Category Archives: Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies // Sick Day Necessities

Well it was inevitable, this mama is sick. I’ve been dreading the day where I would become sick and need to tackle the limitless duties of being a mother. I cannot ever remember my mother being sick growing up; she must have hid it very well because I thought being a mother, you were granted this super-human immune system that enabled you to be around the sickest of people and never catch a single virus. Well I was wrong.

Being a mama, you cannot lounge around in bed aimlessly moping and grunting like I had previously done before. I had to toughen up, dig through my medicine cabinet and wrangled together my sick day necessities. While I’m not claiming any of these favorites will cure, they definitely make my days a little easier when I’m feeling under the weather.

Blueprint Green Juice. Blueprint’s juices are one of my go-to drinks for anything from a midday pick-me-up to a pick-me-up-off-the-floor kind of day. Their green juice does to me when I’m sick what Gatorade did to me during my college hangover days. They pack 6 pounds of leafy greens into this juice and the massive mix of anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber and Vitamin C is the perfect way to ward off any unwanted sniffles.

Young Living Thieves. This microbial spray is my new “hand sanitizer”. I love the story behind this product as it was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. The blend of cloves, lemons, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus offers extremely effective immunity support. This stuff is great for anything from taking it orally to bump up your immunity to placing a few drops in your dishwasher to help sanitize and eliminate odors.

Elliot’s Natural Foods Yin Chiao Plus. I learned about Yin Chiao in my Mommy & Me class. We had an herbalist visit and she raved about this ancient Chinese herb. Yin Chiao has been a staple of traditional herbalists and acupuncturists, and a household name in China, for hundreds of years. It’s an herbal combination of immune-boosting herbs such as; honeysuckle flower, Chinese mint leaf, burdock seed, soy sprout, licorice root and many other fortifying herbal treasures. I usually take this when I’m feeling a cold coming on and even give Hera Yin Chiao Junior along with probiotics to help boost her little immune system.

Lupicia Momo Oolong Tea. My mom dropped this tea off at my home awhile back and I had been meaning to try it. Oolong tea, although processed as a black tea, is more like a green tea in it’s benefits. Oolong tea is full of antioxidants that are essentials for good health; they disable free radicals, strengthen the immune system, and protect us from chronic diseases. Not to mention Lupicia’s Momo Oolong tea is incredibly delicious and helps soothe the sorest of throats.

Young Living Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser + Essential Oils. The Aria diffuser is actually a “wish list” item of mine. I currently have a small ultrasonic diffuser that gets the job done, but this baby is the cadillac of diffusers. I would love to have this diffuser in my home one of these days. I have Young Living’s Peppermint and Lavender essential oils which are amazing for colds. I put a couple drops of the peppermint oil in my diffuser and once the mist hits the air my nasal passages immediately open and my head clears when the hint of peppermint fills the room. I put a few drops of lavender oil in my hands, rub my palms together and give myself a mini foot massage which creates an instant calming effect over my entire body. I was recently turned onto this brand from my friend and fellow blogger, Alesya. Thank for you introducing me to my current obsession.

TheraPearls Eye-sential Eye Mask. This  multipurpose mask makes even the darkest of days easier to manage. It can be chilled to help alleviate sinus pressure and headaches and can also be heated to help reduce nasal congestion. It’s so relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time. I love to heat it up right before bedtime to help aid in a more peaceful sleep and then chill it for a morning session to wake me up leaving me feeling refreshed and ready to tackle my day.

There you have it; my sick day necessities. I hope you stay healthy this flu season but if you find yourself under the weather like me I highly recommend giving these things a try. Stay healthy.

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Motherhood // Bathtime Necessities

Both Hera and I have grown to love bath time and it’s become part of our bed time routine. While I was pregnant I bought just about every bath product and toy I could get my hands on; however, I’ve found that when it actually comes time to bathe my little beauty I keep reaching for the same few things. I thought I would do a quick post on my favorite bath time necessities that both Hera and I are currently loving. Let me know what you and your little one’s bath time favorites are!

Babo Botanicals. I love the lavender scent, it’s so soothing and it almost puts Hera to sleep before I can get her jammies on. I find that on the nights we bathe Hera, she sleeps so much more sound. Babo Botanicals is a plant-based formula which always scores brownie points with this mama. It is also certified organic and is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Another added bonus, they take pride in the fact that their product is made on a farm in the good ‘ole USA!

