Upset Tummy Blend
I decided to make the “Upset Tummy Blend” this past fall after a nasty stomach bug went through our house. It was really tough to watch my little ones get sick, especially when I didn’t feel well either.
The blend of Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct linalool), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), and Lemon (Citrus limon) helps reduce the urge to throw up and slows the incidence of vomiting. This blend has a wonderful combination of anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic constituents, in particular: Linalool and Geraniol, which help to calm the smooth muscle of the belly. Ginger relaxes tight muscles and warms damp, internal issues so is perfect for use with digestive problems. Lemon is astringent, also perfect for situations where excess moisture is present, and is known to relieve the discomfort of nausea. Many constituents found in these three essential oils are also supportive to the immune system.
This blend has an earthy, yet warm and uplifting aroma. It is blended at a dilution safe for children over the age of 5 years, but can also be used by adults experiencing nausea. I suggest a few drops (3-5) rubbed on the belly in a clockwise direction from the sternum (this is the direction the digestive tract takes) when symptoms of nausea or vomiting appear. Apply a warm wash cloth or heating pad over the belly once you’ve applied the oils to help with relaxation.
My sincere hope is that you nor your child(ren) will not need to use the “Upset Tummy Blend”, but it’s here if you do!
Welcome in Spring (Cleaning)!
I think it’s safe to say that Spring is just about here. I even opened the windows yesterday to let the warm breeze in, new and refreshing! On days like this, many of us get the urge to clean…to purge the heaviness of winter in anticipation of the good weather ahead. Why not use this new season as an opportunity to try a new way of cleaning? A way of cleaning that is natural, good for your health, and smells fantastic?
More and more, research is showing that the chemical cleaners we’ve come to know and love are really terrible for our health, over time leading to everything from asthma, infertility, and even cancer. It makes sense to use cleaning products made with simple ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils…especially so if you have children. One of the great things about the Sweet & Woodsy line of cleaning products is the peace of mind they provide…no chemicals or harsh odors and no worry about what they expose you, your children, or your pets to. You can also be sure of their cleaning power.
Lemon essential oil is a wonderful degreaser, supports the immune system, and brings the sunshine inside! I have used it to pick up spaghetti sauce off of white carpeting! Afterward, you couldn’t even tell it had been there! I make both the Multi-Purpose Spray and the Window & Glass Cleaner with it. The acetic acid found in white vinegar gives natural cleaning products disinfectant and bacteria-inhibiting strength. And the Tea Tree Abrasive Scrub is a total treat to use! Baking soda is a strong deodorizer and a great natural ingredient when combined with anti-microbial essential oils. To be honest, I really don’t like to clean, but I do find it a lot more enjoyable with wonderful, all-natural products. Happy Spring! Happy cleaning!
Lavender Baby Bottom Balm
This cold winter, combined with dry indoor air, has been hard on skin. The Lavender Baby Bottom Balm is the perfect choice for keeping dry skin hydrated and protected. While it was designed for baby bottoms, it does work well on adults too! I’ve been using it regularly on my daughters’ arms and legs, especially behind the knees, and on their cheeks if they get chapped. It helps protect their sensitive tushies from diaper rashes. I also use it on my hands and any areas of my body that are dry and love it!
Our Lavender Baby Bottom Balm contains:
- organic Jojoba oil-this is actually a wax that is similar to the oil naturally produced by our bodies. It’s moisturizing and is easily absorbed by our skin; the balm goes on smoothly and isn’t greasy.
- organic Calendula-infused olive oil (made by Mindy)-traditionally, Calendula was used by physicians for its anti-bacterial properties to treat skin infections. Also called ‘pot Marigold’, this yellow flower is known for it’s ability to heal and soothe the skin.
- Beeswax and Shea butter-(both organic) combine to soften and coat the skin as well as to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal protection.
- Lavender essential oil (from unsprayed plant material)-is added at a safe dilution for use on even the newest babies! Lavender regenerates skin cells helping to clear acne, skin infections, and to heal scars. I have witnessed first hand (no pun intended) it’s power to calm a burned finger almost instantaneously and it is invaluable for any issue pertaining to the skin.
The Lavender Baby Bottom Balm makes a wonderful gift for a new Mom-one she can also use to combat dry hands from frequent hand washing. Two great things about using natural products are: they can be used with peace of mind, and they work!
*This product is okay to use with cloth diapers.*