April 12, 2019

Today I meditated as uusual, but I felt a direction being given to me subconsciously. During my meditation I stepped into 5D. It was beautiful and absolutely breathtaking. All these glimpses I’ve been having while driving, portals into other deminsions opening…. it was now here, in my living room and I have full access. I felt absolutely elated and a sense of joyful stillness enveloped my being. How beautiful this teasure was.

Then, I was led to visions of the future. I became aware of the direction the Earth was going… towards it’s death… towards war.
I saw nuclear war and the earth die, along with everyone here. It was black, burnt, and vastly empty. My whole being was cold and terrified. I came out of meditation crying and mourning the loss of the Earth. I realized during this meditation that this nucular war ahead of us would not only be the ending of Earth, but ending of our people and would spread through to the galaxy. The death of Mother Earth was death of all Starseeds and would ultimately be the beginning of an unstoppable end.

I realized the mission of many of us light workers, empaths, starseeds, way showers… etc… which are here on Earth. We are here to awaken everyone to their Feminine Energy and allow them to realize the Connection we all have to each other. That all the destruction and hate… is all false. It is only our darkest of falsehoods to come into our reality. Yet, none of it is real. Only Pure Unconditional Love is truth. Everything else is only around to help aid the destruction.

So how am I to help? How am I to awaken others without running around screaming, “the sky is falling?” How can I share that Unconditional Love is truth, when I, myself, don’t fully grasp that concept.

And there laid the foundation for my mission. Find Unconditional Love of self, fully embody the knowing, and then share the love wth others so they can become the love as well. This will allow the destruction to halt and save the Earth.

The Real Mission of Twinflames.

From the very beginning of our adolescence we are flooded with stories, movies, and this concept of finding the fairy tale romance with a perfect partner. From a very young age we idealize love and romance and correlate it to our worth. Placing our value within other peoples hands. Which, in turn makes us spend a mass majority of our life searching for something outside ourselves.

Most of us spend our lives searching for this perfect person to fill our voids, heal our childhood wounds of abandonment, abuse, neglect, and other shadow parts of ourselves we keep hidden from people. When we do this, we can, unknowingly, put a ton of pressure on our partners and the relationship we are trying to build with them. This is a recipe for disaster, because most of us are dealing with our own wounds and not equipped to heal others.

During my journey as a Twinflame I have come across even more people romanticizing the Twinflame Union as this ultimate love. Once again, making partnership the main goal. People are exploiting the purpose of Twins. Exploiting the idea of love. I wont lie, I’ve fallen for it. I’m sure my friends and family think I’m nuts, but that’s ok, because I’ve accepted my crazy.

One if the hardest things I have had to do is, to let go of the conditions society has placed in my young mind of what love should look like. To let go of the worry about my “love life” not looking perfect or like everyone else’s. Releasing the thought that my worth is how someone else treats or shows they love me.

What I’ve come to realize is, the Twinflame jorney is not about Union. It is so much more than yourself. If you are a Twin, you will feel that, deep in your Soul. You know there is a deeper purpose for you. Regardless if you haven’t met your Twin, are in seperation, or any of the countless other scenarios going on, if you are a Twin your Soul has a deeper purpose beyond yourself, beyond a romantic partnership.

Being a Twin is about loving and accepting yourself. Healing your childhood wounds. Accepting and loving yourself. For love is a state of being, not a person. Love is a vibration. It’s a state of being.

You won’t find your worth in someone else. You wont find happiness or love in someone else. Of course, finding a partner and being in a relationship can make you happy and have the euphoric feelings associated with those of love, but if you don’t love yourself, the feelings can disappear.

Break free of this concept of finding another person to value you so you can be in love. Wake everyday and feel the vibration of love within yourself. Start loving yourself, truly loving yourself and watch your whole world change.

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Is Karma about to show her face with the upcoming Planetary Alignments?

The second half of July through August has some very powerful planetary aspects happening one right after another, with very little room to breathe. Have you been living in your integrity for the past 7 months or have you been living in the lower vibrations of yourself? Lying, cheating, trying to manipulate situations, and doing unethical acts are some of the examples of negative actions you could of been doing for the last 7 months. If you haven’t taken the proper steps to correct your behavior, actions, and the negativity you brought into your own life or the lives of people around you, before July 10th, then, you may feel the ramifications of these actions soon. If you have been living in your integrity then, you may not bare the front of these transformations, but you may witness others around you dealing with them.

