Beach Essentials for Baby, Kids, & You

Mother is Eternal | Beach Essentials

Mother is Eternal | Beach Essentials

While my sister was here last week, we took a trip to Ocean Beach Park with our babies for the first time and let me tell you, trekking through the sand with two babies that can’t even sit up on their own isn’t all that easy. Wearing them in the sling is extra effort and I was constantly worried about where his face was in regards to the sun.

Overall, it was a great time so I’m here to share some things to make your beach trip much more enjoyable.

Beach Cart: This thing was a lifesaver. We were able to pile everything into it (aside from a couple chairs) and just push it onto the beach. It was a lot better than our initial plan of packing it all into our arms.

Beach Chairs: These fold up into a backpack to make carrying simple.

Shelter: I highly recommend grabbing one of these for your babies. It pops right up, mom or dad can fit to lay in it as well, and you’ve got instant shade and extra sun protection. It’s also lightweight, breathable, and easy to lug. We also bring it to the pool or outside in the yard. This one is great for older kids and adults.

Lip balm: I’m prone to dry lips when out in the sun for too long so I like to keep them hydrated.

Beach Bag: My sister’s diaper bag was large enough to double up as a beach bag as well.

Cooler: Can’t forget the snacks! Also remember to pack a whole bunch of water. Dehydration is serious especially on extremely hot days.

Sunblock: Keep your babies fresh skin protected with a mineral-based sunblock. Apply throughout the day to make it most effective. And adults, don’t forget yourself!

Towels: These are perfect to lay underneath the baby in the shelter or for use with kids and adults.

Sun hat: I never put sunblock on Maddox’s scalp so I insist on him wearing a hat. It keeps the sun out of his face and protects him from burns. And mom, here’s a great one for you.

Shovel & Pail: You can’t go to the beach without trying to make a castle, right? This set is great for the older kids.

Water Resistant Phone Pouch: Between the sand, kids, and water, the beach is a war zone for your phone. The great thing about the pouch is it’s touch sensitive and you still have your headphone jack available. It’s a life saver! Don’t have the funds or the time to buy one? Put your phone in a sandwich bag. It’ll do the same thing!

If you wind up with a sun burn, apply a little aloe. It’ll cool down the burn instantly and promote healing. What else helps make your beach trip more manageable?

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Essential Oils: Peppermint

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be touching base on all the essential oils in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit and presenting you with information, benefits, recipes, and other resources. If you feel like purchasing a Wholesale Membership along with the Premium Starter Kit, feel free to sign-up here or if you don’t want to purchase a starter kit and just want the one essential oil you can sign up through me as a Retail Customer here instead. Please join me on this oily journey. 

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a recognizable scent and one of the most beneficial essential oils. Almost every mind, body, and health ailment you can think of can be benefited by peppermint oil. It’s infamous for being used to freshen bad breathe with either candies, mouth wash, or spray but it can also be used for skin, head aches, digestive issues, hunger, energy, and other problems. The plant itself contains menthol which provides a cooling and calming sensation.

The use of peppermint oil has been dated back to 1000 B.C. in ancient Egypt and Asia. It was used for its healing and restorative properties. In Greek mythology, it is said the god Hades/Pluto transformed a nymph, named Minthe, into the plant so she would be appreciated for many years later and that she has! It’s been used for medicinal purposes for centuries and, thankfully, it has found its way back into popular culture.

The most common way I’ve used peppermint oil is to alleviate my headaches. Along with lavender oil, it works like a charm. Mix together 3-4 drops of peppermint oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Then, just apply a little (diluted, of course) onto the temples, forehead (near the scalp line), and the back of your neck and watch it work its magic! If you’re prone to headaches, make enough to stash away in your purse or your desk at work. 

Please note: Always read the jar the oil comes in for precautions. Peppermint, in particular, is a very hot oil. Do not use on babies or children under 6. Use peppermint sparingly during nursing as it has been known to drop milk supply. As with anything, always check with your doctor if you’re pregnant or nursing.

Other benefits of Peppermint

Stomach discomfort
Diffusing peppermint around the house can help alleviate nausea and stomach discomfort. Also, rubbing it onto your hands and inhaling, massaging onto wrists, or rubbing a couple drops onto your abdomen will work as well.

Energy
Diffuse to kick-start your morning. You can also carry a bottle around with you and take whiffs throughout the day. Or apply generously on the back of your neck and shoulders to help stay energized.

