“Put a lime in the coconut and drink ’em bot’ together
Put the lime in the coconut, then you’ll feel better…” Harry Nilsson (Listen HERE)

Who says you can’t have soup in the summer? This amazing Thai-inspired summer masterpiece is a wonderfully delicious way to enjoy soup all year round – no matter how hot or humid it is! Being that Thailand is sweltering hot even in the winter, it makes perfect sense!Spicy creamy coconut soup with chicken Thai food called Tom Kha Gai on wooden table

And I love that in incorporates the gut-healing health benefits of my bone broth! Not to mention fresh herbs, coconut milk, and essential oils! Feel free to tweak this recipe to your liking, but try it my way first. You will NOT be sorry!

  • 1-2 C. meat – Options: Shredded free-range chicken, wild-caught shrimp, or wild-caught salmon
  • 3 quarts chicken bone broth
  • 1 white onion, chopped (or 5-6 shallots)
  • 2-3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • ½ C. celery, sliced
  • 2 large chopped kale leaves or spinach (don’t forget to remove and discard the stem)
  • 1-2 tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and diced
  • 1 T. fresh, grated ginger (or a few drops Young Living ginger essential oil)
  • 6 chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1-2 cans full fat unsweetened coconut milk (if your bone broth is super concentrated, use 2)
  • ½-3/4 C. fresh squeezed lime juice (try not to use bottled)
  • 2-3 T. coconut oil
  • 1-2 T. Coconut cream concentrate – Tropical Traditions (optional, but adds more coconut flavor)
  • 2-3 drops Young Living lime essential oil
  • 2 drops Young Living Lemongrass
  • 2-3 T. Red Curry Paste (Thai Kitchen)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 C. chopped fresh cilantro
  • Himalayan sea salt (to taste)
  • Cayenne (to taste)

Other Optional Additions:

  • 1-2 C. chopped broccoli florets
  • ½ C. chopped or sliced mushrooms
  • Fish Sauce (for chicken option)
  • jalapenos or other favorite peppers
  • Fresh Lemongrass, sliced on a bias in two-inch slices
  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh basil leaves

Sautee’ onion and garlic in turmeric and coconut oil (if you’re adding mushrooms, add them now). Add broth and simmer at medium/high heat. Whisk in coconut milk and seasonings. Add remaining ingredients, except cilantro, green onion, and other herbs. Simmer covered on medium/low for 30 minutes. Stir in green onion and half the cilantro.

Serve topped with chopped avocado, remaining cilantro, and other fresh herbs.

Suggested Supplements:

  • Daily packet of Young Living’s Master Formula multivitamin
  • EssentialZyme 4 (enzymes) – take with first bite of food
  • Wine glass full of NingXia Red or NingXia Zyng! Cheers!

Be sure to sing this song at the top of your lungs while you prepare this dish, and enjoy the weird looks from your children…

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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

  • 12 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade Lavender
  • 6 drop Young Living Therapeutic Grade Frankincense
  • 2 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade Copaiba
  • 2 oz. Quality Aloe Vera Juice (keep refrigerated)
  • 2 oz. glass or stainless steel spray bottle.

Shake together well and store in a dark glass spray bottle.

I only trust Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils in this recipe. Lower grade oils can be toxic and may actually burn the skin.

 

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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

We all hope to have a rich and full life, but what happens when life seems a little too “full,” perhaps bursting? Our family has been in the midst of a very busy travel season over the past few months, visiting family and friends from coast to coast, and sharing our love for natural health and wellness, along the way. But traveling for days with children can sometimes be a challenge.

