Bad breath is embarrassing, but have you ever taken a look at the list of ingredients on the backs of some of these products?

Still. There’s nothing quite like the cool, crisp feeling of inhaling through your mouth after using a good, strong mouthwash. Having good breath is a good goal for the day! Thankfully, when you use either of the following recipes, you are doing something good for your dental health at the same time.

Double Duty Mouthwash

2 ounces Vodka
3 ounces Distilled or Reverse Osmosis Water
½ tsp. honey*
¼ tsp. Xylitol or 2 drops Stevia (Xylitol prevents cavities and reduces plaque)
14 drops peppermint (you could replace some of the peppermint with cinnamon for fun)
4 drops Myrrh
2 drops Thieves
5 oz. Sterilized Glass Bottle

If you’d prefer, you can pour a little in a small cup and mix with a bit of water before swishing in your mouth. Or, you can use it commando style. Just be sure to spit it out. Or I’m telling.

*Your first reaction to honey in this recipe is probably, “What? Why would I put a sugary substance on my teeth right after brushing?” But I promise I have a good reason!

I originally had vegetable glycerin in this recipe as an emulsifier. Of course, there is a big controversy over whether or not glycerin actually causes tooth decay, so I decided it wasn’t a good choice for my mouthwash.

“What about honey?” I thought. It has a similar consistency; and I know it acts as an emulsifier in salad dressings! But honey is…sweet. So, I did a little research and found out that not only is honey an emulsifier, but it actually reduces cavities! Read the whole article here: Honey Fights Tooth Decay

Alcohol-Free Version

5 ounces Aloe Vera Juice (keep refrigerated) or 5 ounces Food-grade peroxide
¼ tsp. Xylitol or 2 drops Stevia
14 drops peppermint (you could replace some of the peppermint with cinnamon for fun)
4 drops Myrrh
2 drops Thieves
5 oz. Sterilized Glass Bottle

Aloe Vera is extremely helpful for your mouth and gums, but it should be refrigerated after opening. It also has natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial actions, and contains vitamins and minerals which promote cell growth and healing. Some people have used it successfully to help with bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.

 

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.

Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that you are actually ingesting whatever lip balm you put on your lips? That could actually be pretty disturbing, depending upon what you’re using. My recipe is safe enough to eat (though I don’t recommend taking a bite). lip_balmlip_balm2

And it’s not only easy to make, it’s also healthy! My girls and I made up a huge batch of this today for gift giving. You could even make the base ahead and keep it in a jar to melt and use later.

Kissy Lips

 

1 Tablespoon Shea Butter

1 Tablespoon Sweet Almond, Avacado, or Jojoba Oil

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

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These cool lids from www.sks-bottle.com make it easy to clip onto a lanyard, key chain, purse, or back back!

1 Tablespoon Beeswax

2 drops Vitamin E Oil

2 drops Stevia

20 drops YL Therapeutic Grade EO

Makes approximately 8 tubes.

Melt all ingredients in a double boiler. Take the pot off of the heat, and add the essential oils of your choice. Pour into lip balm tubes or lip pots. Oil Suggestions:Peppermint, Thieves, Geranium & Lemon or Orange, Cinnamon, Citrus Fresh or Orange & Frankincense.

Let cool completely before applying lids or labels.

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.

One of the things I love about using Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils is that I trust their purity so much I’ll even use them in recipes we can “eat.”

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My girls and I had fun this morning whipping up a batch of Sweet Breath Sprays for gift giving! Aren’t these bottles adorable???

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The recipe can be modified, but if you’re using tiny bottles like mine (.05 ml), I recommend mixing up a larger batch and keeping it in a separate bottle as a “refill” stash. I use the tiny bottles because I don’t like extra weight in my purse, and they’re light enough for my husband to keep in his pocket.

The following recipe makes almost 2 oz. You can use pipettes or an eye dropper to refill your breath spray bottles. Or you can simply use 2 oz. bottles to begin with.

