All Natural Diaper Rash Cream

What do you do when your baby’s diaper rash cream contains ingredients like:
Dimethicone, sorbitan sesquioleate, PEG-30 dipolyhydroxystearate, glycerin, tropolone, tocopheryl acetate, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, magnesium sulfate, potassium nydroxide, and phenoxyethanol?
What do you do when every product you put on the skin of your baby causes a red rash?
You make an all-natural diaper rash cream that contains only three ingredients.
You need ¼ cup virgin coconut oil.

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Lavender oil and melaleuca oil and a container to hold the lotion. I reused a metal container that previously held a beeswax candle but you can also use a lotion tube like these ones at amazon

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Melt the coconut oil and add 15 drops each of lavender and melaleuca oil. Allow the cream to cool and harden before using.

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Recipe for Diaper Rash Cream

Melt the coconut oil and add it to your container. Add the essential oils and mix. Allow to cool completely before using.

I LOVE This Stuff!!!

img_1851What is it that I am suddenly in love with? Lavender oil. This stuff is amazing!

I’ve used it for bug bites and it takes the sting right out. Amazing!

My son has a bad habit of picking at his bites and leaving gaping bloody spots but a few days of lavender oil and you would never know it was there.

I use it for Monster Spray, to calm the boys down and help them sleep.

The boys have their own rollerball of lavender and coconut oil that they carry in their pockets for skinned knees and the other bumps and bruises of boyhood. It really cuts down on the crying and they heal faster.

Abigail’s skin is so sensitive that I can’t use any products on her but any rash she gets I roll lavender oil on and it disappears.

I also rub it all over her when we go out to keep mosquitoes away. She smells great to us but the bugs can’t stand it.

When I burn myself cooking I put lavender oil on right away and no longer have weeks of pain and scaring after bad burns. After a day or two I don’t even remember the burn.

Diffusing it also helps with sleep and putting it in my diffusing necklace is relaxing and calming.

These are a few of the ways I’ve used lavender oil recently but there is one major reason I am currently LOVING lavender oil. It saved me a week in the hospital away from my family!

Abigail was my second c-section and the recovery was excruciating. I finally thought I was healing but then I started waking up at night with itching in the area of my scar that was so bad it kept me up at night for weeks. I was so busy during the day taking care of hubby and three littles under the age of three that I didn’t pay much attention to it but when it started stealing the precious little sleep I was getting it got my attention. Let’s just say when I saw the scar in the mirror I freaked out. My husband said I should have gotten a picture, but trust me NO ONE wants to see that, (or smell it). If you are morbidly curious just google “c-section scar infection” and it was as bad as the worse photos there. I knew exactly what it was because a friend had recently had an infection in her scar and been hospitalized for a week while they treated it. I knew if I made an appointment with my OB she would have me in the hospital so fast it would make my head spin.  It was the beginning of the weekend so I decided to try lavender oil while I decided if I was going to call her on Monday or not.

My husband helped me apply it twice that day and the next. The itching stopped fairly quickly after the first application and I decided I wasn’t going to keep looking at it and freaking myself out all weekend. But when my husband went to apply the lavender oil on Sunday he gasped; “Oh,my goodness!”

“What?!What’s wrong?!”

“Nothing! It’s completely healed up. It looks Amazing! Like you never had a second c-section, amazing!”

Like I said, I LOVE this stuff!lavender-1

Essential Oil Blends – Guest Blogger Lauren Dragone

Today I excited to announce our first guest blogger my sweet friend Lauren. Lauren and I met through MOPSView More: http://heatherlynnephotography.pass.us/dragone-family-2 a group for Mothers of Preschoolers to connect and build friendships. At the time she had a brand new baby girl, her first, and I had my second brand new baby boy. Here is a photo of her precious family; aren’t they beautiful? I can attest to the fact that they are just as beautiful inside; when we had to make an emergency move her husband took all three of our children (all under the age of 2) while Lauren helped me pack up our house! They are such a caring, giving family. Lauren is passionate about natural health and recently shared that she had made these amazing essential oil blends for her sister. I was so impressed that I immediately asked her to write a guest blog post so I could share this information with my wonderful readers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Essential Oil Blends

I’m so excited because my little sister is pregnant! She will be making me an aunt for the very first time! I’ve been checking in with her a lot lately and knew that I wanted to help her in any way I could. Recently, she was complaining of headaches a lot. I saw that she yearned for something natural because she doesn’t want to take medication during her pregnancy. (I was the same way.) I took the opportunity to share my love of essential oils with her. Many have asked me why do you use rollerballs? For my sister, rollerballs are especially convenient because she is constantly on the go. Instead of having to mix a bunch of oils every time, why not use a rollerball already premixed and ready to use? Makes sense to me. Keep reading if you want to learn how I made these awesome blends!

