5.19.2015

essential oils // natural birth kit & gentle baby body balm recipe


while beautiful and miraculous, plainly put, giving birth is very hard work.  from both of my experiences, having a baby it is not only physically taxing but very emotionally challenging too.  i think many of us assume, and correctly so, that it will hurt hurt hurt.  while true, i feel that pregnant moms, myself especially included, are unable (undoubtably for good reason) to grasp the toll that labor and delivery will take on their hearts emotionally speaking.  i feel those expecting have a perfect package wrapped up in our minds and when that doesn't unfold the way we've been hoping, everything within our reach, or so it seems, is susceptible to crumble like a dried out sand castle.  or at least that's how i felt in those immediate hours after having given birth.  as excited and overjoyed i was to meet both of our babies, each experience was rather overwhelming.  when a precious life is involved, the stakes are high, and possibly as high as a one can go.  when i think back to how i felt when i had both stella and theodore, the physical pain i had in those intense moments of labor and delivery was fervent, coupled with the raw emotional pendulum we felt chained to as our babies were whisked away from our teary eyes and into the nicu where all was uncertain for far too long.  

let me boldy say, birth is amazing.  it is most definitely beyond and above stringing together words and it is thee most beautiful gift.  but, is also so hard.  growing, having, and meeting our babies was undoubtedly one of the most humble seasons of my life, and if i am being honest, the entire journey was and still is very difficult to emotionally navigate.  i think about those times in the hospital quite a bit, reflecting on each moment as i know i'll be experiencing this all again very soon.  although i am well aware that things could be very different this time around, and i pray every day that they will be, we are taking a few extra steps to help both my physical and emotional healing while i stay in the hospital.  for our third labor and delivery i am taking with me my oils birth kit.  it is packed with simple and natural forms of comfort and healing to aid throughout the whole process.  i have already started using some of these oils to help prepare my body for giving birth, and use certain oils to help calm me down throughout the day when feeling anxious or sensing unease.  i feel so blessed to have these little bottles to help me when i need it, and love even more that they are pure, safe, and made by god.  knowing that i'll have this tool kit gives me a tremendous amount of contentment and i am happy to share it with you. 

gentle baby blend: i'll be diffusing this blend during labor and delivery to help calm emotions and create a beautiful atmosphere as we welcome our little love into the world.  i adore the smell of this oil blend and have been wearing it and diffusing it regularly throughout my pregnancy.  it contains some of my favorite calming oils: lavender, geranium, roman chamomile, rosewood, jasmine, palmarosa, rose, bergamot, ylang ylang, and lemon.  it smells like the loveliest garden and it is what i want to smell during those times of discomfort.  in addition to diffusing, i made a gentle babies body balm with this oil that i've packed in our hospital bag to use after delivery to help my skin.  every oil in this blend is beneficial for skin regeneration and combined with carrier oils it is very soothing.  i will be applying this all over in the hospital, as i am currently, to my belly and legs and back to help my skin as it changes and stretches daily.  this oils blend is also safe for babes when used correctly and one we will be using once our little one is born.

my gentle baby body balm recipe: 

with a hand mixer, whip 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil and 1/4 cup of shea butter until smooth.  add 30 drops of gentle baby oil (you can add a few drops of lavender to this if you are wanting to help calm your uterus down) to the whipped oil mixture and blend in.  melt one teaspoon of organic bees wax pellets in a mason jar.  you can do this using a double boiler method on the stove.  once the bees wax is melted, and stir oils mixture into the wax until fully incorporated.  store in a cool place overnight to let set.  this mixture will harden a little bit creating a soothing yet very soft body balm.  

lavender: this versatile oil is one i have been using throughout my entire pregnancy.  not only does it promote relaxation and help relieve pain, but it may help calm the uterus if experiencing early contractions.  i keep this one nearby and use it neat on my lower abdomen if i cannot get my pre-labor contractions to settle down, which i have been having a lot of.  this oil, paired with a large glass of ice water and laying on my side have helped me and my baby relax. 

