Developing a Taste for…

July 29, 2014

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Juicy, organic, free-range, herb-roasted chicken or animal shaped chicken nuggets and ketchup?

Organic, grass-fed beef with melted garlic butter or a Whopper with Cheese?

Flamed Creme Brûlée or a Twinkie?

Organic white cheddar, fresh figs, local honey, and a good glass of merlot or spray cheese and Mountain Dew?

A massage with aromatic essential oils or Tylenol?

Ah…the good life!

Why Pure Essential Oils are Safe

July 23, 2014

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Guest Post by Sara Raynor, Essential Wisdom & Nutrition

Essential Oils are becoming a hot topic these days; and, whenever there is a lot of excitement about something, there will always be some negativity. There will also always be opportunists–people who profit from sensationalism and misinformation.

The first thing I want you to remember is that you are in charge of your health. Nobody can force you to do anything, not even your doctor. If you approach your health with prayer, wisdom and reverence, you will find solutions. Healthcare requires a lot of faith, so give it to the One who created you and trust His path for you.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” — Matthew 7:7

I have seen a few articles lately that warn against the “dangers” of using essential oils internally, or even topically. There are different schools of thought on the use of essential oils; so, it’s important to distinguish them and their basic philosophies.

  • German: Emphasizes inhalation. Focuses more on the aromatherapy and the effects of essential oils on the limbic system. Dr. David Stewart calls this the “central brain”.
  • British: The focus is on the use of highly diluted oils in concentrations of 5% or less in a carrier base. Mostly for the use in massage. “There are no reports of toxic effects from using essential oils this way.” (Clinical Aromatherapy  by Jane Buckle, 2003, pg 77)This model acknowledges there are some instances where undiluted use is warranted. This is a traditional and conservative perspective that attempts to minimize potential risks while optimizing benefits.
  • French: Starts with the belief that pure, high-quality, unadulterated oils are safe to take orally or applied topically (some undiluted). The oils that require dilution are diluted and those that don’t require dilution are not diluted. “French Aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils internally…. generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils.” (The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, by Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt PhD. pg 133)

My personal background is in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. I also worked in a medical lab for over 8 years, including some time inside a hospital setting. I have done a lot of personal research before deciding on Young Living Essential Oils.

I have also done a lot of research into other subjects and have found a terrible amount of misinformation come out of false conclusions from the gathering of data. It is sometimes hard to discern truth from fiction. Even the experts get it wrong sometimes, so definitely be careful what advice you take from non-experts.YL Lab

It is important to note that websites dedicated to generating traffic for monetary gain rely on sensationalist headlines on hot topics to draw people in. They rely on pure numbers (traffic) to get hits on their ads to make money. It is very easy to manipulate information to back up a sensationalist headline and hardly requires any education.

It is also far easier and more legally safe to be a naysayer. Then there are blogs (like this one) that legitimately wish to share information and personal experiences. We use real references and testimonials whenever possible to bring you relevant information you can relate to, so that you can decide for yourself.Do not Judge an EO2

Yes, we make money if we refer you to Young Living, but we also serve the members in our organization, and others who want to learn more about a particular topic, whether or not they ever order through us.

When scrutinizing an article, look for an overuse of medical jargon. This is intended to make you feel uneducated. If you do a lot of skimming, or if you skip over parts you don’t understand, you are more likely to be swayed into believing that the author knows what he/she is talking about. People who genuinely have a desire to teach you something will attempt to communicate information to you in a way that you will understand and appreciate.

If you have ever taken a Basics of Essential Oils class, you know that we cover the fact that synthetic wintergreen is toxic, while plant-derived wintergreen is not toxic. Specifically, it is the Methyl Salicylate that is toxic when isolated, taken out of the plant, and reproduced synthetically.

Why is it so important to note that it is isolated? Even though we say that an oil is 80% this and 10% that, there are hundreds of constituents in each oil in minuscule, but important amounts, some of which have not yet been identified. Each constituent contributes to the synergistic nature of the oil. You cannot judge an oil by one of its constituents. They work in harmony.

Many people are more familiar with the concept of food before vitamins. If we get our vitamins through the food we eat, we absorb more of them because of the balance of properties. God’s creation is quite perfect; we cannot improve upon it!

If we take a pill, we only absorb a small portion of the total content in the absence of the other necessary biological chemicals. If you ingest a bunch of calcium, for instance, without the other vitamins, minerals and enzymes that naturally occur in food that has calcium in it, you are going to have side-effects. It is the same with essential oils, just magnified because they are so powerful.

Our body recognizes essential oils because we share enough biology with plants that our system recognizes what to do with them. It can use what it needs and is able to dispose of what it does not need by elimination pathways already in place. Our bodies do not recognize a single constituent of an oil because that is not how it is created in the plant.

It seems likely that those who try to isolate one constituent of an essential oil for a medication are either convinced in their superiority over our Creator, or, in an effort to make money, they want to patent the technique. God knew what he was doing when he created essential oils and we can’t possibly make them better.

This takes us to the issue of toxicity. A toxin is simply something that does damage to your body. Anything can be a toxin in the right amount. Even drinking water can be toxic in the right circumstances.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-water-glass-image29217894

Chemicals, including medications, are toxic when our bodies cannot eliminate what (a chemical or a part of it that breaks off in the body) they do not need. It is unlikely that pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, when used properly, in the proper amounts, could cause damage because our bodies know how to eliminate them.

