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.

God created us as physical and spiritual creatures and, as Christians, we know that all true healing ultimately comes from Him. We are fearfully and wonderfully made; and there is so much that we don’t yet know about the human brain, hormones, neurotransmitters, the immune system, and all the other intricacies that make up the human body, as well as the rest of Creation and how it relates to man.Human neuron cells in the brain as a medical symbol representing psychology and the science of neurology research in finding treatment for mental health diseases as alzheimer dementia and autism.

May we never be so arrogant as to presume to fully grasp the complexities of what God has created. May we always be willing to learn and explore, so that we are better able to proclaim God’s majesty and the power of His healing nature to a sick and dying world.

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

Agriculture farmer holding goji berry fruit in hands healthy eating“Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” Ezekiel 47:12

It is past time for Christians to rise up and prayerfully utilize the gifts that God gave us at Creation—plants and herbs that He spoke into existence!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 

And attitude matters! You can’t have a truly healthy lifestyle without having a spiritually healthy attitude!graceandwilliamsunlight

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22

We need to remember that true healing (not symptom masking, but true healing) is all wrapped up in the mysterious design and workings of our own properly functioning immune system. We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made.

We who know God should be all the more eager to use the natural gifts He entrusted to us (in conjunction with the intellect He gave man and with the most important resource of prayer) in an effort to, by His grace, glorify Him with healthy minds and bodies.

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2

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.

Learning about the amazing and powerful benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils is fascinating; but, it can also be overwhelming. One oil may have dozens of unique common uses, and trying to keep it all straight can, at times, seem daunting.

However, once you have started building your own all-natural stash, and after a while of using your essential oils on a daily basis, you’ll find yourself becoming more and more familiar with their names and uses quickly. Soon, your confidence in using essential oils to support your family’s ongoing wellness will grow!

Be sure to utilize a good essential oil reference book, and continue to study and explore the many uses for your oils, but this short “get started” guide should help you on your road to confident “oiling.”

Storage

It is always best to store your oils in a dark place, away from light, especially sunlight. Therapeutic-grade essential oils have a very high frequency. The frequency is an important component of their beneficial effects. Sunlight and other kinds of radiation can lower the frequency and compromise the potency. Do not store your oils in metal, plastic, or clear glass.

Spoilage

Most therapeutic-grade essential oils do not spoil. In fact, essential oils were discovered unspoiled in excavations from ancient tombs in Egypt. And, because of the amazing protective properties of essential oils, they are often used in other natural products to help preserve them.

General Use

Each 15 ml bottle of Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil contains approximately 250 drops. Essential oils may be applied topically, inhaled, or used internally (see guidelines below).

Aloe Vera - alternative medicineInternal Use

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

Young Living essential oils that are labeled as “supplements” may be ingested by putting directly on the tongue, placed in a capsule, added to recipes or tea, rubbed on the gums, or added to a glass of water. The amount used depends upon the essential oil.

Topical Use

Essential oils may be applied neat (undiluted) or diluted with a carrier oil (any organic fatty oil). Pour a few drops into the palm of your hand. Dip the index finger of the other hand into the oil and apply where needed.

Most therapeutic-grade essential oils are safe to use neat. However, be very careful with the “hot” or “spicy” oils. The hot oils may cause a burning sensation on the skin. Depending up where the oil is applied, it will most likely need a carrier oil (almond, olive, coconut, Young Living’s V-6 oil etc.). For instance, your face is usually more sensitive than the bottoms of your feet. footcare

It is always a good idea to put a very small amount of the oil on your inner arm and wait to see if it causes a reaction before you use it liberally. If you use an essential oil and then have an unwanted reaction, do not use water to wash it off. Water may actually intensify the unpleasant effect. Use any vegetable oil that is handy to dilute the oil and then wash with soap and water.

Of course, if you want to intensify a desired effect (on occasional sore muscles, for example), by all means use water to drive the oil deeper into your tissues. Apply the oil, and then put a hot compress over it or get into the bath or shower.

Do not pour essential oils directly into the bath, as the oils will float on top. Either apply the oil to your skin before getting into the bath or shower; or, add a few drops of oil to some Epsom salts and add to the bath.

Essential oils easily penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream because of their extremely small molecular size. One drop of essential oil used on the skin may be in every cell in the body within 20 minutes of application (this is one reason it is so important to use only therapeutic-grade oils).

Consult your favorite reference book for specific application direction.