claraderm spray: i have heard amazing things about this oil blend spray.  it is a bit of a splurge, but after all i have heard and read i think it will be quite worth it since it contains so many oils that together, create the perfect healing blend for both pre and post delivery.  the oils in this spray are myrrh, tea tree, lavender, frankincense, roman chamomile, and helichrysum with a coconut oil base.  because it is diluted with a carrier, it is safe to spray on your lady bits and is suggested you do so not only after delivering, but also before labor as early as a few months out.  myrrh serves as a liquid bandaid helping avoid infection, lavender and frankincense sooth and heal, roman chamomile is good for skin regeneration and calming, tea tree is anti-bacterial, and helichrysum is known for its amazing restorative and healing properties.  

geranium: this oil is one that can help the perineum before delivering.  to one ounce of almond oil, add ten or so drops of geranium and massage.  this can help prevent tearing during delivery and make for a smoother recovery.  i plan on using this in a sitz bath after delivery as well as this oil is known to help with pain and inflammation.  in addition to helping pull together tissues after delivery, this oil may also help stimulate circulation which in turn can facilitate easier breathing during difficult bouts of labor.

peppermint: this oil may be helpful to relieve nausea before or during labor.  it's a good one to have on hand if you are in need of immediate relief.  i will put a drop of it on the roof of my mouth or simply smell from the bottle if i am feeling sick to my stomach.  note: this oil may hinder your milk supply so keep that in mind.

lemon: adding a drop to ice water may help with swelling and water retention.  i have been doing this once a day to act as a gentle detox to help keep things moving in my system.  it also peps up my water which is nice since i am strictly supposed to be drinking like a hundred glasses a day.

fennel: this oil can help boost your milk supply!  i am bring it along to help increase my lactation by swallowing a drop in a tablespoon of honey a few times before heading home.

peace and calming: i'll be diffusing this blend at night in the hospital and applying on my spine and feet to get a restful (as restful as one can in a hospital) sleep. 

clary sage: this oil is used to help speed along labor, but given that i am in need of the opposite i will not be adding this to my personal birth kit.  however, i do have friends who have used this to help induce labor and swear by it.

gentle babies book: this recourse is one that has helped our family tremendously.  we will be packing it along in our hospital bag as well. 

*if you are new to oils or are wanting more information regarding safety etc. please read below.  if you are wanting to order oils of your own or create your own birth kit, click this link and create a wholesale account.  feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email if you have further questions!


it's important to note that oils are a great tool to have when it comes to practicing wellness, no matter the season, but if used without knowledge they can be harmful, just like medicine that is used irresponsibly.  this by no means should deter you from using them because they are a great way to keep your family healthy naturally throughout the seasons, just do your homework and play it safe.  education, education, education friends!  also, the information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  the information represents what i, an independent distributer of young living essential oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  statements on this website have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition please consult your physical before using these products.  furthermore, information found on this site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health and dietary decisions based upon your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider. 

why young living oils you ask?  our family chose to use young living essential oils because they are a seed to seal company, meaning they plant, cultivate, distill, test, and seal the product resulting in a product that is genuine, free of synthetic chemicals, and unmatched in purity.  it is important to note: not all oils are safe to consume or to use even on small humans; furthermore, many oils you find in the supermarket are either diluted or are comprised of a variety of ingredients that will not give you the same health benefits as a product like young living.  i have learned you must check the labels on the oils and do your own research before ingesting any oils, no matter the brand.  likewise, is important to practice caution with any oil or natural remedy you are using at home to ensure the safety of you and your family.  

