 4-5 times before I would “get” it, so that I could help them. When reading to the younger children, I would fall asleep. I had no energy and no patience to deal with a busy household and rambunctious children.

adrenal 2The photo of me to the left was taken in 2005 during an interview for a documentary. Recently, when reviewing this video, my husband and I were startled to see how unhealthy I looked at the time. I was 39 years old.

When my husband accepted a pastorate in 2006, we moved to Illinois and settled into a quiet place in the country. But, while we were relieved to have the burden of multiple businesses lifted, ministry life can still be very stressful.

Just a few months after we moved, our daughter, Christa, got married. Wedding planning took place in the midst of unpacking and getting to know our new surroundings.

The next year, I wrote a book, continued my speaking engagements, homeschooled my children, and supported my husband’s ministry at our church. Life was full.adrenal 3

Between 2006-2013, three more children were married. The photo of my husband and I on the right was taken around 2008. I was tired. This was when my symptoms were in full swing. While I looked a bit gaunt in the 2005 photo above, by 2008 or so, I had gained about 15 lb., and not in a good way. This was a big deal for someone who is only 4′ 10″! Still, it was so gradual, I figured it was just the aging process and this was how life would be.

I had dark circles under my eyes, my skin was pale, my hair was thinning and dry, and note how tired my eyes look. When your body is out of balance it effects everything!

Often, we don’t pay attention to our health until we start to lose it. We accept that slow decline way too early in life because we don’t pay enough attention to what we eat, the stress load we accept, and the toxins we fill our lives with.

Personally, as bransonmomdada Christian, I want to be as healthy and full of life as I can be, so that I have the energy and emotional stability to impact my family and others for Christ. Obviously, our spiritual health is the basis for it all, but I have found that it makes perfect Christian sense to reduce stress when possible and keep my body nourished and well balanced. And, as a mom, when I feel better, I am not as tempted to sin with my tongue or my attitude.

When I’m tired, sick, and emotionally “buzzed” from fatigue and roller coaster emotions, I find it much more difficult to work hard, avoid sinful responses, be faithful with what I’m called to do, or even to read my Bible!

In September 2010, I wrote Motheradrenalcontrasting Under the Influence, which summarized the beginnings of my journey to wellness. Since then, I’ve had a chance to study, clear my head, and get a little further down the road. So I thought I’d share a bit with you some of the lifestyle changes I made.

By 2010, I had been suffering from significant digestive issues daily (I’ll spare you the details) for over a year; and I had been told by our primary care physician that it was stress related – and that I should just take Immodium each day!

“For the rest of my life?” I thought. After finding an integrative doctor who thought more outside the box, and who ran a battery of tests, I discovered that part of my health issues were related to an extreme sensitivity to wheat. After removing wheat completely from my diet, that particular problem ceased!

In addition, I got serious about detoxing my home and my body. I switched to all-natural cleaning products (I am in love with my Thieves Household Cleaner). I started using Young Living’s beauty/skin products and found a more natural brand of makeup. I also started drinking NingXia Red every day – an antioxidant immune-booster loaded with nutrition and natural energy for my tired body!

After the doctor did bmaidenslood tests and discovered my numbers were so far off, I got serious about my supplements and enzymes, and began to study essential oils more deliberately. I also focused more on a whole food diet. I wanted to do all I could to support my immune system and encourage my body’s effort to heal. That’s what God designed the immune system for – we are fearfully and wonderfully made!

Food, sunshine, stress reduction, supplements, essential oils, the Psalms, and a focus on the simpler things in life were all part of the changes that finally helped diBransonKidsrect me to a healthier lifestyle! And what a difference it has made!

I chose essential oils that supported a healthy endocrine system, digestive system, immune system, and central nervous system. I diffused them, inhaled them on my hands, rubbed them into my temples and the bottoms of my feet, and I even ingested some that were labeled as “supplements” in a capsule or a spoonful of honey. Our home smelled amazing and our whole family began to feel more relaxed.

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My husband, James, doing one of his “Walk Talks” with the boys.

As my head cleared and my energy was restored, I began to realize how important a healthy lifestyle really is. What we put in and on our bodies matters. What we inhale, eat, drink, and slather all of our bodies makes a difference one way or the other. Stress drains us. A lack of sunshine effects us. Many people are all into their supplements, daily exercise, and even essential oils, but they still use toxic chemicals on their skin and in their homes, eat their junk food, smoke, and work themselves silly.

What I discovered, is that Young Living isn’t just about essential oils; it’s a lifestyle change. It caused me to pay more attention to my health and the health of my family. It encouraged me to study and then to start teaching other women all that I was learning about connected.jpghealth, diet, wellness, and essential oils. It caused me to realize the importance of the Christian’s response to God’s gift of oils – gifts straight from His hand at Creation.View More: http://kathryngracephotography.pass.us/guentherwedding

Our family is healthier because of it. We’ve been able to get out of debt, work together as a family again, reduce stress, and for the very first time, truly relax and vacation together! God used Young Living to equip our family with the products and the income we needed to enjoy our health and to spend more time together. And perhaps that was the biggest blessing of all.

