Mother’s Day Give-Away!

April 17, 2014

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NOTE: To sweeten the deal, we’re giving you THREE extra entries when your family purchases for you a Young Living Premium Starter Kit!

Have you been hoping your husband or children would get you the Young Living Essential Oil Premium Starter Kit for Mother’s Day? Or, are you already an essential oil lover and wastarter kitnt to spread the health and wellness to your own mother? Well, here is your chance!

Families usually appreciate a hint or two on what to get Mom. They want a gift that will make her heart sing! Guys: She probably doesn’t want a momsvingsaladbrand new power saw. No, really. And kids, this is a gift that won’t go in a drawer somewhere – she will use it every day!

And not only will she get the starter kit, but this will give her an automatic wholesale membership to Young Living (kind of like Sam’s or Costco, but without the annual fee). The Premium Starter Kit includes over $300 worth of valuable essential oils (including a $100 diffuser) for just $150.00!!! You can read more about it HERE.

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Plus, I personally purchase a helpful 478-page reference book for all of my wholesale customers to help them learn how to use their oils!

And, to add to the fun, we’re giving you a chance to win this amazing little essential oil massager!

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So, if you are a mom and you’ve been hoping and dreaming for the chance to get started with essential oils, send your family a gentle hint by CLICKING HERE, “liking” The Common Scents Mom Facebook page, and then tagging your husband and children in the comment section of the top pinned post (which is a link to this promotion)!*

For each family member you tag, your name will be entered into a drawing for this valuable Vitassage essential oil massager.

Three easy steps!

1. CLICK HERE
2. “Like” The Common Scents Mom Facebook page
3. Tag your husband and children in the comment section of the top pinned post (which is a link to this promotion)!

That’s it! What are you waiting for? Get tagging!

*Contest winners must have a continental U.S. mailing address. Current Young Living distributors are not eligible. 

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our 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, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

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. 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.

Allergies: Breathe Easy This Spring with Essential Oils!

April 14, 2014

After finally moving to a state that had four seasons, our family discovered that we absolutely love Spring time! The sky brightens, the sun warms the air, green buds appear on seemingly lifeless, grey branches. Canadian geese announce their arrival to our pond early in the morning and flowers begin to bloom, hinting of life and the burst of color to come. Our empty vegetable garden seems to beg for new seeds—new life. Yes, we love almost everything about Spring time!

Notice, I said almost everything. Aside from bugs, there is one other thing I don’t care for about Spring. The growth in nature always seems to bring an onslaught of allergies to our home. My husband and several of our children have always struggled this time of year: itchy, watery, swollen eyes, runny noses, congestion that makes sleep a challenge, sneezing, coughing, headaches, and sinus pressure.

It is likely that my husband, James, has had the most trouble. Years ago, when he travelled frequently, he was often hampered by hay fever, pain, and frequent sinus infections. He was dependent on Sudafed and other allergy meds, even though they really didn’t help all that much at all. And the relief he did receive was simply masking (and prolonging) the problem, not to mention making him sleepy…and grumpy!.

Most of the time, he ended up with a sinus infection and a prescription for antibiotics. As much as I hated the OTC meds that were part of his regular routine, I didn’t have an alternative that worked very well.

I dabbled some in homeopathic remedies and they did seem to help a bit. And an end to his chronic traveling made a big difference too. But the most dramatic results came from our use of essential oils.

My youngest son, William, used to suffer from allergies every Spring and Fall. One morning he woke up with his face so congested that his eyes were swollen shut. Alarmed, I took him straight to the doctor. The doctor just shook his head and said, “Yeah, it’s tough living with allergies; just give him a Claritan.” An adult Claritan???

I was shocked (he was only four years old at the time)! That’s when I knew we needed to find an alternative that really worked. There was no way I wanted to load my little one up with powerful medications if I didn’t have to.

Therapeutic grade essential oils can be a great blessing to those who struggle with chronic or seasonal allergies! We have found that essential oils offer relief without using harmful chemicals that often mask symptoms rather than assist in healing! Of course, you want to make sure you use only therapeutic grade essential oils (CLICK HERE to learn more about what that means):

  • Cypress – many people use to ease breathing and suppress coughing.
  • Eucalyptus Polybractea – is a powerful aid to help ease congestion, headaches, and breathing.
  • Lavender – known to help with congestion, build immunity, relieve headaches, ease muscle pain, and aid in relaxation
  • Lemon – helps to protect immunity, alkalize the body, and relieve excess mucous
  • Myrtle – supports the immune system and reduce sinus pressure
  • Peppermint – helps to ease breathing, fight infection, help congestion, and relieve headaches
  • Roman Chamomile – helps to relax, as well as relieve headaches and inflammation
  • Frankincense – good for congestion

In addition to these powerful single oils, Young Living has created a few blends which we have found helpful as well…

  • Breathe Again – this blend of oils is specially formulated to support respiratory health. Breathe Again contains four powerful eucalyptus oils: Eucalyptus staigeriana, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata, and Young Living’s original Ecuador single, Eucalyptus blue. Eucalyptus oils contain high amounts of cineole, which has been studied for its potential to support healthy lung function. The essential oils peppermint, myrtle, and copaiba also play an integral part in this blend.
  • RC – This is my favorite oil for any type of chest congestion. Highly effective and beneficial when diffused to decongest and relieve cold or allergy-type symptoms such as coughs, sore throat and lung congestion. May also be applied directly to the chest or feet. Contains: Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, myrtus communis oil, pinus sylvestris (pine) leaf oil, origanum majorana (marjoram) leaf oil, eucalyptus radiata leaf oil, eucalyptus citriodora leaf oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, cupressus sempervirens oil, tsuga canadensis leaf oil, and mentha piperita (peppermint) oil.
  • Raven™ is a combination of deeply soothing therapeutic-grade essential oils that will provide comfort when applied topically to the chest and throat or diffused. Contains: Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), lemon (Citrus limon), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), peppermint (Mentha piperita) and Eucalyptus radiata.
  • Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.

This collection is good to have on hand at all times! Contains: Seven Blends (5ml bottles): Di-Gize™, EndoFlex™, JuvaFlex™, Melrose™, Raven™, R.C.™, and Thieves®. CD included.

