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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Hayfever - Natural ways to help your little one.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:51:20 Europe/London

Natural ways to help your little one's hay fever

 

Well summer is finally upon us, but these lovely sunny days bring with them much discomfort for hay fever sufferers. Whilst hay fever is more common in older children, it is still perfectly possible for babies and toddlers to have hay fever, and it is distressing to see our little monkeys suffer. However, there are some simple, natural ways in which you can help your little one if you think they may be affected in this way.

hayfever 

What is hay fever?

Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is officially an allergy to grass pollen, although tree pollen can also be a culprit. It occurs during the summer months, usually between May and October, with July and August being peak months for pollen levels. Pollen is released from grasses in the early morning, and travels up in the air on warm air currents, coming back down as the air cools in the early evening. For this reason the peak times of day for pollen levels are the early morning and early evening, as this is when the pollen surrounds us the most, and it is at its highest on warm, sunny days.

 

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms are the same for babies and toddlers as they are for adults, and may include itchy, watering eyes, sneezing and a runny nose which is clear and watery. Hay fever symptoms will occur at the same time every year on warm days during the summer months. If these symptoms are continuously present at other times of year it is more likely they are caused by an allergy to house dust mites or pet fur. Always see your GP if your little one has any symptoms, as it is important to have a correct diagnosis and to rule out the possibility of a virus or infection.

 

How can I help my little one?

  • Encouraging your child to wear sunglasses (preferably the wraparound type) and a hat with a wide brim will help to keep pollen away from the eyes and face.
  • Wash your little one's face and hands with cool water and change their clothes when they come back in from playing outside. If you are able to wash your child's hair at this point that will help too, but certainly wash it before bed to get rid of any lurking pollen.
  • Keep your windows closed at night and when travelling in the car.
  • You may wish to consider using an air filter inside your home to trap any pollen that has entered during the day.
  • Try not to hang your child's clothing outside to dry during days when the pollen count is high as pollen will cling to the damp fabric.
  • Using a nasal balm, one of the methods recommended by the NHS to reduce hay fever symptoms, can be really effective and our Bumfluff Organic Nappy Balm is ideal for this. It's not just for bums! Our multi-tasking balm can be smeared gently inside and around the nose and will help to trap pollen particles to prevent them from being inhaled. Unlike many commercially available balms, Bumfluff is completely natural and chemical-free, and as well as being effective against pollen it has the added benefit of soothing sore noses with its nourishing oils. The lavender and Roman chamomile essential oils in our original version will also help to calm a suffering little monkey too.

 bumfluff

If you are a parent struggling with hay fever symptoms, Bumfluff is perfect for you to use as a nasal balm too. It is an ideal aid for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers who wish to stay away from hay fever medication, or for anyone wanting a completely natural product to use on sensitive noses. Let Organic Monkey help you through a sneeze-free summer!

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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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Celebrating Real Nappy Week

Friday, 24 April 2015 11:43:34 Europe/London

It's Real Nappy Week! Why our Bumfluff is great for Fluffy Bums

 

This week is Real Nappy Week, a celebration of cloth bots everywhere. Caring for the environment is at the heart of our philosophy, so we wanted to show our support by highlighting some of the advantages using real nappies brings, as well as
bf sharing how our Bumfluff Organic Nappy Balm can be a cloth bot's best friend…

 

Whilst we totally understand that real nappies are not for everyone, the modern versions have never been easier to use and are well worth considering not just for environmental but for economic reasons too. The average saving on a baby wearing cloth nappies rather than disposables is around £500 for the time they are in nappies, and if the nappies are reused for a sibling this saving doubles! It is estimated that the carbon footprint left by using cloth is 40% lower than for disposables, even after factoring in the extra trips to the washing machine. And the bottom line...they look cool!

 

Many nappy manufacturers do not recommend the use of nappy creams with cloth nappies. This is because regular creams can be very heavy and greasy, and if they transfer to the fabric of the nappy they form a barrier that water cannot penetrate. This means that the absorbency of the nappy will be compromised, leading to leaks, and can also cause problems with washing as these heavy creams are difficult to remove from the nappy fabric. Using a nappy liner will help to some extent but with these thicker creams some of them will inevitably penetrate the thin liner and make contact with the fabric of the nappy. Many commercial creams are often petrochemical-based, which is why they are so heavy and clogging. They sit on the skin like an oil-slick, and whilst they do not let moisture in, they also do not let the skin absorb any moisture or let it breathe at all.

 

Bumfluff is different! Leaving the delicate skin of your little monkey's bottom unprotected in any type of nappy just doesn't feel right somehow, and most of us will want to protect this most sensitive of areas from any wetness. Our Bumfluff Organic Nappy Balm is made only from pure organic oils and Fairtrade Shea butter, with organic Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils added to protect and soothe. Because of its light formulation based on natural oils, Bumfluff is easily absorbed by the skin and is incredibly nourishing. The balm still forms a protective barrier, protecting skin from wetness, but unlike commercial creams it allows the skin to breathe. All of this makes Bumfluff Organic Nappy Balm much more suitable for use with cloth nappies, and our real nappy-using customers have told us how pleased they are to have found a balm which is cloth-friendly. Let's hear it for fluffy bums everywhere!


