Archive | February 2014

DIY At Home Spa Day

aromatherapy-massage-spa-fashion-health-free_408857  So we had a bunch of snow here a few weeks ago and I was stuck in the house for the week with my husband and babies. I decided that since he was going to be home, I could take a day and treat myself while he watched the kids.

I started off with a nice hot oil hair treatment.

After that I did a great facial steam using essential oils.

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Cutie Patootie Booty Balm

So we have another new product out. Our Booty Balm! I love this stuff and have been using on my twins since they were born, it has taken me six months to perfect this recipe. Lots of small batches and quality control checks on first myself then the twins. We have have finally come up with a product that we are proud to call ours and love to use on our own children. Because why sell something if you won’t use it yourself?’

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So what is so great about this Booty Balm you ask?

Well first off we have included some wonderful healing herbs!

  • Chamomile- Soothes rashes and reduces inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties.
  • Calendula-This herb helps disinfect the skin it also has soothing and immuno-stimulant properties.
  • Comfrey-High in calcium and vitamin C. It is anti-inflammatory and speeds healing due to high levels of allantoin present in the herb.

We have also put in some great antibacterial butters and oils:

  • Cocoa Butter- Full of antioxidants in vitamins, it is gentle on skin and a great moisturizer.
  • Coconut Oil- This is anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal, and has even been shown to kill yeast. It is also a great deep moisturizer for skin.
  • Shea Butter-Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial properties. Strengthens skin and stimulates collagen production
  • Sweet Almond Oil- Full of vitamins A,B, and E.
  • Olive Oil- Has anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties
  • Lavender Essential Oil- Lavender essential oil helps stimulate skin cell growth as well as being anti-bacterial.

We also have three optional ingredients that you can request be added at checkout:

  • Zinc Oxide-Provides a thicker water barrier. We use non-nano particle ¬†zinc oxide so that it is not absorbed by your babies skin.

Or

  • Arrowroot Powder-Absorbs moisture.
  • Neem Oil- Anti-bacterial. This stuff is great if baby has a yeast infection. It does smell rather strongly of garlic/grass though.

This product is also great for other skin conditions:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Minor rashes and burns
  • Bugbites

You can get Cutie Patootie Booty Balm here.

 

Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease.

Lavender Essential Oil to Help Baby Sleep

So today’s post is brought to you by this cute little stinker.

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My sweet darling Sterling has decided that 3 AM is a great time to wake up and play, loudly, very loudly. She also decided that when no one else wants to play with her she should yell at the top of her little lungs. Which then leads to waking up dear brother, who is not very happy about being woken up early (my little man likes a full 10 hours of sleep minimum). Sabin then maneuvers himself so he can yell at Sterling and pull on her hair to show his displeasure (I know such sweet loving babies at 6 months, can’t wait to see how they treat each other as they get older). Continue reading

DIY Healing Herb Infused Coconut Oil

DIY Healin Herb Infused Coconut OilSo yesterday I told ya’ll all about my horrible experience with anti-bacterial soap now I am going to tell you about how I made a nice soothing, healing oil to help heal my hands.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chamomile
  • 1 Tablespoon Calendual
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Comfrey

Directions:

Put all the ingredients in a double boiler and turn it on low. Let it steep for at least an hour or as long as 24 hours so that the coconut oil now smells like the herbs. You could also do a larger batch of this in a crock pot. Use a mesh strainer and drain the oil from the herbs into a jar or your container of choice.

 

To use you can apply this directly to your skin. You can also mix this infused oil with many things like lotions, creams, hot oil hair treatments, etc.

For my burns I took a bit of the coconut oil and mixed in some honey then applied the mixture to my hands.

Chemical Burn From Soap

How many of ya’ll remember The Oregon Trail game? Well for those of you that do…Leigh has dysentery (not using the persons first name for privacy reasons)! I have been cracking Oregon Trail jokes for the last few days. Leigh isn’t very amused but I totally am.

Anyways dysentery is caused by a nasty little bacteria called Shigella and it can be spread from person to person if proper sanitary measures are not taken. We were told to use and anti-bacterial soap to help keep it from spreading. Usually I am very against anti-bacterial soaps, but with 2 six month olds in the house, I wanted to make sure I was doing everything I could to keep them safe and healthy.

So I start using the soap. The first time I used it my hands felt like they were on fire. I rinsed it off as soon as I could and was left with these awful, painful, red patches on the tops of both my hands. At first I though it was just an allergic reaction. The pain just kept getting worse though, finally I went to get it checked out. It turned out the soap had given me a chemical burn.

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It has taken a few days and many experimental creams and herbal blends to finally get my hands to feel better. I finally settled on an herbal infused coconut oil that I applied directly to the skin and that I mixed into a salve and applied. I will share the recipe for the infused oil tomorrow and will hopefully have the salve up for sale soon.