August 17, 2016

Protect Yourself from Zika, Malaria, Dengue Fever & other Nasty Mosquito Born Viruses with Natural Organic Essential Oils and Common Sense

With so many of our us exposed to mosquito infected disease-prone areas, we decided to ask a natural health doctor about the best way to protect ourselves, and our family, naturally…

This is the response we are happy to share with you here:  

By Dr. Johnathon Dao MD(AM) cureplanet.com

While the media hype on the Zika virus seems relentless, I was asked to put together an article on protecting yourself with natural means rather than using toxic chemicals such as DEET and pharmaceutical drugs that are recommended by mainstream medicine. The big question is; are natural remedies as effective and safe, or is it better to go the chemical route and risk the toxic effects? Well, this is what I’ve discovered and personally use myself and recommend to my patients when they travel to dangerous areas where little nasties hang out.

Zika Virus

DEET vs Natural essential oils:

Yes, it’s true that toxic chemicals like DEET help prevent mosquitoes but they also compromise your health. The CDC give DEET a class D Carcinogen meaning they need more data to prove it causes cancer. While it’s is an unknown carcinogen it surely is a neurotoxin. Although it was initially thought that DEET works by repelling mosquitos by hiding a person's “skin smell” which mosquitos are attracted to (the same way organic essential oils do), this was not entirely true. New research now proves that it also affects mosquito’s nervous systems disabling it much in the same way that Nerve Gas did when used in the WW2 on humans. So while DEET does deter with smell it also seems to be an insecticide with neurological toxicity that we are urged to spray on our kids!

My feeling is that they are still recommending it because it is the only man-made patentable treatment they have managed to cook up in a laboratory that works as well as mother nature.

Luckily, spraying deadly chemicals on your family as a form of "protection" against mosquitoes may not be worth the risk thanks to Mother Nature. Numerous essential oils have been clinically trialled and appear to outperform DEET, and these essential oils are contained within First Light Insect Repellent. Although these natural oils can perform as well as if not better than DEET, they need to be applied more regularly because they absorb better into the skin, unlike DEET which lasts longer and why it’s touted as being more effective. Personally, I prefer not to use toxic chemicals and apply my beautiful smelling organic insect repellent more regularly with sheer joy.  Remember anything you put on your skin you absorb and the skin “eats”. My philosophy is that if you are not prepared to eat it don’t put it on your skin. Anyone for a DEET flavoured drink? Or a DEET sprayed sandwich? No thanks! I prefer organic essential oils which have been shown to be safe for thousands of years. Those Egyptians were wise beyond their time in my opinion who used essential oils to prevent insects.

Why Mosquitos attack certain people over others:

Turns out mosquitos don’t care about certain blood types, rather they choose their victim due to the amount of smelly bacteria on the skin. So when exercising you’re bound to sweat more and produce more bacteria and be more of a target. That being said people with unhealthy levels of candida in the blood produce more bacteria on the skin so they increase their attractiveness, so it pays to clean up your insides to prevent the outsides being a target. In my clinic, I help my patients clear up candida on a regular basis with diet and herbs and funny enough they report getting bitten much less. Also, mosquitos are attracted to CO2, so the more you exercise the more you produce. Showering regularly and eating a healthy diet are also ways that can help prevent excess bacteria on the skin. They are also attracted to dark colours so wearing white or light colours makes you less attractive. Some studies as early as 1960 show that taking vitamin B1 can help also help you appear more unattractive to most insects as well as eating garlic.

Facts about Zika:

While Zika has been around since 1957, it still has no recorded deaths from initial infection which only last 7 days, most people have little or no symptoms, yet the virus can linger in the system and weaken the immune system causing muscle weakness and nerve paralysis which is known as Guillian-Barre Syndrome. This is where the immune system is weakened and begins attaching itself which is common in lingering viral infections that go untreated. Symptoms are similar to mild dengue fever including fever, joint and muscle pain, along with skin rash and red eyes, headache, weakness, and fatigue. Like Malaria it is not spread from person to person like the flu, so it is not contagious from association but is sexually transmitted says the CDC.

