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Essentials for essential oils

Everything needed for essential oils. When I began experimenting with essential oils, I read a lot on the vast uses and things you can do with essential oils. I read about what you can make with them and the different methods of application or the different ways you can deliver and use essential oils. Essentials for essential oils.

Everything essential oils

I realized that I will not be able to use essential oils on their own. Most other than neat essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil and equipment is needed for this. Essential oils can also be added to a lot of DIY natural living strategies.

I have researched a ton and come up with this list of essentials for essential oils. This is everything that you need when using essential oils. This includes as a business for example in soap making or as a hobby and for personal use. I hope this list is comprehensive enough to get you started.

Essentials for essential oils when using them aromatically and topically:

Diffusers: You may use candle diffusers, water diffusers, glass diffusers and or nebulizing diffusers. According to your preferences but nebulizers are the best because no water or heat is used. Therefore, you are using essential oils in their purest form.

Dark glass bottles in various sizes 10ml, 30ml 60ml.

Measuring cups, spoons, Popsicle sticks and jugs.

Airtight containers for storing salts, bath bombs, powdered washing powder.

Pump bottles ideal for lotions, conditioners, fabric softeners and shampoo.

Roller bottles for roll ons, roller blends and perfumes.

Spray bottles for air freshners and cleaning.

Glass jars for scrubs, balms and salves.

Orifice reducers in various sizes to stop the overflow of the essential oils, these measure the amount of drops.

Candle and diffuser making equipment:sa-candle-supply/

Essentials for essential oils

Waterproof labels to write down the name of the blend, date made and essential oils included.

Pens and markers.

Pipettes, thermometers.

Inhaler tubs: for making easy essential oil inhalers. http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/boost-respiratory-system/

Soap molds for use in DIY soap making and other soap making materials depending on your wants.

Brown sugar for making sugar scrubs.

Spritzer.

Honey

Salts, Butters and waxes

Witch hazel or vodka or rubbing alcohol.

Hydrogen peroxide

White vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Aloe Vera gel

Distilled water

Various carrier oils according to their characteristic properties and your preferences.

Castile soap, sal suds or any unscented soap

Paper towels for use when making DIY cleaning wipes.

Unscented lotion

Cornflour, arrowroot powder, Diatomaceous earth

Glycerine

Bicarbonate of soda and or borax

Microfiber cloths

Vitamin E oil

Double boiler for warming substances such as beeswax.

Hydrosols are also a great thing to have.

Other essentials for essential oils include:

Other equipment to assist you when cleaning with essential oils. http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/top-essential-oils-for-green-cleaning/

Your sense of smell and creativity: You need your sense of smell to notice if your essential oils are not good for use.

Patience

Never give up, essential oils are delicate, they may seem overwhelming. Start slowly with a few oils, get to know them well and grow your base with other oils. And if one blend is a total flop, try another and try again.

Space in your fridge: To increase the shelf life of carrier oils and essential oils, they need to be stored in a cool dark place. A fridge is the most ideal.

Creative how to guides: if you are exploring essential oils you will need creative how to guides and blends, while you experiment with your own.

Specific conditions in your household such as health conditions, ages, allergies, likes, dislikes, pregnancy, pets and children. Remember some essential oils and carrier oils cannot be used on such with conditions as these mentioned.

Therapeutic properties, safety and prerequisites of each essential oil is a must know.

Experience is the best teacher. In order to understand essential oils, you should be able to have used them to give the best advice.

Have fun, essential oils are meant to make your life easier, so don’t strain yourself. Educate yourself as much as you can on essential oils and carrier oils.

Essentials

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your doctor.

In conclusion: everything needed when using essential oils. Essentials for essential oils for various methods or application. Read all about Lavender Essential oil, Tea tree and Lemon Essential oils, and Essential oils 101.

Good read: https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/methods-of-application/

Cheers MrsChettyLife, happy oiling ?.

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Education.com

My son

Education.com: I love educational things for my son. I have been looking for ways to begin teaching him even though he will not be home schooled. 

I feel I should set the path for him now so that things will be easier for him later on. We color together and I only let him watch educational cartoons.

He is curious and loves to play phone games with his daddy.

I stumbled upon Education.com. They provide educational resources including guided lessons, printable worksheets from the learning library, and teaching tools for parents and teachers.

Education.com is great and resourceful to that stay at home mom, the parents who choose to home school, parents who would love to be more involved in their child’s school life and teachers looking to enhance their school work.

Education.com

has an entire themed and fun library for you to choose from filled with learning resources of comprehensive Math Skills and Reading & Writing Skills lists developed by expert educators.

Other things they provide are song videos, online games, guided lessons, activities, stories, lesson plans, exercises, science projects and more for different age groups.

Education.com

Subjects include Fine arts, Foreign languages, Math, Reading and writing, Science and Social studies.

Some worksheet types to choose from are:
• Maze
• Word search
• Word search with images
• Crossword puzzle
• Word scramble
• Addition
• Subtraction
• Division
• Multiplication
• Spelling Test
• Matching words to images
• Word Tracer

The themes to choose from include their seasonal themes such as autumn leaves, Halloween, school days, cute crawlies, dinosaurs, outer space, and much more.

I was sent this wonderful Outer Space Themed Addition worksheet.

Education.com

Learning is out of this world in this space themed addition worksheet! For more math activities, visit Education.com.