Having travelled together in the past, when our older children were young and our younger children were just babies, James and I were discussing today all the things that have made this travel season less stressful. Obviously, it’s easier to travel when you don’t have to worry about diapers and car seats, but it’s more than that:

  • Pack a plug-in cooler with healthy snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated, avoiding messy foods, MSG, sugar, etc. Good choices might include boiled eggs, nitrate-free beef or chicken sticks, sliced veggies, rice or quinoa crackers, coconut chips, grapes, berries, cheese sticks, dried fruit, Young Living’s dried wolfberries, or Young Living’s Slique bars.
  • We try not to stop for breakfast or lunch, but everyone looks forward to a nice dinner for our evening hotel stay.
  • Bring along audio books, coloring books (even adult coloring books!), drawing pads, colored pencils in a zipper carrying case, journals, etc. Avoid bringing anything messy or games that have pieces that may get lost…because they will!
  • Avoid coffee or (especially) soda. Remember, sticky drinks are messy spilled in the car; and, caffeine will not only cause kids to bounce off the walls, it will also stimulate the bladder, causing more frequent potty stops. Drink plenty of fresh water and make sure everyone takes advantage of potty breaks – even if they think they don’t have to go!
  • Essential oils and blends can be used in a variety of ways, but they are especially useful diffused into the air. Their fresh aroma helps us to maintain focus and order. So, diffuse essential oils in the car! There are number of diffusers that will plug right into a USB port, making them perfect for long road trips! You will not be sorry!
  • NingXia Red and NingXia Nitro are both must-haves when travelling! Compact for travel and loaded with nutrients, both drinks provide you with the nutrition and energy you need to stay alert and feeling good. I keep some in the glove compartment unless it’s hot outside. The kids beg for it too, but the driver has priority!

Here are a few of my favorite oils to bring with me on long road trips. I bring a lot more oils than this for our various needs, but the following oils are what I need for my own sanity…er…peace of mind…

  • Tangerine is a calming essential oil with a sweet, tangy aroma, similar to orange. It is also said to help with occasional nervous irritability.
  • Grapefruit has a fresh, citrus aroma that is energizing and uplifting. I also used a few drops in my water and rubbed a little on my tummy during a recent cleansing protocol.
  • Peppermint has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. James uses this to help him stay focused and alert on the road!
  • Lemon has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that revitalizes and uplifts spirits. Employers, including Vanderbilt University’s Emergency Room staff, have found that diffusing Lemon essential oil in the work place helps with the accuracy achieved at work, as well as the overall positive attitude of employees. It’s great in the classroom too!
  • Peace and Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation. Ask any mom who has used it on the feet of a fussy toddler!
  • Vetiver is one of my favorites. A.K.A. “psycho chick oil” because it helps me relax when I feel like I’m on overload. As soon as I open a new bottle, I pop a roller ball on that baby, rub it on my neck and temples, inhale the intoxicating, earthy scent, and I’m ready to tackle anything!

While the above oils are the most economical choices for everyday stress and concentration, my absolute favorites are Sandalwood, Neroli, Frankincense, Present Time, and Brain Power. drop is falling down from medicinal plant into bottleYou can bet that I will almost always have one of these oils in my purse at all times!

Okay, now I need to get back to the tasks ahead. However, I do want to remind you that the best way to secure these oils for your household is by ordering a Young Living Premium Starter Kit. You’ll get three of the oils mentioned above (11 oils in total, plus a diffuser); plus, when you order this kit through me, I will send you a few goodies in your Common Scents welcome packet! Bon Voyage!

Note: Certain Young Living essential oils are labeled as “supplements” and are for internal use. This may not be true with other brands, as lower quality oils may be toxic. CLICK HERE for more information about red flags to look for when choosing an essential oil brand. I personally only recommend Young Living essential oils for internal use, since I know and trust their quality and purity.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flamed Creme Brûlée or… a jelly filled donut?

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

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

Ah…the good life!

Sunshine, stress reduction, exercise, clean water, organic whole foods, a detoxed household, prayer, healthy relationships, clean air, whole food supplements, and the use of essential oils are all wonderful elements of a healthy lifestyle!