Here are some of the best ways to use these oils during allergy season…

  • Simple Inhalation – Simply place a few drops in your hands, rub them together, and then breathe deeply! Add a couple of drops to a tissue, a cotton ball placed in a jar, or add essential oils to a bowl of hot water and inhale.
  • Diffuse – The best way to diffuse oils is with one of the cold-air diffusers that Young Living offers!
  • Topical Application – Massage can be an effective way of helping to ease the symptoms of spring allergies. Place some of the oils on your temples, rub your hands together and inhale what is left. James likes to place a drop of peppermint in the palm of his hand, and then using a finger from the other hand, applies the oils right under his cheekbone. Always be very careful to not get any oils in your eyes (but flushing with milk works great for any accidents)!
  • Ingestion – (Young Living Therapeutic Grade only) Peppermint, Thieves, or Frankincense – a drop in a glass of water or in a filled capsule. I like to put a drop of peppermint on the roof of my mouth or on my gums, over my two front teeth. Every time I inhale I can feel the oils clearing my sinuses!

    My husband fills a capsule with 6 drops of Thieves, 3 drops of oregano, and 2 drops of Frankincense, specifically when he senses any sign of infection. Please never use lower quality oils for internal use – this can be very dangerous!

Preventatives:

We avoid dairy when seasonal allergies are high and keep our immune systems boosted by eating a healthy diet, taking our supplements (True Source is an excellent multivitamin), and drinking at least 2 oz. NingXia Red each day.

Everyone has a different and complex constitution; therefore, different oils will work differently on different people. Even from year to year, as you heal and your body cleanses, different oils will be more appropriate for you and your particular needs. That’s one of the many reasons that (aside from the fact that we’re not medical professionals) we can’t “prescribe” anything to anyone.

Families need to determine their own needs and often experiment. What I’ve done is read books, networked with other moms, joined various Facebook groups to see how others are using their oils etc., and then tried different oils to see what works best for my family.

For my son who seems to have suffered the most with allergies, he responded best to a protocol of Harmony on his sternum and Valor on the bottoms of his feet.

The following are recommended:

  • Sulfurzyme
  • Allerzyme
  • Mightyzyme for kids
  • Essentialzyme 4
  • Detoxzyme
  • Vitamin C
  • NingXia Red Singles (1-2 a day)

Oils to have on hand for seasonal allergy:

  • Dorado Azul
  • Lavender
  • Idaho Balsam Fir
  • Harmony
  • Valor
  • Doradao Azul
  • Lavender
  • Idaho Balsam Fir
  • Breath Again
  • RutaVala
  • R.C.
  • Raven
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Wintergreen
  • Cypress

Kids Blend:

2 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
1 drop wintergreen
1 drop peppermint

Mix in hand and rub around hairline and on chest and feet.

I only trust Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils for internal use, as lower quality oils may be toxic – especially when I consider using them on my children (internally or topically!) Synthetic oils do not contain any therapeutic properties and can be dangerous. Even some oils that claim to be organic or “pure,” have no real therapeutic value. CLICK HERE to read more.

Check your personal sensitivity to the oils by rubbing them on your feet before you apply them anywhere else. If you find you are sensitive, you can blend with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin.

Breathe easy and enjoy your Spring!

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our 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, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

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. 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.

Health, Wellness, Essential Oils, and Science!

April 9, 2014

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Join Us!

Join us in Morton, Illinois May 10, 2014 between 9:30 am – 5:30 pm for an exciting essential oil education seminar where you and your personal guests will  learn more about the science behind essential oils and the many practical ways to use them for health and wellness.

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Speakers include hosts, Platinum distributors, James & Stacy McDonald, as well as Myles Harston; Kim Evans; Susan Albright, DVM; Karen Morris; Daniel & Christa Blanchard; and Karen Hart!

Lunch options will be available at the hotel restaurant for our group ($8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children). Includes a bottled water.

Speaking Topics include:

  • Essential Oils 101: Learn the basics. Learn what essential oils are and how you can use them in your everyday life.
  • Detox Your Home
  • Chemistry of Essential Oils
  • The Dangers of GMOs and What to do about It
  • Manly Men and Essential Oils
  • Lyme Disease and Essential Oils
  • The Great Diabetes Deception
  • Essential Oils and the Child Bearing Years
  • Anxiety and Emotional Healing
  • Personal Testimonials
  • Generational Vision: Building a Thriving Young Living Business One Family at a Time!

Best Western Ashland House
201 E Ashland Street
Morton, IL 61550-1454
(Use banquet entrance)

May 10, 2014

9:30 am – 5:30 pm

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$35.00 pre-registration for Young Living Members (spouse and non-member guests may attend free). $45.00 at the door. CLICK HERE to pre-register now!

The hotel has also extended a group rate of $89.99 plus tax for a room with 2 queen beds, non smoking. This price also includes the hot breakfast buffet for each guest the next morning in the restaurant. Call the hotel at 309-263-5116 to secure your room!

PRIZES!

NINGXIA RED BAR!

EDUCATION!

SAMPLES!

ZYTO COMPASS SCANS AVAILABLE

FELLOWSHIP!

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If you are a Young Living distributor, please feel free to invite your non-member guests, since  they will enjoy complimentary registration! What better way to help your friends learn more about something you are passionate about?

For Business Builders:

And, especially for business builders, James and Stacy McDonald will present a closing presentation that will equip you with the basics for establishing and building your own thriving Young Living business!

Generational Vision: Building a Thriving Young Living Business One Family at a Time!

Discover how Young Living is the perfect opportunity for stay-at-home moms or daughters, homeschooling families, dads, or simply entrepreneur-minded singles to create a potentially life-changing home/family business!

Read more HERE.

REGISTER NOW!

Find out how James and Stacy not only made it to Platinum themselves, but also how they helped their growing, thriving team enjoy success! In addition, hear the story of how they helped establish five of their adult children in independent businesses of their own – three of which are already Young Living Silvers! Join us to find out how you can do this for yourself and your family too!

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Essential Oils for Stress, Anxiety, and Emotional Trauma

April 7, 2014

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Did you know that scent can powerfully affect our emotions? Out of all five senses, our sense of smell is the only one directly linked to the limbic system in the brain, our emotional control center. What this means is that scent can impact not just emotion, but the body’s physical response to it. Mood matters.

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

When our nose detects a scent, it means that tiny molecules have evaporated from an object and entered the nose. Since an essential oil is volatile (it evaporates at room temperature), its molecules literally leap into the air! When we inhale essential oils (or anything else), their molecules are channeled through our nostrils sending messages to the olfactory system through receptors. The receptors in turn transfer the information they receive from these molecules to the brain. This results in the “sense of smell.”

