Teething: How Organic Oils can Help

Monday, 18 May 2015 09:28:25 Europe/London

Teething: How Organic Oils can Help

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The teething process can be a trying time for both babies and parents alike. Your cheerful little monkey suddenly turns into Mr. Cranky Pants, and the little angel who has finally started to sleep through the night may start to wake again, several times, from the pain of it all. Not much fun for anyone!

 

For this reason, and because we have been there (twice!), we formulated our Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething specifically to help with this painful process. We took a long time researching and sourcing the most beneficial and effective organic ingredients in order to produce a product to help alleviate the symptoms of teething in a safe, natural way. We'd love to share with you the reasons why these amazing oils are so beneficial and how their fantastic properties won them a place on Cheeky Monkey's ingredients list:

 

Organic Arnica Essential Oil

Arnica has been used traditionally to treat bruises and sprains for many years, and this is largely owing to its ability to reduce swelling and inflammation and thereby aid the healing process. It stimulates the flow of white blood cells, which in turn helps to disperse trapped fluid and congestion from inflamed areas and bruised tissue. Arnica also helps to relieve pain and aching sensations, and for these reasons it is a valuable tool for alleviating the symptoms of teething.

 

Organic Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic (pain relieving) properties, which is fantastic news for the sore, swollen gums associated with teething. In addition it has mild sedative properties which can be helpful to calm a fractious baby or to aid restful sleep. Lavender is incredibly soothing and safe to use on the youngest and most sensitive of skins, and its many healing properties make it one of the superstars of the essential oil world.

 

Organic Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

This gentle, soothing oil is incredibly calming and relaxing, making it an invaluable ingredient in our Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething. Roman Chamomile is known to help ease neuralgic pain by relieving swelling in affected nerves and blood vessels, a great help against painful teething symptoms.

 

Organic Spearmint Essential Oil

There is archaeological evidence to indicate that spearmint has been used for thousands of years, and it was used in Ancient Greece to help heal both mouth sores and toothache. This is probably because spearmint has not only anti-bacterial but anti-inflammatory properties, and has an analgesic and mild anaesthetic effect. Spearmint is much safer and gentler than peppermint, whilst still possessing the same beneficial qualities, which is why we chose it as being suitable for use on delicate skin. This amazing oil can also help to relax nerves and muscles, and lift mood by reducing stress.

 

In our Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething, we use these essential oils in a base of organic olive, sunflower and sweet almond oils which all have soothing, nourishing properties and are easily absorbed by the skin. Cheeky Monkey is used by applying a few drops externally to the cheeks and gently rubbing in. The result...a naturally soothed little monkey and a calmer you!



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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.

 

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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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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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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

Posted in News Advice By heidi crawford

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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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

Teething - making the process more bearable

Monday, 22 October 2012 12:28:00 Europe/London

We all know how unpleasant the whole teething process is, cranky little monkeys and sleepless nights all round. As a mum of two, I have been through this process twice now so thought it might be useful to share some information my experience and some suggestions and ideas to help.

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Symptoms


Symptoms of teething can start a few months before the teeth actually appear and babies tooth buds develop before they are born. Although the order and age teeth appear varies from baby to baby with some born with a few teeth and some still not having any at a year old, they usually appear in the following sequence:

 

Four central incisors (cutters- the teeth right in the middle of the jaw on the top and bottom ) start appearing at around 6-7 months

Four more side incisors (the teeth next to the central incisors ) appear at around 8 months

Four back molars (chewing teeth) appear at between 10-14 months

Four canines (pointed teeth) appear at around 16-20 months.

Four more back molars appear at between 24-30 months.

 

Babies levels of suffering during the teething process varies greatly too, some babies seem to deal with it without too many problems whilst others find it incredibly painful. Even with minor cases, most babies show some signs of teething. As a first time parent, the whole teething process is very worrying and daunting and it is difficult at times to tell if your babies unhappiness and irritability is due to teething or if there is another cause, especially if you cannot physically see any teeth coming through.

 

Key Signs of Teething:

 

  • Biting and chewing - incessant biting and chewing on anything they can get their hands on; toys, spoons, you, siblings, anything.

 

  • Excessive dribbling - most babies tend to dribble more when teething because the body creates extra saliva to lubricate the tender and bulging gums.

 

  • More unsettled than usual, especially at night - babies who once slept through the night may now wake up several times for comfort. In the quiet hours of night, a baby often feels the teething pain more because there are fewer distractions.

 

  • Decreased appetite -when babies are in pain, they generally don’t want to eat, especially if it triggers their sore spots.