You may also download the app from the Apple store and Google play for more educational resources.

They are on social media as @education_com on Pinterest and Twitter.

I sure hope you enjoy Education.com as much as I and my son did. More from MrsChettyLife:
http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/how-to-calm-a-fussy-baby

http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/momhacksseries

Cheers, happy mothering, MrsChettyLife.

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How to calm a fussy baby

When a baby is crying and fussy. It’s their language and way of reaching out to you that something is amiss. Until you attend to that need they will not be ok. Many times my son has had a restless sleep simply because he is hungry. Another time he was fussy for like an hour simply because his shoes were too tight. How to calm a fussy baby.

How to calm a fussy baby

Why is baby fussy?

  • hunger or thirsty (I bet you are not the happiest person when hungry too)
  • fatigue (tired muscles)
  • growth sprout
  • overwhelmed
  • Needs attention
  • uncomfortable (clothes too tight, something is poking them, cold, too hot, itchy, diaper full)
  • scared
  • because they are human
  • needs a break or breather
  • doesn’t like a person
  • teething
  • Sick or unwell
  • Missing someone
  • Change in routine
  • Bored
  • Unfamiliar environment

Read for these cues and meet them to avoid the tears:

  • Rubbing face. Holding ears may mean baby is tired or teething.
  • Clenching hands may mean baby is hungry.
  • Smacking lips. And shaking head (rooting). When your baby shakes their head towards your boobs, along with smacking lips or feeding sounds and facial expressions may also mean baby is hungry.
  • Turning head away or losing eye contact may mean baby is overwhelmed.
  • Arched back may mean baby is uncomfortable.

Fussy baby

How to stay calm as a mom: (especially during tantrums)

-Count 1-20
-Look at the need and beyond the tears, tantrum.
-Understand a baby is human and is entitled to have bad moments and bad days, this does not mean that the child is bad.
-be patient.
-go to the bathroom.
-if your child is throwing a tantrum walk away to a safe distance and watch, they will probably get up and follow you. A distraction works well and change of hands to your partner or another person helps.
-Get a few minutes to yourself to calm down
-Hydrate, it’s important to stay hydrated.
-Self-care: self-care helps you to stay calm. It keeps you in a better mood to handle your days situations.

What to do as a parent.

How to calm a fussy baby.

Firstly find the trigger by trying different solutions. Since a baby won’t be able to tell you what’s wrong try these ways.

-distracting them. Sing a song, give them a bootle or milk, do an exaggerated dance, find a toy they love, play music. Be louder, attention catching and creative.
-let your partner take the reigns while you cool off.
-get on your knees, give hugs and speak in a calm way.
-remove the child from the situation. Change scenery.
-find a quite spot to relax both of you
-baby wearing.
-you may use essential oils to calm you. Such as bergamot essential oil, chamomile essential oil and lavender essential oil. Add these to your wrists using a roller bottle. Sniff straight out of the bottle or diffuse using your nebulizer.
I am an introvert and I get overwhelmed with too many people. My son is extroverted but there are times he gets overwhelmed. I then find a quiet familiar spot to calm him down. I do that for me as well.

-remove and dust clothes before putting them back. Put diaper nicely.

How to help baby calm down:

-massage
-bath
-take a walk
-baby wearing
-feed them
-change diaper
-undress if too hot, cover up if cold
-hug them
-distract them
-keep your cool ?
-speak in your happy voice
-let them cry it out (ever had such a bad day and just needed a good cry, sometimes that helps feel better but hold them while they cry, cry with them too)
-help them rest (? sleep)
-Music
-play their Favourite game
-give them your gown for a Familiar smell or hold them close to you.

How to calm a fussy baby

How to calm a fussy baby by baby massage:

Baby massage is a sure way to calm a fussy baby. Just like our bodies get tired a babies body gets weiry too and needs a massage.

What you will need.

  • ¼ cup Sunflower oil
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil for calming
  • 3 drops Chamomile essential oil for relaxation
  • 2 drops Tea tree essential oil for its antibacterial purposes.
  • Double boiler (place a jar in hot boiling water, add essential oils into the jar to warm them while avoiding direct heat).
  • Towel
Set up the scene:
  • Close the windows.
  • Lay a towel on the bed or wherever you will give the massage.
  • Warm up the sunflower oil in a double boiler. Till it is lukewarm to warm.
  • Remove from the stove and let it cool a little.
  • Add Lavender, Tea tree, Chamomile to the sunflower oil.
  • Check the temperature of the oils using your inner wrist.
  • Play soothing music.
  • Wash your hands.
To massage:
  • Remove all clothes on the baby.
  • Rub the oils into your babies hair, gently massaging into scalp and slightly onto the top of the temples of the forehead.
  • Lay your baby on the towel. Or hold your baby if too young.
  • Remember to rub the oils in your hands first before applying onto baby.
  • Rub the oil onto the soles of your babies feet pressing with your palm.
  • Run your way up to the shoulders with slight pressure, adding a little more oil.
  • When you reach the baby’s chest and belly, spread your hands out towards the sides of the baby.
  • Put pressure in your fingertips as you spread as if you are flattening the pages of a book.
  • Use your thumbs to make small circles.
  • Spend a little more time on the back.

Therefore, After you are satisfied with the massage run the bath. Using your elbow to check the temperature. Don’t forget to use baby soap and shampoo. Rinse thoroughly.