There have been claims that Zika is linked to women who give birth to babies with microcephaly but other sources link to side effects of the TDAP Vaccine which has become mandatory in Brazil for pregnant women.  Microcephaly was extremely rear in Brazil until the vaccine became mandated and since the mandate microcephaly has risen 13000%. Interestingly several other countries show Zika has infected up to 75% of the population at some stages with minimal results of Microcephaly, why just Brazil? Some media sources and a united doctors group in Brazil claim that there is a strong link between the larvicide chemical called "Pyroproxyfen," which has been radically dumped into the water supplies of Brazil since Microcephaly has become widespread. The chemical happens to be manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a sister company of Monsanto corp. Pyriproxyfen is a growth inhibitor of mosquito larvae, which alters the development process from larva from pupa to adult, thus generating malformations in developing mosquitoes and killing or disabling them. This should raise any question marks with anyone when considering the underdeveloped cranial and neurological systems of the children being victimized with Microcephaly?

While the verdict is still out on this subject, prevention is better than cure. So if you are having a baby and positive for Zika, I would recommend scanning your baby while treating yourself naturally with non-toxic herbs for the virus as no drug treatments exist.

Prevention:

Creating a barrier between mosquitoes is the best prevention by avoiding being outdoors during the peak mosquito feeding times or early morning and sundown. Wear protective clothing and close off openings at your wrists and ankles. Apply an organic mosquito repellent such as First Light Insect Repellent and apply it regularly every 1-2 hours. Keep screen doors closed and sleep under a mosquito net. To prevent mosquitos breeding near your living space, empty objects that can contain standing water like flowerpots, fountains, and buckets.

 First Light Insect Repellent

Notes for your children:

Look at your product directions for age-related guidelines before using any product on your child’s skin. Always do small patch tests on the sensitive inside of the forearm to see if they react to any natural ingredients. If so wash off immediately with soap and water and apply Synthesis Organics Aloe Herbal Gel. For small kids apply it yourself with your own hands and avoid open wounds and mouths and avoid putting on their hands if they have a tendency to suck their hands. If you have an infant in a stroller use a mosquito net over it, and consider spraying your child’s clothes also which does not wash off as easily like the skin to increase deterring insects.

Natural Treatments for Malaria, Dengue Fever & Zika:

Regarding malaria, its turns out the Chinese have known about a cure for the disease for over 1600 years as it appeared in Chinese medical literature classics, and that cure was Artemisia Annua (Sweet Wormwood). Only recently has the female doctor Dr. Tu Youyou who pioneered this research during the Vietnam War for China (Chairman Mao’s top-secret Project 523), and was finally recognised with a Nobel Prize in 2015. Prior to the issuing of the medicine to Vietnamese soldiers, more deaths were occurring from malaria than from the war itself. Since her discovery proving that Wormwood cures malaria, several drugs synthesized from the herb have entered the market and saved millions of lives. That being said the herb alone has stand-alone treatment for centuries in Asia but the information was lost during the Cultural Revolution.

As for Zika, there is no effective Pharma drug treatment, but once again it seems that that Mother Nature has gracefully supplied a treatment. The Ayurvedic herb Andrographis Paniculata has proven effective in eliminating Zika in clinical cell cultures and animals but is yet to be 100% trailed in humans. The herb also is safe to take during pregnancy. The University of Technology UTM in Malaysia also has found a possible cure for Zika using extracts of Papaya leaf & Coconut oil that have already been shown to cure Dengue and safe for pregnancy. Also, studies on Colloidal Silver (Cell Culture) & MMS (Red Cross human study) eliminating the virus are also underway and look promising given the track record of them both eliminating most viruses.

