Why use air fresheners that don’t actually “freshen” the air? Most popular (and expensive) room sprays contain harmful chemicals that mask odors and often give people headaches. Why not make a natural room spray that smells better, is less expensive, and contains heavenly, natural scents, instead of harmful, synthetic chemicals!

Room Spray

1 oz. vodka
vegetable glycerine (a few drops)
25 drops essential oil
3 oz. purified water
4 oz. dark colored glass bottle

Pour vodka into 4 oz spray bottle and add essential oil of your choice. Shake vigorously for 45 seconds. Add water and shake again. Shake well before each use.”

To turn this into a “pillow spray to freshen sheets and towels, make all 4 oz. with alcohol instead of water. This way the mist will dry quickly and leave behind the intoxicating scent of pure essential oils!

Suggested oil singles and blends:

  • Christmas Spirit (Cinnamon-ish scent that is good for all year-round)
  • Thieves
  • Lemon
  • Citrus Fresh
  • Lavender
  • Three Wise Men
  • Joy

 

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.

Can you imagine soaking a cotton ball in formaldehyde and rubbing it on your face? How about antifreeze? Let’s add a bit of that to the baby’s bathwater!

You might be surprised to find that your skin is by far the largest organ in your body, and what you put on it affects your mind and body in ways you can’t always see immediately. Many ingredients found in popular cleaning and personal care products are, or can be, cancer-causing agents (or just plain dangerous). Because your skin is permeable, such ingredients harm not only the skin itself, but can penetrate into your body, get into your blood stream, and cause all sorts of internal damage

As we go through our daily routine, many of us have exposed ourselves to more than 200 different chemicals, and often the same dangerous chemicals in multiple products. A recent surge of media attention reveals new concerns about the way many common ingredients are affecting our health. An article in USA Weekend says:

“The EPA is increasing research on dozens of synthetic chemicals (pesticides, plastics, and industrial pollutants) that may be juggling your hormone signals. After reviewing nearly 300 studies, the EPA concluded that ingredients in shampoos, dyes, and other everyday products may be playing havoc with hormones that control reproduction and development.”

Recently, I was in the grocery store and noticed a popular poultry brand labeled their whole chicken as “natural.” There was no indication that the bird was organic, free-range, or hormone and antibiotic-free; but, I wonder how many consumers were fooled by the term “natural.” The same is true in personal care products. Since there are no regulations on what is “natural,” the term is often abused. Many of these products simply have a higher price tag, but still have the same dangerous ingredients as the products they claim to replace.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Consumers must be educated and aware.  Of the hundreds of toxic chemicals used in personal and skin care products, here are a few of the “worst offenders”.  If you can learn and memorize with your children these few ingredients, and start reading ingredient labels, you can avoid some of the most serious carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Alcohol (Isopropyl):  As a solvent and denaturant (a poisonous substance that changes another substance’s natural qualities), alcohol is found in body creams, colognes, hand lotions, after-shaves, and many other cosmetics.  A petroleum-derived substance, it is also used in antifreeze, as a solvent in shellac, and in low-quality diluted essential oils.  According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, ingestion or inhalation of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia, and coma.  The fatal ingested dose is just one ounce.

DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine):  DEA and MEA are usually listed on the label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized, so look for names like Cocomide DEA or MEA, Lauraminde DEA, and so on.  These are hormone-disrupting chemicals known to form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines.  They are almost always in products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps, and facial cleaners.  On the show “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of environmental health at the University of Illinois, said,

“Repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of two cancers – liver and kidney cancers.”

John Bailey, head of the cosmetic division of the FDA, says that the new study is especially important since “the risk equation changes significantly for children.”  Tests at the University of Bologna in Italy found TEA to be the most frequent sensitizer used in cosmetics, gels, shampoos, creams, lotions, etc.

FD & C Color Pigments:  Most of us know the health risks associated with ingesting food dyes, but what about the dyes we put on our skin? According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients,  “Many [pigments] cause skin sensitivity and irritation…and absorption [of certain colors] can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death.” In Home Safe Home, author Debra Lynn Dadd says that

“Colors that can be used in foods, drugs, and cosmetics are made from coal tar.  There is a great deal of controversy about their use, because animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.”

