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.

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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.

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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 $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.

The following blend contains oils that are used to promote healthy skin, and to support a healthy nervous system. Sometimes, I’ll layer a little peppermint over my skin after applying it. Peppermint is considered to be a “spicy” oil, so be careful if applying to sensitive skin.

I also take Vitamin C and Lysine, and wash it down with NingXia Red loaded with a couple of drops of ginger essential oil!

Stacy’s Tingle-Sense Blend

10 drops Cypress
10 drops Geranium
12 drops Frankincense
8 drops Lavender

Remember, there is no healing outside of God’s gift of a properly functioning immune system. Jesus is the Great Healer!

 

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.

Two weeks ago, James and I arrived home safely from our all-expense paid trip to Croatia and Paris. Our two-week excursion was preceded by business-building efforts with our team in Glasgow, Scotland where Shael and James Haram are doing a fantastic job sharing God’s gift of oils in the UK!

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Then, we headed to Split, Croatia (again, a little early, for some extra R&R), and stayed at the Radisson Resort with a balcony overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

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Over the next few days, we took a ferry and toured the island of Brach; sampled numerous gourmet, fresh seafood dishes; and explored the 2000-year-old ruins of a medieval fortress with the most as.2015-04-09 16.30.39

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We also visited Diocletian’s palace, and walked along the coast enjoying the breeze, beauty, and aromatic scents of the ancient city.

After the rest of the Young Living Diamonds arrived, we moved to the 5-star hotel, Le Meridien Lay Split, also overlooking the exotic Adriatic Sea.

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Over the next few days, we explored together the island of Hvar; enjoyed a beautiful organic meal on the countryside; and experienced a ribbon cutting ceremony (after helping to plant helichrysum on Young Living’s newest farm in Croatia).

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Young Living gifted us with stylish jackets, nice button down shirts, and a big bag of free oils and NingXia Red (why did I pack mine again?).

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Kim Prather and I planting helichrysum on the new farm!

Young Living then chartered a jet for all the diamonds to travel to Paris, France (Yes, we almost died in a plane crash, but I digress) where we stayed at the exquisite L’Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris.

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Young Living gifted us with passes to tour the historic city’s most popular sights, but we opted to do most of the site seeing on our own.

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The grand finale included an exclusive Diamond dinner at the French baroque style castle, Château de Vaux le Vicomte. After dinner, we were invited to the veranda to enjoy our own personal fireworks display over the beautiful gardens.

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There’s no way I can describe to you all the blessings of this trip, but feel free to (if you haven’t already) browse our Facebook photos and catch a glimpse of the beauty of Europe.

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A few years ago, I would never have dreamed we would be experiencing such a wonderful opportunity. Achieving Diamond last fall was stunning, but the beauty of it all is that any of you can accomplish the same thing. And we would be honored and eager to join you in your efforts to get there! Just let us know!

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So thankful to the Lord for Young Living’s generosity and quality commitment to their customers, their staff, and their leaders!

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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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.

Making your own tub scrub is easy and smellicious! You can choose from either recipe below, but I prefer the Thieves Household Cleaner version. In fact, read on to find out two cool methods for cleaning your tubs, sinks, and grout!

Totally DIY Tub Scrub:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup liquid Castille soap
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil (Thieves®, peppermint, rosemary, lemon, or Citrus Fresh™ )

Pour baking soda into a medium size bowl. Add your soap a little at a time, stirring constantly. Mix in your essential oils. Store in an airtight container and use to scruThieves Cleaner Springb tubs, sinks, and tile.

I got the following version from THIS great website…

Thieves Kitchen Sink Scrub:

  • 1 C. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C. Thieves Household Cleaner

You can either mix it up and put it in a glass jar to use when you need it or you can use the “powder and spray method.” I actually prefer this method (featured below).

Thieves Kitchen Sink Powder and Spray Method:

  • 1-2 oz. Thieves HoFemale hand pouring salt from salt shakerusehold Cleaner
  • 1 quart purified water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Salt shaker filled with baking soda

Mix water and Thieves household cleaner in a spray bottle. Fill an empty salt or parmesan shaker with baking soda. Spray the Thieves Antibacterial All-Purpose Household Spray all over sink or tub. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of wet basin. Scrub away and rinse! So easy and neat! And it smells amazing!

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.