That is why the source of the essential oil is so important. This is why we have to use wisdom and not do anything we aren’t comfortable with. Ingesting an essential oil is not always better. Dr. David Stewart puts it best in his book, The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple:

“Swallowing the oils to be assimilated through the digestive tract results in a major portion being destroyed by the stomach acids. Hence, a greater quantity of oil is required when swallowed than when simply held in the mouth. However, some oils are too strong to be held in the mouth so that when internal administration is desired, swallowing them in capsules is an effective alternative…. All pathways for oils to enter your body are effective.” (p2)

60% or more of thdaddrinkingpepperminte oil ingested gets destroyed in digestive tract, so you have to take more in a capsule to equal what could be absorbed under the tongue or topically through the skin. ??There are some cases when you want an oil to be absorbed quickly and efficiently, and some cases where you might like the effects to last longer.

If you have a blend of oils you like to use for pain, and if you have pain all over, you might take it orally. On the other hand, you might be able to use less oil if, for example, you apply it directly only where your knee hurts.

Some people have reported that oils for pain have longer lasting effects if they are diluted before they are applied, even though the initial pain relief comes in less than a couple minutes. Because diluting essential oils with a fatty oil causes them to absorb at a slower rate, dilution is a method of time-release, so you can use that to your advantage. You may want other oils to act more quickly, such as those that help normalize blood sugars. You would then apply these under the tongue, as long as the bottle and your reference guide suggested that doing so was appropriate.footcare

Which oils and how you use them are ultimately up to you, but don’t fear them. Search for knowledge and for answers. Verify information from respected sources. Trust your friends who use oils in their own families. The thing about Young Living is that few people are involved just to sell oils. In fact the reverse is true; many of us got into selling them by an accidental paycheck. Because we use them and love them so much, we want to share our stories with the world!

If you decide you only want to diffuse them, go for it. If you want to learn more about how to use them safely by topical and oral application, get a good reference guide and go forth with confidence!

Additional References:

http://heritageessentialoils.com/schools-of-thought.php

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/help-vitamin-supplement

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1770067/

The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by Dr. David Stewart

Healing Oils of the Bible by Dr. David Stewart

Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higle

Sara is a stay at home mom and devoted wife. She is also a Biology nerd who loves to learn and teach. Scientific knowledge has only strengthened her faith, and learning about essential oils are not an exception! Sara loves to learn about and enjoy God’s creation and share her knowledge in a way that is uplifting and helpful to others. Visit her at Essential Wisdom & Nutrition!

I’ll Take a Shot of That!

July 15, 2014

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 We never thought it would come to this. It started out slow; but, before we knew it, shot glasses lined our counter tops. Now we’re hooked. Some mornings, our kitchen looks like a scene out of an old Western, with our cowboys, and even our cowgirls, bellied up to the bar, waiting for a ruby red liquid boost.

But, don’t worry! Instead of an intoxicant, the beverage of choice in our home is the incredibly healthy Ningxia Red!™ This naturally delicious, nutrient-infused, immune-booster is a coveted treat in our house!

NingXia Red combines the finest whole Ningxia wolfberries, blueberries, pomegranates, apricots, blue agave nectar, raspberries, red grape (seed, skin, and stem), as well as lemon and orange essential oils. And it contains fiber, protein, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. A shot of this drink is a great way to start the day! Let me share a few points on why you need to give Ningxia Red a try…

  • The wolfberry comes from the Ningxia province in China. Many citizens from that region enjoy the wolfberry as part of their daily diet. Amazingly, the people from this region tend to enjoy a longer and more physically productive life: better eyesight, slower aging, and less heart disease and cancer than a majority of cultural groups.NingXia Red
  • The Ningxia wolfberry provides powerful antioxidants to strengthen the immune system.  This amazing fruit has the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of any energy or vitamin drink available, which helps defend against the free radical attacks that occur thousands of times a day to each cell in the human body.