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The olfactory bulb, which is part of the limbic system, captures information through the sense of smell, helping to record a memory. That’s why you can walk into an antique store and have flashbacks of your grandma’s house; or smell a certain perfume and it reminds you of someone. Because of this, and the healing nature of essential oils, there are some who believe that essential oils are extremely helpful in dealing with traumatic memories or post-traumatic stress disorder.

In 1989 researchers agreed that the amygdala—one of several structures in the cerebral cortex—plays a major role in storing and releasing emotional trauma and that aromas have a profound affect on triggering those responses.

Joseph Ledoux, M.D., of the New York Medical University [and author of The Emotional Brain] was one of the first to suggest that the use of aroma could be a major breakthrough in helping to release hidden and suppressed feeling and memories of emotional bondage.

Since the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, digestion, blood pressure, breathing, stress levels, sexual arousal, and hormone balance, the use of therapeutic grade essential oils in aromatherapy can have profound physiological and psychological effects on our physical and emotional well-being.

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What happens when you’re stressed? There is an actual, measurable, physical response to it. Stress and anxiety are known to sap our energy, affect our skin, aggravate our muscles and nerves, disrupt digestion, affect our sleep, and make us more prone to illness and disease. So, the stress-related health issue you’ve been dealing with isn’t “all in your head.” But what is in your head, along with essential oils, may help you deal with it!

Therapeutic grade essential oils may offer a powerful and safe form of therapy for emotional healing without the dangerous side effects of anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications.

The following is a list of just a few Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil singles and blends that have been helpful to others in dealing with mental and emotional challenges.

Oils for Emotional Healing

Singles:

Bergamot – Agitation, Anxiety, Depression

Frankincense – Used to treat depression. Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes, which stimulate the limbic system of the brain and the hypothalamus, penial, and pituitary glands. The hypothalamus is the master gland of the human body, producing many vital hormones including thyroid growth hormone.

Neroli – Hypertension, anxiety, depression, hysteria, insomnia, skin conditions. A natural relaxant used to treat depression and anxiety.

Vetiver – ADHD, anxiety, depression (including postpartum), insomnia. Helps with stress and recovery from emotional trauma.

Lemon and Orange – Stress

Spikenard – Insomnia, nervous tensions, anxiety

Tangerine – Contains esters and aldehydes that are sedating and calming helping with anxiety and nervousness.

Valerian – Tranquilizing to the central nervous system

Ylang Ylang – Anxiety and Depression

Blends:

Inner Child – I don’t care for the name, but this blend is said to stimulates memory response, allowing you to prayerfully deal with unresolved traumas

Peace & Calming – Stress relief and insomnia.

Sara – Helps in dealing with traumatic memories, specifically those related to abuse.

Stress Away – Helps to relieve daily stress and nervous tension. Improves mental response, restores equilibrium, promotes, relaxation, and lowers hypertension.

Tranquil – Contains lavender, cedarwood, and chamomile. All three of these oils have been well documented as effective in reducing restlessness, decreasing anxiety, and inducing a calming feelings.

Trauma Life – This blend combats stress and helps uproot trauma that cause insomnia, anger, restlessness, and a weakened immune response, so that it can be dealt with.

In addition to using essential oils, be sure to take care of your body in other ways:

  • Get enough sleep!
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Spend time each day in prayer and reading Scripture
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid processed food, white flour, white sugar, MSG, food dyes, and other chemicals
  • Detoxify your home
  • Have your progesterone checked. Sometimes hormone imbalances are the source of emotional upheaval
  • Take a good multivitamin supplement like True Source or Master Formula HERS
  • Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D (I recommend Orthomolecular) and Vitamin C
  • Use Mineral Essence (a balanced, full-spectrum ionic mineral complex enhanced with essential oils)
  • Use Detoxzyme (enzymes) as well as a good probiotic (Life 5) after meals and at bedtime
  • Use Super B (a comprehensive vitamin complex containing 8 essential and energy-boosting B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12.
  • Use OmegaGize (an omega3, DHA-rich fish oil complex) daily
  • Drink 2-6 oz. NingXia Red per day

The Essential Oil Desk Reference Recommends the following oils for the following specific emotional challenges. I’m still studying the science behind all this, but I have found that essential oils do help with various moods: some for calming, others for helping with alertness, and still other oils for making it easier for a child to practice self control or for quieting an overstimulated mind:

Anger – bergamot, Cedarwood, frankincense, sacred frankincense, lavender, myrrh, orange, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang

Anxiety – Orange, Roman chamomile, Ylang Ylang, lavender, sacred frankincense, frankincense

Abuse -Singles: geranium, Ylang Ylang, galbanum, palo santo, ocotea, frankincense. Blends: Sarah, Hope, Joy, Peace and Calming, Inner Child, Grounding, Trauma Life, Release, Valor, Forgiveness, White Angelica

Depression – Cedarwood, spruce, sacred frankincense, lavender, geranium, lemon, orange, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, Ylang Ylang

Despondency – Galbanum, geranium, sacred frankincense, ginger, orange, rose, Ylang Ylang, Idaho balsam fur

Fear – Palo Santo, cypress, Roman chamomile, geranium, juniper, myrrh, spruce, orange, sacred frankincense

Grief/Sorrow- Singles bergamot, palo santo, galbanum, Roman chamomile, Clary Sage, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender,

Mood Swings – Idaho balsam fir, clary sage, sage, geranium, juniper, fennel, lavender, peppermint, rose, jasmine, rosemary, lemon, spruce, Ylang Ylang, Progessence Plus (hormone related)

Obsessiveness – Clary Sage, galbanum, ocotea, palo santo, cypress, geranium, lavender, Ylang Ylang

Panic – Bergamot, Idaho balsam fir, galbanum, Roman chamomile, myrrh, frankincense, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, Ylang Ylang, Spruce

Shock – Helichrysum, basil, dorado azul, copaiba, Roman chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary

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The Feelings Collection includes blends specially formulated for those combating anxiety, stress, and emotional turmoil.

Obviously, true spiritual healing and forgiveness come only through Christ, but we all know that emotions and problems like PTSD include physiological symptoms. Our emotions are part of our physical make up, so it makes sense that essential oils might be able to help us deal with things like obsessive thoughts or physical anxiety.

