Mamas and Babies
GENERAL EO SAFETY
Essential oils are potent gifts from nature that can often be more powerful than expected.
A few important tips for everyone:
• You should never place essential oils inside the ear.
• You should never place essential oils near or in the eyes.
• Please learn about the proper methods and ratios for diluting essential oils.
• Some essential oils are more “hot” to the skin than others. Learning more about this and other sensitivity issues is important.
• Always read the essential oil labels for further information and usage.
BABY EO SAFETY
When it comes to using these powerful oils on baby, please use ultimate caution. Here are a few guidelines, in addition to the general guidelines recommended:
1. Dilute! Baby's skin is delicate, thin, and sensitive. For newborns and young children, always dilute even the gentlest oils, especially the first few times you use them. Add a drop to a tablespoon of natural lotion or carrier oil, and use only a portion of it, saving the rest in a glass jar for later.
2. Some oils can cause respiratory issues in around .01% of babies. For that reason, either avoid these oils or use with extreme caution. Caution oils include eucalyptus, basil, juniper, peppermint, hyssop, rosemary, and wintergreen.
3. Especially when introducing oils to baby, do not put oils directly on his/her face. For use aromatically, place a drop on your hand and wave it gently by his/her face, around 12" or more away.
4. When wearing oils yourself, be mindful that when holding baby, he/she is exposed to the oils too.
5. Keep your oil bottles out of reach of children and babies. Did I mention how powerful these little things are??
essential oils and pregnancy
For some people, it can be very hard to decide whether to use essential oils in pregnancy, and there are a wide variety of opinions on the matter. It is important to discuss usage with a medical professional experienced with essential oils and to be judicious with their use. Some women choose to avoid excessive use of a few specific oils: Clary Sage, Sage, Idaho, Tansy, Hyssop, Fennel, Wintergreen, and blends and supplements that contain these oils.
However, there are no hard and fast rules. As with use in non-pregnant individuals, essential oil usage is individualized—just be sure you’re following label directions. Some of Young Living’s products are well loved and well tolerated by pregnant women and women who are lactating.
If you have never used essential oils and are pregnant, please consult with your healthcare provider prior to use. I advise you to start low and go slow. Start with just a few drops of essential oils and diffuse in a large area. If you tolerate it well, you may consider applying essential oils to the skin after diluting in V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex or inhaling them directly from the bottle.
If you are trying to conceive, this blog post will be an awesome resource for you! http://thecrunchymoose.com/getting-pregnant/
Nutrition Support for the healthy Mama-to-Be is important. Your body is growing a baby! Congratulations!!
Master Formula HERS is a favorite daily vitamin (I take it and love it!) and it is full of SO many good things!
PD 80/20 contains Pregnenolone and DHEA. DHEA is involved in maintaining the health of the cardiovascular and immune systems.
OmegaGize - Sometimes Pregnancy Brain moves in and kicks our daily remember-er out!! OmegaGize3 is a favorite to support brain health. OmegaGize3 blends the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA with powerful CoQ10, a vitamin-like substance that powers energy in every cell in the body. The fish oil complex in OmegaGize3 is derived from some of the cleanest water on the planet and is enhanced with essential oils and mixed carotenoids for stability.
MultiGreens™ is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems. These will help you get many of the “greens” you need to grow that baby!
Taking a probiotic is important at any time, but very important while pregnant to support healthy digestion and gut health. Young Living makes a great probiotic called Life 5. Probiotics support healthy digestion and gut health. Life 5 builds and restores core intestinal health by providing five clinically proven probiotic strains, including two advanced super strains to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy,and improve immunity.
From your head to your toes and everything in between, protein is a necessary component of every cell in the body. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissue, and it is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other essential chemicals in the body. Your hair and nails are almost exclusively made of protein. Clearly, protein is indispensable—both in your body and in your diet.
Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a macronutrient, meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are only needed in small quantities, are called micronutrients. But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein and, therefore, has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.
One study suggests that consuming protein at regular intervals during the day may help support whole-body metabolism. Eating snacks rich in protein throughout the day could aid how your body uses this essential nutrient.1
According to WebMD, Pregnant women need about 71 grams of protein.
