Must Have Baby Recipes

Today I am sharing some of my favorite DIY baby and small children recipes using your Young Living essential oils! One of the main reasons I got into essential oils was the option to make my own products and cut out all the unnecessary crap I find in over-the-counter, commercial products. Not only do I hate using bad products on myself, I LOATHE using them on my child…my motherly instinct just wants the best for him.

Making your own products doesn’t have to be difficult! If you have a kitchen mixer and coconut oil, you can make anything with it!! Well, not anything… but for the most part, many of my go-to recipes (for adults & kids) are coconut oil based that I mix using my kitchen mixer. Others are simple enough to just mix by hand or by shaking the ingredients together. Super easy, and super fast. That’s my motto for these easy DIYs.

 

Diaper Rash Recipe:

Anyone with a baby knows at some point they are most likely to get a bad diaper rash. Whether it was because of something they ate or the flu, it happens and you want to be prepared. This recipe is a quick one but boy, does it work!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 4 drops Gentle Baby
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 drop Melrose

First I take the coconut oil and whip it until it’s fluffy and soft using my kitchen mixer. Then I slowly add in the essential oils, mix and store in a glass container with a lid. It’s great for bum rashes and even heat rashes. It’s very soothing on the skin.

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Baby Powder Recipe:

Everyone has those extra sweaty days, especially if you or you’re child is a heat box, so I love this safe and non-toxic substitute for commercial baby powder.Plus you get to cut out a ton of ingredients  you don’t need and it’s super affordable.

Ingredient ratio:

Combine ratio to your desire. Sift together and store in a container with a shaker lid (like this one here)

Depending on how big your powder shaker, use this ratio for lovely smelling, sweat absorbing powder. Typically I make 4 tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder to 10 drops of Lavender (or Gentle Baby). On hot summer days, this mom even puts it between her legs to prevent leg chaffing, I am not a dress person so when I do wear them, this is a must!

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Bubble Bath Recipe:

No better way to end a busy day by taking a warm bath with homemade bubble bath. Because this recipe is sulfate free, it doesn’t bubble up as much as commercial baby products but thankfully, it is extremely moisturizing and won’t dry out your baby’s precious skin.

Ingredients:

Combine glycerin, Castile soap & water, swirl gently. Add coconut oil & essential oils of your choice. Mix. Store in container with tight-fitting lid. I often clean and re-use old bottles.

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Baby Shampoo Recipe:

One can’t take a bath without washing that messy hair!

Ingredients:

In a 16 oz bottle, combine castle soap, vegetable glycerin, fractionated carrier oil and essential oils of your choice. Top with water and shake vigorously. Use as needed during bath time.

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Baby Wipe Recipe:

If you love to make your own products, this is a fun one to make for your baby. Some baby’s are more sensitive than others so if you’re struggling keeping your baby’s bum rash free, this might be one to try.

Ingredients:

Combine warm water, soap and coconut oil and set aside to cool. Cut paper towel in half to make two rolls (like toilet paper) using a sharp knife and discard cardboard insert. Save other half of the roll to make as a refill. Add essential oils to the water mixture and stir. Lavender is great for healthy skin support and Tea Tree is great to keep it from molding. Shove towels into a glass jar or container and pour mixture over the towels. Let the towels absorb the mixture for at least 15 minutes before using.

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Diffuser Recipes:

One of the best and easiest ways for small children to get the benefits of essential oils is to diffuse different recipes throughout your home! I have a diffuser in my kitchen, where I diffuse Thieves essential oil every day to support our immune systems. I also diffuse in our bedrooms at night to support a healthy sleep schedule. In my son’s room, I usually diffuse 2-4 drops of Lavender and 1 drop Thieves every night.

Here are some other great kid recipes!

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Roller Ball Recipes:

If your child isn’t close to a diffuser, another way to get the benefits of essential oils is to make roller blends by diluting essential oils and applying them directly to your baby or children’s feet. For small and new baby’s, the feet is the first place you should be using essential oils because our feet are less sensitive than any other place on our body. Just remember baby recipes need to be diluted more than bigger kids, so for new babies, I would cut these ratios in half or add more carrier oil. When my son was 0-3 month, I would only use 1-2 drops of Lavender oil to a ¼ cup of coconut oil to rub on his feet before bedtime, and have slowly increased it, as he has gotten older. A few drops of Thieves and coconut oil is also great for supporting little one’s immune systems, especially when/if they start daycare.

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Fun Treats:

NingXia Red is a tasty YL drink that is full of antioxidants.

1 oz is equal to eating:

  • 93 Apples
  • 59 Broccoli Florets
  • 100 Oranges
  • 10.85 lbs of Spinach
  • 34 large Onions
  • 55.33 lbs of Almonds
  • 22 medium Carrots
  • 814 Blueberries
  • 73 medium Strawberries

Awesome, right? I give this juice most of the credit on why my 2 year old has never had the flu and has only had two runny nose’s in his life. He loves his daily serving of “juice.”

These fun recipes with NingXia Red are healthy but nummy treats that can overall help support your child’s growing body.