  • Wolfberries boost Glutathione levels! Glutathione is the most important antioxidant and detoxification enzyme in the liver, providing a powerful boost in helping the liver to function properly.
  • Ningxia Red helps promote good eye sight and eye health. The wolfberry is high in antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Beta-carotene is good for the retina. Zeaxanthin is needed for good eye sight. The Ningxia wolfberry has the highest amount of zeaxanthin and other carotenoids of any known food!
  • The main constituent in the Ningxia wolfberry is Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharide (LBP); and, according to studies in China (from references below), LBP helps cancer patients rebuild their white blood cell count, enhancing phagocytes and the activity of natural killer cells which bind to cancerous cells.” ³
  • The Ningxia wolfberry enhances T-cell function, which plays a central role in cell-mediated immunity.
  • You would have to eat an enormous amount of fruits and vegetables daily to equal the nutritional benefits of just one ounce of NingXia Red!
  • Eating Ningxia wolfberries enhances Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), which neutralizes free radicals that damage the DNA of cells, possibly helping us to live healthier, longer lives.
  • The Ningxia wolfberries free radical scavengers help to strengthen and support the cell walls, supporting efficient transport of flavonoid nutrients across the cell membrane.
  • Ningxia wolfberries help to protect the brain’s neuro-transmitters against free radical activity, possibly slowing age related memory loss!
  • In many cases eating wolfberries helps to lower or stabilize blood sugars, which can be a great help to those struggling with diabetes.
  • The minerals and vitamins in the Ningxia wolfberry act as enzyme cofactors in the digestive process!
  • This drink has a B vitamin complex essential to the body for supporting our metabolism rate; maintaining healthy skin, hair and muscle tone; enhancing immune and nervous system function; promoting cell growth and division.
  • Ningxia Red has anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties due to the amino acid Solavetivone.
  • NingXia Red is 50% wolfberry puree and has a glycemic index of 11! Recent scientific evidence has shown that individuals who follow a low-GI diet over many years are at a significantly lower risk for developing both Type 2 Diabetes, coronary heart disease, and age-related macular degeneration.
  • Ningxia Red can also help reduce pain caused by inflammation. The wolfberry contains Beta-Sitosterol, a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Ningxia Red delivers a high acid binding ability, which hinders acid in the body that creates inflammation and stress in the system, slowing down the process of aging, illness and disease.
  • The micronutrients found in wolfberries counteracts mutations leading to cancer
  • Eating Ningxia wolfberries decreases cholesterol oxidation, reducing plaque buildup on artery walls.
  • Ningxia Red provides energy and stamina without stimulants, such as caffeine and guarana.

Oh! Did I mention that Ningxia Red tastes great? We purchase the NingXia Red singles and throw them in the freezer for a great healthy popsicle for the kids! They love it!!!

Also, because of NingXia Red’s immune-boosting qualities, when someone in the house is ill, they get a few extra shots for good measure!

These are just a few of the reasons Ningxia Red has become a staple in our home. It is simply amazing how much one little ounce of this delicious drink can do for you. Who ever said nutrition had to taste bad?

Sources:

  1. The Ningxia Wolfberry: A Powerful, Natural Ally against Disease and Aging, by Dr. Hugo Rodier, MD.
  2. Discovery of the Ultimate Superfood, by Gary Young ND, Ronald Lawrence MD, and Marc Schreuder.
  3. Guifang, Huang, et al; Immune Boosting Effects from Fu Fang Wu 2: Yang Zong Wan; Chinese Herbs, 1990, 12(6):27

caleb and mommyTo get started using NingXia Red (as well as the rest of Young Living’s essential oils and products) in 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.

Let Your Fountain be Blessed

July 10, 2014

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“Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.” (Proverbs 5:18)

Since publishing Awakening Love with Essential Oils in February, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I was so thankful to discover that it had been helpful to so many Christian couples. Sexual intimacy within marriage is an awesome gift that God intended to bring joy, comfort, and unity between a husband and wife (as well as to usher in future generations of godly families!).

However, talking about this subject also exposed an additional problem that many are facing. I’ve received numerous appeals from people desperate for help. You see, some couples struggle with challenges that go well beyond scented sheets and romantic massages. There are some husbands who simply are not physically able to participate in intimacy like they once did. They struggle with what is known as sexual or erectile dysfunction (ED).

While there are a number of potential root causes, the American Diabetes Association reported that 70 percent of men with low testosterone levels also have erectile dysfunction. 63 percent have a low sex drive.

As men get older, their testosterone levels gradually decrease. After the age of 30, men, on average, lose approximately one percent of their testosterone level per year. But the natural drop of this important hormone has been exacerbated by our polluted environment, poor diet, and unhealthy lifestyle.

Dr. Dan Purser, a physician who specializes in male and female hormone issues, recommends that men maintain a hormone level of 800-1400 ng/dl. If your husband is struggling with low sex drive or sexual dysfunction, you might suggest that he get a testosterone test. There are inexpensive, saliva-based tests available on Amazon or at Costco. While these are less accurate than blood tests, they can still give you a reasonahttp://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-human-head-hearts-brain-shape-blue-red-image36355378ble estimation of how his testosterone levels are doing.

Note: If you and your husband have consulted a doctor and have ruled out any physical reasons for his ED, consider sitting down and talking openly about any emotional or spiritual issues that may be going on. Sometimes, unresolved conflict, trust issues, or ongoing tension can negatively affect physical performance.

Also, scientific research has revealed that porn use is a growing cause of erectile dysfunction in men—even young men. It can affect and alter the brain in the same way drug addition does. This is a huge issue that should not be ignored. Though THIS LINK is disturbing, it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, that porn destroys lives. Get help! Your marriage bed, and your marriage itself, is worth it!

Now, before we go on, please remember that I am not a doctor. This article is written for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or illness. None of these statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. What I’m about to share shouldn’t be taken as a substitute for qualified medical advice. So, take charge of your own health and talk to your doctor or healthcare provider.

I am thankful that my husband and I enjoy a mutually satisfying marriage bed. And, though I am married to a man in his mid-fifties, thus far, we haven’t had to deal with this problem. So, I’m not sharing from expertise or experience. I’m only sharing what I’ve gathered from my own personal research.