5.18.2015

motherhood // preterm labor & our hospital bag


as i lay in bed with my feet propped up and a cool fan on my face, i am noticing that this sweet babe growing in this belly on mine must be taking a nap, for he or she is usually full of spark, kicking here and there, even rolling across my stomach visible for all to see.  but now, it's late morning and all is calm.  i'll take the calm.  it's a welcomed change of pace.

i am currently thirty three weeks along, and these past few have been a whirlwind to say the least.  because perhaps life in the springtime brings on a season of doing and planting and prepping and such, or being that i get to chase a little boy who loves to eat dirt around all day, my pregnant body has been favoring pre labor contractions for quite some time now.  it has been a bit uncomfortable and rather worrisome, given that we've been down this road of delivering early before.  there has never been a reason as to why i deliver early, other than that is just what happens.  and i suppose if one were to really analyze why my body has been contracting so soon for awhile now, one would eventually chalk it up to because my body just does.  because after drinking all the water and taking all the rests and doing everything my doctor has said, i have been having about four to five contractions an hour.  every hour.  for about a month.  so as of last week, i went in for some steroid treatments to help baby's lungs and tests (fetal fibronectin) that were able to tell us that i would probably not be delivering within the next week or two.  such beautiful news!  alas, i was sent home with strict instructions to "take it easy" aka "bed rest" with minimal to no stairs, no exercise, no lifting, no difficult chores, no getting out of breath etc.  which is easier said than done for a busy body who looks after little ones from sun up to sun down.  but if we can keep this baby cooking for another month, i'll do anything.  so i am cheerfully abiding and while accepting help from anyone that will offer it.  oh you want to bring over street tacos for supper?  okay.  i suppose.  :)  just don't forget the hot sauce. 

much to my disbelief at how fast this all has gone in these final weeks, we are nearing the end of this journey and are so close to meeting this sweet baby of ours.  since i delivered early at 35 weeks with both stella and theodore, packing our hospital bag is my first step in recognizing this is happening.  the bag sitting there by our nursery says, "yes, this is all very real and you are prepared."  i think every new parent, no matter how many children they have, go through a stage of nervousness before meeting their little one.  i think it would be silly not to!  taking care of and raising a little human is an extraordinary responsibility and believe it's a good thing to want to have all your ducks in a row before bringing the new baby home.  my internal mama monologue has been steadily whispering, "are we ready for this?  can i handle this?  three is a big jump from two, because hello...we will be outnumbered!"  but of course we are ready.  i am ready, and quite giddily so.  we cannot wait to stare into the dark eyes of this little one, to breathe in his or her sweet newborn scent, to wake in the middle of the night to nurse and cuddle.  yes we are ready, but keep on baking little bun, we want you to be healthy and strong when you come into the world!

in packing a hospital bag, i am taken back to the time that i didn't have one when we delivered stella.  i laid there on the couch laboring, mind you after my water had broke on a patio when we were out for burgers here in kanas city, and andrew went about in a new dad frenzy shoving things here and there in a duffle.  we forgot nearly everything as i laid there, mid contraction fatigue, telling him, "don't forget the baby clothes!" and "grab me a comfortable skirt to wear!"  not only did we pack far too many things we did not need, but andrew laid out black pencil skirt for me to wear in the thick of this laboring madness.  he was sure that was what i would have wanted to deliver in, never mind the narrowness of said schoolmarm skirt.  we still laugh at that today, him asking me if my pencil skirt has been washed and ready to go for the big event.  and white panties?  no, no, no.  do not bring those either.  

this time around, our third adventure of delivering a baby, we are starting things a little early at thirty three weeks and doing our best to stay ahead of the game.  we will be staying overnight in the hospital with a possibility of having our little one come early, so the contents of this bag are rather substantial to what you may consider.  in keeping with the essentials, plus a few extras to make our hospital stay more comfortable, here is what i have thus far to help me though labor, delivery, and everything to make my recovery in the hours afterward a smooth one.  *some items below are linked to things we have purchased and are going to use, other's not linked are most likely hand-me-downs or do not have a source.  

for mama:


