Essential Oils that are Essential for your Baby!

Essential oils, are concentrated natural plant fragrances and have been used in medicine for more than 6,000 years. In India, oil bathing or oil after bathing has been an integral part of a baby’s growth and development. The first two years are especially crucial where the baby is given the nourishment of the best oils for their rapid and right development.

However, not everybody ends up using all essential oils for their babies, and that might be because one probably does not know the benefits of many of them. This blog throws light on the benefits of some important essential that can help the baby’s growth process. But before you move on to reading the article please note that a baby’s health and skin are extremely delicate, so it is best recommended that you dilute these essential oils with carrier oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil in the ratio of 1:1.

Read on to know how various essential oils can be beneficial for your baby’s health and happyness!

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is an extremely gentle and calming oil that has a soothing effect on the senses. Just after bath and before bedtime, massage your baby with lavender oil along the arms, legs, tummy, feet, back of neck, and ears. This will eliminate the restlessness, if any, and will ensure that your baby has a peaceful sleep. This oil also oxygenates the organs, improves blood circulation, and strengthens the immune system.

Coconut Oil

For ages, coconut oil has been known to boost hair growth. A generous portion of coconut oil on your baby’s scalp every day, will condition their hair and give the scalp all the nourishment that it requires. Coconut oil contains carbohydrates, nutrients, and vitamins, and you cannot go wrong with this oil! It is also a good moisturizer and can be used to massage the baby’s body as well.

Tea Tree Oil

This oil can cure most infections owing to its strong antibacterial properties. It can also help wounds heal faster and treat infections effectively. Tea tree oil boosts the nutrient absorbing capacity in babies and thus builds their immune system.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in healthy fats, phenolic anti-oxidant Vitamin E, squalene and oleic acids. Regular massaging with olive oil can result in the baby having a healthy, nourished, and supple skin. Olive oil also acts as an antioxidant and offers protection from bodily radicals. You can use this oil all throughout the year and keep your baby’s skin soft and happy!

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus is a natural expectorant that can help unclog respiratory congestion. If your baby is having a tough time with cold, cough and congestion, mix eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil, and rub it on the bottom of your child’s feet. This particular oil has a strong aroma, so make sure that you use carrier oil before you apply it to the baby. You may also rub a small portion onto the baby’s chest to free them from congestion. If your baby is having some tummy issues, then massaging the baby’s belly button with some eucalyptus oil can relieve the pain.

Avocado Oil

This is a common ingredient in most baby soaps and shampoos. It is extremely rich on the monounsaturated fatty acids and contains nutrients, vitamins A, B, D, and E, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. Known to be a good conditioner, avocado oil also improves blood circulation. It works miracles. dry itchy skin and soothes sunburn.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil can be used to combat skin rashes. It is a rich gentle oil that can be used on the baby’s delicate skin. It can also be used to relax babies if they are fussy and cranky. A small portion of the oil can get the smile back on your baby’s beautiful face!

Essential Oils are essential for the well-being of your baby. Use them wisely and experience the magic yourself.

Reminder for a Glowing Twenty Eighteen

It’s January. It’s the month of setting resolutions and goals. It’s the month when you get to set the tone for the year. So, while we’re gearing up to have a glowing 2018, why not get back to the basics and set a skin routine to get that perfect glow for your skin as well?

Here are some basic things that you need to stick by to have a glowing 2018 in the truest sense.

CTM

Cleansing-Toning-Moisturizing. Back to basics in the truest sense. We all start  this process religiously, but then tend to give up midway. If you’ve forgotten, let me quickly remind you of the benefits of CTM. Cleansing removes all the accumulated dirt and impurities of the day. Toning leaves your skin feeling hydrated. Moisturizing leaves it feeling nourished. You’ve got to feel it to know it. Start with this practice and see the magic for yourself.