I currently use the following Young Living supplements and essential oils to keep my body balanced and my emotions in check:

Supplements:

  • True Source Multi-vitamins
  • Omegagize
  • Thyromin
  • Sulfurzyme
  • Cortistop
  • Progessence Plus Serum™
  • Mineral Essence
  • Life 5
  • Essentialzyme 4
  • Vitamin D (When first tested, my D levels were at 16. I use OrthoMolecular and take 10,000 i.u.s per day)
  • NingXia Red (2 oz. twice a day)
  • Super B
  • Super C
  • Sleep Essence (when needed)

Essential Oils

  • Endoflex – (Applied to thyroid, adrenals, and inhaled. Can also be taken in a capsule)
  • Nutmeg
  • Vetiver (helps calm irrational emotions…not that I’m ever irrational)
  • Clary Sage
  • Spikenard (hate the smell, but love the results – try bottoms of the feet)
  • Peace & Calming
  • Dragon Time
  • Frankincense
  • sandalwood
  • Lady Sclereol

Nourish your body; it’s the only one you’re going to get this side of glory.

To get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Guest Post by Elise Haroldson

When I answered the doorbell, the man in the brown truck was just pulling away. There it was, seated proudly on our front porch, my Young Living Premium Starter Kit! This was an exciting day! My husband and I had read the blogs, the books, and the manuals. We had done our homework and we knew that Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils were the best on the market, and we were more than ready to begin our journey to wellness!

starter kitAfter having my third child, I had developed awful pain in my arms ‐ pain which later manifested itself in my neck as well. In addition, my stomach was a mess from taking over‐the‐counter pain medications, and I found myself having to make a choice between suffering from neck/arm pain or stomach pain.

Doctors were willing to give me prescription pain killers, but I was breastfeeding; so I didn’t want to take that risk! Specialists left me hanging. They had no answers, and I was desperate for relief. Needless to say, I had very high hopes thmomsvingsaladlargeat Young Living Essential Oils were the answer to my prayers.

But, as I began using the oils, I experienced mixed results. The smell of the oils made me nauseous and gave me headaches. On the other hand, I noticed immediate and positive results with my children. Their sleep issues and night terrors disappeared! Their stomach issues and constipation were gone! They were healthier overall – no more ear infections! And their nagging cold and flu symptoms cleared in record time. Their bodies were doing what they were designed to do!

I was thrilled for the relief my children were experiencing, but I dreaded applying the oils myself, as I would inevitably have to add nausea and headache to my already long list of daily physical woes.

After a few weeks of this, I decided to take a complete break from the oils ‐ this was a mistake! My children’s symptoms re‐emerged and misery followed. It was then that I decided I had to take matters into my own hands and figure out why I was reacting to the oils in such a manner.

I already knew I was having a “detox reaction” to the essential oils ‐ meaning they were causing my body to release built‐up toxins into my body faster than my body could filter them out. For some, this “detox reaction” manifests itself in nausea, headaches, itchiness, skin irritations, excess mucous, diarrhea, and more.

footcareTo put it simply ‐ we need to realize that every time we use essential oils ‐ they will detox us. That is what the oils are designed to do in the plant ‐ they are the immune system of the plant. The plant oils flow through the plant and help protect it from injury, bacteria, viruses, fungus and more. When we use essential oils, we are basically “borrowing” the plant’s immune system and the same process will take place in us.

Unfortunately, some of us are more “toxic” than others. This might be attributed to the foods we eat, the environment we live in, medications we’ve taken, or the cleaning and beauty supplies we use in our homes everyday. We may have a low pH balance or a low‐functioning liver and kidney. Some of us simply have more toxins stored in our body tissues. Release them slowly and our body can filter them. Release them too quickly and you will have unpleasant side effects.

So, once I realized this, I came up with a personal plan of attack. I am going to describe what I did, but let me first say that I am not a doctor. I am just a mom who was determined to find a way to use my essential oils to help me with my pain in a more natural way. Please ‐ use common sense and consult your doctor if you have any severe or concerning reactions to your oils ‐ respiratory issues, dizziness or chest pains/heart racing. My detox reactions were annoying and uncomfortable, but not debilitating.

My week of detoxification was pretty rough, but I followed my body’s cues, went slowly, and took it one day at a time. It was about three months after I received my kit before I was able to use my oils liberally and without headaches and nausea. My detox plan actually started during the third month (it’s never too late to try again!). Happily, after my second detox week ‐ I had more energy, my stomach issues started to subside, and I started to feel pain relief from using oils sucharoldsonh as peppermint, PanAway, and Deep Relief. My joy was being restored!

In Part 2 I’ll share with you what my personal detox protocol was!

Elise Haroldson has enjoyed nine years of oneness with her dear husband Steve. They have been blessed with three active little boys, ages 6, 4 and 18 months and love living on a 15 acre homestead in Illinois. Elise strives to maintain a fun and Christ-centered home, all while dabbling in the fine arts of gardening, baking, sewing, and photography. Join Elise’s Common Scents team by clicking HERE to order a Young Living Premium Starter Kit.