I have worked hard to feed my family healthy, whole foods—foods that haven’t been tainted, manipulated, or morphed. We avoid white flour and sugar, processed foods, dyes, GMOs, soy, preservatives, MSG, etc. So, we have been proactive in our attempt to stay healthy and strong.

But, James and I both know from our research that, as men age, their testosterone decreases. And, without deliberate care, this could impact even the healthiest of men.1508588_10203007493246772_851133704_n

So, what I am going to share includes some of the things James does to maintain his testosterone levels, as well as some research that may help those struggling with sexual dysfunction.

First, I suggest you try to increase testosterone naturally. Start with a balanced diet. But, make sure your diet also includes broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. These vegetables can help boost testosterone levels by removing estrogens, which actually lower testosterone!

Interestingly, studies have suggested that higher fat (the good kind) and cholesterol consumption may also increase total testosterone levels! Eat more avocados! Also, raw milk and butter, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, organic meats and eggs are all great choices!

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-middle-aged-man-workout-healthy-beach-morning-image30945079Exercise is also important. Recently, James began powerwalking 4-5 miles per day, as well as working out with his mace (yes, a mace) at least three times a week. Exercise encourages testosterone production. And, exercise decreases body fat (which has been shown to convert testosterone into estrogen)!

And, don’t forget sleep! Researchers at the University of Chicago found that men who slept less than five hours a night for one week had lower testosterone levels than when they were fully rested. The drop was typically 10-15%!

A good night’s sleep of 8-9 hours has been shown not to only increase testosterone, but also to help manage cortisol levels, a stress hormone that has been shown to negatively impact testosterone levels when present in high amounts.

Stress is another culprit. Stress increases cortisol; and, again, cortisol is a testosterone killer! If you want a more satisfying marriage bed, do all you can to decrease stress!

Stay away from household toxins, especially those that contain xenoestrogens! Xenoestrogen is a chemical that mimics estrogen in the body, and significantly decreases testosterone levels. And, it is everywhere! From shampoos and lotions, to plastic water bottles and storage containers, to paints and new carpet, and more! Read more HERE.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-middle-aged-man-front-medicine-cabinet-image21131474

Examine your household and find ways to replace toxic chemically laden products with natural alternatives! Use glass instead of plastic. Choose natural cleaning and beauty care products. Replace synthetic air fresheners with essential oils. It may cost a little more, but your health is worth more than you know!

Quality supplements should be a part of every man’s routine. James takes Young Living’s True Source everyday, as well as OmegaGize, and Super B. Omega-3 fish oils, B vitamins, and minerals like zinc have been shown to help increase testosterone.

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In addition, James has been taking Idaho Blue Spruce for quite some time now. He applies four drops on his forearms every morning. Dr. Purser also reported that after two weeks of taking eight drops of Idaho Blue Spruce by capsule once a day, men raised their testosterone levels by 30%!true source

Other oils can be helpful right away for sexual dysfunction. Goldenrod has been shown to help some men raise and maintain an erection. The literature suggests taking 3 to 5 drops at night under the tongue, or even applying one drop to the perineum before intimacy.

Oil mixtures have also been reported to help some men. Taking a capsule filled with 2 drops each of ginger, marjoram, rosemary, and cypress at least 1 hour before intercourse has been recommended.

Dr. Scott Johnson also suggested that a diluted mixture comprised of 1 drop each of cypress, goldenrod, helichrysum, and ginger applied around the base of the penis approximately 30 minutes before intercourse has been helpful to some men.

At the 2014 Young Living Convention, the company introduced a new blend called Shutran. This blend is comprised of a number ofshutran aromatic oils, many of which have proven to be beneficial to testosterone production and other men’s health issues.

Shutran contains Idaho Blue Spruce, Ocotea, Hinoki, Ylang Ylang, Coriander, Davana, Cedarwood, Lemon, and Lavender. We bought some at Convention and James is now using it in conjunction with Idaho Blue Spruce. And it smells amazing! I told him he should wear it as cologne!

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God has designed married couples to love and support one another in many ways—emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Sexual intimacy is a true and lasting gift of all three. It is full of bonding, joy, stress-relief, trust-building, pleasure, fellowship…and great fun!

And age does not have to stand in the way! God called men to enjoy the wife of their youth, and by taking charge of his health, a man can do just that – even well into his golden years!

If you experience any discomfort after applying oils or blends to sensitive areas, apply V-6, or a fatty oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil) and all will be well.

Note: All of the oils and supplements listed above, as well as many natural alternatives for household chemicals, are available through Young Living. Read the paragraph below to see how you can purchase these products at wholesale prices!

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.

Stinky Kid Spray!

June 30, 2014

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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. Badly.

Cool Down with Essential Oils!

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Flying with Essential Oils

June 25, 2014

2014-06-22 15.47.41On a scale of one to ten, I would put my desire to get on an airplane at about a minus 23. While I like the fact that an airplane allows me to avoid days of car travel, I would still rather stay home.

Yes, I’m a homebody. I love the comfort and familiarity of home and family. I love hearing William’s little feet thumping down the stairs in the morning. I like sleeping on my own pillow, using my own coffee cup, and drying off with my own fluffy towels. In a perfect world, I would almost never leave our two little acres by the lake.