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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.

 

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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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Why Fairtrade REALLY Matters

Thursday, 5 March 2015 12:24:45 Europe/London

Why Fairtrade REALLY matters 

 

It is currently Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual event which serves to promote and highlight the work of the Fairtrade Foundation and encourage consumers to shop more ethically by choosing products which carry the Fairtrade Mark. At Organic Monkey, Fairtrade is right at the heart of what we do and is a big part of our ethos, so we wanted to highlight some of the reasons why Fairtrade really matters.fairtrade

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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

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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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Running the Brighton Marathon

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 14:21:02 Europe/London

I have finally been given the go ahead from my sports therapist to attempt the Brighton marathon next weekend. Ankle still pretty unhappy, swollen, sprained and hurts ALOT but am going to give it a go. This event has totally taken over my life for the last 6 months and there is no way I could even contemplate deferring and starting all over again next year.

 

I chose what was probably the worst winter of weather for training; ridiculous amounts of snow and ice, with rain so cold it that stung my face and gale force winds so strong along the coast road that although I was running, was not actually going forward and nearly got blown into the side of a bus.


So far I have suffered sprained ankle x 2, tendonitis, a trip to A&E, cramps, dizzyness, nausea, what felt like my major organs trying to escape through my belly button, swellings, bruising, complete exhaustion most of the time and the loss of two toenails.


Countless ibuprofen tablets, litres of lucozade and kilo's of chocolate have been consumed, ice packs, frozen peas and arnica gel applied, painful osteopath and sports therapist appointments where I have been crunched, clicked and generally beaten up. Deep tissue massages that have been beyond painful as well as being up at the crack of dawn trying to force feed myself porridge without gagging to get the miles in.


And to top if off, I absolutely HATE running, no running bug caught, not even a glimmer of one on the horizon, (although not that surprising after my experience!) after next Sunday my trainers will be retired for ever and loafing will resume.


I am not prepared, not fit enough and unfortunately have not been able to get as many miles and training sessions in as I planned but I am going to give it my best shot. At the end of the day I am running to raise money for the baby unit that saved my eldest son's life when he was born suffering from birth asphyxia and I can't think of a better motivator. 

 

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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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10k in the bag

Monday, 10 December 2012 14:49:09 Europe/London

Well, I completed the 10k Brighton Brooks Race! Really wanted to do it in under an hour and managed it in 59 mins and 6 seconds so pretty pleased with that.


10k

Unfortunately though I have had to take a couple of weeks out after spraining my ankle but hope to get my trainers on again next week.

 

It was my eldest son’s 4th birthday on Saturday. Cannot believe how quickly that time has gone and still remember very clearly our time spent on the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. I held a coffee morning up there last Monday on behalf of The Early Birth Association and took Forrest along armed with a big chocolate cake for the staff. The parents that we met all said that it was lovely to see how well Forrest was now doing and it gave them all hope for their own poorly babies.

 

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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

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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.

Posted in News Advice By heidi crawford

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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Softest, snuggliest comforter from Rosy Cheek Cosy

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:15:00 Europe/London

I recently purchased a Blossom Panda Comforter from Rosy Cheek Cosy as a gift for my friend’s baby and have to say how lovely it is.comforter

 

Beautifully designed and carefully hand made, this gorgeous comforter is the perfect gift for a newborn. Made from natural bamboo it is also super soft and perfect for snuggling, just the right size for holding and the ideal cot companion to soothe and comfort your little one.

 

I love the fact that it is made from natural, eco fabric so great for babies with sensitive skin as well as the environment and that it is machine washable, a must to get it cleaned and ready again for bedtime!

 

I wish Rosy Cheek Cosy’s comforters had been around when my boys were babies as they would have loved one of these.

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Take a look at their website for other beautiful, soft and snugly things:

www.rosycheekcosy.com

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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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Top 10 Uses for Nappy Balm

Tuesday, 4 September 2012 13:26:28 Europe/London

Top Ten uses for Bumfluff Nappy Balm

 

Our multi award winning ‘Bumfluff’ Organic Nappy Balm is a mums everyday essential but, as we have discovered, it has a wealth of other uses too.

 

From our own experiences and those of you that have fed back, we know that our nappy balm not only keeps babies bum in peachy condition but is a fantastic multi functional aid for the whole family.

 

The Star Ingredients

 

  • Organic & Fairtrade Shea Butter - one of nature’s miracle ingredients, Shea is an excellent moisturiser, working deep in the skin helping to heal and nourish. Packed with vitamins A & E and with strong anti-inflammatory properties, Shea keeps skin healthy and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.

