Two weeks ago, James and I arrived home safely from our all-expense paid trip to Croatia and Paris. Our two-week excursion was preceded by business-building efforts with our team in Glasgow, Scotland where Shael and James Haram are doing a fantastic job sharing God’s gift of oils in the UK!

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Then, we headed to Split, Croatia (again, a little early, for some extra R&R), and stayed at the Radisson Resort with a balcony overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

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Over the next few days, we took a ferry and toured the island of Brach; sampled numerous gourmet, fresh seafood dishes; and explored the 2000-year-old ruins of a medieval fortress with the most as.2015-04-09 16.30.39

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We also visited Diocletian’s palace, and walked along the coast enjoying the breeze, beauty, and aromatic scents of the ancient city.

After the rest of the Young Living Diamonds arrived, we moved to the 5-star hotel, Le Meridien Lay Split, also overlooking the exotic Adriatic Sea.

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Over the next few days, we explored together the island of Hvar; enjoyed a beautiful organic meal on the countryside; and experienced a ribbon cutting ceremony (after helping to plant helichrysum on Young Living’s newest farm in Croatia).

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Young Living gifted us with stylish jackets, nice button down shirts, and a big bag of free oils and NingXia Red (why did I pack mine again?).

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Kim Prather and I planting helichrysum on the new farm!

Young Living then chartered a jet for all the diamonds to travel to Paris, France (Yes, we almost died in a plane crash, but I digress) where we stayed at the exquisite L’Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris.

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Young Living gifted us with passes to tour the historic city’s most popular sights, but we opted to do most of the site seeing on our own.

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The grand finale included an exclusive Diamond dinner at the French baroque style castle, Château de Vaux le Vicomte. After dinner, we were invited to the veranda to enjoy our own personal fireworks display over the beautiful gardens.

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There’s no way I can describe to you all the blessings of this trip, but feel free to (if you haven’t already) browse our Facebook photos and catch a glimpse of the beauty of Europe.

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A few years ago, I would never have dreamed we would be experiencing such a wonderful opportunity. Achieving Diamond last fall was stunning, but the beauty of it all is that any of you can accomplish the same thing. And we would be honored and eager to join you in your efforts to get there! Just let us know!

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So thankful to the Lord for Young Living’s generosity and quality commitment to their customers, their staff, and their leaders!

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.

2014 was a great year for the Common Scents Team! Not only did James and I achieve the rank of Young Living Diamond, so did Kim and Ryan Prather, one of our leader families (a month before we did!)! We also had many ranking up to Platinum, Gold, and Silver, with more families not far behind! It’s been exciting to see so many Christian families catching the vision of a healthier lifestyle!

But, one ofFamilyBusiness the things I love about our Young Living business is the way that, in addition to helping families take control of their own health, we’re also helping equip families to become financially free. In today’s economy, there are Christian families who are struggling, especially those who are convicted that Mom should be home raising the little ones, rather than pursuing a career outside the home.

Today, I want to introduce you to my friend, Katrina Stidd, a Young Living Gold who joined our team during a financial crisis in her family, hoping only to earn enough money to pay for her essential oils.

stidd4Now, just three years later, Katrina and her husband, Derin, are enjoying an income they never dreamed possible; and they’re doing it from home, together! What a wonderful New Year’s gift! Now, instead of leaving his family each day to work a dead end job that was earning only a fraction of their Young Living check, Derin Stidd is home permanently, pursuing ministry, and working together with Katrina and their children to multiply their business growing efforts.

Enjoy their story…

Stacy blog When you started with Young Living did you believe this would ever be possible?

stiddkatrina No! But we are SO excited!! You know, when we began our Young Living business, I was absolutely convinced it wouldn’t ever be “anything.” I just wanted to cover the cost of my oils. We needed the additional income, but I truly did not believe it would happen. Yet, here we are, two years later, living a dream!

Stacy blog So tell me exactly how you got started with Young Living? What’s your story?

stiddkatrinaOur story is a little painful. We joined Young Living three years ago. In the beginning, our financial situation was so bleak that we didn’t have one spare penny to build our oil stash or replace what we were using. We were careful to ration the few oils we had; so, the thought of a $50 monthly investment on Essential Rewards was an impossibility to me.

To say we were living paycheck to paycheck would be an understatement… it was far more serious. Between my husband’s two retail jobs and his part time position as pastor/church planter, we were thankful for the days when we had food on the table…because sometimes we had none. In addition to juggling disconnect notices, we often scraped for change to buy what we needed for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for our family of six.