How can I get more protein in my diet?
Here are 10 quick and easy snacks that offer protein! Try adding some of these to your daily routine to give your diet a delicious boost of protein.
Greek yogurt topped with toasted almonds: 17 grams of protein per 170-gram container of nonfat Greek yogurt
Hummus and red pepper slices: 6 grams of protein per 1/4 cup hummus and half a red pepper
Cottage cheese topped with dried wolfberries: 27 grams of protein per 1 cup of cottage cheese and 2 tablespoons of wolfberries.
Deli roll-up: a slice of tomato, lettuce, and thin slices of red bell pepper with a squirt of mustard, all wrapped in a slice of turkey: 12 grams of protein per 2 rollups
Hardboiled egg: 6 grams of protein per egg
Almond butter with celery sticks or apple slices: 8 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons almond butter and 1 apple or 2 celery stalks
Steamed edamame: 4 grams of protein per 1/2 cup of edamame
Raw almonds: 5 grams of protein per 20 almonds
Roasted chickpeas: 7 grams of protein per 1/2 cup of chickpeas
Pure Protein Complete is a comprehensive protein supplement that combines a proprietary 5-Protein Blend, amino acids, and ancient peat and apple extract to deliver 25 grams of protein per serving in two delicious flavors, Vanilla Spice and Chocolate Deluxe. This is the perfect addition to your day especially when you need that protein but can’t keep anything down.
morning sickness... otherwise known as all day sickness.
Morning Sickness often accompanies the first trimester and can be a difficult time to maneuver. These oils and products are a few favorites for helping you make it through!
-Peppermint and DiGize have a whole bunch of uses, and keeping tummies happy is one of them!
-AromaEase has nurturing aromas of Peppermint, Spearmint, Ginger, Cardamom, and Fennel. This blend provides a comforting aroma when applied to the neck and chest, and can be diffused to create a calm and relaxing aromatic environment. This oil blend is excellent for digestive support.
Growing a baby is hard, exhausting work! These are a few Young Living products that can support your energy and give you the oomph to keep going.
Ningxia Red is your friend. Your best friend! Ningxia Red is full of antioxidants, nutrients and amazing wolfberries to nourish your body. Take 1-2 oz. every morning to help you have an amazing amount of energy to get through the day. It fortifies the body and replenishes many key nutrients. It also contains no artificial sugars, which is personally helpful to me in my pregnancies!
Along with Ningxia Red in the morning, when a mid-day slump happens or I have a bad case of "pregnancy brain," NingXia Nitro is my go-to. Within 10 minutes, I am amped up and ready to tackle whatever project lies ahead of me. Nitro is pretty amazing stuff; while it does have green tea extract, it isn't caffeine-based energy. It is more of a cognitive boost, and from that boost comes the focus to exert physical energy. I like to add essential oils to my Nitro to give it a little bit of extra oomph!
The En-R-Gee blend is an invigorating blend to support vitality, circulation and alertness. You can apply topically to support mental alertness and you can also diffuse this to give you that burst of energy to get through the day!
For most women, pregnancy is a time of great joy, excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, for many it can also be a time of serious sleep disturbance, even for women who have never had problems sleeping. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation's 1998 Women and Sleep poll, 78% of women report more disturbed sleep during pregnancy than at other times.
One of the reasons for fatigue and sleep problems during pregnancy is changing hormone levels. For example, rising progesterone levels may partly explain excessive daytime sleepiness, especially in the first trimester. Hormonal changes may also have an inhibitory effect on muscles, which may result in snoring and in obese women, increase the risk of developing sleep apnea, and may be partly responsible for the frequent trips to the bathroom during the night. These interruptions as well as those caused by nausea and other pregnancy-related discomforts can result in significant loss of sleep. Many women experience insomnia due to emotions and anxiety about labor and delivery, balancing motherhood and work, or their changing relationship with their partner. This is especially true of first time mothers. For most women, getting a full night's sleep becomes even harder once the baby is born. It is very important for pregnant women to prioritize sleep and to find effective strategies for managing their sleep problems as early as possible in their pregnancy.