Are you ready to embrace a healthy lifestyle? Or, are you planning to continue with toxic habits; and then, when your health starts to fail because of it, expecting a quick-and-easy magic fix? There are no quick fixes, but if you’re still breathing, it’s not too late to begin to make healthy lifestyle changes, and drastically improve your health!

Think about it. If you’re ready to dump the junk and embrace a healthy lifestyle, contact me.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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

This recipe is great for a hostess, teacher, or “just because” gift. Or include it in a winter-comfort gift basket, along with dried soup, a mug, cinnamon sticks, and an organza bag filled with Thieves lozenges!

1/2 C Honey (preferably raw, local honey)*
1/4 C. Brandy
10 Drops Young Living’s Lemon Essential Oil
6 Drops Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil Blend
4 Drops Thyme Essential Oil

Pretty glass bottles can be found HERE.

Combine honey and Brandy in a small pot and heat over low heat until the honey is runny and the two ingredients are combined. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pour into desired storage bottle and add essential oils. Shake well before use. Serving size: 1-2 teaspoons

Non-alcoholic Version

1 C Honey (preferably raw, local honey)*
1/4 C Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
10 Drops Young Living’s Lemon Essential Oil
6 Drops Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil Blend
4 Drops Thyme Essential Oil

Combine honey and vinegar in a small pot and heat over very low heat until the honey is runny and the two ingredients are combined. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pour into desired storage bottle and add essential oils. Shake well before use. Serving size: 1-2 teaspoons

*Babies should not consume honey, as it may cause infant botulism, a rare but potentially fatal illness.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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

You need this. No really. I think I’m addicted.

Pamper yourself and hydrate your skin at the same time! A hydrating beauty mist can keep your face looking dewy and fresh, without that powdery, caked-makeup look! And, with the addition of the right essential oils, your skin can look smoother, brighter, and alive!

First, cleanse your face with Young Living’s Orange Blossom Face Wash or (my favorite) ART Gentle Foaming Cleanser.http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-young-woman-washing-her-face-hands-clean-water-morning-image30347489

The ART Refreshing Toner is up next! This gentle, aromatic toner gently removes impurities without drying the skin, and helps to balance your skin’s delicate ph. I like to add a drop of myrrh to the cotton ball first!

I like to apply a soft, warm washcloth infused with frankincense, myrrh, or rose over my face for a few seconds to prepare my skin.

Then, close your eyes and mist your face with one of the DIY Hydrating Beauty Mists below. While your face is still a little damp, apply the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream or the A.R.T. Light Moisturizer (depending upon your skin type and needs). The Wolfberry Eye Cream can be dabbed on (use you ring fingers) to support the unique, delicate skin under your eyes.

Then apply the A.R.T. Renewal Serum or the Sheer Lume (I use the Renewal Serum at night and Sheer Lume in the morning). Applying moisturizer to warm, damp skin, will help keep your face feeling supple, as it traps in all the moisture. And the scent is so relaxing – especially before bed time!Beautiful woman applying spray water treatment on face on blue backgroundapplying powder with special brush selective focus blue version

During the summer, spritz your face with your mist whenever you feel like it! It’s refreshing on a hot day, or when you’re feeling fatigued, or when you’re suffering from dry weather. It’s also great after you get off an airplane!

After you’ve applied your mineral powder, a nice hydrating spritz will help to “set” your makeup, giving it a flawless, dewy finish! So don’t forget!

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water! It’s important to stay well-hydrated and toxin-free! Water helps flush out the toxins hiding in your cells and keeps you from being dehydrated. And, if you’ve been following my bone broth diet, you know I’m not going to let you get away without at least hearing it one more time: Bone Broth rocks! It’s loaded with collagen, elastin, protein, vitamins, minerals, and more! This is all good for your gut, your joints, your brain, your hair, your nails, your skin, and who knows what else!

Hydrating Beauty Mist (Normal Skin)

  • 1/2 cup distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 8 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 drops chamomile
  • 1 drop myrrh
  • 1 drop frankincense
  • 1 drop jasmine (optional)

Hydrating Beauty Mist (Mature Skin)

In this blend, I chose oils that nourish the skin, may help reduce a puffy appearance, erase dark circles, and sooth other issues associated with mature skin.