We would have been homeless several times, had it not been for family help. Two years ago, on October 2, I was sharing with my sister my exhaustion over our financial situation. She mentioned that she could help me use my Young Living membership to earn referral bonuses to pay for my oils, and then potentially earn a part time income, as well. She told me she was making a few hundred dollars each month, and I was astonished. That would change our whole world (by the way, this same sister later went on to achieve the rank of Diamond!).

My husband was extremely hesitant. We had already attempted several other home businesses and this appeared to be no different. Still, I was convinced we had no choice. So, with my husband’s blessing, on November 2, 2012, the same month baby number five was born, we jumped in with our first Essential Rewards order.

I started sharing on Facebook all the ways we were using our oils. I made a list of friends who I thought might be interested and started contacting them. And, much to my amazement, people were interested! In fact, many friends signed right up!Woman And Young Girl In Kitchen With Laptop And Paperwork Smilin

Soon, we were covering our monthly order! And, three months later, my business began to explode! The next month, during a budget crisis conversation with my husband, I informed him that I would be able to cover the car payment. He was stunned. From that point forward, my Young Living check continued to rapidly grow, and became a significant portion of our income.

With each bAutumn Girl enjoying nature on the field. Beauty Girl Outdoors renchmark, from covering the cost of our own oils to paying major bills, we grew more hopeful. But, we didn’t truly begin to realize the amazing potential of this business, until we hit the rank of Silver.

That’s when we began to really dream…dream of buying groceries as needed, paying our utility bills with ease, paying off our mountain of student loan debt, and taking vacations we’d never been able to afford. But the biggest dream is one that just become a reality. The dream of bringing my husband home from the world of retail, so that he could pursue full time ministry without also bearing the burden of family finances.

Just two years after we started this journey, my husband has ended his employment, and we are looking at a completely open plate. When people want to determine what someone’s true goals are in life, they may ask the question: “If money were not an issue, what would you do?” 

We find ourselves facing the reality of that question. It’s beyond exciting, intimidating, exhilarating, challenging, and truly beyond any scenario we ever dreamed.

Stacy blog Do you think your story is unusual? Is this type of success really possible for most people or did you just luck out?

stiddkatrinaI am meeting more and more people who have found financial relief, freedom, and the ability to dream as a result of their Young Living business, so I must truly answer that I do not believe our story is unusual in the context of Young Living. In the world otherwise, among our friends and family who still think we’re crazy, it is incredibly unusual. The average person does not build a residual income.

However, within Young Living, this level of achievement is absolutely possible for anyone who is determined enough to never stop until they arrive. And I’d like to make it clear that we achieved this without giving up our family’s priorities. We probably could have built faster if we had made other decisions with our time along the way. However, during the last two years, we moved twice (including a difficult transition lasting multiple months), I delivered baby #5, and I homeschooled our oldest three children. So, these results were achieved at a healthy pace, all while ensuring that our priorities were in check. 

I’m still in utter astonishment each month when we receive our check, which is now more than my husband and I have ever made collectively during any single month in our almost 12 years of marriage. We give God all the glory, and we’re beyond thankful for every blessing – even the simple blessing of buying groceries as needed and paying utility bills before they are late. We thank God continuously for His abundant provision, and we’re excited to see what the next few years hold. After all, we are looking at literally a whole world of possibilities!

Stacy blogThank you, Katrina, for sharing your amazing story with our readers! It was truly inspiring! May God continue to use Young Living to bless Christian families with the ability to improve their health and become financially free! And may He help us to remember our duty to use it to His glory!

Katrina and her husband, Derin, live together with their five children in Indiana and look forward with hope and excitement to what God has prepared for them in 2015! You can visit Katrina on Facebook at Scents, Sense, and Cents.

 

 

 

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

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

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

The reformulated ART Skin Care System is finally here!

The closer I get to 50, the more I wish I would have paid more attention to how I treated my skin when I was younger! That being said, since I started using Young Living’s essential oil-infused beauty products I feel like I’ve been making up for lost time…literally! My skin has never felt more nourished and bright!

ART facial care productsI love that I don’t have to feel guilty about what I’m putting on my face, and it smells amazing – I can’t wait to cleanse my face in the evening!

Meeting advanced skin care technology with nourishing botanicals and pure essential oils, this effective, simple, three-step system is perfect for all ages!