Inhaling/Diffusing

Diffusing essential oil into the air is another very effective means of experiencing powerful effects. It is important to diffuse the oils without using any heat. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are purposely distilled at low temperatures to preserve the fragile therapeutic components. Applying extreme heat to them when diffusing can destroy some of those components.

diffusersUse an ultrasonic diffuser. Young Living has several to choose from. When you became a wholesale customer by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit, you get a FREE Home Diffuser to get you started!

Another way to diffuse oils is to simply place a few drops in a spray bottle, fill it with water, and spray yourself or the air around you. A homemade cooling mist can be very refreshing if you happen to be outdoors on a hot summer day.

Also, you can simply put some essential oil into the palm of one hand, rub your hands together, cup your nose and mouth with both hands and inhale. These methods might be very effective for helping to open the airways and aid normal breathing. Use the “lung supporting oils,” such as RC, Raven, or Ravintsara.

General Cautions

  • Keep essential oils away from eye area – dilute with whole milk or vegetable oil if any should get into eyes. Do NOT dilute with water.
  • Avoid contact with mucus membranes.
  • If drinking water with essential oils in it, do not use a plastic or Styrofoam cup! The oils will break down the plastic, which will leach into your drink. Also, essential oils “eat” petrochemicals. Don’t believe me? Try putting a drop on an inflated balloon!
  • Do not put essential oils inside the ear canal.
  • If pregnant, consult with your physician or midwife before using essential oils.
  • If you have Epilepsy or a history of seizures, you may want to check with your doctor before using Fennel, Sage, Hyssop, Basil.
  • If you have high blood pressure you may want to check with your doctor before using Pine, Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage, or Thyme.
  • Consult your physician if you are on blood thinner medication.
  • As a general rule, if you are on prescription medication, always consult your physician and/or pharmacist before using essential oils internally.
  • Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children.
  • When using essential oils for the first time, it is always best to do a skin test to make sure there are no sensitivities. If redness or skin irritation should occur, dilute area with vegetable oil.
  • All citrus oils (lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, bergamot, etc.), and any blend containing those essential oils, are photosensitizing; avoid sun or tanning bed exposure for 12 hours after applying these essential oils.
  • I do not recommend using “spicy” essential oils in a bath or with a hot compress: Peppermint, Clove, Cinnamon, Thyme, Oregano, Thieves, Black Pepper, or Marjoram.
  • Avoid use with homeopathic remedies: Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint (menthol and camphor may antidote homeopathics, making them ineffective).

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.

Do you know the difference between a fatty oil and an essential oil?

Could the lavender oil you see on the shelf at the health food store (labeled as “pure”) possibly be cut with synthetic chemicals, diluted, or extracted from the plant using chemical solvents?

Does it really matter that much what brand you buy, as long as it smells good?

Should you ever ingest essential oils?

I don’t think most people understand what essential oils are, or exactly why quality matters. This lack of knowledge could create a real safety issue. Read on because there is a lot of misinformation out drop is falling down from medicinal plant into bottlethere.

Fatty Oils vs. Essential Oils

Fatty oils come from nuts, seeds, and vegetables (think olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil etc.). These are good for cooking, moisturizing your skin, and they are perfect for diluting essential oils. Many are very nutritious! But, they are not volatile, they are not aromatic, and, unlike essential oils, their long chain molecules are too large to penetrate the skin, which is why they feel greasy.

lavender_harvestEssential oils are the liquid, volatile, organic compounds that come from the flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, and bushes that God gave us at Creation. These are aromatic oils which have been carefully extracted through distillation or cold expression; and, they are highly concentrated. The fact that they are volatile means that they pass off readily into a vapor – that’s what makes them aromatic.

Because they are so concentrated, just a drop or two is usually all you need. And the molecules of essential oils are so small they are able to penetrate the skin and get into the blood stream. That’s why one drop of lavender or Peace & Calming on the bottoms of your feet can help you relax and settle down for a good night’s sleep.

Wisdom should always be used in dealing with essential oils because they are very powerful; but when you’re using a truly pure product that has not been cut with other chemicals or distilled using solvents etc. they are very safe and effective – and honestly, amazing!


Aloe Vera - alternative medicineDon’t Try This at Home, Folks!

The reason that I feel so strongly about quality, and adamantly stress the understanding that most essential oils on the market are NOT therapeutic grade (by the specific definition I give at the link below), is because I believe ignorance in this area is a crucial safety issue for families.

