Light and silky, with a clean, refreshing scent, Caldrea’s new Palmarosa Wild Mint Hand Lotion works wonders on hard-working hands! This rejuvenating lotion is enriched with Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Glycerin to soothe and soften hands after washing dishes, scrubbing floors, and tending the garden. “Mom” likes to keep this lotion on her nightstand as it provides moisturization for her hands at night in the summer, while the mint subtly works to keep the sinuses clear. Plus, mint is a natural stress-reliever!

Caldrea’s newest lotion contains an unique blend of essential oils that keeps hands fresh, fragrant and most importantly, soft! Never heard of Palmarosa? It comes from a grass that grows in India that has a light, floral scent, is used to help calm and heal and pairs very well with wild mint.

The newest fragrance in Caldrea’s all-natural line of home care products, Palmarosa Wild Mint is free of parabens, formaldehyde, phosphates, chlorine, or ammonia. To learn more about the entire line, please visit Caldrea.com.

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Both modern and stylish for the home, the Caldrea Essential Collection Kitchen Fragrance Diffuser blends right in with your kitchen and makes the whole room smell fresh without an overpowering fragrance! “Mom” is loving their Hibiscus Yuzu scent, which offers light notes of mandarin and lime, all tucked into a ceramic vessel that boasts a mandarin orange colored stem!

Caldrea has designed a lovely new diffuser that provides an unexpected pop of color to any decor due to the colored stems, and uses natural essential oils to provide a fresh, fragrant ambiance, safely and with style. Available in four unique scents, including new Green Tea Verbena, Hibiscus Yuzu, Herbs of Provence, and Citron Ginger – your kitchen has never smelled this fragrant and refreshing!

Caldrea Essential Collection Kitchen Fragrance Diffusers are available in the following:

New Green Tea Verbena – Natural Essential Oils of Lemon and Basil

Energizing verbena, with zesty lemon, blend seamlessly with green basil and delicate hyacinth bells. This rousing mix is grounded with complex green tea for a healthy blend.

Hibiscus Yuzu – Natural Essential Oils of Mandarin and Lime

This soft, playful and spirited scent is a compelling citrus blend, wrapped in the sweet exotic fruits and the warmth of perennial favorites rose, jasmine water and ginger. Take a deep breath, fill your mind with freshness.

Herbs of Provence – Natural Essential Oils of Rosemary, Thyme and Sage

Refresh your senses with the sunny, savory fragrance of a kitchen garden in Provence. Complimentary notes of lavender, lily of the valley and mint evoke the easy charm of the south of France.

Citron Ginger – Natural Essential Oils of Grapefruit, Ginger and Basil

Brighten your day with the spicy tang of ginger and a lively twist of citrus. Green notes of basil impart freshness and a touch of cool to set this fragrance apart from the ordinary.

The Caldrea Essential Collection Kitchen Fragrance Diffusers can be found at select Target locations. Visit Target.com to locate a store near you.

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Three New All-Natural First Aid Items for Babies & Children

Boo Boos Happen First Aid Kit

Yes – because those boo boos DO happen! The Boo Boos Happen First Aid Kit is a must-have for every family and is perfect for tucking underneath a kitchen sink, in a diaper bag, or in the car when you are on-the-go! This zippered recyclable bag includes a 1.5 tube of Topricin Junior and 20 standard size ‘Ouchies’ self adhesive bandages in five bold colors (pastel purple, blue, yellow, green, pink) that kids can decorate themselves with three markers (dark blue, red and purple), which are also included. The pain will be long forgotten as they color and create their own unique bandage!

Topricin Junior is a pediatrician-recommended medicated cream specially formulated for children that targets pain as it rapidly goes to work helping the body to heal the damage that’s causing the pain. It works naturally – utilizing Echinacea, Arnica, and graphites as the key ingredients instead of harsh chemicals.

The Boo Boo Happens First Aid Kit retails for $19.99 and can be purchased at Topricin’s online store at www.topricin.com. Enter in promo code BOO25 to receive 25% off your order.

