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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Colic - How To Help Your Little Monkey

Monday, 23 February 2015 12:14:48 Europe/London

What is Colic?

 

Colic can be defined as bouts of inconsolable, prolonged crying lasting three hours or more, several times a week, in an otherwise healthy baby who is feeding well. It occurs more often in the late afternoon and evening, and your baby may arch their back or pull their legs up towards their tummy. The cause of colic is not yet fully understood, although a possible cause is trapped wind or indigestion causing pain in the gut which is still maturing. Colic occurs equally in both girls and boys and in breast and bottle fed babies, and usually disappears by six months, probably as the digestive system matures.

 

Is There Anything That Can Help?

 

If you suspect your baby might have colic, it is important to seek a diagnosis from your GP so that the possibility of any other conditions can be ruled out. Once diagnosed, there is no real “cure” for colic but there are things you can do to help relieve your baby’s symptoms:

 

*Cuddling or wearing your baby in a sling may help to comfort them.

*Try to keep baby in a more upright position when feeding in order to minimise the swallowing of air.

*Always “burp” baby after a feed.

*A warm bath, with water covering the tummy can be soothing.

*Gently massaging baby’s tummy can be calming and comforting but most importantly may ease the passage of trapped wind in the intestine.

 

Baby Massage for Colic

 

Gentle massage on baby’s tummy is recommended by both the NHS and colic support charity Cry-sis as one of the things that may bring relief to colicky babies. As well as helping symptoms, the calming and bonding experience of massaging your baby can have a really beneficial effect on both of you.

 

  • Before you begin, make sure your hands are clean and warm and that baby is safe and comfortable, perhaps on a soft towel on the floor.
  • Place some oil on your hands and rub together.
  • When massaging baby’s tummy, use soft, gentle strokes working in a clockwise direction. This is important as it follows the natural movement of the intestines and may help to move along, in the correct direction, wind or poo which may be causing discomfort.
  • Gently bringing baby’s legs up towards their tummy and holding for a few seconds is a good move to perform after this as it can further help the passage of wind through the intestines.

 

At Organic Monkey, we have formulated our Belly Bright Organic Tummy Oil with gentle tummy massage in mind. Using a base of fine organic oils, we have included both Neroli and Lavender essential oils, known for their calming and soothing properties, making this oil perfect for massaging your little monkey’s tummy.bellybright

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The Importance of a Baby Massage as part of the Bedtime Routine

Monday, 24 March 2014 10:11:51 Europe/London

The importance of a bedtime routine and time for relaxation and calm for babies cannot be underestimated.

Our latest blog post is written by the fantastic Lucy Jones, a paediatric sleep specialist and certified Gentle Sleep Coach. She is the founder of Love Mornings which offers tailored sleep solutions to tired families throughout the UK.  massage

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Beauty expert, Grace Timothy, has contributed to a variety of titles including; Vogue, VanityFair.com, Red, Company, Zest, Brides and was Acting Beauty Editor of Glamour until her baby, Emie Rae was born in September 2012. Now she juggles her former beauty editor lifestyle with teething rings, damp muslins and a tower of nappies. The Pregnant Beauty Guide is Grace’s new blog, full of myth-busting tips & tricks for hot baby mamas.  Read on for Grace’s wonderful review of our Hello Mellow Massage Oil…

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Top 10 Monkey Themed Christmas Gifts

Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:49:00 Europe/London

Now you know we love all things monkey related here at Organic Monkey HQ so we have sourced the Top 10 Monkey Gifts for your little chimps this Christmas.


 




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We won silver!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 09:37:43 Europe/London

We are delighted to announce that our Belly Better Tummy Oil has just won a silver award from Bizziebaby - the website designed intentially for all mums and dads looking for the best, in depth product reviews online.


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Celebrity status - Mica Paris a fan of our Hello Mellow massage oil.

Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:32:44 Europe/London

Soul singer Mica Paris is doing her bit for marginalized farmers in the developing world this summer, and wants you to as well. She’s on a mission to get us to change what we put on our skin and choose from a growing range of Fairtrade certified beauty products.


Micha Paris

From lipsticks to lotions, mascara to moisturisers, massage oils to nappy balms, it’s never been easier to pamper yourself with Fairtrade to feel good and look good. Over 160 beauty products from 16 companies now carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.




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