Ingredients

Forgiveness: Melissa (Melissa Officinalis), geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens), frankincense (Boswellia Carterii), rosewood (Aniba Rosaeodora), sandalwood (Santalum Album), angelica (Angelica Archangelica), lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), lemon (Citrus Limon), jasmine (Jasminum Officinale), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile), , bergamot (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia), ylang ylang (Canaga Odorata), palmarosa Cymbopogon Martini, helichrysum (Helichrysum Italicum), and rose (Rosa Damascena) in a base of sesame seed oil.

Harmony: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), sandalwood (Santalum album), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), frankincense (Boswellia carteri), orange (Citrus aurantium), angelica (Angelica archangelica), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), spruce (Picea mariana), Spanish sage (Salvia lavandulifolia), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), lemon (Citrus limon), jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), and rose (Rosa damascena).

Inner Child: Orange (Citrus aurantium), tangerine (Citrus nobilis), jasmine (Jasminum officinale), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), spruce (Picea mariana), sandalwood (Santalum album), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), and neroli (Citrus aurantium).

Present Time: Neroli (Citrus aurantium), spruce (Picea mariana) and ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) in a base of almond oil.

Release: Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), sandalwood (Santalum album) and blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) in a base of olive oil.

Valor: Spruce (Picea mariana), rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) and frankincense (Boswellia carteri) in a base of almond oil.

I only recommend Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, since lower quality oils do not have the same medicinal qualities and may actually be toxic.

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes ten of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

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. 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.

How My Husband Handled an Abscessed Tooth Naturally!

April 3, 2014

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I don’t know about you, but pain gets my attention. I hate pain; and when I have it, it typically sends me on a desperate quest for ways to get rid of it. My husband, James is like that too. In spades.

The pain started suddenly and seemed to increase with each passing moment. It was that molar again, the one that had periodically pestered James for years. And it was flaring up one more time. He not only had pain, but his gum, near the tooth, seemed to have an odd grey hue. Concerned that it was abscessed, I recommended that he go to our family dentist the next day. Thankfully, they made room for him.

What followed was the typical poking and prodding with probes and mouth mirrors. James commented later about how the office seemed to storm his senses; the taste of metal and the smell of sterile chemicals were exacerbated by the glaring light of the flood lamp.

Then came the dreaded x-ray. I’m convinced those bitewing apparatuses were made for the average hippopotamus. “Bite down and be still,” said the well-meaning assistant. James felt the pain and noted the bitter taste of blood.

The verdict. Our dentist sat down and said the dreaded word, “abscess.” He noted how the x-ray showed certain infection. His recommendation: Removal, then implant.

James came home a bit deflated. Sadly, oral hygiene was not high on his list as a child. As a result, he has had to suffer through many fillings, and even some root canals. Because of that, he is somewhat compulsive about taking care of his teeth. So, the prospect of losing one weighed heavy on him.

But, before calling the periodontist and making the dreaded appointment, he first reached for our Essential Oil Desk Reference, and then our bottle of Thieves essential oil blend. This is also when he started using Young Living’s Thieves-infused toothpaste and mouthwash!

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Thieves is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary. This blend is incredible. It’s been found to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. And, James wanted to give it a try. He applied a few drops of Thieves onto a small piece of gauze, and then placed it against the gum near the problem tooth. He did this diligently twice a day, in the morning and at night, for a week.

By the second day, the pain was gone! By the end of the week, the grey hue on his gum was gone, replaced by a healthy pink shade. He decided not to call the periodontist. Several years later, the tooth is still where God placed it.

By the way, I want to reiterate this is our story. We are very thankful for our dentist and for dental science. And, if things had not changed, James would have wasted no time in having the tooth removed. But, we were very thankful that the infection subsided.

We are also excited that Young Living has developed a number of wonderful dental products, products you will find in our home. And these products are natural! The products we use do not contain any synthetic components or harmful chemicals. Do yours? Check the ingredient list from your toothpaste or mouthwash. Many contain the following…

  • Sodium fluoride – For years, we have been told that this is good for our teeth. But at what cost? Sodium fluoride is actually a by-product of aluminum manufacturing. It is also an ingredient in rat poisons and industrial pesticides. According to the Akron Regional Poison Center, ingesting 1/10 of an ounce of fluoride can kill a 100-lb. adult.
  • Triclosan – Why would toothpaste manufacturers include this chemical in their products, when it is classified as a pesticide by the EPA? Now, that’s a good question. This chemical is also suspected by some scientists as a possible carcinogen.
  • Sodium laurel sulfate – This is added to toothpaste to give it “scrubbing bubbles,” but it also brings a number of health risks. The American College of Toxicology has determined that this foaming agent can stay in the body for days, and actually accumulate in the heart, liver, lungs, and brain. Oh, and add this one to the list of possible carcinogens as well.
  • Propylene glycol – Used as a wetting agent and surfactant in toothpaste, this chemical can actually absorb very quickly through the skin. Prolonged exposure can damage the brain, liver, and lungs. And, while employees at the EPA are not allowed to work around this chemical without gloves, many put it in their mouths on a daily basis.
  • DEA – Another foaming agent, this chemical is known to disrupt hormones and, according to Dr. Samuel Epstein of the University of Illinois, repeated exposure to DEA can increase the risk of liver and kidney cancer.

Sources:

Five Hidden Dangers in Toothpaste

Ingredients to Avoid

Is it any wonder many toothpastes have a warning label that says,

“Keep out of the reach of children under 6 yrs of age. If more than for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”

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Unlike the toothpastes you can find at local stores, a child can actually eat a tube of Young Living’s Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste and not face any problem – outside of a frustrated dad when he goes to brush his teeth. Young Living offers four different toothpaste options, depending on your taste and preference, as well as their own 100% natural and safe mouthwash and dental floss. All of these are made out of exclusively all-natural, plant-derived ingredients. All together now, “NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS!”

Also, Young Living offers a toothpaste specifically designed for children – KidScents! This fluoride-free toothpaste contains no synthetic dyes or artificial flavors. This is the perfect toothpaste for children of all ages. And, it is infused with five helpful essential oils: Thieves, peppermint, spearmint, lemon, and orange.

Lastly, not only are these products natural, they also work! They clean teeth, remove plaque, and, because of the addition of powerful essential oils, they may also fight infection! And, I want to let you know you can get these incredible products at wholesale prices! Talk about a win-win!