But, this is not a perfect world and travel is sometimes inevitable. We now have grandchildren living out of state. James and I also have had occasional opportunities to speak at conventions around the nation. On top of this, our growing essential oil business has given us more reasons to travel, often in the form of free trips…the last trip being Hawaii! So, in order to enjoy these sometimes once in a lifetime events, air travel has become a bit of a dreaded necessity.

However, essential oils make the whole experience less daunting! They can be very useful before flying, while on board the aircraft, and after arrival. Here are a few of my favorite essential travel tips:

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Scott – one of the friendliest flight attendants we have ever had! And, he really enjoyed our peppermint!

Before I leave the house, I make sure to apply the oil blend Valor to my temples. Valor helps to support my embarrassingly intense need for courage! Did I mention I hate flying? It also helps give me a boost of energy and alertness, which is important for me, since James likes to book obscenely early morning flights.

Be sure to plan ahead if you want to take your oils on board. TSA regulations allow you to bring a small amount of liquid (up to 100ml – six 15ml plus two 5 ml bottles is fine) on board an aircraft, as long as it is enclosed in a one quart sized Ziploc bag. This bag should be removed from your carry on bag and scanned separately.

Be sure to pack oils you may need while in the air. Peppermint works great for me for headaches, pressure, ear pain, upset stomach, congestion, jet lag etc. If the oils you want to bring along exceed the limit, you can always pack them in your checked baggage.

After boarding, the first thing we do is pull out our bottle of Thieves. James puts a few drops on his fingers and reaches up to open the air vent. Of course, the oil gets “accidentally” applied to the vent! Before you know it, the aroma of Thieves is purifying the air around us. It’s always amusing to hear nearby travellers asking each other what that wonderful aroma is!

Peace and Calming is another great oil to have on hand, especially if you are traveling with children. You might even be able to use this oil to help a distraught mother dealing with an inconsolable little one. Or a grumpy husband who really needs a nap while travelling. ;-)

Purification is also a good one to bring along for purifying the air, especially when you arrive at your hotel. Don’t forget your diffuser! I usually diffuse either lemon, Purification, or Thieves while in our hotel room.

Also, lemon is a wonderful oil to add to your water while cruising along at 30,000 feet, or even on the ground! It helps with acid indigestion and it tastes great!

By the way, all of the oils listed in this article are available in the Premium Starter Kit. If you haven’t secured your kit and joined the wholesale program, do so before your next trip. These oils will help make even the most reluctant traveler like me willing to fly the aromatic skies.


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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.

Is Sleep Really Overrated?

June 22, 2014

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2

You may have heard the seemingly humorous statement, “Sleep is overrated.” Yet, we all know the truth: Sleep is crucial! Even Scripture tells us that sleep is a gift from God.

Sleep provides needed rest and physical and mental restoration. Through it, we set aside stress and our energy is renewed for the coming day. When we have sufficient sleep, we are better prepared for what God has for us to do.

Sleep helps us to recover from the impact the daily pressures of life have on our bodies—pressures that sometimes result in excessive cortisol and norepinephrine production. Left unchecked, these imbalances can cause all sorts of physical and emotional health problems. A lack of sleep may lower the immune system, bring about illness, cause anxiety, and even exacerbate the aging process. Perhaps that is why some say they need their “beauty sleep.”

As much as we try to avoid stress, the pressures and responsibilities of life often continue to increase, resulting in less sleep. Sleep deprivation is epidemic in our society. It is estimated that 65% of Americans get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep each night.

And, for many, when they do finally roll into bed, their minds are still going. Some people literally just can’t get to sleep.

The consequences of sleep deprivation may include decreased concentration and cloudy memories; irritability and depression; slow reaction time and trouble communicating; weight gain (or loss) and tremors; adrenal fatigue and even hormone imbalance. Long term sleep deprivation can also lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.

So, what can you do to find release—to finally find sleep? If you are proactive, there are ways to make sleep more likely.

Sweet Sleep and Sacred Rest

Eat healthy and drink plenty of water during the day. My husband loves to put a drop or two of therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil in his water each day. This gives him clarity as he works on his sermons, and it has helped him cut down on his caffeine intake considerably! I believe it has also helped his allergies to subside.http://www.dreamstime.com/-image16964438

Find time to walk or exercise during the day. A morning and/or evening walk is a good way to get your blood circulating, and a healthy way to wind down at the end of the day. Daily exercise helps prepare your body for action, and also for a good night’s rest.

Don’t eat anything heavy before going to bed. You want your body at rest, not busy digesting food. If you crave a meal late at night, consider drinking a glass of water with a drop of therapeutic grade lemon essential oil in it to help alkalize your stomach. Or try a cup of Slique Tea.

Stay away from coffee or chocolate later in the day. Caffeine will not help you rest. Turn off your television and pick up a book. Consider using a diffuser with a restful oil blend. Sacred Mountain blend, Lavender, Frankincense, or Harmony blend are some great choices. Check out Young Living’s Home Diffuser HERE.

Take time for a warm, relaxing bath. Add a few drops of Lavender or Sensation essential oil blend to a handful of Epsom salts and release into the warm water. Have your spouse give you a shoulder massage with Valor or Sensation. Massage a few drops into your feet as well. This is a great natural sleep aid.

