You need this. No really. I think I’m addicted.

Pamper yourself and hydrate your skin at the same time! A hydrating beauty mist can keep your face looking dewy and fresh, without that powdery, caked-makeup look! And, with the addition of the right essential oils, your skin can look smoother, brighter, and alive!

First, cleanse your face with Young Living’s Orange Blossom Face Wash or (my favorite) ART Gentle Foaming Cleanser.http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-young-woman-washing-her-face-hands-clean-water-morning-image30347489

The ART Refreshing Toner is up next! This gentle, aromatic toner gently removes impurities without drying the skin, and helps to balance your skin’s delicate ph. I like to add a drop of myrrh to the cotton ball first!

I like to apply a soft, warm washcloth infused with frankincense, myrrh, or rose over my face for a few seconds to prepare my skin for moisturizing…especially before bed.

Close your eyes and mist your face with one of the DIY Hydrating Beauty Mists below. While your face is still a little damp, apply the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream or the ART Intensive Moisturizer (my new favorite). And the Wolfberry Eye Cream can be dabbed on (use you ring fingers) to support the unique, delicate skin under your eyes.

Then apply the A.R.T. Renewal Serum or the Sheer Lume (I use the Renewal Serum at night and Sheer Lume in the morning). Applying moisturizer to warm, damp skin, will help keep your face feeling supple, as it traps in all the moisture. And the scent is so relaxing – especially before bed time!Beautiful woman applying spray water treatment on face on blue backgroundapplying powder with special brush selective focus blue version

During the summer, spritz your face with your mist whenever you feel like it! It’s refreshing on a hot day, or when you’re feeling fatigued, or when you’re suffering from dry weather. It’s also great after you get off an airplane!

Most importantly, after you’ve applied your mineral powder, a nice hydrating spritz will help to “set” your makeup, giving it a flawless, dewy finish! This is my favorite way to use my beauty mist! No more dry or cakey looking make up!

And don’t forget to drink plenty of water! It’s important to stay well-hydrated and toxin-free! Water helps flush out the toxins hiding in your cells and keeps you from being dehydrated. And, if you’ve been following my bone broth diet, you know I’m not going to let you get away without at least hearing it one more time: Bone Broth rocks! It’s loaded with collagen, elastin, protein, vitamins, minerals, and more! This is all good for your gut, your joints, your brain, your hair, your nails, your skin, and who knows what else!

Hydrating Beauty Mist (Normal Skin)

  • 1/2 cup distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 8 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 drops chamomile
  • 1 drop myrrh
  • 1 drop frankincense
  • 1 drop jasmine (optional)

Hydrating Beauty Mist (Mature Skin)

In this blend, I chose oils that nourish the skin, may help reduce a puffy appearance, erase dark circles, and sooth other issues associated with mature skin.

  • 1/2 C. distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 8 ylang ylang
  • 2 drops myrrh
  • 1 drops frankincense
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop rose (optional)

Hydrating Beauty Mist (Blemish Prone Skin)

The exclusive properties of the essential oils in this recipe make it perfect for those fighting blemishes.

  • 1/2 C. distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • 8 drops lavender
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 1 drop cypress
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop Frankincense

I love it when my kids come in the room saying, “It smells good in here!”

“Yeah. It’s my face.” I smile.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.

If you’ve already received your Premium Starter Kit then you’re already falling head over heels in love with your essential oils and other Young Living health-infused products! We hope you’re enjoying your oily honeymoon!

WHICH PRODUCTS SHOULD I TRY NEXT?

But many people, after getting their starter kit, can get totally overwhelmed with what to get next – especially since we have hundreds of products in our catalog! So, I’ve created a collection of suggested themed “shopping lists” or “bundles” to help you choose your “what next?” products. They are only suggestions, so feel free to modify and personalize your own order.

Each flyer has a theme and is designed to give you a starting point. Simply view them as idea generators. Each bundle is organized in a tiered fashion to help you qualify for the current month’s promotions!

FREE STUFF HERE!

Again, the products listed on each flyer are optional. You can pick and choose from any products on any flyer, or add a few more of your own. Also, your order size is up to you. It can be as low or as high as you want.

And, in case you haven’t heard about our Essential Rewards program, we thought now would be a good time to tell you about it, so that you don’t lose a single value!

