We McDonalds have been making (chicken) bone broth since way before bone broth was cool. We called it “chicken pickin’.” And chicken pickin’ sort of evolved into bone broth.

You see, in the McDonald household, “Chicken Pickin’” was a highly valued family tradition. Basically, it was the time when children (especially those who looked like they needed a “job”) were chosen to gather around the table (little children too) to “pick” chicken meat off the bones after making rich, homemade chicken stock.

When it was all finished, we bagged up the shredded chicken, put the rich, golden broth into mason jars, and stored it all in the freezer for cooking over the next few weeks or months.

While some people these days think chicken broth comes in a can, once you taste the homemade stuff, you’re ruined for life! You can’t find anything close to this on a grocery store shelf! Plus most commercial broths are nutritionally lacking, loaded with MSG and sodium, and none are as rich and tasty as homemade!

The Bone Broth Miracle

chicken-broth-red-potHowever, now that we know more about the amazing benefits of “bone broth,” we’ve become more deliberate in our preparation. After removing the shredded chicken, back into the slow cooker go the bones, livers, hearts, and even the feet – for another few days!

The result is a rich, nutrient-dense broth 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!

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

Start with two whole 4-5 lb. hens, cut up with the bones exposed. Or, you can use chicken backs, wings, legs, thighs, necks, feet, or gizzards. You can ask your butcher for a good price on cheaper cuts and he may even chop it all up for you (or ask him if he will sell you just the bones and innards!). Cutting up the bones helps the marrow to escape into your broth.

  • 4-6 quarts of water
  • 2 free-range hens or “just the bones”
  • chicken feet, necks, backs, gizzards, hearts, livers etc.
  • A head of garlic, coarsely chopped
  • Half a bundle of celery (the side with leaves), coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 whole white onions, coarsely chopped
  • fresh parsley, thyme, and bay leaves (optional)
  • Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper corns
  • 2 T. Raw apple cider vinegar

Place everything except the vinegar in a large stock pot and bring to medium-high heat. Once heated, skim off any scum floating on top, cover the pot, and turn down the fire. Simmer on medium-low for about 2 hours, or until done. Remove chicken and let cool slightly in a large casserole dish or jelly roll pan.

If you would prefer, you can roast your chicken instead. The goal is to get the meat off the bones, so you can get to the business of making bone broth! If making bone broth using bones and chicken parts only, you would obviously skip this part.

bone_brothAllow broth to continue to simmer on low while you pick the chicken. Gather any stray children who look like they need something to do and put them together at a table to “pick chicken” off the bones. Once the chicken is picked, divide it into one quart bags for later use in soups, chicken salad, casseroles, and other recipes.

Simmer down the broth to a manageable amount; then, take all the bones, innards, veggies, and scraps and put them back into the broth in a crock pot for a 24-48-hour simmer. Don’t forget to add your raw apple cider vinegar to the broth after removing the chicken meat; it helps to leech the minerals from the bones and into your broth!

Note: If at all possible, add a few chicken feet. Yeah, I know it sounds gross, but you won’t be sorry! Chicken feet are loaded with gelatin and make a far superior broth!

After about 18 hours, you should be able to break apart the bones easily with a metal spoon. This helps the marrow to escape into your broth.

When your broth is a nice, rich, thick, delicious consistency (24-48 hours), strain through a fine mesh strainer, dispose of bones and vegetables, pour broth into mason jars, cool in a water bath in the sink, and refrigerate. Once the broth is chilled, you can easily remove the hardened fat layer from the top.* Use or freeze as desired.

Your nutritious broth can be used in soups, stews, gravies, sauces, or simply sipped straight from a mug! You can also “up” the nutrition of spaghetti sauces, casseroles, or veggies by adding some of your precious broth to the mix!

And chicken broth is not only delicious in your favorite recipe, it’s fantastic for anyone recuperating from an illness. It’s warm, easy to digest, delicious, and filled with dense nutrition and a ton of immune boosting garlic, herbs, and spices.