Much like an artist prepares a canvas, Young Living’s ART Skin Care System uses skin-loving oils and natural ingredients to have you feeling refreshed, renewed, and absolutely radiant. That is the beauty of ART.

ART GENTLE CLEANSER uses a mild foaming action to lift and capture impurities without irritating the skin or stripping its natural oils.

ART LIGHT MOISTURIZER works with your skin to help retain and maintain proper hydration. The proprietary blend of essential oils and natural ingredients will leave your face feeling soft and supple.

ART REFRESHING TONER removes any residual impurities without drying out the skin. With a perfect blend of essential oils, our toner will help balance your skin’s natural pH.

For those over thirty, I also recommend my own regiment of Wolfberry Eye Cream and Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream for extra moisture.

Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream nourishes skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Its primary ingredient methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supports collagen to improve skin firmness and minimize fine lines. Essential oils geranium, myrrh, sandalwood, and ylang ylang soothe and soften the skin, while frankincense and wolfberry oil enhance collagen formation.

Wolfberry Eye Cream™ may be applied morning and evening to ease the appearance of puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, and to promote skin tightening. Wolfberry Eye Cream is formulated from oil that is carefully extracted from the seeds of the Ningxia wolfberry. Rich in vitamin E and linoleic acids, wolfberry oil has unusual chemistry that makes it ideal for nourishing and hydrating skin. It is highly regarded by Asian women for its regenerative properties and its ability to protect aging skin and add luster to skin tone.

Check out ART’s Frequently Asked Questions:

ART FAQ

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

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

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

Try rubbing Peace and Calming on the bottom of your feet before bed or during stressful moments. When my youngest son was little, he liked to come into my room every evening, jump up on my bed, and put his feet in the air. “I’m ready for my peace and calming!” he would squeal!

He loved it then, and he loves it now; and he knows that, along with praying with Daddy before bed time, the oils help him drift off to sleep, comforted and soothed. And his room smells so relaxing! relaxation spa set with candles, essential oils, towel, pebbles

My daughters love the calming scent of essential oils when things are hectic or emotions are running high, especially during special times of the month. My personal favorite is vetiver, but I’ve listed other favorites at the bottom of this page.

Good ways to apply oils for this purpose are to massage into the bottoms of the feet, diffuse into the air, rub into temples, or place a drop around the edge of your mattress before bed. You can also fill a 2 oz. glass spray bottle with water and 20 drops of your favorite oil, and mist the room, sheets, pillows, and carpet before bed.

Other calming oils:

Cedarwood

Frankincense

Lavender

Spikenard

Present Time

Sandalwood

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Make your own pillow spray by adding to a squirt bottle:

  • 2 oz.  – vodka (you can use filtered water, but alcohol dries faster when sprayed)
  • 15-20 drops  of the essential oil of your choice
  • 1-2 drops myrrh

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.

 

throatsprayemmaI have been known to be a little paranoid about “choking hazards,” so I’ve never been a fan of throat lozenges, especially for children. That’s why this throat spray is my favorite! And it can be used as needed throughout the day or night. I love that!

Are you in a choir? This spray is great to help clear the throat before singing!

Soothing Throat Spray*

1/4 oz. Vodka
1 1/2 oz. Purified Water
10 drops YLTG Thieves Essential Oil Blend
5 drops YLTG Peppermint essential oil
5 drops YLTG Lemon essential oil
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 on the back of the throat for soothing relief.

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

Essential oils will transform your way of life!

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

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

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

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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.

Q: What are essential oils?

A: Essential oils are 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 steam distillation or cold expression; and, are highly concentrated. The fact that they are volatile means that they pass off readily into a vapor – that’s what makes them aromatic. Read more HERE.

Q: How do you use them?

A: There are many different aromatherapy models for using essential oils. The one that Young Living and our family personally adhere to is the French model. This includes inhalation, topical use, and oral consumption.Lilyana

  • Inhalation – Inhale straight from the bottle, rub a drop between your hands and breathe in deeply, mix with water and spray into the air, or better yet, use a cold air diffuser (a good one comes with your starter kit).
  • Topical – Apply essential oils directly to your skin. Certain (spicy) oils should be diluted with a fatty oil (olive oil, coconut oil etc.). Also, dilution is recommended when using essential oils on children.
  • Internal Use – Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils that are labeled as “supplements” are considered GRAS and can be used internally. Certain oils can be placed in an empty gel capsule, dropped directly on the tongue, or added to honey or your favorite beverage. Many people find them great for cooking! Read HERE why it’s important to only use Young Living oils in this way.