Currently the Sun is in Cancer – teaching us about emotions, nurturing family, anything relating to the home, and enjoying good food. Recently, on July 8th we experienced the full moon in Capricorn, this was the beginning of illumination. Where the splitting up of the awakened and the un-awakened people began. Those of different vibrations began to go in different directions, such as, the ones standing in their integrity and those not.

On July 20th the Sun in Cancer squares Uranus in Aires. Uranus is the Awakener and while in Aires it is a loose cannon. Unpredictable, disruptive, indicating great personal ingenuity, and the tendency to seek change regardless of the cost. Also on this day Mars enters Leo making us more dramatically assertive, creative, and passionate, yet, attracted to power. This  brings internal conflicts of who you are in the home and who you present yourself to the outside world. For example, if you have been living 2 separate lives, all of a sudden you will have a wake up call at the core of who you are. Who is the real you? The person you are behind closed doors or the person you show the world? Decide now, because soon the world will see the truth.

If that isn’t enough turmoil for your inner self to be tossing around, On July 21st the Sun in Cancer trines Chiron in Pisces. Chiron is the Wounded Healer, ruling suffering, healing, dilemmas, initiation, and integration. While in Pisces it will show us wounds as to loss of Union with the Divine and bringing healing through recognizing our true self as divine and integrating it into our lives.

During July 23 – Aug 22 the Sun will go into Leo. Leo rules our appearance, ego, creativity, romance, the heart, gossip, money, and children. Mercury rules communication, travel, thought, and reasoning. While Mercury is in Leo it rules creative communication and confidence. People will form firm opinions quickly and hold onto them. Mars rules our will, assertion, action, and passion. So to stay on the positive side of this Leo, Mercury, Mars energy, where the ego and temper can get out of control, practice self love, but stay conscious of your ego. Practice patience when communicating with others.

On July 24th, Venus in Gemini will be opposing Saturn in Sagittarius. That charming, chatty Venus in Gemini, causes one to be fickle in love, falling in and out of love easily, and crap talk everyone. Saturn in Sagittarius pushes us more onto our traditional rigid belief systems. Once this opposing energy comes together on the 24th there may be issues regarding your core values and love, making you go internally to discover the truth and to communicate those truths. Anything false and any relationships built on false foundations will come to light and be triggered for some type of resolution. All the falsehood could come for the world to see by Aug 22nd if not taken care of properly.

Standing in your integrity yet?

July 25th Mercury will enter Virgo. Mercury is the Messenger. It rules  travel, learning, knowledge, thought, and all things to do with communication, good or bad. When Mercury enters into Virgo it is quick witted and perceptive, yet, communication can be discriminating and over critical while becoming bogged down in details.

Here comes the Wounder Healer again for round 2. This time with Uranus, the Awakener. On July 29th Chiron Semi-Sextiles Uranus. You will focus on new ways to heal the mind and physical body, yet, understand that the healing process you are going through never truly ends. We are broken at times so we can awaken to a higher, truer, spiritual self. This will cause many to turn to spirituality as a healing tool. Meditation, prayer, and other spiritual practices will be heightened. A tendency to turn to substances will be heightened at this time for those looking to escape and not go through the healing process.

On July 24th Mercury in Leo trines Uranus in Aires. With Mercury beginning to effect our communications and travels, there may be some unexpected supportive energy and news about identity, children, love, creativity, and risk taking. Have you been seeking for the truth? This is going to be the time when you finally receive it…. are you ready for it?

July 30th brings up the time to make that decision you have been putting off. Venus in Gemini will be squaring Chiron in Pisces – have you learned your lesson yet? This is where you the final opportunity to lesson the ramifications of your negative actions or the negative actions of others around you. Its all about healing, love, gain, self value, psychic, intuition. Are you going to be sitting back and saying I should of never gotten involved in that situation, because I have lost ———-! Or saying this is what is causing me pain, heartache, & possibly depression. Around the 30th hopefully you will learn these lessons and look at your partnerships, romance, communication, and money making in better ways.

Around this time is also where we are going to notice the people of different energy vibrations splitting. Where the people who were standing in their integrity and working for the positive drift apart from those who were lying, manipulating, and taking advantage of others. If you have shown someone you have no self control or no respect for them, you will be removed from the situation. You may get angry or frustrated by the truth you see about someone, yet you dig for it to get it. Then, you will realize your intuition was right. Once you realize this, move on and let them go.