This stock enhances your immune system and provides you with easy to assimilate minerals. The marrow inside the bones contains nutrients that feed your bone marrow. And when your bone marrow is nourished, you create healthier immune cells and can better fight off colds and other viruses!

You’ll notice I keep this “bare bones” recipe pretty plain. That’s because once I defrost a jar for a recipe, I can choose the flavor then: Thai, Italian, Cajun, Mexican, etc. I can add various veggies, spices, herbs, and other additions as I please.

I’ll be posting some of my favorite “Bone Broth Concoctions” soon! So keep a look out!

Note for Mamas:

If you have just had a baby, supplement your meals by drinking two cups of this rich broth each day for several months. If you are recovering from an illness, surgery, trauma, or fatigue, good, rich, marrow-filled broth is an excellent meal choice while you recuperate.

And the more fresh garlic the better!

Other Bone Broth Options

Use this same method for making beef, pork, lamb, or seafood broth. Beef, pork, and lamb bone broth should be simmered for a lot longer, as it takes longer for their bones to break down. For seafood broth, use fish heads, shrimp shells, bones etc.

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.

  • 18 boiled eggs (preferably free-range)
  • 1 C. homemade mayo (bottled often uses “bad oils,” so use my recipe HERE)
  • 1 T. mustard
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon (reconstitute in the lemon juice first)
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • White pepper
  • 2 cans wild caught tuna (optional)
  • 2 drops Young Living lemon essential oil*
  • 2 drops Young Living black pepper essential oil
  • Capers (for garnish)
  • Powdered sumac**

Boil the eggs or use an InstantPot to steam them (that’s what I do!). Peel, slice in half, and place yolk in a separate bowl.

Mix together yolk, homemade mayo, mustard, avocado, fresh lemon juice and tarragon combo, himalayan sea salt, white pepper, tuna, and essential oils.

Fill each egg half with the mixture, top with 3 capers each, and sprinkle all eggs with himalayan sea salt and powdered sumac.*

Great served for breakfast, for lunch, as a snack, or as an appetizers!

*I only recommend using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils in any recipe, as lower quality oils can be toxic.

**Sumac is a delicious spice that often graces the tables of Middle Eastern families the way salt and pepper does in America. It has a slightly tart/sour flavor and is especially good sprinkled on meat, eggs, and rice.

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.

February is one of my favorite months. Especially since moving to the country, it brings with it the promise of pending color, botanical aromas, the sound of awakened hibernation—a panorama of new life that fills the senses!valetine

It’s also an opportunity to express how much we love and appreciate the precious souls God has placed into our lives. Valentines cards, flowers, chocolates, gifts, candy hearts, romantic dinners, and the list goes on!

10% off Premium Starter Kits

But, February is also the perfect time to fall in love with essential oils! This February, our Premium Starter Kits* come at an exclusive 10% off! Yes, I said 10% off! 

Aromatherapy. Essence oil. Spa treatment Beauty Spa treatment. Bowl of water with red rose petalsEven the regular price is already a great deal because you get over $300 worth of products for only $160! This includes an ultrasonic diffuser, 11 of Young Living’s most popular singles and blends, and a number of samples and educational materials. But now you’ll get an additional 10% off!

Common Scents Welcome Package

Plus, 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 (over $30 of additional free stuff)! And, I am here to support you on your essential oil journey!

To take advantage of this amazing offer, CLICK HERE! You even get to choose your own diffuser!

Click here if you want more information about the contents of your kit.

But, before you do, let me tell you about a few other amazing specials this month.

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190 PV Promo

Every month, the company offers a new promotion. These represent free products offered at various purchase levels. This month, if you place an order for only 190 PV (approx. $190), you will receive a 15 ml bottle of Wintergreen and a 5 mL bottle of Patchouli!

250 PV Promo

At the 250 PV level, you will get the oils above PLUS 20 bonus essential rewards points (worth approx. $20 in points for free product purchases)! To find out more about this money-saving program, CLICK HERE.

