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Six Ways to Bid Farewell to Cradle Cap

#HowToTuesday- Six Ways to Bid Farewell to Cradle Cap from Beeyoutiful.com

While cradle cap does not affect the health of the baby, it can be something that is unsightly and it’s usually a sign of underlying health and nutrition needs.

While the underlying factors are not entirely understood, we do know that there is a connection between the hormone levels in the mother and a topical yeast or fungal infection that can affect the baby. Thankfully, there are some wonderful and natural ways we can work to help eliminate cradle cap.

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The emphasis on having sufficient Omega fatty acids has increased in the last several decades. Maternal supplies play a huge role, and it’s highly encouraged to take either Cod Liver Oil or Omega 3‘s while breastfeeding a young infant. Older infants can have Cod Liver Oil or Omega 3’s added to their own diets once they have begun solids.

Food

Eliminate foods in both mom and baby’s diets that may be contributing to fungal overgrowth. Common triggers include but are not limited to wheat, gluten, dairy, sugar, and soy.

Water

Eliminate soaps and other cleansing products; warm water is usually sufficient for baby’s bath. Harsh soaps can strip an infant’s skin of protective natural compounds.

Run a humidifier during dry times of the year to keep baby’s skin from drying out.

Lavender

Gently massage a few drops (you don’t need much!) of Lavender Infused Oil into baby’s scalp. It’s a great way to nourish and moisturize any dry skin.

Lavender Infused Oil

2 cups of dried lavender blossoms
Olive Oil

Add the lavender blossoms to a clean mason jar. Cover with olive oil, cap tightly, and place jar in a window for a week. Shake occasionally. Strain out the blossoms, then store the infused oil in a clean glass jar in the fridge.

Cradle Cap Treatment

1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel
3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Mix together and rub into the skin a few times a day, or cover well and let sit overnight. Then use a soft brush to gently wash out baby’s hair.

Have you found other gentle remedies for cradle cap? Share your experience with other parents by leaving a comment here. We love to learn from our readers!
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A Toolbox for Children and their Brains

A TOOLBOX FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR BRAINS from Beeyoutiful.com

This post by Esther Ramsey originally appeared in our Fall 2014 catalog

Being the oldest of eight children, I expected motherhood to be easy. I naively thought that I could simply fix all the problems I saw other parents facing: obviously, my child would never be allowed to throw a tantrum in a store, or throw his food all over a restaurant.

And if at just sixteen I was already able to cook dinner with a baby sibling on one hip while also correcting my math homework, how hard could it be to raise a few of my own?

I remember the leather couches of the perinatologist’s office when he told us it would be a miracle if our unborn child was brought into the world without severe mental handicaps. Part of me died that day, even though the prognosis turned out not to be true, and it started a pattern of me being given grim news and then working to overcome it.

Then my son was born two months prematurely, which started us down a yellow brick road that went something like “failure to thrive”… ”developmentally delayed”… ”speech delayed”… and ”borderline autistic”. As he got older, the diagnosis morphed into things like “sensory processing disorder” and ”ADHD” (which was an improvement, but still discouraging).

If you asked any medical professional along our journey, she would have said there was no cure for the diagnoses my son has. Oh sure, there’s therapy and early intervention, and psychiatric drugs to help mitigate the more obnoxious symptoms, but nothing you can do to actually fix it.

However, I’ve learned a lot in the nine years since sitting on those leather couches, and contrary to how I felt that day, there is a great amount of hope. Science and research have come a long way, and whether you’re dealing with a dyslexic kid who is having trouble reading and writing, or a kid with Asperger Syndrome who can recite all the ingredients from every can of soup in your pantry, don’t give up.

There is a lot you as a parent can do to help, if not entirely reverse, neurological disorders.A TOOLBOX FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR BRAINS from Beeyoutiful.com (2)

Food, Probiotics, and Digestive Enzymes

The biggest factor has always been diet. For years, research has increasingly indicated that children with any sort of neurological impairment also have compromised digestive systems.

