As my little one’s top three teeth all come in at the same time, I am reminded to take my own advice and pull out the natural remedies!
We’ve all been under the weather lately with bronchitis, a uti, and the virus that will not die! I hope you enjoy this article, previously published in Sept 2013.
Drooling, restless, fussy, and refusing to eat baby?
Yep, you’ve got a teether on your hands. And chances are, it’s just about as hard on you as it is your baby! Your sweet pumpkin is in pain, and everyone is sleep deprived!
Thankfully, there are some very effective natural remedies to help ease their pain and rest easier. Here are 7 ways to help baby (and you!) feel better in no time.
Not quite voodoo, but maybe a little bit of magic- Amber Teething Jewelry works by releasing healing oils from the amber resin which is then absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Amber’s anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties have long been used by parents in Europe.
Side note- this jewelry is for boys or girls to wear, not to chew on.
We have both a necklace and bracelet/anklet which is a highly effective combo! I love that they are reusable and double as an accessory!
#2- Teething Oil
Right as baby’s tooth is popping through their soft fleshy gums, and you’re scared the neighbors are about to call 911 from the ear shattering scream they just heard, you’ll be reaching for this. Made with essential oils of chamomile, clove, and peppermint, this teething oil will knock out teething pain and calm baby.
I love knowing the essential oil mixture is perfectly blended with just the right amount of oils to ensure it’s safe, effective, and therapeutic.
This is also great to have on hand for older children (molars, anyone?) and adult tooth pain. Get a sample for just $1!
#3 Clove Oil
Clove oil is a natural numbing agent and is very potent. This DIY teething oil can easily be made by diluting ONE drop of Clove oil with 1 Tablespoon of a carrier oil.
Sunflower Oil, Almond Oil, and Sesame Oil all make great carrier oils. Olive oil will work as well, although has a stronger flavor.
Note: Make sure to carefully dilute the clove oil , ensuring that only one drop is mixed into 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil. Adding more will burn baby’s gums. It will not make it more effective!
A classic stand-by, Hyland’s Teething Tablets are a homeopathic remedy that we use quite often. The tablets melt quickly under baby’s tongue and are easy to take on outings. A good solution if your baby is mildly fussy and needs help relaxing. Great before bedtime.
Genius! This mesh feeder also doubles as an amazing teether. Place any type of regular food your baby likes to eat (bananas, berries, pre-cooked veggies) inside and stick in the freezer.
Since many babies are fussy eaters when teething, I find this really helps get food in their tummies, and relief to their mouth!
This is my favorite way to let young babies feed themselves, and free up your hands to hopefully feed yourself!
This gently calming herb will restore your sanity as well as bring baby some relief. Brew a cup according to directions (medicinal teas have a different brewing method than regular tea) and pour some into a small dish to cool for baby.
Feel free to sip yours hot while the rest cools. Start with 1 tsp of cool tea, using up to 1 ounce. This herb will help your baby wind down, and is especially helpful if they have been crying for a while.
#7 Gripe Water
Last, but not least, Gripe Water is the best baby essential you may not have heard of. All that drooling leads to excess saliva being swallowed, causing everything from diarrhea to upset tummies.
Made with Ginger and Fennel, this sweet tasting herbal supplement will have baby’s tummy fixed up in no time!
So there you have it! 7 natural remedies that take the bite out of teething!
What are some natural teething remedies that you have had success with?
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Sounds too good to be true, right? What if I also told you that this secret deodorizing ingredient also helps keep over 300 enzymatic functions in the body in check, as well as contribute to a healthy energy level? Helps calm the nervous system, and actually can reduce or eliminate morning sickness?!
So what is this miracle ingredient?……
Magnesium! We’ve all heard of it, but probably never given too much thought to it. In fact, most people in the United States do not get enough Magnesium, simply because our water has it removed, as well as soil is depleted of it. So even the best whole food diet would be lacking.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include agitation and anxiety, restless leg syndrome (RLS), sleep disorders, irritability, nausea and vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms, low blood pressure, confusion, muscle spasm and weakness, hyperventilation, insomnia, poor nail growth, and even seizures.