Essential Rewards reminds me of a “frequent flyer” program, only better! No obligations and totally optional, but you can earn points for free products, get priority treatment, discounted shipping, and exclusive offers! Learn more about how it works HERE.

If you still need help deciding which products are best for you, let’s schedule a free consultation!

Click any of the images below to enlarge or print! Or click here to download them all for your next class or home event!

Savvy Minerals Make Up Bundle NEW!

Bedside Romance Pack

Bond with Me Pack

“Classy Lady” Beauty Blast

Focused Child Bundle

Healthy Jumpstart Bundle

Manly Man Power Punch

Mother and Baby Bundle

R&R Stress Buster

Toxin Free Home

Young Thang Beauty Blast

Business Builder Bundle


caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.

Last night, I had the honor of teaching an online class to over 800 women on ways in which the gift of essential oils can be used to enhance, restore, and inspire couples in one of the holiest places in the world…the marriage bed. While I was focused on interacting with this amazing group of ladies, The Common Scents Team hit Crown Diamond! Wow!

When March began, I had no idea whether or not we would actually hit our goals this month—it all seemed like a bit of a long shot, but we knew that if God wanted it to happen, nothing would get in His way. And, with such an amazing group of teams behind us…well, we were eager to see what God would do.

Some of the Common Scents Team in the hot springs at Young Living’s Beauty School 2016

We also knew that our whole team was on board! I can’t fully express to you just how much it meant to us to see so many precious team members—some, we’ve only ever “met” online—rallying around us in such an amazing group effort! The teams within teams uniting their own groups in a giant collective, online pep rally! Again, wow!

Thank you to all of the teams within our Common Scents Organization…because this really is about you! I won’t name each of you and your awesome teams, and risk leaving someone out, but please know that we recognize, love, and appreciate each of you, and we cherish your friendship and your efforts! Thank you!

Stacy McDonald and Kim Prather planting at the farm…in anticipation of explosive GROWTH!

We could not believe the number of Common Scents Team members who ranked up this month! Stars, Senior Stars, Executives, Silvers, Golds, Platinums, and even our newest Diamond!

I was in tears off and on, as the blur of the evening celebration carried on past midnight last night. The excitement, the texts, the encouragement, the FB posts, the cheering, the phone calls! Seriously! Like a virtual YL version of Facing the Giants! Pull together and you just never know what God will do!

Some of the McDonald Clan at convention in 2016

It all started back in 2010 when Tony Tosti, a precious family friend, one of the most knowledgeable and tenacious essential oil advocates of all time, enrolled me in Young Living. I was absolutely not interested in making Young Living a business. But I was passionate about equipping women to take care of their own health, and the health of their own families.

Thank you, Tony (and Suzy) for overlooking my naivety, for convincing me of the reality of Young Living’s Seed to Seal difference, and for teaching me how “the good stuff” (as opposed to what I was previously using) actually WORKS!

See My Life After Exhaustion

Though I was adamant about not wanting “to make Young Living a business,” (See The Accidental Paycheck) God had other plans in mind for our family; and, once my husband got on board and added his gifts of strategy and business inspiration, things started to take off! Still, we had a lot of questions and limited direction on how network marketing worked. Though we often spent those early days re-inventing the wheel, it helped us to better understand the needs of our new business builders.

A relaxing dinner with Marcella Vonn Harting and her husband, Jim at the 2016 Diamond Retreat in Hawaii

Then, soon before achieving the rank of Gold, we contacted our Royal Crown Diamond, Marcella Vonn Harting. I totally connected with her edifying, no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is, YOU-CAN-DO-THIS-YOURSELF approach! And this was a turning point for us –the season when we realized this could really be huge! Since then, Marcella has continued to be an inspiring and encouraging wealth of wisdom and support! Thank you, Marcella, for believing in us!

In addition to our upline leaders, our Common Scents teams-within-teams, and our own amazingly supportive family members, we also have fantastic crossline friends to thank! With encouragement, resource sharing, brainstorming sessions, and the list goes on – the way the Young Living family selflessly supports one another is downright inspiring!

So, I woke up this morning with a full heart and with thanksgiving on my lips. I looked over at James, who must have been having the same thoughts. We are both so overwhelmed with gratitude. God’s grace and blessing in our lives has been staggering, and we are so honored for the opportunity to continue to extend that blessing to those He puts in our path. To God be the glory!

