Cradle Cap: How natural oils can help

Monday, 27 July 2015 11:19:55 Europe/London

Cradle Cap: How natural oils can help

 

What is cradle cap?head

 

Cradle cap, or infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis, is a skin condition that occurs on the scalps of young babies, presenting as yellow, greasy, scaly patches of skin. It is very common, and usually begins to show at some point in the first three months after a baby is born and may continue into toddlerhood. 

 

 

It is thought that cradle cap occurs as a result of the traces of hormones left in a baby's body from its mother after birth. The effects of these hormones may over stimulate the sebaceous glands, leading them to produce more sebum (oil) than is needed. This causes dead skin cells, which would normally simply fall off, to stick to the skin and form a crust.

 

How can I help my little one?

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Whilst cradle cap should not itch or cause discomfort to your baby, it is unsightly and most of us want to help keep our little monkey's skin as healthy as possible. Regularly washing your baby's scalp with a very mild, natural baby shampoo will help to gradually reduce the build-up of dead skin cells. Try to avoid chemical-laden shampoos as these can be very harsh and drying and may be counter-productive in that the drying effect may serve only to stimulate greater sebum production.  

 

Using a natural oil to massage into your baby's scalp will help to soften and loosen the flakes, making them easier to remove gently with a soft brush. Avoid picking at flakes which do not come away easily as you may make the area sore and open to infection.  

 

Our Rock the Cradle Organic Scalp Oil has been especially formulated for use on babies' scalps. Rock the Cradle contains organic safflower and sweet almond oils which nourish the skin, keeping it supple and helping to soften any flakes or crusts. Organic coconut, olive and vitamin E oils all have regenerative properties, helping the skin to renew and restore itself and promoting natural healing. The organic geranium essential oil in our formulation is a multi-tasking superstar of an ingredient, and has many properties which are so beneficial for this condition. Geranium is an anti-inflammatory, helping to calm and reduce skin inflammation and irritation. It has anti-microbial properties, helping to reduce the risk of bacterial or fungal infections and speed the healing process. Most importantly, geranium can help to balance the action of hormones (it is commonly used to treat menopausal and menstrual complaints), thereby restoring a natural balance to the skin and helping to calm the production of sebum to normal, healthy levels. 

 

All these natural, nourishing ingredients are ideal for a gentle scalp massage which will not only aid cradle cap but be a soothing experience for you and your little one as well. Happy parents and gorgeous little monkeys all round! 

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The Benefits of Essential Oils

Friday, 10 April 2015 20:23:43 Europe/London

The Benefits of Essential Oils

 

Essential oils are concentrated, aromatic liquids extracted from plants, usually by distillation. They have been used for thousands of years, dating back at least to the Mesopotamians in 3,500 BC. The amazing properties of essential oils were recognised by the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who used them for medicinal, cosmetic and religious purposes. The numerous health benefits of these natural oils are still very much recognised today and they are ideal for use in skincare.

 

At Organic Monkey, the essential oils we use in our products come from organically grown plants, ensuring an extremely pure and high quality oil. We have carefully sourced and researched the best essential oils to use in our baby skincare products, taking into consideration the special needs of babies' delicate skin. When formulating our products, we chose certain oils for their specific benefits, and would like to share some of these with you:

 

Geranium 

This calming and relaxing oil is great for balancing the production of sebum, helping to control the skin's natural oils while still keeping it supple. For this reason we have added it to our Rock the Cradle Organic Scalp Oil.

 

Lavender  

Our organic lavender oil is sourced from the fields of Provence, and is one of our favourite oils, not only for its amazing scent but for its fantastic properties. It has antibacterial and skin-healing properties, making it a useful aid for relieving eczema and psoriasis symptoms, and is suitable for the most sensitive of skins. It also has a relaxing effect on the body and mind, promoting restful sleep.

 

Neroli

 Distilled from orange blossom, neroli oil has the most incredible smell. It has relaxing and anti-spasmodic properties which can aid digestion, and for this reason we have used it in our Belly Bright Organic Tummy Oil to help relieve aching little tummies.

