The Importance of Menstrual Health Education for You and Your Teen

Is your little girl about to become a teenager and you haven’t yet talked to her about menstruation? Every minute that goes by is precious, and you should not waste any more time. Preparing her for her first period is your duty.

It is also very important for her physical and mental well-being and, why not, for your own piece of mind. Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t postpone your daughter’s menstrual health education any longer.  Continue reading

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Body Care Products – Essential Oil DIY Guide for at Home Moms

Being a stay at home mom, I could say that I have control of my time. Hence, I got more free hours to spare for productive hobbies and activities. While DIY projects are trending nowadays, I discovered that body care products out of essential oils could be an excellent outlet of my passion and talents. Besides the extra income, I found myself a new pastime that is beneficial to all women.

Are you curious? If you are rooting for this activity as well, check out this simple guide before you start your DIY body care products. Essential oils could be confusing, so this could help you out!

Familiarize Yourself with Essential Oils

Making your body care products out of essential oils is not complicated when you know your essential oils. Try to test some essential oils in the market and see what suits you best. I took time reading all about the basics of aromatherapy. Learning the use of essential oils is a perfect start for DIY body care products. You will be surprised to know that each oil offers different advantages for body care.

Check this video as a refresher:

Choose your ingredients carefully.

It may smell heavenly and beautiful, but you know better than that. With knowledge of essential oils, you are already aware of what ingredients to choose to prevent probable harm to our skin. Most essential oils for body care are for cosmetics and other beauty products. You may make one pour on, rub, and spray to our skin. After which, it would be completely soaked and absorbed beneath.

I suggest sticking on anti-inflammatory oils that offer health benefits. Our skin transports substances into our system. Hence, if you happen to apply toxic ingredients in your DIY products, it will do more harm. Hormone disrupting chemicals are typical if you are not careful.

Know the importance of DIY body care products.

With the rampant products introduced in the market today that promises beauty enhancement and body comfort, the number of chemicals listed as toxic are rising as well. Dangerous chemicals are present from the simple feminine wash, hand wash, body wash, and cosmetics. Do not be fooled by the strategic marketing style of each manufacturer. 

Do you know that most of the anti-bacterial body care products can kill both harmful and good bacteria? Therefore, why not DIY these products to be sure? There is no safer soap, hand wash, and perfumes than yours! Besides, using essential oils with your soap is beneficial. Some have the capability of lessening skin blemishes, stretch​​ marks, and pimples!

DIY the right way!

Essential oils offer health benefits, and it is a fact. However, it is vital to use it the right way when making your DIY body care products. Here are some tips and techniques on how to have a successful output.

  • Dilute correctly. Usually, use 3% of the total volume (remember, this is in drops!) with the minimal application for the face. Make sure to use 1.5% in maximum.
  • I only blend two oils (maximum of 3) of the same or harmonizing benefits. I also like it when the blended scent does not produce a strong aroma that may cause a headache.
  • Dissolve your essential oil into 190 proof alcohol or lipid before adding in the water. Take note that oil and water do not blend in.
  • Use disinfected glass bottles to store your finished products.
  • It is wise to make small portions to pinch your formulas. At least it is easy to use them all before it spoils. If you have formulas with water-based ingredients, I suggest not making them with short intervals. I recommend weekly batches and store them in a cool area.

Body Care Products that You Can Make by Yourself

Knowing the basics is just a start. Once you succeeded in making one category of body care products, you would like to experiment and try to make more. The first DIY product I made at home is a soap that I scented with my favorite lavender essential oil. Here are various products that you might be interested in making.

SOAP

I bet that handwash is your first soap to make. For me, it is easy and practical. With the use of essential oils as an ingredient, my hand washes become a hand sanitizer or antibacterial soap. At least I know that my soap is safe to use by my family. Essential oils eliminate harmful microbes and keep the balance of the amount that our body requires.

My first DIY soap is a mixture of peppermint, citrus, and tea tree.

Here is a video showing how to make soap with essential oil.

TOOTHPASTE

Plenty of oral health products flood the market nowadays. Toothpaste makes our teeth clean and white. It also takes care of gingivitis and prevents cavities. Sadly, this product is no exemption from harmful chemicals that is an issue to our health. When you want to make sure it is safe, better to make the toothpaste yourself.

Here is a DIY essential oil toothpaste recipe for you to try!

  • Use coconut oil with baking soda. Make sure that both ingredients are equal in amount. I used ¼ cup each in mine.
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 5 to 7 drops of essential oils
  • 1-2 teaspoon bentonite clay

All you have to do is to blend in all ingredients and store it in a squeeze bottle. Be careful not to contaminate the toothpaste with dirt when getting it out.

SHAMPOO

After learning the soap and toothpaste, it is but natural to make the shampoo next. It is also simple and easy to make, just like the hand wash. Your shampoo would be safe from harmful substances that strips off the natural oil of your hair. Let me share with you my shampoo recipe.