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I was online searching for the perfect rollerball blend recipes and I stumbled on this website

She offers these FREE labels!!
So, with my label sheet printed I got to work!
I personally chose 6 blends that I thought would best pertain to my sister but there are HUNDREDS of recipes out there to choose from!
First you will need rollerball bottles: I get them from a couple places. There is a site called aromatools.com where I get most of my glass bottles to make cleaning supplies, oils blends, sprays and salves. The shipping is not cheap, but the glass bottles are far cheaper than amazon, so probably still worth it. I like the amber glass bottles in 10ML for blends. Also, you can get them here at Amazon, or if you are ready to make a large quantity you can save by buying them in bulk here.

Next, you will need a carrier oil: I like this one off Amazon.
You can also use Jojoba, almond oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil….etc. All of those can be found by doing a quick search on Amazon.

Finally, you will need the essential oils: I personally use doterra oils. There are many brands out there but you want to do your research because not all oils are treated equal. If you want to order them from Joanna directly, here is the link to her site.

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, please check with your provider before using essential oils. I have included a list of oils to be cautious of and to avoid altogether while pregnant.

Oils in pregnancy:

Oils to avoid:

Basil, Birth, Calamus, Cassia, Cinnamon, Hyssop, Idaho Tansy, Lavandin, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon

Oils to be cautious of:

Angelica, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cistus, Citronella, Clary Sage, Close, Cumin, Cypress, Fennel, Laurel, Marjoram, Mountain Savory, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint, Vetiver,Yarrow

How I made them:

  • Get a 10ML rollerball bottle like this:
  • Add the essential oils to the bottle. (recipes of the ones I made will be below)
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with carrier oil. (You may want to use a funnel like this)
  • Pop in the rollerball cap and you’re done!

Recipes:

Immune Booster:

Good for healthy immune function
2 drops each of:

  • Oregano
  • Melaleuca
  • Lemon
  • Frankincense
  • Cinnamon

Tummy Tamer:

Good for upset stomach

  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Fennel
  • 1 drop Coriander
  • 1 drop Lemon

Tension Tamer:

Good for head and neck tension

  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Chamomile

Deep Breath:

Good for congestion or breathing issues

  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Rosemary

Anti-Stress:

Good for when feeling stressed

  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 5 drops Frankincense

Good Night Sleep Tight:

Good for restful sleep

  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Cedarwood

I hope you all enjoyed this and are excited to make your own!

View More: http://heatherlynnephotography.pass.us/dragone-family-2About the Author

Lauren Dragone is a wife, mother and registered nurse. She has been married for almost 4 years…mommy for 2 years….she is currently staying at home to help run their family’s landscaping business and to raise her adorable baby girl, and a self professed crunchy mama.

 

**Please note: Products mentioned in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information on this page are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This website is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your medical doctor regarding your medical care.

 

Joseph’s JuicePlus+Story

chewablesnowhiteOur poor little Joseph had so many health issues as a little one. As soon as he was able to chew the JuicePlus+ Chewables I got him started on them.  His health got so much better! His pediatrician was amazed at how much healthier he was since he went from sick ALL the time to virtually never being sick. After a year of constant doctor appointments we suddenly stopped needing to see the doctor every week! Then one day I ran out of the purple chewables about a week before my next deliver was coming. Since the purple ones are the ones that help with immune resistance I really should have been more on top of these because the next day he got the flu! We went back to our pediatrician while I anxiously waited for the deliver of chewables to come in. She couldn’t understand how he got so sick so suddenly when he had been doing so well. As soon as the chewables came in I got him started back on a double dose and shocked his pediatrician with how quickly he recovered! Her comments to me was “I’ve never heard of this JuicePlus+ before but if it works that well for him don’t ever let him run out again!”