I’m going to show you how to take the $100 (or more) that you are already spending each month on supplements, as well as first aid, beauty, grooming, and cleaning products; and transfer those dollars to essential oils and pure, chemical-free products from Young Living.
transfer chart with girlThis is what we call “transfer buying.” Stop spending money on items that are costing you more money, as well as your health, down the road. Take the hard-earned dollars you’ve been giving to companies that sell toxic or questionable products and invest them in a healthier, more productive source—a company that’s going to promote the health and well-being of your whole family!

In addition, with Essential Rewards and other promotions, you can earn points each month for FREE products and enjoy discounted shipping.

Yes, Essential Rewards is an optional program offered only to wholesale customers, but why in the world wouldn’t you want to be on it? Unless you like wasting money.

Just try this. Humor me. Use the following handy chart to go through your medicine cabinet, cleaning supplies, and health and beauty items to determine where and how much you’ve been spending. Compare these items to products Young Living carries that will serve you much better (and take up less room)!

Medicine cabinet items, supplements, proteins shakes, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, floss, cleaning products, beauty products, air fresheners, soaps, shampoos & conditioners, and more! And infused with therapeutic grade essential oils!

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I am confident that you are going to quickly find out that you’re actually spending more than you think on products that are harming your health, and that could, in the long run, cause you to spend more on doctors, medication, and even emergency health care!

People who are healthy and toxin-free don’t need drugs or doctor’s visits. Let that sink in for a minute. And consider all the money you could save.

If you need help determining which Young Living products can replace your current products, let me know! I’m glad to help!

Click HERE to print your own personalized spreadsheet!

 

 

I am so crazy-excited to announce the complete remodel of The Common Scents Mom! In addition to some spit and polish aesthetic updates, we have been working closely with our designer to de-clutter and make the site easier to navigate! While there are more updates still in progress, we are pleased to release the new site now!

So, incommonsense honor of the remodeling, and because I get a kick out of giving things away, we are offering a FREE bottle of Young Living’s amazing stress-reducing blend, Common Sense, to any new member who purchases the Premium Starter Kit (through The Common Scents Mom) within the next 24 hours!*

Not only does the starter kit give you over $300 worth of products for only $150, it also qualifies you for wholesale status (24% discount on all purchases). And, to find out how many items from my medicine cabinet I was able to toss once I started using essential oils, download my FREE quick-reference Refrigerator Chart!

The Common Sense blend contains many amazing and exotic scents: Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Ocotea, Goldenrod, Ruta, Dorado Azul, and Lime essential oils. This is a great oil to use during those stressful times of life when you need to think clearly and balance your emotions.

Everyone needs a few drops of Common Scents! So join the wonderful world of essential oils today, slather yourself in this intoxicating blend, and spread the love!

*Due to website problems this morning, this promotion is being extended to midnight September 18, 2014.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Q: What are essential oils?

A: Essential oils are liquid, volatile, organic compounds that come from the flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, and bushes that God gave us at Creation. These are aromatic oils which have been carefully extracted through steam distillation or cold expression; and, are highly concentrated. The fact that they are volatile means that they pass off readily into a vapor – that’s what makes them aromatic. Read more HERE.

Q: How do you use them?

A: There are many different aromatherapy models for using essential oils. The one that Young Living and our family personally adhere to is the French model. This includes inhalation, topical use, and oral consumption.

  • Inhalation – Inhale straight from the bottle, rub a drop between your hands and breathe in deeply, mix with water and spray into the air, or better yet, use a cold air diffuser (a good one comes with your starter kit).
  • Topical – Apply essential oils directly to your skin. Certain (spicy) oils should be diluted with a fatty oil (olive oil, coconut oil etc.). Also, dilution is recommended when using essential oils on children.
  • Internal Use – Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils that are labeled as “supplements” are considered GRAS and can be used internally. Certain oils can be placed in an empty gel gel capsule, dropped directly on the tongue, or added to honey or your favorite beverage. Many people find them great for cooking! Read HERE why it’s important to only use Young Living oils in this way.In addition, many people add certain essential oils to their homemade suppositories, and use them vaginally or rectally.

Q: Are they safe?

A: While essential oils are safe to use, and a natural part of any plant, they should always be handled with care. They are a concentrated and potent form of the plant’s beneficial properties. You should think of them like any other medication you might keep in your house. Make sure to store bottles out of the reach of curious children and pets.

Recommended usage guidelines can be found on the labels of every oil bottle. And you’ll find some very helpful reference guides here and here. In fact, when you enroll with me by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit, I will purchase the pocket reference for you!

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Q: Where should I store my oils?

A: Essential oils should be kept out of direct sunlight as UV rays can damage the chemistry of the oils. This is true for fatty oils in your house too, such as olive oil for cooking. Young Living oils are packaged in amber bottles to help protect them, but be mindful of where you set them in your house. Storing them next to a window, in your car, or on top of the microwave is not recommended, as they will lose some of their potency if they are exposed to extreme temperatures.