Q: Are they safe?

A: While essential oils are safe to use, and a natural part of any plant, they should always be handled with care. They are a concentrated and potent form of the plant’s beneficial properties. You should think of them like any other remedy you might keep in your house. Make sure to store bottles out of the reach of curious children and pets.????????????????????????????????????????

Q: Where should I store my oils?

A: Essential oils should be kept out of direct sunlight as UV rays can damage the chemistry of the oils. This is true for fatty oils in your house too, such as olive oil for cooking. Young Living oils are packaged in amber bottles to help protect them, but be mindful of where you set them in your house. Storing them next to a window, in your car, or on top of the microwave is not recommended, as they will lose some of their potency if they are exposed to extreme temperatures.

Q: Do essential oils expire?

A: With the exception of citrus oils, Young Living’s essential oils do not have expiration dates. They will evaporate over time if the lid is not properly secured, but they will not spoil. However, if you dilute your essential oil with a fatty oil to apply it, any leftover mixture could go rancid over a period of time. It is recommended that you only mix what you need at the time of application.

Q: Why spend more for Young Living oils when I can buy them cheaper somewhere else?

A: 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, some have discovered that they just spent $7.00 for ten drops of an inferior essential oil.

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

Do some research. You will find that most essential oil companies are just brokers. They’re buying their oils from various sources around the world in barrels, and they’re bottling it themselves. Most oils are perfume grade and are cut with other chemicals. It is scary when you consider that people may try to use those oils on their children the same way I’m using my Young Living oils. I have to stress the purity issue out of a concern for your safety!

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 the term “therapeutic grade,” and then invite you to compare that definition to other companies. See Young Living’s Seed to Seal process HERE.

In fact, as far as I know, Young Living (YL) is the only company that owns their own farms and distilleries; so that right there disqualifies most other companies.

Red Flags

Here are just a few red flags to check for on a bottle of essential oils. If you see these terms, beware. Do yDangerWillRobinsonour research:

  1. DO NOT INGEST – If a bottle of food-based oils (cinnamon, peppermint, oregano etc.) is labeled this way, in my opinion, that is a red flag. YL oils labeled as “supplements” are GRAS (generally regarded as safe) for internal consumption by the the FDA. (Recently, the FDA required Young Living to choose only one method of application per label, so, because of that, you may find some exceptions to this.)
  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 grow and distill. If a bottle of lavender costs you $5.00, I would bet it is either cut with a carrier oil (which means you’re getting ripped off) or it contains synthetic fragrances or chemicals.
  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).

Check out Young Living’s 5 step Seed to Seal™ process: Seed – Cultivate – Distill – Test – Seal.

What Does “Therapeutic Grade” mean and is the term regulated by any outside organization?

What is the difference between Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and other popular brands of “pure” essential oils?

How can I get a starter kit and will that qualify me for wholesale prices?

How much do I need to purchase per year to maintain my wholesale status? Answer: Only 50 pv (approximately $50.00)!

What do I do if I get essential oils in my eye or if the oils irritate my skin?

If I join the Essential Rewards program to earn free products, what is the minimum I have to spend each month, and what other benefits do I get?

What oils are the most important when getting started?

 

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 grew up in Southeast Texas where it was too hot to go barefoot – though we did it anyway (just had to avoid the sidewalks).

Frosty lemonade. Hot inner tubes on a cool river. Slides you couldn’t touch until evening (literally). Seat belt burns. Melty popsicles. Fire ants. Sandcastles. All these things were part of summer time. I have my own fond childhood memories of long summer days, but my children are still making theirs. One thing different about my childhood was that, as hot as it was, I’m pretty sure I smelled like jasmine or honeysuckle or something lovely. But my kids stink. Bad!

Cool Down with Essential Oils!

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When I was pregnant and battling morning sickness, I would about pass out when the children came tumbling through the back door looking for something cool to drink.

“No, please! Let me bring the lemonade OUT to YOU! No need to come inside.”

I realize I’m pretty scent sensitive, but wow! There’s nothing like a herd of hot and sweaty kids to make a gal run for her essential oils! Especially when she’s pregnant. Which was always.

So, I thought I’d let you in on my secret weapon…er…remedy. It’s my Stinky Kid Spray. Oh, don’t call it that. Call it something exciting like Superman Spray. Or if you have a lot of girls, call it Princess Mist. They’ll never know.

