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.

 

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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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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.

Posted in News Advice By heidi crawford

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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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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