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Q: Do essential oils expire?

A: Young Living’s essential oils do not have expiration dates. They will evaporate over time if the lid is not properly secured, but they will not spoil. However, if you dilute your essential oil with a fatty oil to apply it, any leftover mixture could go rancid over a period of time. It is recommended that you only mix what you need at the time of application.

Q: Why spend more for Young Living oils when I can buy them cheaper somewhere else?

A: Do you realize that if I put ten drops of lavender in a bottle of sweet almond oil most people would smell it and think it was a “pure” bottle of essential oils? They wouldn’t know the difference. That’s what often happens. People believe they’re getting a “great deal” on their $7.00 bottle of lavender; when, in fact, they just spent $7.00 for ten drops of an inferior essential oil.

In addition, it is very likely that even those ten drops have no therapeutic value, and may be adulterated with synthetics! In this case, they are getting ripped off!

Do some research. You will find that most essential oil companies are just brokers. They’re buying their oils from various sources around the world in barrels, and they’re bottling it themselves. Most oils are perfume grade and are cut with other chemicals. It is scary when you consider that people may try to use those oils on their children the same way I’m using my Young Living oils. I have to stress the purity issue out of a concern for your safety!

Most essential oils on the market are not “therapeutic grade,” and most are not 100% pure, regardless of how they are labeled. The problem is that these terms are not regulated by anyone. So, all I can do is tell you what WE mean when we use the term “therapeutic grade,” and then invite you to compare that definition to other companies.

In fact, as far as I know, Young Living (YL) is the only company that owns their own farms and distilleries; so that right there disqualifies most other companies.

Red Flags

Here are just a few red flags to check for on a bottle of essential oils. If you see these terms, beware. Do yDangerWillRobinsonour research:

  1. DO NOT INGEST – If a bottle of food-based oils (cinnamon, peppermint, oregano etc.) is labeled this way, that is a red flag to me. YL oils labeled as “supplements” are GRAS (generally regarded as safe) for internal consumption by the the FDA.
  2. DO NOT APPLY TO SKIN UNDILUTED – Certain “spicy” oils should be diluted, but many YL oils can be applied neat (undiluted). If a mild oil like lavender or frankincense has this type of warning I would beware.
  3. $$$ – Quality essential oils cost a lot of money to grow and distill. If a bottle of lavender costs you $5.00, you can bet it is either cut with a carrier oil (which means you’re getting ripped off) or it’s very poor quality.
  4. EXPIRATION DATE – Properly stored essential oils (excluding citrus) do not go bad. If an essential oil has an expiration date, it could mean it is cut with a carrier oil (which will eventually go rancid).

Check out Young Living’s 5 step Seed to Seal™ process: Seed – Cultivate – Distill – Test – Seal.

What Does “Therapeutic Grade” mean and is the term regulated by any outside organization?

What is the difference between Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and other popular brands of “pure” essential oils?

How can I get a starter kit and will that qualify me for wholesale prices?

How much do I need to purchase per year to maintain my wholesale status? Answer: Only 50 pv (approximately $50.00)!

What do I do if I get essential oils in my eye or if the oils irritate my skin?

If I join the Essential Rewards program to earn free products, what is the minimum I have to spend each month, and what other benefits do I get?

What oils are the most important when getting started?

 

 

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

I grew up in Southeast Texas where it was too hot to go barefoot – though we did it anyway (just had to avoid the sidewalks).

Frosty lemonade. Hot inner tubes on a cool river. Slides you couldn’t touch until evening (literally). Seat belt burns. Melty popsicles. Fire ants. Sandcastles. All these things were part of summer time. I have my own fond childhood memories of long summer days, but my children are still making theirs. One thing different about my childhood was that, as hot as it was, I’m pretty sure I smelled like jasmine or honeysuckle or something lovely. But my kids stink. Badly.

Cool Down with Essential Oils!

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When I was pregnant and battling morning sickness, I would about pass out when the children came tumbling through the back door looking for something cool to drink.

“No, please! Let me bring the lemonade OUT to you! No need to come inside.”

I realize I’m pretty scent sensitive, but wow! There’s nothing like a herd of hot and sweaty kids to make a gal run for her essential oils! Especially when she’s pregnant. Which was always.

So, I thought I’d let you in on my secret weapon…er…remedy. It’s my Stinky Kid Spray. Oh, don’t call it that. Call it something exciting like Superman Spray. Or if you have a lot of girls, call it Princess Mist. They’ll never know.

 

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3 oz. purified water
1 oz. vodka*
vegetable glycerine (1-2 drops)
20 drops peppermint essential oil
4 oz. dark colored glass bottle

*Sometimes people ask if there is something they can use besides alcohol. You could use witch hazel, but I really prefer to use edible products, especially when making something for my children. Besides, there is more alcohol in the vanilla in your cupboard than in this recipe. Plus the alcohol discourages bacterial growth in the water. 

