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

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

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

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

Years later, even after the crazy life began to slowly dissipate, what I discovered was that my body had already suffered the consequences. The damage was done and it was going to take work to correct it and heal.
AnxietyOver time, I began to feel like my nerves were on the outside of my skin; I was jumpy, anxious, and stressed. I often felt emotional and on edge. When my poor husband asked me what was wrong, I would burst into tears, “I don’t know!” And I didn’t! I knew something was terribly wrong, but I couldn’t verbalize exactly what it was because I really didn’t know. Was I crazy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2005

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

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

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

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2008

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

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

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

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

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2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food, sunshine, deliberate stress reduction, supplements, essential oils, the Psalms, and a focus on the simpler things in life were all part of the changes that finally helped 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 some that were labeled as “supplements” in a capsule or a spoonful of honey. Our home smelled amazing and our whole family began to feel more relaxed.

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

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December 2014

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

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

I currently use the following Young Living supplements and
essential oils:

Supplements:

  • True Source Multi-vitamins
  • Omegagize
  • Thyromin
  • Sulfurzyme
  • Cortistop
  • Progessence Plus Serum™
  • Mineral Essence (many people are mineral deficient)
  • Life 5 (probiotics are crucial)
  • Essentialzyme 4
  • Vitamin D (When first tested, my D levels were at 16. I use OrthoMolecular and started with 10,000 i.u.s per day. I now take 5000 i.u.s)
  • NingXia Red (2 oz. twice a day)
  • Super B
  • Super C
  • Sleep Essence (when needed)

Soothing Essential Oils:

To reduce stress in our busy household, these are a few oils I like to diffuse:

  • Frankincense
  • Elemi
  • Cedarwood
  • Citrus Fresh
  • Clarity
  • Transformation
  • Rosemary

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

Recommended Reading:

Vitamin D Deficiency and Depression

6 Conditions that Feel Like Depression, But Aren’t

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

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, 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:

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

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, 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 mommyreferenceguidesmallTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, 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
  • Help decongest your lymphatic system
  • 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 mommyreferenceguidesmallTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now!

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, 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.

2014 was a great year for the Common Scents Team! Not only did James and I achieve the rank of Young Living Diamond, so did Kim and Ryan Prather, one of our leader families (a month before we did!)! We also had many ranking up to Platinum, Gold, and Silver, with more families not far behind! It’s been exciting to see so many Christian families catching the vision of a healthier lifestyle!

But, one ofFamilyBusiness the things I love about our Young Living business is the way that, in addition to helping families take control of their own health, we’re also helping equip families to become financially free. In today’s economy, there are Christian families who are struggling, especially those who are convicted that Mom should be home raising the little ones, rather than pursuing a career outside the home.

Today, I want to introduce you to my friend, Katrina Stidd, a Young Living Gold who joined our team during a financial crisis in her family, hoping only to earn enough money to pay for her essential oils.

stidd4Now, just three years later, Katrina and her husband, Derin, are enjoying an income they never dreamed possible; and they’re doing it from home, together! What a wonderful New Year’s gift! Now, instead of leaving his family each day to work a dead end job that was earning only a fraction of their Young Living check, Derin Stidd is home permanently, pursuing ministry, and working together with Katrina and their children to multiply their business growing efforts.

Enjoy their story…

Stacy blog When you started with Young Living did you believe this would ever be possible?

stiddkatrina No! But we are SO excited!! You know, when we began our Young Living business, I was absolutely convinced it wouldn’t ever be “anything.” I just wanted to cover the cost of my oils. We needed the additional income, but I truly did not believe it would happen. Yet, here we are, two years later, living a dream!

Stacy blog So tell me exactly how you got started with Young Living? What’s your story?

stiddkatrinaOur story is a little painful. We joined Young Living three years ago. In the beginning, our financial situation was so bleak that we didn’t have one spare penny to build our oil stash or replace what we were using. We were careful to ration the few oils we had; so, the thought of a $50 monthly investment on Essential Rewards was an impossibility to me.

To say we were living paycheck to paycheck would be an understatement… it was far more serious. Between my husband’s two retail jobs and his part time position as pastor/church planter, we were thankful for the days when we had food on the table…because sometimes we had none. In addition to juggling disconnect notices, we often scraped for change to buy what we needed for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for our family of six.

