• 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.

Whoa baby! If you’ve never experienced the intoxicating scent of pure rose essential oil, you have something amazing to look forward to! Rose (Rosa damascena) has a delicious, floral, and uplifting fragrance that stimulates feelings of romance and confidence!

Young beautiful Caucasian girl smelling the roses in the garden.Considered the “Queen of Essential Oils,” rose oil has been treasured and used for well over a thousand years in beauty treatments, as an aphrodisiac, and for emotional tranquility. Cleopatra used obscene amounts of rose essential oil (as well as jasmine) to allure the men she wanted to attract. I don’t recommend this, by the way, unless, of course, it’s hubby!

Rose oil has the highest frequency of all essential oils, and an ORAC value of 1,604,248! Do your research – this oil is used for way more than feeling frisky!

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1/2 oz sunflower seed or coconut oil
3 drops frankincense
2 drops myrrh
1 drop rose

Damascus Roses are the preferred variety because they are the most fragrant species and are believed to be the original red roses with strongest aroma and highest oil content.

People normally think rose oil is outrageously expensive (and it is one of the most expensive and popular oils on the planet), but did you know that it takes around 60 roses to create a single drop of rose essential oil?

Closeup of bottle with rose essential oil with falling leaves on wooden background.That’s just under 5 dozen roses! So, it takes 10,000 roses per one 5 ml bottle! Imagine if your husband brought you 833 dozen roses! Wow! Wouldn’t you much rather have the intoxicating scent of all those roses captured in one little bottle to use all year long? Well, maybe you can!

Healthy marine bath salts rich in minerals mixed with dried aromatic rose petals for a luxury bath treatment at a spaTrust me, you’ll be hooked!

CLICK HERE to see my how-to video on making your own tub tea at home! You could even add a drop of rose to the tea bag! Imagine, bathing with 5 dozen roses!

Yes, please.

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.

Try giving him chocolate this year!

Valentine’s Day can be a fun and creative time to celebrate the scent-sual side of marriage! Couples with young children at home, or couples on a budget, can still get creative and have lots of fun! It doesn’t have to cost much!

This easy recipe could be painted on the skin with different brushes, and thenMoisturizing mask with candles used as a massage oil! The scent of your favorite essential oil creates a little extra excitement!

Chocolate Massage Butter

  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 1 T. sweet almond or jojoba oil
  • 1 T. cocoa butter (grated)
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1-2 drops stevia (optional)
  • 4-8 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil (or orange)

Melt all ingredients (except essential oil) together in a double boiler over medium heat. Once liquefied, remove from heat immediately. Coo mixture; then, pour into a mixing bowl, and beat on high with an electric mixture until rich and creamy. Mix in essential oils.

hands holding a string of paper hearts up to the sun during sunUse this creamy concoction warm or at room temperature. I suggest using dark sheets or towels during massage time, just in case the chocolate stains. Soaking in a steamy sandalwood bath afterward would be a scrumptious finish to your evening together. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

Welcome! This four-minute video will only take a few, short moments of your time. But, what if it changed your life? Be sure to let the Common Scents team member who told you about this video know what you thought!

For years, many Christian families have rejected the 9-5 job model and pursued a family economy—one where a husband and wife work together, alongside their children, to develop an enterprise that supports the family and can be a blessing to future generations.

We know families who invested in organic farming, and now provide healthy food choices for a growing Young Hispanic Family Saying Prayers Before Meal At Homemarket. Others launched businesses that offered carpentry or sewing services, or sold handcrafted items. These families leveraged their resources to develop cottage industries that would free them from the grip of corporate America, in order to experience more unity as a family. Bravo!

Left Out

Beautiful woman with her son praying in the churchHowever, others longingly looked on in disappointment because their circumstances didn’t allow such a drastic change. Perhaps they didn’t have the cash to get started, didn’t have any marketable skills, maybe they were a single parent household, or a family where one of the spouses was disabled. Whatever the reason, the majority of people who heard the call, were unable to make it happen.

Some Lost it All

Of course, there were others who did take the risk, investing all their savings into a venture that eventually failed. They had a great idea, they had the money to invest, they had a great vision, and they had the passion; but they discovered the stark reality that only 10% of startup businesses succeed after the first ten years in operation.

And, in the end, some of these families were saddled with even more debt, and with even less time to enjoyMan calculating his bills while his family are on the sofa one another, as they tried to salvage what they could from their smoldering dreams.

