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 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.

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Originally published February 2014

Being from the Gulf Coast, and having lived through hurricanes, flooding, and oppressive humidity, there are just certain things one gets used to. However, when the result of all that moisture is toxic black mold, it is more than an inconvenience.

I recall good friends in Houston who were forced to move from their home and lost many of  their belongings because of mold. I was shocked to see how quickly it overtook their house. The mold remediation process was outrageously expensive, as well as overwhelmingly inconvenient. I can’t imagine the nightmare of questioning the toxicity of every single item in my house and having to toss photos, furniture, flower arrangements, and precious keepsakes. Not to mention the worry over what sort of health issues the mold had already caused in my family.

That’s why, when my my friend, Kelly, told me about the way she successfully treated the mold in her basement naturally with essential oils, I knew I had to share about how she did it! Here is her story:

Last spring, when our county was doing road work (widening it), they failed to find our basement drain. We didn’t realize this until our basement flooded…twice. In previous years, even after very heavy rains, and when everyone else’s basements were flooding, we never had water in our basement.

So, after the second time we had to clean up a ton of water and sand (backing up from under the road), the county was forced to find and re-route our drain line, since it was currently sitting under the new road with no where to go! I asked them to replace our freezer, which had died while sitting in the water; and I wanted a mold test. They agreed to both.

The mold test came back positive, so I secured a remediation bid. It’s an unfinished basement, but we have a ton of stuff stored in there, and everything would need to be cleaned, including the old brick walls, insulation, etc…with special air filters/heavy chemicals etc… the bid was $10,000.

The county and the contractor began blaming each other and neither wanted to pay, but the county sent it off to their insurance company who began an investigation as to who was at fault. They started this process in September and we never heard another word from them. Every time I called, they told me, “We’re still working on it.”

So, here we were with a basement filled with mold and the threat of an impossible bill to have it fixed. We consulted a few lawyers who suggested starting by threatening a lawsuit. We were very close to going that route.

Then, to complicate matters, in December, my husband was offered a new job almost two hours away. Now, we needed to sell our house. So, with a lack of time to start a lawsuit (and a lack of money!), a friend suggested using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Thieves, as detailed in the book Nature’s Mold RX.

thievesmoldWe did the whole Young Living protocol using the following items: 1. Therapro Diffuser, 2. Thieves Household Cleaner, 3. Therapeutic Grade Thieves Essential Oil Blend.

We bought a TheraPro Diffuser and borrowed a second one from a friend, since we needed two diffusers for the 1300 sq ft we were dealing with. It took three bottles of the Household Cleaner to first spray down walls, surfaces, and all stored items. Then, we used nine 15 ml bottles of Young Living Therapeutic Grade Thieves, continuously diffusing this over 72 hours using the two TheraPro diffusers.

Then, it came time to re-test. The professional mold test would cost $350, so not cheap!

But, good news! The mold test came back today with NO elevated levels of any kind of mold!!! I’m so grateful a friend mentioned this protocol to me! Not only did it work, but I didn’t have to spend $10,000, my family didn’t have to suffer, and we didn’t have to get rid of all our belongings! – Kellyhttp://www.dreamstime.com/-image19754749

Kelly is not alone in her success. I have another friend who used Thieves to deal with mold in her home, and I’ve seen testimonials all over the Internet. I’m so thankful for the way essential oils can be used to improve our health and avoid toxic chemicals when dealing with even heavy duty household cleaning issues.

I use the Thieves Household Cleaner for cleaning my floors, counters, windows, laundry, dishes, refrigerator, stove, bathroom, deck, veggies, and more! This concentrated cleaner comes in a huge bottle, which means I can make dozens of spray bottles in whatever ratio I want, depending on what I’m cleaning.

I’ll be posting more about house cleaning with Thieves soon, along with recipes! So stay tuned!

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.

This is a blend of essential oils that I have come to heavily rely upon over the years. I’d love to tell you more, but just let me say this: When my skin feels tingly across my lower back, I know it’s time to find my Tingle-Sense blend, which is a blend I cherish.

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 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.

 

After finally moving to a state that had four seasons, our family discovered that we absolutely love spring time! The sky brightens, the sun warms the air, green buds appear on seemingly lifeless, grey branches. Canadian geese announce their arrival to our pond early in the morning and flowers begin to bloom, hinting of life and the burst of color to come. Our empty vegetable garden seems to beg for new seeds—new life. Yes, we love almost everything about Spring time!

Notice, I said almost everything. Aside from bugs, there is one other thing I don’t care for about Spring. The growth in nature always seems to bring an onslaught of sniffles, itchy eyes, and sneezing. My husband and several of our children have always struggled this time of year.alternative medicine and homeopathy

Years ago, when my husband travelled frequently, he was often hampered by sinus challenges. I dabbled some in homeopathic remedies back then, and they did seem to help a bit. And an end to his chronic traveling made a big difference too. But the most dramatic results came from our use of essential oils.