We would have been homeless several times, had it not been for family help. Two years ago, on October 2, I was sharing with my sister my exhaustion over our financial situation. She mentioned that she could help me use my Young Living membership to earn referral bonuses to pay for my oils, and then potentially earn a part time income, as well. She told me she was making a few hundred dollars each month, and I was astonished. That would change our whole world (by the way, this same sister later went on to achieve the rank of Diamond!).

My husband was extremely hesitant. We had already attempted several other home businesses and this appeared to be no different. Still, I was convinced we had no choice. So, with my husband’s blessing, on November 2, 2012, the same month baby number five was born, we jumped in with our first Essential Rewards order.

I started sharing on Facebook all the ways we were using our oils. I made a list of friends who I thought might be interested and started contacting them. And, much to my amazement, people were interested! In fact, many friends signed right up!Woman And Young Girl In Kitchen With Laptop And Paperwork Smilin

Soon, we were covering our monthly order! And, three months later, my business began to explode! The next month, during a budget crisis conversation with my husband, I informed him that I would be able to cover the car payment. He was stunned. From that point forward, my Young Living check continued to rapidly grow, and became a significant portion of our income.

With each bAutumn Girl enjoying nature on the field. Beauty Girl Outdoors renchmark, from covering the cost of our own oils to paying major bills, we grew more hopeful. But, we didn’t truly begin to realize the amazing potential of this business, until we hit the rank of Silver.

That’s when we began to really dream…dream of buying groceries as needed, paying our utility bills with ease, paying off our mountain of student loan debt, and taking vacations we’d never been able to afford. But the biggest dream is one that just become a reality. The dream of bringing my husband home from the world of retail, so that he could pursue full time ministry without also bearing the burden of family finances.

Just two years after we started this journey, my husband has ended his employment, and we are looking at a completely open plate. When people want to determine what someone’s true goals are in life, they may ask the question: “If money were not an issue, what would you do?” 

We find ourselves facing the reality of that question. It’s beyond exciting, intimidating, exhilarating, challenging, and truly beyond any scenario we ever dreamed.

Stacy blog Do you think your story is unusual? Is this type of success really possible for most people or did you just luck out?

stiddkatrinaI am meeting more and more people who have found financial relief, freedom, and the ability to dream as a result of their Young Living business, so I must truly answer that I do not believe our story is unusual in the context of Young Living. In the world otherwise, among our friends and family who still think we’re crazy, it is incredibly unusual. The average person does not build a residual income.

However, within Young Living, this level of achievement is absolutely possible for anyone who is determined enough to never stop until they arrive. And I’d like to make it clear that we achieved this without giving up our family’s priorities. We probably could have built faster if we had made other decisions with our time along the way. However, during the last two years, we moved twice (including a difficult transition lasting multiple months), I delivered baby #5, and I homeschooled our oldest three children. So, these results were achieved at a healthy pace, all while ensuring that our priorities were in check. 

I’m still in utter astonishment each month when we receive our check, which is now more than my husband and I have ever made collectively during any single month in our almost 12 years of marriage. We give God all the glory, and we’re beyond thankful for every blessing – even the simple blessing of buying groceries as needed and paying utility bills before they are late. We thank God continuously for His abundant provision, and we’re excited to see what the next few years hold. After all, we are looking at literally a whole world of possibilities!

Stacy blogThank you, Katrina, for sharing your amazing story with our readers! It was truly inspiring! May God continue to use Young Living to bless Christian families with the ability to improve their health and become financially free! And may He help us to remember our duty to use it to His glory!

Katrina and her husband, Derin, live together with their five children in Indiana and look forward with hope and excitement to what God has prepared for them in 2015! You can visit Katrina on Facebook at Scents, Sense, and Cents.

 

 

 

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

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, 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 reformulated ART Skin Care System is finally here!

The closer I get to 50, the more I wish I would have paid more attention to how I treated my skin when I was younger! That being said, since I started using Young Living’s essential oil-infused beauty products I feel like I’ve been making up for lost time…literally! My skin has never felt more nourished and bright!