“Dilute Properly” – “May Irritate Skin” – “Not for Internal Use”

I can use many of my Young Living oils internally (with wisdom) on myself and my children without fear because I trust their purity. I’ve seen the dedication. I’ve visited the farms and watched the distillation process.  I’ve witnessed the extensive/stringent testing that goes on. I’ve listened to the passion in Gary Young’s voice, and witnessed his strong convictions on purity and quality.

To me, trust makes all the difference in the world. If I’m using essential oils because I care about my family’s health, then it makes sense that I need to be able to trust the purity and efficacy of what I’m using on and in their bodies.

“But I Can’t Afford the Good Oils!”testingYL

Do you realize that if I put ten drops of lavender in a bottle of sweet almond oil, most people would smell it and think it was a “pure” bottle of essential oils? They wouldn’t know the difference. That’s what often happens. People believe they’re getting a “great deal” on their $7.00 bottle of lavender; when, in fact, they just spent $7.00 for ten drops of an inferior essential oil infused in a fatty oil that will soon go rancid.

In addition, it is likely that even those ten drops have no therapeutic value, and may be adulterated with synthetics! In this case, they are getting ripped off!

Do some research. You will find that most essential oil companies are simply brokers. They’re buying their oils from various sources around the world in barrels, and then bottling it themselves. Most oils are produced for the fragrance industry, so people don’t care much that they’re cut with other chemicals.

It is scary to think people may try to use those same oils internally or on their children in the same way I’m using Young Living oils. This is why we stress quality! It is truly a safety issue!

Can Essential Oils be Ingested?

It depends on what brand you’re using and what oils we’re talking about. My husband puts a couple of drops of Young Living’s peppermint in nearly every glass of water he drinks. He loves it!

I cook with my essential oils, put them in my throat spray recipe, add them to orange juice, and flavor my toothpaste with them! But we would never do any of those things with any other brand of oils! I’m not interested in putting perfume in my food. I want the real deal.

In fact, be sure to check out my Spicy Hummus recipe, which contains the essential oils of lemon and black pepper. Yum!

Red Flags

Most essential oils on the market are not “therapeutic grade,” and most are not 100% pure, regardless of how they are labeled. The problem is that these terms are not regulated by anyone. So, all I can do is tell you what WE mean when we use them. Young Living is the only company with the Seed to Seal guarantee!

Here are just a few red flags to check out.  Be a label reader. And, regardless of whether or not the label says “100% Pure” (since we know that means nothing), when you see any of the following warnings on your bottle of essential oil, ask questions! Do your research:

1. DO NOT INGEST – If a bottle of food-based oils (cinnamon, peppermint, oregano etc.) is labeled this way, that is a red flag to me. It could be a labeling issues, but check it out.

2. DO NOT APPLY TO SKIN UNDILUTED  – Certain “spicy” oils should be diluted, but many YL oils can be applied neat (undiluted). If a mild oil like lavender or frankincense has this type of warning I would beware.

3. $$$ – Quality essential oils cost money to properly cultivate and distill. If a bottle of lavender costs only $5.00, you can bet it is either synthetic, cut with a carrier oil (which means you’re getting ripped off), or it’s very poor quality.

4. EXPIRATION DATE – Properly stored essential oils (excluding citrus) do not “go bad.” If an essential oil has an expiration date, it could mean it is cut with a carrier oil (which will eventually go rancid).

 What to Do If you get Essential Oils in Your Eyes

While some people have sensitive skin, everyone has sensitive eyes. So, what do you do if you accidentally 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 stops 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 fatty oil in the eye; but, while this may work for the skin, in my opinion, 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.

Spicy Oils and Sensitive Skin

Certain oils are considered “spicy” or “hot.” These oils should be diluted for most people. A good place to first test them out is on the bottoms of your feet. That being said, there are “spicy” oils that everyone in our family (including children) are able to use neat (undiluted) without a problem.

So, sometimes it depends on the person’s skin sensitivity, as well as to what part of the body the oil is being applied. 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 immediately by rubbing a carrier oil (olive oil, almond oil, or plain vegetable oil) into the spot. This dilutes the essential 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.

QUALITY! QUALITY! QUALITY!

generic cheese burger isolated on whiteI can’t stress this enough! Quality is crucial. Here are a few other comparisons to think about when choosing your essential oil brand. Which would you prefer?

  • Fast food burger made with beef from a feed lot or… Filet Mignon expertly prepared, and made from organic, grass-fed beef?