The gut is often referred to as the second brain because it controls so much of how healthily the brain functions. For a struggling child, the brain is like a war-torn ship trying to pump water out and patch up holes in whatever way it can, and the gut is like a 20-ton octopus attached at the bottom either helping or dragging the boat down further.

Whether the culprit originally was vaccine injury, birth trauma, heavy metal poisoning, or genetics, it all tends to swirl together like a perfect storm bent on sinking the ship.

Some kids are seemingly impervious to things like vaccines, and other kids sink like a torpedoed battleship after a simple flu shot. But diet can help to repair those holes. Both GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) and SCD (Simple Carbohydrate Diet) are the big guns of the gut healing world, with more moderate diets like Gluten free/Casein free also helping.

You can’t simply patch up the ship, though. While you’re using bone broths and gelatin to repair the holes, you also need to hire sailors, and stock the ship with supplies. This is where probiotics (beneficial bacteria) and digestive enzymes (to make the most of food) come in.

Ideally, you should use a wide spectrum of probiotics and switch them up from time to time, like starting with Tummy Tuneup Jr and Toothie Tuneup, then switching out Toothie Tuneup for the stronger Gut Guardian. Add a digestive enzyme like chewable GoGoZymes and you’re well on your way to better gut health.

Cod Liver Oil

High-quality cod liver oil is the great-granddaddy-heavy-hitter of the brain world. Fish oil’s effectiveness (and CLO in particular) is so well documented that you can now buy the candy flavored gummy versions in just about any store from Costco to Wal-Mart.

Unfortunately, those probably won’t do much good, as they are more “candy” than health supplement. The amount of oil is low and the nutritional quality of the oil poor due to high temperature extraction techniques that damage the vitamins. The bio-available Vitamin A in a good fish oil stimulates the brain’s pathways to connect properly, and the EPA/DHA combo of fatty acids work like building blocks in the brain.

I noticed eye contact and verbal skills increased dramatically in my son after starting fish oil. (Pro tip: If you can’t get your kids to take it, try giving it to them via oral syringe after they’re asleep, or letting them chase it with whatever juice is their rarely-allowed awesome treat.)

Giving the Brain A Chill Pill

 If you’ve ever thought your child was acting like a jet engine attached to a row boat, get yourself two things: Magnesium and Vitamin B-12. In the case of my son, it wasn’t just his body that was bouncing all over the place (although some kids are like that); rather, it was his brain, and we all had to hang on for dear life as he tore through a million thought processes nobody could keep up with.

Apparently it’s impossible to sleep at night if you’re worried the door might be opened one tenth of a millimeter more than it was the night before, which may or may not allow for a new species of dragons to be let in, because we all know mythological creatures carry around tape measures to catch ignorant parents who don’t listen when their child tells them the door needs to be exactly three inches cracked open. 

The imagination? Awesome. The million-miles-a-minute anxiety? That needs to go bye-bye. Magnesium and B-12 worked wonders for this. My kids like the blueberry-flavored Bone Ami, which has the perfect amount of magnesium for a child.

Secondary benefit of Bone Ami? It also has calcium, and I’m convinced it’s the reason my sons have crashed off a hundred playground slides and swings without breaking anything yet. Tertiary benefit? The magnesium helps with constipation, which can be another big digestive problem for kids with neurological disorders.

The B vitamins in general are important for brain support and health, with B-12 being especially crucial for children with learning disorders. Simply put, it acts as a freeway for all cell growth and regeneration in the brain. If those freeways are broken down, or filled with bumper to bumper traffic every day, then the brain ceases to function optimally.

You know you’ve got Los Angeles-level traffic problems in your child’s brain when he has high anxiety, is neurotically freaking out about the littlest things, and overall is just unhappy. It’s time to bring in the B-12 vitamins. Thankfully these also come in a dropper or chewables and are easy to get into even the pickiest child.

Essential Oils

This is a new area of research for me. (And there’s so much to learn!) Until recently, I only thought of Frankincense as one of the three gifts brought to baby Jesus, and then I found out firsthand that the essential oil is quite the superhero when it comes to saving the brain. It’s the heavy hitting oil for mental clarity, dispelling brain fog and clearing up pathways for optimal thinking. I line up all of my children and apply a dilution to their big toes and the base of their skulls.