Fragrances:  Many people choose fragrance-free products because of the way synthetic fragrances either give them a headache, irritate their skin, or cause an allergic reaction. Most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care, laundry soaps, and baby products contain fragrance.  While therapeutic grade essentials oils smell good and promote healthy skin, many of the compounds in synthetic fragrances are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic.

“Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients.  Most or all of them are synthetic.  Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation.  Clinical observation by medical doctors has shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope and other behavioral changes.”  (“Home Safe Home”, author Debra Lynn Dadd)

Mineral Oil:  Used in many personal care products (Baby Oil is 100% mineral oil ! ).  This ingredient actually coats the skin just like a plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural immune barrier and inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb the Natural Moisture Factor (moisture and nutrition).  As the body’s largest organ of elimination, it is vital that the skin be free to release toxins.  But mineral oil impedes this process, allowing toxins to accumulate, which can promote acne and other disorders.  It also slows down skin function and normal cell development, resulting in premature aging of the skin.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG):  This is used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as to thicken products.  A number after “PEG” refers to its molecular weight, which influences its characteristics.  Because of their effectiveness, PEGs are often used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners, yet are also found in many personal care products.  Not only are they potentially carcinogenic, but they contribute to stripping the skin’s natural moisture factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable.

Propylene Glycol (PG):  As a surfactant or wetting agent or solvent, PG is actually the active component in antifreeze.  There is no difference between what’s used in industry and what’s used in personal care products.  Industry uses it to break down protein and cellular structure (what the skin is made of), yet it is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after-shave, deodorants, mouthwashes, toothpaste and is even used in food processing.

Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance.  PG’s Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact because PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.  But there isn’t even a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES):  Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners, and engine degreasers, yet are even more widely used as major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpaste, hair conditioners, and about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam.  In the article “Dangerous Beauty”, Mark Fearer shares that:

“In tests, animals that were exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, along with depression labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and corrosion, and even death….according to the American College of Toxicology.”  Children’s eyes are also at risk:  Studies indicate SLS kept young eyes from developing properly by possibly denaturing (dissolving) the proteins and not allowing for proper structural formation.  This damage was permanent.”

Still other research has indicated SLS may be damaging the immune system, especially with the skin.  “Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein-denaturing properties.”  One of the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products, research shows that “SLS combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens that cause the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels than eating nitrate-contaminated food.”

According to an American College of Toxicology report, SLS stays in the body for up to five days.  Other studies show that SLS easily penetrates the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, the lings, and the brain. This poses questions of its being a serious potential health threat through its use in shampoos, cleansers and toothpaste.

Urea (Imidazolidinyl) & DMDM Hydantoin:  These are just two of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde (called “formaldehyde donors”).  According to the Mayo Clinic, formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitation.  Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep.  It can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma.

Other possible side effects include weakening the immune system and cancer.  Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients are very common in nearly all store brands of skin, body and hair care, anti-perspirants, and nail polish.  A more complete list of products that contain formaldehyde can be found in the book by Doris J. Rapp M.D. entitled, Is This Your Child’s World?

TRICLOSAN is the largest rage in the arsenal of anti-bacterial chemicals, included in detergents, dishwashing liquids, hand-washes, soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, lotions, creams, and even toothpaste.  In 1998, Americans snatched up $540 million of these products, without proof they even do what they claim (Good Housekeeping Institute Report,  Good Housekeeping Magazine, March 1999).

But is triclosan safe?  The EPA registers it as a pesticide, giving it high scores as a risk to both human health and the environment (US Environmental Protection Agency / Webpage  –  epa.gov), and the USP recently proposed a new monograph for the specific testing of triclosan.  It is a chlorinated aromatic, similar in molecular structure and chemical formulation to some of the most toxic chemicals on earth:  dioxins, PCBs and Agent Orange ( James Menoutis and Angela I Parisi-Menoutis.  Triclosan and its Impurities.  Technology Review Series  –  Quantex Laboratories).