ART facial care productsI love that I don’t have to feel guilty about what I’m putting on my face, and it smells amazing – I can’t wait to cleanse my face in the evening!

Meeting advanced skin care technology with nourishing botanicals and pure essential oils, this effective, simple, three-step system is perfect for all ages!

Much like an artist prepares a canvas, Young Living’s ART Skin Care System uses skin-loving oils and natural ingredients to have you feeling refreshed, renewed, and absolutely radiant. That is the beauty of ART.

ART GENTLE CLEANSER uses a mild foaming action to lift and capture impurities without irritating the skin or stripping its natural oils.

ART LIGHT MOISTURIZER works with your skin to help retain and maintain proper hydration. The proprietary blend of essential oils and natural ingredients will leave your face feeling soft and supple.

ART REFRESHING TONER removes any residual impurities without drying out the skin. With a perfect blend of essential oils, our toner will help balance your skin’s natural pH.

For those over thirty, I also recommend my own regiment of Wolfberry Eye Cream and Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream for extra moisture.

Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream nourishes skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Its primary ingredient methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supports collagen to improve skin firmness and minimize fine lines. Essential oils geranium, myrrh, sandalwood, and ylang ylang soothe and soften the skin, while frankincense and wolfberry oil enhance collagen formation.

Wolfberry Eye Cream™ may be applied morning and evening to ease the appearance of puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, and to promote skin tightening. Wolfberry Eye Cream is formulated from oil that is carefully extracted from the seeds of the Ningxia wolfberry. Rich in vitamin E and linoleic acids, wolfberry oil has unusual chemistry that makes it ideal for nourishing and hydrating skin. It is highly regarded by Asian women for its regenerative properties and its ability to protect aging skin and add luster to skin tone.

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

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, 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.

Don’t worry! Once you get over the excitement of this month’s FREE oils, you can diffuse them to help you relax again!

Almost nothing makes an occasion memory-worthy like pleasant, unique aromas. With your order this December, Young Living is offering a free, emotionally grounding essential oil blend that will help you create just the right peaceful ambiance for your holiday celebrations: a 5-ml bottle of our promotion-exclusive blend Treasure of the Season, plus a 5-ml bottle of Vetiver, 10 percent back in Essential Rewards points, and a limited-time offer on two Premium Starter Kits!

Reach any of these PV minimums with your order and earn oils to add meaning to your holiday season:

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300 PV
Retail Value: $104.60

Treasure of the Season: This limited-time seasonal essential oil blend combines two different varieties of Frankincense essential oil with Cinnamon Bark and Idaho Balsam Fir essential oils for a holiday blend unlike any other! This festive blend, which is both uplifting and emotionally grounding, is available only during December for this promotion, so be sure to get yours!

10 Percent Back: For every order over 250 PV in December, you will receive 10 percent of your order back in Essential Rewards points! This offer is on top of any points you may earn from your regular monthly Essential Rewards order, up to 50 points per order. These points are great for ordering free Young Living gifts for loved ones without breaking the bank! To receive your points, you must be enrolled in our Essential Rewards program—it’s our way of thanking you for your loyalty. These points will be available to use on or before January 20, 2015.

Vetiver: High in sesquiterpenes, Vetiver essential oil is one of my absolute favorites! Nicknamed by our family, the “anti-psycho-chick” oil, Vetiver, helps to calm my mind and ease the stress of too much busyness. Its earthy and soft aroma is perfect for diffusing during quiet moments. And hopefully, you’ll get a few of those this Christmas!

250 PV
Retail Value: $52.30

  • 10 percent back in Essential Rewards points
  • 5-ml Vetiver essential oil

190 PV
Retail Value: $27.30

  • 5-ml Vetiver essential oil

Special Bonus Promotion: 10 Percent Off NingXia Red and Thieves Premium Starter Kits
Limited-Time Savings: $15.00

To extend their exciting Thanksgiving week offers, Young Living is offering 10 percent off NingXia Red® and Thieves® Premium Starter Kits from December 1–5! Featuring some of their most popular products of all time, these two kits are the perfect introduction to Young Living. So, earn an “Accidental Paycheck” by referring a friend this month!