These are some wonderful essential oils and blends that can support healthy, restful sleep for tired mommies and mommies-to-be!
Tranquil Roll-On – a blend of essential oils to create feelings of calmness and relaxation
Peace & Calming – a gentle fragrance. Diffused it can create a calming and peaceful atmosphere throughout the home. (A must-have for every household, especially those with young children.)
Lavender – soothing and refreshing, it's aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime. Diffuse to create a calming and comforting atmosphere. Add a few drops with some bath salts for a relaxing bath
Frankincense – a gentle fragrance with an aroma that's comforting and freshens air. Diffuse to create a calming and peaceful atmosphere
skin support for pregnancy and beyond
Your baby is growing and so is your skin! These oils can soothe and support your skin as you go through pregnancy. Gentle Baby, Frankincense, and lavender are all amazing for skin support and elasticity. This recipe is a good go-to for moisturizing that growing belly:
-1 cup coconut oil
-1 tsp Vitamin E oil
-5 drops each of Frankincense, grapefruit, lavender, and Gentle Baby
-Whip coconut oil and essential oils in mixer until fluffy. Store in glass container and rub on belly daily.
This is a list of Young Living products to have on hand. I wish that I could tell you how and when to use them all, but with the book Gentle Babies by Debra Rayburn, you can figure that out.
Bergamot, Clara Derm, Clary Sage, Clove, Copaiba, Cypress, Deep Relief, Essentialzymes-4, Frankincense, Gentle Baby, Geranium, Grounding, Joy, Lavender, Lemon, Melrose, Ningxia Red/Ningxia Nitro, PanAway, Peace & Calming, Peppermint, Release, Tender Tush, Trauma Life, and Valor
As you go through the labor process, these oils are great for calming and focusing you: Grounding, Valor- Apply either to carotid arteries and the back of the neck. Diffuse Peace & Calming.
FOR THE DADDIES
And we can’t forget about the daddies… they need some oily love and affection too! Their life is about to be rocked and right now they are your emotion strength! These oils are great to help them support you!
Worries/Fear: Grounding, Valor, Peace & Calming, Exhaustion: Ningxia Red, Ningxia Nitro, Ningxia Zing
Another helpful list to have while you are in labor is this music list. Come up with a list of music to take your focus off the pain and on something else.
This is one woman’s birthing music list:
Oceans - Hillsong
Come to Me - Bethel
Grace Flows Down - Christy Nockels
Holy Spirit - Torwalts
I Breathe You in God - Torwalts
I’m a Lover of Your Presence - Torwalts
10,000 Reasons - Matt Redman
Lord, I Need You - Matt Maher
Whom Shall I fear - Chris Tomlin
Great Are You Lord -All Sons & Daughters
How He Loves - McMillan
How Deep the Father’s Love
Many women choose to anoint their baby after birth, and this is one oily mama’s testimony of anointing her child immediately after birth.
For each of the following recommendations, dilute the oil 1:30 with a natural lotion or carrier oil.
As with all anointing, I encourage you to spend the time to pray over your new child. Take the time to pray with your husband. In the midst of the chaos, it is a humbling reminder of the great blessing you are holding and Who bestowed that blessing. It is also amazing how God will bring peace to your heart, even after the trauma of birth, and I am faithful that He brings peace to baby's heart, too.
As recommended by Gentle Babies:
- Frankincense : Apply a few drops of the diluted solution to the baby's head as an anointing oil.
- Trauma Life : Apply a few drops of the diluted solution on the crown of the baby's head and the feet soon after birth to help recover from the emotions of just being born.
- Valor : Apply a few drops of the diluted solution to baby's feet. Wait 5 or 10 minutes before using another oil.
- Brain Power, Joy, or Peace & Calming : Apply diluted to baby's feet.
- Lavender : Apply a few drops of the diluted solution to feet for relaxation when needed.
- Myrrh : Apply the diluted solution to the body as an anointing oil.
- Gentle Baby : Place two to four drops of the diluted solution on baby's tummy.
Use the same regimen, diluted or not (depending on how experienced Mom is with essential oil use), on mom for after birth care and during anointment, also!
