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Sunburn Relief with Mineral Essence

images  “I took this with us to the beach as a “just in case of sunburn” supplement. I had read in the reference guide that applying it topically to burns re-nourishes the skin with nutrients that had been lost.

After a day in the sun, we started to feel a little toasty and that “tightness” of the skin, and that heat feeling began to set in. When looking in the mirror I realized that my face, neck and shoulders were quite red. So out of precaution, I applied the Mineral Essence topically (which is to be stored in the refrigerator by the way). I have to admit I was a little hesitant as it contains Cinnamon Bark essential oil and was afraid it would add to the “heat” already taking place on my skin. It tingled a little bit but the coolness from being in the refrigerator felt sooooo good. By morning the redness had gone and I was left with a nice tan. My brother-in-law and sister decided to give it a try as well. We were all pretty pleased with the results.

Mineral Essence will be joining us on our next trip to the beach” (Tanya P, Ohio)

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Relief from Restless Leg Syndrome

hp_main_image_left       “I just have to share with everyone. I have had restless leg sydrome since before it had a name. I have tried everything to get relief. It keeps me up at night when my legs spasm and “quake”. So, I got out the trusty reference guide and made a blend of Roman Chamomile, Lavender and Valerian. I applied it to my brain stem area and Viola!!!, no restless leg symptoms. I have pre-mixed a small amount that I plan to use nightly. I cannot believe how much better I have slep recently. What a difference a good night sleep makes. Thank you Lord for revealing this combination of oils to me.”  (from Patricia Davis, Alaska)


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Back to School: Are You Ready?

  Let’s talk back-to-school.  Let’s talk about the first day jitters.  Let’s talk about the foggy-brain, can’t concentrate moments. Let’s talk runny noses, sneezing, coughs, colds and flu.  Let’s talk about how to prevent them before they start and how to manage them when they happen.  Let’s talk taking charge and arming ourselves with the proper defenses.

Today, I would like to share with you the essential oils & Young Living products we prefer in our household, as we get ready for the change of the season and going back-to-school.

Are you ready?

The night before: We like to help our children get a good night’s rest the night before their big day with Peace & Calming essential oil blend.  This blend is calming, helps quiet the mind and has a soothing aroma.  We like diffuse it in the air or apply directly to their feet.  It is also beneficial throughout the day for a child who seems to find it challenging to sit still.

The morning of: Our favorite way to start off any morning is with a drop of Young Living’s lemon essential oil in a nice cold glass of water. It is refreshing and wonderful for helping the body balance its pH levels. D-limonene, a key constituent of lemon essential oil, is also known to be a powerful antioxidant.  This is a great way to start the morning.

First day jitters: Everyone is nervous their first day, whether it’s on the job, an interview or even the first day of school.  Essential oils are a wonderful way to help calm the nerves.  Lavender essential oil is fantastic for this.  Simply breathing it in directly from the bottle, or applied to the hands, can bring that relaxed feeling and ease those jitters away.  Peace & Calming is another one that can be used for this as well.

Moodiness: How about the first day grumpiness?  Not really caring about the first day of school or just wanting to go and simply get it over with?  Citrus essential oils are known for elevating the mood, pulling us out of that “funk” and allowing us to enjoy the day, our favorite is Grapefruit.  Another wonderful essential oil for this is the essential oil blend known as Joy. Joy is fantastic for not only moodiness, but also for the young teenager going through the hormonal fluctuations accompanied with puberty.

Mental Clarity/Focus/Concentration: There are three essential oils we absolutely love in our home for helping with this.  They are Peppermint, Clarity and Brain Power.  Each one of these is excellent for stimulating the brain to concentrate and focus better.

Runny noses: If we are dealing with allergy issues due to dust in the classroom or simply because of the changes of season, we reach for our lavender essential oil, if it’s sniffles as the onset of a cold, we reach for R.C. (short for respiratory and congestion).  We apply under the nose, to the feet and/or the chest depending on how bad it is.

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Coughs & Colds: R.C. is our favorite for this, we love to diffuse into the air, or simply rub on the chest.  If we are out of R.C. the next one we would reach for would be Eucalyptus, or Peppermint.  I also like to make a batch of homemade cough syrup before hand to reach for when these moments arise.  Another wonderful headcold reliever is this DIY Vick’s Vapor Shower Discs recipe.

Sore Throats: Those itchy, scratchy, dreaded sore throat moments is when we reach for lemon or Thieves essential oil blend.  For these moments I like to make a sore throat spray.

Upset Tummies: For upset stomachs associated with nerves or sickness, we like to reach for Peppermint or DiGize and rub on the stomach for relief.