More than coconut oil

You’ve heard that coconut oil is nourishing and that it leaves your skin feeling nourished and smooth. But hey, that’s not the complete truth. Coconut oil may not be suitable for all skin types and hence, it is recommended you use a non-alcoholic, less chemically-loaded cleansers to clean your makeup. Be wise and choose carefully.

Exfoliate

We have already highlighted the benefits of exfoliation in this blog. You need to exfoliate at least once a week and make it a regular habit. You’ve got to eliminate dead skin and make way for glowing, sparkling skin. Exfoliation also boosts blood circulation that leads to a healthier and happier you!
  
Sleep like a princess (but don’t wake up late)

It’s not called ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing. We can’t stress enough on how important it is to get the adequate amount of sleep everyday.. I mean, every night. Your skin repairs itself when you’re sleeping, and you certainly do not want to mess with that. Also, good sleep means no dark circles, no wrinkles, glowing skin, and a happier you! Why would you trade all of this for anything in the world? (Unless you’re a mum and your baby keeps you awake at night!) In that case, you can time your naps according to your baby’s sleep timings, but make sure you make it up for lost sleep.

Go make-up free at least once a week

Yup! Get rid of all the layers and filters and go make-up free at least once  a week. Let your skin breathe and live naturally. You may choose it to be a weekend, but what’s life if you don’t embrace yourself at your natural best? So, you should do this on a weekday too. The more you do it, the more confident you will feel in your skin and the happier and brighter you will be. So, go for it!

Write in to us if you’re doing some more basic stuff to take care of your skin, and we’ll post our beauty schedule on our facebook page! Have a  Glowing Twenty Eighteen

 

Killing It; Naturally!

Diwali is just around the corner, and you probably would have begun working on your Diwali to-do list. Needless to say, cleaning the house must be at the top of your agenda, and you must be on the verge of getting in touch with your regular agents to implement an extensive pest-control program. You’ve probably been implementing the synthetic way to kill pests for a long period of time. But have you ever considered implementing natural methods to kill pests at home?

Synthetic pest control solutions contain chemicals that might be successful at killing pests, but only at the cost of your well-being.  Exposure to pesticides and the toxins in them can be harmful to living beings. Pesticide chemicals can cause nausea, dizziness and disorders to the reproductive system. These pesticides may kill everything in their path and can have an effect on the living beings outside the targeted areas as well.

Coming back to the point – just because some solutions are easy, it doesn’t mean that they’re not effective. What if we told you that implementing natural methods of pest-control are more effective than the synthetic ones? These natural methods simply involve using ingredients/substances that you can easily find in your own home; and are really, really, effective as hell! Well, substances/ingredients that can be found in your home or which can be grown in your house, could be everything that you need to keep the pests at bay!

Read on to know which elements/substances are effective enough to prevent pests from causing a nuisance, in the most natural way!

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is anti-fungal, insecticidal, and has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a must have essential! Lemongrass has a sweet  and refreshing smell to it. Some insects find it difficult to stand the smell of lemongrass. Hence, having lemongrass in your house is a great way to ward off insects. Lemongrass is also effective in repelling flea, flies and mosquitos. Add about 25 drops of lemongrass oil to half a cup of hot water. Pour this into a spray bottle and spray it on the doors, windows, and infested surfaces.

Neem Oil

Neem Oil is being used as a pest repellant for decades together. Neem oil is a strong pest repellent and when sprayed on plants,  is effective in bringing down insect feeding by interfering with their hormone systems. Neem oil is non-toxic to birds, fish, bees and wildlife and does not have any adverse effects on humans.

Peppermint Oil

Dab some peppermint oil onto cotton balls or cotton pads and place in your house; in those corners where insects, pests, mosquitos, mice are more likely to hide. You will see the results within no time. You could also add four to five drops of the oil and spray it on plants to get rid of aphids.