The first 3 weeks of August, Uranus is stationing retrograde in Aires. This will put pressure on us to stand in our integrity and allow us to have new beginnings. Once it stations, be prepared for the unexpected, because everyone’s true identity will be shown to the world. Have you been living at your highest integrity or are you telling lies to manipulate the situation? Anything unethical will be shown to the world and it will be too late to fix anything.

On August 4th Pluto in Capricorn squares Jupiter in Libra while Saturn goes direct. This is when all the things we have been hiding and keeping secret will come to the front. Saturn will put justice to the highest degree. People may think they are being unfairly judged, but all that is evil and unjust will come to the surface to be dealt with.

The Full Moon Eclipse happens on August 7th. Those whom have Sun, Moon, or Rising Aquarian signs may feel these aspects very strongly. During an Eclipse something or someone may be taken out of your life. If you have been working in your highest vibration then something that is of the lowest vibration to you will be removed for your higher good and vice verse, if you have been working out of your lowest vibration, be prepared to say good bye to something in your life which was of your highest good.

Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn on Aug 15th. Capricorn rules love, harmony, small financial gain, and home. Pluto is the lord of the underworld, helping us discover hidden things. So you may find out something hidden about your home, status, career, or love life. This is an opportunity to look at what is brought out in front of you and weight out the options to handle it. Cancer and Capricorn are opposites, yet, sometimes, opposites attract… Something will be coming to light about hidden matters of the home, immoral things, and things that can effect your money.

On August 21st the Solar Eclipse is in Leo. The eclipse energy will last for 2 weeks before and after the actual date of the eclipse. There will be no sun, no light, all of which Leo rules. This could directly effect a Leo person in your life. If that person has been doing good then positive things will flow to them.  If not, then be prepared for them to be eclipsed out of something.

August 22nd Black Moon Lilith will be conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius. Lilith is about truth, all that is right, and she struggles for perfection. She shows matters for how they truly are. Lilith, in karmic astrology is about detachment. Whatever we formed strong attachments to that hold us back from spiritual progress, must be detached from and experienced in universal light. These things will be brought to a point of discomfort so we no longer ignore them. Saturn is all about control, boundaries, structure, and doing things right. When these two energies come together they strive for purity, and clarity, bringing our shadow self to the surface to be healed. If one is not on the positive side of this energy, depression can be felt deep within. Discussions regarding relationships, lies, deceit, manipulation and all other falsehoods will come out to the front to be dealt with.

Also, on the 22nd Saturn will be conjunct with Lilith in Sagittarius. When you have this, Saturn will push Lilith’s thoughts of not allowing anyone to get away with lies and deceit. Both planets push people to stand in their integrity and follow the rules or get knocked back.

August 24th Venus in Cancer squares Uranus in Aires. Love, harmony, and home will be in conflict with your identity. If you are in a situation regarding home or love and you aren’t in it for true core values, you aren’t in it happily anymore, get ready to be faced with conflict and forced to make a decision about it. If your identity is conflicting with who you love, if who you love is causing drama in your life, if who you love is sacrificing you for their ego, get ready for it to come to the surface and be shown for a resolution.

Finally on August 28th Jupiter in Libra sextiles Saturn in Sagittarius, the day after Saturn goes direct. Justice will be served on a silver platter. People have been fighting for the truth, for their self worth, and showing how they value themselves.

Have you shown the positive or negative side of yourself?

Are you ready for your justice to be served?

I am.

 

Not all Cupping Therapy is Created Equal

 

As excited I am about all the craze Michael Phelps has created for Cupping Therapy I cant help but also have my awareness heightened. Obviously, there is an increase of inquiry of the therapy which causes a number of people rushing out to “learn” the skill quickly. This causes concern, because people are watching quick you tube videos, or reading an article and then placing cups on people with out proper knowledge and skill. Just like massage therapy, one should have good training prior to performing on the public.

Anyone seeking cupping therapy should keep in mind to ask about the practitioners education and training prior to having the service performed. 