After your baby is born, you walk and sit VERRRRY carefully. ClaraDerm is a lovely, lovely product, one I won't ever go without again. It helps reinvigorate skin and relieve irritation. This gentle spray is a blend of nature's most soothing and calming essential oils in a base of fractionated coconut oil. It is especially comforting for stressed skin before and after childbirth. It's a must-have for every hospital bag!
Okay, let's get to the fun stuff!
With little exception, baby loves to be touched. There is a chemical, physical bond when your skin touches his/hers, and an emotional bond is created too when the special time is spent to give a calming, loving massage. What's more, researchers are finding that massage, especially those enhanced with essential oils, may promote better sleeping, relieve colic, and perhaps even enhance an infant's immune system, motor skills, and intellectual development.
We love baby massages, especially for newborn digestive support.
Hint: Baby massages can be relaxing and therapeutic for mom and dad, too!
After each bath or shower, with either a baby or a toddler, spend special time giving a massage with either KidScents lotion (a Young Living product) or coconut oil and an essential oil, usually the Peace & Calming blend or lavender. I make my oil blend with 1/3 - 1/2 cup coconut oil to 10-12 drops of oil. Spend about 5 minutes or so just rubbing the oil mix into their little bodies. They get a foot massage, a leg massage, a back massage, arm massage, nape of neck massage... It is awesome!
Before bed with a newborn, it is also lovely to do a similar massage with a blend of coconut oil, cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, and Peace & Calming.
Any time my daughter needs some digestive support, I use a technique called the "I Love You" tummy massage enhanced with essential oils.
For a baby, I typically use Roman Chamomile. Roman Chamomile is currently discontinued, but Gentle Baby may be a great blend to use! I use about 1-2 drops with around a 1/4 tsp of carrier oil (I worked up to that... dilute heavier at first until you find what works for you and your child).
For older babies or toddlers, I use Tummygize or Di-Gize. Man does that stuff work! I use a roll on with about 1 part Di-Gize to 3 parts oil (I actually use this same roll on for myself or my husband when needed).
TIPS FOR THE PERFECT MASSAGE:
- Don't overthink it. There are a million YouTube videos and such that talk about the perfect techniques. Um, just love on your baby.
- Use the flat part of your fingers. The palm can be too heavy of a touch, and your fingertips can press in too hard. The flat part of your fingers works perfectly!
- Get the room warm, if you can. If not, cover parts of baby not being massaged at the time with a warm blanket.
- Talk, sing, or hum to baby while you massage. Gaze into his/her eyes. The emotional bond you create is just as important as anything you do with your hands!
Nursing your baby can be a wonderful experience. Sometimes you need some comforting care for your skin, or could use a boost. Either way, these are good things to have on hand if you plan to breastfeed!
A lot of postpartum mamas stress about producing enough milk for their new baby. Virtual hug to all of you because I totally was in that same boat. Sixteen months of nursing later, I realized that stress does not help your milk supply at all. It can actually decrease your supply, so oil up with Stress Away on your wrists and Joy on your heart. Take some deep breaths and just know that your baby will somehow get fed. You will not let that baby starve.
Rose Ointment- This is amazing for skin support so be prepared to lather this on those poor, overused nipples.
A friend also made these lactation cookies for me when I was just starting to breastfeed. She made them a month ahead of time, froze them raw and then I could just pull them out and bake them as needed. They don’t have any EO’s in them, but I just had to share the recipe because they were super tasty. (My husband kept eating them! I told him he might start lactating if he kept eating them. :-) Note to self: hide them next time I make them) http://www.drmomma.org/2010/08/lactation-cookies-recipe-increasing.html
It's no secret that with pregnancy or postpartum comes a roller coaster of emotions, and essential oils can most definitely support that endocrine system. Let me be perfectly transparent here, I cried over an Anthropologie coupon. I thought my husband threw it away. He didn’t. Good times. However, fragrance is the substance of memories. Research shows that when inhaling the pure constituents in pure oils, it can stimulate the olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. Hence, in less than a second, a scent has the power to activate a number of physical and emotional responses. This causes the pituitary gland to be stimulated and release chemical messages that travel via the blood to your glands and organs that create physical body responses. That is why inhaling the oils can have a great effect on emotions.
