Eczema Lotion with Oatmeal & Lavender

Eczema Lotion with Oatmeal & Lavender

Ok, it’s been over a year since my last post. I know. Delinquent! In that time we moved from AR to the Charlotte NC area with my husband’s job and I just have been focusing on other things. I am finding that with two little kids (3.5 yrs and 1.5 yrs) at home with me, I just don’t have the time or passion to blog as much anymore. But…I did want to share a lotion recipe with you all! I have been making my own lotion for a couple years and I LOVE it! It’s cheap, it’s easy, and there is no junk in it! I have tried it a million different ways – it’s so fun to play around with! A very basic lotion only has three ingredients – water, oil, and emulsifying wax. I bet most people have no idea how simple it is to make. Not long after birth, Piper developed eczema. It was mostly on her face and pretty mild. By 7 or 8 months it had gone away. But just a couple of months ago she had a terrible flare. It started in the backs of her knees, in front of her elbows, and then moved to pretty much every part of her body. Her back looked like rough red leather – I was so sad to see her so miserable. She’d wake up crying because she couldn’t stop scratching! The steroid creams help of course, but I don’t want her on them long term. I’ll be taking her to a local doctor here in Charlotte that I’ve heard great things about. She practices functional medicine which is just a fancy term for saying she finds and naturally treats the root causes to illnesses (instead of just medicating symptoms). She does free 30 min consults to see if she can help you and I already love her from our brief talk 🙂 The only other thing that has helped Piper’s eczema has been colloidal oatmeal lotion (like Aveeno Eczema Cream). The oatmeal has a compound in it that helps to provide a barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss. In the store these lotions are tiny and about $10 a bottle….it might only last me a week (if that)! Hence….homemade oatmeal lotion! I don’t even have eczema, and I LOVE this lotion. It is so smooth and silky. I just love how it turned out and I hope you do too. My initial lotion inspiration came from the Jenni Raincloud blog – check her out! Print Homemade Oatmeal & Lavender Lotion for Eczema! Prep Time: 1 hour Yield: ~ 4 cups Ingredients3/4 c. oatmeal (or oat flour) 2 c. + water 1 tsp neodefend preservative 2 TB vegetable glycerin 1/4 c. emulsifying wax (NOT bees wax) 1/4 c. olive oil 1/4 c. shea butter 1/4 c. coconut oil 40 drops lavender essential oilInstructionsIf using whole oats, grind in a blender or spice grinder till pulverized. Boil 2 cups of water and mix with ground oats. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Slowly strain mixture through a coffee filter. (See pics below) Get as much of the mixture out as you can. Press the back of a spoon against the side of the coffee strainer. Let it fall into another cup. (this is tedious and took me probably 20 minutes). Take this "colloidal oatmeal" and add enough water to it to make 3 cups. In a saucepan, mix the 3 cups of colloidal...
Guest post: LACTOSE-FREE BANANA BERRY ICE-CREAM