By His Grace and for His Glory,

 

Stacy McDonald

See Your Abundant Family

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.

Whoa baby! If you’ve never experienced the intoxicating scent of pure rose essential oil, you have something amazing to look forward to! Rose (Rosa damascena) has a delicious, floral, and uplifting fragrance that stimulates feelings of romance and confidence!

Aromatherapy. Essence oil. Spa treatment Beauty Spa treatment. Bowl of water with red rose petals
Considered the “Queen of Essential Oils,” rose oil has been treasured and used for well over a thousand years in beauty treatments, as an aphrodisiac, and for emotional tranquility. Cleopatra used obscene amounts of rose essential oil (as well as jasmine) to allure the men she wanted to attract. I don’t recommend this, by the way, unless, of course, it’s hubby!

Rose oil has the highest frequency of all essential oils, and an ORAC value of 1,604,248! Do your research – this oil is used for way more than feeling frisky!

Damascus Roses are the preferred variety because they have the most intense aroma and highest oil content.

People normally think rose oil is outrageously expensive (and it is one of the most expensive and popular oils on the planet), but did you know that it takes around 60 roses to create a single drop of rose essential oil?
That’s just under 5 dozen roses! So, it takes 10,000 roses per one 5 ml bottle! Imagine if your husband brought you 833 dozen roses for your anniversary! Wow! Wouldn’t you much rather have the intoxicating scent of all those roses captured in one little bottle to use all year long than a bouquet that will wilt and die in a few days? Well, why not?
Closeup of bottle with rose essential oil with falling leaves on wooden background.Trust me, you’ll be hooked!

CLICK HERE to see my how-to video on making your own tub tea at home! You could even add a single drop of rose to the tea bag! Imagine, bathing with 5 dozen roses!

Yes, please.

Beauty Serum

1/2 oz sunflower seed or coconut oil
3 drops frankincense
2 drops myrrh
1 drop rose

Other uses:

  • Apply directly to skin to help moisturize and support the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin.
  • Add a few drops to your favorite facial cream for added moisture.
  • Diffuse in your home or bathroom for a spa-like setting and a fresh, soothing aroma.
  • Combine with carrier oil for a relaxing, indulgent massage.Healthy marine bath salts rich in minerals mixed with dried aromatic rose petals for a luxury bath treatment at a spa
  • Place a few drops in your shampoo or conditioner for a floral scent and additional moisturizing properties.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.

Emotional bonding, relationship healing, phenols, monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, cell memory, receptor sites, oxytocin, the amygdala…how might all these things be related? We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made! The limbic system in the brain supports many brain functions we take for granted: adrenaline stimulation, behavior, motivation, olfaction (sense of smell), and long term memory.

This intricate system, which also influences our autonomic nervous system (heartbeat, breathing, digestive process etc.) and endocrine system (sexual function, hormones, sleep, etc.) is a complex and powerful part of our overall creation!

If you get nothing else from this article, I pray you get this: Emotions affect us physically; so, if you want to be truly healthy, don’t minimize the importance of healthy relationships and emotions!

The first person a child bonds with is ideally his/her mother. Even our experiences in the womb uniquely bond us to the woman who conceived us.

I am enjoying my study on human bonding and how essential oils can be an amazing tool for those searching for answers! Did you know that sesquiterpenes are thought to “delete” garbled information in cellular memory, and that monoterpenes are thought to “reprogram” it? Fascinating stuff!

Be sure to check out the handy chart below that lists a few good “bonding oils” that are high in sesquiterpenes, as well as those high in monoterpenes.

Scents play a powerful role in memories, especially emotional memories. Olfactory input is routed through your amygdala and hippocampus (which process emotion)…” – Dr. Mercola

The first person a child bonds with is ideally his/her mother. Even our experiences in the womb uniquely bond us to the woman who conceived us. The bonding experience continues when a mother nurses, cuddles, and nurtures her little one.

All the senses are engaged. The eye-contact, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and especially touch involved during this period are all tools God uses to grow a connected child. And because of the way the limbic systems works, the sense of smell can lock it all into the cellular memory.

Healthy bonding with those who God places closest to us is a huge part of what makes us whole. But did you know there are actually physiological changes that take place in the brain? And since essential oils pass through the blood brain barrier, this could be huge in the quest to enhance healthy relationships!