It has been said that knowledge is power. Well, I believe that knowledge is also wellness…that is, if we act on what we know. For my family, I refuse to spend money on products that may actually be toxic. And that’s why we use Young Living dental care products.

 

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes ten of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

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. 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.

Mothering “Under the Influence”

March 25, 2014

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. – Ho­ra­tio G. Spaf­ford

I spent over a year wondering what was wrong with me. That persistent sinking feeling in my chest just wouldn’t go away. My nerves felt like they were consistently on the outside of my skin. The mood swings that possessed me would have frightened Darth Vader (ask my family).

I prayed, cried, repented, sang, prayed some more…and cried some more. I suffered from on going fatigue and edginess. After lunch I felt like crashing for the day. Teaching my children took every ounce of energy I didn’t have. Reading to my children (which is something I love to do) was so draining that it would nearly put me to sleep. And when I tried to skip pages, they noticed.

My memory had gotten so bad that I Googled “Early Signs of Alzheimer’s.” When my children said, “But, Mom, we did ask you if we could eat ice cream before dinner,” I began to believe them.

I was always so cold, even with my electric blanket! Winters were hard for this displaced Texan, shivering here in the Midwest! I was always checking the thermostat, sure that my husband had adjusted it while I wasn’t looking (not that he would ever do such a thing – ha!).

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At night, after I had been under a pile of blankets trying to keep warm, I would suddenly wake up, hot and perspiring. So, I would throw off the blankets, only to be chilled to the bone within a few minutes. Shivering, I would crawl back under the blankets again in an attempt to get warm.

I was brought to tears by the smallest things. One day, I would spend the entire evening struggling with a sense of hopelessness and depression, and then wake up the next morning wondering “what was wrong with me last night?” My moods were so strangely “up” or “down” that it was almost like being under the influence of a drug. At the smallest provocation I would face overwhelming feelings of sadness, anger, despair, ugliness, or failure. Was I going crazy? I sure felt like it!

“You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” (Psalm 56:8)

I had other physical symptoms that doctors couldn’t explain. Dizziness, heart palpitations, hair loss, itchy skin with no rash, headaches. Sometimes dramatic scenes of dying from some strange exotic illness filled my sleepless nights. Maybe I was just getting old, or perhaps I had some sickness I would suffer from for the next 20 years until some brilliant doctor discovered a cure. Or would I feel like this for the rest of my life?

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Finally, while in California in 2009, I visited a friend’s integrative doctor, had some tests done, and began my road to healing. I didn’t have a dreaded disease and I wasn’t going crazy (at least not any more than normal). The fact was that my adrenals were shot, my thyroid was not functioning as it should, and my progesterone was way too low. Later, I also found out that my body cannot tolerate wheat. I had other issues, but they were all related to these key problems. It all began to make sense. We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made. Finally, by God’s mercy, over the next few months I began a natural regiment of healing.

“Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.” (Lamentations 3:32-33)

God is so faithful. He answered my prayer…His way. He helped me to better rely on Him while I traveled that deep valley; then He slowly and naturally led me out.

It is important for women of all ages to become informed about their health. Hormones have an amazingly powerful influence on our bodies and our emotions. Learn how your body works – and learn to pay attention when it isn’t working properly. Pray and find a good integrative doctor in your area; someone who will work with you in controlling your own health. You don’t have to feel crazy.

Click HERE to find out how essential oils can help deal with stress, anxiety, and emotional trauma.

Still, it is important to remember that hormones aren’t an excuse for sin. PMS and Menopause are nothing new. Remember, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Consider what Nancy Leigh Demoss has to say about the right and wrong way to view emotions:

When we wrestle with out-of-control emotions, it is easy to conclude that emotions are inherently sinful or wrong and should be suppressed. We need to remember that being created in the image of God means we have the capacity to experience and express a variety of emotions. God exhibits a spectrum of pure emotions, including joy, delight, anger, jealousy, and sorrow. And He has designed us to be able to feel and express many different emotions in a why that reflects His heart and brings glory to Him.

The problem is not that we have emotions-they are a gift from God. The problem is that our emotions (unlike God’s) are tainted by the Fall. The challenge is to let the Spirit of God sanctify us in the realm of our emotions so that they can be expressed in godly ways.

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I know of no tool that the Enemy uses more effectively to lead us as women into bondage than our emotions. He does so by causing us to believe things about our emotions that just aren’t true.

The Truth is that, due to our fallen condition, our feelings often have little to do with reality. In many instances, feelings are simply not a reliable gauge of what is actually true. When we allow them to be tied to our circumstances-which are constantly changing-rather than to the unchangeable realities of God and His Truth, our emotions are prone to fluctuate wildly.

If we want to walk in freedom, we must realize that our emotions are not necessarily trustworthy and be willing to reject any feelings that are not consistent with the Truth.

The following Young Living essential oils and blends are what I am using to keep my hormones balanced and my emotions in check:

  • Clary Sage
  • Peace & Calming
  • Dragon Time
  • Progessence Plus Serum™
  • Frankincense
  • Spikenard
  • Thyromine
  • Vetiver
  • Endoflex (especially for adrenal and thyroid issues)
  • NingXia Red (immune boosting drink)
  • True Source
  • Mineral Essence
  • Stress Away
  • Vitamin B

Other recommendations:

  • Pregnenolone Cream®
  • Cortistop
  • Sleep Essence
  • Vitamin D

The following article was written by my friend, Dr. Loretta Lanphier:

Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP

You must be wondering with all of the hype about hormones, “Why do we need HRT in the first place?” In this article I address this concern with some straightforward information about natural HRT…

Our Hormones
Hormonal imbalance is a term that has become popular to describe an incorrect relationship that exists between levels of progesterone and estrogen.

Progesterone is a needed hormone for both menopausal women and andropausal men for many reasons. It’s a steroid hormone made by the ovary at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is manufactured in the body from the steroid hormone pregnenolone, and is a precursor to most of the other steroid hormones, including cortisol, androstenedione, the estrogens and testosterone. When levels of progesterone are low, it needs to be replaced. Its most important role is to balance or oppose the effects of estrogen.