  • 1/2 C. distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 8 ylang ylang
  • 2 drops myrrh
  • 1 drops frankincense
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop rose (optional)

Hydrating Beauty Mist (Acne Prone Skin)

The exclusive properties of the essential oils in this recipe make it perfect for those fighting blemishes.

  • 1/2 C. distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • 8 drops lavender
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 1 drop cypress
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop Frankincense

I love it when my kids come in the room saying, “It smells good in here!”

“Yeah. It’s my face.” I smile.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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

Bad hair days. We’ve all had them. As a result, hair care products represent a multi-billion dollar industry! Women (and men) purchase more and more products hoping to have silky, smooth, luxurious hair. But often, the result is, you guessed it, more bad hair days.

Could it be that we are looking in the wrong place? Could the chemicals in those pretty bottles be creating more problems for us than they’re worth?

Study after study tells us the answer is yes. A recent report showed nearly 100 hair care products were out of compliance with California State Law for failing to warn consumers that the products contained dangerous cancer-causing chemicals! Wow! Who would have thought that a bad hair day would lead to bad hairbeauty wealth asian girl teen healthy long hairproducts that could lead to a bad disease!

Well, there is hope! Keep reading to discover the many ways essential oils can help!

Using essential oils on your hair and scalp has many benefits:

  • Encourages hair growth and may help minimize hair loss
  • Reduces dry scalp
  • Encourages circulation to the scalp, which can lead to healthier, shiny hair
  • Helps to remove chlorine and other harmful chemicals that have built up on your hair
  • Helps to remove excess sebum that has hardened into plaque and built up on the scalp  (which can result in hair loss)
  • Makes your hair smell great!

What’s Inside Shows up on the Outside

But, healthy hair starts with a healthy, balanced body. So make sure you’re eating nutritious, whole foods and drinking plenty of pure, clean water. Keep your body balanced with plenty of Vitamin D (I recommend Orthomolecular), B vitamins (Young Living’s Super B), and a good all around multivitamin like Young Living’s Master Formula.

Bone Broth

bone_brothAnother wonderful thing you can do for your hair (as well as your joints, gut, brain, nail, and skin!) is to incorporate bone broth into your daily diet! Bone broth, made from grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, or wild-caught fish bones, left to simmer for days, is loaded with collagen, elastin, important proteins, and numerous trace minerals. All of these things are crucial to healthy hair, skin, and nails!

Also, consider Young Living’s Sulphurzyme (with MSM), a probiotic (Life 5), fish oil (OmegaGize), Mineral Essence, and the antioxidant drink NingXia Red (2-4 oz. per day)! Biotin is also known to help with hair health!

NOTE: Don’t pay retail for these items! Ask me  how you can get wholesale prices!

I’m Gonna Wash those Chemicals Outa’ My Hair!

Young woman soaping her hair with body/hair care products. Funny expression.File contains Gradients Blending tool Transparency.But what you put on your body is almost as important as what you put in it. So look for nutritious ways to nourish and protect your hair and scalp, and avoid harsh or toxic chemicals! Even chemicals which most people find acceptable, like chlorine from a swimming pool (which doesn’t wash out with a simple shampoo), can be very destructive to your hair and scalp.

Also, remember that other factors affect the health of your hair too. Things like sleep, overuse of alcohol, synthetic chemicals in certain hair products, smoking, prescription drugs, hairspray, etc. all effect your body and hair health.

Using a silk pillowcase can also help prevent hair breakage while you sleep!

shampooStart by selecting one of Young Living’s essential oil-infused shampoos or conditioners. You can also give your hair an extra boost by adding a few drops of appropriate essential oils to your hand before adding the conditioner to your hair. Rinse with cool water to close your cuticle and seal in the moisture. Then, make your own nourishing hair and scalp spray from the recipe below.