Baby massage

Caution ⚠:

  • Keep the oils out of babies reach.
  • Avoid putting oils on the ears, eyes, mouth and private areas.
  • Remember to do a patch test first if you have never used the oils on baby.
  • Rub the oils into your hands first to make them the right temperature for baby.
  • Ensure that the room is warm and cosy during the massage.
  • If you don’t want to use essential oils, baby oil or pure sunflower oil works as well for a plain massage without essential oil properties.
  • Always exercise caution when using essential oils. A little goes a long way.

A few notes:

A baby cannot speak well at least not in a language we understand. So their best way to communicate with you is through tears. As they grow older tantrums too.

They give out cues other times they do not know how to express themselves or what’s bothering them. To parents this is translated as being fussy. Sometimes we miss these cues and only see the result (tears).

Your baby and you are people who speak different languages and we need to find a common ground where we can communicate. Mom and child both learn each other till they both understand what works.

If a child notices you only respond to tantrums, that will be their first way of communicating. Try and solve the problem before it reaches that stage.

Overall we all need love, care and attention. If your child senses you are not giving them the attention they need in the moment, they find a way to get your attention.

We as moms need to also cut ourselves some slack. We are learning too. And through trail, error and mommy instinct we will get there.
Trust that mommy instinct.

A baby is not doing things to spite you. You are their whole world and their comfort spot. They are comfortable with you and they know and trust that you will meet their needs. You are their whole world and comfort spot.

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And patience: be patient with your child while keeping your cool and being patient with yourself. Knowing that this will last only a while. Your child will eventually learn to speak and grow up.

That child is yours so they will pick up on your habits. When you are stressed or uncomfortable what do you do? They may sometimes reflect you and it’s quite difficult to control what you see in them when you struggle to control it in yourself. You may use similar steps for tantrums. How to calm a fussy baby.

Disclaimer: I am no doctor, simply a mother sharing her findings. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Read here for more:

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Simple ways to show love to your baby/

Wise words from motherly:

‘Yet it is so important. That moment when your baby was placed in your arms, you became an expert: an expert on how to parent your particular child. Whether or not you were academically trained—your body, mind, and soul became intimately, mysteriously, beautifully connected to your baby.

Maternal intuition gave you an ability to know things, and while it’s not objective or qualitative or will be written about in a peer-review journal, her voice is incredibly valid. Because you are biologically and spiritually programmed to care for your child in a way no one else can.’

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you are not failing

In conclusion:

How to calm a fussy baby. When calming a fussy baby make sure that their diaper is clean, they have been fed, their clothes are comfortable, they are a good temperature and that they are not ill. Be sure to stay calm as a child feeds off your positive vibes. As a result your baby will be less fussy and much happier.

If your baby is not getting better. Please visit your doctor. Download your how to baby massage:

 

Thank you for reading, MrsChettyLife.

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Mom Hacks Series

Mom Hacks Series.

I began a trend on Instagram called Mom Hacks Series. I post about surviving motherhood.
Let’s learn together on easy, tried and true tips, hacks, tricks and everything you will need for survival in this battlefield called Motherhood.

Mom tips

With a side dash on green living with essential oils, marriage, motivation, all things baby and toddler.

Come join me over on Instagram www.instagram.com/mrschettylife

using the hashtags:
#momlife
#momhacksseries

You may add your own #momhacks or comment, like and share on mine. Remember motherhood shouldn’t be lonely.
Join us as a tribe: Mom Hacks Series.

Whether it’s googling for ideas or Pinterest, Instagram or asking fellow moms. A shoulder to cry on and share those quirky mom events. Let’s connect.

Here are some #momhacks that will interest you. (A sneak peak on #momhacksseries)

Mom hacks

Tips on how to get your wriggly toddler to sit still during diaper changes: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0k3IfhFiTm/?igshid=1d72wea4wockx

A detailed how to clean your carpets:
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An easy way to hand wash your beddings without taking them to dry cleaners:
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Best ways to clean your microwave:
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This wonderful smelling and effective multipurpose and multi-surface green cleaner: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1tkytPldpf/?igshid=144oq0y6jds3g

What you need in your life saving diaper caddy:
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And how to keep your baby wet wipes wet:
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I’d love to add in a personal note to the mommy who let us go first into the changing room at Monte casino because she noticed we were in desperate need. ? We had a major blow out and she was ahead of us. Thank you and I salute you.

A few Instamoms who I follow for inspiration, support, ideas and insta-friendship:

Mom hacks series

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https://instagram.com/treechiceco?igshid=aati8gsbupfk

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In conclusion: Thank you for reading and I hope to see you for these Mom Hacks Series over on Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrschettylife

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Natural Salts, butters and waxes:

Natural butters, salts and waxes: It is important to know what type of natural salts, butters, and waxes to use as carriers for essential oils and their properties.

This helps in boosting the ingredients in essential oils. Their properties help when deciding what will work best for each function especially for skin.

Natural Butters:

natural butters

Almond butter:

Contains fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, dietary fiber and manganese. Almond butter is made from tree nut. Almond butter is high in monounsaturated fats, riboflavin, phosphorus, copper, Vitamins E, B12 and magnesium.

All these are great for your body and skin. The fats in Almond butter lower the risk of heart disease, cholesterol thus regulating heart health.  

