Cradle Cap Remedy

Cradle Cap Remedy

 

Most of you know I’m into using the most natural solutions for myself and now for my little bub, Eden who is nearly 6 months old.

She had cradle cap recently and this is the remedy I used to get rid of it ASAP!

Cradle Cap remedy

  • 2 Tbs Almond Oil (I used Melrose Sweet almond oil)
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop Geranium essential oil

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Mix in a jar and apply to hair.

Leave for a long sleep or overnight (best to use a cloth under their head to prevent the oil staining)

When they wake, wash hair as normal with baby shampoo. I use these ones…

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Comb wet hair with a fine tooth baby comb. The skin just lifted really easily and I dried Eden’s head firmly with a towel to get rid of the loose skin.

If you’d like samples of the remedy or any oils, let me know!

 

Erin x

 

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Low Tox cleaning

Low Tox cleaning

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The number of chemicals that we allow ourselves to be exposed to on a daily basis is SCARY. I’m still on my mission to cut the number of toxic products that I purchase and use and have so far enjoyed getting on the DIY bandwagon, gradually replacing items with natural alternatives.

Hence the low-tox post!

I’ve made a couple of cleaners recently and refined a few recipes with a bit of inspiration from my SIL, Bianca and her bottle of vodka!

The first one, is a glass cleaner and I’m storing mine in an amber glass spray bottle that I purchased from Taylor Natural

Lemon and Peppermint Sparkling Glass Cleaner

Ratio of 1:1:2

Vinegar : Vodka : Water

5 drops peppermint

5 drops lemon/bergamot/wild orange – a citrus oil of your choosing.

Pour ingredients into the bottle and give it a little shake before each use.

You can also mix up the oil combinations – citrus is always good to include for cleaning.

I got this combo and slightly modified the recipe from Kim Reid 🙂

Bathroom Shower, tile and toilet cleaner

3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
10 drops Lemon essential oil

 

Combine the ingredients and mix to a soft paste. This can be stored for a short time but will be most effective if you make small batches regularly for when you need it.

I found this recipe on the doterra blog here and used it today to clean the toilet. No bleach! Worked a treat!!

Let me know if you give them a go 🙂  or if you have a recipe to share with me!

Erin x

Send me a message if you’d like to try the lemon or peppermint oil that I use! I can pop a sample in the mail if you like! Or visit My doTERRA page to purchase.

 

Lemon Bliss Balls

Lemon Bliss Balls

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Absolute lemony bliss.

Mum brought some of these down yesterday and it inspired me to make a batch.

I edited the recipe slightly and left out the maple syrup – if you have a sweet tooth…you might miss it!

2 Cups or thereabouts of almond meal

1/2 C of coconut

I Tbs of rice malt syrup

1 Tbs of Coconut oil so that they set nice and firm in the fridge

4 Tbs Almond/brazil/cashew butter – or any nut butter you have

Zest of 2 lemons

2 Tbs of lemon juice (straight off my tree!)

6 drops of lemon oil

2 Tbs Maple syrup if you need them to be sweet! I omitted this 🙂

Coconut to make them pretty

 

The how to…

  1. Warm the nut butter, coconut oil and rice malt syrup using a pot of boiling water and a glass bowl, or the microwave.
  2. Stir to combine and add the lemon zest and lemon juice.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the almond meal and coconut (I used my food processor…lazy Sunday!).
  4. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix/blend.
  5. Add the lemon oil, mix/blend.
  6. Roll into balls and coat with the extra coconut.
  7. Pop in the fridge to set.

Let me know if you try these!

Erin xx

This recipe was adapted from the Wholefood Simply blog.

Send me a message if you’d like to try the lemon oil that I use! I can pop a sample in the mail if you like! Or visit My doTERRA page to purchase.

 

 

DIY epsom salt bath and a little blogger announcement

DIY epsom salt bath and a little blogger announcement

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So the word is out! Thanks to Steve’s clever post of the photo collage, it’s finally Facebook official! We’re expecting our first baby on April the 6th.

So why the DIY epsom salt bath you ask?

I’ve been trying lots of things throughout the first half of the pregnancy to help reduce the stress and craziness of life. Things that help me (read: force me!) to slow down.

I’ve been very lucky in terms of morning sickness – very few issues in this department. We’ve had a few other things to keep our minds occupied at the beginning of the pregnancy so it hasn’t been without its ups and downs and stressful times.

Some of the things I’ve been up to while keeping the news quiet…

  • Practicing yoga – with Yoga in Daily Life
  • Being mindful – Listening to and implementing lots of Rachael Kable‘s suggestions from ‘The Mindful Kind’ podcast.
  • Saying NO – when I can and sometimes when I just have to. This is something that’s really hard for me to do!
  • Visiting a Chinese medicine practitioner for acupuncture – Silvia at Chi Temple… so lovely and helpful! She has also hooked me up with supplements and given me a multitude of suggestions and much appreciated advice throughout my pregnancy. You can also find her on Facebook here
  • Using essential oils – like they’re going out of fashion (but only since I got out of the get-me-away-from-that-smell-now phase!)
  • Trying to get plenty of sleep – another boon for me. Self-proclaimed night owl!

This epsom salt DIY bath is next on my list to try.

It’s made.

Now to make time to give it a go!

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It’s as easy as mixing all of the ingredients and storing them in a random and hopefully recycled jar!

  • 2 C Epsom salts
  • 1/2 C Baking Soda
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Dried lavender (optional – I only added it as I had some from mum that she dried!)

