Oil Pulling Adventure

Ok…I’m going to try oil pulling! It’s a centuries old tradition, and making a comeback in a big way. I have been hearing about it for months now but hadnt taken the plunge because I knew that it would be a commitment of 20 minutes every day for 30 days. So, as soon as we get back into town I’m going to start swishing organic coconut oil every morning. I will let you know how I feel in 30 days!
For more information on oil pulling, check out this wonderful article from the free people blog, of all places!

Apple Cider Vinegar Beauty Tricks

photo courtesy of Anytime Fitness (Pinterest)
I just adore Pinterest as a medium for sharing natural beauty secrets. Apple cider vinegar is such a wonderful ingredient for so many uses. From house cleaning to health to beautiful skin…ACV serves so many purposes. Better yet? It’s healthy and inexpensive. So, if you are interested in what ACV has to offer beyond a killer salad dressing, pin this bad boy to your Pinterest board or simply print it out the old fashioned way!

Baby’s Skin

In honor of my sweet friend who gave birth to her son yesterday, I thought I’d write about my favorite skincare tips for babies. Yes, babies have amazingly soft, sweet skin. (Seriously, can’t we figure out a way to bottle that new baby smell??) However, their skin is very sensitive and can easily dry out from over washing, harsh water and ingredients like fragrance, dyes and chemicals.

Dont over bathe your sweet babe: your newborn or infant is not going to get that dirty all day…that comes with toddler-hood. Daily bathing can disrupt the gentle pH balance of their delicate skin and dry them out.

Always use a gentle cleanser without SLS, parabens or fragrance: I really like this brand, and have also used the Dr. Bronner’s Baby Liquid Soap.

Use pure unrefined organic coconut oil, as long as there’s no allergy, as a body moisturizer and bootie balm: my doula gave me this tip and I swear by it. Coconut oil is full of omegas and antioxidants and is so hydrating without feeling heavy. It’s also naturally soothing and healing!

If you live in an area, like we do, that is known for crummy tap water…it may be a good idea to invest in a bath filter. You can attach it to the bath faucet and water will be purified before reaching the infant tub and your baby’s skin! These are great!

Use the two really great products for diaper rash: Mix ½ tsp of baby probiotic (like this) with coconut oil, or use Earth Mama Angel Baby’s diaper balm (I’ve even mixed the probiotic in this balm too!) Probiotics made specifically for infants are super gentle and can be used anytime (even for newborns). I have used them topically on the bum for rash as well as mixed some into breast milk. Newborns and infants can get Candida build-up or digestive disturbances that can manifest in topical rashes…probiotics help! They are also great for gas and tummy troubles.

When needed, use a talc-free powder: Ditch traditional baby powder and use a talk free version that’s much gentler. I love this one.

Maui Honey Goodness

One of the highlights from our recent “inspiration” trip to Maui was our bike ride from the Haleakala summit at 10,000 ft to Haiku, a quaint coastal town where Maui honey is made. We rode through misty clouds, eucalyptus forests, lavender farms and beautiful upcountry scenery…all of which overlooked the jewel-toned Maui coastline. This month’s facial special is inspired by our time in Maui, especially what we experienced along our bike ride.

Maui honey is rich in enzymes and B vitamins. It is naturally both antibacterial and hydrating for the skin. Made with pollen from local Noni, Macadamia nut tree and wildflowers, this honey carries the scent of upcountry Maui. One of my most favorite at-home masks is also the most simple: 1 tbsp of raw honey on damp skin for 15 minutes. This honey will be featured as a special mask in the June facial special. You can order it online, if you wish, or use your local honey (found in local health conscious stores and farmer’s markets.)

Pinterest Find: Essential Oil Chart

Don’t you just adore Pinterest? I use essential oils in the spa and at home for numerous things…and I just love this chart, courtesy of G Baldwin and Company! It breaks down the ears of concern, ailments and the essential oils that are commonly used to help balance them and relieve symptoms. Just look at all those oils for the skin alone! Two things to keep in mind: always use pure therapeutic grade essential oils, and always use them with caution. Never use undiluted oils directly on your skin and check for contraindications and sensitivities before using!

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