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.

From organic fruits and veggies to green clean products, most moms like to plan ahead for what their family needs to stay healthy and strong. That’s probably why I get this important question so often, “If I’m going all natural, which oils and products are the most important for me to start with?”

Of course, I suggest everyone start with one of Young Living’s Premium Starter Kits, which include 11Starter Kit of Young Living’s most popular singles and blends. I talk about it more in my “How to Get Started” page. And there are just so, so many oils and oil-infused products to explore and try. However, there are a few oils, supplements, beauty products, and household cleaners that I consider must-haves for nearly every household. You may call these the “what next?” oils.

Which ones are these? Well, everyone has different needs, but here are my personal must-have-favorites to put on your next shopping list!

Essential Oil Must-Haves

Whether you’re stocking “Mom’s Survival Bag” or just trying to build a healthy sized stash, you’ll want to make sure you have the following oils and blends on hand at all times!Mother massaging her child's foot shallow focus

And be sure to keep reading because I have a plan that will help you stock your stash, even if you’re on a tight budget!

M-Grain Wonderful for relaxing me and soothing my head when we’ve had a chaotic day – specially when used in combination with peppermint!

Raven is very soothing when rubbed on the chest or diffused. Inhale deeply for best results. I diffuse this in our bedroom at night for enjoyable breathing. Often, I diffuse it in combination with rubbing RC on my chest.

Deep Relief comes in a roll on. I rub this blend on my shoulders and neck at night! Excellent for children’s normal “growing pains” and a must-have for those active in sports or exercise!

Geranium oil is a must-have for every household! Do your research to find out its many benefits!
valor
Valor
– Great to have on hand during child birth or before public speaking. This one comes in the starter kit, but is one most people need to refill pretty quickly!

Helichrysum – Gary Young’s favorite oil. He says if he could have only one oil, this would be it (my first choice would be frankincense!). Helps to smooth the appearance of scars.

Peace & Calming – Good for day-to-day tension or to help get settled for a good night’s sleep. My grand babies love this one! And it’s in the starter kit too!

Breath Again is a handy roll-on. Rub on chest, inhale, and enjoy!

Oregano – Includes the naturally occurring constituent carvacrol. Oregano, when taken as a dietary supplement, supports a healthy lifestyle regimen and may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods and your favorite savory recipes. Oregano is an important ingredient in ImmuPower™ and a key oil in the Raindrop Technique®.

family, child and happiness concept - happy mother with babyVetiver – Calming and relaxing scent, and is a wonderful choice to help quiet an overactive or exhausted
mind.  It’s woodsy aroma is also said to help to ease occasional anger or irritability, as well as for settling the mind before sleep. My husband nicknamed this my “psycho-chick oil.” I’ll try not to be insulted. Also, many people have had excellent results using the scent of this oil to help sensitive children who don’t do well in large crowds, or who need to learn to relax and pay attention.

Cedarwood – Wonderfully fresh, woody oil to diffuse in the home to help manage day-to-day chaos.

Dragon Time – This blend is a must for a household full of women, like ours! Helps ease conflict during challenging times of the month. Lady Sclereol is good too!

Progessence Plus – Helps to support all women, regardless of season of life!progessenceplus

Brain Power – Great for encouraging clear thinking – helps keep everyone focused. A good choice for homeschoolers!

Supplements

Master Formula is a full spectrum, multinutrient complex, providing premium vitamins, minerals, and food-based nutriment to support general health and well-being. By utilizing a Synergistic Suspension Isolation process – SSI Technology – ingredients are delivered in three distinct delivery forms. Collectively, these ingredients provide a premium, synergistic complex to support your body.*

Essentialzymes-4 is a multi-spectrum enzyme complex specially formulated to aid the critically needed digestion of dietary fats, proteins, fiber, and carbohydrates commonly found in the modern processed diet. The dual time-release technology releases the animal- and plant-based enzymes at separate times within the digestive tract, allowing for optimal nutrient absorption.

Life 5 – A high-potency probiotic, Life 5™ represents the culmination of years of extensive research. Life 5 builds and restores core intestinal health by providing five clinically proven probiotic strains including two advanced super strains to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy and improve immunity. Life 5 contains 10 billion active cultures and improves colonization up to 10 times.Free woman raising arms to golden sunset summer sky like praising. Freedom success and hope concept. Girl relaxing and enjoying peace and serenity on beautiful nature.