I found this magnesium oil spray at Vitacost for a great price. If you have never shopped there, you can get $10 off any $30 purchase by using this coupon. Sign up for a free account and you will get a credit!
How to use:
Every day after I shower, I simply spray two sprays either directly on my underarms, or 4 sprays into my hands with a couple drops of lavender essential oil. Two sprays per armpit seems about right to me
Lavender is a great essential oil to use because it’s antibacterial in natural, and smells great! Other good options would be tea tree oil, lemon, or sweet orange. All of these are considered safe during pregnancy, but you should always do your own research first.
This is personally the only natural deodorant I’ve found to be effective in the long-run. I’ve tried just about every store brand with minimal success. I’ve also tried a lot of the homemade versions, and they are good, but not enough to stay smelling fresh, especially in the hot humid summers we get in the South!
When I got pregnant the third time around, I noticed a lot less nausea and vomiting as well. So I can personally attest to the fact that it does help! And this is just with the 4 total sprays under my arms each day.
One word of advice- some people say that magnesium oil can burn a bit when applied. I haven’t had any trouble with it under my arms, but have felt some sensitivity on my legs and back. I have applied it on the soles of my feet with out any problems either.
Have you ever tried using magnesium oil before? What was your experience? Please share below!
I love Spring. Beautiful weather, all sorts of flowers and trees blooming, and pollen, beautiful pollen floating through the….. NO! Not allergy season again!!
Unfortunately, each spring my kids and I have an allergy flare up. Growing up, I was on just about every pharmaceutical under the sun in attempt to mananage my allergies and asthma. Now as a mom myself, thankfully I’ve found some effective & natural ways to treat them. First, let’s take a look at what allergies really are all about:
When you understand what’s happening during allergy attacks, treating them naturally seems like plain common sense. First, picture a grain of pollen — it looks something like a spiny sea urchin. Now imagine this prickly invader entering your nasal passages and latching onto soft mucous membranes. These mucous membranes line our bronchial and nasal passages and contain immune cells, called mast cells, which are loaded with histamines. Receptors sit on top of these mast cells, and when an allergen trigger — such as pollen, mold or pet dander — lands on top of the receptor, it alerts the mast cells, which respond by releasing histamine and other chemicals. The histamine initiates a series of reactions designed to help the body get rid of the intruder, including sneezing, watery eyes and itching. For some people, particularly those with asthma, this reaction may also include swelling in the bronchial tubes that makes it difficult to breathe.
Credit: Mother Earth News
So now that we understand exactly what is happening to us, we can search out treatment options. Some obvious ways to prevent an allergy attack is to stay indoors when the pollen count is crazy high, wash hair & body thoroughly after playing/exercising outside, and to maintain a good rest and nutrition routine.
The next line of defense is a simple saline rinse with a Neti Pot. You’ve probably seen these all over recently, even though nasal irrigation is a very old practice. I like and use this particular brand because it is cost-effective, durable, and travels well. It also comes with 50 pre-measured saline packets, so there is no guess work involved.
A Neti pot simply helps the saline solution flow in one side of your nose and rinse the cavities out thoroughly of excess mucus, pollen and other irritants, such as dust and pet dander. A great practice to use all year round, this will absolutely make a huge difference for you and your kids during allergy season.
I recommend a rinse in the morning, after outdoor playtime, and before bed. Just make sure to completely clean out the Neti pot in between uses and allow to dry. Sharing one pot between family members is perfectly fine as long as these simple hygiene practices are followed.
So the Neti Pot helped you say, but you still have some troublesome symptoms? Time to break out my little miracle worker! A homeopathic supplement called Allercetin allergy & sinus.