That being said if you are planning on getting pregnant and have been in Zika areas I would recommend to get tested and if positive, I would personally use a course of herbal medicine and compounds like those listed above along with a natural immune boosting protocol to eliminate the virus and prevent passing it on to your child. Remember to work with a trained natural doctor to get the dosage and potency required for successful treatment and don’t try it alone.

Stay safe and take common sense precautions to protect yourself. Remember to use a natural insect repellent and apply regularly, while also following the prevention steps outlined here and enjoy your travels.

 

Sources:

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11912754/Nobel-Prize-for-Chinese-traditional-medicine-expert-who-developed-malaria-cure.html

biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/06/27/060798

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zika_virus#Pathogenesis

www.davidwolfe.com/birth-defects-in-brazil-zika-or-vaccine/

www.vaccinationinformationnetwork.com/small-brain-disorder-in-brazilian-babies-caused-by-zika-virus-or-vaccine/

articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/mosquito-repellent.aspx

www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/cdc-confirms-lemon-eucalyptus-oil-as-effective-as-deet.html

time.com/3856309/mosquito-repellent-bug-spray/

articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/05/25/natural-insect-repellents.aspx

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm

www.naturalnews.com/052864_Zika_virus_Chinese_herbs_natural_cures.html

August 07, 2016

Stretching and Growing Baby Bumps

Whilst we embrace the beautiful little soul still inside a pregnant belly, there are some things that you may not want to hang around after your precious bundle has arrived...and they are stretch marks. 

Stretching and Growing Baby Bump

 

Like the term states, stretch marks are pretty much scar like streaky areas that appear over overstretched skin. That being said, in pregnancy to accommodate the baby and increased milk supply most stretch marks are found on the tummy, hips and breasts. All bodies and pregnancies vary with their response to stretch marks and did you know that stretch marks are not only pregnancy related, they can occur as a result of weight gain, medical conditions and also changes to hormone levels.

Prevention is the greatest step, though if you do get stretch marks you may find that after birth if you use creams they may reduce existing stretch marks from a red to a silvery colour and fade over time.

With the vision to help stretching and growing skin Theme Rains, founder of First Light Organics, went in search for the most luxurious hydrating cream, enriched with omegas, vitamins and minerals to improve skin elasticity, reduce scarring and soothe dry skin. By gently massaging First Light Organics Stretch Mark Cream into Mummy-to-be's tummy, thighs and sides/ upper breast area with care and loving attention to smooth away marks and settle discomfort.First Light Organics Stretch Mark CreamAvailable online and selected stockists, our First Light Organics Stretch Mark Cream is definitely one to add to the baby registry and have a spare bottle ready for the hospital bag too. 

Sources:
Betterhealth.vic.gov.au
Raisingchildren.net.au

 

June 02, 2016

Insect Repellent - DEET Free

How often has a family day in the park, bush or beach become short-lived due to annoying mosquitos, flies and bugs in general? Thankfully, insect repellent has allowed us to continue enjoying our time outdoors. However, have you ever wondered about the ingredients contained in the repellents and its possible affects on us?   

What is DEET?

DEET (N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) is an active ingredient commonly found in most repellents to ward off mosquitos and many biting insects. It was developed by the United States Army in 1946 following its experience of jungle warfare during World War II and was tested as a pesticide. It was registered for use by the general public in 1957.

A Natural Alternative

Essential oils have been found to be a safe and natural alternative for repelling insects. We often forget that our skin is the largest organ of our body. Skin has remarkable powers of absorption, taking in both healing and harmful substances. Therefore, our skin deserves to be cared for by using the most beneficial, supportive and natural products. Theme Rains, founder of First Light Organics believes that product ingredients should be safe enough to eat. 

The First Light Insect Repellent is 100% natural and made from 96% certified organics ingredients. It is DEET free and contains a blend of ten special Australian essential oils such as eucalyptus, lemon, citronella and tea tree. It has a lovely aromatic smell and can also be used as room deodoriser and purifier.   