1/4 oz. Vodka (keep in mind, there is more alcohol in your bottle of vanilla than in this recipe)
1 1/2 oz. Purified Water
10 drops YLTG Peppermint Essential Oil*
3 drops YLTG Thieves Essential Oil Blend*
2 drop YLTG Lemon Essential Oil
1-2 drops Stevia or 1 tsp. honey
2 oz. glass spray bottle

Blend together and store in a 2 oz. dark glass spray bottle (available HERE). Spray 1-2 squirts in your mouth for refreshing, clean scented breath!

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*I only recommend using Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) Essential Oils in this recipe, since they are pure enough to be ingested, and since lower quality oils may be toxic.

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.

You may have seen the passive aggressive “open letter” one mom apparently wrote publicly to her friend, detailing her frustration with her friend’s involvement in an unnamed network marketing company.

Specifically, the writer claims that her friend’s association with this company has compromised their relationship. She describes a friend who isn’t so friendly—who often puts undue pressures on her to attend sales parties, calls or texts her only to sell her something, and who gives her the third degree if she declines.

We don’t know if this friend actually exists or not, but if she does, I have to wonder why the writer didn’t simply tell her friend in private, “I’m really not interested.” Most people I know would be cool with that. But I think some people have a hard time saying “no,” and then blame their unwillingness to be frank on other people.

In fact, I suspect this particular “open letter” has less to do with network marketing and more to do with a woman who needs to learn to exercise assertive languagdreamstime_xs_35663389 mom baby computere with her friend instead of resorting to broad-brushed, passive aggressive rants online.

The writer says to her friend, “This company is asking you to tap your most significant relationships for money.” Let’s be logical. The underlying message here is that it’s wrong to make money off your friends. Which would be a good message if that is the only motivation for the friendship (that’s called using people) or if the friend is truly being manipulative or pushy—especially after being told no. It happens with any business.

But, I find it ironic that the open letter itself is hosted on a mommy blog that earns advertising dollars when it gets website hits from other moms—moms who read and share articles such as her “open letter.”

I get emails, posts in my Facebook feed, and invitations all the time from friends who are selling things. Usually, I’ll cheer them on! But, here’s a hint: If it gets particularly irritating, there is a handy little “unfollow” button that can quickly solve the problem.

Honestly, I’m more irritated with invitations to play Candy Crush than I am the efforts of homeschool moms attempting to supplement their families’ income.

Social media is a community of friends, but it’s also a community of village shops and services. I’d much prefer to spend my money at the “shops” of my friends and family than on the website of some faceless company.

If we’re walkinmomsvingsaladlargeg through our own little village, we’re not going to roll our eyes when we pass the local baker passing out samples of his hot baked bread. “There’s my friend again trying to sell me one those donuts. Why can’t he stay inside his shop, so that I don’t have to say ‘no thank you’ when I pass by? It’s so awkward.” Get over your fear of saying “no thank you” or walk on the other side of the street, but don’t talk about him behind his back.

Better yet, cheer on your friends! I love it when I see a friend’s daughter peddling her handmade jewelry, knitting, crafts, baked goods, or other wares in an effort to establish a home-based business she can take into marriage. Good for her!

There is nothing wrong and everything right with a wife who sells her goods on Etsy or establishes a network marketing business in an effort to help supplement her husband’s income, without leaving her home and children.

But, personally, I prefer network marketing because I hate to sell things. I don’t mind marketing something – in fact, that can be fun. I love teaching the benefits of something that helps people. And I love sharing information about things I love.

I do it all the time. You probably do too. We share recipes, favorite restaurants, healthy food info, mothering tips, good online deals etc. Some of my friends probably remember the quinoa kick I went on when I first discovered this amazing super food! I don’t make money from any of these things; I just like talking about what works for me.

And this is the way I shared long before I had a business. I viewed it as an extension of my ministry to wives and mothers. So network marketing just came naturally.

In fact, it kind of happened by accident for me. I loved essential oils, I loved making home made products with them; and when I saw a friend who had a need, I loved being able to bring over samples of something that might work for them.

Then, if they wanted to know where they could get more, I simply referred them to the company. But I can honestly say I’ve never felt the need to pressure any of my friends to “buy” anything. Ever. And I’ve never pressured anyone to attend any of my events. Ever.