Omyst®

This soothing & healing 100% organic herbal first aid spray is a dream come true! Simply spray on the infected area – no need to mess with sticky, gooey creams and gels when you need relief! Rashes, insect bites, and pesky paper cuts, beware! Omyst® is made with organic calendula, yarrow, plantain and wild roses, and was created by a registered nurse and healer. It is safe for all ages, even infants and the elderly! You can order this organic herbal first aid spray online at www.omyst.com.

Dr. Sears Family Essentials Diaper Rash Cream

Treat baby’s diaper rash tenderly and with care using Dr. Sears Family Essentials Diaper Rash Cream! Using all-natural ingredients such as Calendula, Cocoa Seed Butter, Sweet Neroli Orange Peel Oil, and Tocopherol, you can help to soothe and relieve the discomfort your little one feels when experiencing a diaper rash! Learn more at www.drsearsfamilyessentials.com.

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5 Aromatherapeutic Essential Oils of Value to the Human Body

By Sydney Johnston of BlissPlan.com

Aromatherapy uses the essence of plants, called essential oils, to treat physical, emotional and even mental stresses in humans and sometimes animals. Some people scoff at the use of aromatherapy, claiming there is no “scientific evidence” of its value. However, the famous De Materia Medica, written by a physician from ancient Greece in the first century AD, and used throughout the Roman empire, emphasizes the value of aromatherapy. A therapy that has lasted for at least two thousand years surely would have been abandoned centuries ago if it had no value to humans.

There isn’t anything mysterious about the “how” of aromatherapy. These essences stimulate nerves inside the nose which connect to areas within the brain. This is common practice in any hospital when an anesthesiologist covers the nose of a patient to create unconsciousness and substances from chloroform to horrifying chemical gas weapons using the respiratory system to influence the human body.

Aromatherapy isn’t meant to treat serious medical conditions but can be perfect for minor ones or when used alongside more traditional treatments. And here are three powerful essential oils you might consider.

1. Pine or Eucalyptus

Have you ever wandered through a pine forest, especially one at a higher elevation? It can be almost intoxicating! That’s because pine stimulates the nervous system and is a great pick-me-up. Instead of drinking coffee and eating sugary pastry when drowsy and muddle headed, try inhaling pine. Eucalyptus has much the same effect but most people have strong opinions about this particular scent – they love it or hate it. Pine is enjoyed by almost everyone.

2. Lemongrass and/or Sage

If you’re not drowsy but instead have the opposite problem of being too stimulated, sage and delicious lemongrass can help. Lots of us feel a headache coming when we’re too pressured and either one of these oils might ward off pain in your head, or even improve it if you already have a headache.

3. Blue Tansy

Blue tansy is an essential oil that is unfamiliar to most of us, but this sweet-smelling, deep blue colored oil is a boon to asthmatics and allergy sufferers. It’s anti-inflammatory and is a natural antihistamine which eases breathing and dilates the bronchial tubes.

It also relieves pain because it relaxes the nervous system to create a sense of calm and relieve stress and tension.

Be warned, though: it is quite powerful and needs to be diluted within a sweet oil like grapeseed or jojoba, plus it will stain clothing because its color is so strong, so use with care.

These three quick uses are just the tiniest fraction of the wide range of aromatherapy remedies easily available to us all. It’s important to know that synthetic fragrances absolutely will not provide the benefits of true plant essences so don’t be fooled into believing claims that you should use lab-created oils for anything but a pleasant smell. Genuine plant essences, on the other hand, are blessing to mankind and have a multitude of uses.

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Warm, aromatherapeutic comfort for stressed mamas – the new Bed Buddy® Herbal Naturals™ Neck & Hand Wrap offers moist heat to ease aches & pains and the lovely scent of chamomile & lavender known for their relaxing properties. Ultra-soft, this plush wrap will help ease tension after a long day at work, running after the kiddos, or a strenuous workout! (or perhaps all three for today’s modern mom!)