Peace and Calming on the feet is a great choice as well, especially for children. Also, consider having some Sleep Essence on hand. Sleep Essence (gel caps) is a natural sleep aid that contains four therapeutic grade essential oils: Lavender, Valerian, Vetiver, Mandarin, and Rue. Each of these oils are known for promoting a restful night’s sleep.  Sleep Essence also contains melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone known to promote sleep.

Another great sleep promoting blend is Rutavala (contains Lavender, Valerian, and Ruta). It also comes in a handy roll on, which is great for travel!

Many have also found great success with sandalwood, lavender, valor, vetiver, spikenard, or frankincense.

According to Sleepedia.com, somewhere between 50 to 70 million adults in the US suffer from some sort of sleeping disorder. :

  • 35.3% reported to have less than 7 hours of sleep out of 24 hours.
  • Snoring occurs in about 48%.
  • 37.9% of people were reported to fall asleep unintentionally in the day time.
  • 4.7% of people were reported to doze off in the middle of carrying out critical tasks, such as driving.
  • Sleeping problems are estimated to be number one in health problems overall in America.
  • Sleep deprivations have been affecting work performances and productivity levels to very high numbers.
  • Recently, sleep deprivations is seen to be a cause of diabetes.
  • People generally sleep 6.9 hours per day on an average, which is almost an hour less as compared to a few decades ago.
  • Around 43% of respondents have reported that daytime sleepiness affects their daily activities.
  • Majority of people feel groggy and sleepy throughout the week.
  • Around 74% of Americans don’t get enough sleep every night.
  • According to surveys, about 30 to 40% of heavy truck accidents occur due to fatigue.
  • 51% of adults generally complain of having sleep problems every week.
  • Majority of people are unable to wake up in the mornings even upon fixing alarms.
  • People suffering from sleep problems are more likely to be tired and stressed on more regular basis.

Sleep is not overrated! It is required for the maintenance of our bodies and minds. We can do so much more when we have sufficient rest.

As I’ve said many times, God has given us the gift of essential oils for our use. He is a good God who cares for His people. So, give Him thanks as you use the good gifts that He has given you!

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.

NingXia Red Freezer Pops for Summer Health!

June 18, 2014

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If you’re looking for an alternative to the red-dye infused freezer pops, try freezing NingXia Red travel packs! Simply toss some packets into the freezer – once frozen take scissors and cut off the top of the pack and squeeze from the bottom to eat the frozen NingXia Red just as you would a freezer pop. And be sure to keep these on hand for when someone is sick!

Another idea would be to add NingXia Red to your next smoothie for an extra immune booster or, for a fun treat, add a few shots of NingXia Red to some chopped or pureed fruit, along with some coconut milk, and pour into paper cups! Freeze for a summer time slush! Yum!

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Ningxia Red is an immune supporting, antioxidant super juice that is a great addition to any diet. It has Ningxia wolfberry purée, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, pomegranates (no junk juices!) as well as lemon & orange essential oils. It’s the synergy of ingredients that help to make NingXia Red stand above all other red energy juices. Click HERE to read more about this amazing blend.

NingXia Red travel packs come in a 30-pack or a 100-pack box, making it easy for active families on the run who are looking for convenient ways to stay healthy!

Did you know that you’d have to eat this much food to equal the nutrition in “1 ounce” of NingXia Red?

4 Pounds of Carrots
2 Quarts of Carrot Juice
8 Oranges
1 Pint of Orange Juice
2 Pounds of Beets
2 Cups of Raspberries
2 Cups of Blueberries

Plus, notice Ningxia Red’s ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity):


caleb and mommyThe most economical way to get NingXia Red is through Young Living’s wholesale program. To get started using these amazing products in your home, 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.

Quieting the Mind with Vetiver

June 10, 2014

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The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live. - Shakespeare’s Sonnet 54

A few years ago, I started using therapeutic grade vetiver essential oil on one of my daughters who often struggles with sensory issues. She loves it, and it smells so nice. I use it now, too, but I’ll get to that in a minute. When we first opened the bottle, we weren’t sure what we thought; but, once we applied it, we were captivated by the mysterious scent, and found that we really loved it!

Vetiver is a very thick, dark and syrupy essential oil. The aroma is earthy, sweet, and full of life. It reminds me of an early morning walk through a lush green forest filled with damp grasses and wild herbs. Like myrrh, vetiver oil has excellent fixative properties; therefore, it is often used in perfumes.

Vetiver has a calming and soothing effect on the central nervous system and is a wonderful oil to help quiet an overactive, exhausted, or stressed mind.  It is also said to be a good choice in helping to control anger, irritability, or neurotic behavior, as well as helping with insomnia.

Recently, while researching essential oils commonly used for treating ADD/ADHD and Autism, vetiver kept coming up. Many people feel very strongly that vetiver oil (along with several other choice oils) is making a huge difference in the lives of children with such disorders.

In the following study conducted in 2001 by Dr. Terry Friedman, several essential oils were used to treat ADD and ADHD. Vetiver was found to be the most effective in observations and brain wave scans – showing improvements in 100% of subjects! Cedarwood essential oil was 83% effective, and lavender 53%.