Which is why I think the Accidental Paycheck is so cool. Sometimes you can earn an “accidental” income during the simple process of helping people. My network marketing business is more like a glorified “referral program.” Which is the way I like it. Again, I detest “sales.”Home Party dreamstime_xs_5548977

Yes, as my business has grown it has become less accidental and more deliberate. Since my husband got involved, and my business became our “family business,” it is more organized and planned. This has made it grow exponentially. But I’ve always been very careful to incorporate the following guidelines in our home business:

  • Share openly with friends and family in need without any sort of expectation in return. (This is honestly the part of my business that is the most fun and satisfying!)
  • Invite people to events, but never question them if they decline. Usually, I simply post an open invitation on Facebook. I don’t normally personally invite a friend unless they’ve already expressed a past interest. If they want to come, they’ll let me know.
  • Make sure to provide some sort of value or benefit to the people attending the event. This could be education, a DIY project, or fun games and gifts.
  • Never resort to “selling” a product. Again, I am not interested in a retail business. I don’t have time for it and I hate sales. Did I mention I hate sales?
  • I get to do the fun part: Talk and teach about products I love; and share with others how they’ve impacted my life. Then, if they express an interest, I direct them to my company with my referral number. No sales. No shipping. No quotas. No bookkeeping. NO pressure!

So, if your friend is truly operating her network marketing business by using people, hounding them, or manipulating her family and friends, then she is doing it wrong. Not only does this type of thing give everyone else in the business a bad name, i??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????t also means her business is destined to fail.

But, if you are secretly harboring angst against your friend for simply being excited about her home business and talking about it, maybe you need to learn to do what good friends do. Graciously and assertively communicate directly to her. Talk about it.

But first, consider whether or not you are being presumptive or judgmental. Make sure you’re not assuming false motives or operating under a false perception of network marketing.

If you’ve never told your friend you’re not interested in her parties, is it really fair to her that you get secretly irritated when she invites you again? If you’ve never unfollowed her posts, is it really her responsibility to make sure they don’t show up in your newsfeed?

Nobody can read minds. Open and assertive communication keeps things “clean” between friends. Passive aggressive jabs are dishonest, and they foster distrust and hurt. This sort of thing is a lot more unkind than inviting someone to a Tupperware party.

Whoever this woman is, I have to wonder if her very public and humiliating “open letter” made the friendship with her friend any stronger. I kind of doubt it. In fact, I bet a few tears were shed.

At least she won’t have to be irritated by some cheerful party invitation in her inbox again. Ever.

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.

pooljump 2One of the great things about our Young Living business is the fact that we can now afford to do a few things we used to only dream of doing. Last summer, our family headed south to Branson, Missouri for a much-needed family retreat at a beautiful, secluded vacation home that included a private, salt water pool overlooking Table Rock Lake!

We ate organically in our own fully-equipped kitchen, spent uninterrupted time together, unplugged from technology, and lazed the day away beside the pool. But the tender, white skin my children inherited from my Scottish-descended husband wasn’t used to all that sunshine!

BransonKidsThankfully, I brought along the lavender-based skin soothing spray I had made the week before. This stuff is not only completely plant-based, it works amazingly well on tender skin. And did I mention is smells amazing?

My only problem was that I hadn’t made enough for my crew! Thankfully, I jumped on Facebook and was able to locate a Young Living distributor in the area who was willing to sell me her extra bottle of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil. So I quickly whipped up another batch and saved the day!

Although I usually apply tbransonmomdadtherapeutic grade lavender essential oil “neat” (undiluted) to smaller areas of skin, when my kids have been in the sun all day, they need something that will gently mist larger areas, like shoulders and backs.

I simply mixed together 25 drops of Young Living lavender Essential Oil* with 2 oz. of pure Aloe Vera Juice in a glass spray bottle. One of my adult daughters likes to add a couple of drops of peppermint to this mixture, since she says the cooling effect of the peppermint is helpful. I haven’t tried it yet (though I plan to!), so I didn’t include it in my recipe below.