Let’s get some background info first… What exactly is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping Therapy comes from Chinese Medicine as far back as 3500 years. They believe the body contains different Meridians, which connect to certain parts of the body. When one goes to see the “Dr” they would place cups along the effected Meridians to increase the “Qi/Chi” or energy flow in that Meridian to help the person. This type of cupping therapy is mostly done on the back. Glass cups are “heated” with a flame to create a suction and  applied to the body. The cups are usually left on the body for upwards of 15 minutes. Leaving the cups on the body for this length of time is guaranteed to leave marks on the body. Although, if you have an issue in your muscles…. it will mark no matter how long the cup is on the body.

By creating an upwards suction, it triggers the lymphatic system to activate, helping to remove toxins deep in the muscles. This also, helps clear the blood vessels, stretches and activates the skin. New advancements in technology and materials have been integrated with cupping therapies and its uses now range for many different treatments and applications. Applying cupping therapy with massage therapy opens up a huge increase of of improved healing.

A little about me and what type of Cupping Therapy I love!

During my years practicing Massage Therapy I have come across many therapies that are very helpful with healing the body. My favorite and most requested therapy is MediCupping. I am certified in Massage & MediCupping from A.C.E.I have had over 80 hours in hands on training with some of the top teachers in the Cupping world. I have been performing Massage & MediCupping for over a combined 5 years

I began my Cupping journey with Massage Cupping and quickly fell in love. Creating a suction by a hand pump with plastic cups instead of the use of fire felt a lot safer for me and my clients! I could picture the possibilities of disaster with me and fire! (No thanks!)

As a Massage Therapist, I don’t leave a cup stationary for longer than 3 minutes, because if I do, I start to cross over into Chinese Medicine, which is not within my scope of practice. Plus, leaving a cup in 1 area for that length of time you are guaranteed to mark the body and flood the lymphatic system.

My training is to help open the lymphatic system so it can drain the built up fluid and toxins contributing to pain. This is why I consistently “massage” with the cups. Still after 5 years, I don’t think I have ever left a cup stationary for more than half a minute. It just hasn’t been necessary. I love using the cups in the beginning of a massage session to allow the increased blood flow to relax the upper layers of the muscles. This technique lets me get in deeper  and “see” where issues are actually coming from, allowing for a more effective massage session.

 

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Massage Cupping Equipment

After mastering Massage Cupping, I moved on to learn VaccuTherapy, aka MediCupping, from the same company. MediCupping Therapy is, by far, my favorite therapy. I have seen tremendous results in my clients after 1 session of MediCupping and those who have had regular treatments have done complete transformations in their health.

Changes in C-Section scars, shoulder joint mobility, abdominal bloat, recovery from surgical procedures, and even detoxification from years of smoking are a few of the issues I have seen my clients gain positive results from.

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MediCupping Equipment

 

Another benefit of having Medicupping is the size of the cups, the cups range from as small as a pencil head to as large as, well, I can fit a butt cheek in there! Perfect for sciatic issues! I can perform the cupping on hands, feet, & even the face with some of my tiniest cups. Those who are having issues in these areas can experience MediCupping and feel results in as little as 1 session. The gentle, yet effective, therapy wont leave marks on your face either.

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MediCupping on the face. 

Here are some issue MediCupping can help with:

 

  • Cellulite Reduction
  • Pain Reduction
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Lymph Drainage
  • Scar Reduction
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Therapy to
    Shorten Recovery Time & Enhance Surgical Results
  • Releasing Tight, Contacted Muscle Tissue
  • Contouring the Face & Body
  • Assisting with Weight Loss Programs
  • Athletic Performance Enhancement
  • Detoxification – Movement of Stagnation
  • Skin Toning and Firming

Conditions that respond to the therapy:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Poor Circulation
  • Sciatica
  • Insomnia & Anxiety
  • Cellulite
  • Toxicity
  • Asthma & Pneumonia
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Menopause
  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Scoliosis
  • Lung Inflammation & Congestion
  • Migraine, Tension Headaches, & Sinusitis
  • High Blood Pressure / Low Blood Pressure
  • Sluggish Colon & IBS
  • Stagnant Lymph Edema
  • Pre- & Post-Operative Conditions
  • Athletic Stress & Injury
  • Bursitis, Tendinitis, & Plantar Fasciitis
  • Scars & Adhesion
  • Spider Veins & Varicosities
  • Muscular Aches

Baby Bottom Fresh Baby Powder

Have you seen all the articles out there about the toxic ingredients in some of the most popular baby powders?