This new wrap features luxe pockets to keep hands toasty warm, and it wraps around your shoulders like a giant hug! The Herbal Naturals™ Neck & Hand Wrap contains only 100% all-natural ingredients; warms quickly in a microwave; is fully reusable with a machine washable cover; and remains heated for up to an hour.

Perfect as a Mother’s Day gift, a pampering gift for the mom-to-be, a birthday present, or just because – The Neck and Hand Wrap ($25.99) is currently available online and at select pharmaceutical retailers across the country. To order, or to locate a retailer near you, visit www.carex.com.

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Yes – this little spray does it all! From lightly scenting your linens and sheets and freshening up the room to soothing sunburns and itchy bug bites, the Body, Room & Linen Lavender Spray from Keys Creek Lavender Farm is a household dream come true!

Lavender is used typically as a natural sleep aid, due to its’ calming properties, but it has a multitude of uses that make this essential oil a must-have in any home. Keys Creek Lavender Farm has developed a lovely spray made from Certified USDA Organic lavender essential oil and pure lavender hydrosol. It can be kept in the home, office, or car – anywhere you may need to experience the soothing attributes of lavender.

Mom’s” favorite use? Two or three sprays on the pillow before bedtime – creating a peaceful state of bliss as slumber beckons!

To learn more about the wonderful uses of lavender, or to order the Body, Room & Linen Lavender Spray, please visit www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com.

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Gentle on baby’s delicate skin, and lightly scented with Lavender essential oil, this Lavender Baby Gel from Keys Creek Lavender Farm provides a calming bath experience for little ones! Paraben-free, the Lavender Baby Gel contains Organic Aloe Vera, Roman Chamomile essential oil, German Chamomile essential oil, and the Keys Creek Lavender Farm’s own Lavender essential oil. pH-balanced and extremely mild on tender skin – this is a wonderful choice for a cleansing and soothing bath gel!

To use, prepare baby’s bathwater, and pump a very small amount onto the washcloth or into your palm, work into a lather, and cleanse. Light and lovely, the scent of Lavender will fill the room!

To learn more about Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center, CA, or to order one of their many lavender-inspired products, please visit www.keyscreeklavenderfarm.com.

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Aromatherapy for Babies and Children

Babies and children have an especially acute sense of smell, which means using aromatherapy safely takes a little more consideration when small noses are involved. In most cases, babies, toddlers and older children benefit most from the use of essential oils during difficult periods of growth, and when they’re experiencing an illness or physical complaint. Many essential oils have potent antibacterial and antiviral properties that make them ideal for treating childhood ailments, while others soothe and calm restless minds and bodies.

Using Essential Oils Safely

When using essential oils on babies and children, always dilute them in a carrier oil, such as, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, extra virgin olive oil or apricot kernel oil. For the best results, combine 1 to 2 drops of pure essential oil with 1 tsp. carrier oil. After the age of 14, children may be treated with essential oils using the same guidelines and dosages recommended for adults. Never use aromatherapy to treat infants under the age of two months. Always consult your pediatrician or family physician before using any alternative treatment on children, especially if they currently take medications or have a serious medical condition.

Always keep essential oils out reach of children. If an essential oil is ever ingested, immediately give the child an oil-soluble liquid such as half-and-half or whole milk, then call your local poison control center or get to the emergency room as quickly as possible. A few drops of essential oil may not be life-threatening, depending on the oil and size of the child, but it’s always best to take these precautions for the child’s safety.

Methods of Use

Aromatherapy baths and massage are ideal for treating babies and children. Massage is a wonderful way for parents to bond with their babies, while toddlers and older children may prefer an aromatherapy bath instead. Both treatments help induce sleep and calm the child, especially after a traumatic event. However, you should avoid using essential oils for two weeks before and after a vaccination to prevent any potential side effects, such as irritation or swelling.