Guest post: LACTOSE-FREE BANANA BERRY ICE-CREAM

Nancy with I Made This Dish has a lovely blog that strives to make everyday cooking and cleaning easy and fuss-free. I love the ease and simplicity she brings. I hope you will enjoy her banana berry ice-cream recipe and check out her blog when you have a chance! **************** Guest Post: LACTOSE-FREE BANANA BERRY ICE-CREAM This refreshing ice-cream dessert is not only delicious, but healthy too. And SUPER easy! I promise! It contains no preservatives, no unknown additives, no unpronounceable ingredients. Only natural ingredients. Got some over-ripened bananas? Feel bad about throwing them away? Stick them in the freezer and we will make some delicious ice-cream! (** Note: The banana skin will turn black in the freezer. Don’t panic! It is expected.) The best part: It only requires 3 ingredients! Yep, that’s it! Also, you probably already have all ingredients on hand! Ok, let’s get started! Serves 1-2  Preparation & Cook time: 3-5 minutes You’ll need: 2 frozen ripened bananas, peeled 1 cup / 110 gr frozen mixed berries (or frozen strawberries, or frozen raspberries… your choice) 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup, or regular syrup, or white sugar) Whichever you prefer! Tools: – Food processor or blender – Mixing spoon – Plastic container with a lid (used ice-cream container, used butter container, or Ziploc container) Step 1: Add bananas, berries and honey in a food processor (or a blender) and close the lid tightly. (You don’t want any facial splashes) Pulse every 5 seconds, until the mixture is well combined, approximately 2 minutes in total. Tip: After blending for 1 minute, open the lid and mix the mixture with a mixing spoon so it’s combined. Close the lid and continue blending. Variation: Try fruits instead of berries. My all-time favourite is mango! OMG… it’s so good! Step 2: With a mixing spoon scoop the ice-cream mixture into a plastic container with a lid. Store in the freezer for at least 4 hours. Step 3: Before enjoying your ice-cream. Leave the container out to sit on the counter for 10 minutes. How did it feel not throwing out those over-ripened bananas?   Nancy is Editor-in-Chief at IMADETHISDISH.COM where she shares tips & recipes for busy people. Drop by IMADETHISDISH.COM for FREE cooking tips & quick recipes that will save you hours each week, so you get to spend more time with your friends &...
Your Eyes: Amazing Biology, Under Threat, Part 2

Your Eyes: Amazing Biology, Under Threat, Part 2

The Frauenfeld Clinic, a website dedicated to holistic vision health, recently contacted me to help spread the word about something that affects so many of us. According to the American Optometric Association, near-sightedness, or myopia, affects up to 30 percent of the population. I am intrigued by the possibility that glasses are not necessarily the answer and that solutions to fix myopia exist! Neha Gupta, a holistic opthalmology practitioner in India was kind enough to write this 2-part series on our amazing eyes and the threat that they’re under.  Part 1 here **************************************************************************************************** Your Eyes: Amazing Biology, Under Threat (Part 2)   Myopia, the most common illness affecting eyesight, has doubled in the U.S., between 1970 and 2000, to now affect close to 50% of the country’s population (source). Chances are about 50/50 that you reading this, are yourself myopic (ie. need glasses, are nearsighted). It is even worse in Asia, where as much as 90% of school children are myopic (source). Myopia is a vast epidemic, destroying the healthy eyesight of more and more people all over the world. Myopia is initially caused by a focusing muscle (the ciliary) spasm, or near induced transient myopia, (NITM) (i.e. from looking at a computer screen for hours). This later becomes lens-induced myopia once the patient starts wearing glasses. The “treatment” (glasses) actually makes the condition (myopia) worse! NITM is usually equal to no more than -1.00 to -1.50 in a first glasses prescription. If you choose to wear it, your eyesight will almost certainly get worse. At the NITM point in most myopic children today, steps could be taken to correct the vision deficiency. No child actually needs to be wearing glasses to see clearly! Nearly 100 percent of myopia could be prevented! Myopia should affect less than 1% of any given population, in terms of genetic flaws. Can myopia be reversed? YES! Your eyes are not broken. They are simply responding to strain (focusing muscle spasms) and lens-induced focal plane change (growing longer, called axial elongation).  If you stop the strain and create positive stimulus, your eyes will recover. All of these things you will never hear about. Why? There is no money in prevention. Most any doctor’s visit for any sort of symptom today results in what? A sale. You will be given a pill, and off you go. Outside of acute problems (broken legs, gushing wounds, heart attacks), most chronic symptoms are just medicated. There is money in selling prescriptions. There isn’t any money in rehab and prevention. How to prevent myopia and keep your eyes healthy:   1. Avoid excessive close-up, all day in artificial light. You really do need breaks from staring at your computer! Remember NITM? That focusing muscle strain from close-up eventually will cause the muscle to spasm and give you “pseudo myopia”. 2. Never wear those prescriptions meant for distance use, while looking at your computer screen. If you are already myopic and can’t see clearly up-close without glasses, consider a reduced prescription for close-up. How to reverse myopia: Reversing myopia is a bit of an involved subject.  The causes have to be addressed, which are 1) close-up strain and 2) prescription use.  If both are done correctly, myopia will reduce an average of 0.75 diopters per year, until the person is back to perfect normal vision.  Some people improve faster, especially at first, but the average is a good starting point. On top of this, rehab will dramatically help. I’m...
Your Eyes: Amazing Biology, Under Threat, Part 1