Aloe butter:

Aloe butter is soothing to the skin, absorbs quickly, and restores the skins moisture. It contains natural anti-inflammatory and is high in lignin making it easier to draw ingredients into the skin.

It blends well with essential oils. As it is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, B, Choline, B12, Folic Acid and high in antioxidants. Assisting with wound healing and inflamed skin.

Avocado butter:

Avocado butter is made from the flesh of avocados. It richly contains Vitamins A, B, C and E, protein, potassium and antioxidants. It is a great absorbent. Soothes irritated skin and has antiaging properties and leaves the skin feeling soft and revived.

Bacuri butter:

Originally from northern Brazil. It is extracted from the seeds of the fruit of the Bacuri tree. It acts as an insect repellant and great for problematic skin.

A great moisturizer and has antiaging properties. It contains Sulphur and amino acids. Is anti-bacterial and antiviral. Reduces stretch marks as well.  

Babassu refined butter:

It is moisturizing and doesn’t clog pores. Being lightweight and absorbs easily. Babassu butter is made from the nuts of the Babassu Palm tree in Brazil. It contains vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids.

It has healing properties, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-microbial. Therefore, fights acne, soothes rashes, dry, itchy scalp, relieves sunburn and is used as a hair conditioner amongst other uses.   

Cocoa butter:

Is a vegetable fat extracted from cocoa beans. Cocoa butter contains numerous fatty acids, antioxidants and emollient properties. It smells lovely. Fatty acids nourish, moisturize, hydrate and protect the skin. Good for dry skin and great to use during winter.

Cupuacu natural butter:

Cupuacu butter is made in Brazil from Cupuacu seeds. Being lightweight and moisturizes the skin for a longer time, thus causing deep penetration into the skin.

It improves the skins elasticity and reduces blemishes. Has antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, omega fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, and C, amino acids and calcium.

Jojoba butter:

Made in Southern California. Jojoba oil contains similar oils and fatty acids to the human skin natural oils (sebum) there as improving the texture of the skin. As well as a great moisturizer. It also contains proteins and minerals.

Great for all skin types including hypoallergenic skin. A must-have in your skin regime. Great absorbent and spreads easily for adding essential oils to your skin.  

Kokum butter:

Made from the seeds of Kokum tree. Has lots of fatty acids. Kokum butter melts slightly at contact with the skin. It has antioxidant properties, antiaging, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Ideal for damaged and sensitive skin. Kokum butter has healing properties as well as nourishing to the skin.

Kombo natural butters:

Derived from the seeds of the African Nutmeg found in West Africa (Ghana). Being anti-allergic, antifungal, anti-microbial and contains antioxidants makes it great for adding to essential oils as a skin rub. It absorbs quickly, helps alleviate muscle and joint pain while soothing irritated and dry skin in its unrefined form.

Macadamia nut butter:

Rich in vitamins B6, E, fiber, nutrients, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, healthy fats (monounsaturated fats) and antioxidants. Macadamia nuts are widely grown in Australia. They regulate heart, gut health and aid in weight loss.

natural butters

Mango butter:

Mango butter contains Vitamins A, E and C, antioxidants and emollient properties. It hydrates and balance skin, antiaging and complexion. Works wonders on skin and hair. Mango butter is extracted from the mango kernel originated from India. Great for insect bites, poison ivy, frostbite and damaged hair.

Murumuru butter:

Astrocaryum Murumuru seed butter is native to the Amazon Rainforest vegetation in Brazil and extracted from the seeds of the Murumuru palm tree.

It forms a glossy film while nourishing, protecting and moisturizing skin and hair. Containing Vitamins and fatty acids. It doesn’t clog pores and is good on problematic skin prone to breakout.

Orange peel butter:

Derived from orange peels that improve and tone oily skin. Orange peels contain Bioflavonoids that have anti-inflammatory, anti-cellulite and anti-irritant properties. Moisturizing and has excellent spreadability on skin. It smells lovely too.  

Rosehip natural butters:

Vitamins A and C and essential fatty acids which help in nourishing, smoothing, protecting and revitalizing skin. Great for dry, capped hair and aging skin. Rosehip butter works well on all skin types and absorbs quickly.

It gives a natural glow to skin and may reduce the appearance of scars. Extraction from the seeds of Rose Canina bush. It is non-irritating and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Sal seed butter:

Sal seed butter doesn’t leave an oily residue. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While being rich in vitamins and fatty acids. It heals damaged hair and dry skin.

Sal seed butter is made from the seeds of Shorea robusta (Sal) tree in India. It also relieves itching and rashes. It is believed to flush toxins out of the body.

Shea butter:

Made in Africa from the nuts of Karite tree. Rich in Omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Acts as a natural sunscreen. Shea butter helps to reduce inflammation and joint pain. Eases razor bumps, insect bites, darkens stretch marks, sunburn, wrinkles and itching. Contains Vitamins A, E and F. It also blends well with other oils.

Soynut butter:

Made from soybeans in East Asia. It is cholesterol free and contains all the essential amino acids needed for growth. It contains Saturated Fat, Carbohydrates, Protein, Sodium, Dietary Fiber, Calcium, Potassium and Phosphorus.

Tangerine butter:

Tangerine butter is made from the peels of tangerines. It is a soft butter. It has an uplifting and tangy aromatic scent. Great for oily skin and contains Vitamin A.