Baby Massage – To perform an aromatherapy massage on your baby, combine 1 drop essential oil with 1 tsp. carrier oil, then gently massage the mixture into the legs, arms, hands, feet, back and chest. Most babies enjoy massage, but if the child shows signs of discomfort, stop immediately. You will most likely not use the entire massage oil mixture, so keep the leftovers in a dark glass bottle until the next massage. You can use this treatment up to once a day, and it is especially helpful when the baby has pain from colic, teething, fever or the flu. Remember, however, aromatherapy should not take the place of medical care. Always consult your doctor if something is wrong and use essential oils only as a supplemental treatment.

Aromatherapy Bath for Toddlers and Older Children – Once your child becomes too old for massage, an aromatherapy bath can help ease what ails him, from tummy aches and colds to stress and insomnia. Simply dilute 1 to 2 drops essential oil in 1 tsp. carrier oil and add the mixture to a bathtub filled with warm water. Allow the child to remain in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Never use more than 2 drops of essential oil at a time, as children have a tendency to put their fingers in their mouth or near their eyes in the bathtub, and this can cause irritation.

Essential Oils for Babies and Children

Not all essential oils are suitable for babies and children. Some of the more gentle oils, however, can be used safely in most applications. Following are some of the best essential oils for small bodies. However, always let your child’s nose be the ultimate guide. If the child has an aversion to a particular essential oil, don’t force it on him. Instead, let him choose the oils he likes best and finds most soothing.

For babies, toddlers and older children:

Roman chamomile

Neroli (Orange Blossom)

Lavender

Mandarin

Rose

For toddlers and older children only:

Frankincense

Tea Tree

Orange

Rosemary

Ylang Ylang

Myrtle

Treating Specific Ailments

In addition to the general massage and bath treatments, you can also use essential oils in various ways to treat certain childhood ailments. Following are some suggestions on safe ways to use specific oils for treating specific problems.

To help induce sleep, place a single drop of lavender essential oil on the child’s sheets or pajamas, or use the oil in a bath or massage.

To treat an upset stomach or colic, gently massage diluted mandarin oil (1 drop in 1 tsp. carrier oil) into the child’s abdomen.

To treat restlessness or agitation, use neroli or Roman chamomile essential oil as directed above in a bath for toddlers and older children or massage for baby.

Place 1 to 2 drops tea tree oil in an aroma lamp or humidifier in the child’s bedroom overnight when they’re suffering from a cold or respiratory infection.

About the Author

Caryn Windfield is an aromatherapist, herbalist and founder of The Modern Herbal, a natural medicine and alternative health blog focusing on the use of herbs, essential oils and home remedies.

For a hint of the season, Soapwalla Chef Rachel Winard has shared her recipe for a spicy linen spray that features lavender, bergamot and cedar essential oils. Spritz lightly on linens or just into the air for a quick pick-me-up!

Spicy Linen Spray

Ingredients

2 oz shot vodka

10 drops each lavender & bergamot essential oils

4 drops cedar essential oil

2 cups distilled water (not tap or purified)

Instructions

Measure out shot of vodka for the linen spray.

Pour into opaque glass or plastic spray bottles, along with other ingredients. Mix thoroughly, let sit overnight to allow the flavors to meld, then start spraying!

(Please avoid children, animals, and eyes.)

For more information on Soapwalla Kitchen, visit the website.

For a lovely handmade gift this season, or just to lift your own spirits, Soapwalla Chef Rachel Winard has shared her recipe for an Uplifting Eau de Toilette spray that requires only 5 ingredients!

Make Your Own Uplifting Eau de Toilette (Room Spray)

Ingredients

2 cups distilled water (not tap or purified)

½ cup vodka

10 drops each lavender & lime essential oils

5 drops cedarwood essential oil

Preparation

Mix all ingredients thoroughly in opaque 4 oz. glass or plastic spray bottles. Let sit for 1 week, to allow the ingredients to meld. Shake before each use.

Can be used as room refresher, on bed linens, and in bathrooms and kitchens. Do not spray on food, pets, or children.

For more information on Soapwalla Kitchen, visit the website.