300 PV Promo

At the 300 PV level, you get the oils listed above, the bonus points, and the amazing I ❤ Oils collection! This collection includes three sweet oils that are perfect for the occasion: Joy, Ylang Ylang, and Grapefruit Vitality™!

Essential Rewards Bonus Promo

But there is still one last promotion to tell you about. If you make any of these purchases using the essential rewards program, the company will also send you a 15 ml bottle of Copaiba!

alternative medicine and homeopathyThis means that at the 300 PV level, you will be receiving an additional $209.48 worth of free products!

And, guess what? These sorts of surprises happen every month! Each month, Young Living puts together a promotion designed to help us support our health and wellness!

If you have any questions, or if you simply want to talk to me about your wellness goals, contact me through the Free Consultation tab above.essential rewards delivery

If you have been considering a wholesale membership with Young Living, now is absolutely the time! February is indeed the month to fall head over heels in love with essential oils!

If you need any help making your order, you can reach me at 309-222-8780. If I don’t answer, leave me a message. I’ll get back with you right away!

 

*U.S. Markets Only. Excludes Raindrop Diffuser Option

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.

Making tub tea sachets is fun, easy, and inexpensive! They can be used for the bathtub, a foot bath, the dryer, lingerie drawers, and the list goes on! You could even throw one into an envelope to mail to a friend!

Join my daughter, Abigail, and me as we show you how to make your own botanical bathtub tea at home!

Spa still life with burning candles,zen stone and bamboo mat reflected in a serenity pool

Here I’ve listed three different recipes. Feel free to modify them to your tastes!

Mediterranean Mist Bathtub Tea

  • 1/4 C. Epsom Salt or Course Sea Salt
  • 1/4 C. powdered milk
  • 1/2 C. Oatmeal (slightly ground on pulse in the food processor)
  • 1 C. Dried Botanicals (dried lavender buds, rose petals, chamomile flowers)
  • 30-40 drops Young Living essential oil (Joy, Stress Away, Present Time, Lady Sclareol, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Vetiver, or Rose)

Peppermint Foot SoakOregano on a wooden spoon (against wooden background) ** Note: Shallow depth of field

  • 1 C. Epsom salts or Course Sea Salt
  • 1 C. peppermint leaves
  • 30 Drops Peppermint
  • 10 Drops M-Grain Blend, Melrose, or Tea Tree

Baby Tub Teahappy funny baby laughing and bathed in the bath

  • 1 C. Dried Botanicals (dried lavender buds, rose buds, or chamomile flowers)
  • 1/2 C. Oatmeal (slightly ground on pulse in the food processor)
  • ½ C. powdered milk
  • 8 Drops Lavender
  • 4 Drops Chamomile
  • 3 Drop Frankincense

May also simply use 15 drops Gentle Baby blend.

RESOURCES:

Heat Seal Tea Bags (large for bathtub tea)

Tea bags (small for foot soak)

Botanicals (lavender, rose buds, chamomile buds, peppermint leaves)

Evermine (labels, string tags, bags, packaging)

 

 

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!

Young beautiful Caucasian girl smelling the roses in the garden.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!

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

Damascus Roses are the preferred variety because they are the most fragrant species and are believed to be the original red roses with strongest 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! Wow! Wouldn’t you much rather have the intoxicating scent of all those roses captured in one little bottle to use all year long? Well, maybe you can!

15% off! January 25-29, 2016

This Valentine’s Day may be more fun than you thought!! Through January 29, Young Living isCloseup of bottle with rose essential oil with falling leaves on wooden background.offering this precious essential oil at an amazing discount! Rose essential oil normally retails for $244.08! But, for the next four days, you can get this precious oil for 15% off. And, if you’re a wholesale member, you’re already starting off with a 24% discount ($185.50)! So, wholesale members pay $157.68 instead of $244.08!!! That’s a savings of $86.40!