You could use lavender, Gentle Baby, Peace & Calming, or other oils (Warning: avoid citrus oils when you’re going to be in the sun!), but I choose peppermint for its wonderful cooling properties! Let me know how it worked! And go make those summer memories!

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Be careful not to get essential oils in the eyes. If this happens, and irritation occurs, flush with milk or cream and all will be well.

caleb and mommyreferenceguidesmallTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Discretion Alert: This article is written for women – specifically for women preparing for marriage. Please enter at your own risk.

I get asked a lot which oils I recommend for the honeymoon. I have a few favorites, but a lot of it will depend on the personal tastes and needs of you and your husband-to-be. You may want to let your fiancé sample some of the oils in your starter kit ahead of time, in order to get an idea of what types of scents are his favorites.

massage oilGet a good start with rich, exotic massage oils and enticing oil blends to stir the emotions, establish good memories, and relax away the stress of the last few weeks (or months) of wedding planning!

Typically, I recommend starting your stash with… you guessed it, a Starter Kit! That way you have a diffuser and plenty of oils to experiment with, along with the ability to order your more deliberate oils and products at the wholesale price. It’s the best all-around deal.

Do not awaken love before its time…

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the field,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases. (Song of Solomon 2:7)

…but once the time has come, stir things up with essential oils!

The Scent-sual Art of Touch and Massage

The next must-have on your list will be Young Living’s Sensation Massage Oil. Infused with jasmine and rosewood oil, this moisturizing blend is the perfect romantic start to your memorable evening. (Also try Sensation Shower & Bath Gel, as well as a Sensation Body lotion.)

Massage may be a good way to help a shy couple relax as they get to know one another. Light some all-natural candles and have soft music playing in the background (you may want to prepare a music “play list” ahead of time).

footcareCombine the deep, intoxicating effects of essential oils with an evening of loving, sensual touch and gentle massage. And remember, just like anything of value, practice makes perfect. Take the time to study and recognize the desires and prompts of your beloved. Allow yourself to relax—to willingly respond and engage. Explore, feel, taste, smell, listen, watch, communicate, reveal, and enjoy!

Sandalwood, rose, neroli, and ylang ylang, as well as the Young Living blends, Present Time and Sensation, are all excellent choices for massage and sensual exploration. Sandalwood’s mysterious musky aroma blends particularly well with the body’s own natural scent, making it perfect for a romantic evening.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-legs-romantic-couple-lying-bed-home-image15740851Both sandalwood and rose can be used intimately and applied directly to “sensitive” areas. Yes, really. However, because everyone is different, I would suggest having a carrier oil available, just in case you or your husband find any of the oils a little too “stimulating.”

A woman I know recently told me that she discovered the blend Lady Sclereol helped her with vaginal dryness, and its gentle warmth helped to stimulate libido when applied/massaged “directly!” But again, while it can be used neat (undiluted), I still suggest that you have a carrier oil on hand “just in case.” Also, a small jar of organic coconut oil is a good idea for the suitcase anyway! Many people find that coconut oil is a good, all-natural lubricant.

The Brain: The Most Important Part of Sexuality

As one mother shared with her soon-to-be-married daughter, “The marriage bed is like a playground; it is a place to have great fun together!” But, beyond fun, intimacy, and especially climax, causes the release of oxytocin, an important hormone in the brain—a hormone that is known to promote emotional bonding.

Sexual intimacy promotes bonding. That’s why Scripture warns about some of the dangers of the sin of fornication (1 Corinthians 6:16); but, when used within God’s beautiful design of marriage, sexual intimacy is an awesome thing! It is the glue that binds (Matthew 19:5-6)!

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-human-head-hearts-brain-shape-blue-red-image36355378This fact, combined with the way essential oils effect the limbic system of the brain, the area that controls emotions and stores memories, makes the use of essential oils in intimacy a powerful and influential tool—a healing balm and even a protection to the marriage bed.

A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, that lies all night between my breasts. (Song of Solomon 1:13)

The brain often associates scents with memories; so, be ready to have flashbacks of your honeymoon every time you smell your selected oils…and try not to blush in public!

Preparing the Bed

Now prepare your sheets and linens by scenting them with something exotic. I suggest making the pillow spray in the recipe section at the bottom of this page using sandalwood, patchouli, ylang ylang, jasmine, or Sensation.

“I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon…” (Proverbs 7:17)

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-romantic-view-aromatherapy-candles-luxurious-evening-image32520830You may not think Proverbs 7:17 is the best promo for an aromatic marriage bed; since, in this case, it references the actions of an adulteress. However, I included it here because it does reveal the ancient custom of scenting the bed chamber as an enticing prelude to intimacy. Just as lingerie may be used for good or for evil, so might the exotic scents and sensations of essential oils. And why shouldn’t the marriage bed be the most aromatically rich, exciting, and pleasing bed there is?

I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the lock. (Song of Solomon 5:5)

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-beautiful-bride-image9062540Most “sensually inspiring” essential oils work in part by initiating a warm sensation, stimulating the body and arousing passion with their rich, exotic aroma of spicy or floral notes.