OmegaGize³™ combines the power of three core daily supplements-omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D-3, and CoQ10 (ubiquinone). These supplements combine with our proprietary enhancement essential oil blend to create an omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement that may support general wellness. Used daily these ingredients work synergistically to support normal brain, heart, eye, and joint health.*

Super B™ is a comprehensive vitamin complex containing eight essential and energy-boosting B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. The complete B-vitamin profile in Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but it also supports the nervous system, aids in maintaining normal cardiovascular function, and helps with internal enzyme reactions.* With the new addition of B5, Super B now also assists with mood support.

NingXia Red is packed with antioxidants, this essential oil energy-infused beverage helps to support a
ningxia red pouringhealthy immune system. Drink 2-4 oz. per day (sometimes I’ll drink a lot more!). I started using this when I got serious about healthy living! Can also be used to replace those nasty energy drinks. And they make great popsicles for the kids!

Inner Defense – Aids the body’s natural protective system.

ImmuPro – Help to support a normal immune response.

Sleep Essence – The name says it all!SleepEssence contains four powerful Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils that have unique sleep-enhancing properties in a softgel vegetarian capsule for easy ingestion. Combining lavender, vetiver, valerian, and Ruta graveolens essential oils with the hormone melatonin—a well-known sleep aid—SleepEssence is a natural way to enable a full night’s rest.SleepEssence

MindWise™ combines exotic sacha inchi nut oil with a proprietary MindWise oil blend for a unique supplement that supports normal brain and heart function.* Harvested from the Peruvian Amazon, sacha inchi nuts are cold pressed to create a vegetarian oil with a high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids and an unmatched percentage of desirable omega-3 fatty acids (α-Linolenic acid). Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and pure essential oils are added to complete the MindWise oil blend. The proprietary Memory blend features ALCAR, GPC, and bio-identical CoQ10, ingredients that have been studied for their beneficial health properties. Generous amounts of vitamin D3 and a unique delivery method create a premium supplement that supports normal memory function and overall cognitive and cardiovascular health.*

Household Products

laundryThieves Household Cleaner is a concentrated all-purpose household cleaner that can be used on floors, refrigerators, counter tops, windows, patios, and more!
Thieves Laundry Soap
– This new, long-awaited laundry savior is good for 64 loads a bottle!

Thieves Dish Detergent – The cinnamon, clove, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus scent of the Thieves blend is not only good for spotless dishes, but it smells great!

Thieves Veggie Wash – Yes!

Thieves Hand Soap – Great for household use, as well as for gift-giving! (Refills available)

Thieves Hand Purifier – Look up the toxic ingredients in most hand sanitizers, and you’ll never use anything but Thieves Hand Purifier again!

Favorite Bath and Beauty Products

  • ART Skin Care SystemART facial care products
  • Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste
  • Thieves Mouthwash
  • Sensation Moisturizing Lotion
  • Sensation Massage Oil
  • Rose Ointment
  • Cool Azul (sports gel)
  • Wrinkle Cream
  • Wolfberry Eye Cream
  • Sheerlume’ Brightening Cream

How to Budget for Oils and Natural Products

The most economical way to purchase essential oils is through Young Living’s Essential Rewards program. It doesn’t cost anything extra for wholesale members to join, and this way you get ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????discounted shipping and earn points for FREE products each month. So, the best way to stock your stash is to first sit down and figure out a budget.

Here’s a neat oil-budgeting trick: Decide how much you’re willing and able to invest each month in your family’s health (only 50 pv – approximately $50 – is required to remain in the program). Once you’ve done that, start your “wish list.”

List all the oils you hope to have in your stash in the order you hope to have them. Check the prices, and plug them in to each month’s Essential Rewards order.

Whether you plan to budget $50.00 or $500.00 per month, remember, in the long run, a healthy family costs less money! And, if you practice a little “replacement buying”, you can earn even more products quickly!

Read “Five Ways to Afford Essential Oils”

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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 month, I will be introducing all sorts of new DIY essential oil-infused gift ideas that you can make for friends and family! You can pack your concoctions into beautiful themed gift baskets, or you can simply make a small gift (like the dusting powder featured below) and give individually as a quick and easy (but heartfelt) gift-on-the-go!

Either way, by the end of the month, you will be well-equipped to make all your own aromatic and unique homemade gifts this holiday season!

Make Your Own Dusting Powder

With all the reports about the questionable use of talcum powder, why not make your own body powder? It’s powder2economical, natural, customizable, and easy! Package it in a cute tin, a glass jar, a sealed paper bag, or in a fancy salt or parmesan shaker with a raffia bow, and you have a great homemade gift!