Plus, if you are a member of the Common Scents team, and you purchase rose during the next four days, contact me and let me know. I will send you one of my intoxicating Botanical Bath Tub Tea sachets for free!!!
Healthy marine bath salts rich in minerals mixed with dried aromatic rose petals for a luxury bath treatment at a spa
Trust me, you’ll be hooked! CLICK HERE to see my video where my daughter and I demonstrate how you can make your own tub tea at home! You could even add a drop of rose to the tea bag! Imagine, bathing with 5 dozen roses!

Yes, please.

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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.

Try giving him chocolate this year!

Valentine’s Day can be a fun and creative time to celebrate the scent-sual side of marriage! Couples with young children at home, or couples on a budget, can still get creative and have lots of fun! It doesn’t have to cost much!

This easy recipe could be painted on the skin with different brushes, and thenMoisturizing mask with candles used as a massage oil! The scent of your favorite essential oil creates a little extra excitement!

Chocolate Massage Butter

  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 1 T. sweet almond or jojoba oil
  • 1 T. cocoa butter (grated)
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1-2 drops stevia (optional)
  • 4-8 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil (or orange)

Melt all ingredients (except essential oil) together in a double boiler over medium heat. Once liquefied, remove from heat immediately. Coo mixture; then, pour into a mixing bowl, and beat on high with an electric mixture until rich and creamy. Mix in essential oils.

hands holding a string of paper hearts up to the sun during sunUse this creamy concoction warm or at room temperature. I suggest using dark sheets or towels during massage time, just in case the chocolate stains. Soaking in a steamy sandalwood bath afterward would be a scrumptious finish to your evening together. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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.

Welcome! This four-minute video will only take a few, short moments of your time. But, what if it changed your life? Be sure to let the Common Scents team member who told you about this video know what you thought!

For years, many Christian families have rejected the 9-5 job model and pursued a family economy—one where a husband and wife work together, alongside their children, to develop an enterprise that supports the family and can be a blessing to future generations.

We know families who invested in organic farming, and now provide healthy food choices for a growing Young Hispanic Family Saying Prayers Before Meal At Homemarket. Others launched businesses that offered carpentry or sewing services, or sold handcrafted items. These families leveraged their resources to develop cottage industries that would free them from the grip of corporate America, in order to experience more unity as a family. Bravo!

Left Out

Beautiful woman with her son praying in the churchHowever, others longingly looked on in disappointment because their circumstances didn’t allow such a drastic change. Perhaps they didn’t have the cash to get started, didn’t have any marketable skills, maybe they were a single parent household, or a family where one of the spouses was disabled. Whatever the reason, the majority of people who heard the call, were unable to make it happen.

Some Lost it All

Of course, there were others who did take the risk, investing all their savings into a venture that eventually failed. They had a great idea, they had the money to invest, they had a great vision, and they had the passion; but they discovered the stark reality that only 10% of startup businesses succeed after the first ten years in operation.

And, in the end, some of these families were saddled with even more debt, and with even less time to enjoyMan calculating his bills while his family are on the sofa one another, as they tried to salvage what they could from their smoldering dreams.

Our Story

This is where James and I found ourselves a few years back. We had a zeal to help families thrive. So we started out by selling the same books and resources that had inspired our family. Then, we opened an online bookstore, which expanded into a brick and mortar store, a tea room, a brenhamgift shop, and speaking engagements around the country.

During that time, my husband left the corporate world and invested in an international magazine that we operated and published from home, offering articles designed to promote family discipleship and unity.

Yes, from our bedroom, often while nursing my babies, I edited articles, corresponded with dozens of writers, editors, and customers; and sometimes I cried. Alongside our children we prepared mass mailings that took over our dining room and lasted hours. Did I mention my husband pastored a church during this time?

We discovered we neither had enough hours in the day nor enough energy to keep up the pace. We also VirginiaGracePoutyFacedidn’t have the capital to see it succeed in the long run. While our businesses didn’t technically fail, they didn’t financially prosper either. Our family, our health, and our finances all suffered. In the end, we were left exhausted, with a mountain of business debt and shattered dreams.