Here are some recommendations:
Great Day Routine to balance your body and help you get ready for an awesome day!
Apply one drop of Valor on your wrists.
Apply one drop of Harmony above your belly button.
Apply one drop of Joy right over your heart.
Rub one drop of White Angelica on your shoulders.
Then cup your hands and breathe in these oils for 10 seconds.
FOR BABY: TOP TO BOTTOM
Babies need skin support, too! These can care for your little one from head to toe, supporting healthy, comfortable skin.
Baby Skin Support Blend
- 1 TB Emu Oil (you can buy from Sprouts or Whole Foods)
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- Mix together
- Dip finger in blend and very carefully apply to the affected area
EMU OIL: http://www.allaboutemu.com/faq
For a Happy and Healthy Newborn scalp:
1 T coconut oil
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)
Massage this mix into the baby's head, let sit for 15-20 minutes, use a baby brush to very lightly massage the scalp, and then wash their hair.
Little tip: If you take a dry washcloth and put it over the baby's forehead, it will catch any trickles of water.
Tender Tush Ointment: KidScents®Tender Tush is a gentle ointment that nourishes and protects skin with soothing ingredients like coconut, olive, and wheat germ oils. The all-natural ingredients in Tender Tush soothe the delicate skin in the diaper area while gentle essential oils provide comforting aromatherapy. Tender Tush is also great for expectant mothers who are concerned with stretch marks.
DIY FOAMING HAND SOAP RECIPE
I talked a little bit about the yuckiness hidden inside most commercial baby products. Here is a foaming bath soap recipe that is gentle on baby's skin and mild on the eyes (though not tear free).
Why foaming? Simple. We typically use way. too. much! This gives you the perfect amount of soap in a beautiful, foamy consistency... with NO harmful chemicals!
If you don't have Dr. Bronner's unscented castile soap, I suppose you can use the lavender or other "scents". I chose unscented for this because you want to use very little essential oils to keep it easy on the eyes just in case. And I would rather use Young Living essential oils than whatever Dr. B puts in his.
Babies sleep. A LOT. Or, they should. :) These oils and blends can help your little one unwind and relax when bedtime rolls around. They don't call it "sleeping like a baby" for nothing!
Another favorite is the Kidscents SleepyIze blend which we will discuss later!
Every baby has fussy spells, and Young Living has help for the weary parents! Here are some things that I found have helped my daughter:
- Joy over the heart. Joy over the heart helps calm me, and when you hold your child close and allow him or her to inhale the wonderful blend, them as well. There were many times that holding my daughter wasn't enough, but I could have applied Joy for her to settle down. As she got older, I would apply it on her own heart.
- Lavender spritz! I put a pinch of sea salt in the bottom of a dry 1 oz glass spray bottle, add 7-8 drops of lavender, and fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. Then I would spray her sheets, her swaddle blanket, her carseat... whatever I could find to spray. ;-) Lavender is definitely a lifesaver on long car trips!
- Putting a drop of Lavender, Gentle Baby or Joy on a baby carrier and having skin-to-skin contact is a wonderful way to have baby close and for the baby to receive the benefits of essential oils.
- Massage with Gentle Baby. When little girl would get really fussy, I would give her a warm bath with one drop of Gentle Baby, and then give her a massage with 1 T emu oil and 2 drops Gentle Baby. It was a great combo when I had the time to do the massage.
- Diffusing Lavender or Gentle Baby during naps is also a great option.
Everybody has to go through it, so why not make it a little more tolerable for everyone involved? This blend is one of our favorites and not only does it help with teething discomforts but with the chamomile in it, it helps calm my sweet baby down. Just rub the roller bottle along the jawline outside the mouth.
12 drops each of German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Lavender and Copaiba (since Roman Chamomile is OOS, you can just leave it out) in a roller bottle, fill to the top with YL’s V-6 oil, and rub on the jawline when needed.
We've covered everything from eating to digesting. But now you have a stinky diaper pail or trash can!!! And no end in sight for diapers!! Clothespins on your nose are neither attractive or comfortable.
