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Nappy Change time



Lavender & chamomile nappy balm

(Makes 100g)


Ingredients

40g NZ hazelnut oil

20g shea butter, wildcrafted

20g calendula infused oil

10g coconut oil, organic virgin

10g NZ beeswax

few drops lavender and chamomile essential oils

Method

Melt everything (except the essential oils) together gently in a pot.

Take off the heat and add the essential oils. Stir.

Pour into a container and leave to set.




 BODY POWDER

This is a simple body-dusting powder without talc and neurotoxic fragrances that can be found in commercial body powders. Sprinkle and smooth onto your skin to enjoy the sweet and spicy winter fragrance. Body powder can also be used to freshen sheets and shoes.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

    • 1-2 cotton balls
    • Large jar (Jar should be large enough to accommodate 1 cup of powder with enough room left to shake.)
    • Smaller jar for dispensing (optional)
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup Arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Add essential oils to 1-2 cotton balls and place them in the bottom of a large jar.
  2. Pour powder over cotton ball and screw the lid on tightly.
  3. Shake powder well to combine.
  4. Let the jar sit overnight to allow the powder to absorb the fragrance well.
  5. Keep the powder in large jar or transfer to a smaller jar(s) with fine holes for shaking, such as spice jars. Make sure jars have airtight lids to prevent moisture build-up.
TO USE:

    • Scoop out powder with a clean spoon, or shake out of jar with holes.
    • Dust body lightly with powder where desired and smooth powder into skin.
SHELF LIFE AND STORAGE INFORMATION:

    • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
    • Powder should last a year, but essential oils will begin to lose their effectiveness with time.
SAFETY INFORMATION:

    • Cinnamon leaf essential oil is not appropriate for use when pregnant.


Teething

Homemade Teething Oil

UPDATE: Though there is historical precedent for using clove for teething and there is a company that sells it commercially, newer guidelines provided by Essential Oil Safety do not recommend using clove as an analgesic with babies. Instead I recommend investing in an amber teething necklace. This recipe can be helpful for toothaches, though. 

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or for a milder flavor 1 tablespoon olive and 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2-3 drops clove bud essential oil (where to find organic clove bud essential oil)
TO MAKE

Combine ingredients and test a little on yourself to make sure it’s not too strong. Once you’re comfortable with the ratio’s pour your mixture into a clean container. Light oxidizes oil, so a dark amber or cobalt is best if you plan to leave it on the counter. Another option is a clear glass container that is kept in a cool, dark cabinet.

TO USE

Shake well, then apply sparingly to gums with your finger tip. Reapply every 1-2 hours as needed. Test the mixture on yourself before applying to make sure it is not too strong. 

Warning: According to aromatherapists, clove oil absolutely must be diluted before application in order to be used safely. As with any remedy, please observe your baby for any potential reactions. There are people in the world that are allergic to water, so just because something is natural does not mean it is beneficial for every individual.


FROZEN FRUITTHE FROZEN BANANA

Simply take a nice ripe banana and cut it in half (do not peel it first. leave the peel intact). Insert a popsicle stick into the end. Or what I used most of the time was a baby fork. Place the banana in a zip lock freezer bag and into the freezer until frozen.

To serve the banana to your baby you will need to remove the peel. This can be a bit of a pain in the butt, but worth it. Just take a very sharp knife and slice the peel off sections. I know it sounds like it makes more sense to freeze it without the peel, but trust me, not a good idea. This completely dries it out. It's just not appetizing at all.



TEETHING NECKLACES

Skeptical? Many people are, but these are the real deal. Teething necklaces made from amber resin contain succinic acid, a natural painkiller that is released when warm skin touches the beads.

When you’re shopping around keep in mind that some say amber which is light in color contains the most succinic acid. Also, necklaces are not “supposed” to be worn at night, but obviously that’s when babies are usually most uncomfortable when teething. Most moms DO leave them on all the time (except bathtime) and just make sure that the necklace fits snugly so that it’s not likely to get caught on anything. It would be irresponsible for me to tell you what to do, but I’m sure you know what’s best for your little one.


