DIY Body Butter

I am a lover of homemade products and by far my favorite is my body butter. It is a super easy recipe, even my husband could make it. Ha ha, well maybe not, but it is pretty easy. Are you ready for the whole list of ingredients? It's just coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils. Yep, that's it. I even made a little video so you can see how to make it. My baby wanted to be in the video real bad; he was super excited to have his first YouTube debut. 

Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup shea butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

essential oils (optional)

Use a double boiler and melt the oil and butter down. Once it is completely melted let it sit out over night or put it in the fridge until it has solidified. After it is solid, mix it until it becomes creamy. Add in your favorite essential oils and mix again.

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Thrush

I don't know why I am continually surprised each time something is wrong with my new baby. I really had some unrealistic expectations on how things were going to go down. I'm slowly, so slowly, learning that just because he is my seventh baby that I don't know everything. 

Little baby George can't seem to catch a break. Just when I thought things were going better with him being on the bottle he starts screaming again. Every time he starts screaming I go through a mental checklist: has he been fed, check, clean diaper, check, is he tired, and so on. If none of those things seem to work and he is still crying, I just suck it up, and sometimes even cry with him.

I recently went camping with my family; one of my sisters was trying to hold my baby while I got my camp set up. He screamed the whole time. She could do nothing to soothe him or calm him down. Another sister noticed that he had a white film on his tongue and suggested that he probably had thrush. I've never had a baby have thrush before, so it wasn't even on my radar.

To be honest, I noticed the white gunk on his tongue a while ago, but I figured that formula babies just had weird tongues. I found out, they don't. 

We were stuck up in the hills with a sad baby, but luckily the first aid kit of a hippie is a bunch of oils and herbs. I had some diluted melaleuca oil and some frankincense oil and I put them right onto his tongue. He had instant relief. When I changed his diaper, I would put melaleuca on his feet, and if he started screaming for no reason I would put the oils on his tongue. I also scrubbed any bottles or binkis that he used to make sure I killed any remaining thrush. 

After we got home I have just put melaleuca, and sometimes oregano, on the bottom of his feet and it seems to be doing the trick. He isn't just screaming anymore, so I consider that a win.

I didn't know what thrush even was so I looked it up. It's an infection caused by candida fungus, which is yeast. Apparently, it can be quite painful. One downside of getting an antibiotic for thrush is that antibiotics can cause thrush, uh, lame. 

I will put the melaleuca on him for at least a week three times a day. So far his tongue is white gunk free!

DIY Dry Shampoo

Have you heard of dry shampoo? If you haven't, this is my gift to all women around the world!! Dry shampoo is a powder that you put on your hair when you don't have time to wash it. 

My husband thinks I'm gross that I don't wash my hair everyday, but have you ever seen my hair? I have long, thick horse hair. I love it, but it takes sooo long to do. 

This is a great, quick, easy way to get ready in the morning. Just use a powder brush and brush it in your hair. If it leaves a "powder" look in your hair just rub or brush the powder through your hair.

I have two recipes, one for blondes and one for brunettes.

Brunettes

2 Tbs Arrow Root Powder
1/3 cup coco powder

Put in a container and shake it until it is all mixed.

Blondes

1/3 cup Arrow Root Powder
2 Tbs Baking Soda

Put in a container and shake it until it is all mixed.