It has stress relieving benefits and carries well with citrus essential oils such as Lemon, Orange, Lime and Grapefruit. It maybe photosensitive as it contains citrus oils. Therefore, it should not be used before going out in the sun.

Tucuma natural butters:

Is a vegetable silicone made in Brazil from the seeds and Tucuma oil pulp of Tucuma palm tree. Improves elasticity and makes the skin smooth and supple. It contains antioxidant properties, Vitamins A and fatty acids. Tucuma butter contains antioxidant properties and emollient properties. It leaves off a glossy shine and is a great moisturizer.  

Ucuuba butter:

Needs to be mixed with a carrier oil for application because it is very hard. Ucuuba butter is made from the seeds of the Ucuuba tree in Brazil. It contains Fatty acids, Vitamin A and C. It helps in regulating the immune system. Has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antiaging properties.

Coconut butter:

Coconut butter is made from pureeing coconut meat. It contains proteins, magnesium, potassium and iron. Best used on aging and dry skin. It is believed to have healing and softening properties for hair and skin.

Butters, salts and waxes

Salts:

Natural salts

Epsom salt:

Epsom salt is known as magnesium sulfate. It is known to relax your body and muscles. Increase muscle and nerve function, may improve blood circulation. Epsom salt has anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural cleanser and exfoliator. Can be used as an abrasive scrub and natural fertilizer.  

Himalayan salt:

Himalayan salt is a rock salt mined in Pakistan. It is minimally processed which makes it free of additives. It contains sodium chloride slightly less than normal salt and is pink in color. There is a possibility of containing minerals and trace elements.

It is added to bath salts that help relax muscles. Himalayan salt is also made into salt lamps that are believed to clear the air, improve skin and respiratory problems. Other minerals include small quantities of calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.

Waxes:

Waxes

Beeswax:

Beeswax is a natural substance that is secreted from bees. It has antiseptic, emulsifying properties, antibacterial, antioxidant and air purifying properties. Beeswax burns slow, smokeless and long leaving off the scent of honey.

It hydrates and soothes the skin and hair while relieving itchiness. Largely contains fatty acids and hydrocarbons. Works great on sensitive, dry and cracked skin and hair.  

Carnauba wax:

Is made from the leaves of Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) palm tree in Brazil. It is a natural emulsifier and hardening agent. It has protective qualities from heat, sun rays and water making it great for polishes. Carnauba wax has hypoallergenic properties. However, it may cause dry and itchy eyes. It is a good car wax.

Candelilla wax:

Another vegan wax used in soap making and lip balms. Candelilla wax has a high melting point. It contains stabilizing and emulsifying properties in balms, creams, salves and lotions. Easily absorbed into the skin and hair conditioning, odorless and is rich in nutrients.

Soy wax melts:

A natural moisturizer for dry elbows and knees. It is a better alternative in candle making. It doesn’t contain paraffin and petroleum which are harmful to skin and environment. Being a vegetable-based wax made from soybeans. Soy wax melts are vegan, renewable, biodegradable and nontoxic.

In conclusion:

Don’t forget to use natural butters, salts and waxes in their natural, unrefined form. Don’t forget to also check the ingredients if you are allergic to any one of the ingredients they are made from.

Remembering to do a spot check before use. You may have to heat up or use oil to some of these butters. Butters, salts and waxes come in hard solid form at room temperature.

Butters, salts and waxes

Therefore, Store natural butters, salts and waxes in dry, dark places for a longer shelf life. Keep away from pets and children. Taking note not to inhale these substances. And a little goes a long way. Practicing caution when mixing ingredients so as not to mix too much of one ingredient.

More from MrsChettyLife: essential-oils-101/

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http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essential-oils-for-babies

Sources: www.wikipedia.org

www.rainforestchica.com www.naturallythinking.com www.theplantguru.com www.newdirectionsaromatics.com http://www.naturallynutty.com

Cheers MrsChettyLife. Happy oiling.

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Live in the moment

live in the moment as a mother when:

Chores are piling up!

Tasks are waiting on your to-do list!

Errands are haunting your door!

Children are beckoning your call!

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Let’s face it. Being a mother is tough. There are too many hats to wear: Nurse, teacher, punisher, chauffeur, chef, cleaner, mediator, lost things finder, motivational speaker, cheer leader, strong one, mind reader, referee, playmate, wife, friend, mood booster, lawyer, sports coach, super hero, fastest runner, sleepwalker, party planner, adventure planner and executioner, wise guru, patient one, boredom killer, ATM, bath giver, counsellor, automatic reflex(or), machine moving never get tired mom.

Wow!

But yet, when it’s time to relax

and enjoy the moment our minds won’t let us. SIGH!

It’s a never-ending cycle. I amaze myself at how I am still functioning and going forward. It is hard at the end of it all to be present. When was the last time you just lived and breathed in the moment? When nothing but the moment mattered.

No plans for the future, no regrets of the past, no worries of today just celebrate the now. What am I talking about? What moment? Yes, it seems far-fetched, I don’t remember a time when that occurred. It has probably been years, like years. We forget and tend to live in overdrive but like a car we will eventually burn out and overheat faster when we live this way. We tend to become angry, shout a lot and irritable mommy and wife. A happy mommy and wife is a happy home.