Its manufacturing process may produce dioxin, a powerful hormone-disrupting chemical with toxic effects in the parts per trillion;  one drop in 300 Olympic size swimming pools (CQS.com website). Hormone disruptors pose enormous long-term chronic health risks because they interfere with the way hormones perform, such as changing genetic material or fostering birth defects.   (Debra Lynn Dadd.  1990.  Non-Toxic. Natural and Earthwise.  Jeremy P. Tarcher).

Triclosan is a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans.  Externally, it causes skin irritation, but since “phenol can temporarily deactivate the sensory nerve endings….contact with it often causes little or no pain.”  (Linda Mason Hunter. 1980.  The Healthy Home.  Pocket Books). “Internally, it can lead to cold sweats, circulatory collapse, convulsions, coma and death.”  (Debra Lynn Dadd. 1992.  The Non-Toxic Home and Office.  Jeremy P. Tarcher). Stored in body fat, it can accumulate to toxic levels, damaging the liver, kidney and lungs and can cause paralysis, sterility, suppression of immune function, brain hemorrhages, decreased fertility and sexual function, heart problems, and coma.  (Debra Lynn Dadd. 1990. Non-Toxic Natural and Earthwise.  Jeremy P. Tarcher).

All these chemicals are persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

“They are chlorinated, persist in the environment, and accumulate to higher and higher concentrations with each step up in the food chain…Once absorbed into the body fat, it is almost impossible to eliminate POPs.  (World Wildlife Fund.  Reducing Your Risk:  A Guide to Avoiding Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals).  “Employing a strong anti-biotic agent such as triclosan for everyday use is of questionable value as it takes a shotgun approach to killing all microscopic organisms while destroying the beneficial bacteria in the environment and in our bodies.  These so-called friendly bacteria cause no harm and often produce beneficial effects such as aiding metabolism and inhibiting the invasion of harmful pathogens.”  (M. Angela McGehee, PhD. In Biology and Marine Sciences, Personal Correspondence).

Boston-based microbiologist Laura McMurray and colleagues at the Tufts University School of Medicine say that:

“Triclosan is capable of forcing the emergence of “superbugs” that it cannot kill.  And experiments have shown that it may not be the all-out germ killer scientists once thought it was….Using triclosan daily in the home  –  in products ranging from children’s soaps to toothpaste to “germ-free) cutting boards  –  may be unwise.”  (Maggie Fox.  Common Disinfectant Could Breed Superbugs.  Health and Science Correspondent).

“Public health officials have blamed the indiscriminate prescription of antibiotics by doctors for the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.  The Tufts study suggests the recent widespread use of anti-bacterial agents in everyday products might have similar results.”  (Joseph B. Verrengia.  New Products Feared Breeding Tougher Germs.  AP Science Writer).

Other Harmful Skin Care Ingredients Include:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic, AHA, etc.), Aluminum, Benzophenone, Benzalkonium, Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl urea, Ethylparaben, Methyparaben, Petroleum, Polyquatemiums, Prophlparaben, Polyvinylpyrrolidone.

Hat tip to Linda Chae and the Toxic Free Foundation

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.

I have a feeling this beautiful Frankincense resin burner is going to be a favorite in the McDonald home this Christmas! What a fun and healthy tradition to begin! We already enjoy diffusing Frankincense essential oil for its powerful benefits; now we can enjoy the beauty and fun of burning its resin during the Christmas season.

This easy to use resin burner diffuses scent by heating actual chunks of frankincense resin (which happens to come in a cute little draw string bag). How fun is that?

And what a great gift idea! I’m getting my mom and dad one for Christmas! Shhhh…don’t tell!

 

Includes complimentary frankincense resin in a draw string bag.

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.

Watch the How-To Video Below!

With so many deodorants and other health care products loaded with harmful chemicals, some of which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease, allergies, and even breast cancer (Read More HERE), I’d say it’s time to get back to basics and learn how to take care of our families with wholesome, natural ingredients. Essential oils are a big plus here because they not only add wholesome “scent” to our personal care products, they also add immune boosting power and healing (instead of irritation) to our skin!

This recipe for homemade natural deodorant is easy, it’s skin nourishing, and it works! The arrowroot and baking soda help to absorb extra moisture and, in addition to soothing the skin and scenting the “vicinity,” essential oils help to keep bacteria at bay (bacteria is what actually causes odor).