Note: I have an ubbi (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00821FLT4/ref=as_li_tl…), and I love it! It keeps the smell inside the diaper pail.
Here are a few oily tricks to try:
- Put a few cotton balls, each with a drop of Purification on them in the bottom of your diaper pail. With my ubbi, I also drop one cotton ball with a drop of Purification into the bag.
- Spray the pail liberally with a diluted Thieves Cleaner spray. Mix 1 capful with 1 pint of water.
- Spritz a spray of lemon in when you add a super stinky diaper. I added 4-5 drops lemon to a tsp of sea salt then mixed into a 2oz bottle of distilled water. I keep it by the changing table to neutralize stinky diapers.
Speaking of diaper pails, let’s talk wipes. Baby wipes seem like a pretty fantastic invention right? You wipe, you throw away. No soaking poopy rags and doing endless loads of laundry. Well, convenience isn’t always the healthiest option, and in some cases, it isn’t even the cheapest option! Check out the ingredient list for these name brand baby wipes:
Pampers Clean and Go Wipes:
Water, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic Triglyceride, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Hydroxymethlyglycinate, Citric Acid, Fragrance
Clean and Go Wipes are given a 5 out of 10 for hazard, and warnings include possible allergies, immunotoxicity and organ system toxicity.
Huggies Cucumber and Green Tea Wipes:
Water, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Malic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Fragrance
These wipes have a hazard rating of 7 and ingredients have been linked to cancer, immunotoxicity, allergies, developmental problems, reproductive toxicity, organ dysfunction, endocrine disruption and cellular changes.
Here is an easy peasy, super-de-duper, safe and healthy “recipe” and modifications from myself for homemade, disposable baby wipes:
- 1 roll of HEAVY DUTY paper towels (I used Bounty. Cheap paper towels will not work for this, but it still pays off in the end.)
- Old plastic wipes container, tupperware container, old plastic coffee container, empty gallon plastic ice cream container…basically anything with a lid that will tightly fit a half a roll of paper towels. You can experiment with what works best for you. My preference is the old wipes container because it’s already set up for dispensing wipes.
- 1 3/4 cup distilled water (I’m thinking regular water would probably be ok to use if you are comfortable with that. Hot/warm water is best. If the water is very cold, the oils might not mix as well.)
- 1 Tablespoon of PURE aloe vera (Optional, make sure you check the ingredients to make sure there are no extra additives. I skipped this ingredient.)
- 1 Tablespoon of pure witch hazel
- ½- 1 Tablespoon of Liquid Castile Soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s)
- 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract or 2 capsules of Vitamin E (Optional. I also skipped this step to cut down on cost. Might be great for babies with irritated or dry skin.)
- 1 Teaspoon of Olive or Almond Oil (Optional)
- 6 drops of Lavender essential oil. You can also add a few drops of Melaleuca or Frankincense. Another option is Roman chamomile. I’ve also heard of using orange for a nice, pleasant scent.
Here’s what to do:
Cut the roll of paper towels in half. This is not the easiest thing in the world to do, and you need to have a pretty sharp knife. I completely destroyed the paper towel roll on my first attempt at this. It was like one of those Pinterest fails. Little shreds of paper towel EVERYWHERE! Put your hopefully successfully cut half paper towel roll cut side down in your container. Thoroughly mix all of your ingredients in a bowl. Add your essential oils. Pour your mixture over the paper towels and let it absorb for about 5-10 minutes. Flip the container over to make sure they are well soaked. Pull the cardboard roll out from the inside of the paper towel roll. You can add more water if the roll needs to be soaked a bit more, especially if you have a jumbo roll. Pull the wipes out from the middle of the roll and voila!
Sounds pretty easy right?? I am a simple girl. I get overwhelmed when things are complicated or when I’m given too many choices. To simplify things and to cut down on the cost, I left out most of the optional ingredients. So to simplify, I just had paper towels, water, witch hazel, olive oil, essential oils. It’s really very simple and quite cost effective! Did I mention how simple it is?? The added essential oils in the baby wipes help to prevent diaper rash and prevent yeast. And if you want to take it up a notch for the environment, you can make this recipe with old cut up receiving blankets, t-shirts etc. for washable, reusable wipes.