Natural Sea Sponge. These natural and eco-friendly sponges are so incredibly soft. They create such a luxurious lather and are gentle on the most sensitive of skins. Natural sea sponges actually contain enzymes in them that inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria – but the amazing thing is they are toxin-free and completely hypo-allergenic. Why would you use any other sponge?

Green Toys Bath Toys. It’s nice to have something to keep Hera occupied while bathing her. We absolutely love Green Toys, so it came as no surprise that their bath toys were a must in our household. All of Green Toys products are made from recycled plastic and other environmentally-friendly materials. We love that their toys improve the overall health and happiness of the planet, all while putting a smile on my little ones face. We simply cannot get enough of these toys! While the tugboat and submarine bath toys are great for playtime and rinsing off Hera’s soapy little body – during playtime she loves her pink dump truck!

Blooming Bath. We just love our Blooming Bath; not only for it’s convenience but for it’s incredibly cute softness. Unlike other plastic tubs this plush flower sits in our sink and creates a soft and comfortable little seat for Hera. The bath itself soaks up the warm water which keeps her cozy throughout the entire bath. Once we’re done, I just throw it in the dryer (and washing machine every few baths); it’s dry in just a few minutes and ready for the next adorable bath.

Zebi Baby, giraffe pajamas. Zebi Baby not only uses fabrics that are Intertek Eco Certified and Oeko-Tex 100 Standard Certified, but their designs are amongst the cutest. Their prints are the perfect blend of vintage and modern looks and are made of the highest quality sustainable materials. These super soft onesies and pajamas are Hera’s favorites after bath time. We are currently loving these giraffe printed ones!

You can learn more about these products here: Babo Botanicals, Blooming Bath, Green Toys and .

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February 9, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Teghan - Doiron LOVES his green toy Submarine that he got from Santa this year. I miss the co-bathing we used to do but watching him play and make-believe is pretty awesome too, we had to brush the submarine’s teeth in the bath last night before we could do his.

Motherhood // Coconut Oil + Cradle Cap

Do not say I did not warn you. It was inevitable that this space was going to become a “mommy blog” and you know what, I cannot say I am sorry about that. Becoming a mother has to be the greatest achievement. All the ups and downs are completely and utterly worth it. I have never been so excited to wake up in the middle of the night to feed her, change her or soothe her. I’ve grown a patience that I never thought existed and my heart has swelled to ten times its size. Little Miss Hera Bea has my heart in every way.

Most know that with motherhood comes a plethora of concerns but being a rookie, I had done my fair share of researching just about any concern that could possibly come my way; cradle cap being one of them. I told myself that I would work hard to prevent my little one from getting it and in the midst of nursing, diaper changes, sleep deprivation, and dreaming of showering I almost let that prevention slip through my exhausted hands. Fortunately that prenatal research really helped. I found out a great natural remedy that proves to be tried and true. It probably comes as no surprise but the secret weapon is coconut oil. It seems like there isn’t anything coconut oil can’t prevent, fix, aid or remedy these days and cradle cap isn’t an exception.

Most pediatricians will recommend a dandruff shampoo to rid your little one of that flaky scalp, however; if you’re like me the thought of using a harsh chemical-laden shampoo on your precious one’s scalp has you shaking in your boots. Luckily, the use of coconut oil is far gentler on your little one’s skin and way less toxic. The process is simple, rub a little oil in between your fingers to soften it and gently rub it on the scalp. I like to do this right before nap-time to give it time to soak into the scalp while your little one is sleeping. Because coconut oil is a fairly dry oil, it surprisingly does not make that much of a mess, meaning no greasy residue. Usually when baby awakes the coconut oil has been absorbed into the scalp leaving no reason to bathe or wash it out. This is a great way to prevent and treat that horrible cradle cap. I even use the excess oil to hydrate Hera’s skin, the properties that make up coconut oil are extremely hydrating and it even have a natural SPF thus blocking those harmful UVB rays – but I digress.

Just make sure the coconut oil that you are using is 100% pure. I use a raw, cold-pressed organic coconut oil, which you can find here. The benefits of coconut oil are limitless – I could start a whole series on how to remedy just about anything with coconut oil, but for now let’s just tackle one thing at a time because that’s about all the time I have these days.

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January 15, 2014 - 11:18 pm

Sean - I am so excited about this becoming a Mommy Blog!! You know I’ll be checking in regularly to see what you’ve got.
-Sean Nicole