Lavender and Chamomile are the other two essential oils in my tool box for kids. I keep the lavender oil bottle right on the kitchen counter while we do schoolwork, where I can easily rub it on frustrated temples when multiplication and division concepts just don’t make sense to little minds. I’ve also been known to liberally apply Lavender on myself because no one wants a teacher yelling about how obvious it is that two baskets with three apples in each equal six apples!

Lavender oil and chamomile oil also work great for those middle of the night woes where you can’t figure out what your child is crying about. For nightmares and unidentified ailments, I mix lavender and chamomile with coconut oil and massage their little backs and foreheads. My husband says the boys room sometimes smells like an apothecary shop when he gets up in the morning. I tell him it’s merely a warning sign that I’ll need lots of coffee that day!

I’ve since discovered even more powerful benefits of essential oil blends, and wrote about how they impacted my family here.

The Special Agents With Controversial Agendas

One of the biggest factors in autism and developmental delays is heavy metal toxicity and its evil twin, unhealthy yeast overgrowth. Usually one doesn’t happen without the other, although it’s anyone’s guess as to which comes first. Did the heavy metal cause the body to lose its ability to fight the yeast, or did the yeast compromise the body’s ability to chelate the unwanted metals? Either way, both yeast and metals need to be evicted.

This is the reason diet and probiotics were the first tools I mentioned. When you starve the bad yeast from their beloved sugar-fuel (or anything that turns into sugar), and you start feeding your child nutrient-dense food, those bad bugs freak out and die by the thousands.

As the body heals, it starts naturally flushing the mercury, lead, and aluminum that acted like a ball and chain in the brain. As the evil stuff is tossed overboard (sometimes literally, I’m afraid to say… so be ready with activated charcoal!), you have to repopulate the gut with good bacteria. Use kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, and any other living, fermented foods that you can get your hands on, and supplement with even more strains of probiotics.

But sometimes those metals are stubborn and that yeast refuses to budge. The gentlest way to escalate your war against yeast and metal is to start out with diet, and then slowly add other forms of detoxification. Yeast Assassin is a veritable ninja on yeast, but it’s powerful stuff so start with a half capsule after a week of the GAPS protocol and work up from there. (Consider the Lite version, if your kids can swallow large pills.)

Chlorella binds and flushes heavy metals, but if your child’s body isn’t working properly it ends up being like a busy airport with no traffic controller: planes going everywhere with the luggage and flight paths all mixed up. Ideally, add Chlorella after your child is well past the initial detox stage and has been doing some sort of gut healing protocol for at least a month.

Even then, chlorella is somewhat controversial as it hasn’t been studied well enough to know the time frame of its chelating properties, making it a bit like trying to schedule those airplanes without a super accurate clock. A lot of people report great success with it, so I’m putting it in the toolbox even though I haven’t personally used it yet.

Last But Not Least

There’s good ol’ fashioned sunlight, or rather, one of its gifts, Vitamin D3. Recent studies show that a lot of children are deficient in Vitamin D thanks to shifting cultural paradigms and the widespread use of sun block. Kids with neuro disorders also have a harder time absorbing Vitamin D3, and research suggests they need a much higher dose than most other people.

Vitamin D3 works to moderate brain development and is responsible for the growth of neurons. Ideally I like my kids to get Vitamin D3 from playing outside, but I also give them Vitamin D3 drops not only to supplement what they’re getting naturally, but also to ensure their body has it available to use from several different resources. If I had to pick only one thing to give my children, it would be Vitamin D3. The drops are flavorless and potent, making it an easy supplement to give even babies.

Don’t Give Up

My son was re-evaluated recently for special ed, and shockingly, he’s almost all caught up to his peers. The language and social skills that were so absent when he was five are now neurotypical and age appropriate. The math and reading he once struggled to understand are now whipped through with speed (he’s still a jet engine attached to a row boat).