Our Story

This is where James and I found ourselves a few years back. We had a zeal to help families thrive. So we started out by selling the same books and resources that had inspired our family. Then, we opened an online bookstore, which expanded into a brick and mortar store, a tea room, a brenhamgift shop, and speaking engagements around the country.

During that time, my husband left the corporate world and invested in an international magazine that we operated and published from home, offering articles designed to promote family discipleship and unity.

Yes, from our bedroom, often while nursing my babies, I edited articles, corresponded with dozens of writers, editors, and customers; and sometimes I cried. Alongside our children we prepared mass mailings that took over our dining room and lasted hours. Did I mention my husband pastored a church during this time?

We discovered we neither had enough hours in the day nor enough energy to keep up the pace. We also VirginiaGracePoutyFacedidn’t have the capital to see it succeed in the long run. While our businesses didn’t technically fail, they didn’t financially prosper either. Our family, our health, and our finances all suffered. In the end, we were left exhausted, with a mountain of business debt and shattered dreams.

A New Season

A few years later, during my husband’s pastorate in the Midwest, a family friend introduced me to an amazing product. It took some time to convince James; but he got on board once he realized they worked – and they paid for themselves with my occasional referral checks.

Eventually, we both saw a huge potential—one that gave us hope for our financial future. We were thrilled to Happy Couple in Autumn Park. Fall. Young Family Having Fun Outdoors. Yellow Trees and Leaves. Laughing Man and Woman outside. Freedom Concept.discover that not only could this venture get us out of debt and offer our family a residual income stream, it could also provide a way for us to leave something for our children, and to help others in the process.

Here was an opportunity that offered wellness, not only for us physically, but also emotionally, and financially. We could spend more time with our children and as a couple. It’s amazing how much stress financial bondage can cause!

This opportunity gave us a platform where we could continue to promote our vision for a family economy and for stronger households. It seemed our vision of Family Reformation could indeed come true! And I got to minister to women in more ways than one! Natural health had always been my passion, so I loved sharing!

Unlike our previous businesses, this was something we could launch without some huge financial investment, and with practically no risk. It was one that we could do on the side, without sacrificing our children or impacting my husband’s vocation. And even better, we wouldn’t be so exhausted by an unending effort to generate income that there wasn’t anything left for real life—abundant life!

Drum Roll!

I bet you’re wondering what this new business venture is, aren’t you? No secrets! We became independent distributors for Young Living Essential Oils, a company founded over 20 years ago by an essential oil expert Contestwho went on to pioneer the modern essential oil movement. Young Living’s exclusive Seed to Seal* guarantee makes these the only oils I trust to use on my children, or to put in or on my body. They are consistently the purest and most effective essential oils on the planet, bar none!

Young Living’s wellness products have not only supported our family’s physical wellbeing, they’ve also improved our emotional and financial health, as well! We were already using the products, so why not share about them?

Dropping the Chains of Debt

Young Living’s business model offers amazing income potential—a potential that provided residuals to retire our debt, the time and funds to finally take a relaxing family vacation, and the ability to invest in our children and in various ministries.**Financial Freedom sign with beach background

Are you excited yet? This is good news! And it’s a perfect fit for us as a Christian family! We’re talking about a business that isn’t all about us. In fact, the whole business model truly requires us to invest in the lives and strengths of others—to focus on helping other families succeed in every area of life.

Stories of Hope

The short video we just finished highlights just a few of the families we have been able to help. It gives us great joy to hear their stories, as well as the testimonials of so many others. We are thrilled to give you the work family signsopportunity to experience the same freedom and success that so many families around the globe are discovering. The potential is here! We have seen first hand the reality of success.

We will be posting more stories over the next few weeks and months from those who have joined our team and found similar abundance.

To get started, simply go to THIS PAGE and select one of our amazing premium starter kitsStarter KitWe will also send you a goodie package to help you learn more about the products, as well as the business opportunity. Launch your very own business with as little as $160 and virtually no monthly operating costs. If you have any questions, let us know HERE, or give us a call at 309-222-8780 – we will get right with you!

(If you were referred to this page by one of our Common Scents team members, please be sure to enroll with their member number and contact them directly).

Your Success is Our Goal!

We are here to support you! We want you to be successful in a business that unites your family.

If you have any questions, please feel free to fill out the consultation form on this page. Let us know a good A portrait of happy family in parktime to call you. We’re here to answer your questions!