Your Eyes: Amazing Biology, Under Threat, Part 1

The Frauenfeld Clinic, a website dedicated to holistic vision health, recently contacted me to help spread the word about something that affects so many of us. According to the American Optometric Association, near-sightedness, or myopia, affects up to 30 percent of the population. I am intrigued by the possibility that glasses are not necessarily the answer and that solutions to fix myopia exist! Neha Gupta, a holistic opthalmology practitioner in India was kind enough to write this 2-part series on our amazing eyes and the threat that they’re under. Part 2 here **************************************************************************************************** Your Eyes: Amazing Biology, Under Threat (Part I) Take a moment today to appreciate your eyesight. Some facts to help: The light from the world around you, focused onto the retina of your eye, is received by 126 million rod and cone cells. 126 million receptors, right now, take in the light to form the image you can see. The retina is actually an outgrowth of the brain. In the brain itself, neurons devoted to visual processing number in the hundreds of millions and take up about 30 percent of the cortex, as compared with 8 percent for touch and just 3 percent for hearing. Each of the two optic nerves, which carry signals from the retina to the brain, consists of a million fibers; each auditory nerve carries a mere 30,000.  *30 percent of the cortex of your brain, to allow you to see. 150 million cell receptors. A million fibers to carry the light signal to your brain* Not astonishing enough? How about this: 50% of all of your neural tissue deals with your vision. Close your eyes for a moment, and try to contemplate these staggering numbers. Realize that with your eyes closed, the world around you, as expressed by light, ceases to exist. This beautiful and complex part of our biology has been threatened, just in the past few decades, by one of the largest global health epidemics we have ever faced. It’s name? Myopia. Myopia likely affects you, and almost certainly many of your friends and family. Myopia is when your eyes no longer allow you to see a beautiful, clear image, at a distance. As myopia becomes progressive, your vision gets more and more blurry, to closer and closer distances. The common treatment for this illness? Glasses. And contact lenses. Where did this eyesight illness come from? Can it ever be stopped? Is there something you could do to prevent or reverse it? **************************************************************************************************** Stay tuned for Part 2 where Neha will discuss myopia more in detail and what to do to prevent and reverse it!   Image credit: The Frauenfeld...
What to feed baby…and When to start?

What to feed baby…and When to start?