- a few comfy pillows from home

- a soft, stretchy robe
- slippers and a pair of warm wool socks
- lip balm
- a few nursing bras that are comfortable enough to sleep in
- nursing pads
- many pairs of dark underwear 
- two loose fitting tee shirts
- comfortable feminine pads (the ones they give you are practically diapers, and while that's all and good, they are not the most pleasant while walking around)
- body balm (i am making mine and will share the recipe in my oils post)
- one pretty going home shirt (you'll be a bit swollen, or at least i always am, and something pretty helps me feel extra nice on that last day in the hospital) 
- a pair of button down pjs (to make it easy to nurse or pump in the night)
- normal toiletries (i am keeping mine in a bag in the bathroom, ready to go whenever but also ready for everyday use, and don't forget shampoo and conditioner and minimal makeup) 
- two pairs of stretchy, cozy pants (such as yoga pants or thick leggings)
- a warm cardigan for walking the cold hallway
- face towelettes (i love the sage and cucumber made by burt's bees)
- essential oils (i will be doing a post on this later this week about the specific ones i am bringing and why)
- massage oil (i am using ortho ease to help with pain after delivery)
- oil diffuser for delivery and after to calm 
- camera, chargers, and computer
- two warm and comfortable outfits for your husband (hospitals are freezing at night!)
- a few snacks and mints 
- a heating pad for back pain

for our little one: 


- a few cozy and soft onesies (we love the ones with the open bottoms to make changing easier, and if your little one is in the nicu, it helps keep the wires from tangling)

- a soft hat and pair of booties
- a paci (we used this in the nicu for comfort when we were not able to hold our little ones)
- baby blanket
- a few books to read to your babe (we loved doing this with both our little ones)
- two swaddle wraps, one thin and one a bit thicker for layering in the nicu crib 
- a warm and comfortable going home outfit
- approved car seat

i like to gather everything up and wash it all with our baby detergent before packing it away.  for the things that you use everyday, like toiletries and such, make a list and leave it somewhere easy to find, like the top of your night stand or in the bathroom cupboard.  that way, when it is time to finish packing essentials and head towards the hospital you or your husband, depending on who's doing the packing at that point, can remember what else should be included!

4.06.2015

motherhood // why i love this stage


stella vivienne (at two months shy of four): because of her strong heart and driven spirit.  because of the things she says out of the blue that always make us pause and smile.  because her memory is a steal trap.  she will bring up things from when she was barely two years old, proving to us that travel is important even when they are itty bitty.  because she calls our dining room the "diamond room".  because she'll eat anything and everything we put in front of her, whether it be escargot or mussels from our saturday lunch at the neighborhood bistro.  because she giggles when she is getting cozy and how she loves her pink blankie more than anything in the world.  because she's the sweetest combination of fearless and shy.  how she carries herself through life at such young age inspires me.  because she never forgets a thank you and because she is always eager to help.  because she'd rather watch a cooking show than dora.  because of the way she marches to the tune of her own gorgeous drum in ballet.  because when she laughs it comes from deep within.  it is contagious her laugh. because she thinks dandelions are sunflowers.  and because she wakes up with sunshine in her smile, always.

theodore louie (at 18 months):  because he climbs on everything, dining room chairs, the coffee table, just everything.  he manages to seat himself at our dining room table like a big boy, loving life sitting tall and proud.  his determination is unshakable and he grunts his way to whatever he wishes to climb.  because he dunks toilet paper rolls in the toilet.  daily.  i do not love the act of him doing this, rather his determination.  such a clever little boy that always makes us laugh.  because he has three crooked front teeth from falling on our hard wood floors last month.  the way they turn melts my heart entirely.  because of that look he gives us just before doing something silly.  or the face he makes when we hears a dog bark.  because he pats our back when we hold him and cuddles in so deeply when we give him a bottle.  he is our cuddle bug and i could not love it more.  because to him, all animals are dogs which he calls, "doh!" out the window.  whether it be a squirrel jumping or bird flying, we hear "doh!" from our little green eyed bub.  because you can take one look at him and just know he's a busy boy.  always on the go, presumably thinking, "what can i get into?"