Though not necessary, refrigerating it makes it nice and cool on the skin!

Fun & Sun Skin Calming Spray

20-25 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade Lavender Essential Oil (2-3 drops peppermint – optional)

2 oz. of 100% Pure Aloe Vera Juice (Water or Rose Water could be substituted)

2 oz. Dark glass spray bottle (don’t use plastic)

CAUTION: I only recommend Young Living Therapeutic Grade Lavender Oil in this recipe, since many brands are distilled using toxic chemicals, or include synthetic additives that could burn sensitive skin. The same warning is true for Aloe Vera Juice. Check the ingredient label, since many Aloe Vera brands contain numerous other ingredients.

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.

This testimony has been modified to comply with FDA regulations. 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.

2008

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 iI discovered, for me, t 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 10-year-old son. Recently, when reviewing this video, my husband and I were startled. 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 were still very stressful to us both.

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 a challenge, 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, continued my speaking engagements, homeschooled my children, and supported my husband’s ministry at our church. Life was full.lightoftheworldDreamstime

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 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!

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 antioxidant, immune-supporting beverage loaded with nutrition, antioxidants, 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, 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 the ones labeled as “supplements” 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. 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.

July 2015

July 2015

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.

Before Young Living…

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After Young Living…

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I used the following Young Living essential oils, supplements, and products on my journey to vibrant health!

Starter Kit Oils:

  • Frankincense*
  • Stress Away
  • Thieves

Supplements:

  • True Source
  • Thyromin
  • Cortistop
  • OmegaGize
  • Essentialzyme- 4
  • Life 5
  • Alkalime
  • NingXia Red (2-6 oz. per day)
  • Super B
  • Super C
  • Sulphurzyme
  • Endogize
  • Nutmeg

Extras:

  • Progessence Plus*
  • Endoflex*
  • Lady Sclereol*

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

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.

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When our family began to purge our home of toxic chemicals, one thing I dearly missed using was my perfume collection! My husband used to travel around the world on business. And, when he did, he would bring home all sorts of exotic perfumes for me, encased in ornate bottles that I would display upon a mirrored tray in our bedroom. I still have many of them displayed; though, now,  mostly for decoration.

The more I learned about the way our skin absorbs so much of what we put on it, getting into the blood stream and wreaking havoc upon our health and hormones, the more I desired to find an alternative. With that in mind, instead of using perfumes that contained harmful chemical extenders and synthetic scents, I wanted to make my own perfumes using therapeutic grade essential oils.

At first, most of my perfuming attempts all seemed to smell the same – probably because I always chose my same favorite oils. However, I finally found a recipe I loved!

Actually, my daughter is the one who found it. She discovered a recipe online, tweaked it a bit, and made it as a cologne for my husband for Father’s Day. But I loved it so much, I started wearing it too! At first, my husband complained, but when I explained to him that it smelled different on each of us because of our different body chemistries, he warmed up to the idea. Now, instead of our colognes clashing, they blend together nicely. Just like us.

I also use this blend in my “scent-sual massage” oil recipe, but it makes a wonderful cologne as well. I add a drop of myrrh or frankincense to extend the scent and to deepen and “fix” the cologne. Feel free to experiment!

Scent-sual Secrets

30 drops cedarwood
20 drops clary sage
10 drops ylang ylang
6 drops patchouli
1 drop myrrh or frankincense
2 oz. – sweet almond or jojoba oil

Store in a dark glass bottle in a dark place for two weeks to blend and intensify the scent. A roll on bottle works well for this perfume, but if you want to make it into a spray, use vodka and water, instead of the carrier oil.

REMEMBER: The perfume you wear actually enters your body’s system, so I only recommend health-promoting Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Many lower quality oils can actually be toxic. See:  Safe or Toxic? How Much Do You Know about Essential Oils?

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.

Our motives for healthy living shouldn’t be all wrapped up in looking good or being strong and impressive. And eating healthy isn’t some sort of cool ticket into the “Organics ‘R Us” club. All food used to be organic!