Esther Ramsey from BeeyoutifulIt isn’t always easy. We have regressions, and we have breakthroughs. My other sons have their own set of health challenges that keep me researching, and I’m sure my toolbox of remedies will have to grow and expand. Every child is different, and no two neuro disorders are exactly alike, but hopefully with the right tools, you can find the healing and support their little bodies and minds crave.

Esther is the mom of four rambunctious boys who keep her in a semi-constant state of insanity. When she is not coming up with creative ways to get bone broth and other nutrients down her kids, she’s a book addict who is convinced there is nothing that cannot be learned with enough research. She lives in Southern California where she thinks the ocean is nature’s ultimate spa, the sun is an antidepressant, and gardens are pharmacies.

Are there children you love who struggle with neurological issues? Share this post with a friend who might need it!

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The Fantastic Five – Summer 2010 Catalog

The Fantastic Five

Beeyoutiful’s Super Heroes

by Marissa Greentree

If Beeyoutiful were a movie, there would be five featured players who would get rave reviews from me. They’re all stars of my medicine cabinet, and I’d like you to know what makes them so special.

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SuperMom was the very first Beeyoutiful product I had the pleasure of meeting. I introduced myself as a single mom of a one year-old, and the two of us became fast friends. SuperMom and I have met every morning at breakfast for months and our relationship has been a genuine blessing.

My life before SuperMom was plagued with every-other-day migraines due to the insurmountable stress of my world. In the middle of a divorce from an abusive husband and hiding with my little one fearing for our safety, I was also jobless for nearly six months and on every form of welfare imaginable. Isolation and a lack of trustworthy friendships added to my increasing anxiety.

Lack of energy immobilized and debilitated me, an especially acute problem since daily survival required exceptional amounts of energy. Being a single mom to an infant was no picnic. Sleepless nights due to teething or illness, doctor appointments, learning to feed a child with food sensitivities, discipline, and meeting my son’s emotional needs drained my emotions and my body.

I was desperate for relief. I’d taken other supplements in the past, but nothing had really helped. My migraine medication was becoming a live-in nuisance instead of a distant acquaintance. I wanted the meds to move out and a real life to move back in.

That’s when SuperMom showed up—just in time. Now she is a regular daily benefactor of increased energy, decreased migraines and overall happiness in my home. Migraine meds visit only when extreme stress or mounting anxiety necessitates a short-term boost. SuperMom helped me get my life back! My divorce is now final and my friend-pool is growing. I’m still a single mom but now I have the energy to be, well, a super mom! Any minor headaches I continue to have are combated with my next Beeyoutiful favorite.

Tension Tamer

A bottle in my cabinet and a bottle in my purse…check! I don’t go anywhere without Tension Tamer. This tiny roll-on stick of essential oils has been with me through thick and thin over the last couple of months.

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Whenever I feel a headache coming on or feel my neck muscles tightening due stress, I whip out Tension Tamer and let the aroma settle me back into relaxation. The cooling effect on my neck, shoulders, temples and behind my ears is truly wonderful. Supplemented with a few deep breaths, Tension Tamer helps my entire body slow down so I can think clearly and allow my body to heal itself.

Tension Tamer has gone with me into important meetings and helped me keep my cool. It’s been by my side during confrontation and assisted me in remaining calm. It’s given my body just enough “tension taming” to allow my mind to clear before bed so I have a rejuvenating and restful night’s sleep.

What’s more, I’ve been thrilled at how little I have to use to get the results I want. Tension Tamer isn’t expensive at all when I take into account how long one small bottle lasts. And unlike some treatments, the smell doesn’t make me sick, because there are no added fragrances which I’m allergic to. I can use it as much as I need to without worrying if I’m going to add to my headache or help it.

Whether I’m at home or out-and-about, I know I can count on Tension Tamer to help relieve my headaches and muscle tightness in a pinch. I never leave home without it!