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!Moisturizing  mask with candles

It doesn’t have to cost much! This easy recipe could be used as a fun finger paint; or it could be painted on the skin with different brushes, and then used as a massage oil! The scent and cooling effect of the peppermint creates a little extra excitement!

Chocolate Mint Massage Butter

  • 5 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. Grated Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence or high quality cocoa powder
  • 8 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade Peppermint Essential Oil

Melt all ingredients (except essential oil) together in a double boiler over medium heat. Once liquefied, remove from heat immediately, cool, 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 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 $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.

The holiday season has come and gone and a new year has begun. But, for some of us, the excitement of the New Year is tempered by the simple act of stepping on the bathroom scale. Could it be broken? No. That is, until it’s thrown across the room.

But, there is hope! Young Living has developed a proven weight management program called Slique in 60 that has helped many people around the globe make healthier choices and successfully shed unwanted pounds.

I love the fact that Young Living believes so much in the effectiveness of their products that they are willing to guarantee them. If you try any Slique product kit (Slique™ Complete is the one I recommend) for 60 consecutive days, Young Living promises that you will see a change for the better! If you are not satisfied, the company will give you a product credit equal to the amount of your purchase.

The Slique program combines many essential oil infused beverages and meal replacements that are not only healthy, they really work! When combined with a moderate whole food diet and exercise, these products are fantastic for helping you…

  • Manage your desire for sugar or other nutritionally empty foods
  • Provide a natural way to control blood sugar
  • Detox your body naturally
  • Enhance your digestion and minimize indigestion or bloating
  • Reduces unwanted water retention

…and more!

slique-kit-ylwebsite3The story of how Young Living developed the Slique program is fascinating. While conducting research at Young Living’s Ecuadorian farm, the company’s founder and CEO, D. Gary Young, noted how the indigenous people of that country used a combination of native plants to control hunger, manage weight, and find increased energy.

This observation, and subsequent investigation, led to the development of the first Slique product, Slique Essence, which combined the benefits of ocotea, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and spearmint essential oils with the sweetness of stevia extract.

  • Ocotea has a pleasing, cinnamon-like scent that helps to curb hunger.
  • Grapefruit has a refreshing and uplifting aroma and is thought to decrease food cravings. This oil also has fat-dissolving properties that may help overcome obesity.
  • Tangerine helps support digestion and may also help combat the effects of obesity.
  • The citrus-filled scents of lemon have been used to help overcome feelings of hunger and to support digestion.
  • Spearmint supports a healthy metabolism and adds a sense of balance and well-being.

Here’s a suggestion on how you can use these products…

slique barBreakfast:

Lunch:

  • Start with one Slique Slim Cap an hour before lunch with 8-12 oz. fresh water
  • Enjoy a light, well-balanced lunch and Slique Tea with a minimum of 2 drops Slique Essence.
  • You can also enjoy a healthy snack such as a Wolfberry Crisp Bar mid afternoon.

Dinner:

  • Start with one Slique Slim Cap 1 hour before dinner with 8-12 oz. of fresh water.
  • Then, sit down to a light, well-balanced dinner, a minimum of 2 drops of Slique Essence in a glass of Slique Tea, water, or healthy beverage.
  • Cap it off with 4 oz. Ningxia Red.

Anytime:

  • Chew 1 Slique Gum tablet before or after meals, or as desired.
  • Drink plenty of water with 2 drops of Slique Essence throughout the day.

Exercise:

To be successful in weight management, you need to combine nutrition and activity. The Slique programs helps on the nutrition side, but it is up to you to provide the exercise. And, cardio-vascular exercise is the best!

Simply set aside 30 minutes per day to walk. It is as simple as that – walk. You can walk around the block, walk up and down the stairs, walk to the mailbox and back – just walk.

Of course, you don’t want this to be monotonous, so be creative! If you have the ability, you could also try biking, swimming, or tennis. Maybe challenge the kids or grandkids to a game of volleyball, basketball, or ping pong! But whatever you do, exercise!

So, if you want to shed those unwanted pounds, find new energy, and enjoy a healthier year, consider the Slique products, especially the Slique™ Complete kit! And, remember, the “Slique in 60” program is a no-risk offer! What do you have to lose, except those extra pounds?

And don’t waste your money! Make sure to purchase these products as a wholesale customer. If you are not yet enrolled in Young Living’s wholesale program, I am here to help! For more information, contact me by clicking on the “FREE Consultation” button above or CLICK HERE!

NOTE: Consult a health professional before starting a weight-management program.

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.