A very common ingredient in the popular name brand powders is TALC. Talc, aka Talcum Powder, is mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture, cut down on friction, and helps to prevent rashes. Besides baby powder it is also found in a wide variety of cosmetic products. This TALC seems harmless, but more and more studies are coming up saying there are links to this ingredient and Ovarian Cancer, Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer, and possibly more conditions. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want myself, let alone, my child exposed to ingredients which cause such illnesses.

Here is a natural alternative to baby powder you find in the stores.

Gather your ingredients:

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18oz Arrow Root Powder
4 tbsp Chamomile Powder
4 tbsp Comfry Leaf Powder
4 ml of Calendula Oil
10 drops of Melaleuca Oil
(6) 3oz shaker top bottles

 

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Mix all ingredients together in large bowl, breaking up any small balls from the liquid ingredients.

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Fill the containers with powder.

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Label and you are Done!

 

Use after each diaper change like you would any other powder. You can also use this for yourself to help maintain freshness when it it needed.

My Oily Things to Support a Natural Birth

As you may have read in my other post, Essentials for a Natural Birth, during my first son’s birth I didn’t use essential oils to comfort me. This time I am more than ready to have some of my favorite things on hand to help me with this beautiful transition in my life.

After researching several sites, books, and personal stories…. I found there was a lack of info out there for what people have used during this event in their life. Here, I have compiled some of my essentials I can not do without! Many of the items can be customized to fit your preference.

Back Discomfort Oil –   My first delivery I had tremendous back labor, which I was NOT prepared for. Fortunately, I had a wonderful Midwife who kept me distracted and helped me stick to my plan. This time, I hope to have a little more control in my hands…. haha… I know, I know.

In this back massage blend I have a mixture of…

  • Black Pepper –  It has a strong, sharp and spicy aroma.  It promotes healthy circulation and can be used for a soothing massage.
  • Wintergreen – Has a minty, refreshing aroma that’s uplifting and stimulating. You can find wintergreen in a variety of products because of it’s soothing properties.
  • White Fir – With it’s clean, crisp, woody, powdery aroma, this essential oil is most noted for feelings of soothing comfort. It evokes feelings of stability, energy, and empowerment. It can be stimulating to the senses while helping the body relax.
  • Marjoram – With a warm, herbaceous, woody aroma it has calming properties and positive effect on the nervous systems. Many suggest to apply to muscles before and after exercising… which labor, most likely, is a marathon.
  • Birch – Has a sweet, fresh, sharp aroma with similar properties to wintergreen.
  • Basil – With its warm, spicy, herbal scent known to reduce anxious feelings, basil is a favorite of mine! It provides great benefits to both the mind and body, making it an ideal application to help reduce feelings of tension and it is also cooling to the skin.

Diffuser Mix – The birth center I am delivering at will have a diffuser on hand for me to use. Using a diffuser is great to change the mood in the room. It will help support you emotionally and keep you on track.

If you won’t be able to use a diffuser, you could make this into a roller blend and apply it along the back of the neck, wrists, and behind the ears.

Here is what is in my blend:

  • Elevation – A blend of Lavandin Flower, Lavender Flower, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Tangerine Peel, Melissa Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Elemi Resin, Osmanthus Flower, and Lemon Myrtle Leaf essential oils. This blend is used for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Promote feelings of self-worth while also helping to lessen feelings of stress.
  • Grapefruit – With its citrus, floral, fruity aroma it helps uplift mood and provides a clarifying effect to the mind.
  • Basil – Has a warm, spicy, herbal scent known to reduce anxious feelings. (I told you, basil is a favorite of mine!)
  • Motivate – A mix of Peppermint Plant, Clementine Peel, Coriander Seed, Basil Herb, Yuzu Peel, Melissa Leaf, Rosemary Leaf, Vanilla Bean. With its fresh, clean, minty aroma, it will help you find the courage that comes from believing in yourself again.

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Get Things Moving Roller – If things seem to slow down, I have an oil for that! I put this in a roller since I shouldn’t need a lot and it will be an easy way for me to roll on my belly and ankles (the reflex point for the reproductive system).