Top Seven Ingredients to Avoid in a Deodorant:

Aluminum
Parabens
Triclosan
Talc
Propylene glycol
Silica
Steareth-n

Read Why HERE

How to Make Your Own All Natural Deodorant from James McDonald on Vimeo.

Homemade All Natural Deodorant

Makes enough for one average-sized deodorant roll-up container.

  • 1 heaping T. beeswax pellets
  • 2 1/2 T. coconut oil
  • 1/8 C. arrowroot powder
  • 1/8 C. baking soda
  • 2 drops castor oil
  • 2 drops vitamin E
  • 24 drops of therapeutic grade essential oil of your choice (recommendations below)

The selections are endless. You could choose just single oils (lavender, lemon, melaleuca, sandalwood, frankincense, cinnamon bark,  etc.) or Young Living has a number of blends that are perfect for a good deodorant (Purification, Lavender, Three Wise Men, Joy, Harmony, Christmas Spirit, Sensation, Frankincense, Bergamot, Geranium, etc.).

 

I love blending frankincense and bergamot together!

Where to buy containers and other tools:

Elements Bath and Body

Sunburst Bottle Company

Specialty Bottle Store

iHerb (give them my email address to get $5.00 off your first order.

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 breath spray is easy to make and totally natural! While you may want to experiment with various oils, therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil alone works great!

Dragon Breath Spray

1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. purified water
1 tsp. honey
2 drops stevia
10-15 drops of Young Living’s therapeutic grade peppermint or cinnamon essential oil or Thieves blend

Add oil to the vodka and shake well against the palm of your hand for 20 shakes. Add purified water, honey, and stevia and shake again. Spray directly into the mouth 1-2 times to freshen breath. No more dragon breath!

[Note: Only use therapeutic grade oils that are labeled as “supplements” in this recipe. Read more HERE about what this means and why it’s important to only use “therapeutic grade essential oils” internally.]

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.

Sometimes it may seem overwhelming. We are bombarded daily with chemicals that pose health risks to us and our families—in our foods, in our cleaning products, in skin care products, even in the air we breathe. What are they trying to do—poison us? No. They’ve just been giving us what we want. If we didn’t buy it, they wouldn’t sell it.

In fact, maybe I’m being too optimistic, but I’m beginning to see small glimmers of hope here and there. As I’ve noticed an increased availability of organic foods and natural cleaning products; healthier foods being integrated into the regular shelves at the grocery store; and even dye-free Icees at the movie theater, I have to wonder whether or not some companies are finally beginning to “get it!”

I almost fell over recently when I saw a bottle of a popular brand of ketchup that advertised right on its label, “No High Fructose Corn Syrup”!

But, we have a long way to go. If you’re like me, for too long, you’ve “hoped” that the mystery ingredients on the labels of most of your foods, cleaners, and skin care products were safe. You’ve ignored articles and reports that warned you about what’s in your favorite fast foods and think to yourself, “Maybe if I close my eyes it won’t hurt me.”

But, as Christians, we know better than to think this way. And we need to pay attention! Take some time to look up ingredients and find out what legitimate studies have been done on them. While some chemicals may be harmless, others may be slow-acting poisons. Here are just a few common red flag ingredients (there are many more!):

  • DEA (Diethanolamine) – Found in more than 600 home and personal care products, such as shampoos, conditioners, bubble baths, lotions, cosmetics, soaps, laundry, and dishwashing detergents. Suspected of carcinogenic activity (causing or contributing to cancer) or of being potentially dangerous or hazardous to your health.
  • Propylene Glycol – The main ingredient found in anti-freeze; also common in shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, lotions, toothpastes, processed foods, baby wipes, and many more personal care items. Implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver abnormalities; can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin, and surface damage.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – Industrial uses include concrete floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and car wash detergents. Also found in shampoos, liquid soaps, conditioners, cleansers, and children’s bubble baths. SLS is found in nearly all toothpastes (it is what causes your toothpaste to foam see here), and is absorbed through skin contact and retained for up to five days. Click HERE to read more.
  • Talc—Chemically similar to asbestos, talc has been linked to ovarian cancer. It’s found in many body and baby powders, as well as many cosmetics. Try making your own Dusting Powder instead!

