Essential Oils For Kids

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“What essential oils are safe for different ages?”

Here is a brief chart for informational purposes only. I am not a physician, I am a mom with years of experience using and preparing essential oils for babies, toddlers, children, and adults. Note that essential oils should never be applied to a baby’s skin unless heavily diluted with water or oil or in a pre-mixed product.

Essential Oils for Babies 24 Hours & Up

Chamomile Roman
Chamomile German
Lavender
Yarrow
Dill

Essential Oils for Babies 2 Months & Up

All of the above, plus:
Mandarin
Eucalyptus
Coriander
Neroli

……6 MONTHS, 1 YEAR, 5 YEARS, & TEENAGERS…click here to read…

Why Plastics are Dangerous: Understanding BPA

What is it?

Bisphenol A is a hormone disruptor. Hormone disruptors interfere with the normal functioning of the hormone system of people & wildlife to produce a wide range of adverse effects. These effects include problems with reproductive systems, developmental, & disabilities related to healthy behaviors.

Why is it harmful exactly?

Even low doses of BPA have been linked in studies to have very negative effects on our systems…

In men: increasing prostate weight, making prostate cells more sensitive to hormones & cancer, lowering testosterone, causing hyperactivity & permanent changes in the genital tract.

In women: making breast cells predisposed to cancer, reducing fertility, &
In pregnant women: studies have shown increased risks of cancers and developmental disruptions to the fetus, BPA may also contribute to behavioral problems such as hyperactivity in the unborn child.

Infants, children near puberty are the most at risk to develop harmful effects from BPA. Fetuses are especially sensitive to BPA as they have the most immature detoxification system.

How do get BPA in our system?

BPA is in most polycarbonate plastic food & beverage containers, plastic food wrap, & epoxy resins used to line metal cans for food (including formula).

Recently, the U.S. court has ruled NOT to make BPA illegal, however many companies have responded by choosing to remove BPA from their packaging. Read labels & recycling codes & show consumer support by choosing products that do not contain BPA.Most plastics with the recycling code #7 contain BPA. The simpliest way many people get it in their bodies is from drinking water from a plastic disposable water bottle.

Additionally, most food is packaged in plastic, but it is the liquid that poses the most problems (and especially frozen liquids & even solids).

I was once told in a retail store, when inquiring about BPA free plastics, that BPA only leaches out of plastic when it is heated in the microwave. I also found articles online relating this. This is NOT true. Chemicals such as BPA leach more in the microwave, but they do still significantly leach into drinks or food when at room-temperature, refrigerated, or frozen, especially when we re-use plastic which breaks it down further.

Simple Avoidance in our Diets

We should all make steps to avoid BPA in our diets to protect ourselves, but because of the high risk groups, pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants, & children should be especially mindful to avoid it. If using plastic, do not put it in the microwave as it will break it down & leach the BPA or other chemicals into the food sooner. Avoid drinking soda or juice from cans. Avoid eating vegetables, fruits, & soups from cans. Instead, eat food that is packaged in glass jars, frozen, or fresh. Use a refillable stainless steel water bottle. All of these avoidance steps will not only protect your health but will help you save money.

The Insecure New Parent

I’d say I’m a realist some days, some days insecure, & others I’m an idealistic romantic ready to take on the world (I think it depends on the moon, haha). But in all seriousness, parenting is a worrisome endeavor. As a parent you are responsible for an entire life, from the very start. I have to say that is a lot of pressure, especially when you do it on your own as a single parent. Therefore I became an educated mother… a little out of fear of ‘not doing it right,’ but mostly empowered by the immense love I have for my daughter & my desire to do the best I can for her.

So I say there is no shame in being insecure in your parenting, for me it meant that I care enough to bypass arrogance & ego & admit that there was so much I didn’t know & so sought the information. For all those moms & dads out there who can identify with feeling this way, or for those curious about healthy parenting & healthy living– as of today I am starting a thread, under the Category “Healthy Parenting” with topical sub-categories.

The first few posts will be on plastics: simple comprehensive facts on how to read those codes (which signify not only their recycling classification but what chemicals constitute them, & which leach into your food & are known carcinogens). I will also talk about how to take a realistic approach to  healthy living: of how to have some plastic in our lives while minimizing our exposure to toxins.

I hope you all find these posts helpful. I’d love to hear your comments & about any topics you’re particularly concerned or passionate about.