 

Roman Chamomile 

This relaxing oil also has pain-relieving properties, and is ultra-calming for both skin and mood. Roman Chamomile is the mildest and gentlest type of chamomile making it especially suitable for use on babies' delicate skin.

 

Spearmint 

This oil is renowned for relieving aches and pains, as well as for its antiseptic properties, and for this reason we have used it as one of the key ingredients in our Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething. Its stimulating properties also help to uplift mood and reduce stress, a must for any teething little monkey.

 

Sweet Orange 

This happiness-inducing oil, cold pressed from the peel of the fruit, helps to soothe the mind and promote restful sleep. It is also fantastic for the skin, helping to soothe and heal dry skin conditions.

 

We have loved our journey researching and blending essential oils and using them as key ingredients of our organic and fairtrade skincare range. We hope you enjoy using them on your little monkeys and experiencing the fantastic natural benefits these amazing oils have to offer!






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Eczema: How Organic Products Can Help?

Thursday, 12 March 2015 14:18:44 Europe/London

Eczema:  How Organic Products Can Help?

 

What is Eczema? 

Eczema is very common in babies and young children, affecting up to one in five. It manifests as areas of dry, cracked, red, sore, skin, which can be very itchy and uncomfortable for babies, sometimes even affecting their sleep. Eczema most commonly appears at the elbows, knees, hands, face, scalp and around the neck but can affect any part of the body. It can range from being very mild, with just a few small areas of dry, occasionally itchy skin, to very severe, with large areas of inflamed, cracked skin which is extremely itchy.

 

We do not yet fully understand what causes eczema, and often babies with eczema can grow out of the condition as they get older. There is no “cure” as such but there are some things you can do which help to relieve symptoms. The two things most strongly recommended by the medical profession are to avoid wearing clothing which irritates the skin, choosing natural fabrics, and to avoid the use of harsh detergents and soaps which can make eczema worse, ensuring that only very mild products are used on the skin. We focus on how the use of organic products can further enhance the benefits of both these recommendations.

 

How Organic Fabrics Can Help 

Using soft, natural organic cotton for your baby’s clothing and bedding can be very helpful in relieving eczema symptoms. Organic cotton is softer and more breathable than regular cotton, making it a better choice for babies with eczema and sensitive skin. As no chemicals are used in the farming, production or dying of organic cotton, no pesticide residues are present in the finished product. In clothing produced by non-organic farming methods, these toxic chemicals can remain as a residue and can irritate skin, causing rashes and allergic reactions. Babies are particularly sensitive to anything which comes into contact with their skin, organic cotton is therefore an ultra-soft, chemical-free choice for babies’ clothing.

 

COTTON 

 

How Organic Skincare Can Help 

Being so new and delicate, all babies’ skin is sensitive but even more so in a baby with eczema. The skin of a baby is much thinner than that of an adult and for this reason it can absorb much more of a product and its ingredients.
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At Organic Monkey, we realise the importance of using organic, certified ingredients in our baby skincare products, making them gentle enough to use on delicate and sensitive skin. All of our ingredients have been certified by the Soil Association showing that they have been farmed organically without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilisers. The purity and high quality of our active ingredients means that they are better used and received by the skin, making them much more effective than synthetically-produced substances.

 

 

All of our organic baby skincare products are suitable for the most delicate of skins, but our unscented versions of Bumfluff Nappy Balm and Hello Mellow Organic Massage Oil are particularly suitable for eczema sufferers or those with extremely sensitive skin.

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Cradle Cap - what is it and how to treat it.

Monday, 9 February 2015 10:11:00 Europe/London

Cradle cap is the name given to the yellowy/brown, greasy or dry scales of skin on babies heads and is an unsightly and unwelcome addition to your little monkeys scalp.

 

cradle cap

It’s medical name is infantile seborrheic dermatitis and it is a very common and harmless condition that affects mainly young babies, usually lasting a couple of months and generally clearing by the age of three. It is not itchy and generally doesn’t cause any discomfort .