Historically, the euphoric properties of essential oils like ylang ylang, myrrh, sandalwood, rose, and patchouli have been used to enhance intimacy. Myrrh, which in my opinion smells best when blended with other oils, is mentioned seven times in the Song of Solomon! Is it any wonder that some believe Myrrh can be helpful for balancing hormones?

“His cheeks are like a bed of spices,
Banks of scented herbs.
His lips are lilies,
Dripping liquid myrrh.” – Song of Solomon 5:13

Avoid synthetically scented candles, lotions, or massage oils. They will clash with your essential oils and many of the chemicals in them are toxic! Consider diffusing Three Wise Men, ylang ylang, or jasmine. For the ambiance of candle light, choose either unscented, all-natural candles or make your own ahead of time using the oils mentioned in this articles. Choose your favorites and try not to have too many scents going at once!

The Morning After

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-romantic-morning-coffee-image25264897You’ll likely have been up late on your wedding night, so the next morning you may be a little groggy. Apply peppermint to your temples and drink a shot of NingXia Red or NingXia Nitro to boost your energy level.

For many couples, the next day is a travel day. An early plane trip or a long drive to your honeymoon destination may require good planning to maximize your energy and help you feel good.

Be sure to pack the NingXia Red products and energizing snacks listed below in the packing checklist!

Another must-have for the new bride is a soothing essential oil-infused perineal spray for the morning after. LavaDerm spray is a soothing first aid spray that’s good for burns, sun burn, bruising, abrasions, swelling, etc. ClaraDerm is even better, but it’s quite a bit more expensive. If you use the LavaDerm, I suggest you add 10 drops frankincense, 5 drops geranium, and 3 drops cypress.

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image10467321I recommend this for the honeymoon, since (and this is a little personal) sometimes young women find they are a little sore the day after the wedding night. Don’t worry! This subsides as your body gets used to intimacy, but in the beginning, the spray can be very soothing. Also, if you’re planning a beach vacation, it can double as a sunburn spray!

There are so many new experiences ahead of you! One thing I’d recommend doing is purchasing a copy of When Two Become One by Christopher and Rachel McCluskey. You can either read it ahead or plan to read it aloud together while on your honeymoon!

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite make-ahead recipes below. Feel free to modify them to suit your particular essential oil preferences. And have fun! You are beginning a great journey together! Take the time to relax and enjoy every minute!

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DIY Recipes for the Honeymoon

Exotic Pillow Spray

25 drops essential oils
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. purified water
2 oz. glass spray bottle

Scent-sual Massage Oil 

30 drops – Cedarwood
20 drops – Clary Sage
10 drops – Ylang Ylang
6 drops – Patchouli
1 drop – Myrrh or Frankincense
4 oz. sweet almond oil

Put it in a dark drawer for two weeks and shake once a day to blend the oils.

“Morning After” Mist

10 drops lavender
6 drops frankincense
3 drops geranium
3 drops cypress
3 drops copaiba
1 tsp. vodka or witch hazel
2 oz. glass bottle of purified water

Exotic Cologne for Him

15 drops cedarwood
10 drops clary sage
5 drops ylang lang
3 drops patchouli
1 drop elemi or myrrh (fixative)
5 ml carrier oil (V-6 or sweet almond oil)

Store in glass in a dark place for 2 weeks.

Exotic Perfume for Her

2 drops jasmineperfume dreamstime_xs_8059113
10drops coriander
12 drops bergamot
5 drops rose
8 drops neroli
1 drop elemi or myrrh (fixative)
5 ml carrier oil (V-6 or sweet almond oil

Store in glass in a dark place for 2 weeks.

Steamy After Bath Rub

30 drops – Neroli
10 drops – Sandalwood
5 drops – Juniper
4 drops – Ginger
4 ylang ylang
2 drops jasmine or lavender
4 oz. v6 or sweet almond oil

Sunscreen

50 drops carrot seed oil
40 drops myrrh oil
10 drops of helichrysum
2 oz. organic coconut oil

 Packing Check List

Snack List

 

caleb and mommyreferenceguidesmallTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

SleepyHeadAs much as I hate it when my family is sick, there is a distinct closeness that comes from caring for a sick child or family member. And, in the winter, this can especially true. Steaming broth, hot tea, snuggly blankets, a cool cloth on a feverish brow, and, of course, the healing scent of essential oils. But what do you do when lying in bed sick is a luxury? Or when the person you’re caring for is too busy for snuggly blankets?

My husband, James, will admit that he is not the most long-suffering patient in the world. I tease him about being “worse than the kids.” He refuses to stay in bed, he can hardly be found when its time for a dose of this or that, and he doesn’t tend to be the most…cheerful. Although he does his best to tough it out, he’s a busy guy, so he gets impatient. Which means I want him well as soon as possible!

Not too long ago, James picked up a summer cold. He experienced the typical symptoms: headache, congestion, cough, aches and pains, chills – and a touch of irritability.