Beer And Pizza SeriesSome people eat junk food and immediately get fat. Others can eat like a Texan at a back yard barbecue and never gain an ounce. But, when you eat food empty of nutrition and loaded with dyes and harmful chemicals and preservatives, you may be harming other parts of your body and creating real, long-term damage. Your bathroom scale is not a good indicator of how healthy you are.

Our motivation should be all about glorifying God. If God’s people are perpetually sick, weak, diseased, or dead how will we effectively influence, transform, and bless the world with the beauty and power of the Gospel?

That is not to say that Christians can’t glorify God while they are sick; but, when we take for granted the health that God has given to us by indulging in an unhealthy lifestyle, then we are tempting God and rightly inheriting minimized health, and possibly illness.

Those of us who grew up on Frankenberry and Ding Dongs learned to love the taste of dirt. But, I’ve found that as we begin to eat right, we develop a taste for what is fresh, wholesome, and nourishing. Our palates “heal” and we learn to appreciate and distinguish the “good stuff” from the pink sugared cardboard.?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

We need more Christians to stop pretending like it’s cool, funny, or cute to love and eat junk food. It’s not good stewardship of our bodies (or the bodies of our children) to be careless about what we eat or expose our bodies to, or to live like popping pills for every ailment is perfectly okay.

I’ve seen some Christians behave as though it is “godlier” to ignore healthy eating (because “God is sovereign” and we’re “all going to die aCitrus lemonade in pitcher and glass of citrus around on blue wonyway”). They seem to have a weird “I’m above all that” attitude about it.

It is true that we should neither be fearful or obsessed nor rude, allowing food to be a fellowship breaker; but, giving thanks to God for His good gifts and utilizing them to His glory is simply wise stewardship, and shows an appreciation for His care of us.

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!…Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.” (Psalm 107:15–22)

Junk food isn’t cool. And if you think it actually tastes good, then perhaps it just proves that you have indoctrinated your stomach and tastebuds into developing a taste for dirt.

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

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

Flamed Creme Brûlée or… a jelly filled donut?

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

A soothing massage with aromatic essential oils or…pills with dangerous side effects?

Ah…the good life!

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.

As leaders in Young Living, James and I strive to operate our business, as well as our household, from a thoroughly Christian worldview. Because people know that about us, we have frequently been asked about our thoughts on how we as Christians should or shouldn’t interact with secular companies as employees, as customers or, in our case, as network marketing professionals.

A Christian Work Ethic

There are a lot of different situations in the work place that call for varying responses from Christians. I’ve often wondered about the moral dilemma a Believer might face while working in a grocery or drugstore that sells pornographic magazines, or, worse, the abortion pill. How do they handle that?

womanreadingdreamstime_xs_1745792Perhaps they request not to actually participate in those sorts of transactions; but, regardless, I’m pretty sure there are plenty of Christians who continue to work for such companies. The fact is, Christians work for and engage in business with non-Christians all the time. This has been true throughout the ages.  Imagine the sorts of frustrations Joseph must have faced as he faithfully served the Pharaoh. Yet, God blessed him and used his efforts to save Jacob, his family, and all of Egypt.

Unless you live in an Amish community, most of us also work for and engage in daily business with unbelievers, as well as brothers and sisters who have drastic theological differences.

We homeschool our children, and we discovered long ago the benefits of networking with other homeschoolers. But that also meant working with families whose beliefs were sometimes drastically different than ours. Put Presbyterians, Baptists, Messianic Jews, Roman Catholics, and Mennonites all in the same room and you have the potential for all sorts of fireworks!

James and I market essential oils for a secular company that produces the purest and most therapeutically effective essential oils on the planet. They also sometimes word their materials in ways with which we, as Christians, don’t agree, or in ways that may make us uncomfortable.

To begin with, Young Living does not claim to be a “Christian company” (if there actually is such a thing). However, in almost every area, it is run in a way that is consistent with, and very friendly to, Christian family values. We have witnessed the integrity and ethical attitude of the corporate leadership, as well as in many of Young Living’s successful independent distributors. You see, while Young Living is technically a secular company, there are many, many Christians who are involved in it – and it shows.

