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Mommy's Bliss_SS productsCreate a peaceful, relaxing nighttime routine for your little ones with the new Sweet Slumber line of products from Mommy’s Bliss! You may have heard of Mommy’s Bliss before, as the company makes a fantastic natural colic remedy for babies. To help to soothe fussy babies even more, the Sweet Slumber line includes a 3-in-1 Baby Wash, a nightly Massage Cream and a calming bedroom Mist. All three of these new products contain essential oils that are historically associated with relaxation and sleep such as English Lavender Oil, German Chamomile Extract and Ylang Ylang Flower Oil, among other natural, soothing botanical ingredients.

Gentle enough for daily use, Sweet Slumber products are all hypoallergenic and contain no artificial fragrances, gluten, soy, alcohol, sulfates, phthalates or parabens.

Mom” loves how creamy and nourishing the Sweet Slumber Massage Cream is when massaging into baby’s skin – it leaves both Mama and wee one feeling relaxed! The Slumber Mist is so light and smells wonderful – you will want to spray it on your linens or in your bedroom, as well!

Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Baby Wash

The troubles of bath time for mommy can sometimes become a daunting task, especially if their little one is cranky or fussy. The Sweet Slumber Baby Wash combines the benefits of a body wash, shampoo and bubble bath in one convenient bottle, allowing for an easy and soothing bath time before bed. This tear free formula contains no drying agents and won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Massage Cream

A fussy baby before bedtime can be a mommy’s worst nightmare. The Sweet Slumber Massage Cream is a gentle, moisturizing cream used to relax your child while nourishing their delicate skin. This non-greasy cream absorbs quickly into your baby’s sensitive skin without irritation. 

Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber Mist

A peaceful and soothing bedroom is sometimes just what your little one needs to fall asleep smoothly. The Sweet Slumber Mist creates a calm and familiar bedroom environment that prepares your child for a relaxing and easy sleep. This gentle, calming bedroom mist is ideal for your baby’s blanky, pajamas and bed; all without containing any alcohol or artificial fragrances.

Mommy’s Bliss Sweet Slumber products can be purchased at Walgreens, Diapers.com and DrugStore.com. You can learn more about this new line at MommysBliss.com.

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top three aromatherapy scentsThe Top Three Aromatherapy Scents Used for Stress Relief

What is Aromatherapy?

Stress can make an individual ill mentally and physically. It is imperative to find healthy ways to reduce feelings of anxiety. Anxiety causes physical changes such as difficulty breathing, higher blood pressure, insomnia and others. Many individuals have never tried using aromatherapy to relieve stress symptoms. Before there were prescription medications, individuals used natural sources to relieve anxiety. Natural sources included fruits, herbs, flowers, spices and other items. Extracting essential oils from items found in nature provided fragrant essences. These fragrant essences are now used to create aromatherapy massage oils.

The Scent of Peppermint

A fantastic way to relieve stress is by visiting a spa. Day spas are located in small towns and large cities. There are also destination spas in exotic locations all over the world. At a spa, individuals can choose from a selection of fragrances that reduce anxiety. The aestheticians at spas have a variety of products that contain essential oils. While having massage treatments with warmed stones, mud wrapping techniques or other therapies clients can enjoy aromatic scents. A popular fragrance that assists in eliminating stress is peppermint. Individuals have enjoyed this aromatic essential oil for hundreds of years because of its menthol qualities. The fragrance of peppermint can assist with memory functioning, alertness and mood.

Lavender

Lavender Fragrance

The blossoms of the lavender flower offer a strong long lasting scent. Many companies use lavender fragrances in candles, soaps, lotions and aromatherapy massage oils. Individuals can find lavender scented products at many brick-and-mortar and online stores. Clients who visit a spa can have treatments to relieve stress that include lavender essences. Warm footbath treatments with additions of lavender oils can help an individual feel relaxed and contented. Individuals who have difficulties sleeping can place sachets filled with lavender petals under their pillows. The scent of lavender calms anxious feelings while acting as a natural sedative.