Alternatives

Do perfumed cleaners, soaps, and harsh chemicals ever give you a headache or irritate your skin? Some people tend to be more sensitive than others, but we are all affected to some degree by what we put on our skin and inhale into our bodies.

It may not be possible or cost effective to avoid all of these chemicals in your cleaning and personal care products (I know I’m not there yet!), but my goal is to at least reduce my family’s exposure to them.

I have found using therapeutic-grade essential oils to be a safe, effective alternative to many store-bought cleaning and skin care products—and I love the way they smell!

Essential Oils Suggested for Cleaning:

Singles: Cinnamon, Orange, Clove, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Spruce, Lemon, Lemongrass, Grapefruit

Blends: Thieves, Purification, Citrus Fresh

Making your own household cleaners and air fresheners is easy! Check out the following simple recipes…

All Purpose Household Cleaner:

  • 1 oz. Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 32 oz. water
  • spray bottle

Floor Cleaner:

  • Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a bucket of water. Add 10-15 drops lemon, pine, or spruce essential oils. Or 10-15 drops of the essential oil blends Thieves or Purification.

Put water into spray bottle and add each of the essential oils. Shake before using. This spray can be used to clean surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. I leave a small squirt bottle in each bathroom as a fresh smelling natural air freshener.

Air Freshener

Mix essential oils with the alcohol first and then add the purified water. This can also be used as a “pillow spray” for freshening linens or laundry baskets:

  • 1/2 C. vodka
  • 1/2 C. purified water
  • 15-20 drops of one or more of the following essential oils:
  • Harmony
  • Peace and Calming
  • Sacred Mountain
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Thieves
  • Purification
  • Citrus Fresh

Window cleaner:

  • 1 quart spray bottle
  • 1 C. White Vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Geranium, Lavender (or your favorite) Essential Oil
  • 1 C. water

Add vinegar and water to the spray bottle. Add essential oils, shake, and use.

Natural cleaners like these are great for little housewives in training. No need to worry about breathing fumes, or harsh chemicals touching their little hands!

In the Dryer:

  • Instead of using dryer sheets, add 5-10 drops of lavender, lemon, bergamot, sandalwood, geranium, or other YL essential oil to a dampened washcloth and toss into the dryer.

 

Shopping List

  • Water bottles (different sizes)
  • Purified Water
  • White Vinegar
  • High Proof Grain Alcohol (Vodka)
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Clove essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Orange essential oil
  • Pine essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Thieves® essential oil blend
  • Purification™ essential oil blend
  • Citrus Fresh essential oil blend
  • Thyme essential oil

So, now you know! Making your own cleaning products is easy and extremely cost efficient! Most of the recipes above use water or other inexpensive kitchen ingredients mixed with the essential oils. A 15ml bottle of Young Living essential oils contains about 250 drops of essential oil which means you can make your own natural cleaning products for a fraction of what it would cost in the stores.

 

 

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.

Accidents happen; so it’s a good idea to be prepared ahead of time in case of an emergency. Everyone’s skin type is different, and essential oils are powerful; so if you use an essential oil that seems to irritate or burn your skin, you should dilute the oil by rubbing a carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil…even vegetable oil) into the spot. This dilutes the oil. Don’t use water, as oil and water don’t mix. Once you’ve emulsified the oil this way, you can wash it away with soap and water; but always dilute it with a carrier oil first.

While some people have sensitive skin, everyone has sensitive eyes. So, what do you do if you get essential oils in your eyes? Since essential oils and water do not mix, you need a substance that is safe to use in your eyes and that will quickly emulsify the essential oil, allowing water to quickly flush it all away. The answer is milk or cream. If you get essential oils in your eyes, quickly flush the eye with milk or cream until it stop burning. This should happen almost immediately. At that point, you can flush the eyes with fresh water to remove the milk.

Some aromatherapy authors advise using a fixed oil in the eye, but while this is good on the skin, it doesn’t remove the essential oil quickly enough from the eye. And while it may not hurt, it’s not fun to have olive oil in your eye either.

