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Mama Needs Some Taking Care Of!

Let’s face it, being a Mom is hard work!  BUT being a “New Mom” is even harder!  Our Emotions are going haywire between exhaustion, elation and just plain ‘ole feeling erratic.  This blog would be way too long to tackle all of this but how about we talk about a little immediate assistance for New Mom who had a vaginal birth. 

Plan ahead and stock these in your home.  There are many resources online but my favorites include…

1.      Maxi Pads for additional bleeding and “Big” underwear.

2.      Postpartum Herbal Bath Bags for tearing of perineum (check out this link from yours truly http://theherbalcabinet.com/cart/postpartum-herbal-bath-bag ).

3.      Peri Squirt Bottle – make your own.  Use an 8 oz. bottle with a squirt top.  Now…I want you to use excellent quality essential oils.  Add 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 3 drops of Helichrysum and fill the rest with witch hazel.  Use each time you empty your bladder or have a bowel movement.  You’ll want to make a much larger bottle so that you can refill this often.

(My Soapbox:  You get what you pay for with essential oils and you are worth the best right?!?!  Use an excellent quality brand.)

4.      An Ice Pack.  Helps relieve pain around the perineum.

5.      Cold and warm compresses, combined with gentle massage, might help with breast and nipple pain.  I love recommending Myrrh essential oil topically on the breast and nipple to help with cracking and soreness, particularly right before a cold or warm compress.

6.      Comfy Clothes!

7.      Healthy snacks that include protein, healthy fats, veggies and whole fruit!  Portion out as much as you can ahead of time and store in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer to easily grab when needed.  Idea:  At your baby shower, ask for things like this to be made for you!

8.      Help with Meals…ask friends and family ahead of time to help with meals for a couple weeks.  This gives you more time to spend with your baby and helps you get your much needed rest.

9.      Clean House?  Do NOT worry about this!  It’ll get cleaned eventually.

10.   Lastly, get that essential oil diffuser going every day…day and night!  Some favorites are Myrrh with Wild Orange.  Myrrh is the “Oil of Mother Earth” and Wild Orange is very uplifting to our mood.

I’d love to hear your comments???

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Head Lice...Natural "Non-Caustic" Option

 

Lice?  Louse? What is it anyway?

This is what Wikipedia says, "The head louse is an obligate ectoparasite of humans. Head lice are wingless insects spending their entire life on the human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood".  Sounds a little Vampirish!

You get the call from the school nurse, "come pick up your child immediately, they have head lice".  Many people call their pediatrician or go directly to the nearest drug store for the harsh, chemical products.  There is another way...a natural option without the harsh chemicals.  Many have followed this Natural Protocol with great success!

Mix the following together and apply to the entire scalp by separating the pieces of hair and rubbing the oil into each section.  This will take about 30 minutes or so for longer hair.  Take your time to ensure full coverage.  Once the oil is applied, comb oil through rest of hair, cover hair with shower cap or some saran wrap and have child sit for 2 hours. 

Note:  When using Essential Oils, make sure they are Pure Essential Oils.  Email me if you are interested in these Pure Essential Oils.  Jennifer@TheHerbalCabinet.com

25 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

12 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

13 drops Geranium Essential Oil

25 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Place these oils in a 2 oz. dropper bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with a good extra virgin olive oil or fractionated coconut oil.

After sitting for 2 hours, wash the hair with shampoo but put 2 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil in the shampoo.  For a final hair rinse, mix 1 oz. apple cider vinegar, 4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 4 drops Melaleuca and 8 oz. distilled water.  Pour the hair rinse over the head and massage scalp for 1 minute.  Rinse off with room temperature water, not hot.

Then have your child sit and play games on their phone while you begin the process of "nit-picking".  You must get a good lice comb and comb through the hair pulling out the nits in small sections at a time.  They are "gummy" and stick very well to the hair.  Take your time so that you won't have so much to do when you repeat this process.

The next day, repeat this entire procedure, particularly if the child has medium to long hair.  It is suggested you repeat for 7 days to ensure the lice is gone. 

During this time, you'll need to strip their entire bedroom of any "cloth/bedding" material and wash in your washing machine using hot water, 1 cup apple cider vinegar and a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Eucalyptus and Melaleuca are also good).  Pack up all stuffed animals and pillows and put in a large garbage bag, tie tightly and store in your garage or attic for 2-3 weeks to suffocate the lice.  After this time, you can then bring them back into their bedroom.  Make up a spray bottle with 2 cups of distilled water, 20 drops of Eucalyptus and 10 drops of Melaleuca to be able to spray counter-tops, couches, chairs, etc. a couple times a day until you know the lice are gone.

This is hard work, but many have used this Natural Option with success.  Persistency pays off!

 

 

 

Herbal Help for Sore Throat

    Sore Throat?  Strep Throat? 

It is that time of year when many of us are prone to getting a cold, the flu, sore throat, body aches, fevers and the list goes on.  If only your ancestors left you with their "Book of Herbal Remedies"...hmm, what a great idea?  Grab an empty Journal book or just a plain notebook and begin with this recipe that has been used for many years to assist with sore throats and strep throat.  I use this for myself and my family when the beginnings of a sore throat won't go away with my typical "go-to's" like Echinacea Throat Spray, Elderberry Syrup or Garlic Lemonade.  Another words, this is my Plan B and I never had to find a Plan C because it has worked so well.

I mix together 2 Tablespoons of Raw Honey, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder and 3-5 cloves of minced garlic.  Take 1 teaspoon every 3 hours until better.  Yield:  This should be enough to clear up the sore throat within 48 hours...if it's almost gone but still lingering, then make up another batch and keep taking until you are well.  For children 3 to 8 years old, I suggest taking 1/4 teaspoon every 3 hours.  For children 8 to 12 years old, I suggest taking 1/2 teaspoon every 3 hours.  12 years through adult age, I suggest the full dosage of 1 teaspoon every 3 hours. 

Note:  Not suitable for children under 3 years of age or anyone with an auto-immune condition since nightshade plants like cayenne can be problematic.

I'd love to hear from you on how this may have helped you and your family?

What's all the Hype about Elderberry Syrup?

           How Powerful is this Little Berry?

 

Elderberries have been used for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia and North Africa for it's antioxidant benefits, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis.   Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice have shown to destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries.

This is one of my "go-to" syrups when anyone in my family starts to feel a cold coming on.  Often, we take 1 teaspoon and feel better in the morning.  Kids love the taste too so it's great for the entire family.

Have you used Elderberry Syrup in your family?  Tell us about it.

Benefits of Plantain

  Not the Plantain you were thinking of?

This is the herb plantain, not the fruit that you might commonly see in the grocery store.  Plantain has been used for hundreds of years by the American Indians and many before them.  It has been shown to have a therapeutic action in cases of poisonous bites and stings, skin inflammation, eczema, minor wounds, cuts, scratches, burns, poison ivy and bruises.  It is also known to be one of the best herbs for blood poisoning; reducing the swelling and assistance in healing a limb where dangerous poisons may have made amputation imminent.  I was recently up in Pennsylvania and New York and this grows so wildly that it is annoying for many who desire "the perfect lawn".  If you are fortunate to have it growing wild, you can just crush up some leaves and put it on the effected area as a poultice to heal.  I make an Herbal Healing Salve that has Plantain in it and it is such a hit in our home that we have 3 open jars at all times; in the bathroom, in the kitchen and my daughter has one in her room. 

Does anyone have stories of using Plantain for their family?  Please share in the comments section.