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Welcome to part two of our How to Put Together and Use a Natural First Aid Kit blog series. 
For Part one click here. 


Aloe Vera Gel – either use the fresh gel from the plant or buy a tube of it and keep it in the fridge to instantly soothe burnt, itchy or irritated skin. (It doesn’t have to be in the fridge, it can also be carried with you on the road. The fridge option is just to give the additional benefit of being cold).

A side note, if you’re out in the heat and struggle with prickly heat, aloe is your go-to guy here too.

Lavender – a very versatile essential oil to help ease sunburn.

1. Try mixing a few drops of Lavender into some cool water, shake well and spray the over sunburn

2. Add a couple of drops to a good squeeze of aloe vera gel and spread across the area of sunburn.

3. Make a compress by adding a few drops of lavender oil to a bowl of cold water add soak and wring out a damp cloth and cover the sunburned area. Repeat each time the compress warms up.

4. Take a cool bath, with cider vinegar and Lavender Essential Oil and or Peppermint oil to promote healing and help “take the heat out.”

5. After the first day, add 5 drops of Lavender to 5 ml (one teaspoon) of your favourite carrier oil and gently apply to the burned area.

6. Cold tea may also be applied to burns and scalds – its high tannin content helps to reduce ‘weeping’ wounds.

When calamity strikes, it’s always comforting to know that you’ve got a First-Aid kit at home and whilst travelling to deal with unexpected bumps, bruises bites and bubbly tummies. But have you ever considered taking a holistic approach to First Aid?

Instead of chemical-laden harsh antiseptics, hydrocortisone or additive-packed medicines, try reaching for holistic remedies instead to soothe, calm, disinfect, treat and heal wounds.
You may be surprised to learn what your kitchen cupboards and health food shops can offer!

Of course, for any serious accidents you should seek medical help, but for the occasional scratch, bump, bite or bout of indigestion, pack nature’s remedies.

A natural first aid kit should contain the following items:

For Shock After an Accident Occurs

Bach Rescue Remedy for the immediate relief of the shock or hysteria that often occurs with an accident.

Lemon Balm, Chamomile, and Lavender –a blend or singular herbal tea using these herbs may help ease the shock and calm the body.

Insect Repellent

To repel insects such as mosquitoes, biting flies, and fleas, apply this natural insect repellent.

50 drops (total) essential oil mix of citronella, tea tree, and lavender (other options include cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and rosemary)
4 tablespoons carrier oil (e.g almond oil, coconut, jojoba)

Blend the essential oils, then add to the carrier oil in a dark glass bottle or jar. Apply to the skin by dabbing it on your wrists, behind your ears, inside your elbows, behind your knees, and around your ankles. Remember to reapply after an hour and after exercise.

Personally, I like to use aloe vera gel to make it more spreadable across my skin. I just use a little dish and mix the above repellent with the aloe together before applying.

After summer months of staying up late, running wild outside and playing video games, kids are in for a huge adjustment as they head back to school.

Most children need help transitioning back into a routine with early mornings, structured meals and deadlines for a fruitful start to the school year; but it’s not only the kids that need help.

Whether you’re a working or stay at home parent, the kids going back to school can be a stressful or anxious time of year.

This blog will be covering my 5 tips for getting you and your kids on track for a healthy start to the school year.

Let's get started!

Now that we're approaching the “Back to School” time of the year, the cold and flu season is just around the corner —a time of year that parents know all too well.

This is the time of the year to really start focusing on making sure your children’s immune systems are strong and healthy as they start a new school year.
So where do you start when it comes to keeping your child healthy so they have a properly functioning immune system?

Before the first runny nose or sore throat makes its unwanted appearance, let’s dig into our 5 Ways To Naturally Boost Your Child’s Immune System.

No. 1 - Nutrition

The first step, the very foundation of having a strong immune system is nutrition.
I cannot stress enough the importance of consuming high quality, whole foods.
The benefits can be seen and felt almost immediately!

A healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, broths, legumes, fermented foods and essential fatty acids (think fish oils/algae oil/coconut oils/hemp seed oil) is the way to go.

A primarily plant-based diet rich in these foods means you’re providing your child’s body with the nutrients it needs to boost their immune system with nourishing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

I highly recommend having a look into some amazing cookbooks like The Happy Pear book 1 and 2 and Deliciously Ella, or the recipe sections on their websites for some great healthy food inspo. They’re simple, healthy and super tasty.

If you need some help in this area, check out my previous blog on developing healthy eating habits in young kids or if you need snack ideas, check out healthy snack ideas for kids (and adults) here.

Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids (and Adults)!

Posted: Thu, 06 October 2016, 07:06

For those of you looking for healthier snack ideas for your kids, you’ve come to the right place!
Here I have gathered together a collection of healthy kid friendly snack recipes that look and taste super delicious, so your kids won’t even miss those less nutritious choices!

They’re also a lot healthier than many of the snack choices available on the shelves, like crisps, biscuits, chocolate bars and other sweets treats. Whilst these might taste good and give the desired 'sugar hit', these foods are more often than not hugely processed, high in saturated fats, sugar and salt whilst providing very few, if any, nutrients.They should instead be seen as ‘occasional’ treats.

Instead, try opting for nutrient rich foods that will provide a wide array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and healthy fats for optimal fuel to keep your kids energy levels tip top!

Sweet Snack Options

Chewy Sultana Cookies by Deliciously Ella

These chewy and moreish cookies are perfect for nibbling on anytime, from morning till night. They’re nice and sweet, but without containing any nasties.