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3 oz. purified water
1 oz. vodka*
vegetable glycerine (1-2 drops)
20 drops peppermint essential oil
4 oz. dark colored glass bottle

*Sometimes people ask if there is something they can use besides alcohol. You could use witch hazel, but I really prefer to use edible products, especially when making something for my children. Besides, there is more alcohol in the vanilla in your cupboard than in this recipe. Plus the alcohol discourages bacterial growth in the water. 

You could use lavender, Gentle Baby, Peace & Calming, or your favorite refreshing scent*, but I chose peppermint for its wonderful cooling properties!NingxiaKids

Let me know how it worked! And go make those summer memories!

*Warning: avoid citrus oils when you’re going to be in the sun! And be careful not to get essential oils in the eyes. If this happens, and irritation occurs, flush with milk or cream and all will be well.

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.

Discretion Alert: This article is written for women – specifically for women preparing for marriage. Please enter at your own risk.

I get asked a lot which oils I recommend for the honeymoon. I have a few favorites, but a lot of it will depend on the personal tastes and needs of you and your husband-to-be. You may want to let your fiancé sample some of the oils in your starter kit ahead of time, in order to get an idea of what types of scents are his favorites.

massage oilGet a good start with rich, exotic massage oils and enticing oil blends to stir the emotions, establish good memories, and relax away the stress of the last few weeks (or months) of wedding planning!

Typically, I recommend starting your stash with… you guessed it, a Starter Kit! That way you have a diffuser and plenty of oils to experiment with, along with the ability to order your more deliberate oils and products at the wholesale price. It’s the best all-around deal.

Do not awaken love before its time…

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
By the gazelles or by the does of the field,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases. (Song of Solomon 2:7)

…but once the time has come, stir things up with essential oils!

The Art of Scents-ual Touch and Massage

The next must-have on your list will be Young Living’s Sensation Massage Oil. Infused with jasmine and rosewood oil, this moisturizing blend is the perfect romantic start to your memorable evening. (Also try Sensation Shower & Bath Gel, as well as a Sensation Body lotion.)

Massage may be a good way to help a shy couple relax as they get to know one another. Light some all-natural candles and have soft music playing in the background (you may want to prepare a music “play list” ahead of time).

footcareCombine the deep, intoxicating effects of essential oils with an evening of loving, sensual touch and gentle massage. And remember, just like anything of value, practice makes perfect. Take the time to study and recognize the desires and prompts of your beloved. Allow yourself to relax—to willingly respond and engage. Explore, feel, taste, smell, listen, watch, communicate, reveal, and enjoy!

Sandalwood, rose, neroli, and ylang ylang, as well as the Young Living blends, Present Time and Sensation, are all excellent choices for massage and sensual exploration. Sandalwood’s mysterious musky aroma blends particularly well with the body’s own natural scent, making it perfect for a romantic evening.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-legs-romantic-couple-lying-bed-home-image15740851Both sandalwood and rose can be used intimately and applied directly to “sensitive” areas. Yes, really. However, because everyone is different, I would suggest having a carrier oil available, just in case you or your husband find any of the oils a little too “stimulating.”

The gentle warmth of Lady Sclereol may help to maintain “moistness,” and it  can even be applied/massaged “directly!” But, while it can be used neat (undiluted), I still suggest diluting it until you figure out your comfort level. Also, a small jar of organic coconut oil is a good idea for the suitcase anyway! Many people find that coconut oil is a good, all-natural lubricant.

Also read The Scent-ual Art of Massage

The Brain: The Most Important Part of Sexuality

The marriage bed is like a playground; it’s a place to explore and have fun together! But, beyond fun, intimacy (and especially climax) causes the release of oxytocin, an important hormone in the brain—a hormone that is known to promote emotional bonding.

Sexual intimacy promotes bonding. That’s why Scripture warns about some of the dangers of the sin of fornication (1 Corinthians 6:16); but, when used within God’s beautiful design of marriage, sexual intimacy is an awesome thing! It is the glue that binds (Matthew 19:5-6)!

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-human-head-hearts-brain-shape-blue-red-image36355378And, because scent effects the limbic system of the brain, the area that controls emotions and stores memories, essential oils can be a powerful and influential tool for enhancing and bonding a relationship.

A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, that lies all night between my breasts. (Song of Solomon 1:13)

The brain often associates scents with memories; so, be ready to have flashbacks of your honeymoon every time you smell the oils you experienced together!

Preparing the Bed

Now prepare your sheets and linens by scenting them with something exotic. I suggest making the pillow spray in the recipe section at the bottom of this page using sandalwood, patchouli, ylang ylang, jasmine, or Sensation.