This isn’t a get rich quick scheme, and it is no guarantee of success. If you simply want to refer a friend now and then, that’s totally fine! Many people start out that way and develop their business later. It’s all up to you!

 

Many Caucasian People And Hands Holding Red Letters Or Characters Building The Isolated English Word Your Success Is Our Goal On White Background

Once essential oils become part of your everyday life, you, as a distributor, have four choices:

  • No Income: Simply enjoy your oils, as well as your wholesale prices, and never tell a soul about them (Stingy!).
  • Side Income: Use essential oils in front of others and when they beg you to tell them about your oils, respond by giving them information and even sharing samples with them! You’ll naturally see a small extra revenue stream enter your household that will help you pay for your own oils, and maybe a little extra.
  • Moderate Income: Do all that it takes to earn the side income described above, but more. Start a website, create business cards, put up a Facebook page, and host a class or two; but, for the most part, wing it. Don’t bother planning or scheduling time to focus on your business. You’ll definitely see a decent income beginning to grow; but, remember, you have the potential for a…
  • Booming Business: Though the oils will often “sell themselves,” you’ll need to put forth a tangible effort to help others to see and experience their value. Be deliberate. Hold on to your hat… your income potential could be significant! Watch the video and schedule a call to find out more.
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You too can have a thriving family economy—you can live that abundant life now! And we are excited (and honored) to show you how!

Schedule a consultation today!

If you are ready to get started, please contact the person who shared this video with you!

“You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

* Click on the link to learn more about the Seed to Seal guarantee!

** Young Living’s 2013 Income Disclosure Statement

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.

My friend, Tonya Chapa from Peppermint Posh, has a yummy treat for you today! You probably shouldn’t eat it, but you could. And once you smell the aroma, you will be tempted (and I won’t tell if you take a bite)! So gather your ingredients and join Tonya in making a batch of this scrumptious scrub…you may even want to make it as a gift this Christmas!

I just could not get enough of the scent of this sugar scrub! My entire family gathered around to breathe in the aroma. I wish the internet had a scratch and sniff option!

tonyaI made a big batch of the sugar scrub to give to the staff at our dentist’s office as an early Christmas gift. Since we won’t see them again before Christmas, I brought these in this week, along with the Soothing Cuticle Balm that I whipped up for them.

For the Sugar Scrub, I poured two cups of sugar into a bowl and mixed in 1/4 –Lemon Meringue Sugar Scrub with Young Living Lemon and Stress Away Therapeutic Essential Oils. Great gift idea! PeppermintPoshOils.com 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil (Sweet Almond Oil works as well). Add the oil slowly as you mix it in. You do not want the scrub to be too oily, but still have a nice, soft consistency.
Then, I added 20 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil and 10 drops of Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil. The scents blend so well together! The Stress Away balances out the Lemon, creating an amazing, delicious scent.

Young Living’s Lemon Essential oil is known for its energizing and cleansing properties. It also supports the circulatory system.
Young Living’s Stress Away™ essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of pure lime and vanilla therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Mixing the Sugar and Coconut Oil before adding the Young Living Essential Oils. Lemon Meringue Sugar Scrub. PeppermintPoshOils.comStress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents,
such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.

Isn’t it great that not only can you exfoliate your skin with the sugar scrub without any toxins or artificial colors or scents, but you also receive the powerful benefits of the oils themselves? What anstressaway invigorating way to start your morning! Energizing, stress free mornings are the best kind! And, both Lemon and Stress Away are in the Premium Starter Kit!

Did you know that you can purchase Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils at the wholesale price (kind of like a Costco or Sam’s membership, only tonyawithout the annual fees)? It’s true! Visit Tonya at Peppermint Posh for more details!

 

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.

My friend, Tonya Chapa, of Peppermint Posh is the queen of Pinterest-worthy DIY gifts! She agreed to join us here at the Common Scents Mom to share some of her favorite essential oil-infused creations! My hands are thanking her for this one!

Soothing Cuticle Balm with Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. PeppermintPoshOIls.comThe cold air outdoors and the warm atmosphere inside sure does take its toll on our skin! I find that my nails become more brittle and harder to care for this time of year.

Soothing Cuticle Balm would make a thoughtful gift for the ladies in your life: daughters, mothers, neighbors, teachers, friends. Packed with wonderful nutrients, this balm is certain to bring relief to dry and cracking cuticles!