CASE STUDY DR. TERRY FRIEDMAN, M.D. This case study was conducted for two years, from 1999-2001. Using Children between the ages of 6 to 12 years. Twenty subjects not diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were used as the control group.

Twenty subjects with a confirmed diagnoses of ADD/ADHD were used as the study group. Each group was pre-tested using a baseline evaluation with real time EEG and The T.O.V.A. Scale. The essential oils chosen for the case study were Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood and Brain Power (a blend of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Melissa, Cedarwood, Blue Cypress, Lavender and Helichrysum.) The oils were administered in this fashion: one of the oils were administered by inhalation 3 times a day for 30 days.

An inhalation device was also used at night to administer a continuous inhalation of oil. The subject then inhaled when needed, about 3 times during the day when they began to feel “scattered”. The inhalation of the oils proved to settle the brainwaves back into normal patterns and improved their scholastic performance and behavioral patterns.

Each subject was tested on each oil for 30 days and then reevaluated by testing. Then another oil was used for 30 days and reevaluated, until each of the oils had been tested. Lastly, oil combinations were used, each for a 30 day period. (Brain Power with Lavender, with Cedarwood, and Vetiver.) The final results were: Lavender increased performance by 53%, Cedarwood increased performance by 83% and Vetiver increased performance by 100%. This study was published in the American Medical Association Journal.

Vetiver encourages stimulation of the circulatory system and can help relieve stiffness from arthritis and muscle cramping.  Treat yourself by massaging Vetiver into overworked muscles. It is also said to help heal minor cuts and scrapes more effectively and with less scarring.

Some people add it to their face creams and lotions to revitalize mature, aging skin and rejuvenate wrinkly, irregular skin textures. footcareOthers may find it helpful in helping deal with acne or skin blemishes. Vetiver is among the oils highest in sesquiterpenes. Along with helping children control their behavior, it may also help anyone cope with stress, anxiety, or and in recovering from emotional trauma and shock.

Tourette’s Syndrome “I tried the Vetiver for a tic that was bothering my son. I massaged it behind his ears and the tic stopped. I am not sure if you are familiar with Tourette’s, but this is amazing!! He still has his pesky regular ones, but the major annoying body jerking, and the fake hiccup tic that was making him become very upset, was instantly gone within a few seconds of this oil.

“I now want to know everything possible about essential oils!! I have signed up to be a distributor because as soon as I become knowledgeable enough to help my own family, I cannot wait to help others. This is truly a gift from God. “I am so excited to have been introduced to the essential oils as an alternative. I cannot thank you enough for suggesting Vetiver for my son. I never would have imagined something so simple could have helped, and without side effects, FINALLY! Thank you.” – Amanda B.

Why I use Vetiver

Remember the old “Calgon, take me away” commercial in the 70′s? That lady didn’t need a bubble bath; she needed vetiver! Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of an introvert, but I can go on overload when I’m around crowds for too long. I also have the same reaction to loud or chaotic music or noise.

So, when I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, or one of my children is having a tough time focusing or is feeling overstimulated by his/her surroundings, we apply a little vetiver to the bottoms of our feet and ankles (undiluted). Then we inhale what remains on our hands. I love the relaxing result!

How to Use: Since vetiver is so thick, and because I only use it topically, I go ahead and dilute it with olive or sweet almond oil and put one of Young Living’s roller balls on the end to make it easy to apply. You could also purchase individual roller bottles HERE. Then I apply it to the back of my neck and the bottoms of my feet. I also rub some in my palms, add a little Sensation Body Lotion, rub together, cup my hands over my nose and inhale deeply. Mmmmm…..

Impulse and Aggression “A miracle? I bought a bottle of vetiver, last year, and used it with my 5-year-old son who has impulse and aggression control problems. It didn’t seem to help, noticeably, so it sat in a drawer, unused. This summer has been TOUGH and I have been at my wits end.

This afternoon, I walked into the kitchen and it smelled like a vetiver factory! My son had gotten into the oil and boy was he aromatic! BUT we had the sweetest evening I can remember in over a year! He volunteered to take his bath, got out and dried off with no fuss, crawled in my lap and we snuggled while watching a show (of my choosing!). He happily went to bed and fell asleep after just one story!

Was it the vetiver factory or a fluke? Well, I guarantee Mr. Vetiver will join us tomorrow again!! I wonder if I just didn’t use enough least year, and it didn’t help noticeably?” - Susie Y.

Even if you don’t think you need vetiver yourself, it’s a good oil to have on hand when friends come to visit! You never know who you may wind up helping! And what a great gift idea for an overwhelmed mom (thanks, Amy Maus and Tonya Patterson)! Spread the love!psycho chick gift bottle

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.

Essential Tremors vs. Essential Oils

June 5, 2014

Originally published two years ago – and James is still virtually tremor free! 

For years, my husband, James, has struggled with a condition called “essential tremors,” also known as “familial tremors.” Essential tremors are a slowly progressive neurological disorder of which the most recognizable feature is a tremor of the arms or hands.

James’ tremors started to manifest in his early forties, and increased over the course of time. The shaking has always been more noticeable after any sort of physical or emotional stress: after mowing the yard, heavy lifting, walking in the heat, lack of sleep, fatigue, or during emotionally stressful times. At times, his symptoms would intensify to a point where even holding a glass of water steady was impossible.