Berry Well

The first time I tried Berry Well, I was having an allergic reaction to a feather down comforter. Within minutes after gulping down two tablespoons, my allergy attack stopped! I was in shock. I didn’t have to grab Claritin or an inhaler or eye drops. I knew from that moment on, my cabinet would never again be without Berry Well.BerryWell_2

Since that time, I’ve used Berry Well to help fight colds, drainage, runny noses and coughs by giving my immune system the boost it was begging for. And I don’t have any adverse side effects with Berry Well like I would with over-the-counter allergy medications. Normally, cold and allergy meds knock me out or make me hyper, drain my body of energy and leave me feeling worse than before. Berry Well helps me almost instantly and I find I can manage my normal daily activities.

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I love starting my day with Laveshmint Hydrating Toner. When I get out of the shower and feel the mist of this cool, refreshing spray, I can face the day with confidence.

My skin is so sensitive that most products (I’ve tried them all!) make my skin break out, but Laveshmint Hydrating Toner actually makes my skin feel refreshed with no irritation. It’s great to find a product that works with my skin instead of against it.

The scent is amazing as well. It’s just strong enough to provide a hint of lavender but soft enough not to be overwhelming. What a great addition to my daily routine!

Lavender Essential Oil

Essential oils are a new addition to my life and I’m in love! Why did I not know about essential oils before now? I now use them for many things—cleaning, fighting insects, aches, stress, as a sleep-aid and for relaxation. The aroma freshens my home, calms me and my son and goes a long ways towards helping my body take care of itself.

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Essential oils in general can be used in a remarkable variety of ways but Lavender Essential Oil is, so far, my favorite. What a diverse oil! I’ve loved its scent and have used it for years but I never knew it could be used for more than just the smell.

I was amazed and thrilled to discover it helps with headaches, sunburns and high blood pressure. I was taken off my high blood pressure medication due to, I believe, a great combination of the Beeyoutiful products I’d been taking. I much prefer the scent and safety of Lavender Essential Oil to battle bugs than any poisonous sprays. It’s also a wonderful oil to add to my wet candle wax in order to infuse my home with the thrilling aroma of lavender.

These five Beeyoutiful stars are fantastic. And unlike some things in movies, you really should try them at home!

Marissa Greentree is a freelance writer who contributes regularly to Beeyoutiful catalogs. She’s mom to a 19 month-old boy and, a survivor of domestic violence, she now advocates for others in similar circumstances. Her hobbies include singing, song-writing, interior decorating, scrapbooking and card-making.

The Essentials of Essential Oils – Spring 2010 Catalog

The Essentials of Essential Oils

By Mary EwingMary Ewing Bio Picture

My mom was crunchy-a real granola head as some would say. Throughout my childhood and young adult years, I resented her ways. I remember thinking often that there was no way I would ever live like she did. My children were going to eat out, have dessert after every meal, and there would be NO essential oils in our house, for sure!

I’m not sure exactly why I disliked essential oils, other than I do tend to be sensitive to smells, and some fragrances give me a headache. Yet, now I am the “overly crunchy with a bit of crunchy on the side” mom! I have a whole shelf dedicated to essential oils and use them daily. From waking until bedtime, I incorporate essential oils into my life and am excited to share the use with my children, hoping they will pass the value of essential oils on to future generations. Hopefully my example will help because, as I discovered, proper use of essential oils has a learning curve.

Now That I Have It, What Do I Do with It?

I remember the day I purchased my first oils. I had read about the uses and was excited about incorporating essential oils into my life. I wanted peppermint, tea tree, and lavender oils to start with (it helped that they cost the least and fit in my budget).

Eager to start using my oils, I brought them home, tenderly removed them from the bag, and set them on the counter. I opened the packages, savoring the aroma. It brought back fond memories I didn’t know I had of Mom using tea tree oil. But the big problem was that I didn’t have the foggiest idea what to do with these wonderful substances.

In case you’ve ever felt like that, I hope to pass on a few things I’ve learned in studying essential oils. And hopefully you will be saved from some of my goofs! So arm yourself with your favorite oils and let’s get mixing!

Essential oils are made from herbs and other plants that have been steam-distilled, cold-pressed, or solvent-extracted. Often maceration (separating the components) is used as well, but it does not result in a pure essential oil.