Maybe you didn’t bond well as a child. It’s not too late! God talked about the importance of human connection way back in Genesis. In fact, the very first time God said something was “not good,” was when He referred to a man being alone (Genesis 2:18)! So, human bonding was established as crucial at Creation!

And, since oxytocin, the bonding hormone that scientists agree is the “super glue” of relationship bonding, is released in major amounts during sexual climax (marriage) and childbirth and breast feeding (babies), itwould seem that God had a very specific goal of binding families together in a special way.

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave [cling, fasten, stick, bond] unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

While I’m still in the midst of my study, I thought I’d share a few thoughts (and oil suggestions) to get you started. I’ve  listed below my favorite (so far), tried and true “bonding oils”, but keep a look out for my future workbook where I’ll share some practical bonding exercises that may help you and your family to develop stronger, healthier, bonded relationships!

Human Bonding and Essential Oils from James and Stacy McDonald on Vimeo.

Suggested Bonding Oils*

 

Essential Oils High in Sesquiterpenes Essential Oils High in Monoterpenes Suggested Bonding Blends
Cedarwood Frankincense Brain Power
Sandalwood Grapefruit Three Wise Men
Myrrh Tangerine Transformation
Vetiver Balsam Fir Inner Child
Black Pepper Angelica Present Time
Patchouli Orange Exodus II
Blue Cypress Cypress Sara
German Chamomile Northern Lights Black Spruce White Angelica
Copaiba Black Pepper Surrender
Ginger Bergamot Acceptance
Onycha Neroli Feelings Kit
Hong Kuai Rose of Sharon Release
Galbanum Fennel Sensation
Myrtle Juniper Sacred Mountain
Clary Sage Blue Spruce Harmony

 

Try blending these together:

Frankincense and Bergamot
Sandalwood, Black pepper, and Bergamot
Myrrh and Neroli
Vetiver and Orange
Cedarwood and Tangerine
German Chamomile and Neroli
Sandalwood and Rose of Sharon
Copaiba and Blue Spruce

 

*Be sure to remember that spicy oils should be diluted, and most any essential oil should be diluted when used on young children

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.

When your husband says, “Honey, it looks like you had a difficult day; what can I do to help you relax?” Hand him this recipe with a little wink!

And of course, when he walks in the door after a long, hard day at work, remember your home is his refuge. Now you can make it his spa too!

Soothing Massage Oil

2 oz. sweet almond oil (olive oil works too)

6 drops ylang ylang

4 drops geranium

4 drops sandalwood

1 drop black pepper

Pour carrier oil into a clean, dark glass bottle. Add essential oils. Gently shake to blend before each use.

 

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.


None of the statements in this article have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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

In addition, a moody mama is 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.

Emergency Mode

A few years ago, I found myself realizing that our family had been under well over a year of constant, major stress. We had remained on emergency mode non-stop, running four full time businesses (tea room, gift shop, online bookstore, and publishing an international magazine). In addition, we traveled around the country with our children, speaking at homeschool conferences, all while writing books, having babies, and pastoring a church (yes, this tends to be a family venture).

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.

Fight or Flight

We had too much going on, with very little rest or focus on our health. Are you familiar with the fight or flight response? It’s a response mechanism that God gave us to help us to escape danger. Our brain produces a rush of adrenaline, we get a blast of energy, and all our senses go into overdrive. Which is good if you’re trying to run from a bear, but we’re not meant to live in emergency mode non-stop. This stresses our adrenals, and messes with our endocrine system as a whole.

Because of the snowball effect of constant stress, I had no energy, I was moody, and everything seemed to be going wrong. I thought it was just age and that was just how life was going to be; I didn’t realize it didn’t have to stay that way.

All the body systems work synergistically; so, when one thing is off, it affects everything else. That’s why it’s important to do what we can to keep our body at optimum health.

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 time to correct it and get back on track. But, for me, it would get worse before it got better. My husband and I had to learn to let things go.

2005 (Age 39)

The photo of me to the right was taken in 2005 during an interview for a documentary and right after the birth of our youngest son. Recently, when reviewing this video, my husband and I were startled to see how ill I looked. I was only 39 years old.

Our Move to the Midwest

In 2006, during the week of my 40th birthday, we moved from Southeast Texas to Central Illinois and settled into a quiet place in the country where my husband had accepted a pastorate. But, while we were relieved to have the burden of multiple businesses lifted, there were parts of ministry life that continued to be very stressful to us both.