A New Season

A few years later, during my husband’s pastorate in the Midwest, a family friend introduced me to an amazing product. It took some time to convince James; but he got on board once he realized they worked – and they paid for themselves with my occasional referral checks.

Eventually, we both saw a huge potential—one that gave us hope for our financial future. We were thrilled to Happy Couple in Autumn Park. Fall. Young Family Having Fun Outdoors. Yellow Trees and Leaves. Laughing Man and Woman outside. Freedom Concept.discover that not only could this venture get us out of debt and offer our family a residual income stream, it could also provide a way for us to leave something for our children, and to help others in the process.

Here was an opportunity that offered wellness, not only for us physically, but also emotionally, and financially. We could spend more time with our children and as a couple. It’s amazing how much stress financial bondage can cause!

This opportunity gave us a platform where we could continue to promote our vision for a family economy and for stronger households. It seemed our vision of Family Reformation could indeed come true! And I got to minister to women in more ways than one! Natural health had always been my passion, so I loved sharing!

Unlike our previous businesses, this was something we could launch without some huge financial investment, and with practically no risk. It was one that we could do on the side, without sacrificing our children or impacting my husband’s vocation. And even better, we wouldn’t be so exhausted by an unending effort to generate income that there wasn’t anything left for real life—abundant life!

Drum Roll!

I bet you’re wondering what this new business venture is, aren’t you? No secrets! We became independent distributors for Young Living Essential Oils, a company founded over 20 years ago by an essential oil expert Contestwho went on to pioneer the modern essential oil movement. Young Living’s exclusive Seed to Seal* guarantee makes these the only oils I trust to use on my children, or to put in or on my body. They are consistently the purest and most effective essential oils on the planet, bar none!

Young Living’s wellness products have not only supported our family’s physical wellbeing, they’ve also improved our emotional and financial health, as well! We were already using the products, so why not share about them?

Dropping the Chains of Debt

Young Living’s business model offers amazing income potential—a potential that provided residuals to retire our debt, the time and funds to finally take a relaxing family vacation, and the ability to invest in our children and in various ministries.**Financial Freedom sign with beach background

Are you excited yet? This is good news! And it’s a perfect fit for us as a Christian family! We’re talking about a business that isn’t all about us. In fact, the whole business model truly requires us to invest in the lives and strengths of others—to focus on helping other families succeed in every area of life.

Stories of Hope

The short video we just finished highlights just a few of the families we have been able to help. It gives us great joy to hear their stories, as well as the testimonials of so many others. We are thrilled to give you the work family signsopportunity to experience the same freedom and success that so many families around the globe are discovering. The potential is here! We have seen first hand the reality of success.

We will be posting more stories over the next few weeks and months from those who have joined our team and found similar abundance.

To get started, simply go to THIS PAGE and select one of our amazing premium starter kitsStarter KitWe will also send you a goodie package to help you learn more about the products, as well as the business opportunity. Launch your very own business with as little as $160 and virtually no monthly operating costs. If you have any questions, let us know HERE, or give us a call at 309-222-8780 – we will get right with you!

(If you were referred to this page by one of our Common Scents team members, please be sure to enroll with their member number and contact them directly).

Your Success is Our Goal!

We are here to support you! We want you to be successful in a business that unites your family.

If you have any questions, please feel free to fill out the consultation form on this page. Let us know a good A portrait of happy family in parktime to call you. We’re here to answer your questions!

This isn’t a get rich quick scheme, and it is no guarantee of success. If you simply want to refer a friend now and then, that’s totally fine! Many people start out that way and develop their business later. It’s all up to you!