Flu: For flu, we go straight for Thieves essential oil blend.  We diffuse it in the air to prevent others from getting sick, we apply it to the bottoms of our feet to help strengthen the immune system.  We also reach for the Peppermint to help keep the fever down and allow the body to fight as it should to overcome.

Ningxia Red

3525Ningxia Red single packets are fantastic for tossing into lunch boxes for a snack or to drink at lunch.  It’s a great way to get a high antioxidant, whole fruit juice, into their diet.  It’s nutrient dense and low in sugar, and floods the body with immune supporting goodness to help them stay healthy.

Toss of couple of packets into the freezer to have on hand during sickness, our kids enjoy them cold when experiencing a sore throat or running a slight temperature.

Germ Fighters

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Young Living carries a line of products that are chemical free.  It’s easy to toss one of these into the backpack. Great for cars, and classrooms too!

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Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier is an all-natural hand purifier designed to cleanse and refresh the hands. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier can be used by adults and children to keep hands clean and promote good hygiene, without the use of water. Dermatologist tested.

 

 

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Thieves® Spray is ideal for use on door handles, toilet seats, and any surface that needs cleansing to protect from dust, mold, and undesirable microorganisms. This small bottle is perfect for traveling or keeping in your purse or backpack.

 

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Thieves® Wipes are ideal for use on door handles, toilet seats, and any surface that needs cleaning to protect from dust, mold, and undesirable microorganisms. Keep a pack handy in your bathroom, kitchen, car, office, or anywhere else you want to keep your environment clean.

 

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“Kicking the New Age Out of Old Age Healing!” Guest post by Common Sense Mom

 

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(Guest post by Stacy McDonald of the Common Sense Mom)

Just in case you wondered, you are not God. If you don’t believe me,  ask your husband. Neither are there little pieces of God scattered throughout the universe.

Splendor. Beauty. Expanse.  As amazing as that rock formation is, God created it; He doesn’t reside in it.

Magical. Breathtaking. Spectacular. As rightly awed as you may be by the beauty of the night sky, remember, God spoke the stars and planets into existence; and when He did so, He didn’t leave a part of Himself behind. God isn’t there. Though, if you watch carefully, you may find His glory being proclaimed (Psalm 19:1).

Healing. Amazing. Soothing. Yes. But, regardless of what the latest health guru tells you, the God of the Universe does not mystically linger in your little bottle of essential oil or supplement. I don’t care what the catchy name on the label says.

God spoke herbs and essential oils into existence at Creation when He formed the plants, trees, flowers, and shrubs and gave them to man (Genesis 1:29), but they are gifts given for our service (Psalm 104:14) and healing (Ezekiel 47:12). Good gifts. Just, don’t look for God there. Instead, open your Bible.

And know your heresies.

Pantheism: “God is everything”

Panentheism: “God is in everything”

You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all… (Nehemiah 9:6)

Christians have inadvertently relinquished their rights to God’s good gift of natural health and healing, a gift that encourages the body to do what it was intended to do, which is to heal. Many false religions embrace the gift, but reject the Gift-Giver. Or, they try to turn the gift into the Gift-Giver. Christians, on the other hand, rightly embrace the Gift-Giver; but, ironically, they too often devalue His gifts by placing them below man’s wisdom in worth and authority. In other words, they snub the Gift-Giver’s gifts. Both are wrong.

Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. (Jeremiah 17:5)

Arrogant. Futile. Anemic. The gift of natural foods and medicine was given to us by God for an ultimate purpose, therefore they are good and useful, and will serve us well when used properly and with thanksgiving. But, if we don’t reclaim this territory for Jesus—if we continue to eat empty, toxic foods and blindly trust in physicians to be our “miracle makers,” we will become weaker and sicker and find ourselves utterly unable to fulfill our calling.

Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign. (2 Chronicles 16:12–13)

Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress.” (Judges 10:14)

We must remember that all healing comes from the Great Physician, so that is where we should first turn. This is one reason that, when we apply our essential oils, we pray and ask God to use them to heal our bodies. Anointing the sick and downcast with oil is found throughout Scripture. Unfortunately, it is the tendency of our sinful and idolatrous hearts to put our trust in anything but God. We often trust in doctors, pharmaceuticals, chemo, and even created things—gifts intended for our healing (Ezekiel 47:12), but used in a sinful way.

So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. (Jeremiah 3:9)

God is our ultimate provider. In Genesis 22:14, He is called Jehovah Jireh, which is Hebrew for “the Lord will provide.” He is also called Jehovah Rapha, which means God is our healer. 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.”

We need to stop living like we believe that New Agers, Eastern Mystics, and other false religions “own” the Creator’s gifts. Praise God for what He has given us; live like you believe in God’s graciousness; study and learn how to make His gifts useful for yourself and your family; and glorify Him by using them with thanksgiving, in an effort to strengthen and heal His people, and to further the Gospel.