This offer is available only for first-time enrolling members and is limited to one per account.

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

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

Remember cinnamon tooth picks? We weren’t allowed to bring them to school because someone might hurt themselves, which made them all the more precious. Soaked in fiery cinnamon, sucking on one of these toothpicks was kind of like eating red hots, without all the chemicals and nasty dyes.

I decided, since I have pure, therapeutic-grade cinnamon essential oil, that I would take a shot at making my own batch of “Fire Sticks.” They turned out really well, so when my daughter, Jessica, walked into the room, I asked her if she wanted to try one. She looked at me with a blank stare, “You want me to try a toothpick?”

“Well, I don’t want you to take a bite out of it, if that’s what you mean!”

She put one in her mouth and looked a little surprised. “That’s really good!”

How have my children gotten through life without ever having tried a Fire Stick? And we homeschool for crying out loud!

How about you? Would you like to make a batch? I decided I’m putting them in the gift baskets I’m making this Christmas. Share the love!

 

Homemade Cinnamon Sticks

100 plain, round, wooden toothpicks
20 drops of cinnamon essential oil
1 tsp. vodka
2 drops liquid Stevia
1 glass jar

Place toothpicks into jar. Blend together alcohol, essential oil, and Stevia and sprinkle directly on top of the toothpicks. Seal the jar, and distribute the mixture over the toothpicks by shaking. Store in a dark place for at least 48 hours, shaking the jar several times a day.

Essential oil-based products (and all food products) are best stored in glass. But, for my gift baskets, I like to put them in mini paper envelopes or muslin drawstring bags (found at craft stores).

Interesting Facts about Cinnamon:

Traditionally, cinnamon has been used in many cultures for various wellness benefits. The most widely used part of cinnamon is its bark. It is also believed that cinnamon encourages the secretion of breast milk.

Many diabetics find it very useful, as cinnamon aids them in their quest to control their blood sugar. Research has shown that it is particularly very helpful for patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland, studied the effect of various food substances, including cinnamon, on blood sugar. They found that a water-soluble polyphenol compound called MHCP, which is abundant in cinnamon, synergistically acted with insulin and helped in the better utilization of insulin. Read more about the benefits of cinnamon HERE.

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

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, 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 rubbing Peace and Calming on the bottom of your feet before bed or during stressful moments. When my youngest son was little, he liked to come into my room every evening, jump up on my bed, and put his feet in the air. “I’m ready for my peace and calming!” he would squeal!

He loved it then, and he loves it now; and he knows that, along with praying with Daddy before bed time, the oils help him drift off to sleep, comforted and soothed. And his room smells so relaxing! relaxation spa set with candles, essential oils, towel, pebbles

My daughters love the calming affect certain oils have when things are hectic or emotions are running high, especially during special times of the month. My personal favorite is vetiver, but I’ve listed other favorites at the bottom of this page.

Good ways to apply oils for this purpose are to massage into the bottoms of the feet, diffuse into the air, rub into temples, or place a drop around the edge of your mattress before bed. You can also fill a 2 oz. glass spray bottle with water and 20 drops of your favorite oil, and mist the room, sheets, pillows, and carpet before bed.

Other calming oils:

Cedarwood

Frankincense

Lavender

Spikenard

Present Time

Sandalwood

RutaVala

Make your own pillow spray by adding to a squirt bottle:

  • 2 oz.  – vodka (you can use filtered water, but alcohol dries faster when sprayed)
  • 15-20 drops  of the essential oil of your choice
  • 1-2 drops myrrh

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

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, 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.

 

throatsprayemmaI have been known to be a little paranoid about “choking hazards,” so I’ve never been a fan of throat lozenges, especially for children. That’s why this throat spray is my favorite! And it can be used as needed throughout the day or night. I love that!

Are you in a choir? This spray is great to help clear the throat before singing!

Soothing Throat Spray*

1/4 oz. Vodka
1 1/2 oz. Purified Water
10 drops YLTG Thieves Essential Oil Blend
5 drops YLTG Peppermint essential oil
5 drops YLTG Lemon essential oil
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 on the back of the throat for soothing relief.

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

 

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

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, 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.