First things first. If your experience is like mine, it will be MESSY! I just had to force myself to get over it. Don’t worry about the dried, caked on avocado you will inevitably find stuck to your baseboards. It will happen. Applaud your babies’ independence and then invest in a good sponge and mop! Ha! I have been meaning to write about this for a long time, but I just haven’t. Now that I have a second baby about to start eating in a month or two, it’s on my mind again! I gave a lot of thought into not only “what” to feed baby but also “when” to start. It can be really confusing if you haven’t ever looked into it before. This post is about babies under a year of age. According to La Leche League, baby’s most important source of nourishment during the first year is breast milk (ideally) or formula. NOT solids. So don’t stress if your baby doesn’t like solids very much that first year.   When to feed baby: The American Academy of Pediatrics says “babies under age 6 months get everything they need from breast milk or formula.” My babies have never been even slightly ready by 4 months. I used 6 months as a starting point but Wyatt didn’t like solids till maybe 7 – 8 months and didn’t actually eat anything of substance until at least 9 months. I did stress but lesson learned for next time if Piper does the same thing 🙂   What to feed baby: Ok, so this is what worked for me and what I felt comfortable with. I read up on Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care and chose to start with some non-conventional but nutrient dense foods. (I don’t see eye to eye with everything in this book, but is is still a phenomenal resource). Egg yolk and shredded liver Yes it sounds gross and torturous, but it’s PACKED with brain-loving cholesterol, vitamins (including A & D which are vitally important), minerals, and other important nutrients for baby. Mine hated it though. It was a nice idea anyway. (Or was it, ha!) I ended up supplementing him with vitamins A & D at the recommendation of my naturopath. Here’s a video on how to prepare egg yolk and liver for baby. Pastured and grass-fed options are always best since grain changes the fat make-up and nutrient value of the animal. (More omega-3s, CLA, etc… in grass-fed) Banana, avocado, butternut squash, and sweet potato These were my staples the first year. Wyatt LOVED them sprinkled with a little bit of unrefined sea salt. He ate them from a mesh feeder. I couldn’t get him to eat any other way until probably 10 or 11 months. In fact, I hardly was able to get him to eat anything other than these 4 staples until 12 or 13 months. Pureed meat, bone broth added to purees or offered as a drink (this is great for growing joint and bones!), pureed and cooked fruits/vegetables like squash, carrots, beets with butter or coconut oil, fermented food like kraut and pickles (not store bought “pickled” in vinegar),  salmon eggs, cod liver oil, bone marrow These are some other foods recommended by Nourishing Traditions for their nutrient density and ease to digest. I didn’t serve these all to Wyatt (salmon eggs are really hard to come by where I live!) but I may try harder with Piper. I also read Baby Led...
Saga of a 2nd Baby – Different Choices & Patient Empowerment

Saga of a 2nd Baby – Different Choices & Patient Empowerment

Well it’s been just about four months since little Piper Ann, our 2nd child, was born. It has actually been a little harder than I imagined, if you can believe that, haha! ! After my first, I figured, it would all be much easier…and it was in some respects. There were a lot of things I didn’t *plan* to stress about so much the second time – the actual labor and delivery (been there done that right?!), breastfeeding basics (I had a terribly hard time the first go, so I felt like anything would be easier!), baby sleep basics (again, I learned the hard way the first time why understanding sleep cues is so important), and all in all I didn’t plan on stressing as much when my second would do her normal cry for sleep or hunger (as in whole body gets tense, completely frantic and desperate to get baby to stop crying).   Well, I would say the only thing that was legitimately easier this time was the breastfeeding. That is because I had what all moms dread….a very hard to soothe, very fussy and sometimes nonstop hysterically crying baby! (Some call it colic). She just could not shut off her little brain when she needed to. She was a dream for 2 weeks, and then out of nowhere the hours-long crying fits began. My oh my…I feel for families that have gone through it! Lesson learned, you never know what kind of baby God’s going to hand you, so if you have an easy one, be thankful. Luckily, she did grow out of it at about 13 weeks. The past 3 weeks have actually been pretty easy now (compared to before!), but let’s not jinx anything!   So if you saw me during the past 3 months with a ratty old shirt, unkempt hair, stinky pits, bags under my eyes and days old mascara smeared on my face…I apologize! Wish I could get that fancy memory eraser from Men in Black!   Now to the good stuff.   Here’s a run down of things I wanted to share about my pregnancy & Piper’s birth. I did a a lot of things the same with my 2nd pregnancy but I also did a few things quite differently which contributed to a healthier and happier outcome for baby and me.   ******************** Prenatal I hired a doula DONA.org says a doula is ” a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.” I planned on having natural births with both of my babies, and I’m confident this would not have been possible without my doula! Most of the L&D nurses are wonderful, but they are only in the room with you for a few minutes at a time and don’t provide the level of  support and encouragement that a doula does. Let’s face it, labor and delivery can be an intimidating experience no matter how “prepared” or “informed” you are. A doula is priceless. Essential oils for nausea I had terrible morning sickness with Piper. It was the worst the first 3 months, but I still got waves of nausea most of the pregnancy. I ended up going on Zofran, a prescription med, for a couple of weeks only to realize it wasn’t working. Aside from laying on the couch for hours a day, smelling peppermint oil helped quite a bit. Lavender was another very powerful oil.  I rubbed a few...

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