This nagging condition even manifested on Sunday mornings when James would step into the pulpit. While the tremors are not debilitating, they can be very frustrating; and, at times, they have impacted my husband’s ability to write or even hold a fork steady.

So, we began to research how supplements, diet, and even essential oils may help.

One of the first signs of a dopamine deficiency is the occurrence of tremors, which often first appear in the hands. – Livestrong.com

We looked for solutions; but, like Katherine Hepburn (who also had Essential Tremors), we never really found much hope. Part of the reason for that may be that scientists are still trying to understand the reasons why these tremors occur in the first place.

There is so much about the brain, and our fearfully/wonderfully made bodies, that is simply unknown. Recently James read a report linking essential tremors to a vitamin B12 deficiency. Another study, based on brain autopsies from 50 deceased essential tremors patients showed a pattern of “messy” neurofilaments, which can impede nerve impulses, as well as abnormalities with neurons that produce GABA, a major inhibitory neurotransmitter. Problems with a variant of the DRD3 gene, as well as dopamine levels and their responses, may also be to blame.

It is interesting to note that low dopamine levels are associated with Parkinson’s Disease, which also cause involuntary tremors (manifested somewhat differently, however).

Wolfberry (the main ingredient in Young Living’s Ningxia Red) contains 1.4% of the branched chain amino acid L-leucine as well as significant amounts of tyrosine which is a key building block for dopamine production. Dopamine is an essential neurotransmitter in the brain that decreases with age. – Essential Oil Desk Reference

Based on this information, we decided to find ways to improve James’ health and hopefully alleviate some of his symptoms. The results have been amazing!

James has been drinking a few drops of peppermint in his water daily for over a year; which, in addition to health benefits, has also helped him cut back significantly on his coffee intake (caffeine exacerbates the problem). Though starting the True Source multivitamins, the NingXia Red (2-oz. per day), and drinking 2-3 (20 oz.) glasses of “peppermint water” each day demonstrated the first and most dramatic improvement, we added to his protocol, and this is the daily regimen he is currently on:

  • True Source™ Multivitamin Packs: Composed with dried superfood powders, whole food vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients, (B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, E and K, folic acid, selenium, zinc, potassium, iodine, and magnesium).
  • Super B: Super B is a comprehensive vitamin complex containing eight essential and energy-boosting B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. The complete B-vitamin profile in Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but it also supports the nervous system, aids in maintaining normal cardiovascular function, and helps with internal enzyme reactions.
  • Ningxia Red (2-3 oz. per day): NingXia Red is a nutrient-infused wolfberry drink that energizes, fortifies, and replenishes your body. NingXia Red is rich in wide-spectrum antioxidant activity and contains 1.4% of the branched chain amino acid L-leucine as well as significant amounts of tyrosine which is a key building block for dopamine production. Dopamine is an essential neurotransmitter in the brain that decreases with age.
  • Essential Oils: Diffused and inhaled, applied topically, or even ingested, essential oils can trigger the secretion of antibodies, neurotransmitters, endorphins, hormones, and enzymes, strengthening the body’s own ability to heal itself and maintain optimal health: Lavender, peppermint, cedar wood, myrrh, basil, Peace & Calming blend, Valor blend, Tranquil Blend (lavender, cedarwood, and chamomile), and Brain Power blend have proven to be helpful with neurological challenges, so he has been using many of these (but mostly Peppermint, Abundance, Frankincense, and Valor). Essential oils also help decrease stress, which is a big factor with Essential Tremors.

After doing more research, James plans to start taking the following when our next Essential Reward order comes in:

  • Young Living’s Multigreens Capsules: MultiGreens™ is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.* MultiGreens is made with spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, barley grass, bee pollen, eleuthero, Pacific kelp, and therapeutic-grade essential oils. MultiGreens contains L-tyrosine, which supports the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.
  • Mineral Essence: A balanced, full-spectrum ionic mineral complex enhanced with essential oils. According to two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling PhD. “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Ionic minerals are the most fully and quickly absorbed form of minerals available.
  • Omega Blue: Omega Blue™ is a clinically proven dose of omega-3 (EPA, DHA) fatty acid nutrients. Critical for heart, eye, brain, and joint health.
  • Sulfurzyme provides a source of organic sulfur and vital nutrient for nerve and myelin sheath formation.

While James still has occasional tremors, his condition has significantly improved! And this reduction has been in the midst of a particularly stressful season of ministry! We have found that prayer, combined with God’s gift of the medicines and supplements (supplied by Him at Creation through plants, flowers, and trees) have truly changed the way we pursue answers to our family’s health needs.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13)

Science is still baffled when it comes to the issues of life; but, we know that our Creator knows our intricate parts well. Jesus is our Great Physician, and His Creation declares His glory (Job 12:7–9). He has given us “their leaves for medicine” (Ezekiel 47:12) and the vegetation for the “service of man” (Psalm 104:14).

God is our ultimate provider. In Genesis 22:14, He is called Jehovah Jireh, which is Hebrew for “the Lord will provide.” When we sing the doxology, we “praise God from whom all blessings flow.” In James 1:17 we’re reminded that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.”

Thank you, Lord!

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!

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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.