Tired in 2008

Just a couple of months after we moved, our oldest daughter, Christa, got married. Having lived in temporary housing for a month, wedding planning took place in the midst of boxes and getting to know our new surroundings. In addition, finances were tight, so eating healthy was sometimes achallenge, and the stress of paying bills weighed heavily upon us both.

Over the next year, I wrote a book that turned out to be quite controversial (controversy is stressful!), continued my speaking engagements, homeschooled my children, and supported my husband’s ministry at our church. Life was full.

Between 2006-2013, three more children were married and ministry life was beginning to take a toll on the health of our family as a whole. The photo of my husband and I above was taken between 2007-2008. I was tired. My husband was tired too; but, as the eternal optimist, it took him a while to notice. This was when I first started to realize something would eventually have to change.

Starting to Notice

While I knew I didn’t feel good, it was so gradual that I figured it was just the aging process, and this was how life would have to be.

nervous systemI had dark circles under my eyes, my skin was pale, my hair was thinning and dry, and note how tired my eyes look. I couldn’t even read to my kids without falling asleep. But as sleepy as I was, I felt like my nerves were on the outside of my skin. I began to avoid driving because I was so jumpy. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

Often, we don’t pay attention to our health until we become afraid of losing it. We accept that slow decline way too early in life because we don’t pay enough attention to the red flags. We are negligent about what we eat, the stress load we accept, and the toxins with which we fill our lives.

Energy for the Good Fight!

Personally, as a 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 exhausted or 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 February 2010, I found an integrative doctor who helped me find answers. One month later, a dear friend introduced me to Young Living and I joined.

Our trip to Hawaii in 2014 – paid for by Young Living!

The Young Living Journey Begins

In 2010, a friend introduced me to Young Living and I joined. This is when I began my slow 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.

In addition to eliminating gluten from my diet, which blood tests revealed I was highly allergic to, I made some major lifestyle changes. I also 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 I found a more natural brand of makeup.

Part of my daily regiment began to include two to six ounces of NingXia Red, an immune system-supporting antioxidant beverage loaded with nutrition, and natural energy for my tired body!

August 2014

Healthy Choices!

whole food diet, sunshine, deliberate stress reduction, supplements, essential oils, NingXia Red, the Psalms, financial relief, some healthy “down time,” and a focus on the simpler things in life were all part of the changes that finally helped direct me to a healthier lifestyle! And what a difference it has made!

I chose essential oils that helped to support 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 my vitality oils in a capsule or a spoonful of honey. Our home smelled amazing and our whole family began to feel more relaxed…and energized. It was a great combination!

Our first-ever true vacation with the kids in August 2014. Thanks to our Young Living lifestyle, we could finally afford it! One week of down-time in a gorgeous, secluded vacation home overlooking Table Rock Lake in Missouri.

With my head cleared and my energy restored, I began to realize that 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 – Vitamin D is important! 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.

Our Diamond Retreat trip to Paris in April 2015 – paid for by Young Living!

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 health, 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.

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.

My 50th Birthday Dinner

I recommend using the following Young Living essential oils, supplements, and products while on your journey to vibrant health!

Starter Kit Oils:

  • Frankincense*
  • Stress Away
  • Thieves

Other Important Oils:

  • Vetiver
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Copaiba

Supplements:

  • True Source
  • OmegaGize
  • Essentialzyme- 4
  • Life 9
  • Alkalime
  • NingXia Red (2-6 oz. per day)
  • Super B
  • Super C
  • Sulphurzyme
  • Endogize
  • Nutmeg

Possible Extras:

  • Progessence Plus*
  • Endoflex*
  • Lady Sclereol*
  • Nutmeg
  • Cortistop
  • Thyromin

*Helps to maintain radiant skin and a healthy emotional attitude!

Watch the video below to find out how my love for essential oils, and sharing them with others, blossomed into a booming (but initially unintentional) business!

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.

Remember the old “Calgon, take me away” commercial in the 70’s? That lady didn’t need a bubble bath; she needed vetiver! Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of an introvert, but I can go on overload when I’m around crowds for too long. I also have the same reaction to loud or chaotic music or noise.

So, when I get that “feeling”, or when one of my children is having a tough time focusing or is feeling overstimulated by his/her surroundings, we apply a little vetiver to the bottoms of our feet, ankles, and temples (undiluted). Then we inhale what remains on our hands. I love the relaxing result!