You will need a can of coconut milk, 1 ½ cups of liquid castile soap and 40 drops of my favorite lavender oil. I used the blender to mix all the ingredients before pouring it in a plastic bottle. Hey, if you can get one that is BPA free, I highly recommend it. Try placing it inside the fridge for a week before using. Do not forget to shake the bottle well in every use.

Plenty of body care products recipes using essential oils are available for your DIY activities. However, I only share with you the basics that I need at home. I am a practical mom. Soap, shampoo, and toothpaste are essential needs for my family. I made sure that what they use is safe. 

However, I have skin moisturizers and cosmetics as well. Since I am the only one using it so far, I do not make it often. You can explore more about this hobby and discover more products that may catch your interest.

Conclusion

If only I can make all the products that my family needs at home, I will. For now, I am limited to these body care products using essential oils. DIY packages are trending, so it is not hard for me to learn. Whatever it takes, I want to be a proactive mother. Nothing matters more than the safety of my children’s health. 

Would you care to try it?

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding for Your Baby’s Safety

When I was breastfeeding, I feel hungry almost every time. Do you feel the same too? I even thought that I have been feeding my baby more often than I need to. How I wish that I could eat anything that I crave for the sake of my baby and myself. However, I was perfectly aware of the foods to avoid while breastfeeding!

Whatever flavor of the food I eat will influence the milk I give to my little one when nursing. Although I imagine that my child may enjoy a variety of flavors, I was scared that it would bring harm to her as well. I knew that the taste of my favorite tang stays in my amniotic fluid while I was pregnant. Well, my baby must have swallowed a lot of those while I was carrying her in my womb, that the tang was already familiar when she had my breast milk.

However, if I happen to eat food that is new to me, I tend to observe my baby for some reactions. Per my experience, some food causes gas and makes my child uncomfortable and irritable. Do you know any food to avoid while breastfeeding? I can share with you a list that you must remember.

Foods to avoid when you are nursing:

I made this list out from the experiences that I had when I was breastfeeding along with the inputs from my friends that are mothers of sweet little kids as well. These foods cause allergic reactions or gassy condition to newborns.

  • Wheat: Wheat is high in gluten. When you are not sure about gluten intolerance, you might as well avoid eating plenty of wheat products to avoid the issue. Symptoms of gluten intolerance is a fussy baby, sensitive tummy, and bloody stools. Like dairies, you can try diet elimination to address the problem.
  • Chocolate: Chocolates contain theobromine, a stimulant that makes your baby touchy, fussy, and finds it hard to sleep than usual. You may find yourself having a hard time calming down your baby when you overeat.

  • Fish: I love fish! It was a relief knowing that I only need to avoid fish that are high in mercury. Hence, you need to be selective and careful when choosing fish to eat. Mercury may pass through the milk supply that your baby feeds.
  • Citrus: You must know that your baby’s GI tract still premature that it cannot withstand the compounds found in citrus foods. Citrus can make your baby spit up, fussy, and even worse, diaper rash.
  • Dairy: Dairy is the most common cause of allergy. When you notice your baby being fussy, has sleeping issues, and skin allergies, you may have plenty of dairy in your diet. Start eliminating dairy products from your diet to address the problem.
  • Caffeine: Just like the chocolate, overeating food with caffeine will keep your child awake, hyperactive, and highly sensitive. Caffeine is also a stimulant like theobromine. Remember that caffeine is also present in sodas and chocolates too.
  • Garlic: It is not all about the taste. However, when it is garlic, you should know that we mean the scent. Do you know that the smell of garlic can find its way through your breast milk? Observe your baby after eating garlic. The tendency, she may pull away and would not want to feed.

  • Parsley and Peppermint: Although parsley makes the dish more delicious and peppermint is an excellent tea, it is not a good idea to partake when breastfeeding. These useful herbs cause a reduction in your milk supply. Hence, when milk supply is low, limit your intake if you like to, especially when your baby is in the stage that she needs your milk more than ever.
  • Peanuts: Usually, it is genetic when we talk about peanut allergies. If the allergy runs in your family, you might as well avoid eating it for the sake of your baby. If you are uncertain, check for allergic reactions, wheezing, rash or hives since those are common signs.

Conclusion

It is not that easy when you are breastfeeding. Whatever you eat, you should think about your baby’s health. There are times when you need to avoid your favorite foods and eat those that you do not like. It is essential to monitor your baby’s reaction after feeding, mainly when you ate something new.

It is our responsibility to be aware of foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Negligence can cause harm to your baby. Before, I make my medical diary so that I can monitor the food I ate and the reactions of my newborn. Try it; it helps a lot, especially when you need to bring the baby to the doctor.