????????????????????????????????????????One of the beauties of network marketing, specifically with Young Living, is that we are free to run and promote our organizations with our own priorities and flavor. While that means a lot of religious diversity, it also means religious freedom.

In our case, because James and I are Christians, we, like so many of you, operate our organization from a distinctly Christian worldview, hoping to give God all the glory for the amazing oils we promote. Because of this, we tend to attract members with similar desires and values. This helps our teams to work together in a fairly like-minded setting.

Freedom of Religious Expression

Because of Young Living’s business model, we, as the Common Scents Team, have the freedom to offer our members distinctly Christian literature, videos, Facebook discussion groups, seminars, or whatever else we choose to provide – allowing Young Living to supply the products and resources we need or that we choose to promote.

Some network marketing companies forbid any mention of God or religion at all. I am thankful for the freedom Young Living gives us to express our Christianity as we wish. My husband has been asked on multiple occasions to pray before meals at various Young Living events. And we’ve had the opportunity to openly share our faith.

However, we sometimes receive questions and concerns over some of the New Age sounding verbiage that is occasionally found in the marketing materials, and even, at times, direct quotes from certain leaders in Young Living.

One thing to remember is that Gary Young is the CEO of an amazing company, but he is not your pastor. So, there is no need to go to him for pastoral advice or to be shocked if his theological opinions do not perfectly line up with yours. He is a kind and brilliant man, and an expert in his field, but that field happens to grow lavender, not hermeneutics. You wouldn’t go to your pastor to learn about distillation or the mysteries of terpenes or phenols, so let’s be consistent.

Gary OcoteaCommitment to Purity

There are other essential oil companies out there, but there aren’t any that come close to the purity, quality, and expertise of Young Living’s Seed to Seal process.

Before using an essential oil on my children, I need to know and trust where it came from. And Young Living’s oils are the only ones I trust. I’ve been to Young Living’s farms, I’ve watched the distillation process in person, I’ve seen Gary Young’s obsession with purity and efficacy. It’s real.2015-04-12 12.48.09

Another thing to keep in mind is that we all market products every single day. James often “markets” products for Apple Computer (for free) when he tells people how much he loves his Mac. That doesn’t mean he supports the charities or the initiatives of the CEO of Apple, a man who last year gave over $100 million to left-wing causes.

Marketing All the Day

I love Whole Foods, Restoration Hardware, Trader Joe’s, Soft Surroundings, and even Costco, and I tell people about it all the time on Facebook by posting about the good service I received, or a new product I’m excited about!

I have no clue as to the theological beliefs of the CEO’s of any of these companies. And, it’s probably pretty likely we wouldn’t be in agreement with their religious beliefs. But I bet they employ hundreds, if not thousands of Christians.

Home Party dreamstime_xs_5548977Yes, we would prefer it if Young Living’s literature stuck exclusively to the science of the oils (thanks to the FDA, that is very difficult), and if they didn’t sometimes get caught up in the popular verbiage of the mainstream natural health culture (which is highly influenced by the New Age). But personally, I believe it is our call as Christians to take dominion in this area—to be a natural, positive, organic influence. Not naggy nay-sayers.

I believe that we can and should be that influence through Young Living. Why shouldn’t God’s people have access to the best? And, yes, they truly are the very best.

And here’s another point. Last year, at the Master Leader Retreat in Ecuador, Mary Young alluded to a quote often made by her husband, Gary, regarding Young Living’s compensation plan. She said,

“Money in the hands of good people does really great things. For too long, money has been seen as an evil. And, when that’s the case—when only “bad” people have money, it leaves the generous and the benevolent, or those who would be, without the ability to change the world. Money in the hands of world changers actually changes things.” – Mary Young

Equipping and Empowering Christian Families

2014Convention_CST_TeamPhotoFor us, the network marketing opportunity has allowed us to equip and empower everyday Christian families with the ability to get out of debt, to stay home together to work as a family, to support the needs of others, to experience a healthier lifestyle, and to be free from the rat race that enslaves so many. We’ve also been able to donate to various causes and help people in need that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.