A Mother’s Best Friend

A few years ago, I ordered it for one of my daughters who often struggles with sensory overload. When we first opened the bottle, we weren’t sure what we thought; but, once we applied it, we were captivated by the mysterious scent, and found that we really loved it!

Many parents believe that vetiver essential oil (along with a lot of love and Christian nurturing) is a miracle maker. It is making a huge difference in the lives of multitudes of struggling children.

Vetiver is a very dark and viscous (thick and syrupy) essential oil. The aroma is earthy, sweet, and full of life! It reminds me of an early morning walk through a lush green forest filled with damp grasses, ferns, and wild herbs. Like myrrh, vetiver oil has excellent fixative properties; that’s why it’s often used in perfumes.

And Vetiver has a calming and soothing effect on those who need of a good night’s sleep! Just slather it on before bed and enjoy!

The Change of Life

The closer I got to fifty, the more sensitive I became to noise, crowds, and chaos! Once I discovered vetiver, I was in love!

Since vetiver is so thick, and because I only use it topically, I go ahead and dilute it with avocado or sweet almond oil and put one of Young Living’s stainless steel roller balls on the end to make it easy to apply.

And, on those days when my nerves feel like they’re on the outside of my skin, I roll a little bit onto my temples and wrists and inhale the exotic aroma. Mmmmm…

Even if you don’t think you need vetiver yourself, it’s a good oil to have on hand when friends come to visit! You never know who you may wind up helping! And what a great gift idea for an overwhelmed mom! Spread the love!

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.

These are some of the easiest and useful homemade essential oil recipes you can make. Your kids will have a blast helping out with these! Use the recipes below to relax, to sooth sore muscles, to nourish dry skin, or to make a fun and unique gift for a friend!

And don’t forget to get creative. Hobby Lobby and other craft stores and online sources offer a variety of glass jars, wooden spoons, and fun bottles and containers for displaying your concoction.

Sleepy Time Lavender Bath

1 C. Epsom Salts or Dead Sea Salts
1 T. Lavender Buds (optional)
20 Drops Young Living Lavender or Stress Away Blend

Luxury “Calm and Comforted” Bath Soak

1 C. Dry Buttermilk
1 C. Epsom Salts or Dead Sea Salts
1/4 C. Baking Soda
10 Drops Vetiver Essential Oil
10 drops Sandalwood

[Very calming. Women dealing with menopause and mothers of special needs children especially like this bath. Also try the Gentle Baby Bath Dream below.]

Gentle Baby Bath Dream

1 T. Dry Buttermilk
1 T. Epsom Salts or Dead Sea Salts
5 Drops Gentle Baby Blend, lavender, or chamomile

Dragon Skin Bath Soak (Not only good for the skin, but it smells heavenly!)

1 C. Almond Oil
Vitamin E (squirt one gel cap into almond oil)
12 Drops Sandalwood or Three Wise Men blend
5 Drops Ylang Ylang
2 Drops Geranium
1 drop lavender, neroli, or rose essential oil

[My favorite way to use this bath oil is to rub it all over my body before getting into a hot bath or shower!]

Soothing Ivy Bath Soak 

9 Drops lavender
6 Drops peppermint
6 Drops lemon
3 Drops geranium
3 Drops chamomile
1 T. sweet almond or jojoba oil
4 cups finely ground oats (use food processor)
1 C. powdered buttermilk
1 cup Epsom salts

Mix together until oils are completely worked into salt mixture (this is a good job for children!). Place in a sealed, glass container to enjoy whenever you need a nice soak!

Midsummer Night’s Dreamy Bath Soak (Romantic!)

10 drops Sandalwood
10 drops Young Living Sensation Blend
5 drops Neroli or Present Time blend
1 drop rose (optional)
1 T. rose buds (optional)
2 C. epsom salts

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.

Play Time!

The marriage bed is like a playground! It’s a place to make memories and have fun together. A place to sometimes get hot and sweaty and run through the sprinkler, but also a place to experience emotional release, sunshine, comfort…bliss! More than anything though, it’s a place to “become one.”

The Brain: The Most Important Part of Sexuality

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.

