Mamas, it’s standard operating procedure that when our littles get sick, we don’t sleep. Right? Especially when that illness is accompanied by a cough that won’t quit. Growing up, Vicks VapoRub was a staple in our medicine cabinet, but that goop is loaded with toxic chemicals. The good news is there’s always a natural alternative to just about every malady your little might encounter. This rub is no exception. It’s made with Cypress and Lavender essential oils create a safe, soothing blend that will help your young guns to relax and promote sleep, and makes a great gift for the mamas in your life. TRUST ME – they will thank you when (not if!) the time comes and they’re dying for some shut-eye! Get the recipe here. 

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This is a perfect one to do with the kids. All you need are clothespins, a little roll of cork, glue, some bling, your imagination, and you’re in business. Pair them with a sample or two of your favorite essential oil, and you’ve got a solid gift that keeps on giving. Just put a few drops on the cork, attach to your car vent, and breathe. Grab the full “how to” here. 

Wonderful product, especially for the price! The oils came in and they smell wonderful! They appear to be of high quality, and I am excited to use them! The bottles are the same size, as described. They were a little oily when they arrived and they smelled strongly of eucalyptus, but I assume that's from shipping. The caps came off easily and they are nicely packaged. Great purchase!

This is a classic spray that makes your laundry smell uh-mazing and helps to support well-being. Once your clothes come out of dryer or cloth’s line, spray your sheets liberally. Because Lavender essential oil is gentle, this is safe to use on your children’s sheets before bedtime. You could also use this as a soothing body spray or perfume (replace the distilled water with a light carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.)

Just off-hand, though, peppermint, lavender, and frankincense are often recommended for headaches. Other oils that can help with congestion are rosemary and eucalyptus, but these should not be used with children under the age of 5 nor with pregnant mamas. The migraine recipe noted below likely would help with a sinus headache but some people might find the addition of rosemary or eucalyptus might help relieve some of the congestion faster.


So then, where is the recipe credit on this site?! These recipes are NOT rocket science- the base of the ingredients are the base of all EO recipes. From there, all you have to know is the uses of each oil. For the most part anything skin and hair are Pete and Repeat over and over. Unless someone comes up with some magical new recipe on their own the credit is not theirs. These are ancient oils and recipes forgotten by the population and traded for easy, pretty, and sometimes “better” fragrances. The issue is the chemicals are TOXIC. So, if anyone needs to credit or cite you could start looking in B.C. time. I’m not sure they used A.P.A.
I’m slowly becoming a linen spray junkie. I love to add a spritz (with Lavender) on my pillow before I hit the hay. It’s so soothing. What better way to say “I appreciate you” than with this DIY linen spray idea?  Use it to freshen up your sheets, towels, or anywhere else that’s kinda stinky. The scent possibilities are endless. Some of my favorites are Lavender, Peace & Calming, Roman Chamomile, and Purification. Learn how to make it here and buy pretty glass spritzer bottles to fill with your linen spray here. 
Here’s a really easy DIY essential oil project to try.   Only 3 ingredients.    Melt, mix, and pour- that’s all it takes to make this fantastic essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin.   Plus, of course, there’s a free PRINTABLE with recipes for 25 essential oil blends to customize soap that you can use for yourself, share with your team, or use as a class handout.   Find the recipes here
Homemade gifts are sometimes the most thoughtful gifts we receive during the holidays. It seems like the whole family can get into the spirit of the season and create something amazing together. If you are wanting to surprise and please your family and friends with an awesome homemade gift, then look no further! These 4 Homemade Essential Oil Gift Ideas are perfect for everyone on your list.
Made with quality as top notch, Scentveda Essential oils collections are crafted with a precious selection of undiluted, potent, safe to use natural oils with 1000+ 1 applications. Treat chronic skin irritations, boost the immune system, fight anxiety, relieve stress and create a therapeutic aromatic atmosphere that promotes positive thinking and inner balance.
If Plant Therapy as an essential oils brand is new to you, please read my full Plant Therapy company review here. You’ll learn about the quality, reputation, customer service, and oil selection offering of this brand. Also note, Plant Therapy offers a full line-up of KidSafe® essential oils, so if you’re shopping for teenagers, this is also a brand for you to look into!
Favorite Household Oils: Purification, Lemon, and Citrus Fresh are household ROCKSTARS. Yes, they smell as good as the names imply and have so many great uses. We use lemon oil to get stickers and labels off in seconds flat, and diffuse it with lavender for a spa-like scent. Purification gets rid of stinky odors– everything from animals to stinky shoes to laundry that’s been in the washer too long (oops)! Citrus Fresh does all of the above and is also heavenly to diffuse.
Put your shea butter and coconut oil in a double burner. Put on low heat and let the fats melt. Take off of heat and pour your oils into a glass bowl. Add your olive oil. Let slightly cool and add your Castile soap and essential oil. Put in refrigerator for about an hour or until the solution starts to solidify. Then remove from fridge and whip your solution with an immersion blender until it forms a whipped cream texture. Scoop into your glass pot. Close with lid and store in a dark, cool place. Scoop out silver dollar scoop of cream and spread before shaving.