Sources:

https://healthiertalk.com/cdc-admits-essential-oil-effective-as-deet-for-mosquitoes/

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/the-pre-travel-consultation/protection-against-mosquitoes-ticks-other-arthropods

https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/deet

 

May 19, 2016

Cradle Cap...now where is that beanie?

Most mother's of a newborn dread the day their little one gets cradle cap. It always seems to happen when you're booked in to do a family photo session or about to attend some kind of special occasion where your baby will be the centre of attention. Sigh...will a beanie, hat or headband hide it?  

What is cradle cap?

Cradle cap is an oily, scaly, yellow crust that babies get on their scalp. It is a form of seborrhoeic dermatitis which can also appear on their face, around the nappy area, armpits and nose. It is commonly present in the first three months of a baby's life and is very rare after the age of one. On the positive side, although cradle cap may look really uncomfortable and unpleasant it is not itchy and does not usually bother your baby.

 

 

 

 

 

What causes it?

Cradle cap occurs as a result of hormones left in your baby's body from pregnancy. Your baby's skin makes too much oil known as sebum and this interferes with the natural shedding of skin on the scalp. This in turn creates a build-up of dead skin over the scalp area.

Cradle cap is not contagious and it has not occurred due to poor hygiene or bad parenting. 

 

 

How do you treat it?

Cradle cap does not usually need to be treated. It should disappear on its own within a few months after birth. However, if you want to help it, you can loosen the crusts by massaging your baby's scalp regularly with a baby oil such as our First Light Baby Oil and leave it on overnight. The next morning, wash your baby's hair with our calming First Light Bath Wash and gently lift the crusts off with a soft toothbrush. Over time your baby's scalp should look clearer. Don't be alarmed if some of your baby's hair comes out too. 

Never pick at the crusts as it can cause sore patches that can become infected. Also, don't worry if the cradle cap comes back after treating it as your baby's glands still continue to produce sebum for several months after birth.

Always seek medical advice if your baby's cradle cap does not improve, appears to be spreading to other areas of the face or body, and your baby seems irritated by it.

First Light & Love xx

Sources:

www.raisingchildren.net.au/articles/cradel_cap.html

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/cradle-cap

www.babycenter.com.au/a80/cradle-cap-in-babies

April 29, 2016

Why our 'no testing on animals policy' means our products can't be retailed in China.

We believe testing products on animals to ensure their safety is incredibly cruel and also not the most effective way to test for a product's safety.

For these reasons we do not test our products on animals.

Instead we:

  • formulate with gentle, non-aggravating time tested ingredients with a long history of safe effective use on the most sensitive of skins.
  • 'test' the finished products on willing human volunteers, already confident that the ingredients we use are as safe as possible.
  • follow strict micro-biological and stability and preservative testing protocols to ensure the general safety of the product. 

While the EU has banned animal testing for all skin care sold in the EU preferring to use in vitro laboratory testing in petri-dishes with human skin cells, China has a mandatory requirement of animal testing for any imported ready to sell products.

Many brands who normally wouldn't support animal testing are allowing their products to be tested just to access this large market. 

However, we strongly stand by our values and so, while we love sending our products to our China friends via e-commerce site partners, we choose not to retail our products there until the animal testing requirement is waived. 

 

April 28, 2016

Mother's Day Giveaway

 

Mother's Day Giveaway!
To celebrate this Mother's Day we are running an Instagram Giveaway. A lucky winner will receive the First Light Organics Stretch Mark Cream


With organic rosehip and shea butter, this super luxurious ultra hydrating cream is enriched with omegas, vitamins and minerals to improve skin elasticity, reduce scarring and soothe dry skin. 

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Go to Instagram
2. Like the Mother's Day Giveaway post
3. Follow our account @firstlightorganics
4. Tag a Friend 

Starting today 28th April 2016 until Sunday, 8th May 2016. The lucky winners will be 
announced on Instagram on Monday, 9th May 2016 at 9am AEST.