In a zipper bag, add 1 cup of any of the following: arrowroot powder, tapioca starch, bentonite clay, or organic cornstarch. (If using bentonite clay, be sure to add a portion of one of the other ingredients, to make it more fine and silky).

Then, add 20-30 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil, or blend (you can add more if you want a stronger scent). Be mindful not to breathe any powder or dust during blending.

Store finished mixture in a glass container with a tight fitting lid and sprinkle or fluff on body when needed!

Intoxicating Essential Oil Choices

For women:

Blends: Lady Sclereol, Sensation, Abundance, Motivation, Sacred Mountain, Joy, Present Time, Three Wise Men, or Stress Away.

Singles: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Black Spruce, Neroli, or Geranium.

For Men:deodorant with powder

Blends: Sensation, Motivation, Harmony, Three Wise Men, Mister, Shutran

Singles: Black Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Abundance, Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Ylang Ylang

For Baby:

Singles: Lavender, Chamomile

Blends: Gentle Baby, Peace & Calming

 

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.

With all the reports about the questionable use of talcum powder, why not make your own body powder? It’s economical, natural, customizable, and easy! Package it in a cute tin, a glass jar, a sealed paper bag, or in a fancy salt or parmesan shaker with a raffia bow, and you have a great homemade gift!

In a zipper bag, add 1 cup of any of the following: arrowroot powder, tapioca starch, bentonite clay, or organic cornstarch. (If using bentonite clay, be sure to add a portion of one of the other ingredients, to make it more fine and silky).

Then, add 20-30 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil, or blend (you can add more if you want a stronger scent). Be mindful not to breathe any powder or dust during blending.

Store finished mixture in a glass container with a tight fitting lid and sprinkle or fluff on body when needed!

Intoxicating Essential Oil Choices

For women:

Blends: Lady Sclereol, Sensation, Abundance, Motivation, Sacred Mountain, Joy, Present Time, Three Wise Men, or Stress Away.

Singles: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Black Spruce, Neroli, or Geranium.

For Men:

Blends: Sensation, Motivation, Harmony, Three Wise Men, Mister, Shutran

Singles: Black Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Abundance, Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Ylang Ylang

For Baby:

Singles: Lavender, Chamomile

Blends: Gentle Baby, Peace & Calming

In a food processor or blender bowl, add 1 cup of any of the following: arrowroot powder, betonite clay, cornstarch,or baking soda. Find a mix that is deodorizing and absorbent for In a food processor or blender bowl, add 1 cup of any of the following: arrowroot powder, betonite clay, cornstarch,?or baking soda. Find a mix that is deodorizing and absorbent for you.Then, add up to 20 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil, and blend. Be mindful not to breathe any powder or dust during blending.Put finished mixture into container with a tight fitting lid.Nice Essential Oil ChoicesBlends: Sensation, Gentle Baby, Abundance, Motivation, Sacred Mountain, Joy, or Release.Singles: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Frankincense, or Geranium.you.

Then, add up to 20 drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil, and blend. Be mindful not to breathe any powder or dust during blending.

Put finished mixture into container with a tight fitting lid.

Nice Essential Oil Choices

Blends: Sensation, Gentle Baby, Abundance, Motivation, Sacred Mountain, Joy, or Release.

Singles: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Frankincense, or Geranium.

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’ve noticed that more women use essential oils than men. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because women are more scent orientated than men. For instance, how many men do you see getting roses or cologne for their birthdays? Not many. While I know a lot of guys who enjoy things that smell good (especially food), most guys would rather have tools.

Beer And Pizza SeriesAlso, and I’m not entirely sure why, but, in many families, it seems women are more interested in issues of health and wellness than their husbands. While Mom talks about salads and organic chicken, Dad winks at the kids and sings of hamburgers and French fries.

I won’t venture into my theories of why this is, or talk too much about why it shouldn’t be this way; but, I will say there is hope for the men in your life. Men should be leading their families in all that is good and healthy, and that includes physical health and wellness…and even essential oils!

Maybe it’s because we who understand (and embrace the fact) that men and women are different have seen this modern Fred Flintstone phenomenon among men and just chalked it all up to the differences between men and women. As if women like what is good, healthy, and natural and men like what is bad, unhealthy and synthetic.

How insulting to men! I think we’ve been looking at it all wrong. Maybe some men have too! Essential oils aren’t feminine; they are tools—tools the Creator gave to us at Creation to accomplish many tasks. (Did you hear that guys? Tools—power tools!)