Allercetin™ Allergy & Sinus is a Bio-Aligned Formula that utilizes natural homeopathic remedies for the treatment of allergies. Allercetin supports multiple body systems involved with hay fever: the respiratory system, sinuses, mucous membranes, histamine inhibition, immune desensitization, and cellular energy.Credit: Source Naturals
This stuff really works! In fact, it has been so effective for me, it is the ONLY supplement for allergies I regularly use!
The key to effectively managing allergies with a homeopathic supplement like this is to make sure you follow the instructions. Natural medicine is taken a bit differently than a standard medicine that is once a day.
Allercetin is taken again just 2-4 hours after the first dose and then as needed. I find it particularly helpful to take a dose (just one chewable tablet) before going outside to garden and then following it up 2 hours later, and then only as needed throughout the day. I usually only need those two doses!
I hope these two natural remedies make it possible for you and your kids to really get out there and enjoy nature instead of having to stay inside and feel miserable.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. You can read all about that here. I am, however, a mom, person, and allergy sufferer on occasion. If your allergies get too out of control, please see a dr. While these natural supplements work great for me, I’ve even had to break out the Benadryl and even a nasal spray on occasion. So no judgement, ok?
It’s gardening season, my friends! To get you started, I’ve got a great give-a-way for one lucky winner- 365 Non-GMO vegetable seeds from seedsnow.com!
Roma Tomato- 75 seeds
Basil- 120 seeds
Cilantro- 90 seeds
Yellow Bell Pepper- 30 seeds
Broccoli- 50 seeds
Year after year I find myself ordering from seedsnow.com. Here’s three main reasons why:
-All their seeds are Non-GMO and very high quality.
-The price is very modest (starting at .99) as well as low shipping (less than gas costs to drive to the garden center!)
-Customer service is the best and they always include a free bonus seed pack in every order. What’s not to love about that?
If you are wondering when to plant your seeds, I recommend using The Old Farmer’s Almanac. You can enter your zip code here and get specific planting dates. Remember, if you missed the planting date, you can always start late- it just means you will harvest later than you could have. No worries!
Dsclaimer: seedsnow.com is not in any way affiliated with this give-a-way. This is simply my way of sharing gardening and seeds with my fabulous readers! All seed counts are approximate and were tested 12/2012. With proper care and storage, seeds can be saved and used for many years to come!
I’ve been blessed with good health all winter long- until the end. Now it seems like every nasty little bug that comes around attacks me and my family. Sound familiar?
Now that I’m expecting our third child, I am even more cautious about what I am putting in and on my body. When my friend introduced me to Thieves® Oil a while back, I was blown away! This stuff was outstanding!
Sadly, my bottle was empty.
Thieves® Oil is an awesome product. I believe Young Living’s Oil to be very high quality and worth every penny. However, I did not have *enough* pennies to buy a $45 bottle plus shipping (on the high side). I did however, have all the essential oils to make my own blend, so I got to experimentin’ :) Here’s what I came up with:
This blend is based on the recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs blog which seems pretty spot on to me. But the proof would be in the blend, so to speak. Here’s what I discovered:
It smells just like my original Thieves Oil! I could not detect any difference.
It worked just as well as my original Thieves Oil! I once again experienced a strong and fast recovery!
It is a fraction of the cost. When counting pennies, this one takes the cake.
It took about 2 minutes to make, and I am very pleased with it. While I had all the oils out, I went ahead and made an extra for a friend that was also sick. Normally I would sort of hoard my Thieves Oil because it was so pricey and I wanted to make sure that every drop was put to good use! This DIY version is great because I can make tons of it for so little, and have extra oils left over for cleaning, diffusing, and other health needs.
Verdict: This one’s a Winner!!!
Since my bottle was out, I reused the original. If you decide to make your own, make sure you store it in a clean, dark colored glass.