 

Although the cause of cradle cap is still somewhat unclear many experts believe that it is caused by the hormones a baby receives from their mother at the end of the pregnancy which can over stimulate the oil producing sebaceous glands in their skin.

 

There are a couple of things that you can do to combat this condition:

 

  • Gently washing your baby's hair with a mild, natural and organic shampoo, (but not too often) can help prevent a build-up of the scales.

 

  • Gently massaging oil into their scalp helps to loosen the crusts, making it easier to remove with a soft brush or wash cloth.

N.B. Never pick the affected area as this can lead to redness and soreness as well as an irritated little baby

 

Both of my boys suffered with cradle cap, not badly, but it did last quite a while with my first son. He had lots of hair which made it much harder to treat and he hated me trying to remove it. I couldn’t find a natural aid, didn’t want to use chemicals and didn’t want to just cover his head in olive oil as it was too greasy and didn’t smell so great either so Claudine and I decided to create our own formula.

 

We wanted to make sure that it was not only a natural and organic alternative to many products on the shelves but that it was also just as effective. We researched our ingredients thoroughly to ensure that we only used oils that had beneficial properties and to produce a blend of oils that was nourishing and easily absorbable and didn’t just create an oil slick on the baby’s head.

 

Rock the Cradle Scalp Oil is a gentle, moisturising blend of organic oils to relieve dryness and help to soften and loosen crusty skin with organic geranium essential oil (great for helping to restore skins natural balance).

ROCK THE CRADLE

 

The Star Actives:

 

* Organic Geranium essential oil - balances the production of sebum to restore skins natural balance.

 

*Organic Coconut oil - a key ingredient for its ability to heal and regenerate the skin

 

* Organic Safflower oil - excellent source of essential fatty acids and is good for all skin conditions.

 

*Vitamin E – enhances the skin's natural regenerative processes and protects skin cells

 

*Organic Sweet Almond oil - its gentle and nourishing properties leave skin soft and supple.

 

As one customer wrote "I used Organic Monkey scalp oil on my daughters head as everything else I had bought from chemists had failed. All the dry, flaky skin was gone within 3 applications and still hasn't returned a month later - I am seriously impressed."  Kerry, Beth's mum.

 

Rock the Cradle Scalp Oil: £7.50 for 30ml.  Available to buy at: www.organicmonkey.co.uk

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Cradle Cap - What Is It and How to Treat It.

Monday, 9 February 2015 09:42:57 Europe/London

Cradle cap is the name given to the yellowy/brown, greasy or dry scales of skin on babies heads and is an unsightly and unwelcome addition to your little monkeys scalp.

 

cradle cap

It’s medical name is infantile seborrheic dermatitis and it is a very common and harmless condition that affects mainly young babies, usually lasting a couple of months and generally clearing by the age of three. It is not itchy and generally doesn’t cause any discomfort .

 

Although the cause of cradle cap is still somewhat unclear many experts believe that it is caused by the hormones a baby receives from their mother at the end of the pregnancy which can over stimulate the oil producing sebaceous glands in their skin.

 

There are a couple of things that you can do to combat this condition:

 

  • Gently washing your baby's hair with a mild, natural and organic shampoo, (but not too often) can help prevent a build-up of the scales.

 

  • Gently massaging oil into their scalp helps to loosen the crusts, making it easier to remove with a soft brush or wash cloth.

N.B. Never pick the affected area as this can lead to redness and soreness as well as an irritated little baby

 

Both of my boys suffered with cradle cap, not badly, but it did last quite a while with my first son. He had lots of hair which made it much harder to treat and he hated me trying to remove it. I couldn’t find a natural aid, didn’t want to use chemicals and didn’t want to just cover his head in olive oil as it was too greasy and didn’t smell so great either so Claudine and I decided to create our own formula.

 

We wanted to make sure that it was not only a natural and organic alternative to many products on the shelves but that it was also just as effective. We researched our ingredients thoroughly to ensure that we only used oils that had beneficial properties and to produce a blend of oils that was nourishing and easily absorbable and didn’t just create an oil slick on the baby’s head.