A gourmet fillet mignon steak at five star restaurant.
  • White flour sandwich bread smeared with margarine or… Homemade, whole grain, sour dough bread smothered in grass-fed, organic butter?

  • Sweet-treat Fizzie Zonkers loaded with red dye and artificial sweeteners or…Dark Ecuadorian chocolate-covered organic almonds with sea salt?

  • High fructose corn syrup loaded with artificial maple flavoring or…Rich, pure, “Grade A” maple syrup?

Quality has value.

While comparing companies, consider using Dr. David Stewart’s* handy list of questions:

12 Questions to Ask an Essential Oil Company

  1. Does their company own any farms on which to raise herbs for oils? And if they do, are they new farms on land formerly polluted with herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals that contain residuals from the past, or are they farming land that is clean, which has never been cultivated or has been untilled for at least the last 50 years?
  2. Does their company have their own fully equipped testing laboratory to verify an oil’s composition?
  3. Do they have anyone on staff with a trained nose who can analyze oils by their smell? (There are less than 200 people in the world with noses sufficiently trained to discern the chemistry of a fragrance.)
  4. If their company purchases oils from outside suppliers, do they visit the distilleries and farms of those suppliers periodically to observe if the herbs are grown organically, i.e. without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers?
  5. Do they know if the grower has a testing laboratory on the farm to determine when the crop is at its peak for oil harvesting?
  6. Do they know if the crops were actually harvested at their peak time and, if so, was there an inordinate delay in taking them to the still and into the cookers?
  7. Do they know if their distillery personnel understand the art and science of distilling, exactly how to pack the cookers, how to administer the steam, how to maintain minimum temperatures and pressures throughout the cooker, and how to continuously monitor the process throughout distillation to make sure the oil produced contains all of its components in the proper proportions?
  8. If their supplier makes a mistake in the distillation or harvesting processes that results in an inferior grade of oil, does that supplier sell the oil anyway or do they discard it?
  9. Do they know if the the cookers in the distilleries of their suppliers have domed lids or cone shaped lids? Most stills use dome-shaped lids. Cone topped cookers deliver a better grade of oil than dome tops.
  10. Do they know if their suppliers supplement the distillation process with solvents to extract additional oil from the plant matter?
  11. Do they know if their suppliers bottle their oils directly from the distillery without modifying the composition of the natural oil by adding anything or taking anything away?
  12. Do they know if their company has tested their company’s oils side by side with Young Living oils in the same lab to make a fair comparison? And if so, where is the data?

*Dr. David Stewart is an author, as well as the Executive Officer and Co-founder of the Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE International).

Read more here: What does Therapeutic Grade Mean?

 

D. Gary Young Seed to Seal® Step 5: SEAL from Young Living on Vimeo.

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

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

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

Bad breath is embarrassing, but have you ever taken a look at the list of ingredients in some of these products?

Still. There’s nothing quite like the cool, crisp feeling of inhaling through your mouth after using a good, strong mouthwash. Having good breath is a good goal for the day! Thankfully, when you use either of the following recipes, you are doing something good for your dental health at the same time.

Double Duty Mouthwash

2 ounces Vodka
3 ounces Distilled or Reverse Osmosis Water
½ tsp. honey*
¼ tsp. Xylitol or 2 drops Stevia (Xylitol prevents cavities and reduces plaque)
14 drops peppermint (you could replace some of the peppermint with cinnamon for fun)
4 drops Myrrh
2 drops Thieves
5 oz. Sterilized Glass Bottle

If you’d prefer, you can pour a little in a small cup and mix with a bit of water before swishing in your mouth. Or, you can use it commando style. Just be sure to spit it out. Or I’m telling.

*Your first reaction to honey in this recipe is probably, “What? Why would I put a sugary substance on my teeth right after brushing?” But I promise I have a good reason!

I originally had vegetable glycerin in this recipe as an emulsifier. Of course, there is a big controversy over whether or not glycerin actually causes tooth decay, so I decided it wasn’t a good choice for my mouthwash.

“What about honey?” I thought. It has a similar consistency; and I know it acts as an emulsifier in salad dressings! But honey is…sweet. So, I did a little research and found out that not only is honey an emulsifier, but it actually reduces cavities! Read the whole article here: Honey Fights Tooth Decay

Alcohol-Free Version

5 ounces Aloe Vera Juice (keep refrigerated) or 5 ounces Food-grade peroxide
¼ tsp. Xylitol or 2 drops Stevia
14 drops peppermint (you could replace some of the peppermint with cinnamon for fun)
4 drops Myrrh
2 drops Thieves
5 oz. Sterilized Glass Bottle

Aloe Vera is extremely helpful for your mouth and gums, but it should be refrigerated after opening.