  • Clary Sage – It has an earthy, fruity, and floral aroma, which is both nutty and herbaceous. It is one of the most relaxing, soothing, and balancing essential oils. It is popular for use during menstrual days to help promote balance with the uterine. Usually I can only use a small amount of this oil because the aroma is too strong for me, but recently I love the aroma and I am drawn to it.
  • Passion – A blend of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Cardamom Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Rhizome, Clove Bud, Sandalwood Wood, Jasmine Flower, Vanilla Bean, Damiana Leaf gives it a spicy, warm, and rich aroma. This Passion Blend of spice and herb essential oils will help you rekindle excitement in your life, promote energized and enthusiastic feelings.

20160727_191430Perineal Massage Cream – Perineal massage can help prepare your lady bits for baby, and may even reduce your risk of tearing. Last pregnancy I used only used organic coconut oil and did the massage a few days prior to the big day, which helped me tremendously. This cream can be used in weeks or days prior to the big day or even as time progresses on the day.

  • Myrrh – Hot, smoky, herbaceous, woody, dry aroma has powerful cleansing properties and is also soothing to the skin.
  • Hawaiian Sandalwood – Rich, honey, sweet, woody and is very soothing and beneficial to the skin, making it highly sought after in body and skin care products.
  • Vitamin E oil – Prevents water loss from the skin, and helps it to retain its natural moisture… essential for maintaining the elasticity of this sensitive area.
  • Coconut oil – With its antibacterial properties it will provide a great glide without trapping bacteria.

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Deep Blue Rub – This is a topical cream infused with a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus. Deep Blue Rub provides a comforting sensation of cooling and warmth to problem areas.

As a massage therapist, I love using this with my clients and hope it will assist me during my birthing time.

 

Mito 2 Max – For maintaining stamina. 20160727_192419Birth is like a marathon and I’m sure this will come in handy if things seem to go on for 24 hours, like with my first child. I hope to not need these, but you never know.

Mito2Max supports optimal mitochondrial function, aerobic capacity, and stamina naturally without the use of harmful stimulants.* Use Mito2Max as a healthy, long term alternative to caffeinated drinks and supplements for increased energy and vitality.

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Breathe Drops – My midwife suggests breath mints… these are that for me. I don’t like peppermint too much, so that is out. I do love these breathe drops… and hey, maybe reading the bag will remind me to…. BREATHE!

 

 

 

20160727_192203Back Up Plan – We all know things don’t always go to plan, so I have packed these oils as a back up plan. If I need some skin support, these will be my go to oils!

  • Helichrysum – This oil has a herbaceous, honey, and hay scent. It has been used in herbal health practices since ancient Greece and the oil is highly valued and sought after for its many health benefits. Helichrysum is best known for its restorative properties to the skin. Also referred to as the Everlasting or Immortal Flower, Helichrysum is used in anti-aging products for its rejuvenating benefits to the skin.
  • Frankincense – With its warm, spicy, and clean scent Frankincense is known for its ability to rejuvenate skin and help reduce the appearance of imperfections. When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness too, so that will also help with my emotions if needing to use it.
  • Immortelle – Frankincense Resin, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Lavender Flower, Myrrh Resin, Helichrysum Flower, and Rose Flower essential oils. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and helps sustain smoother, more radiant, and youthful-looking skin.

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On Guard– This I used to make a hand sanitizer. Which will be good to have on hand with a new baby.

It has a warm, spicy aroma with it’s blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. It helps protects against environmental and seasonal threats.

 

So that’s it! I (think) I’m prepared for my new journey! I can’t wait to test these oils out and tell you how they worked for me on my special day. 

Did you use any special natural products on your day?

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Essentials for a Natural Birth

For the birth of my first son, I was not as experienced in all the benefits of essential oils. Over these years I have learned more and now know I am able to use them during my labor and delivery of my second child. YAY!

I have been reading a ton of articles, posts, & suggestions, but the truth is, not many people have experience of using them during this time in their life. So, I have been reading books, smelling oils, and compiling a lot of things to help me.

I am hoping to have a Natural Birth, like I did with my first son. This time I am living 2.5 hours away from where I am delivering. I searched for midwifes and natural birthing centers near me, but honestly, I had so much anxiety about delivering with someone else, I had to see the same person. Although, many are concerned about when I’ll go into labor and if I’ll be driving while having contractions… I’m really not trying to focus on that part of the equation. I know I can’t plan everything that could happen with this baby, including when he decides to show up. So I’m focusing on the things we all should do to prep for the day we head off to meet the little one. I have bags to pack, a house to prepare for the new baby, work, and research of the oils I will have to support my journey.