Apply the cuticle balm to your nail beds after washing your hands or any time your hands or feet feel dry, and you’ll enjoy sweet relief in no time!Beautiful hand with perfect nail french manicure and white flower

This recipe is super easy to follow. You just need a few ingredients and little bit of time.

Soothing Cuticle Balm

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
1 Tbsp Mango Butter
1 1/2 Tbsp Grated Beeswax
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
5 drops Fennel Essential Oils
5 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

Method:
1. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax and oils.Double Boiler used for Soothing Cuticle Balm. PeppermintPoshOils.com
2. Remove from heat and add the essential oils.
3. Pour into pots and leave untouched to set.
4. Add a cute label if you’d like. I found mine at Evermine. (I am not an affiliate, but I love their labels!)

I found the pots at Elements Bath and Body. Again, I’m not an affiliate, but I like their products.

Soothing Cuticle Balm. PeppermintPoshOils.com

Hey, Winter! You don’t scare me!

Did you know that you can purchase Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils at the wholesale price (kind of like a tonyaCostco or Sam’s membership, only without the annual fees)? It’s true! Visit Tonya at Peppermint Posh for more details!

 

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.

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Among the many things I am reminded to be thankful for at Thanksgiving is the gift of aromatics. And, during this season, there are plenty of delicious scents to enjoy!

If you’ve ever had a cold, you probably noticed that the loss of your sense of smell had a huge impact on your sense of taste! That’s because it’s all connected. Try eating a piece of chocolate while holding your breath. You may be able to sense the sweetness or the bitterness, but without inhaling through your nose, you won’t be able to “taste” all the subtle intricacies and rich variations of the chocolate. See The Surprising Impact of Taste and Smell

pineconeTo enhance your celebration and the experience of your guests on Thanksgiving Day, consider using essential oils in your recipes as well as in your decorations!

Here, I’ve included a few ideas to get you started; but, keep in mind, you can mix and match your favorite scents. I’ve also included a recipe for one of our family favorites at the bottom of this page, our Cranberry Port Sauce infused with citrus and NingXia Red! It is amazing served over turkey or pork, but keep an eye on Grandpa…he may serve himself a whole bowl!

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Virginia Grace (a few years ago) painting our pumpkin place card holders. The clay can be scented with cinnamon essential oil for a special touch!

Aromatic Hostess Ideas

  • Use cinnamon and clove essential oil to scent pine cones, potpourri, or napkins.
  • Diffuse Thieves or Christmas Spirit during your celebration.
  • Set out bowls of Roasted Rosemary Pecans to keep hungry guests from fainting of hunger!
  • Make hand-crafted place cards or party favors using essential oils.
  • Put a few drops of Citrus Fresh, Thieves, or orange in your unscented hand soap.
  • Make a room spray for the bathroom using Young Living’s Christmas Spirit blend.
  • Place a dish of cinnamon flavored toothpicks on the table for your guests to enjoy after their meal.
  • Make individual bottles of breath spray for each guest as a fun and useful party favor! The peppermint freshens breath and may be helpful for the after-turkey tummy!
  • Whip up a batch of essential oil-infused Sugar Dust to serve with coffee or tea!
  • Set out a bowl of cinnamon or lemon infused Creme de la Creme for guests to enjoy with pie, muffins, cookies…or to simply eat with a spoon! Mmmmm…..
thanksgiving cranberry

Cranberry Port Wine Sauce

3 cups fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cup of evaporated cane juice or sugar
1 1/4 cup port wine
1/4 cup cold water
4 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
2 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade Orange essential oil
1-2 oz. NingXia Red

Combine cranberries, sugar, and port in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes or until cranberry skins pop. Combine water and cornstarch. Stir into cranberry mixture. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Allow to cool, then add essential oil and NingXia Red.

(This can be made ahead, frozen, refrigerated, reheated, or served cold.) Yield 2 cups.

sugar dustThis fun “Sugar Dust” is great to give as a party favor, a hostess gift, or placed into bowls for tea and coffee at dessert time! Again, remember to only use Young Living essential oils, since lower quality oils can be toxic!

Sugar Dust

  • 1 C. evaporated cane juice (or sugar)
  • 20 drops Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oil (lemon, cinnamon, orange, tangerine, or peppermint)
  • Mix in a mason jar and store until needed

And don’t forget to have Digize and Essentialzyme in stock in case more than the turkey gets stuffed!