The Scent of Vanilla

The aromatic scent derived from vanilla beans is great for enhancing the mood while relieving stress. The essential oils of vanilla are often available for electric diffusers to provide fragrances throughout the home. At a spa, soothing lotions with vanilla essences are applied during therapeutic massages to sore backs, shoulders or necks to assist in relaxation and stress relief. Vanilla scented candles burning at home can help calm nerves after a long day at work. Individuals can purchase aromatherapy massage oils with vanilla essences to use at home on aching feet to assist with relaxation.

Here’s a festive and appreciated earth-friendly stocking stuffer idea! Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, the aromatherapeutic eco-conscious home care line, is now offering delightfully scented Holiday Candle Tins! Available in two seasonal scents, including Orange Clove and Iowa Pine, these exclusive tins cost an affordable $2.50! “Mom” is absolutely loving the Orange Clove, which fills the home with a warm and rich aroma.

 

In ddition to the tins, Mrs. Meyer’s is also offering a “Season’s Cleanings Set” in both Orange Clove & Iowa Pine. This will be a welcome gift for anyone who wants to be a little more green in the New Year!

Mom” is a long-time fan of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, which as you may know is an eco-friendly, affordable line of aromatherapeutic household cleaners, laundry care and baby products that combine hardworking, naturally occurring ingredients and essential oils that are tough on dirt, yet gentle on your home and earth.

The entire line is available in garden-fresh scents of Basil, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Geranium, Baby Blossom, Bluebell and Rosemary. We love that the products are biodegradable, packaged in recyclable bottles, don’t include ammonia, chlorine bleach, parabens or phosphates and are never tested on animals. The line can be found at both Whole Foods and Target. Learn more at www.mrsmeyers.com.

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It’s summertime, and that means sweaty clothes after playing outside, shoes that may collect lingering odors after a rain shower, and many more questionable odors. What Odor? makes it easy to eliminate smells in an instant with a blend of 41 essential oils! Not your typical toxic household odor eliminator, What Odor? is 100% biodegradable and is so gentle that it can be used on all surfaces and even on all of your furniture. The entire line of products is Non-Hazardous, Non-Flammable and Non-Corrosive, so you can use it anytime, anywhere, on anything in the home.

Mom” loves that it gets rid of that diaper pail smell that never seems to truly leave the pail, as well as making her dog’s pet bed smell nice and fresh! This non-toxic, multi-purpose odor eliminator is a must-have for any household with pets or children!

To learn more about What Odor? and their various products, or to order online, please visit WhatOdor.com.

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A truly delightful experience – every time you wash your hands! Maroma True Lavender Bath Soap contains absolutely no dyes, preservatives or artificial additives! Instead, this 100% natural luxe, silky soap contains botanical extracts, essential oils and natural minerals. “Mom” thinks the scent is just heavenly, as the soap is enriched with Mango Butter, Rosemary Leaf powder, Lavender Oil, Geranium Oil, and Bergamot Oil.

In addition to making the room smell lovely when washing your hands, the soap can be placed in a clothing drawer to make the clothes smell fresh if you wish to wait to use it as soap. That is one of “Mom’s” tricks when she receives an abundance of bar soaps on her birthday or during the holidays!

To learn more about Maroma True Lavender Bath Soap or to order online, visit CrumCreek.com.

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Take a little trip to an Italian vineyard each time you wash your hands with the new, luxe organic Honey & Lavender Olive Oil Soap by Nudo! Known for their olive oil, Nudo has created a handmade lightly-scented bar that contains skin-soothing honey, relaxing lavender and organic extra virgin olive oil that leaves skin soft and perfectly moisturized.

The new Honey & Lavender Olive Oil Soap is produced locally in Le Marche, Italy, where Nudo’s olive groves are located, and is made entirely by hand, starting with the olive farmers who prune the olive trees and press the olives. “Mom” adores the gorgeous scent, and loves that the soap is produced using only Fair Trade and organic ingredients with environmentally friendly methods, and is never tested on animals!

The Honey & Lavender Olive Oil Soap is free of synthetic dyes and chemicals, and even the packaging is recyclable! The soap comes beauitifully packaged, and would make an excellent hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or present for your favorite eco-gal!

To order Nudo’s Honey & Lavender Olive Oil Soap online, visit www.nudo-italia.com.

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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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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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