I am not talking about self-care, I already spoke about that here: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/self-care-routines-for-moms/ and here: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/self-care-as-a-sahm/. I am speaking of living. Real living, celebrating every moment in your life as it comes, living in the now, enjoying the present, relishing in the hugs, kisses, smiles, laughter, joy and the deep emotions that come with them. Not remembering them and missing them.

Why is it important to live in the moment?

Its simply because every second in everyday counts. We can’t turn back the clock and do it again. The moments fly by never to come back again. Yes, soak in all the good and all the bad, because its better living than not, better good and constructive arguing than burning inside in silence, (silence shows and reflects giving up and not caring). Life is an operation room, every second and every stitch counts. It’s a life or death situation.

Once done, it cannot be undone. Once spoken, words cannot be unspoken. Words ring in our heads over and over. Once 2nd August 2019 is gone there will never be another 2nd August 2019. Even though something similar may happen, it will not be exactly the same. Like identical twins, they may look strikingly similar but are not the same person even though somethings they do may be similar.

How do we live in the moment as a mother?

Switch off social media and electronics for a few minutes especially when something wonderful is happening. The brain never forgets.

Plan your day making sure to add a few minutes to do nothing.

Make deliberate effort to listen, to play, to relax, to switch off and enjoy the present.

Relax, take a deep breath, close your eyes and feel the wonderful feelings around you. Sometimes feeling is better and gives deeper meaning than anything else. We may forget the smell or the sound or what it looked like but its harder to forget how we felt in such a profound moment.

As your child needs your attention, give them attention whole heartedly. Your child will be young once.  

Practice self-care to reduce your impatience and irritability.

Overwhelm life when life gets overwhelming.

Look at the positive and practice positive affirmations.

Have faith, hope for the best.

Celebrate your wins, small, big, loud or silent, be your own cheerleader and celebrate how far you have come.

When the stress and worries of tomorrow try to suck you in, stop them. Distract yourself with music, or yoga, meditation, prayer, fitness whatever rocks your boat. Everyday has enough stress of its own.

I write things down in my journal, my mind becomes at ease and I can tackle the most important things first. It also helps me not to forget them.

Cut yourself some slack, set realistic goals and be patient with yourself. Most times we overbear ourselves and beat ourselves down when we can’t achieve them. Start small and work your way up. It takes commitment to change.

Begin your day with difficult tasks and work your way to easy tasks.
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Love and live.

Pray in the moment, a short prayer makes a huge difference.

Count to ten when your patience is running low, and your anger meter is running on high. Step away from the temptation for a few minutes so that you can recollect yourself.

Choose a different strategy when the strategy you have been trying is clearly not working.

Make deliberate effort to relax when its time to relax. Sleep when they sleep, they say, it means that make time for you to relax and that time is usually when the children sleep.

Don’t compare yourself to others. Embrace and be content with what you have. You have no idea what wolves are hiding beneath other peoples sheep clothing.

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In Conclusion: remember that when you live in the moment benefits you because then you realize that your life messed up as it is, is actually ok and worth living. You will begin to see and appreciate everything you have and pass through. Appreciation of every moment comes easy and the persons in your life that make the moment. Treasure these moments and this life we live. And lastly do your very best all the time.

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Essential oils that boost respiratory system.

Essential oils that boost respiratory system are Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential oil. Breathe easy with Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential oil. The properties of Peppermint contain menthol that helps boost respiratory system and the decongestant properties in Eucalyptus boost it too.

Breathe easy with Eucalyptus

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Properties

Eucalyptus Radiata aka E. Radiata is an antiviral, antiseptic, antimicrobial antibacterial, antifungal and decongestant properties. It derives from the family called q1`Myrtaceae Commonly known as the myrtle family. They are powerful healing oils that are antiseptic and are useful for the respiratory and immune system. Other essential oils in this family are Tea Tree, Eucalyptus (all types), Clove Bud, Cajeput, Niaouli, and Allspice. 

Carrier oils: 

Eucalyptus essential oil carries well with coconut oil, olive oil, Shea butter, and cocoa butter. 

Boost respiratory system Through Uses and benefits of Eucalyptus: 

-Supports a healthy immune system. 

-Breathing support and decongestant. 

-soothes tired and aching muscles 

-boosts oral health. 

-cleanses and purifies the air. 

Application:

Massage under feet for supporting the immune system. 

As a chest on chest and back for decongesting. 

Diffusing for air purification. 

Blends to boost respiratory system are:

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Blend with Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree for cleaning and cleansing. 

Add Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Peppermint for energy. 

Peppermint, Basil, Eucalyptus, and Epsom salt to purify your air making breathing easier and removing blockages. 

Tea tree, Lemongrass, and Eucalyptus get rid of dust particles. 

For a steam bath, you may add Lemon, Eucalyptus and Clove bud to clear congestion. You may use over a bowl of hot water and cover with a towel as well. 

To boost your immune system, add Rosemary, Lemon, Cinnamon, Clove bud, Eucalyptus with coconut oil. 

A great chest rub includes Tea tree, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet orange, beeswax, Shea butter, and coconut oil. 

Toilet scrub: Eucalyptus, Lemon and baking soda. 

Cleaning with essential oils Lemon, Lavender, Tea tree, Thyme, Sweet orange, Rosemary, Grapefruit and Eucalyptus. 