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 adore making gift baskets! Mostly because I think it’s more fun and interesting to open all sorts of unique little surprises within a big basket than to open one big gift all at once! I love to watch while someone takes their time exploring each homemade item!

Happy casual caucasian blonde mid adult housewife making valentine day wreath at home. Smiling, wearing glasses, standing at table, do it yourself, gift, present.And, regardless, when a gift is homemade, it just seems so…well, so special. Probably because the gift receiver knows that time and heart went into the gift. It’s a form of artistry that communicates love and effort.

So, whether you’re giving a single, small gift item wrapped in a pretty bow as a hostess or thank you gift, or you are giving a more elaborate themed gift basket overflowing with all sorts of interesting aromatic treasures, you will have a blast exploring the recipes and ideas in this post!

With a little creativity and effort, you can make even the simplest of gifts into something unique and memorable!

Easy Peasy!

Most people get overwhelmed when they think about making a gift basket. That can be fixed by organizingdried herbs and essential oils on science sheetyour thoughts. I’m here to help you do that. I’ll give you some ideas for gift basket themes; and I’ll also help
you with ideas for what to put inside your baskets. I’ll even link to the recipes for making them!

I haven’t posted links to all of the recipes yet, so keep checking back! But you have quite a few here to get you started! I’ll also give you suggestions for what to put into “each” gift basket! So continue to watch for upcoming posts!

Organize your thoughts!

1. Choose a theme

2. Select the DIY projects you want to make for your basket

3. Fill in the gifty-gaps by selecting fun, small, “stocking stuffer” items (not just for Christmas!)

4. Choose your packaging – go wild!

1. Choose a theme:

  • Mommy Spa BasketChristmas hamper basket with a chocolate santa, cookies and a bottle of wine ** Note: Visible grain at 100%, best at smaller sizes
  • Christmas Spice Basket
  • New Mommy Baby Basket
  • Fun Kid Basket
  • Wedding Day Basket
  • Honeymoon Basket
  • Bath Basket
  • Beauty Basket
  • Hostess Basket
  • Gentleman’s Basket
  • Citrus Basket
  • Hospital Visit Basket
  • Relaxation Basket
  • Cheer-Me-Up Basket
  • New Home Basket
  • Winter Comfort Basket
  • Kitchen Foodie Basket
  • Manly-Man Workout Basket
  • Fit Mama Workout Basket

Supplies

Hand crafted present box with flower petalsClick HERE to find your bottles and supplies for making beautiful, creative gifts!

And click HERE to find a fun and beautiful selection of labels for your DIY creations!

Packaging supplies can be found HERE and HERE.

You can find dried botanicals HERE.

2. Select DIY Projects:

The links below will be made “live” as the recipes are completed. Please be sure to check back often to find out what new recipes have been added!

Coming Soon:

  • Baby Wash with Bubble Wand
  • Foaming Hand Soap
  • Homemade Beeswax Candles
  • Mediterranean Nights Bath Soak
  • Winter Wonder Balm
  • Teething Oil
  • Lavender Dryer Sheets
  • Sleepy Time Foot Massage
  • Eye Make Up Removerlip_balm
  • Soothing Tub Tea
  • Gentle Baby Bathtub Tea
  • Peppermint Foot Soak
  • Scented Natural Play Dough
  • Moisturizing Cuticle Oil
  • Nourishing Rosemary Scalp Spray
  • Chocolate Mint Power Sprinkle
  • Essential Oil-Infused Honey Collection
  • Gourmet Essential Oil-Infused Olive Oils
  • Bath Fizzies
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3. Choose Stocking Stuffer Items to Fill in the Gifty-Gaps

You can collect some of these items when they’re on clearance during the year or from garage sales or thrift markets.