“I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon…” (Proverbs 7:17)

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-romantic-view-aromatherapy-candles-luxurious-evening-image32520830You may not think Proverbs 7:17 is the best promo for an aromatic marriage bed; since, in this case, it references the actions of an adulteress. However, I included it here because it does reveal the ancient custom of scenting the bed chamber as an enticing prelude to intimacy.

And why shouldn’t the marriage bed be the most aromatically rich, exciting, and pleasing bed there is?

I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the lock. (Song of Solomon 5:5)

Most “sensually inspiring” essential oils work in part by initiating a warm sensation, stimulating the body and arousing passion with their rich, exotic aroma of spicy or floral notes.

Historically, the euphoric properties of essential oils like ylang ylang, myrrh, sandalwood, rose, and patchouli have been used to enhance intimacy. Myrrh is mentioned seven times in the Song of Solomon! Is it any wonder that some believe Myrrh can be helpful for better balance and enhanced intimacy?

“His cheeks are like a bed of spices,
Banks of scented herbs.
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Dripping liquid myrrh.” – Song of Solomon 5:13

Avoid synthetically scented candles, lotions, or massage oils. They will clash with your essential oils and many of the chemicals in them are toxic! Consider diffusing Three Wise Men, Sensation, ylang ylang, or jasmine. For the ambiance of candle light, choose either unscented or battery operated candles. String lights are also a good choice.

The Morning After

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-romantic-morning-coffee-image25264897You’ll likely have been up late on your wedding night, so the next morning you may be a little groggy. Enjoy a few drops of peppermint and drink a shot of NingXia Red or NingXia Nitro to boost your energy level.

For many couples, the next day is a travel day. An early plane trip or a long drive to your honeymoon destination may require good planning to maximize your energy and help you feel good.

Be sure to pack the NingXia Red products and energizing snacks listed below in the packing checklist!

Another must-have for the new bride is a soothing essential oil-infused perineal spray for the morning after. LavaDerm is an amazing spray that helps soothe stressed skin. ClaraDerm is even better, but it’s quite a bit more expensive. If you use the LavaDerm, I suggest you add 5 drops geranium and 3 drops cypress.

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image10467321I recommend this for the honeymoon, since (and this is a little personal) sometimes young women find they are a little sore the day after the wedding night. Don’t worry! This subsides as your body gets used to intimacy, but in the beginning, the spray can be very soothing. Also, if you’re planning a beach vacation, you’ll love having this in your beach bag!

There are so many new experiences ahead of you! One thing I’d recommend doing is purchasing a copy of When Two Become One by Christopher and Rachel McCluskey. You can either read it ahead or plan to read it aloud together while on your honeymoon!

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite make-ahead recipes below. Feel free to modify them to suit your particular essential oil preferences. And have fun! You are beginning a great journey together! Take the time to relax and enjoy every minute!

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DIY Recipes for the Honeymoon

Exotic Pillow Spray

25 drops essential oils
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. purified water
2 oz. glass spray bottle

Scent-sual Massage Oil 

30 drops – Cedarwood
20 drops – Clary Sage
10 drops – Ylang Ylang
6 drops – Patchouli
1 drop – Myrrh or Frankincense
4 oz. sweet almond oil

Put it in a dark drawer for two weeks and shake once a day to blend the oils.

“Morning After” Mist

10 drops lavender
6 drops frankincense
3 drops geranium
3 drops cypress
3 drops copaiba
1 tsp. vodka or witch hazel
2 oz. glass bottle of purified water

Exotic Cologne for Him

15 drops cedarwood
10 drops clary sage
5 drops ylang lang
3 drops patchouli
1 drop elemi or myrrh (fixative)
5 ml carrier oil (V-6 or sweet almond oil)

Store in glass in a dark place for 2 weeks.

Exotic Perfume for Her

2 drops jasmineperfume dreamstime_xs_8059113
10drops coriander
12 drops bergamot
5 drops rose
8 drops neroli
1 drop elemi or myrrh (fixative)
5 ml carrier oil (V-6 or sweet almond oil

Store in glass in a dark place for 2 weeks.

Steamy After Bath Rub

30 drops – Neroli
10 drops – Sandalwood
5 drops – Juniper
4 drops – Ginger
4 ylang ylang
2 drops jasmine or lavender
4 oz. v6 or sweet almond oil

 Packing Check List

Snack List

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.