Daniel’s JuicePlus+ Story

Daniel’s Story:

Even though Daniel stays home with me he does go to the church nursery and every time there is a child with a runny nose he comes home with it. Isn’t it great how they share? chewablesnowhiteWell it would take weeks for him to get over it and no sooner would he be feeling better than another runny nose would show up in nursery and the whole cycle would start over again. I heard that Juice Plus+ had Gummy’s for kids and since we had such good experiences taking it ourselves we decided to try them for Daniel. He had a runny nose when I started him on them and it cleared up right away. After a month on them he had still not gotten a cold. We had a cold snap and he started to get a little runny nose, that morning he immediately brought me his Juice Plus+ & asked “Bitamins, Mommy?” He knew they were helping him feel better! He took his Juice Plus+ and the runny nose was gone in a day, instead of two weeks!

My JuicePlus+ Story

My Story:

When I was pregnant with Daniel we had many problems with my prenatals. Not only was my body not absorbing the nutrients I needed during the pregnancy but the prenatals weretriocausing additional medical problems for me to the point I was actually hospitalized because of how my body reacted to my prenatal pills. Finally my doctor told me it was safer to stop taking the pills altogether since we weren’t able to find one that worked well for me. When I became pregnant with Joseph I asked her if it was safe to take Juice Plus+. She had been trying to find a prenatal that we hadn’t already ruled out during my last pregnancy and was so happy to hear that I was considering Juice Plus+. She said Juice Plus+ was wonderful and better than any prenatal she could prescribe for me. She advised me to take it regularly as my prenatal. I had none of the issues I had with Daniel and was much healthier overall. Also, Daniel was born with very weak and gnarly nails but Joseph’s nails were strong, health, and perfectly shaped which they also linked to the Juice Plus+ I had been taking.

Hubby’s Juice Plus+ Story

Hubby’s Story:

A few years ago my husband was diagnosed with IBS and put on the FODMAP diet. While juice plusthis diet helped his digestive problems tremendously it also severely limited the amount of fruits and vegetables that he was able to eat because his body could not digest the natural sugars in them.  Only being able to eat meats and rice with only about 3 vegetables and a few berries began to compromise his immune system. He was missing about 3-5 days of work each month because of getting whatever sickness was going around the office.  We found the solution to be starting him on Juice Plus+. Juice Plus+ has all the nutrients from Fruits and Veggies that we don’t normally get from our regular diets and since all the sugars are removed his body had no trouble digesting them. And since he started taking them he hardly ever gets the office colds.

Making Essential Oil Rollerballs

Essential oils are great but most of them can’t be used at full strength. I’ve learned this the hard way; (ask me sometime about putting full strength frankincense on a fresh  c-section scar).  One of the ways I get them to a usable strength is to make rollerballs filled with a carrier oil mixed with the essential oils.

These rollerballs are available from amazon for about $1 each.

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Making a rollerball is so simple.

How many drops of essential oil is determined by how strong the oil is and how strong you want the final product to be. A mild oil like lavender you could use 20 drops and still apply it to a baby with no issues. A strong oil like oregano can burn your skin at full strength so use a few less drops especially if you will be using the rollerball on children.

Daniel helped me refill our OnGuard rollerball. Watch how simple it is.

Rollerballs are great to have on hand for quick application. And they are safe for the children to put on themselves. Joseph LOVES to put his oils on each morning.

My current top 4 to always have on hand are

Oregano – immune system support, we apply to our feet twice a day

Lavender – Great for EVERYTHING! My latest favorite use is to take the sting out of bug bites. It will also repel mosquitoes.  It really has hundreds of uses though.

OnGuard – This is a proprietary blend that helps support the immune system, we also apply this twice a day along with the oregano

DigestZen – another proprietary blend that helps support digestive function. IT got us over the flu! I recommend every Mama keep this on hand.

Just for fun here is one last video of Joseph applying the DigestZen to his tummy.

 

If for any reason you don’t want to make a rollerball but you still want the benefits of essential oils in a convenient roll on format you can always get them premixed here.