We had the opportunity to see this work twice this past week in two different families. Both times, a child had accidentally gotten a hold of the peppermint oil and rubbed it into her eye. Both times, the milk worked immediately. During an emergency is not the time to look up what to do. Know what to do ahead of time!

Eyes: Milk or Cream

Sensitive Skin: Plain Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil

See Young Living’s safety guidelines HERE

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.

The essential oils described in this post refer only to therapeutic grade essential oils. I only recommend Young Living essential oils, as I am certain of their high quality.

Not too long ago, I shared with you how my daughter, Tiffany, used essential oils during her labor and delivery.

The “other grandma” (we call ourselves grandsisters!) was giving me blow-by-blow updates as labor progressed. We were both praising God for His gift of peppermint that day! He surely gives His children good gifts!

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I’m including her personal list here, as well as some various helpful tips I’ve learned from other moms over the years (including my own experiences!). As usual, the 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. 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.

Tiffany’s Essential Oil Birth Stash in order of importance

Geranium

Lavender

Frankincense

Peppermint

Valor Blend

Clary Sage

Peace and Calming Blend

Deep Relief (roll on)

Lemon

Cypress

Bergamot

Spikenard

Thieves Blend

Gentle Baby Blend

Clara Derm Spray

Home Diffuser

Crock Pot

Ninxia Red

Ningxia Nitro

Occasional Nausea During a Normal Pregnancy

Ningxia Red, Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, or Di-Gize blend

Perineum Care:

Apply to perineum three weeks prior to labor:

8 drops Geranium

5 drops Lavender

1 oz. almond oil

Massage into perineum during labor:

5 drops Frankincense (if labor is progressing swiftly; if not use clary sage)

1 oz. almond oil

Stretch and Massage vaginal opening using:

4 drops Frankincense or Myrrh

1 T. olive or almond oil

The Frankincense also helped to sooth the “burning” feeling that sometimes comes when baby is crowning.

Cleansing Perineum After Birth:

6 oz. warm water

5-10 drops Lavender oil

Cleanse perineum area with entire contents of the bottle of warm lavender water after each trip to the bathroom. This is very soothing.

After Child Birth:

Soak clean wash cloth in water with five drops of lavender oil and 2 drops of geranium oil. Wring out cloth, place in a Ziploc, and refrigerate until well chilled. Apply to sore area. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

For Anal Soreness (there’s been a whole lot of pushing going on):

1 oz. almond oil (optional)

5 drops geranium oil

5 drops lavender oil

2 drops cypress oil

2 drops frankincense

Gently cleanse area, and apply directly to area of discomfort twice per day, or after each bowel movement.

I used this recipe after my last two 8 lb. babies and it was the only thing that gave me major, instant relief (and I had tried everything). However, one mom told me that it was too strong for her sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, or if you find it burns, you can dilute it easily by diluting with a carrier oil or immediately applying plain almond or coconut oil (or another carrier oil) to the area.

Clara Derm Spray:

Especially suited for the vaginal area before and after childbirth.

Contains: Coconut oil, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum.

Moving Things Along:

Clary Sage (Warning: Some people believe this may induce labor and don’t recommend it for use during pregnancy. 

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Strengthen Contractions:

To help encourage regular and strengthened contractions, Tiffany applied Clary Sage around the inside of her ankles. Others have applied the essential oil, along with a carrier oil, directly to the abdomen.

Some have found it helpful to take one drop of Clary Sage internally in a glass of milk or almond milk every hour or so during labor. Still others prefer taking a few drops of Clary Sage in a capsule.

WARNING: Young Living is the only essential oil I would ever feel comfortable taking internally. Lower quality oils may actually be toxic. Know your product.

Alignment Help and Relaxation

Valor along inside and bottom of feet, and massaged into hips

Managing the Discomforts of Pregnancy and Labor

Uterine Discomfort:

My personal favorite form of relief during my labors was this:

Keep by the bed, a heated crockpot filled with purified water and a dozen wash cloths. Make sure the water is hot (but not too hot to handle). Place 15-20 drops of lavender in water. Frankincense and copaiba are also great additions! Have someone assigned to keeping a steady flow of warm, wrung out, wash cloths to place across your belly during contractions.