Also, I don’t play favorites with essential oils. It is my personal opinion that there are many good oil companies out there including all the big name ones, and plenty of mom-and-pop run stores. I have a variety of oils and like it that way. Feel free to use whatever brand of oils you feel comfortable with, and remember, this is just one frugal green mom’s opinion.
Always do your own research and decide what’s right for you.
Have you ever blended your own oils? What type of outcome did you have?
Please share in the comments below!
Thieves® is a registered trademark of Young Living Essential Oils, LC.
Looking for ways to get free baby clothes? Just follow these easy 7 steps:
Start with friends and family. Let them know that you are happily accepting used clothes for your little bundle of joy.
Post on social network sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Keep it simple- ‘If anyone has used baby clothes they’d like me to take off their hands, please let me know! Thanks!!’
Don’t just limit to those with kids- spread the word to neighbors and friends without kids. They may know someone who has tons of clothes for you!
While many people register for big ticket items, small items, such as clothes, makes a much more affordable price point for those who would like to buy baby a new gift.
Keep selections modest. People will be more inclined to buy items off your registry if they aren’t extravagant (Time to cross off that $30 Organic Onesie!). Register for basics in each size, up to 12 months.
3. Check out free websites
Freecycle- Place a wanted ad, and while you are there, why not list some things you don’t need as well! Save the Earth by ‘freecycling!’
Craigslist- Regularily check the free section- items move fast here. You can create a wanted ad, however, freecycle will provide better results.
Attend or create an event! Invite all other moms to bring their baby clothes and swap them out. Choose a safe location, such as a public park.
This is the perfect opportunity to swap some of the free clothes you have been given. Remember, just because it is not your taste does not mean someone else won’t love it!
Know someone who has awesome baby clothes that you would love? Offer to exchange something they need for clothes.
Consider your talents: Do you garden, bake, or babysit? Carefully leverage your talents- your closet (and possibly wallet!) will be full in no time!
Keep tags and gift receipts (if possible) for all new items.
Take stock of what you already have in each size. Does your baby really need 20 newborn outfits?
Weed out the excess and exchange for clothes in the right season and size.
7. Contact Charities
If your situation is especially dismal, contact local charities. Do a quick web search to see what is available in your area.
Another good place to start is a local church. They may have resources within the church, or at least be able to point you in the right direction.
How is your baby’s closet looking now?! What was your favorite score, and which method worked the best for you? Please leave a comment below!
This article was previously published Sept 2013.
You or someone you know is expecting a beautiful baby- excitement is in the air, and wait…. so are all those obnoxious smells and UGH- everything that used to look good just doesn’t anymore. Hormones are raging and so is mama’s nausea and vomiting… Not exactly a great way to kick off all the fun and excitement.
For most women, the first trimester has tons of challenges. One of the foremost being morning sickness.
If you fall into this category, share this list with your family and friends via email, facebook, or twitter. If you know someone who is pregnant, most likely they are not feeling their best. Go ahead and be proactive and offer some help:
Coordinate meals for other family members
One of the hardest things to do when feeling nauseous and exhausted is to think about meal planning for other family members, or even just yourself. The smell of raw meat, onions, and other nutritious food will most likely send mom off the deep end and into the bathroom for an extended amount of time.
Set up a meal train that allows people to sign up to bring a meal on certain days. Free online services, such as Take Them a Meal, makes coordinating super easy.
Constructive Social Time
It gets lonely and depressing sitting at home sick day after day. Most expecting moms would love to get out, but may not feel up to it while sick. Why not offer to come over and visit, and while there, have mom give you a list of two or three basic chores you can do while chatting.
Offer to start a load of laundry when you first get there, and while that is washing, take care of the dishes and maybe a quick tidy and vacuum. By that time, laundry is done and can be put in the dryer and folded before leaving. It’s not too much work at all when you feel well, but when feeling miserable, it is a huge load off!