MUNCHKIN FRESH FOOD FEEDER

We put ice in ours and let our kids slurp happily at the dinner table, in the car . . . just about anywhere, really! I guess it really is the little things. You can get these at most supermarkests these days.



HOMEMADE TEETHING TABLETS

This is an alternative to the above recipe yet to turn the recipe into a teething tablet sort of like a Highlands tablet, yet better because it is frozen and melt in your mouth. The active ingredient is still clove oil, but mixed into coconut oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. So this tablet will keep as a small drop that will go onto the gums cold (since it will be stored in the freezer) and then will melt on the area as soon as it encounters the warm gums. Mmmmm sounds so very soothing to me!


Teething Tablets Recipe
* 2 tbsp coconut oil
* 6 drops clove essential oil
* 4 drops liquid stevia

First you'll need to melt your coconut oil, but not actually heat it. Basically you just need it slightly above room temperature to bring it to it's liquid state. I just put it in a small glass bowl and placed it in some heated water for just a minute, stirring until it was all melted. I added my drops and then left the mixture to cool, making sure to stir it again every couple of minutes.

When the oil begins to solidify again use a spoon to transfer drops spaced apart onto pieces of wax paper. They won't be perfectly shaped tablets. Just drop little bits at whatever size seems like it will work well for you. Place the wax paper into the freezer for a few minutes and then transfer each tablet to a small container like a mason jelly jar or something similar. Keep these in the freezer and use when needed for soothing little one's gums.


CELERY AND CARROTS

Celery is said to have an analgesic effect and both can be frozen to boost their soothing powers. Note: Many moms use this on babies that don’t have any teeth visible because they think it’s unlikely the baby will be able to bite off any pieces and possibly choke. Others use them with babies that have teeth and supervise carefully. Please exercise caution.



Natural remedies for teething babies

Babies have been teething since the dawn of time, so there are a lot of tried and true natural remedies already in use out there! We avoid using remedies like baby Tylenol, Baby Advil, Oragel, and more! Even many pediatricians caution against using these options on teething babies.  These options are not only more dangerous but also contain artificial ingredients that we try to avoid in our household, to begin with. My favorite natural teething remedies to use instead, are:


  • Chamomile tea – Chamomile is a very VERY old remedy for relieving the symptoms and calming a teething baby. One of the easiest methods you can use is to make chamomile tea and simply rub it on the gums. You can even make it iced, and give it to your baby in a bottle (this is NOT to replace your baby's meals of breast milk or formula, this is in addition to!) or make it in popsicle form!
  • Chamomile hydrosol –  Hydrosols are an aromatherapist's best friend! When distilling essential oils (that's how they are made!), the process includes water and the fresh herb being used. The end result gives you both hydrosol and essential oil. The hydrosol is the leftover water that was also infused deeply with the herbs, and in most cases even has a tiny bit of residual essential oils left in it. When dealing with babies, hydrosols are a fantastic option because they are not nearly as concentrated like their essential oil counterparts, making them super gentle and perfect for use around and on babies! Chamomile hydrosol can be used by massage the hydrosol directly on your baby's gums. You can also massage the outside jawline with the hydrosol, or even add it to your popsicles!
  • Herbal infused popsicles – Frozen popsicles are commonly used to help numb the offending gum, but you can also make it even better by adding anti-inflammatory and immune boosting herbs to the mix! You can just do straight chamomile popsicles, or you can try adding chamomile to my Flower Child Refreshment Tea (my herbal Kool-Aid alternative!).
  • Herbal infused teething gel – Sometimes an herbal gel is what you want to use, to help numb the pain and reduce inflammation. While I DO NOT use essential oil gel blends on baby's gums (see below for more on why!), I DO love to make my own herbal infused teething gel instead!
  • Essential oil jawline massage – While there is a use for essential oils and teething babies, it is not safe to use any essential oils in your baby's mouth! Massaging the diluted essential oil blend on the jawline/cheek is still extremely effective because the skin on your cheek is very thin!