Producing oil requires a large amount of the herb, flower, or plant and is therefore very costly. For example, it takes 110 pounds of eucalyptus leaves and stems to produce just two pounds of oil! The advantage of the process is that it harnesses the power of the plant in an easy-to-use form, eliminating the storage and preparation of the actual plants-a great way to have a wide range of plant remedies on hand.

Oils vary significantly in the ways they should be used. Some are safe to use topically without mixing with a carrier oil. Others are great to diffuse and some may burn skin while others heal it.

Unlocking the World of Oils

NOTE: Each oil requires its own special usage pattern, so please be sure to study the specific uses when you start using a new oil. All oils should be used with care.

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Topically

Many oils are good for use in salves, massage oils, or even in a carrier oil as a ointment. The reason you should use a carrier oil to mix with the essential oil is that undiluted oils are generally caustic to the skin. There are very few essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin: lavender being one of them. Even with lavender oil, though, you should apply only a very small amount and check for a reaction before extensive use. Be sure to discontinue using it-or any oil-if irritation develops.

Some excellent carrier oils are: grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond, coconut, and olive oil. I have used all of these options, and my favorite is sweet almond oil, with jojoba a close second. They are my favorites because of their fantastic all-over use. Sweet almond and jojoba are light enough to use on the face, as well as the entire body. As a result, I have been especially excited to find out Beeyoutiful now carries these two oils.

For most applications, you can take 1 teaspoon of the carrier oil and add 2-3 drops of your choice of essential oil. Due to the breakdown of the essential oil in sunlight, it is necessary to store any unused mixed oil in a dark glass container. My practice is to only make enough for one or two uses to avoid the degrading of the oil. If you are mixing up oils for home use and would like to keep mixtures on hand, there are several great online stores from which you can purchase dark amber oil jars.

Using an oil on the afflicted area is normally the best remedy. For example, if I am having trouble breathing, I rub the oil on my chest. I also spread some on my feet because feet are second only to the sublingual (under the tongue) area for quick absorption. If I am struggling with cramping from gas, I use the oil directly on the abdomen. Benefits can often be noticed within 1 to 3 minutes of application of an oil.

Baths

By far, the most scrumptious, self-indulgent way to use essential oils is in your bathwater. A few drops of your favorite oil added to your bath offer a blissfully aromatic soak. You can use several oils for a therapeutic blend, such as eucalyptus and peppermint for respiratory problems or lavender and orange for relaxation. But remember: Just a few drops will do the trick! If the floating oil is too much for you, use a natural body wash to diffuse the oil in the bath water. Start with a ½ ounce of body wash or shower gel, infuse several drops of the oil into the wash, and then add it to the bath water.

Diffusing

Ah…how the pleasant aromas waft through my home! Refreshing, calming, invigorating, healing, purifying as they infuse! But here, too, I learned a thing or two. First, and very important: NEVER used a diffuser made of plastic or with plastic parts. The oil will eat right through them. (A great science experiment is to watch eucalyptus melt a plastic cup…just beware that it is very messy to clean up!) Second, viscosity or thickness varies from oil to oil. Therefore, it is important for you to clean your diffuser periodically to prevent clogging (be sure to clean according to the manufacturer’s instructions). Many oil users report that daily use of a diffuser helps decrease the frequency of colds and other viruses in their households.

Inhalation

Typically, you can use hot water as the vehicle to dissipate oil in the air. A small pan of simmering water to which essential oils have been added will distribute the oils nicely. (Caution: NEVER leave the simmering oil and water unattended or allow the water to boil out of the pan!)

For a more intense inhalation treatment: Fill a bowl with hot water, and add several drops of oil. Close your eyes, and place a towel over your head and the bowl. Breathe in deeply for several minutes. Be sure to discontinue the treatment if you experience dizziness, lightheadedness, or any other adverse reaction. (Heat decreases some benefits of the oils, but this method is still a good way to use essential oils if a diffuser is not available.)