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.

Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that you are actually ingesting whatever lip balm you put on your lips? That could actually be pretty disturbing, depending upon what you’re using. My recipe is safe enough to eat (though I don’t recommend taking a bite). lip_balmlip_balm2

And it’s not only easy to make, it’s also edible and healthy! My girls and I made up a huge batch of this today for gift giving. You could even make the base ahead and keep it in a jar to melt and use later.

Kissy Lips

 

1 Tablespoon Shea Butter

1 Tablespoon Sweet Almond, Avacado, or Jojoba Oil

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

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These cool lids from www.sks-bottle.com make it easy to clip onto a lanyard, key chain, purse, or back back!

1 Tablespoon Beeswax

2 drops Vitamin E Oil

2 drops Stevia

20 drops YL Therapeutic Grade EO

Makes approximately 8 tubes.

Melt all ingredients in a double boiler. Take the pot off of the heat, and add the essential oils of your choice. Pour into lip balm tubes or lip pots. Oil Suggestions:Peppermint, Thieves, Geranium & Lemon or Orange, Cinnamon, Citrus Fresh or Orange & Frankincense.

Let cool completely before applying lids or labels.

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.

One of the things I love about using Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils is that I trust their purity so much I’ll even use them in recipes we can “eat.”

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My girls and I had fun this morning whipping up a batch of Sweet Breath Sprays for gift giving! Aren’t these bottles adorable???

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The recipe can be modified, but if you’re using tiny bottles like mine (.05 ml), I recommend mixing up a larger batch and keeping it in a separate bottle as a “refill” stash. I use the tiny bottles because I don’t like extra weight in my purse, and they’re light enough for my husband to keep in his pocket.

The following recipe makes almost 2 oz. You can use pipettes or an eye dropper to refill your breath spray bottles. Or you can simply use 2 oz. bottles to begin with.

1/4 oz. Vodka (keep in mind, there is more alcohol in your bottle of vanilla than in this recipe)
1 1/2 oz. Purified Water
10 drops YLTG Peppermint Essential Oil*
3 drops YLTG Thieves Essential Oil Blend*
2 drop YLTG Lemon Essential Oil
1-2 drops Stevia or 1 tsp. honey
2 oz. glass spray bottle

Blend together and store in a 2 oz. dark glass spray bottle (available HERE). Spray 1-2 squirts in your mouth for refreshing, clean scented breath!

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*I only recommend using Young Living Therapeutic Grade (YLTG) Essential Oils in this recipe, since they are pure enough to be ingested, and since lower quality oils may be toxic.

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

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

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

You may have seen the passive aggressive “open letter” one mom apparently wrote publicly to her friend, detailing her frustration with her friend’s involvement in an unnamed network marketing company.

Specifically, the writer claims that her friend’s association with this company has compromised their relationship. She describes a friend who isn’t so friendly—who often puts undue pressures on her to attend sales parties, calls or texts her only to sell her something, and who gives her the third degree if she declines.

We don’t know if this friend actually exists or not, but if she does, I have to wonder why the writer didn’t simply tell her friend in private, “I’m really not interested.” Most people I know would be cool with that. But I think some people have a hard time saying “no,” and then blame their unwillingness to be frank on other people.

In fact, I suspect this particular “open letter” has less to do with network marketing and more to do with a woman who needs to learn to exercise assertive languagdreamstime_xs_35663389 mom baby computere with her friend instead of resorting to broad-brushed, passive aggressive rants online.

The writer says to her friend, “This company is asking you to tap your most significant relationships for money.” Let’s be logical. The underlying message here is that it’s wrong to make money off your friends. Which would be a good message if that is the only motivation for the friendship (that’s called using people) or if the friend is truly being manipulative or pushy—especially after being told no. It happens with any business.

But, I find it ironic that the open letter itself is hosted on a mommy blog that earns advertising dollars when it gets website hits from other moms—moms who read and share articles such as her “open letter.”

I get emails, posts in my Facebook feed, and invitations all the time from friends who are selling things. Usually, I’ll cheer them on! But, here’s a hint: If it gets particularly irritating, there is a handy little “unfollow” button that can quickly solve the problem.

Honestly, I’m more irritated with invitations to play Candy Crush than I am the efforts of homeschool moms attempting to supplement their families’ income.