Unopposed estrogen creates a strong risk for breast cancer and reproductive cancers. Estrogen levels drop at menopause but only 40-60%, which is just enough to stop the menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels may drop to near zero in some women. Because progesterone is the precursor to so many other steroid hormones, its use can greatly enhance overall hormone balance after menopause. Progesterone also stimulates bone building and thus helps protect against osteoporosis.

PMS Factor
During the 10 to 15 years before menopause, many women regularly have cycles where they make enough estrogen to create menstruation, but they don\’t make any progesterone. This sets the stage for estrogen dominance. By using natural progesterone during these months, symptoms of PMS can be helped.

We also know that PMS can occur despite normal progesterone levels when stress is present. Stress overtaxes the adrenals. It increases cortisol production; cortisol blocks (or competes for) progesterone receptors. Additional progesterone is required in this case to overcome this blockade, and additional stress management is important, such as proper nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. Similar scenarios apply to men as well.

Other Factors
Other major factors that stresses our bodies and subsequently our hormones, are environmental chemicals in our food, water and air–heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides, plastics and many other poisons—that mimic estrogen once they enter our body. In just one example of this type of poisoning, it has been reported on several news programs (CBS, The Discovery Channel and others) that the common tin can is inadvertently supplying us with unwanted estrogen-like hormones. This is a result of a chemical reaction over a period of time between the tin and the plastic inner lining of the can. Unwanted cumulative chemical additions, such as this, are believed to have dire consequences within our bodies.

It’s clear that our bodies can get overloaded with estrogen without even trying. The other bad news is that our overloaded bodies may not have the ability to breakdown estrogen. The liver generally removes excess estrogen. Diseases of the liver like cirrhosis or decreased enzyme activity can lead to increased estrogen levels. Vitamin B6 and magnesium are necessary for the liver to neutralize estrogen. Increased sugar intake will also excrete magnesium and interfere with its ability to breakdown estrogen. Estrogen supplementation by prescription is clearly not needed, and will increase estrogen levels unless it is properly balanced with natural progesterone.

With all of these factors, it’s easy to conclude most women and men are on estrogen overload.

Symptoms of Estrogen Overload
When estrogen overload symptoms occur, doctors usually offer either synthetic HRT or birth control pills. What is needed instead is natural progesterone for both hormonal balance and relief of symptoms, in both women and men, such as:

  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Food and sugar cravings
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Irregular or excessive uterine bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Weight gain
  • Increased blood clotting
  • Thyroid dysfunction

When dysfunctions are extremely painful or debilitating, women are told that their health is more important than their reproductive organs, and that a hysterectomy would be the best thing. In most cases, women can choose natural HRT to solve these problems. Natural HRT can take care of the risks of:

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Osteoporosis

An imbalance occurs in nearly every instance where physicians prescribe synthetic hormones. This is because traditional HRT adds to the already existing high levels of estrogen in our bodies. By adding synthetic hormones, traditional HRT, which directly interfere with the normal function of our endocrine system, our body is fooled. It thinks the estrogens are real estrogens. Our bodies act as if there is estrogen excess in the system, resulting in an increased hormonal imbalance.

Hormone Test
At Oasis Advanced Wellness a simple saliva hormonal level test kit can be purchased and used in the comfort of your home. With these results and your symptoms, you can determine your need for natural HRT.

Like most things in life, we must always proceed with caution. There is no magic bullet when it comes to getting the body balanced and healthy. Natural progesterone is the most natural and safest way to assist women with the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, but we must remember that our goal is “balance” in every area.

Estrogen Effects: Stimulates breasts cysts; increases body fat storage; salt and fluid retention; depression and headaches; interferes with thyroid hormone; increases blood clotting and risk of stroke; decreases libido (sex drive); impairs blood sugar control; loss of zinc and retention of copper; reduced oxygen level in all cells; increased risk of endometrial cancer; increased risk of breast cancer; helps decrease bone loss slightly.

Progesterone Effects: Protects against breast cysts; Helps use fat for energy and keep it off hips; Natural diuretic (water pill); Natural anti-depressant; Facilitates thyroid hormone action; Normalizes blood clotting;Increases libido; Normalizes blood sugar levels; Normalizes zinc and copper levels; Restores proper cell oxygen levels; Prevents endometrial cancer; Helps prevent breast cancer; Increases bone building.

Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP, CH is a Doctor of Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Clinical Herbalist in the Houston, TX area and Founder / CEO of Oasis Advanced Wellness

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our 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, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

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. 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.

Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood

March 19, 2014

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Earlier this month, James and I won a trip to Hawaii with Young Living. Part of our adventure included a visit to Young Living’s newest partner farm, the Háloa Áina Sandalwood forest on the island of Kona. The owners of this farm have a very encouraging and God-honoring mission to restore Sandalwood to the Hawaiian Islands.

While there were many things to enjoy on our trip, the visit to this particular farm was one of the highlights. As we walked around the farm, the intoxicating aroma of sandalwood was everywhere. James mentioned that he was tempted to lay face down in the wood chips for the rest of the day. I told him that would be weird.

What we experienced at the farm confirmed once again what makes Young Living unique, and why we only use these oils in our family. Young Living is not an essential oil broker, a company that simply buys random oils off the market, brands them, and packages them to sell to others. Sadly, almost every other company out there is just that.

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Rather, Young Living is a company that owns its own farms (on five continents), distills, tests, and prides itself on an exclusive “Seed to Seal” process that ensures the highest quality on the market.

Young Living also partners with select, exclusive farms around the world—those rare few who are committed to the same standard of quality that Young Living is known for, and who are willing to work together to uphold Young Living’s extraordinary standards. And that certainly describes the Háloa Áina organization.

Hawaii used to be known as the “Sandalwood Islands.” A very special species of sandalwood, Santalum paniculatum, was found in the mountains of this beautiful archipelago. However, during the 1800s, the sandalwood forests were depleted as a result of both greed and ignorance.

Once the Hawaiian royal family discovered the commercial value of sandalwood, this amazing evergreen was over-harvested. In addition, the introduction of foreign cattle and sheep by Europeans quickly turn the once dense forests into grazing land. Sandalwood almost became completely extinct in Hawaii.

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However, it is making a comeback, in part because of the faithful efforts of those involved in the Háloa Áina project. 2800 acres of lush land on the Big Island are now dedicated to establishing a sustainable sandalwood forest. It is an honor to be part of that vision.

Sandalwood is grown in other parts of the world, specifically in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and China. And Young Living does have other sources for sandalwood, partnering with similar farms committed to quality and purity.