Finally, you can add a few drops of any essential oil to a small piece of cloth or towel. Place the towel near your face, and inhale and exhale normally. If the aroma is overwhelming, simply increase the distance from your face. This is a great way to take oils with you (in a glass container!). For instance, I take a cotton ball soaked with a few drops of peppermint oil in a small pyrex container in my purse.

Caution: Most essential oils can be inhaled without problems, but it is important to research each individual oil for potency and potential irritations. Clary Sage is one oil that should NOT be inhaled for a prolonged treatment. It can cause headaches and intoxication if over-inhaled.

Around the Home

I have never been an advocate of using chemical cleaners in our home, even before I got crunchy. The harsh smells, irritating to my head and skin, always left me wondering how clean the area actually was. So I was thrilled to find out how useful essential oils are around the house. There is hardly a task I undertake that does not include an oil or two. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing my house is cleaned well, the oils leave a pleasant aroma in the freshly cleaned home!

These are just a few basics of the world of oils. I have used essential oils for everything from getting the gooey mess from a sticky mouse trap off my aunt’s Sheltie’s fur (using orange oil) to relieving my migraines with Peppermint Essential Oil to helping my infant daughter breath by diffusing the respiratory recipe off and on throughout the night.

I love trying new scents and finding new recipes. Just about every day through reading, research, and networking with other Essential Oil users, I find new and fascinating uses for my shelf full of oils. Once you grasp the essentials of essential oils, you’ll enjoy testing various uses, too. My next experiment is going to be adding Lemon Essential Oil to my house paint to modify the fumes. Now how’s that for crunchy!

Mary Ewing is a part-time employee for Beeyoutiful as well as wife, mom and aspiring homesteader. She stays at home with her three children and enjoys exploring life with her brood as they cook, clean, garden, and play. Her passion are traditional cooking, essential oils, gardening, learning about raising livestock, and traditional art forms such as sewing, crocheting, knitting, and smocking!

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Starter Recipes for Essential Oils

For Topical Use

(1) Sore Muscle Rub

• 1 drop of Rosemary

• 2 drops of Eucalyptus Oil

• 1 Drop of Lavender

Add these to 4 teaspoons of a carrier, such as Sweet Almond Oil. Apply to sore muscles before and after exercise!

(2) Sleepytime Rub

4 drops Lavender

  • 1 drop Clary Sage
  • 1 drop Lemon Essential Oil

Add these to 1 teaspoon of skin lotion or 4 teaspoons of carrier oil, such as Jojoba Oil, and massage on bottom of feet, shoulders, or navel.

(3) Basic Salve Base

• 1 ounce of Beeswax, melted

  • 2 cups of oil-can be a combination (I use half olive oil and half coconut oil)

Either infuse the oil with herbs of choice before adding beeswax or simply add a few drops of the essential oils to your oil, and then add the beeswax. To test for consistency, put one tablespoon to harden in the refrigerator. For more solid consistency, add beeswax; for less, add oil.

For Diffusion

(1) Breathe Easy

10-15 drops of Eucalyptus Oil

• 10-15 drops of Peppermint Oil

• 10 -15 drops of Lavender Oil

• 10-15 Drops of Tea Tree Oil

I diffuse this throughout the day and night to help relieve respiratory problems.

(2) Purify the Room

Add equal parts (to mix for diffusing, I use around 10 drops of each):

• Eucalyptus Oil

• Rosemary Oil

• Clove Oil

• Cassia Oil

• Lemon Oil

Diffuse for 20-30 minute intervals during the day. This can also be added to a carrier oil and massaged on the feet, shoulders, chest, navel, and other areas for help in boosting the immune system.

For Around-Home Use

(1) Basic Cleaner

  • Approximately a quart of water
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • Few drops of Lavender or Rosemary Oil
  • Few drops of Tea Tree Oil

Add vinegar and essential oils to spray bottle and fill with water, depending on the size of you spray bottle you may have a little water left over.  You can also make this up and store in mason jars.

(2) Floor Cleaner

(Always test small patch to make sure this will not damage your floor)

  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 15 drops of Lemon Oil
  • 6 drops of Oregano Oil

Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a mop bucket, and mop away! The aroma of the essential oils combined is fantastic, not to mention the antiseptic value. A great way to rid your house of all the germs that hitch a ride on your feet!