As soon as it cools, replace with a new cloth. This can be a big job when mom is in transition, so having someone assigned to this is very helpful. It was a lifesaver for me (and I got rather demanding about it!) “New washcloth….NOWWWWW!”

Lavender is very helpful for dulling and easing uterine contractions; but, it is also good for relieving back and leg soreness too.  In addition, it is a balancing and calming oil that can help to relax the body and ease nervousness.  It restores emotional balance, and has been said to strengthen contractions.

Copaiba contains betacaryophyllene. Looks it up!

Frankincense

During transition, apply Frankincense to abdomen in a carrier oil or on warm washcloth as described above.

Soreness During Normal Labor:

Frankincense, Valor, Pan Away, or Deep Relief. Apply to sore areas of back, legs, or hips.

Deep Relief applied to the back of neck or temples (be careful not to get in eyes). Peppermint or lavender may also be good choices.

Emotional Stress/Tension

Bergamot:

Apply to forehead and temples, or on location for relaxation.

Gentle Baby:

Diffuse in room (Tiffany and Ben diffused this during her entire labor and she said it was so soothing and relaxing.)

Valor:

Rub into shoulders to stay relaxed. Apply to inside and bottom of feet to help focus and to calm anxious feelings.

Spikenard, Peace & Calming, Sensation, Sacred Mountain:

Diffuse directly into air for a calming atmosphere. Dilute with carrier oil and massage to help with relaxation.

To Alleviate Nausea during labor:

Peppermint:

Put one drop on tongue to alleviate nausea. Make sure husband or birth coach does this too. No laboring mama wants stinky breath in her face!

Rosewood:

Inhale in a compress to alleviate nausea.

Sips of NingXia Red, NingXia Zing, or NingXia Nitro

Miscellaneous Aches and Discomforts of Childbirth and Postpartum:

Light Headed

If feeling light-headed or dizzy:

Peppermint –Apply behind the ears.  Put a drop on tissue and inhale slowly.

Tinkle Time

If having a hard time urinating after labor:

Peppermint – Put a few drops in the toilet before being seated.


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Warm a blanket in the dryer and wrap mama. Diffuse lavender. This also refreshes the air.

Contractions experienced after labor:

After labor, apply a warm, wet washcloth with a few drops of Frankincense and lavender to the abdomen to sooth the discomfort.

Stretch Marks – Gentle Baby, myrrh, or Frankincense mixed with V-6 oil (or coconut oil). Also, Animal Scents or Rosewood Ointment mixed with a little myrrh.

Occasional Difficulty Sleeping after Baby – Peace and Calming, Harmony, Sandalwood, or Lavender diffused into the air. Also a drop or two of lavender on the blankets or sheets make for a peaceful sleep for mommy and baby (test fabric first). RutaVala or Vetiver rubbed into feet. Sleep Essence taken by mouth.

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 Valentine’s Day, why not make a batch of these melt-in-your mouth chocolate truffles for someone you love? Modify the details to your hearts desire. You could add chopped pecans, almonds, or macadamia nuts. You could replace the Therapeutic Grade Peppermint oil with Therapeutic Grade Orange oil and make Orange Dreamsicle White Chocolate Truffles instead. Be creative!

Note: Never ingest low quality essential oils internally. I only recommend Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils because I trust their purity.

Chocolate Mint Truffles

This may also be a fun project to do with children! What child doesn’t love slathering his fingers in chocolate to make little balls of heavenly sweetness?

My friend, Tonya Chapa, from whom I originally got the basis for this recipe, told me that as she was making it, and her hands were completely covered in chocolate, her little girl watched her with great interest. Finally, with a very serious expression, she asked, “Mommy may I lick your fingers?What a smart girl!