We see throughout Scripture that essential oils were intended for our good. This is one reason why James wrote in his epistle that if someone has a need, we should call the elders of the church—the elders, not their wives. And the elders should anoint them with oil and pray! Scripture is clear that God hears and answers simple prayers of faith!
High resolution conceptual water or dew drop falling from a green fresh leaf on a blue clear water making waves

In Psalm 104:14, we learn that when God gave us the trees and plants, it was for the “service of man.” You can see it throughout the Bible. Plants were used for food, for comfort, for shelter, and more.

The point is that oils were valued—they were considered precious. They were used in worship, for anointing those in need, for perfuming beds, for giving as treasured gifts, and for anointing kings and priests—again, they were valued!

Frankincense and Myrrh, as well as gold, were even brought to Jesus when he was a baby by the wise men.

Essential oils were brought to Jesus at his birth by men—wise men (Matthew 2:11)! And before his pending arrest and crucifixion, Jesus was anointed with the essential oil of Spikenard and enjoyed its soothing affects. Spikenard is known for its relaxing and calming effects (though I can’t say I enjoy the scent of this particular oil).

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. and the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. (John 12:3)

Essential oils were also used by the officers of the Roman army. On the eve of a battle, the officers were massaged with a special blend of essential oils (this recipe is what Young Living’s blend, Valor, is based on). The aroma of the oils would calm their nerves and help them to focus their thoughts as they prepared for their martial duties. I suspect the oils did much more for their stamina and state of mind than we even realize!renegattefosse

In the modern era, it was a French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé, who rediscovered the powerful properties of essential oils. His work has been instrumental in bringing these gifts into modern focus.

When I first started using essential oils about 12 years ago, my husband used to tease me about my “snake oils.” But guess who got the last laugh when he started to see that they worked?

Slowly, he began to come to me asking if I had an oil for this or that. Then I started to hear him telling other people, “Oh, I bet Stacy has an oil for that!.” He discovered that essential oils were more than scented hippie oils!

My husband, James, now believes that men should use essential oils! They bring clarity of mind, relax the senses, and calm unsteady feelings. They boost romance, sooth muscles after exercise, and offer hundreds of other daily benefits.

Essential oils and essential oil-based products promote a level of well being that has been lost in our era of the “cheap fix.” Real men love essential oils because essential oils are power tools!

Here are just a few of my husband’s favorites…

Peppermint is our most used essential oil! Over a year ago, my husband, James, was drinking 5 to 6 cups of coffee each day. Then, he started drinking peppermint water. He adds 2 drops of peppermint to 20 ounces of water and sips it during th
e day, and loves it!

His coffee consumption has dropped to 1 to 2 cups and his concentration has improved! He is finally able to enjoy a good night’s sleep! He also uses it (along with NingXia Red) on long road trips instead of sugary, dye-filled, caffeine-infused energy drinks!

Lemon is a staple around here. James likes to put a drop or two in his water at dinner to aid in digestion. Not only does it taste great, but it supports the normal function of the kidneys and helps to alkalize the body.

Sandalwood is high in sesquiterpenes and has been researched in Europe for its powerful abilities toCouple relaxing in a hammock and enjoying starry skysupport a part of the brain known as the pineal gland, the seat of our emotions.

The pineal gland is responsible for releasing melatonin, which enhances deep sleep. Sandalwood also supports normal nervous and circulatory systems and is used for skin revitalization. James applies a drop or two near his cheek bones each night. He breathes normally and relaxes. This oil also happens to be my very favorite scent as a cologne! So, I love it when he uses it before retiring for the night!

Cypress, or one of the blends that use it as a base, has been helpful to James when he needs to study. It also helps to support normal circulation.

Ginger is a great oil to support digestion. While he does not travel like he used to in years past, it is still a good oil to have on hand for long trips.

Frankincense is one that James uses to anoint people when he prays for them. It has been considered a holy anointing oil throughout church history. Frankincense is stimulating and elevating to the mind, and helps one to better cope with everyday stress.

And then, there are the many oil blends. Here are his favorites in that category…

Deep Relief and PanAway – These are both oil blends specially formulated to sooth muscles after a good work out. This is very helpful after a day of yard work…or playing ball with the children!

Valor is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and emotional aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and clarity in the face of adversity or challenge. This blend is based on an oil recipe used by the Romans before a battle.

Shutran is an amazing blend that is awakening men and pleasing couples everywhere!