Essential Oil Usage Ideas – Winter 2008-2009 Catalog

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ATHLETE’S FOOT AND RINGWORM:

1 drop lavender

2 drops tea tree

Add 1 drop lavender and 2 drops tea tree oil to 1 teaspoon of any plain base or carrier oil like almond or olive. Stir gently to mix and apply with cotton swab.

CHEST AND SINUS CONGESTION:

2 drops lavender

2 drops tea tree

2 drops eucalyptus

Boil a pot of water and remove from the stove. While still steaming, add 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops lavender and 2 drops tea

tree. Cover bowl and head with towel and inhale for at least 3 minutes. KEEP EYES CLOSED.

To Ease Sinuses:

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Peppermint

2 drops Tea Tree

Boil a pot of water and remove it from the stove. While it is still steaming, add 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops eucalyptus and 2

drops tea tree. Immediately cover the pot and head with a towel and inhale for 3 minutes. KEEP EYES CLOSED.

TO EASE COUGHS:

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Lavender

Boil a pot of water and remove it from the stove. While it is still steaming, add 2 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops lavender. Immediately cover the pot and head with a towel and inhale for 3 minutes. KEEP EYES CLOSED.

TO EASE COUGHS THROUGHOUT THE DAY:

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Lavender

Add 2 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops lavender to 4 teaspoons of any carrier or base oil like olive or almond and apply to the throat and chest (this will make enough for several applications).

TO COMBAT COLDS AND FLU – DAYTIME:

10 drops Eucalyptus

10 drops Lavender

10 drops Peppermint

10 drops Tea Tree

Add 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops peppermint and 2 drops tea tree to an essential oil diffuser (found on page 27). Or boil a pot of water and remove it from the stove. While it is still steaming, add the essential oils. Immediately bend  over pot and inhale for 3 minutes. KEEP EYES CLOSED.

Homemade Laundry Soap Powder – Winter 2008-2009 Catalog

Homemade Laundry Soap Powder

1 Lemongrass Body Bar, grated

2 cups of baking soda

2 cups of Borax

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

5 drops Orange Essential Oil

1/4 cup white vinegar

5 drops Grapefruit Seed Crush

Grate a bar of Beeyoutiful’s Lemongrass Body Bar on the fine side of a cheese grater. (You can use any other “white” soap bar that does not contain dyes or blue specks. The dyes can color your clothes over time.) Add the soap, baking soda, Borax and essential oils to a bowl or container that has a lid for storage and whisk them together.

I use 4-5 Tbsp of the dry powder for a large batch and let my washer start filling with water to dissolve the soap before I add my clothes. To each batch of laundry I also add 1/4 cup white vinegar to break down hard water and act as a fabric softener, and 5 drops of Grapefruit Seed Crush to disinfect.

This is a REALLY great, easy recipe to mix up and something even this busy mom can do to make our lifestyle more “green”!

-Stephanie J.

Multi-Purpose Lavender Soft Scrub

Multi-Purpose Lavender Soft Scrub

3/4 cup baking or washing soda

1/4 cup powdered milk

1/8 cup liquid Castile soap or 1 Tbsp all-natural dish soap

1/2 cup warm water

10 drops Grapefruit Seed Crush

3-5 Drops Tea Tree Oil

5 drops Lavender essential oil

Combine above ingredients into a squeeze bottle, shake to mix and use to scour sinks and tubs. Rinse well. Polish dry with a soft cloth. Store unused portion in the refrigerator or make fresh each time. It will sour because of the milk ingredient if left at room temperatures. The soft scrub cleans really well and smells so fresh and fragrant. Great for maintenance cleaning!

This is a recipe used by Beeyoutiful Staff. Please feel free to alter it to fit your personal needs. Please note however, the Castile soap or natural dish soap is what emulsifies the essential oils and keeps them from floating on the top in concentrated levels. We personally like using this homemade/cheap blend better than most commercial cleaners just for its effectiveness! Enjoy!

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