Get Down & Dirty
A light clean and tidy is great way to help for the short term, but if mama is sick into her second trimester, we are talking months of ick. Time to call in the maids or put on your cleaning clothes and DIY. Sites like Living Social and Groupon always have great deals on maid service for a great discount.
If you opt to DIY, the guaranteed worst areas are going to be the bathrooms, kitchens, and floors. Try using some natural cleaning products as to not make mom’s already sensitive system more nauseous. I personally like to use an empty spray bottle filled with about 1/2 c vinegar and a few drops of essential oils. Fill the rest with water. It’s effective and leaves a light scent from the essential oil.
Take the Other Kids Out
Mom needs peace and quiet. And a nap. Grab the other kids for a night out for Kid’s Eat Free or a play-date at the park and a picnic with a simple lunch, like sandwiches & chips. Getting some restorative time can really go a long way to refresh mom and at least ease her nausea.
If mom has lots of kids and you only have room for so many, take the older ones while the little ones are down for a nap. Or, ask mom which ones need a break the most.
Pick up Groceries & Other Household Needs
Going to the grocery store can be too much when feeling queasy and possibly vomiting. Have mom make you a list of items to pick up while you are at the grocery store. Either check out separately to keep tabs on finances, or if the list is small, make it a gift. Don’t forget common things, such as toilet paper, napkins, toothpaste, and every day products.
While you are out, ask mom If she has any errands that need to be ran. Swing by the post office to mail a package/pick up mail, drop off a payment, etc. It’s easy, and enables mom to get more rest.
Enlist Help From Others
Hey- you aren’t superwoman either :) Perhaps one of these ideas works well for you, but you can’t do them all! Spread the word to friends and family that help is needed. Email this list if you’d like. Life does not have to be miserable and suffered through when we can all reach out to help one another.
What are some of the ways you’ve helped another mom when sick? How would you have loved for someone to help you?
Please share in the comments below, and then share with your friends. Thanks!
I am very excited to announce that we are expecting our third child this September!
What was it like when you found out you were having a third? What challenges and unexpected surprises did you discover?
I look forward to sharing pregnancy updates as well as more Frugal Green Baby posts in the coming months! Please share your comments below, or visit us on facebook!
Looking for a simple & effective way to clean your cloth diapers? This DIY cloth diaper detergent recipe will get you started quickly and inexpensively.
There are three main ingredients you need: Borax, Washing Soda, and Oxygen Cleaner (aka- Oxiclean). All three can be found in the laundry aisle at any major supermarket or bought online. This will give you a good visual of what to look for:
As far as the Oxygen Cleaner goes, I much prefer a natural version, such as Biokleen’s. It is completely natural, without any nasty additives or fragrances. Some people have used baby oxiclean, or even the generic oxiclean at the dollar store, but I do not recommend it. Those versions have lots of additives and other irritants that will be right up on your baby’s most sensitive areas.
If you can not find a natural version of oxygen cleaner, you can order it all online at and get free shipping*- I usually order a couple containers at a time, and buy the other two items locally.
Once you have all your ingredients, grab the storage container you plan on keeping your cloth detergent in. I use an empty Biokleen container, but have also used mason jars or other empty containers.
Mix 1 c Borax, 1 C Washing Soda, and 1/2 C Oxygen Cleaner. Stir well.
Carefully pour into container, taking care not to breathe in the fine powder (also keep the kiddies away while mixing).
Depending on your washing machine, you will use between 1-2 T per load. I recommend following this cloth wash routine for its’ simplicity and effectiveness.
This very basic detergent recipe will keep your cloth diapers and other cloth products in great shape and clean!
Adding a few drops of Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus Oil will also enhance the effectiveness of this detergent. Likewise, adding 1-2 T of regular bleach every couple of cycles (with an extra rinse) also helps keep the stank out!
If you want to go beyond a basic recipe and try out the best DIY diaper detergent ever, try this recipe. It is the one I personally use
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