Our organization has thousands of members and, we’re gaining anywhere from 800-1500 new members every month! It is our prayer that the Common Scents team will be an influential force, and an effective tool that God uses to draw many precious lives into His Kingdom. I believe He can do that through our witness within Young Living and without.

And I believe this is a far more powerful and productive approach to this subject than agonizing over a few paragraphs of silly verbiage in a catalog. So, the answer is yes. I do believe that Christians, of all people, should market Young Living Essential Oils. Let’s work together to make a difference!

Suggested Reading:

http://commonscentsmom.com/kicking-the-new-age-out-of-old-…/

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.

Originally published July 2013

Just in case you wondered, you are not God. If you don’t believe me, ask your husband. Neither are there little pieces of God scattered throughout the universe.

Splendor. Beauty. Expanse.  As amazing as that rock formation is, God created it; He doesn’t reside in it.

Magical. Breathtaking. Spectacular. As rightly awed as you may be by the beauty of the night sky, remember, God spoke the stars and planets into existence; and when He did so, He didn’t leave a part of Himself behind. God isn’t there. Though, if you watch carefully, you may find His glory being proclaimed (Psalm 19:1).

Powerful. Amazing. Soothing. Yes. But, regardless of what the latest health guru tells you, the God of the Universe does not mystically linger in your little bottle of essential oil or supplement. I don’t care what the catchy name on the label says.

New AgecroppedGod spoke herbs and essential oils into existence at Creation when He formed the plants, trees, flowers, and shrubs and gave them to man (Genesis 1:29), but they are gifts given for our service (Psalm 104:14; Ezekiel 47:12). Good gifts. Just, don’t look for God there. Instead, open your Bible.

And know your heresies.

Pantheism: “God is everything”

Panentheism: “God is in everything”

You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all… (Nehemiah 9:6)

Christians have inadvertently relinquished their rights to God’s good gift of natural health, a gift that encourages the body to do what it was intended to do, which is to use the immune system to heal. Many false religions embrace the gift, but reject the Gift-Giver. Or, they try to turn the gift into the Gift-Giver. Christians, on the other hand, rightly embrace the Gift-Giver; but, ironically, they too often devalue His gifts by placing them below man’s wisdom in worth and authority. In other words, they snub the Gift-Giver’s gifts. Both are wrong.

Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. (Jeremiah 17:5)

Arrogant. Futile. Anemic. The gift of natural foods and remedies was given to us by God for an ultimate purpose, therefore they are good and useful, and will serve us well when used properly and with thanksgiving. But, if we don’t reclaim this territory for Jesus—if we continue to eat empty, toxic foods and blindly trust in physicians to be our “miracle makers,” we will become weaker and sicker and find ourselves utterly unable to fulfill our calling.

Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign. (2 Chronicles 16:12–13)

Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress.” (Judges 10:14)

We must remember that all healing comes from the Great Physician, so that is where we should first turn. This is one reason that, when we apply our essential oils, we pray and ask God to use them as a tool. Anointing the sick and downcast with oil is found throughout Scripture. Unfortunately, it is the tendency of our sinful and idolatrous hearts to put our trust in anything but God. We often trust in doctors, pharmaceuticals, chemo, and even created things—gifts intended for our healing (Ezekiel 47:12), but used in a sinful way.

So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. (Jeremiah 3:9)

God is our ultimate provider. In Genesis 22:14, He is called Jehovah Jireh, which is Hebrew for “the Lord will provide.” He is also called Jehovah Rapha, which means God is our healer. When we sing the doxology, we “praise God from whom all blessings flow.” In James 1:17 we’re reminded that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.”

We need to stop living like we believe that New Agers, Eastern Mystics, and other false religions “own” the Creator’s gifts. Praise God for what He has given us; live like you believe in God’s graciousness; study and learn how to make His gifts useful for yourself and your family; and glorify Him by using them with thanksgiving, in an effort to strengthen and heal His people, and to further the Gospel.

If Christians would do this, the world would stop associating God’s natural gifts with mysticism, and they would begin to see the power and graciousness of a loving and creative God.

I’m here to help.

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 $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose the Premium Starter Kit, 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.