I have come up with a list of the things I wish I had at my 1st child’s birth, the things the birth center asked me for, and some of my favorites I did have the first time around.

Mom’s Birth Center Bag: 

  1. 2 packages of Chux pads ( known as Large underpads) – These are flat sheets that cover the bed and are essential.
  2. 1 Package of Adult Diapers – These seem silly to think of, but they saved me all day when my 1st son was born… I was able to go out and do things since my water “slowly leaked” out the day of his birth. They will also be great for the ride to or from the birth center to protect your clothes and car seats.
  3. Peri bottle – for using to help keep things clean after delivery.
  4. Drinks for mom during labor, delivery, & postpartum. Water and 2 juices. I’m packing a 6 pack of my favorite water and some ________. To help me recover after delivery.
  5. A postpartum meal high in protein. I will need to eat before I can leave the center. Last time I had dad run out to a near by restaurant. I will be checking near by places and setting some money in an envelope for this, but if its too late I’ll have something easy to cook up in the center’s microwave.
  6. 3 or more comfortable panties. – I received these mesh underwear from a friend the first time around…. I am totally bringing more of them. They are great, breathable, and no worries if you get some stuff on them, because you just toss them in the trash.
  7. Change of clothes – think going home outfit and yes, I will be wearing maternity clothes. I’ll be tired so I’ll want to go straight home and sleep. Yoga pants to the rescue!
  8. Bathing suit top since I will be laboring in the pool. I would love to have a water birth, but we will see if it happens.
  9. Personal Hygiene items, shampoo/conditioner, hairbrush, hair ties, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, makeup. – So I can freshen up before heading home.
  10. Comfortable walking shoes/slippers. I like socks with the grippers on the bottom!
  11. Essential Oils – for the diffuser, for managing my pain, and to help keep me calm and motivated. Learn more about the specific oils I’m bringing here!
  12. A diffuser – my midwife says they have one on hand, Ill be checking to see if it is as strong as mine before I bring mine.
  13. A heating pad – this can be heated up in the microwave and used as a compression on my back to help alleviate the discomfort I feel.
  14. Music and speakers – Music will be on my phone and Ill hook it up to some portable speakers to help me relax.
  15. Electronics – Camera with battery, charger, and memory card, phone charger.

 

Baby’s Bag

  1. 2 – 3 outfits for the baby, including socks and hats for the ride home. Since I wont know how big the baby is going to be I have packed (2) 0-3m outfits. 1 dressy outfit if its day time and 1 warm pajama outfit if its night time.
  2. 6 diapers and some wipes. Again, I don’t know the size of the baby so I packed 3 NB & 3 size 1 diapers. I plan on cloth diapering, but those first poops from the baby will surely stain the diapers, so I like to use disposables in the beginning. I packed a travel size pack of wipes.
  3. 2-3 receiving blankets. They will use them to wrap the baby in the beginning and may toss them out so don’t bring something you plan on keeping or making a memory keepsake. I would save that for the first few days after the delivery.
  4. Carseat with manual! – Don’t forget this or you won’t be heading home! Make sure you practice installing it in and out of the car prior to the birth.
  5. Bathing items – if you want the baby washed before heading home you can bring your own bathing supplies – towel, washcloth, and soap. There are benefits to not washing the baby for 48 hours, but depending on the amount of vernix caseosa on my son will determine if I give him a bath or not. My first son didn’t have much on him at all so we waited only a few hours before only wiping him with a soft, lightly moistened, cloth.
  6. I am also packing some q-tips and essential oils for the cord care.

Daddy’s Bag

  1. Change of clothes
  2. Swimsuit if getting in the water with mom
  3. Snacks and drinks
  4. Phone charger

 

 

Natural Baby Products

As I began using herbs and essential oils I started researching ingredients on the labels of all my beauty products. So many of the products I used were fill of chemicals. Reading extensively about the chemicals and what using them long term could do to my health, I had to change some things.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Doesn’t it make sense that everything we put on our skin is passed onto other parts of the body. In 1984 an article combines multiple studies and concludes “…that skin penetration rates for solvents are remarkably high.”* This is why it is highly important that we pay attention to what we are putting onto our skin. The more we learn about the ingredients, the more we learn about the problems they are causing us. Now we are learning about the complications of a very popular ingredient in baby powder, Talc, not only for the user, but the person applying it to a baby. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to risk putting my child, or myself, at risk for these issues.