 

Rock the Cradle Scalp Oil is a gentle, moisturising blend of organic oils to relieve dryness and help to soften and loosen crusty skin with organic geranium essential oil (great for helping to restore skins natural balance).

ROCK THE CRADLE

 

The Star Actives:

 

* Organic Geranium essential oil - balances the production of sebum to restore skins natural balance.

 

*Organic Coconut oil - a key ingredient for its ability to heal and regenerate the skin

 

Organic Safflower oil - excellent source of essential fatty acids and is good for all skin conditions.

 

*Vitamin E – enhances the skin's natural regenerative processes and protects skin cells

 

*Organic Sweet Almond oil - its gentle and nourishing properties leave skin soft and supple.

 

As one customer wrote "I used Organic Monkey scalp oil on my daughters head as everything else I had bought from chemists had failed. All the dry, flaky skin was gone within 3 applications and still hasn't returned a month later - I am seriously impressed."  Kerry, Beth's mum.

 

Rock the Cradle Scalp Oil: £7.50 for 30ml.  Available to buy at: www.organicmonkey.co.uk/index.php/baby-oils/rock-the-cradle-scalp-oil.html

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Cradle Cap - what is it and how to treat it.

Monday, 26 November 2012 10:11:49 Europe/London

Cradle cap is the name given to the yellowy/brown, greasy or dry scales of skin on babies heads and is an unsightly and unwelcome addition to your little monkeys scalp.

 

cradle cap

It’s medical name is infantile seborrheic dermatitis and it is a very common and harmless condition that affects mainly young babies, usually lasting a couple of months and generally clearing by the age of three. It is not itchy and generally doesn’t cause any discomfort .

 

Although the cause of cradle cap is still somewhat unclear many experts believe that it is caused by the hormones a baby receives from their mother at the end of the pregnancy which can over stimulate the oil producing sebaceous glands in their skin.

 

There are a couple of things that you can do to combat this condition:

 

  • Gently washing your baby's hair with a mild, natural and organic shampoo, (but not too often) can help prevent a build-up of the scales.

 

  • Gently massaging oil into their scalp helps to loosen the crusts, making it easier to remove with a soft brush or wash cloth.

N.B. Never pick the affected area as this can lead to redness and soreness as well as an irritated little baby

 

Both of my boys suffered with cradle cap, not badly, but it did last quite a while with my first son. He had lots of hair which made it much harder to treat and he hated me trying to remove it. I couldn’t find a natural aid, didn’t want to use chemicals and didn’t want to just cover his head in olive oil as it was too greasy and didn’t smell so great either so Claudine and I decided to create our own formula.

 

We wanted to make sure that it was not only a natural and organic alternative to many products on the shelves but that it was also just as effective. We researched our ingredients thoroughly to ensure that we only used oils that had beneficial properties and to produce a blend of oils that was nourishing and easily absorbable and didn’t just create an oil slick on the baby’s head.

 

Rock the Cradle Scalp Oil is a gentle, moisturising blend of organic oils to relieve dryness and help to soften and loosen crusty skin with organic geranium essential oil (great for helping to restore skins natural balance).

ROCK THE CRADLE

 

The Star Actives:

 

* Organic Geranium essential oil - balances the production of sebum to restore skins natural balance.

 

*Organic Coconut oil - a key ingredient for its ability to heal and regenerate the skin

 

* Organic Safflower oil - excellent source of essential fatty acids and is good for all skin conditions.

 

*Vitamin E – enhances the skin's natural regenerative processes and protects skin cells

 

*Organic Sweet Almond oil - its gentle and nourishing properties leave skin soft and supple.

 

As one customer wrote "I used Organic Monkey scalp oil on my daughters head as everything else I had bought from chemists had failed. All the dry, flaky skin was gone within 3 applications and still hasn't returned a month later - I am seriously impressed."  Kerry, Beth's mum.

 

Rock the Cradle Scalp Oil: £7.50 for 30ml.  Available to buy at: www.organicmonkey.co.uk

Posted in News Advice By heidi crawford