 

  • Pulling of ears and rubbing of chin and cheeks - teething babies may tug furiously at their ear or rub their cheek or chin to create counter pressure that eases some of the pain and throbbing. (Babies with ear infections will also pull on their ears, so make sure you have them checked by your doctor if you suspect more than just teething).

 

Natural Aids:


Both of my sons first teeth arrived at exactly 6 months of age rapidly followed by 3 more coming all at once which must have been so painful. I tried a wide selection of aids to try and help alleviate their suffering, the following being my favouirtes: 

 

  • Freeze a clean, wet flannel or washcloth – your baby will love chewing and sucking on this

 

  • Give them a frozen carrot or celery stick to chew on, the chewing will relieve pressure whilst the cold will soothe their hot, angry gums. (Make sure the pieces are big enough for them to hold and just chew on rather than them putting the whole thing in their mouths to avoid choking.)

 

  • Gently massage some Cheeky Monkey Cheek Rub for Teething on them - our Cheeky Monkey Cheek Rub Oil is a wonderfully natural and effective aid. As well as containing arnica oil, known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities that help with pain and swelling, the method of softly rubbing it onto their cheeks, soothes the area and eases the pain whilst the essentials oils of spearmint, (helping to uplift and reduce stress), lavender and roman chamomile will help to calm and relax your little one

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  • Wear a Gumigem necklace* – I have recently come across a fantastic company, whose founder, Jenny, has created a range of award winning jewellery, designed to look amazing, whilst helping your baby through the teething process. GUMIGEM is a UK based family run business who produce teething jewellery, aimed to provide mummy with a stylish accessory that baby can chomp on to his heart's content.  The silicone used meets FDA standards and is BPA, PVC, Lead, Latex and Phthalate free.

 

*necklaces are intended for the adult wearer and must never be put on a baby.


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Top Tip:


To combat dribble rash try rubbing a small amount of nappy balm onto your babies chin will also help reduce dribble rash, (a dry skin rash or chapping around the mouth and
 on the chin) by creating a barrier between your babies skin and the saliva. Our Bumfluff nappy balm is great for this as is made up of a gentle blend of organic oils which will protect and nourish the skin without causing irritation combined with organic lavender and roman chamomile essential oils which aid healing and will help calm your little ones too.BUMFLUFF

 

The result........ much happier little monkeys and mummies all around.

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Running the Brighton Marathon 2013

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 13:57:00 Europe/London

Those of you that know me know I am not a runner. In fact, I worked it out and it has been over 20 years since I ran for more than a couple of minutes; to the shop, from the car in the rain etc.

 

RUNNINGSHOES

I watch the London Marathon every year and it never ceases to amaze me how many people run for such great causes and I always get emotional. My husband Duncan ran the London Marathon in 2010 for the children’s charity Sparks and I have always wanted to do it so as I am neither pregnant, nor getting younger thought that 2013 would be my year!

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Products We Love - Bonnie Baby

Tuesday, 4 September 2012 15:24:30 Europe/London

Bonnie Baby is a luxury babywear clothing label selling British designed clothes for baby & toddler.

 

Synonymous with imaginative design, use of colour and beautiful quality, Bonnie Baby’s designs are modern and stylish with witty touches and great attention to detail.

 

tracey samuel

The label was founded in 2004 by fashion designer and parent Tracey Samuel who, after years designing for some of the world’s biggest fashion houses, decided it was time that babies got to look stylish too. After the birth of her daughter Alice Bee, Tracey designed a capsule collection of machine washable cashmere luxury baby clothes that instantly became a sell-out.

 

The collection has now expanded to include cottons, silks, wovens and jersey basics – all designed with a sense of innocence and childlike fun which is at the heart of everything Bonnie Baby do and they have just launched their first childrenswear collection for Autumn Winter 2012/13.

 

With strong use of colour, knits and animal motifs this season I am sure these beautifully designed clothes will be on every style conscious mums wish list. My personal favourites are the Foxy Sweater £37.50 and the gorgeous Moira lambswool hat £25.00. 

 

 mr foxmoira blue

 

Bonnie Baby is stocked in up-market stores around the world, including Selfridges and Harrods, Harvey Nicols and Barneys and can also be bought online at www.bonniebaby.co.uk where all Organic Monkey customers will receive a 20% discount when using the following discount code: OG20.

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Happy Birthday to Us

Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:45:56 Europe/London

Organic Monkey Celebrates 2nd Birthday

 

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Happy Birthday to us! The sun was shining for us as we celebrated our 2nd birthday last weekend. It was great to share our day with family and friends and our little monkeys had a brilliant time.

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