Stress
Diffuse or add a few drops into a warm bath to help relax.

Concentration & Alertness
Diffuse it during it tests or while working to promote mental alertness. It’s been known to help provide mental clarity while raising energy levels. Similar to energy, apply to the back of the neck and onto shoulders. Inhale before a test or during work to regain concentration, boost your mood, and fight fatigue.

Hunger
No time to eat or grab a snack? Inhale peppermint to curb the cravings until you get the chance.

Sore Muscles & Body Aches
Apply peppermint oil to the affected area to relieve pain and inflammation.

Mouse Repellent
Soak cotton balls with peppermint oil and place where they may be entering your home. You can also place them in areas they may have already been to avoid other mice following the scent or in areas you don’t want them to enter.

Respiratory Support
Clear your nose with a little peppermint! Menthol is often found in chest rubs such as Vick’s. A natural remedy is rubbing a little peppermint oil in your chest and temples. You can also inhale and diffuse it. Another option is pouring it into boiling water, draping a towel over your head, and breathing in the steam. It helps clear your throat, lungs, and nose.

Hair Growth
Peppermint helps stimulate and circulate blood flow so it’s ideal for promoting hair growth. Use coconut oil as a carrier and add to your favorite conditioner!

Skin Toner
The cooling, refreshing properties of peppermint oil does wonders for your skin especially on those hot summer days. Mix about 1 cup filtered water, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, and 30-50 drops of peppermint essential oil. Store in the fridge for an even cooler effect!

Feel free to purchase your own peppermint by joining Young Living. By joining through me, you’ll be put on a waiting list to receive my FREE ebook filled with information about a variety of essential oils and recipes! If you join as a wholesale member, you’ll be entered into my raffle to win a free 10 oil case. More information about Young Living can be found here.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Essential Oils: Lavender for Babies & Other Benefits

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be touching base on all the essential oils in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit and presenting you with information, benefits, recipes, and other resources. If you feel like purchasing a Wholesale Membership along with the Premium Starter Kit, feel free to sign-up here or if you don’t want to purchase a starter kit and just want the one essential oil you can sign up as a Retail Customer here instead. Please join me on this oily journey. 

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Many parents struggle with putting their little one to bed. Some nights can seem excruciatingly daunting especially when you’re lacking on rest yourself. During these times, something I’m extremely grateful for is lavender essential oil.

The lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) aroma has been so wonderful to Maddox (and to me!). He’s been much more calm, his sleep cycles seem to last longer, and putting him to bed is a little easier. After his night time bath, I rub Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Calming lotion (made with lavender) on his skin. Then I massage his feet with lavender essential oil in a carrier. A favorite of mine is fractionated coconut oil but you can use tea tree, olive, etc. Whichever you prefer! I also dab a little onto his third eye, the spot between his eyebrows. Occasionally, I’ll rub diluted lavender on my palms and slowly pass it in front of his nose a couple times. You can even add a couple drops into his bath (diluted first by a water-soluble carrier such as vegetable glycerin). All of these will help to calm and soothe your baby.

Please note, babies are VERY sensitive and you have to use extreme precaution when using EO’s on or around them.  I have done my research for my own little one on what essential oils are safe so use your judgment or speak to a professional. I recommend when introducing essential oils to your baby, you test a diluted dab on a tiny section of their skin. Introduce oils to them gently since their skin is so new and fragile. Remember dilution is key and very important for babies and children. Personally I feel safest using 1-2tbsp of carrier oil with 1-2 drops of lavender.

Other Benefits of Lavender

Bug repellent
You can either make a spray or dab a few drops on your wrists, knees, neck, and wrists to keep the pesky little insects at bay. Here’s a wonderful bug spray recipe.

Insect Bite
Rub 2-4 drops of Lavender oil onto the mosquito bite.

Alleviates headache pain
Inhale lavender for about 15 minutes. The best way is a few drops in a diffuser.

Acne & General Skin Care
If you have an outraged blemish, try a drop of lavender oil on a q-tip and apply a couple times a day. This can also work to help lighten acne scars. You can also create a toner with a bottle of witch hazel or jojoba oil and add 5-10 drops (depending on the bottle size) and apply morning and night. For dry skin, pour water into a spray bottle and add 10-15 drops of lavender until symptoms subside. Or apply with a nut/vegetable oil.

Feel free to purchase your own lavender by signing up with Young Living!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.