Nursing Nipple Salve

Soothing Nipple Salve for Nursing Mamas

This salve was a lifesaver for me in the first couple of weeks after my son was born.  Thankfully, he was a great nurser right away, but he wanted to be at the breast ALL THE TIME! And it took my body a while to adjust.  My nipples became sore, cracked and yes, even bled a little.  Now I am not trying to scare any soon to be mamas.  This story is not true for everyone and I promise it did not last long.  Nursing can be one of the most amazing bonds you will have with your children.  There are so many special things to say about it.  But this is not the post for that.  This is a post about nipples. Read more…

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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…