Luscious Mint Chocolate Truffles

  • 8 oz, weight (up to 9 oz) good quality semisweet chocolate
  • 8 oz, weight (up to 9 oz) good quality bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (I know, I know)
  • 1-2 drops of Therapeutics Grade Peppermint Essential Oil (orange can be used for Dreamsicle version)
  • 8 oz. weight melt-able milk chocolate (I use those melting candies) (for Dreamsicle recipe, use melt-able white chocolate)
  1. Heat dark chocolates and condensed milk in a double boiler over medium low heat until chocolate is melted. Stir. Mixture will have a slight marshmallow texture.
  2. Remove from heat, cool slightly, add essential oils, cover and refrigerate for two hours.
  3. Once chilled, roll mixture into balls. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
  4. Then dip in melted milk chocolate coating and sprinkle immediately with crushed peppermint candies or orange zest (for Dreamsicle recipe). [Proceed with this step one at a time or else the chocolate will get hard and nothing will stick to it) The toppings are optional, but sure make a pretty display.

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.

If you aren’t using Essential Rewards (ER), you are losing money!

If you’re like me, every penny counts, and you like to budget for what you need each month. So, as a thrifty mom, I figured you’d want to know the most economical way to stock up on your essential oils. If you haven’t yet signed up for the Essential Rewards (ER) program, you are losing money!

Essential Rewards is simply a money-saving auto-ship program that offers discounts and reward points based on your monthly purchases (purchases that you can change each month). Again, you do not have to order the same thing each month; in fact, I encourage people to be sure to try something different each month!

There is no registration fee, so just click on the “Essential Rewards” button in your Virtual Office (you’ll need your member number and password) and schedule a (minimum) 50 PV monthly purchase (which you can modify at any time).

ERDecemberThis is a great way to budget and “try out” the different oils available while at the same time earning points for free products, enjoying discounted shipping, and building your own stash of oils! And it feels like you’re getting a birthday present in the mail each month!

Check out all the Benefits

  • Discounted pricing on exclusive product packages (I love this!)
  • Earn points for FREE products (Even better!)
  • Reduced Shipping
  • Priority Service
  • Choose a variety of different products each month!
  • Choose your processing day, and change it whenever you like
  • No obligation – cancel any time (but you won’t want to!)
  • Optional referral bonuses
  • Opportunity to receive additional monthly products – for free
  • And, loyalty gifts for those on the program!

If you are serious about using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and products regularly, this is the most economical way to do it.

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Budget Your Oils While You Build Your Collection

Budgeting for what you need each month just makes sense. I’ve even seen some people write out a 3-6 month “schedule” to budget which oils they plan to order each month. How organized is that?

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Earn Points for FREE Oils!

Every time you place an Essential Rewards order, you’ll earn 10-25% in points for FREE essential oils (or other products).

How Much?

The first three consecutive months, you receive points worth 10% of the PV of each Essential Rewards order. After you have been on the program for just four months, your reward percentage jumps to 20%! Yes, 20% of the PV of your Essential Rewards order! Then, after 24 months, this leaps to 25%! Wow!

Get started by logging into your virtual office and clicking “Essential Rewards.” If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact me or someone on your leadership team.

Let’s see how this works. As a reminder…

  • From months 1-3, you earn 10%
  • Months 4-24, you earn 20%
  • Months 25+, you earn 25%
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In other words, at this point, after 24 consecutive months on the program, for every $100.00 you spend in oils or oil based products (through ER), you get $25.00 in FREE products! So, in addition to the wholesale discount you’re already getting, you’ll earn FREE stuff too!

To save even more, I’ve written an article to help you learn more ways to stretch your essential oil dollars: Five Ways to Afford Essential Oils.

And, then there are the loyalty gifts! The first will will come to you once you have been on the program for just three months (Peppermint Vitality™ essential oil, 5 ml)! The second (Thieves® Vitality™ essential oil blend, 5 ml) will come after six months. The third (Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil, 15ml), after nine months. And then, a special gift called Loyalty Oil will come to you annually on each successive anniversary of your initial participation date!

Lastly, you may qualify for a free gift every month! Each month, the company offers FREE PRODUCTS for those who participate in the Essential Rewards program at the 100PV level! This month, for instance, you would receive a 5ml Live Vitality oil! If you invest 190PV in your household through this program, you would get the Lime PLUS a 5 ml Blue Cypress!

Can you see why I have been on this program since 2010? I know you will see the value as well.

And please feel free to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with me if you have any questions about Essential Rewards! You are going to love this program! 

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing Young Living’s amazing Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, a valuable ultrasonic diffuser (alone worth 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.