 

Full terms & conditions can be found below.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS


1. HOW IT WORKS

Participants of the “Mother's Day Giveaway” have the opportunity to enter a competition and receive the FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS product visible in the picture (stretch mark cream). This promotion pertains to and is sponsored by FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS.

2. ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to participants of any age or gender from AUSTRALIA only.

3. HOW TO ENTER

To enter the contest participants must like the post, follow FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS (firstlightorganics) on Instagram and tag a friend. The contest starts on the 28th of April 2016 and ends midnight on the 8th of May 2016 AEST. Any submissions sent after 9.00AM on the 9th of May 2016 AEST will be automatically disqualified.

Verification of submissions and final selection of the winner is at the sole discretion of FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS. All judgements and decisions are final; however, FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS reserves the right to make any changes whatsoever with respect to this contest at any time whatsoever, at its sole discretion. Entries and/or content that are considered inappropriate or offensive at FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS’s sole discretion will not be accepted. FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS reserves the right to disqualify any participants from the contest at its sole discretion.

4. WINNER SELECTION & PRIZE

The winner will be chosen randomly amongst those who like the post, are following FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS (firstlightorganics) on Instagram, and have tagged a friend. 

The winner will be announced 9.00AM AEST on the 9th of May 2016 on FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS’s Instagram account.

The winner will be required to respond within 24 hours of the date of notification, otherwise, the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen at random. The FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS product in the picture will be sent to the address of the winner which the winner will indicate in a private e-mail to FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS. FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS reserves the right to announce the winner publicly at its sole discretion.

5. PRIVACY POLICY

All information collected under this contest promotion is subject to the FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS privacy statement located at: https://www.firstlightorganics.com.au/pages/privacy-policy

6. LEGAL FRAMEWORK

By participating in this competition, the participant implicitly accepts the conditions of the competition and waives any appeal against FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS. FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS reserves the right to change the rules of this competition (i.e. time frame of the competition, participants) at any time, without prior notice. Therefore, the redress to the courts is excluded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 24, 2016

Nappy Rash



No one wants to see their baby irritable and unsettled due to nappy rash. Unfortunately, most babies will get nappy rash at some stage no matter how careful you are.

 

 

 

 

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Nappy rash is a common result of exposure to wet or dirty nappies. Leaving a wet nappy on a baby for long periods of time can lead to nappy rash. Things that can trigger nappy rash by causing irritation to your baby's skin include: ammonia; chemical exposure from baby wipes, scented soaps or baby lotions; and plastic pants which prevents airflow.  

Babies who have sensitive skin with other conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, thrush or impetigo are more liekly to develop nappy rash and it can make a nappy rash worse. While other babies only get nappy rashes when they have a cold or some other virus.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of nappy rash can include:

  • Inflamed skin where the skin in the nappy area looks red and raw and it may be spotty in appearance.
  • The skin may be raised or swollen with blisters.  
  • The rash can spread to your baby's tummy or up towards their back.
  • Ulcers may appear which are breaks in the skin.
  • Your baby is unsettled or irritable.

Prevention and Treatment

Nappy rash will usually get better within a few days of doing the following:

  • Keep your baby's skin clean and dry by changing nappies frequently.
  • Allow nappy free time for as long as possible every day.
  • If using cloth nappies, change often and if possible do not put plastic pants over them. Wash and rinse the cloths thoroughly and ensure the nappies are very dry before using them again.
  • Avoid wet wipes that have alcohol or other irritants in them.
  • Prevent urine and faeces from contacting the irritated skin by using a barrier cream.

If the nappy rash is not getting better in a couple of days or it spreads to other areas see your doctor for advice and treatment.

First Light Baby's Bottom Balm

Our Baby's Bottom Balm is a calming and soothing barrier cream. The combination of organic beeswax and plant oils in the balm help to prevent and heal inflamed nappy rash by creating a natural barrier that protects your baby from any unwanted excess moisture. Soothing calendula with its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants from olive leaf extracts supports the healing of damaged delicate skin.