If Christians would do this, the world would stop associating God’s natural gifts with mysticism, and they would begin to see the power and graciousness of a loving and creative God.

I’m here to help.

If you are interested in using essential oils to care for your own family, I would recommend buying them wholesale. Why pay retail when you don’t have to? It’s kind of like being a Costco member, but without the yearly fee. In fact, there isn’t a fee to becoming a wholesale customer at all. The only requirement is the purchase of a starter kit. Find out 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!

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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.


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Around Our Home with YL Frankincense E.O.

Frankincense Revised

Many have asked me how we use our frankincense essential oil around the home and so I compiled a list to share with you.

BEAUTY CREAM/WRINKLE REDUCER: One of the wonderful ways to use frankincense on the skin is to heat enough coconut oil to fill a small glass container with.  Once it’s melted, I pour into the container, let it sit to cool down a little bit and than add frankincense to it.  I fasten the lid and give it a good couple of shakes to disperse the oil throughout, and than will place in the refrigerator to cool and solidify.  I love to massage into my skin at  bedtime, it smells wonderful.

DUSTING POWDER: With all the reports about the questionable use of talcum powder, I followed this recipe to  make my own. It’s economical, customizable, and easy! Package it in a cute tin, inside a sealed bag, or in a fancy salt shaker with a bow, and it makes a great homemade gift!

BODY SCRUB: I LOVE body scrubs! It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is.  And what I love even more is being able to make my own.  It allows me to change the scents and receive the awesome added benefits of whichever essential oil I choose.  Frankincense with a hint of orange makes for a mysterious, exotic scent that is perfect during an evening bath/shower.

Sugar scrubs work very well in helping to rid the body of dead skin cells by speeding up the exfoliation process.  Thus exposing new, glowing, healthier skin. I like to make mine with sugar and olive oil in a glass container.  I usually use about 5 drops of each oil, or 10-15 drops of a single essential oil.

CHEST RUB/COUGH/CONGESTION: I have read that frankincense is amazing at breaking up congestion and so during cold/flu season I will make a chest rub using coconut oil and frankincense and store in a cool, dark place so that it’s ready to grab when in need.

COLD/FLU/IMMUNE SYSTEM: Frankincense is a wonderful immune booster. Diffusing throughout the day, or applying to the bottoms of feet can help strengthen the immune system and support it during times of cold and flu. Young Living also carries the resin that can be emitted into the air using a resin burner.

MENTAL CLARITY/FOCUS/MEDITATION: frankincense can help with concentration and improve mental performance at work or school. I like to apply to the bottoms of the feet, or  inhale by placing a couple drops in my  hand and breathing in deeply.  It can also be applied to the base of the neck (top of spine) to help increase focus.

DEPRESSED MOOD: Frankincense is mild and soothing in its aroma and when diffused can uplift the spirit and elevate the mood, pulling me out of a funk.

SKIN WOUNDS/BLISTERS/SORES: I apply frankincense directly to a wound, blister or sore to help prevent infection and to help increase effective healing.

SCARS: Old scars from acne or stretch marks from rapid weight gain/loss or child bearing…I like to rub frankincense oil into the skin area, gently massaging and breaking up scar tissue. It helps result in the quicker fading of the scars.

SKIN TAGS/WARTS: This takes a little patience and time but is so worth it.  I had a skin tag that I began applying frankincense to, and in about two weeks, I noticed it had fallen off and was gone!  I also had an ugly, brown patchy mole along my hairline by my temple that I began applying frankincense to, and over some time it began to flake off and disappear.

COOKING: After speaking of skin tags and warts, I’m sure the thought of food is at the bottom of your list right now, lol…however, I do have a recipe for some Frankincense Ice Cream should your appetite return and you would like to try a cool, refreshing, mysterious treat. :D

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So there you have it, just a few ways that we use Young Living’s frankincense essential oil around our home. There are many other uses for using frankincense and these are just a few ways.  I would love to hear how you incorporate it into your daily life so please leave a comment sharing your favorite use for frankincense essential oil. 

“In Our Home” Series

The following are from past posts in this series.

Lavender

Lemon

Peppermint

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Around Our Home with YL Lavender E.O.

Lavender Revised

Following the series of “Around Our Home,” I’d like to share with you how we use Young Living’s Lavender essential oil.