  • Warm, Non-Skid Socks (great for the Hospital or Beauty Basket)
  • Sleeping Mask
  • Young Living Chocolessence
  • Einkorn Nuggets
  • Chocolate Covered Slique Bars
  • NingXia Red Singles
  • NingXia Nitro
  • NingXia Zyng
  • Oil Diffuser Necklace
  • Antique glasses, mugs, or wine stems
  • Booties, Rattles, Rolled up cloth diapers, Decorative Burp Clothes (Baby Basket)
  • Hair Accessories
  • Dish cloths, Kitchen Towels, Measuring Spoon
  • Thieves Dish Soap
  • Books, Cookbooks, Poetry
  • Silk Pillow Case
  • ART Beauty Masque
  • Wooden Bath Tools
  • Rubber Duck
  • Sparkling WaterHome made chocolate for Valentine's day gift
  • Glass Water Bottle (good for drinking EO-infused water
  • Decorative Kleenex Box
  • Natural Soaps
  • Car Diffuser w/ 5 ml bottle of oil
  • Dried Flower Bouquet tied with raffia
  • Fun Sign
  • Tea Bags (consider making your own!)
  • Pretty Tea Cup and spoon (check garage sales and flea markets)
  • Shaving or Nail Grooming Sets
  • 5 ml bottles of Young Living essential oils
  • Homemade Scented Flower Pen
  • Cool Azul
  • Massage Accessories and Oils
  • Protein Complete placed in one-serving bags and tied with ribbon
  • 2 oz. Thieves Toothpaste

Presentation!

You can fill in the “holes” with Crinkled brown paper, tissue paper, whole pecans or other nuts, stringed beads, or pine needles.

Choose theme-appropriate bows, feathers, beads, candy, ornaments, cards, wrapping, or other decorations.Old book with dry flowers in mortar and bottles on table close up

Finish it off by sprinkling a few bay leaves, dried rose buds, rosemary sprigs, chamomile flowers, lavender buds, baby pine cones, or other dried botanicals into the mix for a truly “organic” look.

Remember, not only can this be a money-saving gift idea, but people love getting baskets filled with interesting goodies that have been personalized and hand-crafted just for them!

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.

Most people expect prepared pecans to be super sweet or candied, but I love this savory version! It’s wonderful served with aged cheese and crackers, alongside a bundle of grapes! You will love the warm scent of rosemary diffusing through your kitchen!

This would make a wonderful appetizer on Thanksgiving Day, or as an evening snack when friends or family come to visit!

2 C. raw pecans

1 egg white

1-2 drops rosemary essential oil

1-2 drops black pepper essential oil

1/4 C. evaporated cane juice (optional, but it will change the texture some)

3/4 tsp. paprika

3/4 tsp.  tsp. himalayan sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a rimmed baking pan (I used avocado oil).

Beat egg white and essential oils until frothy. Combine the egg white and pecans in a mixing bowl. 

Combine the dry ingredients and sprinkle over the pecans evenly. Spread the nuts on the prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven until toasted and fragrant, about 18-20 minutes, stirring about 3 times throughout cooking time. Cool on pan, and store in an airtight container.

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.

Since making my DIY all-natural deodorant stick, I’ve been asked on numerous occasions to come up with a recipe for those who prefer sprays. Though our deodorant stick worked great and came out beautifully, it was definitely somewhat time-consuming. Not because of the preparations, but because of the clean up (yeah, sometimes I’m lazy).

Also, some people have trouble with baking soda-based deodorants, so I thought it would be good for people to have a choice. Plus, if I can avoid washing beeswax off dishes, I’m pretty happy.

deodorant with powderThis recipe came out great and took me only about three minutes to make (and no clean up!). And, just in case you take issue with spraying a liquid under your arms (a place most people try to keep dry), we made a follow-up essential oil-infused dusting powder for absorbing moisture (though if you’re patient and “flap your wings” a few times, or use your blow dryer, the liquid dries quickly!).

Just use the same oil blend in your dusting powder that you choose for your deodorant. There are plenty of natural base-ingredients you can use. I chose the arrowroot option from my Dusting Powder recipe HERE. I apply my dusting powder with a fluffy retractable powder brush like the one featured in the photo to the right.

Stacy’s Spritz Deodorant

The blends below smell wonderful! Be sure to research frankincense, and you’ll see why your under-arms are a great place to put frankincense!

And these cute little bottles are small enough to throw in your purse for any “spruce ups” you feel the need for during the day.

Use one of the following blends in the above recipe, as well as in your DIY dusting powder!

Mediterranean Nights

  • 13 drops frankincense
  • 7 drops bergamot

Rainforest Dream

  • 10 drops vetiver
  • 7 drops sandalwood

Other good singles or blends:

  • Shutran
  • Lady Sclereol
  • Joy
  • Lavender
  • Vetiver
  • Three Wise Men

For convenience, you could make a “refill batch” and keep it in a large mason jar! Have fun!

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.