 

  • Organic Beeswax - creates a natural protective barrier for the skin, repelling water from the skin to keep baby’s bottom soft and dry. Also contains soothing and softening properties

 

  • Vitamin E  -this enriching oil energises and enhances the skin's natural regenerative processes. Suitable for all skin types it is incredibly nourishing and nutritive 

 

  • Organic Lavender Essential Oil - lavender has antibacterial and healing properties, making it perfect for sensitive skin.  It’s also well known for helping alleviate the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

 

  • Organic Roman Chamomile Essential Oil - the gentlest form of chamomile, used for centuries to encourage relaxation and serenity as well as possessing pain relieving properties, perfect for calming the most stressful of little monkeys

 

We have compiled a list of the TOP 10 uses for our nappy balm:

 

1.  As an Effective Nappy Balm

 

Developed to naturally nourish and protect against conditions that may lead to nappy rash, a clever blend of organic ingredients create this rich, protective barrier for baby’s bottom. This highly effective balm contains Fairtrade Shea Butter, Beeswax and organic Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils which work to nourish, protect  and restore irritated areas whilst increasing the skins natural moisture retention capacity.  Also available unscented.  

 

2.  To Reduce Dribble Rash

Most babies dribble at some point in their first few years and dribbling normally increases during teething when more saliva is produced. Nappy balm can be used to provide a barrier between your baby’s chin and their dribble, which reduces the irritation causing the rash whilst also helping to moisturise and nourish the skin.

 

3.  To Nourish Dry Skin and Eczema Patches

With its gentle, organic blend of oils and Vitamin E content, nappy balm is great for nourishing dry skin and eczema without causing irritation. The organic lavender essential oil also aids healing and it is great for sensitive skin.

 

4.  A Moisturising Lip Balm

With its shea butter and beeswax content, nappy balm makes an effective lip balm, leaving lips super soft and moisturised.

 

5. To Soothe Sore Noses

Nappy balm is great for soothing rough, dry, sore skin around noses caused from wiping and blowing. Dabbing a small bit onto the affected area will help to relieve and moisturise.

 

6. To Combat Winter Buggy Hands

We have all experienced cold, chapped hands from pushing our prams and buggies in winter. Gloves are impossible and impractical with little ones so try rubbing some nappy balm into the backs of your hands to protect them from the elements and keep them soft and moisturised

 

7. To Soothe Grazes

Use nappy balm to help soothe small grazes. With it’s natural blend of organic oils and vitamin E content, it will soothe and nourish damaged skin.

 

8. To Moisturize Knees & Elbows

Knees and elbows can have the roughest and driest skin on the entire human body. Soften the whole families with an intensely moisturising treatment of nappy balm.

 

9. A Nourishing Eye Cream

For tired, dehydrated skin around the eyes, dab on a bit of nappy balm. It soothes the area as well as moisturizes.

 

10. To Lubricate Zips

And a bit more random to finish…..the next time one of your kids zips gets stuck, try rubbing some nappy balm on it and the natural oils will help lubricate it to run more smoothly.

 

‘Bumfluff’ Organic Nappy Balm costs £10.50 for 50ml.  Available at www.organicmonkey.co.uk and leading independent baby stores nationwide or call 01273 903975 for customer care.

Posted in News By heidi crawford

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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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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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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Bamboo Baby Dress to Impress

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:28:58 Europe/London

I was recently fortunate enough to receive two beautiful jumpers from Bamboo Baby for my 3 and 1 year old boys and thought I should share this gem of a company with you.

 

I always try to buy organic and eco friendly clothing for the boys without compromising on style and quality and these jumpers are real winners.

 

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Baby steps at Red Jelly

Thursday, 8 March 2012 16:50:07 Europe/London

Last Thursday we had  a great morning at the local Red Jelly creative play session set up by the wonderful Tash Tamlyn who invited us to take part and join in with the messy fun.

We met lots of lovely mums and their babies and made footprint pledges as part of our  "Babies first steps" campaign for Fairtrade Fortnight. There was lots of paint and lots of mess and the babies loved it!  All of the footprints were displayed at our Fairtrade event at Brighton and Hove Junior School the following day and for every painting we took to exhibit, we also gave the mums a footprint on a card to take away with them.

 

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Brighton and Hove Junior School Fairtrade Event

Monday, 5 March 2012 16:40:43 Europe/London

We had a great time at Brighton and Hove Junior School on Friday night, taking part in their Fairtrade event. The event was well supported and we met lots of lovely children and parents who were all committed to ‘Take a Step for Fairtrade.  

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:35:16 Europe/London

take a stepFairtrade Fortnight is in full swing and we have already received a great deal of press coverage for our events and activities. Our award winning Bumfluff Nappy Balm was featured in The Independent yesterday and our Relieving Trio of oils was part of the Fairtrade focus in The Metro last Thursday.

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Organic Monkey and 2012

Friday, 30 December 2011 13:32:58 Europe/London

We are really looking forward to the New Year. With so many positive changes at the Organic Monkey HQ and lots of ideas floating around in the formulating room, we should be set to expand not only our range but our work force in early 2012.





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