Oh the amazingness of Thieves!! Your little one will grow and begin to chew on toys, make messes that need wiped up, want to touch everything possible in the public bathroom, and well, Thieves is just not something you want to be without. We love all of the Thieves products we have tried (which is just about all of them) and I love having safe and natural products to use around my little ones.
Thieves Household Cleaner combines natural ingredients with Thieves and Lemon essential oils for safe, effective cleaning power. I love having a spray bottle of this mixed up (it comes super concentrated!) and when we're cleaning, I can safely give the girls a rag with some on so they can help, too.
I keep a Thieves Spray and Waterless Hand Purifier in my purse. They are great for cleaning public potty seats and washing hands while we're away from home. And if the baby sticks his or her hands in his mouth afterward, they aren't ingesting yucky, unsafe things. Yay for Thieves!!
My daughter had a sensitivity to laundry detergents. Her poor skin did not like any of those chemical detergents. Young Living recently launched their Thieves Laundry detergent, which is a plant-based formula. It gently and naturally washes your clothes, leaving them truly clean without any chemical or synthetic residue. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils add to the formula’s strength to leave your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent. We love this detergent and one thing to note is that it can be used in all washers, including high-efficiency, and its highly concentrated formula (6X) will provide around 64 loads! Whoa! I wish that this would have been out when Kolbe was a newborn! We’ve transitioned now and the next baby will get the benefits of this laundry soap!
One of the most common questions about using essential oils with kids is in regard to proper dilution ratios. Well, now Young Living has made it easier than ever to feel confident you are using essential oils safely with your kiddos. Are you familiar with the KidScents collection? This is a collection of six oils that are prediluted and ready to use. The kit is OOS but you can purchase them each individually!
TummyGize™ is a blend of Spearmint, Peppermint, Tangerine, Fennel, Anise, Ginger, and Cardamom essential oils that may help alleviate symptoms of upset tummy, indigestion, and nausea.
SniffleEase™ is a blend of Eucalyptus blue, Palo santo, Lavender, Dorado azul, Ravintsara, Myrtle, Eucalyptus globulus, Marjoram, Pine, Eucalyptus citriodora, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Black spruce, and Peppermint essential oils that may help ease congestion, sniffles, and runny nose.
SleepyIze™ is a blend of Lavender, Geranium, Roman chamomile, Tangerine,Bergamot, Sacred Frankincense, Valerian, and Rue essential oil that may assist with calming and promote deeper sleep.
Owie™ is a blend of Idaho balsam fir, Tea tree, Helichrysum, Elemi, Cistus, Hinoki, and Clove essential oils may help with bumps, bruises, and minor cuts and scrapes.
GeneYus™ is a blend of Sacred Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Cedarwood, Melissa, Blue Spruce, Palo Santo, Galbanum, Bergamot, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang, Hyssop, Black Spruce, and Rose essential oils that may help increase attention, focus, and staying on task.
Bite Buster™ is a blend of Idaho tansy, Citronella, and Palo Santo essential oils that may help repel bugs, promote healing from bug bites, and ease itchiness.
BABY SHOWER GIFT
Are you an aunt, sister, mom, grandma, or a friend who wants to give an oily baby shower gift? What an amazing idea! Here are a few themed gift basket ideas for you to give to your loved one.
Diaper Changing Pack
DIY Baby Wipes
Help pamper baby’s tender skin with fun bath accessories, including:
KidScents Bath Gel
Hooded towel—you can either purchase this item at most children’s or department stores, or you can sew it yourself!
Nursery Gift Basket
Help create a serene and restful environment in baby’s room. Here are our must-haves for a new nursery:
Lavender essential oil, plus a card that details your favorite tips for Lavender in your greeting card
Gentle Baby or Peace & Calming essential oil blend
CD of lullabies or nature sounds
Want to customize your own gift basket? Here are some baby-friendly products to choose from:
KidScents Bath Gel
I used the “Essential Oils Pocket Reference” by Life Science Publishing. ylsearch.com, Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern, Pregnancy and Nursing With Young Living Essential Oils by Jolin Housewright, fellow bloggers, and personal testimonials for my references.