DiGize  – James keeps this important oil blend on hand when traveling out of the country.

Other oils favored by men: Vetiver, Jasmine, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Transformation, Black Spruce, and Abundance.

And lastly, there is the real energy drink, NingXia Red. James enjoys this naturally delicious, nutrient-infused wolfberry drink every morning. NingXia Red combines the finest whole Ningxia wolfberries, blueberries, raspberries, red grapes and lemon and orange essential oils. And it contains fiber, protein, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is not only delicious, it is a powerful antioxidant-rich infusion which offers health, energy, and longevity!

So, for his birthday this year, instead of buying him a chain saw, get him started on essential oils; that way he’ll have the strength to use a manual saw, which is much cheaper and better for him. You’re welcome.

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.

sugar dustI am often asked where I get the cute little bottles and containers I use in my DIY projects. Based on my obsession with unique spoons, bottles, bowls, and baskets, I am probably considered a “container junky.”lip_balm

Here, I have compiled a few links to help you get started with your own obsession!

breath_sprayWith the holidays right around the corner, you can start now to collect supplies for gift baskets, decorations, and fun projects to do with the kids.mint-lemonade

And be sure to check back often here at The Common Scents Mom because we’ll be posting lots of fun recipes and projects just for you!

Elements Bath and Body

Sunburst Bottle Company

Specialty Bottle Store

EverMine Labels and Packaging Supplies

Stampington & Company

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

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

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

 

This recipe hardly needs an explanation.

Moisturizing Winter Bath Soak

  • 9 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops geranium essential oil
  • 6 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 4 drops frankincense
  • 4 cups finely ground organic oats
  • 1 cup powdered milk (optional)

Where have these oils been all my life? With winter coming along, itchy, dry skin seems to be the norm in the chilly, Midwest climate. Being from the Gulf coast, it was a foreign problem to this southern girl!

Mix together and seal in a glass jar. Scoop 1/2 – 1 C. of the mixture and sprinkle under warm bath water. Soak and enjoy! You may also want to drizzle a little olive oil into the running water for extra moisture.

For trouble spots, make a paste with the damp oats and a few oils and apply generously before soaking in the tub. Also, be sure to drink plenty of fresh Spring water to stay hydrated from the inside out!

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.

Making your own tub scrub is easy and smellicious! You can choose from either recipe below, but I prefer the dish_soapThieves Household Cleaner version. In fact, read on to find out two cool methods for cleaning your tubs, sinks, and grout!

Essential Oil DIY Tub Scrub:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Thieves Dish Soap
  • 10-20 drops of Young Living essential oils (Thieves, Peppermint, or Rosemary

Pour baking soda into a medium size bowl. Add your soap a little at a time, stirring constantly. Mix in your essential oils. Store in an airtight container and use to scruThieves Cleaner Springb tubs, sinks, and tile.

I got the following version from THIS great website…

Thieves Kitchen Sink Scrub:

  • 1 C. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C. Thieves Household Cleaner

You can either mix it up and put it in a glass jar to use when you need it or you can use the “powder and spray method” below.

Thieves Kitchen Sink Powder and Spray Method:

  • 1-2 oz. Thieves HoFemale hand pouring salt from salt shakerusehold Cleaner
  • 1 quart purified water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Salt shaker filled with baking soda

Mix water and Thieves Household Cleaner together in aWater Tap With Sink In Modern Kitchen. spray bottle.

Fill an empty salt or parmesan shaker with baking soda.

Spray the diluted Thieves Household Cleaner all over sink or tub. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of wet basin.

Scrub away and rinse! So easy and neat! And it smells amazing!

Young Living continues to add new essential oil-infused cleaning products to  their inventory. Try:

  • Thieves Laundry Soap
  • Thieves Dish Soap
  • Thieves Spray
  • Thieves wipes
  • Thieves All-Purpose Household Cleaner
  • Thieves Veggie Wash

 

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.

Wake Me Up!

Out of all the essential oils we enjoy in our home, I think peppermint is the most commonly utilized. One of the reasons I’m so thankful for its popularity in the McDonald household is because it finally broke my husband of his dependence on garbage energy drinks and cheap coffee when we’re on long road trips.

Now, he drinks (and adamantly prefers) pure Spring water with a couple of drops of peppermint in it! It keeps him alert and refreshed on those late night road trips! In addition, he uses it during the day while he’s studying and writing his sermons. He even uses it on our all-day Sundays at church instead of visiting the coffee station multiples times! Yay for peppermint!

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.