 

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Once essential oils become part of your everyday life, you, as a distributor, have four choices:

  • No Income: Simply enjoy your oils, as well as your wholesale prices, and never tell a soul about them (Stingy!).
  • Side Income: Use essential oils in front of others and when they beg you to tell them about your oils, respond by giving them information and even sharing samples with them! You’ll naturally see a small extra revenue stream enter your household that will help you pay for your own oils, and maybe a little extra.
  • Moderate Income: Do all that it takes to earn the side income described above, but more. Start a website, create business cards, put up a Facebook page, and host a class or two; but, for the most part, wing it. Don’t bother planning or scheduling time to focus on your business. You’ll definitely see a decent income beginning to grow; but, remember, you have the potential for a…
  • Booming Business: Though the oils will often “sell themselves,” you’ll need to put forth a tangible effort to help others to see and experience their value. Be deliberate. Hold on to your hat… your income potential could be significant! Watch the video and schedule a call to find out more.
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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.

My friend, Tonya Chapa from Peppermint Posh, has a yummy treat for you today! You probably shouldn’t eat it, but you could. And once you smell the aroma, you will be tempted (and I won’t tell if you take a bite)! So gather your ingredients and join Tonya in making a batch of this scrumptious scrub…you may even want to make it as a gift this Christmas!

I just could not get enough of the scent of this sugar scrub! My entire family gathered around to breathe in the aroma. I wish the internet had a scratch and sniff option!

tonyaI made a big batch of the sugar scrub to give to the staff at our dentist’s office as an early Christmas gift. Since we won’t see them again before Christmas, I brought these in this week, along with the Soothing Cuticle Balm that I whipped up for them.

For the Sugar Scrub, I poured two cups of sugar into a bowl and mixed in 1/4 –Lemon Meringue Sugar Scrub with Young Living Lemon and Stress Away Therapeutic Essential Oils. Great gift idea! PeppermintPoshOils.com 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil (Sweet Almond Oil works as well). Add the oil slowly as you mix it in. You do not want the scrub to be too oily, but still have a nice, soft consistency.
Then, I added 20 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil and 10 drops of Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil. The scents blend so well together! The Stress Away balances out the Lemon, creating an amazing, delicious scent.

Young Living’s Lemon Essential oil is known for its energizing and cleansing properties. It also supports the circulatory system.
Young Living’s Stress Away™ essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of pure lime and vanilla therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Mixing the Sugar and Coconut Oil before adding the Young Living Essential Oils. Lemon Meringue Sugar Scrub. PeppermintPoshOils.comStress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents,
such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.

Isn’t it great that not only can you exfoliate your skin with the sugar scrub without any toxins or artificial colors or scents, but you also receive the powerful benefits of the oils themselves? What anstressaway invigorating way to start your morning! Energizing, stress free mornings are the best kind! And, both Lemon and Stress Away are in the Premium Starter Kit!

Did you know that you can purchase Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils at the wholesale price (kind of like a Costco or Sam’s membership, only tonyawithout the annual fees)? It’s true! Visit Tonya at Peppermint Posh for more details!

 

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.

My friend, Tonya Chapa, of Peppermint Posh is the queen of Pinterest-worthy DIY gifts! She agreed to join us here at the Common Scents Mom to share some of her favorite essential oil-infused creations! My hands are thanking her for this one!

Soothing Cuticle Balm with Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. PeppermintPoshOIls.comThe cold air outdoors and the warm atmosphere inside sure does take its toll on our skin! I find that my nails become more brittle and harder to care for this time of year.

Soothing Cuticle Balm would make a thoughtful gift for the ladies in your life: daughters, mothers, neighbors, teachers, friends. Packed with wonderful nutrients, this balm is certain to bring relief to dry and cracking cuticles!

Apply the cuticle balm to your nail beds after washing your hands or any time your hands or feet feel dry, and you’ll enjoy sweet relief in no time!Beautiful hand with perfect nail french manicure and white flower

This recipe is super easy to follow. You just need a few ingredients and little bit of time.