When I began researching these chemicals I was not a mother, but I was a Aunt to 9 awesome kids. I wanted to share with my family and friends about the natural options available. I began making natural baby products and would give them to my fiends and family at baby showers. I received so many rave reviews and requests for more I began selling it.

Fast forward to now and I have a (soon to be) 3 year old boy and am 29 weeks pregnant with my second boy. I used all my natural products with my first son and absolutely loved them as much as everyone else who tried them. So, naturally, I am in the kitchen mixing up some more for the new baby to arrive….. and for my sister (who is due at the same time as me) & our cousin due just about a month before us!

Check out the links below on what I make and gift out.

  1. Baby Bottom Fresh Baby Powder
  2. Lavender Baby Oil
  3. Baby Bottom Cream
  4. Booty Wipes

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Alternative therapies for temporary teething discomforts.

It happens all too much. Someone on my friends list asks for thoughts of a solution to a situation their child is dealing with. This time, the occasional pain and discomfort that comes along when a new baby begins to get their first chompers.

The post blows up with suggestions…. and joking or not, when you tell a new mom a suggestion she just may try anything to help her baby without researching the risks she may be exposing her child to.

I usually scroll by, because my suggestion is not always the popular one. It’s usually over looked because of its lack in popularity or inability to be a “quick fix”.  As time passes, i am being asked for my opinion and that makes me happy. Not because of vanity, but because people are learning, being educated, and using more natural approaches to some of the situations they occasionally come across.

So what would you suggest to this new mom with a new baby beginning to feel the occasional discomforts of those fresh chompers coming in?

Frozen food for them to “chew” on, even if they are well below the solid food age?

Whiskey…. yes some have suggested this, and yes, in the old day people have used it. For me being an ex-drinker this would never be an option…. but that’s another story.

A popular brand of pain relieving medication you can buy over the counter?

That last one, the popular brand of medication is just that, popular, and gets suggested time after time. People get stuck on a brand name and then its familiar and trusted, but like many of the “over the counter” medications on the market today, the makers are still learning about the side effects of these medications. Learning about the side effects as the public uses them.

There have been several articles about the dangers of using acetaminophen and risks of overdose.  Here is a small example…

“One of the country’s most popular over-the-counter painkillers — acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol — also kills the most people, according to data from the federal government. Over 150 Americans die each year on average after accidentally taking too much. And it requires a lot less to endanger you than you may know. We reported this alongside ProPublica.” © 1995-2015 Chicago Public Media & Ira Glass

Ok, so, the simple solution is you wont take too much. Only small doses, but by taking small doses over a period of time it can cause long term liver damage. After 32 years of this product being on the market the FDA required a liver damage warning to be added to the label. That was in 2009. So what will be added after another 32 years? 32 years after the public uses more of this drug? 32 more years of damaging our bodies, side effects, and deaths.

I don’t know about you, but this is one of the reasons I try to learn about natural, side effect free, solutions. For that occasional discomfort and pain that comes with  new chompers my first choice?

Clove. The active principles in the clove are known to have antioxidant, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties. Clove can be very hot and burning when used in high concentrated forms. This would give the opposite of the desired effect.

Studies clove oil have resulted in it being used on infants who are teething. In extremely diluted form, it can be applied to a baby’s gums, and the antiseptic and soothing qualities of the oil can ease their pain and reduce their temporary discomfort.

Gentle massage along the jaw line will also relieve built up muscle tension. I sometimes massage on a heavily diluted oil mixture of coconut oil and lavender essential oil. This also gives you time to connect with your child and calm them.

Other great alternatives are:

  • Teethers – there are wooden options if you don’t like the idea of your child chewing on plastic.
  • A cold wet rag – wet a washcloth and place it in the freezer. Give to the baby to chew on. Make sure the rag isn’t frayed so there is no risk of choking.
  • Amber teething necklace – I also used this with my son since 3 months and he still has it on at 3 years old. He never played with it or chewed on it. I have taken it off of him once, but he asked for it to be back on.

What natural remedies have helped you?

Here is my 1st son, Atreyu, showing off his love for water and his amber necklace.