Granola Bars by The Happy Pear

You can’t go wrong with anything when it comes to The Happy Pear food – I am an avid fan! And these granola bars are a sure-fire hit with the kids (and adults too – myself included!)

They also have two great books, including a section in the 2nd book on feeding young kids, so pop instore and check it out - it's well worth the read, and the recipes are divine!

6 Tips For Developing Healthy Eating Habits In Young Kids

Posted: Thu, 29 September 2016, 09:14

Why is it that some children eat well and make healthy choices, and some are super fussy and have a difficult relationship with food?

Eating can be a much debated and sensitive topic amongst parents, especially when everyone is trying to get their child to eat well and make healthy choices.
It wouldn’t be fair to say that difficult or picky eaters are always a creation of their upbringing, however I believe that very often, our own relationship and attitude towards food can greatly influence children.

Within this blog I will lay out 6 Tips For Developing Healthy Eating Habits In Young Kids

No. 1 - Eat With Your Children as Often as Possible

Children learn by example — so unfortunately if you scoff down junk food in front of the TV, they will soon learn to do the same! Kids like to eat what their parents are eating, especially when they’re young.
Instead of sitting on the sofa, set up the table and enjoy a meal together as a family at least once a day if you can.

This way of eating can also help promote home-cooked meals which are often much healthier and balanced, plus it is more likely to be appreciated when time is taken to enjoy it properly.

Eating together at the table can also encourage social interaction and connection, so turn off the T.V and enjoy each other’s company and the good food.

The back to school season is thoroughly upon us, and you may have noticed your child has brought home more than tonight’s homework. Often the first problem people come across after their bouncing well-holidayed kiddy-winks are back to school is the sudden influx of back-to-school bugs, viruses and general immune system mayhem.

You can boost your child’s immune system through a good well balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, with their bodies being filled to the brim with plenty of vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and the likes.

With a whole new routine, early mornings, lots of new information being thrown at them and then their after school activities to top it off, children need as much energy and brain support as they can get their hands on!
That’s why we’ve wrangled a few tips on how to help keep your kid’s concentration and learning abilities up, and not having them fall asleep 15 minutes into class!

Make sure your backpack is zipped and your shoes are tied: we’re about to run through 4 Back to School Supplements to help support your child’s immune system, energy levels and concentration.

Emily’s Guide to a Good Health Regime for Mums-To-Be

Posted: Thu, 20 August 2015, 12:27

There’s a lot of advice rolling around the internet for mums-to-be. What to eat, what not to, how to exercise. It can get a bit exhausting.
Instead of creating a straight wellness post for expecting mums, we’ve instead opted for our 7 top tips for keeping both your health and your sanity during your pregnancy.

Remember, you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new workouts or diets, but once you’ve got the all-clear, dig into our Guide to a Good Health Regime for Mums-To-Be.

1. Focus on your Breath and/or Meditate

Pregnancy is the perfect time to really tune in with yourself and to listen to your body.

Breathing is often something we don’t even think about. It’s just part of the way we function.
Whether you’re expecting or not, it is good to get into a regular habit of really focusing on your breath, though especially when you’re pregnant.

Not only does it help to keep you in the moment, allowing you to improve your sense of concentration and focus, but breathing is also a very important part of delivering a baby, helping the body prepare for the process of labour. It helps to relax the body both mentally and physically, helping to take the mind off pain during labour.

Meditating, or focusing on your breath, can be a fantastic tool to help ease the signs or symptoms of anxiety, stress, nerves, or the constant inner monologue that we are all subject to at times.

It can help to teach you how to discipline your mind and be in ‘the now’ and still the mind.

The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Posted: Mon, 17 August 2015, 11:28

Prenatal yoga is a fantastic way to provide your body with strength, flexibility and endurance, as well as helping with reducing stress and anxiety. Here are the biggest draws to prenatal yoga:

It can help you connect with the changes of your new body, helping to ease you into these changes and allow you to let go of what your body used to be able to do, and help and guide you to what you can do now and how you can use it to ensure a healthy happy baby.

A lot of things will start to change during your transition into and throughout your pregnancy and it is a good idea to support your body throughout. Prenatal yoga can be a brilliant tool for you to nurture, support and strengthen your body where it needs it most.

Prenatal yoga helps to keep your core and posture strong and can help aid those pregnancy aches and pains. For one thing, your posture is going to change as a result of the centre of gravity adjusting as your baby grows.

In order to stay upright, there is a balance between the lower back muscles and the four abdominal muscles. When your baby grows, resulting in a larger belly, this pushes forward and stretches the abdominals beyond their original shape. This can cause a weakening which results in lower back pain and strain.

A qualified yoga instructor can advise on the best postures to ease this pain and keep your posture supported.

Grocery List

Grocery List

When you’re an expectant or current mother, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with the nutritional needs of you and your baby. That’s why we’ve pulled together this handy list for you to bring with you to make shopping for yourself and your little one a bit easier.
Scroll to the bottom for our full shopping list.

Fruits and Vegetables

Both fruits and vegetables have a huge variety of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants that are fantastically helpful during pregnancy.
Eat the rainbow as they say, ensuring you are eating a variety of colourful fruits and veggies in your diet and making sure to include lots green leafy vegetables. These can also help raise important vitamin K levels and provide you with plenty of B vitamins, including folate which contributes to the normal growth of the foetus and iron.

You won’t need to buy everything on this list at once, but try rotating weekly your selection from this list to get a wide variety of nutrients into your diet.

Also please don’t hesitate to add as many other fruits and veggies as you like, and don’t feel restricted to this list alone.

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