Oxytocin, combined with the way essential oils affect the limbic system of the brain (the area that controls emotions and stores memories), make essential oils a powerful and influential bonding tool— even a protection—for 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 Intoxicating Bedroom

The custom of scenting the bed chamber is an ancient one that goes back thousands of years! The exotic scents and sensations of essential oils will help make the marriage bed an aromatically rich, exciting, and pleasing experience for you both!

Prepare the Royal Chamber

After cleaning your room, mist the sheets with your favorite pillow spray (recipe below). Please do NOT use any sort of synthetic fragrance on yourself or your bedding! Check out my all-natural cologne recipe HERE.

Just before beginning your evening, start with a warm, lightly scented bath (recipes for tub tea HERE or Dreamy Bath Soak recipes HERE). Pay attention to which oils you chose for your pillow spray, so you don’t have clashing scents in the room!

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

Now, decide which Bedside Oils you’re going to use for the evening and place them in a decorative candy or tidbit bowl on a pretty tray beside your bed. Then, pour your favorite carrier oil (olive, almond, avocado etc.) into a decorative cruet and place beside the bowl for mixing later. Again, consider the oils you’re using in other areas of the room.

You may also want to have on hand glasses for drinks, dark chocolate, whipped cream, fresh berries etc. Prepare any other massage tools you’ll want to use. Playing is fun!

If it’s cold, you may want to warm your carrier oil in a small electric dip warmer ahead of time. I like to make sure my essential oils are never heated, so that they retain their therapeutic qualities. So, if you want to heat your carrier oil, I suggest you apply it to the skin separately from the essential oils.

Engage all the Senses!

Remember to consider all five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell). Scatter unscented soy or beeswax candles around the room or string lights across your bed or ceiling (sight). Turn off bright lights, computers, television, phones, etc.

Turn off the ringer on your phone and play soft music, creating a haven of peace (sound). Even the sound of a running bath can be romantic (but don’t forget it’s running!).

Taste can be an aphrodisiac too! Get creative with that whipped cream, those juicy berries, or creamy chocolate…don’t forget the chocolate!

Adding a little peppermint essential oil to a creamy chocolate massage oil like the one HERE may be just the memory-maker you need for your personal playground! Get creative!

I only recommend Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, since I know and trust their quality first hand, and because lower quality oils may be dangerous.

Ready, Set, Play!


Exotic Pillow Spray

1 oz. vodka
1 oz. purified water
25 drops Sensation Essential Oil Blend (or other favorite single or blend)
2 oz. glass spray bottle

Melt in His Arms Diffuser Blend

6 drops black pepper
2 drops bergamot
1 drop Ylang Ylang

Midsummer Night’s Dreamy Bath Soak

1-2 C. epsom salts
5 drops sandalwood
5 drops Young Living Sensation Blend
3 drops Neroli (optional)
1 drop rose (optional)

Scent-sual Massage Oil*

1-2 oz. carrier oil
15 drops – Cedarwood
10 drops – Clary Sage
5 drops – Ylang Ylang
3 drops – Patchouli
1 drop – Myrrh or Frankincense
relaxation spa set with candles, essential oils, towel, pebbles

Steamy After Bath Rub*

2 oz. carrier oil
15 drops – Neroli
5 drops – Sandalwood
2 drops – Juniper
2 ylang ylang
2 drop black pepper
1 drop jasmine or lavender

“Turn up the Heat” Lubricant (for massage or lubrication)*
1-2 tsp. carrier oil
15 drops Sensation Oil (Or Ylang Ylang)
4 drops black pepper
2 drops bergamot

Exotic Nights Intimacy Rub (for massage or lubrication)*
(Perfect for the bedside oil bowl)

1 tsp. carrier oil
6 drops black pepper
3 drops sandalwood
3 drops Young Living Sensation Blend
1 drop bergamot

*Certain essential oils are considered “spicy,” so check your reference book and dilute with a carrier oil when necessary. And remember, everyone is different, so always have a carrier oil handy for fast and easy dilution, in case an essential oil proves to be too intense for either of you.

Read No Shades of Grey: A Black and White Seduction of the Mind – “Within the realm of marriage, the power of oxytocin is an awesome gift that promotes affection, excitement, and trust; it’s one aspect of the “glue” that God uses to bring two people together as “one flesh.” And within the mother-child relationship it creates a strong, foundational bond that is very difficult to recover if forfeited, neglected, or lost.”

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing 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, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! 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, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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.