Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
at present, as the title implies, reduce and recycle seem to be at odds for me. it doesn't have to be this way, i know. but since i began using recycled materials for crafting, i have acquired a significant "stash" of materials - wool sweaters and scrap both. not only this, in my effort to do good by the planet, i have saved every last little yarn clipping - for stuffing and whatnot.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
- teething tea : i use equal parts lemon balm, chamomile and catnip. these herbs help soothe the nerves and the tummy discomfort that can occur from additional acidic saliva. 1 tbsp of this blend per 8 oz. water, steeped 5-10 min. (be sure to take the herbs out after steeping because chamomile tastes icky after sitting in water for a while.) my first born preferred this tea warm on a washcloth, but you can also cool it or make it into ice cubes. see what your baby likes best. breastfeeding mamas: all the herbal constituents will pass through your breastmilk, so drink copious amounts!
- teething oil : castor oil blended with essential oils of roman chamomile, myrrh, and clove. to be used externally only, rubbed along the jawline and neck. these are all very potent oils, so use only a drop of each in a large amount of oil. test on yourself before using on baby, and try a small patch test the first time.
- other things to try include: baltic amber teething necklaces (avaliable on etsy and other natural parenting sites), homeopathic chamomilia (these come in liquid form or tablets, but note that they usually do contain dairy), and time. this too shall pass!