In my earlier adult years, I had some wicked bouts of hormonal breakouts – enough to make me not want to leave the house. This was before I became enlightened about what I put into and onto my body, so I turned to toxic over-the-counter and prescription acne treatments. Now, if a little something pops up, I’ve got my essential oils to turn to. This homemade zip zapper uses Purification, which is great for supporting healthy skin! Other essential oils that are helpful in banishing blemishes include Melaleuca (also known as Tea Tree Oil) and Melrose (a nice blend of Rosemary, Melaleuca, Clove, and Niaouli). Get the recipe here and buy the tubes to fill with your concoction here. 


Add about 10-15 drops of any of these essential oils: Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Rosemary, Lavender, Clove, Cinnamon, Peppermint (decide what scents you love) to a baking soda paste (about 1-2 cups of baking soda with about 1/2 c water until it’s pasty like putty). Place in a pretty silicone muffin tray to dry for about 30 minutes. Pop out and store in a pretty bag with a ribbon. (Beware use with children. These are “hot” oils and could irritate lungs.)
While I’ve never had an opportunity to go to a fancy spa for a day of luxury, I do make time for myself to incorporate some beauty treatments into my personal time to help me relax, get refreshed, and a little pampered before mom and wife duty calls again. This holiday season, bless a lady in your life with some luxury for herself by gifting her an easy and delightful Spa Gift Basket!
Hi there! The reason that you need to use dark bottles is because of the Essential Oils that go into the recipes. Essential Oils are AMAZING, but really sensitive to light. Using a dark colored glass bottle or jar is what helps to keep them safe. If you do use something that is clear make sure to store it in a cool, dry, and dark place so that it isn’t heated and definitely no direct sunlight! Also, if you use plastic the essential oils will eventually eat away at the plastic because they are potent. When I use a plastic container I only use it once. You can find storage bottles and supplies at abundanthealth4u.com

This is a classic spray that makes your laundry smell uh-mazing and helps to support well-being. Once your clothes come out of dryer or cloth’s line, spray your sheets liberally. Because Lavender essential oil is gentle, this is safe to use on your children’s sheets before bedtime. You could also use this as a soothing body spray or perfume (replace the distilled water with a light carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.)
Sugar scrubs are **the perfect** gift for the ladies in your life. Heck, men too – we could all use a little exfoliation, no? But commercial brands are so expensive, and WORSE, filled with toxic chemicals and synthetic ingredients. Not this one. I love the use of Stress Away in this one – especially during the holidays. We could all stress a little less, no? Learn how to make it here. 
Here’s a really easy DIY essential oil project to try.   Only 3 ingredients.    Melt, mix, and pour- that’s all it takes to make this fantastic essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin.   Plus, of course, there’s a free PRINTABLE with recipes for 25 essential oil blends to customize soap that you can use for yourself, share with your team, or use as a class handout.   Find the recipes here
The ultra-minty combination of aloe and peppermint feels tingly and refreshing. Plus, an aromatherapy blend of lavender and peppermint essential oils clears your mind so you can relax. It’s a great combination for not only your feet, but also your spirit. Helping you to relax, reset, and recharge, so you can take on the world again.  Find the recipe here
What are dryer balls and how do they work?  Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to a dryer ball- use 3 dryer balls for small loads and 5-6 balls for large loads.  Dryer balls help reduce drying time and static- all without the toxic chemicals found in most dryer sheets.  Plus dryer balls are reusable; one set lasts for years.  Wouldn’t these make great gifts for your oily friends and team members?  Buy premium extra-large dryer balls at a great price here or find instructions for making your own dryer balls here
What are dryer balls and how do they work?  Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to a dryer ball- use 3 dryer balls for small loads and 5-6 balls for large loads.  Dryer balls help reduce drying time and static- all without the toxic chemicals found in most dryer sheets.  Plus dryer balls are reusable; one set lasts for years.  Wouldn’t these make great gifts for your oily friends and team members?  Buy premium extra-large dryer balls at a great price here or find instructions for making your own dryer balls here
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Put your shea butter and coconut oil in a double burner. Put on low heat and let the fats melt. Take off of heat and pour your oils into a glass bowl. Add your olive oil. Let slightly cool and add your Castile soap and essential oil. Put in refrigerator for about an hour or until the solution starts to solidify. Then remove from fridge and whip your solution with an immersion blender until it forms a whipped cream texture. Scoop into your glass pot. Close with lid and store in a dark, cool place. Scoop out silver dollar scoop of cream and spread before shaving.

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.
I love the packaging for this set. In addition, the variety of scents is great. I love the strong scents from each bottle although my favorite is the tea tree oil. Lavender comes in a close second. I use this product mainly for aromatherapy. I put a few drops in my oil diffuser and then on it goes...! If you’re looking for great quality and an affordable price, this product is it.
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