I’ll let you know how it goes when I try it!!

Erin xx

Adapted from a recipe shared on the doTERRA everyday blog

If you’d like a sample of Lavender or Peppermint Oil or you’re interested in purchasing, get in contact with me via message, on my Facebook page, Healthy Erin or via my doTERRA page

Top ten plus two, handy hints for using Peppermint Oil

Top ten plus two, handy hints for using Peppermint Oil

Top Ten plus two handy hints for using peppermint oil for you below!!
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  1. Relieve tension in your head – draw a halo over your forehead, temples, around the back of the neck and back up to the forehead.
  2. Make these healthy, sugar-free bliss balls with it!
  3. Rub on temples after you wake up for a morning energy boost.
  4. Diffuse when feeling fatigued or low on energy.
  5. Place one drop in your mouth to help freshen breath.
  6. Add a drop to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
  7. Promotes digestive health, helps reduce bloating, gas and indigestion – dilute rub on the tummy or take 1 drop in a glass of water.
  8. Use diluted with children to reduce fever by rubbing on the bottoms of the feet.
  9. Scare the spiders away with it! – Dilute in a glass spray bottle and mist around doors and windows.
  10. Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up. Rub the rest on the back of your neck for a boost! Especially good for teachers at the end of the school day.
  11. Add to a cold water compress or foot bath to cool off – especially over summer or during times when you might feel hot (I’ve seen people combat menopausal hot flashes using it in a spray bottle with water or a drop on the back of the neck too).
  12. Make a healthy chocolate with cacao, coconut oil, a bit of rice malt syrup and a few drops of peppermint oil.

All of these uses specifically relate to the oils that I use which are certified pure, therapeutic grade with no synthetic fillers or chemicals, just pure plant extracts. Many that you purchase contain these fillers so another reminder… carefully read all labels!

If you’d like a sample of Peppermint Oil or you’re interested in purchasing, get in contact with me via message, on my Facebook page, Healthy Erin or via my doTERRA page 

Erin xx

Top Ten uses for Lavender Oil

Top Ten uses for Lavender Oil

I use this oil A LOT. I’ve popped a few different ways to use it below so you don’t get stuck in a ‘just with your linen’ rut. If I’ve missed any, I’d love you to share how else you use it!

Lavender oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant. It synergistically helps to soothe and calm the nervous system and can reduce anxious feelings, promoting calm and increasing self awareness.

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  1. Massage 1 drop in your moisturiser into your face or body.  It’s also nice in rubbed into your skin in almond or coconut oil with with Wild Orange and Frankincense so that you can smell it throughout the day.
  2. 1 drop in your mascara bottle extends its life and promotes healthy eyelashes.
  3. Bites or Stings – used neat, straight on the site.
  4. Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or the bottoms of feet to prepare for a restful night’s sleep or in a cold mist diffuser in your bedroom.
  5. Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air with a light mist of Lavender combined with water in a spray bottle.
  6. Add Lavender to bath water to soak away stress, or apply it to the temples and the back of the neck.
  7. Use it in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.
  8. Lavender makes a great addition to any hair treatment, shampoo, or conditioner. It can help keep the scalp looking clean and healthy.
  9. Pop a few drops in with your wash or softener cycle.
  10. Place a drop in your vacuum cleaner so that the scent is then diffused through the house as you clean.

All of these uses specifically relate to doTERRA essential oils – they are certified pure, therapeutic grade with no synthetic fillers or chemicals, just pure plant extracts. Many that you purchase contain these fillers so carefully read all labels!

If you’d like a sample of doTERRA Lavender Oil or you’re interested in purchasing, get in contact with me via message, on my Facebook page, Healthy Erin or via my doTERRA page 

Erin xx

Want fresh breath without the SLS?

Want fresh breath without the SLS?

Every wondered about the warnings on mouthwash bottles not to swallow the ingredients?

Here’s why…

  • Most conventional mouthwashes are alcohol based and have a high alcohol content.
  • There have been studies done confirming the association between this ingredient and oral cancers*
  • Some of the other common ingredients like saccharin and formaldehyde (yes. Formaldehyde!) have been indicated in eye, nose and throat irritation and as triggers for migraines.
  • Many also contain synthetic colourings

So what to use instead to bust the bacteria naturally?

Here’s a great little recipe that Belinda from Happy Health shared recently. It’s too good not to share!

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You’ll need:

  • 3/4 C water
  • 2 drops doTERRA peppermint oil
  • 2 drops doTERRA spearmint oil

Place all ingredients in a jar and give them a little shake.
Swill in your mouth after brushing morning and night for minty fresh breath!

The doTERRA oils are safe to ingest so if you accidentally swallow a little bit, it’s completely fine! Despite this, the reason you want to spit this rinse out is because the aim of using the mouthwash is to kill and clear bacteria from your mouth before you go to bed and when you wake up. This prevents them taking up residence further down in your gastrointestinal tract.

An added bonus…peppermint oil also promotes optimism, and strength in the face of emotional or difficult times. Spearmint is the oil of confident speech, clarity and courage. How could they not start your day in a positive way!

If you want to give this mouthwash a try or are interested in purchasing some oils to detox your home, head to mydoterra.com/ecole or reach out via my website or Facebook page.

Have a great Sunday!

Erin xx

*McCullough, MJ and Farah, CS (2008) The role of alcohol in oral carcinogenesis with particular reference to alcohol-containing mouthwashes