 

Helping Babies Sleep

I LOVE essential oils, because they work! When nothing else works, the oils work. Simple as that. And my kids love oils, because they know they work. They know that oils make boo-boos feel better, upset tummies stop hurting and get them over colds faster. Usually I apply oils topically but today I decided to try a little aromatherapy as a solution to a new issue we’ve been having. For several nights now Daniel has been waking up with nightmares that monsters and shadows are chasing him in his room. Today he even had the same nightmare during nap time. So I decided to chase away those monsters with a combination of aromatherapy and mom psychology. We made Monster Spray! and while we were at it we made a sachet for baby sister to sleep with too!

It’s easy, Here’s how we did it.

First you need a couple things.

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For both projects:

For Monster Spray:

For the Sachet:

  • Small organza draw string bags (I got 8 at the dollar store for $1)
  • cotton balls
  • Optional: Stuffed animal -This one was given to me with a little zipper pocket in it’s back or you can open a hole in the back of your kids favorite stuffed animal and sew it back up after putting the sachet in.

Monster Spray

Add water to your spray bottle:

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Add a few drops of lavender oil to the bottle:

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Put cap on and decorate with monster stickers. Or in this case dinosaur stickers since we didn’t have monster stickers:

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And most importantly. Spray on the pillow before bed and (if your child is old enough) place the bottle somewhere they can use it incase of monster nightmares, like with a favorite stuffed animal:

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Lavender sachet

For the sachet for little sister we attempted a video of our little guys creating it.

 

Here are the basic instructions:

  1. Stuff the organza bags with cotton balls (These could also be made with rice, or dried lavender flowers but I wanted something that was going to be safe if the bag accidentally got opened)
  2. Add a few drops of lavender oil.
  3. Close the bag up and insert in the back of a stuffed animal if using.

Miss Abigail approves (And her whole room smells great!)

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These little sachets are great for placing in drawers or closets to make them smell great, too. And if you want to make a pretty gift for a friend use dried lavender flowers in the bag instead of the cotton balls.

 

 

 

Lactation Cookies/The Best Oatmeal Cookies EVER!

I recently had my third child, a girl! Isn’t she cute? Her brothers love cuddling her.  image

Since I’ve had so much trouble with breastfeeding and had to supplement more than half of the feedings with the last baby I do anything I can to increase my production and if it tastes good so much the better, right? When one of my friends brought me lactation cookies I was intrigued. I’d never heard of such a thing. Did it really work or was it just an excuse to eat cookies? Well, since I’d been craving chocolate chip cookies I didn’t really care. I just ate them.🙂 But then when they ran out I noticed my little one was more fussy and demanding to eat more frequently. Could they actually be making a difference? I decided to try making a batch and see if that helped. Well, finding a recipe that didn’t taste like cardboard was harder than expected so I asked my friend for her recipe. She shared the link to the ones she made. Then I couldn’t find time to make them. So my sweet husband offered to make them for me. And then because he can’t help it he made adjustments to the recipe and doubled it.

The result is a freezer stocked with several weeks worth of lactation cookies that taste AMAZING! image.jpgAnd theses are good for the whole family. They will be the best oatmeal cookies you ever ate. In case you are curious they really do make a difference in milk production. I’m in the midst of struggling with thrush and have to pump in order to keep feeding her breastmilk. I can pump 1/4 to 1/3 more milk on the days when I have two of these cookies than on the days when I don’t.

Because he loves me and our daughter my husband sets aside time once a month to make up a huge batch of these. Today I took photos of the process and got him to share his adjustments to the recipe so I could share it here.

Start by assembling all the ingredients (This is a double batch, you can cut it in half if you like but we stock our freezer so I have enough for a month.)image (15)

  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat
  • 2/3 cups brewers yeast
  • 1/3 cups ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups organic unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup unrefined organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups organic cane sugar
  • 1.5 cups special dark brown sugar
  • 2 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks (I like Ghirardelli) – OR use jumbo raisins instead
  • 1.5 cups nuts

Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl. image (8)

Cream the liquid ingredients.

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Then add the dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients.

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Then add the nuts and chocolate or raisins and use an ice cream scoop to scoop batter.I scoop it directly onto a shelf in my freezer covered in wax paper. Then after about an hour I can put them into a freezer bag. When I want to make them I take two-four cookies out of the oven, place them on a baking sheet and when they soften up (after about 10 minutes) I flatten them and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Nice warm cookies….
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Milk anyone?