Soothing Cuticle Balm

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
1 Tbsp Mango Butter
1 1/2 Tbsp Grated Beeswax
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
5 drops Fennel Essential Oils
5 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

Method:
1. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax and oils.Double Boiler used for Soothing Cuticle Balm. PeppermintPoshOils.com
2. Remove from heat and add the essential oils.
3. Pour into pots and leave untouched to set.
4. Add a cute label if you’d like. I found mine at Evermine. (I am not an affiliate, but I love their labels!)

I found the pots at Elements Bath and Body. Again, I’m not an affiliate, but I like their products.

Soothing Cuticle Balm. PeppermintPoshOils.com

Hey, Winter! You don’t scare me!

Did you know that you can purchase Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils at the wholesale price (kind of like a tonyaCostco or Sam’s membership, only without the annual fees)? It’s true! Visit Tonya at Peppermint Posh for more details!

 

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.

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Among the many things I am reminded to be thankful for at Thanksgiving is the gift of aromatics. And, during this season, there are plenty of delicious scents to enjoy!

If you’ve ever had a cold, you probably noticed that the loss of your sense of smell had a huge impact on your sense of taste! That’s because it’s all connected. Try eating a piece of chocolate while holding your breath. You may be able to sense the sweetness or the bitterness, but without inhaling through your nose, you won’t be able to “taste” all the subtle intricacies and rich variations of the chocolate. See The Surprising Impact of Taste and Smell

pineconeTo enhance your celebration and the experience of your guests on Thanksgiving Day, consider using essential oils in your recipes as well as in your decorations!

Here, I’ve included a few ideas to get you started; but, keep in mind, you can mix and match your favorite scents. I’ve also included a recipe for one of our family favorites at the bottom of this page, our Cranberry Port Sauce infused with citrus and NingXia Red! It is amazing served over turkey or pork, but keep an eye on Grandpa…he may serve himself a whole bowl!

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Virginia Grace (a few years ago) painting our pumpkin place card holders. The clay can be scented with cinnamon essential oil for a special touch!

Aromatic Hostess Ideas

  • Use cinnamon and clove essential oil to scent pine cones, potpourri, or napkins.
  • Diffuse Thieves or Christmas Spirit during your celebration.
  • Set out bowls of Roasted Rosemary Pecans to keep hungry guests from fainting of hunger!
  • Make hand-crafted place cards or party favors using essential oils.
  • Put a few drops of Citrus Fresh, Thieves, or orange in your unscented hand soap.
  • Make a room spray for the bathroom using Young Living’s Christmas Spirit blend.
  • Place a dish of cinnamon flavored toothpicks on the table for your guests to enjoy after their meal.
  • Make individual bottles of breath spray for each guest as a fun and useful party favor! The peppermint freshens breath and may be helpful for the after-turkey tummy!
  • Whip up a batch of essential oil-infused Sugar Dust to serve with coffee or tea!
  • Set out a bowl of cinnamon or lemon infused Creme de la Creme for guests to enjoy with pie, muffins, cookies…or to simply eat with a spoon! Mmmmm…..
thanksgiving cranberry

Cranberry Port Wine Sauce

3 cups fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cup of evaporated cane juice or sugar
1 1/4 cup port wine
1/4 cup cold water
4 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
2 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade Orange essential oil
1-2 oz. NingXia Red

Combine cranberries, sugar, and port in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes or until cranberry skins pop. Combine water and cornstarch. Stir into cranberry mixture. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Allow to cool, then add essential oil and NingXia Red.

(This can be made ahead, frozen, refrigerated, reheated, or served cold.) Yield 2 cups.

sugar dustThis fun “Sugar Dust” is great to give as a party favor, a hostess gift, or placed into bowls for tea and coffee at dessert time! Again, remember to only use Young Living essential oils, since lower quality oils can be toxic!

Sugar Dust

  • 1 C. evaporated cane juice (or sugar)
  • 20 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oil (lemon, cinnamon, orange, tangerine, or peppermint)
  • Mix in a mason jar and store until needed

And don’t forget to have Digize and Essentialzyme in stock in case more than the turkey gets stuffed!

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.