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We had a lot going on; so, I decided to try to knock this thing out fast. So I pulled out my favorite cold-busting essential oils!

Frankincense: This oil is one of the oldest oils known to man, dating back to at least the days of Abraham. This precious oil was good enough for Jesus, so it’s good enough for me! You can read more about the powerful effects of Frankincense HERE.

Oregano: This amazing oil is not only great in spaghetti, it has been found to be highly antibacterial in its action against 8 strains of bacteria, including E coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. I use this oil as a naturally effective remedy to fight infection. Read more from PubMed HERE.

Thieves: This oil should be a staple in every home. This warm blend of five highly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal essential oils has proven its amazing abilities over and over again in our family. Research from Weber State University in Utah has shown that it has a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria.

We diffuse it, take it in capsules, and rub it on the bottoms of our feet. I also make a homemade throat spray that’s includes Thieves, as well as peppermint and Lemon (all included in my recommended Starter Kit)!

flu bombMy husband mixed frankincense, oregano, and Thieves in an empty vegetable gel cap and took that 3 times during the day.* He also drank NingXia Red and we diffused Thieves and Raven interchangeably.

When he started, his headache was pounding, his coughing was regular and labored, and he couldn’t breathe through his nose due to the congestion. For chest congestion, he rubs RC or Raven into his chest and deeply inhales what’s left on his hands.

I also rubbed M-Grain layered with Peppermint on his forehead, behind his ears, on his temples, behind his neck, and massaged it into his scalp. He said this took care of his pounding headache almost immediately!

After just 24 hours, he felt amazingly better! He slept through the night and woke up saying he felt “like new!” Why didn’t I start his protocol earlier?

Another perk of using essential oils is that our family has been able to avoid antibiotics for years now. Of course, antibiotics have their place in times of emergency; but the general over-use of pharmaceuticals is causing a worldwide health crisis.

I am thankful to have learned about the blessings of essential oils and I’m eager to share what I’ve learned with you!

* I only recommend Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, since lower quality oils often have no therapeutic value and may even be toxic. Read your labels. Lower quality oils are often only perfume grade (regardless of their claims) and will usually have a warning not to take internally. Young Living Essential Oils that are labeled as “supplements” are generally regarded as safe for internal consumption.

caleb and mommyreferenceguidesmallTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Juicy, organic, free-range, herb-roasted chicken or animal shaped chicken nuggets and ketchup?

Organic, grass-fed beef with melted garlic butter or a Whopper with Cheese?

Flamed Creme Brûlée or a Twinkie?

Organic white cheddar, fresh figs, local honey, and a good glass of merlot or spray cheese and Mountain Dew?

A massage with aromatic essential oils or Tylenol?

Ah…the good life!

Guest Post by Sara Raynor, Essential Wisdom & Nutrition

Essential Oils are becoming a hot topic these days; and, whenever there is a lot of excitement about something, there will always be some negativity. There will also always be opportunists–people who profit from sensationalism and misinformation.

The first thing I want you to remember is that you are in charge of your health. Nobody can force you to do anything, not even your doctor. If you approach your health with prayer, wisdom and reverence, you will find solutions. Healthcare requires a lot of faith, so give it to the One who created you and trust His path for you.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” — Matthew 7:7

I have seen a few articles lately that warn against the “dangers” of using essential oils internally, or even topically. There are different schools of thought on the use of essential oils; so, it’s important to distinguish them and their basic philosophies.

  • German: Emphasizes inhalation. Focuses more on the aromatherapy and the effects of essential oils on the limbic system. Dr. David Stewart calls this the “central brain”.
  • British: The focus is on the use of highly diluted oils in concentrations of 5% or less in a carrier base. Mostly for the use in massage. “There are no reports of toxic effects from using essential oils this way.” (Clinical Aromatherapy  by Jane Buckle, 2003, pg 77)This model acknowledges there are some instances where undiluted use is warranted. This is a traditional and conservative perspective that attempts to minimize potential risks while optimizing benefits.
  • French: Starts with the belief that pure, high-quality, unadulterated oils are safe to take orally or applied topically (some undiluted). The oils that require dilution are diluted and those that don’t require dilution are not diluted. “French Aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils internally…. generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils.” (The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, by Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt PhD. pg 133)

My personal background is in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. I also worked in a medical lab for over 8 years, including some time inside a hospital setting. I have done a lot of personal research before deciding on Young Living Essential Oils.

I have also done a lot of research into other subjects and have found a terrible amount of misinformation come out of false conclusions from the gathering of data. It is sometimes hard to discern truth from fiction. Even the experts get it wrong sometimes, so definitely be careful what advice you take from non-experts.

YL LabIt is important to note that websites dedicated to generating traffic for monetary gain rely on sensationalist headlines on hot topics to draw people in. They rely on pure numbers (traffic) to get hits on their ads to make money. It is very easy to manipulate information to back up a sensationalist headline and hardly requires any education.