Therapeutic grade essential oils can be a great blessing to those who struggle this time of year! We have found that essential oils offer relief without masking symptoms or causing serious side effects! Of course, you want to make sure you use only therapeutic grade essential oils (CLICK HERE to learn more about what that means):

  • Cypress – many people use to support normal breathing and relieve occasional coughing.
  • Eucalyptus Polybractea – helps to support the respiratory system and relieve occasional headaches.
  • Lavender – helps to support the immune system, relieve infrequent headaches, ease muscle soreness, and aid in relaxation
  • Lemon – helps to protect the body’s defenses, alkalize the body, and relieve excess mucous
  • Myrtle – helps supports the immune system and reduce sinus pressure
  • Peppermint – helps to support the respiratory system, supports the body’s natural defenses, helps relieve excess mucous, and soothes occasional headaches
  • Roman Chamomile – helps to relax, supports a normal inflammatory response to irritation and injury, as well as relieve occasional headaches
  • Frankincense – good for relieving excess mucous

In addition to these powerful single oils, Young Living has created a few blends which we have found helpful as well…

  • Breathe Again – this blend of oils is specially formulated to help support respiratory health. Breathe Again contains four powerful eucalyptus oils.
  • RC – This is my favorite oil for any type of respiratory complaint. Highly effective and beneficial when diffused. May also be applied directly to the chest or feet.
  • Raven™ is a combination of deeply soothing therapeutic-grade essential oils that will provide comfort when applied topically to the chest and throat or diffused.
  • Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system.

This collection is good to have on hand at all times! Contains: Seven Blends (5ml bottles): Di-Gize™, EndoFlex™, JuvaFlex™, Melrose™, Raven™, R.C.™, and Thieves®. CD included.

happy mom mother dreamstime_xs_32396477Here are some of the best ways to use these oils during allergy season…

  • Simple Inhalation – Simply place a few drops in your hands, rub them together, and then breathe deeply! Add a couple of drops to a tissue, a cotton ball placed in a jar, or add essential oils to a bowl of hot water and inhale.
  • Diffuse – The best way to diffuse oils is with one of the cold-air diffusers that Young Living offers!
  • Topical Application – Massage can be an effective way of helping to ease the symptoms of occasional respiratory troubles. Place some of the oils on your temples, rub your hands together and inhale what is left. James likes to place a drop of peppermint in the palm of his hand, and then using a finger from the other hand, applies the oils right under his cheekbone. Always be very careful not to get any oils in your eyes (but flushing with milk works great for any accidents)!
  • Ingestion – (Young Living Therapeutic Grade only) Peppermint, Thieves, or Frankincense – a drop in a glass of water or in a filled capsule. I like to put a drop of peppermint on the roof of my mouth or on my gums, over my two front teeth. Every time I inhale I can feel the oils clearing my sinuses!
  • My husband fills a capsule with 6 drops of Thieves, 3 drops of oregano, and 2 drops of Frankincense. Please never use lower quality oils for internal use – this can be very dangerous!
  • Whip up a batch of easy-to-make Essential Oil Shower Bombs to clear your sinuses and make your bathroom smell amazing!

Preventatives:

We avoid dairy during these times and support our immune systems by eating a healthy diet, taking our supplements (True Source is an excellent multivitamin), and drinking at least 2 oz. NingXia Red each day.

Everyone has a different and complex constitution; therefore, different oils will work differently on different people. Even from year to year, as you heal and your body cleanses, different oils will be more appropriate for you and your particular needs. That’s one of the many reasons that we can’t (aside from the fact that we’re not medical professionals) and won’t “prescribe” anything to anyone.

Families need to determine their own needs and often experiment. What I’ve done is read books, networked with other moms, joined various Facebook groups to see how others are using their oils etc., and then tried different oils to see what works best for my family.

For my young son, he responded best to the blend, Harmony, on his sternum and Valor on the bottoms of his feet. Scent and touch are such a wonderful way to nurture our families!

The following are also recommended:

  • Sulfurzyme
  • Allerzyme
  • Mightyzyme for kids
  • Essentialzyme 4
  • Detoxzyme
  • Vitamin C
  • NingXia Red Singles (1-2 a day)

Oils to have on hand for occasional respiratory irritation:Beautiful Woman Doing Breath Exercises With An Autumn Background

  • Dorado Azul
  • Lavender
  • Idaho Balsam Fir
  • Harmony
  • Valor
  • Doradao Azul
  • Lavender
  • Idaho Balsam Fir
  • Breath Again
  • RutaVala
  • R.C.
  • Raven
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Wintergreen
  • Cypress

graceandwilliamsunlightKids Blend:

2 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
1 drop wintergreen
1 drop peppermint

Mix in hand and rub around hairline and on chest and feet.

I only trust Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils for internal use, as lower quality oils may be toxic – especially when I consider using them on my children (internally or topically!) Synthetic oils do not contain any therapeutic properties and can be dangerous. Even some oils that claim to be organic or “pure,” have no real therapeutic value. CLICK HERE to read more.

Check your personal sensitivity to the oils by rubbing them on your feet before you apply them anywhere else. If you find you are sensitive, you can blend with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin.

Breathe easy and enjoy your Spring!

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.

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun & Sun Skin Calming Spray

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

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

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

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

caleb and 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.

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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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.