Coffee Grounds

Pour used, fine coffee grounds into any still water body near your house i.e ponds, puddles or somewhere in the backyard; or you could simply keep them outdoors. Coffee grounds are mosquito repellents because of their strong smell. Pouring them into water bodies, make them uninhabitable for mosquitos and will also kill dry larvae.

Vinegar

Slugs, moths, ants are some of the many garden pests that vinegar can ward off. Mix water and vinegar in the ratio of 1:3 and add a little bit of detergent to it. Spray this in your garden to keep the pests away! However, you must avoid spraying the solution directly on plants and veggies, and could spray it around the garden’s perimeter.

Garlic

Garlic is an effective barrier that keeps the pests away! Right from mosquitoes to potato beetles, garlic is a strong repellent. Grind some garlic with water and apply the paste at places where pests are prone to enter. You can see the results immediately!

MInt and Basil

Plant mint and basil around doorways and under windows. These plants repel flies even as they add sweet scents that we human enjoy.

You don’t have to go out of your way to find these substances and can easily ward-off pests, insects, and everything unwanted by implementing these natural eco-friendly methods in an economical manner! Try them out right away, and let us know about your experiences by commenting on the blog or by writing in to us!

Get, Set, Exfoliate!

Most of us know the significance of exfoliation in our beauty regime; but for those who don’t, here’s it is – Exfoliating your face and body twice a week can work wonders for your skin. Exfoliating removes all the dead skin cells from your skin’s outer surface and uncovers fresh new cells underneath. It thus cleanses your pores and allows your moisturizer to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

In the upcoming blog, we’re going to be sharing with you some easy-to-make, awesome exfoliating scrubs. But before that, we thought we could tell you about/re-introduce you to the benefits of exfoliation. So, here we go….

Improves texture

Essentially, exfoliation helps improve the texture of the skin. Especially, if the skin is dry or feels rough, exfoliation can help revive dry skin. However, for that, one needs to exfoliate on a regular.

Fights signs of ageing

You don’t want your skin to reveal your age? The solution is as simple as it gets! Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis. Exfoliation helps fight signs of ageing. By removing dead skin cells, exfoliation helps you get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and helps you age gracefully. Moreover, exfoliation leaves your skin with a refreshing glow which will eventually leave people guessing your age.

Reduces pigmentation

The reasons for pigmentation can be many. Pigmentation is the dark areas that come from age, pregnancy and changes in your hormonal balance. These become more prominent as the skin ages. Exfoliation facilitates breaking up of the pigmented cells and encourages them to fade.

Stops breakouts

Have you had enough of those frequent breakouts? Done with blackheads, whiteheads, and acne making your skin look dull and patchy? Exfoliating your skin will help keep pores clean and unclogged. When pores get clogged up with dead skin cells, oils from your skin get trapped beneath the surface, which could lead to pimples. Help yourself keep acne under control by keeping pores clean and clear! However, do not scrub active acne, or it may spread.

Repairs uneven skin tone

Exfoliation can help repair the uneven skin tone. A regular exfoliation regime can make your skin tone even, and make it softer and smoother than before.

Before and After waxing benefits

Exfoliating your skin lifts any hair tucked under the dead skin which makes it easier to be removed during waxing. Hence, less pull equates to less pain. It is also recommended to exfoliate every second day post waxing to reduce the formation of in-growths after waxing.

When you exfoliate, the blood circulation in the body increases and the lymphatic system gets a boost. This helps in the developments of new skin cells, breaks down fatty tissues, and detoxifies your system. Exfoliating scrubs are also known to effectively combat cellulite problems. Well, those are too many benefits for something as simple exfoliation, isn’t it? Shed those dead skin cells and allow your skin to glow like never before!

Keep watching this space as we’re bringing you some easy DIY natural scrub recipes, only for you! Until then, take a look at few of our blog archives and visit/revisit these links for some easy DIY recipes for a flawless skin (Click on the hyperlinks). 

Yours Naturally,

See ya soon!