The sandalwood tree is an evergreen that, when fully mature, reaches up to 50 feet in height. It flourishes in warm, dry climates; so the mountains of Hawaii are ideal for its healthy growth. Sandalwood is also native to areas in the Middle East and South Asia.

The sandalwood tree is known as a “parasitic tree,” which means that it receives the majority of its nutrients from the roots of other tress or plants. This means other trees need to be planted along side the sandalwood.

Sandalwood is mentioned in the Bible (often referred to as aloes or almugwood), and was used to make the railings in Solomon’s temple, as well as the harps and lyres for the musicians (1 Kings 10:12). It was also used by Nicodemus as part of the oil used to anoint the body of Jesus after His crucifixion (John 19:39). Sandalwood is also found in Young Living’s 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture collection.

James and Stacy – on location, discussing their sandalwood adventure…

 

2014-02-28 10.17.53The medicinal value of sandalwood oil has been known for centuries. Ornate, alabaster jars filled with the precious liquid were discovered in King Tutankhamen’s tomb by ancient thieves—thieves who stole the oil and left behind the beautiful jars, as well as precious gems and gold. The ancients knew their worth!

Sandalwood has a high concentration of sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are said to “deprogram” bad cellular information/memory (in preparation for  the healing monoterpenes). They also stimulate the pineal gland and limbic regions of the brain, helping to control emotions and release natural melatonin.

Sandalwood has been used to help with urinary tract and kidney problems, as well as sore throats and respiratory issues. It has also been proven to help calm and relax stressed nerves or emotions. I have personally used it when I have had trouble falling asleep. Not only is it relaxing, but it also smells amazing!

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Pure, therapeutic grade sandalwood is extremely moisturizing and nourishing to the skin. I apply it daily to reduce age spots and wrinkling. It has  been used to regenerate skin cells in scar tissue, as well as to help with eczema, psoriasis, rashes and acne.

A recent study found that sandalwood might even be beneficial to those battling skin cancer. And, because of its rich, woody aroma, it has been used in the manufacture of valuable perfumes for centuries.

However, because of its high demand, sandalwood is one of the most adulterated essential oils on the market. Unethical brokers often dilute pure sandalwood with cheaper carrier oils, synthetic fragrances, and/or solvents. The only use for such oils is perhaps in perfumery, but even then you have to ask yourself the question, “What am I really putting on my skin or inhaling into my lungs?”

Again, this is one of the reasons why we trust Young Living and their commitment to quality from seed to seal. Young Living understands not only how to grow healthy plants and trees; they also know how crucial it is to harvest them at just the right time to glean superior oil.

Sandalwood is a prime example. For those who are simply out for a quick buck, green trees are harvested well before their time; and the immature wood is distilled multiple times.

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But, Young Living understands cultivation, harvesting, and distillation better than any company out there. They and their partner farms have found that the

best sandalwood oil comes from trees that are in distress—trees that are undergoing trials.

Instead of harvesting green trees—young trees, Young Living waits for the trees to reach the end of their natural life, at a time when the highest percentage of oil is found in the root ball and in the heartwood of the tree.1656286_10203014739387921_846453743_n

The essential oil in sandalwood acts in a similar way to white blood cells in the human body: they get busy concentrating their efforts on saving the life of the tree by going to the heartwood, which is one of the two main parts of the tree that Young Living distills. The other is the root ball, which many companies throw out because of how inconvenient it is to clean  and prepare.

All of this is especially amazing, since it also happens to be consistent with responsible, sustainable harvesting. The result is the best sandalwood essential oil you can find on the market!

And, because of the way Young Living develops sustainable farms, its model is far more aligned with the biblical call to steward the resources of the earth. By helping to restore sandalwood to the Hawaiian Islands, the company is demonstrating its commitment to not only using the best possible base stock in the production of essential oils, they’re also showing that they are committed to developing and nurturing not only Sandalwood, but other wonderful gifts found in creation.

We have found sandalwood to be incredibly useful for our own family. It is a primary component of many of the recipes you can find here on the Common Scents Mom.

And, we recently heard that Sandalwood is even helpful in making a suntan lotion! Simply take 5 teaspoons of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil, and mix them with 7 to 10 drops of sandalwood oil. Massage this into your skin. You will find that the sandalwood will help deliver a more even tan, while moisturizing and protecting your skin. If only we had discovered that before our trip to Hawaii!

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The most economical way to get this amazing essential oil is to order through me as a wholesale member with Young Living.

To get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our 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, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

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. 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.

How I Get Rid of a Headache

March 17, 2014

One of the things that frustrates me most is to see one of my loved ones suffering and not be able to do anything about it. That’s one of the things I love about essential oils! I can do something about it!

I now have a safe, pleasant, effective way to nurture my family and help to relieve their pain. Watch this video to learn my “headache massage” technique using pure, therapeutic grade essential oils!

 

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our 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, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

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. 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.

Young Living Sent Us to Hawaii!

March 10, 2014

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Island music, fresh papaya, soul-warming sunshine, breathtaking waterfalls and seascapes, and the scent of lush, tropical greenery, salty ocean, and coconut oil…we celebrated all five of our senses on our trip to Hawaii! God is so gracious to have given man the ability to experience life in ways that stir our emotions to such depths. It’s one of the reasons I love essential oils so much!

But, I have to confess: before winning the trip to Hawaii, I wasn’t in favor of even going. While my husband kept an eager eye, multiple times a day, on our place in Young Living’s Drive to Win contest, I kept reminding him that we weren’t going, even if we won the trip. 
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I pictured a painfully long plane ride (this part turned out to be true!), obnoxious commercialism, too much time away from the children, and the temptation to spend more money than we should. I also wasn’t in favor of sitting on a crowded beach with a bunch of naked tourists. Yes, this was pretty much the extent of how I pictured a Hawaiian vacation.

So, I can honestly say that I absolutely did not try to win this trip. We were just doing what we always do – sharing with others about the amazing benefits of essential oils and helping our team to do the same. But that alone resulted in ranking 19 out of the 60 Drive to Win winners. So, after looking into my husband’s eyes and seeing palm trees swaying in the wind, I agreed to go…to please him. What I didn’t realize was how much the trip would bless me too!