Sources:
www.raisingchildren.net.au
www.betterhealthvic.gov.au
www.ch.org.au
March 17, 2016

First Light Easter Competition

With Easter just around the corner and to celebrate we are launching the First Light Easter CompetitionStarting today 17th March 2016 until Tuesday, 29th March 2016. 

The lucky winner will receive a First Light Baby Essentials pack that comes hand-wrapped in beautiful, eco gift tissue and ribbon and includes:

1x First Light Baby Moisturiser  96% Certified Organic 
1x First Light Baby Wash 78% CertifiedOrganic
plus a gift of 3 Organic Embrace Certified Organic Cotton Wash Cloths 

 

  

 

HOW TO ENTER:

It's simple!!

Follow our account on Instagram @firstlightorganics

Regram the First Light Baby Essentials image and tag @firstlightorganics with the hashtag #bestforbaby

The winner will be announced on Instagram on Tuesday, 29th March 2016 AEST. All terms & conditions for this competition can be found below.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. HOW IT WORKS

Participants of the “First Light Easter Competition” have the opportunity to enter a competition and receive the FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS products visible in the picture (bath wash, moisturiser & cotton wash cloths). This promotion pertains to and is sponsored by FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS.  

2. ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to participants of any age or gender from Australia only.

3. HOW TO ENTER

To enter the contest participants must follow FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS (firstlightorganics) on Instagram, tag @firstlightorganics and regram the "First Light Easter Competition" post, using the specific hashtag #firstlightorganics. The contest starts on the 17th of March 2016 and ends on the 29th of March 2016. Any submissions sent after the 29th of March 2016 will be automatically disqualified.

Verification of submissions and final selection of the winner is at the sole discretion of FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS. All judgements and decisions are final; however, FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS reserves the right to make any changes whatsoever with respect to this contest at any time whatsoever, at its sole discretion. Entries and/or content that are considered inappropriate or offensive at FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS’s sole discretion will not be accepted. FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS reserves the right to disqualify any participants from the contest at its sole discretion.

4. WINNER SELECTION & PRIZE

The winner will be chosen randomly amongst those who are following FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS (firstlightorganics) on Instagram, tag @firstlightorganics and regrammed the "First Light Easter Competition" post, using the hashtag #firstlightorganics.

The winner will be announced on the 29th of March 2016 on FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS’s Instagram account.

The winner will be required to respond within 24 hours of the date of notification, otherwise, the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen at random. The FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS products in the picture will be sent to the address of the winner which the winner will indicate in a private e-mail to FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS. FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS reserves the right to announce the winner publicity at its sole discretion.

5. PRIVACY POLICY

All information collected under this contest promotion is subject to the FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS privacy statement located at: https://www.firstlightorganics.com.au/pages/privacy-policy

6. LEGAL FRAMEWORK

By participating in this competition, the participant implicitly accepts the conditions of the competition and waives any appeal against FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS. FIRST LIGHT ORGANICS reserves the right to change the rules of this competition (i.e. time frame of the competition, participants) at any time, without prior notice. Therefore, the redress to the courts is excluded.

February 25, 2016

Baby Massage with First Light Organics Baby Oil

Baby massage creates a beautiful bonding moment, nurtures your baby's growth and assists in preparing your baby for sleep. First Light Organics Baby Oil is 99% Certified Organic and contains relaxing organic lavender and chamomile, and is rich in natural vitamins to nourish, soften and protect your baby's skin. 

Here we have put together a summary of how to massage your baby with First Light Organics Baby Oil.

Baby massage in its simplest form is firmly, but gently, rubbing oil into your baby's skin and it can comfortably last 10 to 30 minutes. Before trying a new product always dab a small amount of oil onto your baby's skin.