Nourishing Hair and Scalp Spritz

15 drops Rosemary
10 drops Lavender
2 oz. purified water
3 drops vegetable glycerine (as an emulsifier)hair spray dreamstime_xs_22139784

Jessica’s Moisturizing Hair Blend

6 drops jojoba Oil
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Peppermint
4 drops Rosemary
6 drops Cedarwood
1 drop Thyme
4 drops Geranium
2 oz. purified water
3 drops vegetable glycerine

After towel drying your hair, lift a hand-full of hair, and spritz underneath, at the scalp. throughout your whole head. Massage in with the balls of your fingers (not your nails). Apply moderate pressure as you massage the oils into your scalp; this will encourage circulation as well. Repeat before bedtime.

While massaging your scalp, you can also lay on your bed, hanging your head over the edge to encourage circulation to the scalp (better yet, stand on your head for a couple of minutes each evening!). And the room is going to smell amazing when you’re finished!

Chlorine Removal Recipe

2 T. coconut oil warmed
5 drops rosemary
5 drops lavender
5 drops geranium
2 drops sandalwood

Shampoo hair and towel dry.  Mix all ingredients together and massage into hair and scalp. Cover head with shower cap and leave in for 30-45 minutes (sitting under the heat from a hair dryer hood is ideal).

Rinse with cool water and style as usual. If you have oily hair, you may want to use apple cider vinegar instead of coconut oil (this will also help remove buildup). Follow up with your favorite Young Living conditioner.

Essential Oils for Dry Hair

• Lavender Essential Oil

• Rosemary Essential Oil

• Sandalwood Essential Oil

• Geranium Essential Oil

Essential Oils for Normal Hair

• Lavender Essential Oil

• Rosemary Essential Oil

• Lemon Essential Oil

• Geranium Essential Oil

• Cedarwood Essential Oil

• Thyme Essential Oil

• Clary Sage Essential Oil

Essential Oils for Oily Hair

• Lavender Essential Oil

• Rosemary Essential Oil

• Lemon Essential Oil

• Peppermint Essential Oil

• Cypress Essential Oil

Essential Oils for Sebum Build Up

• Rosemary and Peppermint Blended Together

Essential Oils for Hair Loss (not associated with illness or disease)

• Cedarwood

• Rosemary

• Thyme

• Lavender

Synthetic Chemicals to Avoid (Found in Many Hair Products) 

THESE are facts about 10 of the most unwanted ingredients that may be in your home

1. Isopropyl Alcohol
2. Mineral Oil
3. PEG
4. Propylene Glycol
5. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate
6. Chlorine
7. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (monoethanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine)
8. FD&C Color Pigment
9. Fragrance
10. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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

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

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

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

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

The Bone Broth Miracle

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

The result is a rich, nutrient-dense broth loaded with collagen, elastin, protein, vitamins, minerals, and more! This is all good for your gut, your joints, your brain, your hair, your nails, your skin, and who knows what else!

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note for Mamas:

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

And the more fresh garlic the better!

Other Bone Broth Options

Use this same method for making beef, pork, lamb, or seafood broth. Beef, pork, and lamb bone broth should be simmered for a lot longer, as it takes longer for their bones to break down. For seafood broth, use (non-oily) fish heads and bones, or shrimp shells. And only simmer for a few hours, as fish bones dissolve quickly.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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

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

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

10% off Premium Starter Kits

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

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

Common Scents Welcome Package

Plus, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies (over $30 of additional free stuff)! And, I am here to support you on your essential oil journey!

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

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

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

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190 PV Promo

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

250 PV Promo

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

300 PV Promo

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

Essential Rewards Bonus Promo

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth at least $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red antioxidant drinks!

In addition, when you choose any of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, I will personally send you a WELCOME PACKAGE filled with all sorts of helpful and valuable resource materials and goodies! I am here to support you on your essential oil journey! Get started now!

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