Breathe easy with Peppermint Essential oil

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Peppermint Essential oil is known as Mentha Piperita. It has an ingredient called Menthol (menthol) which has cooling properties. It is part of the mint family called Labiatae.

Properties that make it a go-to Essential oil

Peppermint essential oil is fast-acting.

  • Energizing
  • Stimulating
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiseptic
  • Insecticide (insect repellant)
  • Contains Antioxidants.
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral  
Safety first: Practice Caution when using Peppermint

Always dilute as it may cause allergic skin reactions.

Not to be used on or around pregnant women (can be used in very small potions on pregnant women with doctors’ advice) and children below 3 years of age.

Not to be used on eyes, ears, and should not be swallowed.

Carrier oils

Carries well with coconut oil.

Uses and benefits 

  • Cleanses oral health
  • Calms muscle, joint pain, and spasms
  • Energizing: gives a wake-up call.
  • Great for relieving itching
  • Reduces headaches
  • Boosts respiratory system
  • Great for traveling as it relieves nausea, morning sickness, and motion sickness
  • Relieves short term diarrhea and irritable bowel system
  • Cools fevers
  • Helps calm menstrual pains
  • Aids with damaged skin
  • Repels mosquitoes, ants, rodents and spiders.
  • Boosts the digestive system
Application of Peppermint Essential oil
  1. Peppermint oil can be added to your diffuser.
  2. Can be mixed with toothpaste or water for oral health (do not swallow).
  3. A few drops can be added to your shower for a wake-up call.
  4. May be mixed with a carrier oil and made into a vapor rub for the chest, back and behind the neck.

Blends

Essential Oils for fresh breath: Spearmint, Lemon and Peppermint. These can be mixed together into a mouthwash. Clove bud, Tea tree, and Peppermint help soothe toothaches. Other essential oils good for oral health include Cinnamon, Cilantro, Coriander, Fennel, Frankincense, Lime, Juniper berry and Helichrysum.

Shaving cream: Shea butter, coconut oil, Tea tree, Peppermint, and Sandalwood.

Digestive system: Ginger and peppermint.

After sun oil: Chamomile, Jojoba oil, Rose geranium and Peppermint.

Freshen air, removes odors: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Basil, Rosemary, Tea tree, Lemongrass, and Cedarwood.

Allergy relief: Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon.

Uplifting and energizing boost: Cypress, Lemon, Douglas fir, Eucalyptus, Basil, Lime, Wild Orange, Peppermint and Grapefruit.

Garbage disposal: Wild Orange, Peppermint and Salt.

Leg, menstrual and muscle cramps: Lemongrass, Peppermint, Marjoram, Lavender and coconut oil.

Bed bugs: Lavender, Tea tree, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus.

Headaches and inflammation: Ginger, Lemongrass, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and coconut oil.

Effective disinfecting spray: White vinegar, distilled water, Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Wild orange.

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In conclusion: Essential oils that boost respiratory system are

Peppermint essential oil is energizing and has menthol properties which are great for oral care and cooling muscle effects.

Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its decongestant properties. Therefore, making it great for purifying, cleaning and cleansing. 

Sources:

www.botanical-online.com

https://www.doterra.com/US/en

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US

Disclaimer: FDA DISCLAIMER. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cheers MrsChettyLife. Happy oiling. Let me know in the comments what ways you use Peppermint and Eucalyptus Essential oils. Read more here: green-plastic-free/  

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Playmobil movie review

Playmobil movie review feedback from the Movie Premiere at Movies@Monte.

Fun Facts about the movie:

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The Director Lino DiSalvo was the Head of Animation for movie ‘Frozen’. He is a Disney veteran who spent 17 years at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The voices of Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Daniel Radcliffe, Jim Gaffigan, Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert are the films stars.

Anya Taylor-Joy as Marla
Gabriel Bateman as Charlie
Ryan S. Hill as 6-year-old Charlie
Jim Gaffigan as Del, the food truck driver.
Daniel Radcliffe as Rex Dasher, the secret agent and Marla’s love interest.
Meghan Trainor as the fairy-godmother
Adam Lambert as the Emperor Maximus
Kenan Thompson as the Bloodbones
Wendi McLendon-Covey
Lino DiSalvo as Robotitron
Spike Spencer

Music is by Heitor Pereira.

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Marla

The movie will be in cinemas on the 16th August, 2019.

There are a number of Playmobil amusement parks in certain countries that feature play areas and events. They are called FunParks and are Playmobil toys themed.

There is a CGI animated TV series inspired by Playmobil figures entitled Super 4.

Accoridng to Wikipedia: The signature Playmobil toy is a 7.5 cm (approximately 3 inches) tall (1:24 scale) human figure with a particular cherub-like smiling face, known as a “klicky”. A wide range of accessories, buildings and vehicles, as well as many sorts of animals, are also part of the Playmobil line.

Movie plot:

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Charlie

When her younger brother Charlie suddenly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL®, Marla embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to bring him home. Setting off on an incredible journey through new and exciting themed worlds, Marla teams up with various strange and heroic companions, including: Del, a crazed food truck driver; Rex Dasher, a suave and fearless secret agent; a loyal and endearing robot; a hilarious fairy-godmother, and many others!

https://movie.playmobil.com/en/home#about

My son and I’s experience of the premiere:

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My son and I

We were invited by SHANÈY and team at MomSays. We went to Movies@Monte and were greeted by friendly staff who gave us Playmobil hand tags and Playmobil toys. They had a curated list of invitees. We then walked into a room full of children and parents. A blue carpet lead to a photo booth where we took lovely pictures with an immediate Playmobil photo print.