Social media is a community of friends, but it’s also a community of village shops and services. I’d much prefer to spend my money at the “shops” of my friends and family than on the website of some faceless company.

If we’re walkinmomsvingsaladlargeg through our own little village, we’re not going to roll our eyes when we pass the local baker passing out samples of his hot baked bread. “There’s my friend again trying to sell me one those donuts. Why can’t he stay inside his shop, so that I don’t have to say ‘no thank you’ when I pass by? It’s so awkward.” Get over your fear of saying “no thank you” or walk on the other side of the street, but don’t talk about him behind his back.

Better yet, cheer on your friends! I love it when I see a friend’s daughter peddling her handmade jewelry, knitting, crafts, baked goods, or other wares in an effort to establish a home-based business she can take into marriage. Good for her!

There is nothing wrong and everything right with a wife who sells her goods on Etsy or establishes a network marketing business in an effort to help supplement her husband’s income, without leaving her home and children.

But, personally, I prefer network marketing because I hate to sell things. I don’t mind marketing something – in fact, that can be fun. I love teaching the benefits of something that helps people. And I love sharing information about things I love.

I do it all the time. You probably do too. We share recipes, favorite restaurants, healthy food info, mothering tips, good online deals etc. Some of my friends probably remember the quinoa kick I went on when I first discovered this amazing super food! I don’t make money from any of these things; I just like talking about what works for me.

And this is the way I shared long before I had a business. I viewed it as an extension of my ministry to wives and mothers. So network marketing just came naturally.

In fact, it kind of happened by accident for me. I loved essential oils, I loved making home made products with them; and when I saw a friend who had a need, I loved being able to bring over samples of something that might work for them.

Then, if they wanted to know where they could get more, I simply referred them to the company. But I can honestly say I’ve never felt the need to pressure any of my friends to “buy” anything. Ever. And I’ve never pressured anyone to attend any of my events. Ever.

Which is why I think the Accidental Paycheck is so cool. Sometimes you can earn an “accidental” income during the simple process of helping people. My network marketing business is more like a glorified “referral program.” Which is the way I like it. Again, I detest “sales.”Home Party dreamstime_xs_5548977

Yes, as my business has grown it has become less accidental and more deliberate. Since my husband got involved, and my business became our “family business,” it is more organized and planned. This has made it grow exponentially. But I’ve always been very careful to incorporate the following guidelines in our home business:

  • Share openly with friends and family in need without any sort of expectation in return. (This is honestly the part of my business that is the most fun and satisfying!)
  • Invite people to events, but never question them if they decline. Usually, I simply post an open invitation on Facebook. I don’t normally personally invite a friend unless they’ve already expressed a past interest. If they want to come, they’ll let me know.
  • Make sure to provide some sort of value or benefit to the people attending the event. This could be education, a DIY project, or fun games and gifts.
  • Never resort to “selling” a product. Again, I am not interested in a retail business. I don’t have time for it and I hate sales. Did I mention I hate sales?
  • I get to do the fun part: Talk and teach about products I love; and share with others how they’ve impacted my life. Then, if they express an interest, I direct them to my company with my referral number. No sales. No shipping. No quotas. No bookkeeping. NO pressure!

So, if your friend is truly operating her network marketing business by using people, hounding them, or manipulating her family and friends, then she is doing it wrong. Not only does this type of thing give everyone else in the business a bad name, i??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????t also means her business is destined to fail.

But, if you are secretly harboring angst against your friend for simply being excited about her home business and talking about it, maybe you need to learn to do what good friends do. Graciously and assertively communicate directly to her. Talk about it.

But first, consider whether or not you are being presumptive or judgmental. Make sure you’re not assuming false motives or operating under a false perception of network marketing.

If you’ve never told your friend you’re not interested in her parties, is it really fair to her that you get secretly irritated when she invites you again? If you’ve never unfollowed her posts, is it really her responsibility to make sure they don’t show up in your newsfeed?

Nobody can read minds. Open and assertive communication keeps things “clean” between friends. Passive aggressive jabs are dishonest, and they foster distrust and hurt. This sort of thing is a lot more unkind than inviting someone to a Tupperware party.

Whoever this woman is, I have to wonder if her very public and humiliating “open letter” made the friendship with her friend any stronger. I kind of doubt it. In fact, I bet a few tears were shed.

At least she won’t have to be irritated by some cheerful party invitation in her inbox again. Ever.

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.