CALMING/RELAXATION/SLEEP: Lavender is such a calming essential oil.  I love to mix with a little water in a spray bottle and spritz on bedding and pillows to help with sleep at night.  I’ve seen it at work in a family member who was experiencing anxiety as well.  We reached for the lavender and applied to the back of neck and inside of forearms and saw the effects of how peaceful and relaxing this person became. Another one of my favorite ways to use lavender for calming and relaxation is in the bath. This homemade bath fizzy recipe is one we all enjoy and when taken in the evening can help with a good night’s sleep. Speaking of good night’s sleep, this essential oil is also one we use when having trouble sleeping.  We like to apply to the bottoms of our feet on nights that we seem to have a little trouble unwinding.  It helps calm us down so that we can relax and fall into a restful sleep.

RASHES: When we’ve experienced rashes in our home, we’ve reached for lavender.  We are aware of it’s gentle, yet powerful abilities to soothe and calm skin irritations. When in doubt, we reach for the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils aka Lavender.

ITCHING EYES/ALLERGIES: I have suffered with allergies for as long as I can remember.  I relied on OTC medications to help me through the seasonal changes and yet they left me feeling groggy, tired, irritable, and shaky at times.  Ever since I learned about lavender and it’s benefits in regards to allergies I have carried a bottle in my purse. Here are a few posts I have shared in regards to our personal experiences with Young Living’s lavender and allergies.

INSECT REPELLENT: We have applied lavender straight to the backs of our necks and around our ankles when out in the evening and the mosquitoes  are out. On night’s when I’m prepared, I will make a spray with water and a few drops of lavender essential oil to spray on and around us to keep insects at bay.

SUNBURNS/BLISTERS: Lavender essential oil is soothing and healing to the skin.  When I pair it with aloe vera or coconut oil and apply to a sunburn or blister, it calms the area and can help prevent scarring. Here is a sunburn recipe that I like to make.

STRESS: Stressful days can get the best of us, but when we are prepared and have lavender on hand, it can help with handling situations a little easier.  Simply breathing it in directly from the bottle can do a world of wonders, or applying to the hands, cupping over the nose and inhaling works well too.  Applying to the back of my neck and shoulders helps to ease tension that builds up when handling stress and I LOVE diffusing lavender throughout the day on days that I just need a little extra “help” with managing. Lavender is also wonderful when the kids are fussy and cranky.  After all, we all have rough days.

SWELLING/BUMP & BRUISES: Lavender contains properties that can be beneficial to bringing down swelling.  I love to use it on tired feet, or around my ankles if being on the road for a long period of time and my ankles swell up.  It’s also one that we like to apply to “ouchie’s” when  the kids have bumps and bruises from everyday play.

MENSTRUAL CRAMPS: Oh what sweet relief! I had read that lavender could be beneficial during menstruation when experiencing cramps and so decided to try it the next time my cycle occurred.  I applied it to the lower abdomen and gently stroked it downward from my lower abdomen, down the front of my thighs.  I also applied a little to my lower back.  Did I mention that it was sweet relief? Yes, I believe I did. :)

COOKING: Lavender is a member of the mint family and is close to rosemary, sage and thyme.  When using the actual Lavender plant, the leaves and flowers can be used fresh and the buds and stems can be used dried.  Lavender essential oil is a way to get the best use from the plant through the distilled process of retrieving the oil.  It is best used with fennel, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage and savory. For some recipes using lavender, click here.

CLEANING: Lavender contains some bacteria busting properties and is one of many essential oils that can be beneficial when cleaning the home. (Makes it smell nice too! SCORE!)  Here are some homemade household cleaning ideas for your lavender essential oil.

CRAFTS/GIFTS: Scented Sachets, Heartfelt Bath Treats, Homemade Playdough

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There are many other uses for using lavender essential oil around the home, this is just a few ways that we use it in ours.  I would love to hear how you incorporate it into your daily life so please leave a comment sharing your favorite use for lavender essential oil. 

“In Our Home” Series

The following are from past posts in this series.

Lemon

Frankincense

Peppermint

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Bee Sting Relief

Bee Sting

Our son was stung over the weekend while riding his bicycle.  It was on his upper right leg, under his shorts.  Poor guy was in such pain. We applied essential oils immediately to the area, followed with an ice pack.  My oils of choice were Purification and Peppermint.  Purification has been documented to neutralize the poison of an insect sting and Peppermint was chosen for its cooling abilities and to help drive the Purification in a little faster.

Because his bee stings were in an area that he couldn’t see, I took pictures over the course of time to show him our progress.  We were very pleased with the results and wanted to share them with you.

I applied the essential oils about every 20 minutes, followed with an ice pack.  You can see our progress in the images above.

Insect stings aren’t any fun. And for little ones it can extremely painful. Not only that but it hurts us as parents to see them in pain.  Essential oils can help bring relief in such a short amount of time, which means smiles for everyone. :-)

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