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Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath

So many of my friends are having babies soon!  Yay!  In honor of them, I have some essential postpartum recipes to share with you over the next couple of weeks.  The first is a lovely sitz bath, the perfect postpartum blend for healing the sensitive tissues of the perineum.  Whether or not you had a deep tear, minor tear, or just want to soothe the inflammation that can occur after birth, this blend is the match for all.  It is Soothing, Antiseptic, Tissue Repairing, Anti-inflammatory, Astringent and Tonifying to the tissues.   Read more…

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Homemade All-Natural Sunscreen

My kids love to be outside all day long in the summertime, so sunscreen is a daily ritual in our house.  I prefer for  them to be outside without sunscreen for the first 20-30 minutes so that they can soak up the sun and make lots of Vitamin D!  But after that, I want to protect their sensitive skin.  If I am going to be putting something on their skin daily, I want it to provide protection but also to be safe and nourishing.  And so begins my experimentation :) Read more…

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Simple Recipe for Homemade Zinc Diaper Cream

In the first few weeks of my daughters life, she developed a really bad diaper rash.  I think it was because she slept so well in the beginning (lucky for us) and her bottom was exposed to moisture for too long overnight.  Once it took hold, it was difficult to get it to go away.  We gave her plenty of air time and also exposed her bottom to sunlight in 10 minute intervals, both of which helped a bit.  Eventually, the diaper would go back on, and any moisture would irritate the rash all over again.  I tried all of my usual oils but none of them did the trick.  Finally, I decided to experiment with zinc oxide.   Read more…

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Softer Soft Scrub

My Homemade Laundry Detergent was featured in the news this past week!  Due to the popularity of that post, I thought I would share with you another of my homemade cleaning recipes. This recipe is my all natural, non toxic take on “Soft Scrub”.  When cleaning my house, I make a big batch of it and use it to clean my sinks, toilets, tub & shower.  It is so gentle on my hands and smells great.  The baking soda is a gentle abrasive for removing dirt and neutralizing odors.  The castile soap & grapefruit essential oil are cleansing, disinfectant & antibacterial.  Use it to combat mold & mildew, soap scum and hard water stains. Read more…

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Make Your Own Homemade Vapor Rub with Safe & Effective Essential Oils

This decongesting rub is helpful for coughs, stuffy noses or any cold & flu conditions.  It is antiviral, antibacterial, helps to loosen congestion, relax a cough  and open up the airways so you can breathe better.  When your kids are sick you can rub it onto the chest, back and bottoms of the feet, especially before naps & bedtime.  I made this recipe to be mild enough for my nine month old but still effective enough for my 3 year old.   Read more…

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Bathe Your Kids in Herbal Tea

Herbal baths are a great way to use medicinal herbs with your kids.  When you bathe in herbs, your skin absorbs the beneficial properties of the plants while you breathe in the therapeutic aromatic oils.  The first time I gave my babies a bath, I used a simple Chamomile tea.   So relaxing and grounding.  I still reach for it any time my kids need to bring down their energy level before bed time.   Herbal baths can help to calm an over excited toddler, relax a fussy baby, decongest a stuffy nose, gently lower a fever or soothe itchy skin.  The possibilities are endless!  Here are some of my favorite herbs for making herbal bath teas… Read more…