We walked to a snack table, filled with delicious goodies. At 11:30am, we queued into the massive cinema. We were offered popcorn and cold drinks on the way.

At 12, the movie began with only 2 adverts, we watched the movie. There was singing and dancing. The movie is intriguing and fun.

Our take from the movie:
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Celebrating the bond between sisterly and brotherly love. How responsibilities come in play and looking out for one another.

We also learnt that one should believe in themselves. Dream and never stop dreaming. Always have time for fun, imagination and play.

We are all heroes and can be heroes in our day to day lives by helping other people.

We also learnt the importance of working together. Every person is strong in their own might but stronger when we work together.

This was the first time my son was at the cinema for the movies and he fared pretty well. Much better than I expected. He loves TV and the gigantic screen intrigued him. He is 15 months now and followed through the movie. My son enjoyed the singing and dancing most.

I enjoyed mother and son time out of the house and we are extremely grateful to have been part of the experience.

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Source:

You can watch the official trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xid2hrv3IW8

https://movie.playmobil.com/en/home

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playmobil:_The_Movie

https://movie.playmobil.com/en/home

Kind regards MrsChettyLife. Read more here: MomSays/

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Green plastic-free

Easy ways to go green plastic-free.

There are so many things we do to live a healthier lifestyle. Going to the gym, eating healthier, Green plastic-free life. Nowadays going green is the ‘IT’ thing. You have read such a scary post about the toxins such as plastic are in many products we use in our day to day lives.

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Ranging from shopping, cooking, makeup, fashion, cleaning and travel items, plastic is infused in a lot of things. If you are like me I got pretty freaked out and my head began to spin, it is pretty overwhelming. There are many products that contain cancer-causing global-warming creature-suffocating chemicals that affect our tomorrow’s. As a mother I began to worry for my child’s future. Plastics are a major pollutant on the earth.

The good news is every contribution a person makes is a much safer tomorrow. So don’t count yourself as insignificant. You are a manager in your home and a mini influencer among your family and friends. Every contribution makes a difference. Plus going green and cutting out single-use plastic is highly reducing the toxic chemicals that your family is exposed to. In honor of #plasticfreejuly, why not begin to go grow with these simple but significant changes in your home by going green plastic-free?

How to go green plastic-free:

Bulk buying of non perishable products: buying products in bulk reduces buying goods in single-use plastics.Buy meat, chicken etc. and meat products straight from the butchery like Nagiahs.

Purchase freshly baked goods like bread from your local bakery or grocery stores like spar and checkers. They are wrapped in paper. Better yet bake your own yummy goodies.

Living plastic-free

Another way to go green plastic-free is by reducing the use of plastics (plastic-free). We do this by buying from markets like fruit and veg or food lovers market. They sell fresh fruits and veggies that are not prepacked. It is as though they are pulled straight from the garden and sold. Avoid buying frozen foods.

Using essential oils for green cleaning to avoid harsh chemicals in your home that come in plastic containers: Green cleaning with essential oils

Other ways to save the planet:

Buying products in glass bottles like milk.
DIY your phone and tablet covers using biodegradable products.Reusing and recycling: using reusable coffee / tea mugs instead of disposable coffee cups, juice and soda bottles. Recycling old cotton t-shirts as your cleaning cloths: DIY glass purity bottles.

Making your own soap (DIY) and using soap bars, shampoo soap bars and dish washing soap bars. Or buy these from an eco-friendly shop.

Not forgetting these important solutions:

Using organic cotton bags instead of plastic bag for shopping. Don’t forget to carry them from your home to save you from buying them all the time.

Creating your own DIY compost heaps.

Make the switch from balloons to eco friendly decorations such as paper. You can make this a fun DIY moment to do with your children.Using stainless steel containers, pots, cutlery, plates, ice trays, bread bins, storage containers, sugar bowls and trays. Any plastic kitchen equipment can be switched to stainless steel.

Avoid using plastic straws, use paper or stainless steel straws.

Making your own make-up products, deodorant, travel products, air freshener, weed killers, insect balm, sunscreen, washing liquid with essential oils.

Green plastic-free:

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Incorporating bamboo spoons, dishes, toys, toothpicks to your household.

Switching to wooden / bamboo toilet brush and bottle cleaner handles and compostable bristles and combs or hair brushes.

Plastic free shoes and synthetic clothing, go for 100% cotton, wool, linen, bamboo clothing and hats.

Replace disposable razors with a razor with removable blades.

Make it fun for your children and educate them on the dangers of using plastic.

Practice gardening buy growing your own fruits and vegetables.

Look for a certified organic make up brand which is vegan, cruelty free, and uses eco-friendly packaging.

These last two points:

Use paper tape or ribbons, paper bags rather than wrapping paper and sell tape to wrap gifts.

Don’t forget to educate your friends and family. Better yet start your own green plastic-free movement. It takes time, patience, commitment and creativity to go completely green plastic-free.

Surround yourself with eco-friendly people.

Another way to go green plastic-free is to reduce plastic waste by reusing and recycling what you already have in your home.

Source:Tree hugger

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Cheers to living a happier healthier green plastic-free life.

MrsChettyLife.

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