Getting Started

Before you start, make sure the room is warm and your baby is happy to lie still. A good time for baby massage is after a bath when your baby is warm, already undressed and relaxed. It's best to stop at any step if your baby is unsettled or seems uncomfortable.  

Step 1 

Place your baby on a flat surface such as a changing table or a towel on the floor. Warm a pump of First Light Organics Baby Oil in your hands. Look at your baby and ask if you can give them a massage, if they respond happily and positively continue. With your baby lying on its back begin massaging the soles of your baby's feet. Use firm gentle & slow strokes from the heel towards the toes.

Step 2

If your baby is still happy, continue with long smooth strokes up your baby's legs. Massage from the ankle up to the thigh and over the hip. You can either massage both legs at once or one at a time. Bend your baby's knees up to the tummy then straighten them out. This may help with digestion and wind.

Step 3

Start the upper body massage by warming a pump of First Light Organics Baby Oil in your hands. Massage your baby's chest from the collarbones, down and out towards their sides. Massage the arms by stroking from the shoulders down towards the wrists. Avoid getting oil onto your baby's hands. If this happens, clean hands before they put them into their mouth.

Step 4

Moving on to your baby's tummy, make sure that it feels soft not firm or full. If your baby's tummy is soft, warm a pump of First Light Organics Baby Oil in your hands and massage in a clockwise direction avoiding the belly button area if the cord has not completely healed. If your baby seems unsettled and uncomfortable, move away from their tummy.

Step 5

To massage your baby's face, use your fingertips. Start in the middle of the forehead and move down the outside of their face and in towards the cheeks and then following the jawline to the middle of the chin. You can also gently massage down your baby's nose and across your baby's cheeks. 

Step 6

If your baby is relaxed and happy, turn your baby onto their stomach and massage their back. Use small circles down your baby's spine followed by long, smooth strokes from neck to toe.

Baby massage is a special way to spend time and bond with your baby with the experience leaving both parents and baby feeling calm and relaxed at the end. 

For a limited time enjoy Free Shipping with any order that includes First Light Organics Baby Oil. Use the code FSBABYOIL. Offer available from Thursday, 26 February 2016 until midnight AEDT Sunday, 6 March 2016.  

First Light and Love x

 

Sources:                                      

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/baby_massage.html                                                         http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/baby/baby-stages-of-development/how-to-massage-your-baby-20081028-5a5g.html

 

February 18, 2016

Benefits of baby massage

Baby massage is a simple and beautiful way for parents to bond with their new baby. Baby massage has been enjoyed in eastern cultures for centuries and research has shown that there are many benefits both physically and mentally for both the parents and the baby. 

Image courtesy of 2&6 Therapy Rooms

Here are some notable benefits of baby massage:

  • It has been found that baby massage encourages babies to sleep deeper and longer creating better sleep patterns;
  • Massaged babies have lower levels of stress hormones than babies who aren’t; 
  • Massage can help relieve a baby suffering from wind and colic, leading to better settled and happier babies; 
  • Promotes and strengthens the bond between parent and baby as the soothing touch and focussed attention can lead to increased communication; 
  • Helps parents relax as giving a massage releases oxytocin, the hormone that helps reduce stress.

With all these benefits in mind First Light Organics has lovingly formulated a baby oil containing only gently effective, soothing and nurturing ingredients of the highest quality. First Light Organics baby oil is 99% certified organic and is rich in natural vitamins to soften and protect the skin. First Light Organics baby oil enjoys an added bonus as it can also be used to relieve the effects of cradle cap.

Use First Light Organics baby oil to gently massage your baby from top to toe with great care and love. With organic lavender and chamomile in its ingredients it provides a gentle scent creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere and the smooth oil soothes, nourishes and softens both baby and parents hands.

Baby massage with First Light Organics baby oil creates a beautiful bonding moment, that nurtures a baby’s growth and prepares a baby for sleep.

First Light and Love x

 

Editor's Note: This post has been modified from a post published in March 2013 from Essential Baby www.essentialbaby.com.au