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Non-toxic Activities:

Kids put EVERYTHING in their month, and it drives me nuts! So here is a safe play dough recipe that uses essential oils. For older children, diffuser necklaces are great to wear to school to support concentration by using essential oils that promote focus.

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I hope you all enjoy some of my favorite kid recipes! Happy DIY-ing!

-Jenna

Smelling Freely

“The faculty or power of perceiving odors or scents by means of the organs in the nose,” is one of the many definitions of the word smell. Can you imagine life without being able to smell fresh flowers, your favorite meal, the ocean or even the smell of rain? So then why are we so mean to our sense of smell?

Last week I walked into a store and was immediately taken back on how strong smelling the store was. It smelt like it was filled with one million different types of candles and this was not a candle store. It gave me an instant headache! It was so strong and overpowering that I instantly thought, “what chemicals am I inhaling?” I know we have all been there. Whether it was a candle, perfume, bleach or cleaning supply smell, we all have been taken back from a smell at sometime in our lives.

Before I started using essential oils, I burned candles in my house almost daily, had chemical filled “plug ins” in every room, and sprayed on my perfume like I was a goddess going out on the town. Because I enjoyed these smells, I almost thought they were good for me. Did you know that synthetic air fresheners & candles are known to cause cancer or cause reproductive harm? They contain nasty hormone disrupting phthalates that can do some serious damage to our bodies and especially to young, developing children. All because we buy them because we think they smell good. Most people don’t put odor in a healthy or non-health category but there is definitely a non-healthy category. Did anyone else see the news clip last month of the new mother on maternity leave and her obsession with candles? After a week of burning candles, she started to notice that when she blew her nose, everything coming out was black. After doing some investigation, she realized that the inside of her baby’s nose was black too. She later figured out that it was from the candle’s soot. All I kept thinking about was how many toxins and chemicals this new mom and baby filled their bodies with and I felt horrible for them. I get it, I use to be guilty of doing things like this too but I just got to a point in my life that enough was enough. I don’t want to be a story in the news. I don’t want to die of cancer at a young age. I don’t want my child to develop allergies from breathing in chemicals every day. I want our home to be healthy place and mostly, I want our family to be healthy. I know I can’t control the outside world or air pollution for that matter but what I do know is that I can control my home.

Cancer is lurking everywhere these days and at some point we all might run into it head on but the main questions is, do you want to do everything is your power to protect yourself inside your home? After I did my research, the first thing I did was to detoxify my home of any synthetic smell. Candles, wax cubes & burners, wall plug-ins, all of it is gone or thrown away. I also got rid of my harsh chemical cleaning products and switch to a great alternative Thieves Household cleaner (plus in time it’s cheaper than any nasty chemical filled bottle you buy at the store and it lasts forever!!). I dried my clothes with drier balls (scented with essential oils of course) instead of drier sheets. I stopped wearing perfume and used my favorite essential oil of the week or mixed my own pure scent. You wouldn’t believe how freeing it is and how much better I can smell now. I started to be able to smell the difference between synthetic smells and real smells and it was amazing. Did anyone else have this effect? I smell everything!!! I challenge you to detoxify your home, you’ll be so glad you did. I know sometimes it can seem overwhelming, but start small. Make one change a week if you need too (It can be as simple as switching to a natural deodorant or even throwing your drier sheets away).

If you have any questions on my home detox journey, please comment below and I will answer your questions!

 

Here’s a fresh scent diffuser recipe for you to enjoy!

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Spring Discomforts

Easter weekend was filled with a lot of fun in the Totten household. Friday night we had way too much fun! Anyone else seem to get into trouble with their husbands? Aaron and I ended up staying up until 6am talking and indulging in too many adult beverages!!! SIX A.M! I don’t remember the last time I stayed up until the sun started to come up but it was much needed bonding time with my husband. Saturday we spent the evening with my dad’s side of the family & Sunday we had a lunch date with my parents & siblings.

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Holidays keep getting better and better now that we have a little one. He loved playing with those colorful plastic eggs!

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With spring approaching, we have had some strange weather here in Minnesota. About a month ago we had really warm week, followed by two weeks of cold and snow and today the sun is finally shining again. Talk about spring fever! Since the weather has been funky, my seasonal allergies have been flaring up. One nice day and I’m sneezing and itching my watery eyes out and then it will freeze over night and I am better again. It’s so inconsistent. Today is a bad day so now with April approaching fast, I am going to start taking precautionary steps to ease my seasonal discomforts.

The first thing I did this morning was start diffusing because I am pretty sure little Jase also suffers from the seasonal itchy, runny and sneezes. I added three drops of each Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint oil to my diffuser and am letting it run all day.

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Next I pulled out my vegetable cables and made myself a little LLP Bomb! I am going to start taking these daily until summer. If I need a little extra bang, I add Copaiba.

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Tip for easy use: Since you can use these oils topically, you can also make a relief roller with these oils. Add 20 drops of each oil to a roller bottle (Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint & Copaiba) and top off with carrier oil. I prefer YL’s V6 oil because it’s non-scented. You can then roll this mixture on the bottle of your feet and the back of your neck for relief.

Happy Monday!

Thanks for reading,

Jenna

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