It is also far easier and more legally safe to be a naysayer. Then there are blogs (like this one) that legitimately wish to share information and personal experiences. We use real references and testimonials whenever possible to bring you relevant information you can relate to, so that you can decide for yourself.Do not Judge an EO2

Yes, we make money if we refer you to Young Living, but we also serve the members in our organization, and others who want to learn more about a particular topic, whether or not they ever order through us.

When scrutinizing an article, look for an overuse of medical jargon. This is intended to make you feel uneducated. If you do a lot of skimming, or if you skip over parts you don’t understand, you are more likely to be swayed into believing that the author knows what he/she is talking about. People who genuinely have a desire to teach you something will attempt to communicate information to you in a way that you will understand and appreciate.

If you have ever taken a Basics of Essential Oils class, you know that we cover the fact that synthetic wintergreen is toxic, while plant-derived wintergreen is not toxic. Specifically, it is the Methyl Salicylate that is toxic when isolated, taken out of the plant, and reproduced synthetically.

Why is it so important to note that it is isolated? Even though we say that an oil is 80% this and 10% that, there are hundreds of constituents in each oil in minuscule, but important amounts, some of which have not yet been identified. Each constituent contributes to the synergistic nature of the oil. You cannot judge an oil by one of its constituents. They work in harmony.

Many people are more familiar with the concept of food before vitamins. If we get our vitamins through the food we eat, we absorb more of them because of the balance of properties. God’s creation is quite perfect; we cannot improve upon it!

If we take a pill, we only absorb a small portion of the total content in the absence of the other necessary biological chemicals. If you ingest a bunch of calcium, for instance, without the other vitamins, minerals and enzymes that naturally occur in food that has calcium in it, you are going to have side-effects. It is the same with essential oils, just magnified because they are so powerful.

Our body recognizes essential oils because we share enough biology with plants that our system recognizes what to do with them. It can use what it needs and is able to dispose of what it does not need by elimination pathways already in place. Our bodies do not recognize a single constituent of an oil because that is not how it is created in the plant.

It seems likely that those who try to isolate one constituent of an essential oil for a medication are either convinced in their superiority over our Creator, or, in an effort to make money, they want to patent the technique. God knew what he was doing when he created essential oils and we can’t possibly make them better.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-water-glass-image29217894This takes us to the issue of toxicity. A toxin is simply something that does damage to your body. Anything can be a toxin in the right amount. Even drinking water can be toxic in the right circumstances.

Chemicals, including medications, are toxic when our bodies cannot eliminate what (a chemical or a part of it that breaks off in the body) they do not need. It is unlikely that pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, when used properly, in the proper amounts, could cause damage because our bodies know how to eliminate them.

That is why the source of the essential oil is so important. This is why we have to use wisdom and not do anything we aren’t comfortable with. Ingesting an essential oil is not always better. Dr. David Stewart puts it best in his book, The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple:

“Swallowing the oils to be assimilated through the digestive tract results in a major portion being destroyed by the stomach acids. Hence, a greater quantity of oil is required when swallowed than when simply held in the mouth. However, some oils are too strong to be held in the mouth so that when internal administration is desired, swallowing them in capsules is an effective alternative…. All pathways for oils to enter your body are effective.” (p2)

60% or more of thdaddrinkingpepperminte oil ingested gets destroyed in digestive tract, so you have to take more in a capsule to equal what could be absorbed under the tongue or topically through the skin. ??There are some cases when you want an oil to be absorbed quickly and efficiently, and some cases where you might like the effects to last longer.

If you have a blend of oils you like to use for pain, and if you have pain all over, you might take it orally. On the other hand, you might be able to use less oil if, for example, you apply it directly only where your knee hurts.

Some people have reported that oils for pain have longer lasting effects if they are diluted before they are applied, even though the initial pain relief comes in less than a couple minutes. Because diluting essential oils with a fatty oil causes them to absorb at a slower rate, dilution is a method of time-release, so you can use that to your advantage. You may want other oils to act more quickly, such as those that help normalize blood sugars. You would then apply these under the tongue, as long as the bottle and your reference guide suggested that doing so was appropriate.

footcareWhich oils and how you use them are ultimately up to you, but don’t fear them. Search for knowledge and for answers. Verify information from respected sources. Trust your friends who use oils in their own families. The thing about Young Living is that few people are involved just to sell oils. In fact the reverse is true; many of us got into selling them by an accidental paycheck. Because we use them and love them so much, we want to share our stories with the world!

If you decide you only want to diffuse them, go for it. If you want to learn more about how to use them safely by topical and oral application, get a good reference guide and go forth with confidence!

Additional References:

http://heritageessentialoils.com/schools-of-thought.php

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/help-vitamin-supplement

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1770067/

The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by Dr. David Stewart

Healing Oils of the Bible by Dr. David Stewart

Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higle

Sara is a stay at home mom and devoted wife. She is also a Biology nerd who loves to learn and teach. Scientific knowledge has only strengthened her faith, and learning about essential oils are not an exception! Sara loves to learn about and enjoy God’s creation and share her knowledge in a way that is uplifting and helpful to others. Visit her at Essential Wisdom & Nutrition!