essential oils // everyday oils for spring wellness


spring has undoubtably arrived and as i look out the wall of paned glass windows in our bedroom, i see trees and bushes dotted with fuchsia, soft ivorybright mustard, light purple, and the freshest shade of green.  the window is cracked open and the cool morning air is making its way into our home, freshening everything up.  like most spring days, the clouds look as though they are on the cusp of rain.  you can just feel that at any moment, it will start to sprinkle a bit, nourishing all those thirsty blades of grass.  i used to say that autumn is my favorite month, but i think that may be changing.  i love the sense of renewal brought upon by the colorful season of spring.  i love the newness of it all.  it's like i am hearing birds chirp for the very first time ever, and that is really speaking to my soul.  

in this season of growth, our family is starting to change up our wellness routine a bit.  because of the pollen and rise and fall of the temperature, seasonal discomfort has started over here at the watters house.  welcome itchy eyes and the ever-present runny nose!  eh, not really.  because of this, our wellness and oil regimen has taken on a new shape.  we are swapping out oils that helped congestion and breathing and other yucky winter ailments with ones that will help balance us this season.  we are also focusing more on cleaning and purifying, so using all-natural (kiddo safe) products are a must right now.  below i am going to share with you how our family specifically uses essential oils throughout this springtime season. 

seasonal discomfort blend (lavender + peppermint + lemon):  for those who deal with the coughing, sneezing, itchy yuckies come springtime.  

- rub one drop of each on the back of your neck or the bottom of your feet each morning and evening.    using a carrier oil while applying is up to you.  
- you can make a roller bottle for this to make this process easier, adding 20 drops of each oil to a 10 ml roller bottle and filling the rest with a carrier oil.  this recipe would be good for adults.  for kiddos, i would use a much more diluted blend and reference your gentle babies book to further apply. 
- know that applying lemon oil and going into the sun for an extended amount of should be avoided.  
- add 2 to 3 drops to your diffuser and diffuse according to your machine's instructions or for as long as needed. 
- take 2-3 drops of each oil in a vegetable capsule each morning or add a couple drops of each oil to a spoon full of local honey.  

joy oil blend: 

- i use this as my perfume.  it is very floral, and i love how refreshing and uplifting it is.  i rub it on my wrists and over my heart each morning.  this oil was made to help balance emotionally, something i could use a bit of every single day.  


- not only is copaiba anti-inflammatory, but it is also a magnifying oil, so it enhances the effects of other essential oils.  it will make you seasonal discomfort blend much more powerful and effective. 
- this is also a great oil to use in conjunction with lavender if your little one falls and gets an owie.  it helps the oil work more effectively. 


- orange oil brings peace and happiness to the mind.  it is rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.  because of this, i like adding a few drops to my homemade face cream. 
- one can also use this oil to help you clean.  it really does a number of goo and grease!  
- you can head to my latest oily post about all the amazing things orange oil can do.


- add 5 or so drops to your diffuser and diffusing when spring cleaning to purify and cleanse the air.  you can add some lemon or orange essential oil to this when diffusing to create a more citrusy scent.  i have found this oil blend to with just as well if not better than fabreeze, without all those harsh chemicals!  you can also put some on a cotton ball and place it where you want to get rid of smells.
- as an antibacterial, you can apply top bug bites to stop the itching and to disinfect.  this will also work for a bee sting to help reduce pain and swelling.  
- rub on the outside of your sore throat to relieve. 
- add a drop on blemishes to aid in clearing the skin.
- pop a roller ball on top of your oils bottle and use as a deodorant
- add several drops to your dryer balls in lieu of fabric softener. 
- put a few drops at the base of your door to prevent pest invasion in your home. 