It was late evening in Kona when we arrived at the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort, so we decided to have a light dinner. We found a seaside restaurant at the resort and planned to share a salad and appetizer before heading to bed. We were surprised to be seated at a quiet outdoor table over looking the ocean. 1939442_10203025521137458_1842753097_n

It was a beautiful welcome to the island.

James and I had arrived a day early to acclimate ourselves to the time difference and to get to know our surroundings (okay, we just wanted an extra day of R&R). And the first thing we did was pick up the convertible Camaro we rented!

Thank you American Express points! Here is a clip taken a few days later showing how much we enjoyed the wind in our hair!

The morning after our arrival, we woke up early to join Scott Johnson (director of U.S. sales for Young Living) for breakfast. The picture below is the early morning view from our room.

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The early morning view from the balcony in our room.

Every breakfast at the resort was wonderful! Stuffed omelettes expertly prepared and other “regular” breakfast items, but my favorites included the sweet tropical fruit, guava juice, and rich Kona coffee. Wow! And fresh papaya may be my new favorite fruit of all time!

Scott Johnson is a great guy with a lot of vision and a good head on his shoulders. We enjoyed getting to know him and the whole management team better. Travis Ogden, chief operating officer, Jared Turner, chief sales and marketing officer, and others were attentive, warm, and confident. We left feeling very encouraged about the direction and leadership of the company!

2014-02-26 12.15.08Later, James and I jumped into the convertible and headed to Waipo Valley to enjoy the view. Wow! You could only go down the road in a 4-wheel drive (not even all-wheel drive allowed). We sure would have loved to explore the beach down there! But, alas, we had to enjoy from afar. We considered a hike, but my Tom’s weren’t up for the job! Maybe “next time.”

Later, at the resort, we visited with other distributors at a NingXia Red reception by the pool, after registration. It was fun getting to know other essential oil-lovers and hearing their stories. Amazingly, some of the winners were brand new to Young Living, starting mid-contest; and they still won the trip! This is really an amazing company with not only amazing products, but also amazing opportunities!

The next morning, we were greeted before breakfast with fresh-flower leis by Travis and Scott. So pretty! During breakfast, there was a lot of whispering about an upcoming “surprise.” I love surprises!

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There was much anticipation, until…finally! Travis announced that Young Living had gifted each of us with the coolest of cool shades…Maui Jim’s!

2014-02-27 17.10.32Decked out in our new shades, James and I drove to Hilo and visited Akaka Falls. So many beautiful sights! More photos HERE.

We enjoyed dinner in Hilo that evening and headed back to the resort for much needed rest.

The next morning was our sandalwood adventure. While the rest of the crew had fun on the buses winning great prizes and gleaning essential oil wisdom from Gary Young and others, James and I indulged in an open-air excursion–we made the trek to the farm in the convertible! Sometimes we’re rebellious like that.

Here’s a picture of us leading the bus pack! You can almost feel the breeze!

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Here is the sign we saluted as we entered the farm! We will be soon be posting a more thorough account of our amazing Hawaiian Sandalwood experience, so stay tuned!

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Saturday, Young Living provided us with three options for adventure: snorkeling in the ocean, zipping down a ridiculously high zip line, or horseback riding through the mountains. We initially elected for the horseback riding, but later decided to simply relax at the resort and walk along the coastline. This proved to be a great decision, as we needed a day of rest.

While looking for a private spot to sit and watch the ocean, we discovered an empty cabana with an amazing view, equipped with two massage tables and two empty chairs!

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We determined that the cabana was probably set up for the resort’s spa, but since nobody was using the chairs, we sat down and enjoyed the privacy and the awesome view. Together, we rested there for hours, sipping tropical drinks, enjoying the sound of crashing waves, and inhaling the salty aroma of the great Pacific.

As the afternoon waned, James noted what seemed to be a small path meandering along the ocean shoreline. We decided to follow it for a while. It took us off the resort property as it twisted south along the Pacific. The shoreline was filled with black and white volcanic rock from an ancient eruption of perhaps Mauna Loa, which just happens to be the largest volcano on the earth!

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Perhaps because of the rocks or lack of modern amenities, most of the tourists ignored this beautiful path, electing instead to gather around the artificial pools and well-stocked bars. So, to our surprise, we discovered our own private beach – our own tropical paradise! We enjoyed some time walking in the ocean water, our feet sinking into white sand. The water was so warm, so refreshing; and the view was simply breathtaking!

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There are so many things we could share! We experienced the camaraderie of Young Living, the beauty of the Big Island, and the intimate bonding  time that is so crucial in a good marriage. But most of all, we rediscovered the reality of God’s providence. We had long conversations where we marveled over all that God has done in both of our lives – all that He has brought us through. And we celebrated as we realized that so many of our dreams for the future are becoming a reality.

Not only is God using Young Living to bless our family with health, He is opening up a new door for us financially. We love the way it is quickly becoming a “generational business” for each of our adult children. Not only do we all have our own individual businesses, they are intricately tied together in a unified organization through the business model of relationship marketing.

God has blown us away with the growth of The Common Scents Mom. Every month, we are more and more amazed by how much larger and faster our Common Scents team is expanding! Every. Single. Month.

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1901762_10203025522497492_379182078_nI guess it’s the law of multiplication, but it just keeps getting better. And what that means for our team is that our Common Scents families, many of them one-income, Christian homeschooling families, are experiencing a financial freedom they never thought they would have! I love that! As I shared HERE, this is the most homeschool-friendly business we could have ever imagined!

Check out this vignette of what all 60 Young Living Drive to Win contest winners experienced in Hawaii. Young Living will announce a new contest on March 15! Maybe you’ll be the next winner!

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our 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, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

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. 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.

Ocotea and Me…

March 5, 2014

Ocotea is a natural anti-inflammatory. Extracted from the exotic ocotea tree found in Ecuador, this precious oil has the highest level of alpha humulene of any Young Living essential oil, which is a compound that is known to help aid the body’s natural response to irritation and injury.

Gary OcoteaIn the cinnamon family, many people enjoy a few drops in their water and have reported stabilized blood sugar levels after using it regularly.

Ocotea also has natural cleansing and purifying properties. I read a report this morning that talked about using it for parasites and fungal infections! I love it that God provided these great oils for us to use in so many ways!

Ocotea’s mild scent is pleasant and tastes great, but it can also be diffused into the air!

How to Use: Dilute with carrier oil and apply topically or take internally as a dietary supplement.

Read more HERE

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our 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, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

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. 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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