- put a drop in your ice water for a pick me up.
- inhale or diffuse for a boost of energy if feeling blue or are in a funk. 
- this oil can help is weight management, too.  you can put a drop in water to help curb an appetite, while giving you wonderful health benefits as well. 

it's important to note that oils are a great tool to have when it comes to practicing wellness, no matter the season, but if used without knowledge they can be harmful, just like medicine that is used irresponsibly.  this by no means should deter you from using them because they are a great way to keep your family healthy naturally throughout the seasons, just do your homework and play it safe.  educationeducationeducation friends!  also, the information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  the information represents what i, an independent distributer of young living essential oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  statements on this website have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition please consult your physical before using these products.  furthermore, information found on this site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health and dietary decisions based upon your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider. 

and before i forget, for this month's promo and i am gifting a 15ml bottle of young living orange essential oil for those who sign up under me as new wholesale member for this month and purchase a premium starter kit.  you can quick order your kit here.  if you are wanting more information on how and why our family uses oils made by young living farms, head here.  this promotion is valid throughout the entire month of april for those who follow the guidelines stated above.  and nope, you never have to sell anything when you become a wholesale member of young living.  in fact, most people don't!  being on my team just gives you heaps of education and support from other oil users like myself.  make sure you sign up wholesale to get your 24% off.  that is not offered to retail customers.  happy oiling, friends!

*why young living oils you ask?  our family chose to use young living essential oils because they are a seed to seal company, meaning they plant, cultivate, distill, test, and seal the product resulting in a product that is genuine, free of synthetic chemicals, and unmatched in purity.  it is important to note: not all oils are safe to consume or to use even on small humans; furthermore, many oils you find in the supermarket are either diluted or are comprised of a variety of ingredients that will not give you the same health benefits as a product like young living.  i have learned you must check the labels on the oils and do your own research before ingesting any oils, no matter the brand.  likewise, is important to practice caution with any oil or natural remedy you are using at home to ensure the safety of you and your family.  

4.01.2015

essentail oils // april promo + the beauty of orange oil


it's here, it's april!  our calendar is flipped and fruit had found it's way on the table.  i don't know about you, but i am sure thankful this month has arrived.  because all things spring!  and flowers.  and being barefoot in the backyard.  and playdates outdoors.  and windows down while running errands.  and popsicles.  the start of picnics.  all of it!    

one can not be in a good mood with all of this happening.  it is also such a great time to dive into natural cleaning and making your home smell all citrusy fresh.  i am over here diffusing essential oils and getting ready to make a new batch of household cleaner to start.  because it's spring and i love happy scents, i am using orange oil as the basis of most of my homemade cleaning recipes.  it happens to be one of my new favorite oils because there are so many practical uses for it.  it's both an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, an antiseptic and most importantly, you can add it to your cinnamon roll icing.  praise!  i have found throughout the past few months there are so many other wonderful ways to use this oil and i am happy to share them with you.

- diffuse when down or a bit cranky or if you need a little pick me up

- add it to lavender and a carrier oil to sooth kids that are wound up

- add a couple of drops to ice water or a smoothie for a yummy treat

- put a few drops somewhere smelly to freshen it up, say the garbage can or diaper pail

- put on tile stains and wipe away after a few minutes to clean

- add 5-10 drops to a 1/4 cup epsom salts or bath salts for relaxing tub time

- combine 20 drops in soapy water (i use non-scented castile soap) and clean surfaces or walls or cupboards or dishes 

- add 10 drops to 1/4 cup of coarse salt and rub on your cutting boards to purify

- add to your water + vinegar counter spray to disinfect

- message a few drops into your favorite carrier oil (i like jojoba or almond) to help brighten complexion

- add a drop to your toothpaste to whiten teeth and help tooth owies

- use a few drops to cut grease or wipe off glue

april promo: for this month's promo and i am gifting a 15ml bottle of young living orange essential oil for those who sign up under me as new wholesale member for this month and purchase a premium starter kit.  you can quick order your kit here.  if you are wanting more information on how and why our family uses oils made by young living farms, head here.  this promotion is valid throughout the entire month of april for those who follow the guidelines stated above. 

*the information contained on this website is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  the information represents what i, an independent distributer of young living essential oils, have chosen to do to take charge of my own personal health and that of my family.  statements on this website have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition please consult your physical before using these products.  furthermore, information found on this site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health and dietary decisions based upon your own research and partnership with your healthcare provider.