Paw Paw Balm Product Comparison

Paw Paw Balm Comparison

Little Innoscents Paw Paw Balm Comparison

Paw Paw balms and ointments have been very popular as a topical skin application in Australia for many years. They are well known for their skin protection and healing benefits that can help with:

  • Paw Paw Balm safe on babycracked lips
  • dry or cracked hands
  • cracked nipples
  • nappy rash
  • eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
  • sunburn and minor burns
  • shallow cuts and grazes
  • insect bites

Not all Paw Paw Balms Are Created Equal

The active ingredient in most commercial paw paw balms is the fruit paw paw or ‘carica papaya’, which is not only a delicious and healthy fruit to eat, containing many important vitamins and minerals, but is great for helping to heal many skin conditions including those listed above. Some creams labelled as paw paw only contain the fragrance and a moisturiser and don’t even have any actual paw paw fruit in them.

Paw paw is blended with a moisturising base to form a balm or ointment to make it easy to apply to the skin. This is where you will find a major difference from product to product, with many brands, including the very well known Lucas Papaw Ointment, using a petroleum jelly base that may feel moisturising, but actually clogs the pores and just seals over the skin. 

Consumers are now demanding more than ever that effectiveness goes hand-in-hand with the best natural ingredients. They are turning away from questionable petroleum and mineral oil based products and turning more and more to natural, Australian Certified Organic skincare products that are known to be safe for all of the family, including your baby.

The Little Innoscents Paw Paw Balm is filled with nourishing beeswax, shea butter and calendula and most importantly Australian organic paw paw to heal and hydrate the skin.  It is also enriched with soothing Vitamin E. Our Australian made multipurpose ointment is completely free of petrochemicals, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances and not tested on animals, so you can be assured you are using the best possible solution for your precious skin. It is available in singles, 2 packs and 4 packs in our online store.

Tips for Expectant Parents of Multiples

Parents of multiples

Tips for expectant parents of multiples from those who have already walked the same road

CONGRATULATIONS you’re expecting twins, triplets or more! Hopefully you have gotten over the initial shock and surprise that you have more than one baby on board! As you engage on the exciting journey of being a parent of multiples you are probably asking yourself-where do I start, what do I need, how am I going to look after more than one baby??? Pause, Take a deep breath…you can do this. Being a parent of multiples is challenging yes, but oh so very rewarding.

AMBA Multiple Birth Awareness Week

As part of Multiple Birth Awareness week, we asked the Australian Multiple Birth Association for their expertise after many years of supporting parents of multiples and seeing and hearing about their day to day lives – both the challenges and the wins! They have provided some great tips that they share with you below. By no means are you expected to do everything on this list. Many parents of multiples will tell you – do what works for you. You could read every book/blog/app around but be prepared that what works for you will be individual and specific to your family. Having twins, triplets or more is not the same as having a single baby or even two babies close in age so it can be helpful to hear what worked for someone who has walked a similar journey to the one you have begun.

1. JOIN your local AMBA club

www.amba.org.au/clubfinder

Join before you have your babies and attend a pre-natal parent night or go along to a playgroup-the information, tips and tricks you will learn along the way will be invaluable. Have a look at the prams parents use, how they go about feeding and managing their multiples…they won’t mind if you ask a million questions either. The people you meet will become a great support network for when your babies arrive and as they grow.

2. Be ORGANISED

BEFORE YOUR BABIES ARRIVE:

  • Be as organised as you can before your babies arrive because once they arrive you will be busy and will hear yourself saying “I wish I had…”
  • Prepare meals and freeze them. Have lunches and dinners ready to go that can easily be defrosted. These are a necessity for the first few months and later on as you have an unsettled day or two. It will save you a late night pizza run…not that there is anything wrong with needing to grab takeaway! Lunches can be difficult to get organised so having single potions that are easy to defrost are perfect.
  • A pile of healthy and easy to eat (with one hand) snacks and drinks are a must especially while breastfeeding as your body needs the extra nutrients and fluids-but it is going to be the last thing you think of when you have your hands full with babies!
  • Stock up on nappies and wipes. You will need PLENTY and it saves you a last minute dash out the door to buy a box of nappies which is not an easy task with a double pram. Wipes can and will be used for EVERYTHING! From dirty bottoms, to cleaning up dribble, vomit, sticky fingers…you will even find yourself using them to wipe down your bench and clean up dust and cobwebs so you will never have too many! Buying items in bulk and when on sale will save you money too. A box of infant nappies is handy to have in the cupboard because your babies will grow so quickly and you don’t want to be stuck short.
  • Buy a good pram and practice opening it, closing it and putting it in and out of your boot. The same goes for your car seats. You don’t want the first time you do this to be with screaming babies-you wouldn’t believe how tricky some of them are to use!

ONCE YOUR BABIES ARE HOME:

  • Having a routine will make things easier when you have multiple babies to feed, change, entertain, and put to sleep…repeat. Find a routine that works for you and don’t worry about what other people say you should do it is important to do what works for you and your babies.
  • Get a notepad and organise it with a column for each child. Especially in the early days you can record times of feeds, nappies, sleeps and medication. It is very helpful in those first few weeks and months when doctors and nurses will ask how frequently each child feeds, how many wet nappies etc. and you will likely reply “lots!” It is also hard to remember who you have given pain relief to and the time especially overnight when things can be a blur. An alternative is to use the notes page on your mobile phone to record all this information.
  • Save yourself some time and the risk of forgetting things by packing your nappy bag the night before you go out. Keep a bag in the boot of your car with nappies, a change of clothes for you and each baby, wipes etc. so you always have it there in case of an emergency.
  • Order your groceries online and get them delivered. This is especially great for your larger shops which are near impossible to complete alone.
  • Keep an eye on how much petrol is in your car and try and fill up when you’re out with your partner or when someone else can take your car to be filled up. This saves you getting your babies out of the car, into a pram and then back into the car again.

3. HELP

Learn to say YES to all offers of help. Family and friends wouldn’t offer you assistance if they didn’t want to. The most valuable gifts to be given are a home cooked meal, having chores completed, picking up the groceries, watching the babies for 10 minutes while you have a shower. And if you need help don’t be afraid to ask family and friends, after all you only have 2 hands!

4. SLEEP

By now you will have heard people say it everywhere but we really mean it, sleep as much as you can before your babies arrive. The first few months of round the clock feeds and settling of multiple babies will leave you feeling exhausted and emotional. Things will become easier but starting with some energy reserves is a great help. In the early days get yourself into a good routine of sleeping when your babies sleep-including during the day. Even a couple of broken hours can make a massive difference and leave your ready and prepared to tackle the day after a sleepless night.

5. FEEDING

Don’t feel pressured to breastfeed your babies. If you can’t or you don’t want to breastfeed don’t feel guilty regardless of the pressure you may receive from midwives. Your babies can get the nutrition they need from formula. You have to do what is the right thing for both you and your babies. Try to keep your babies on the same feeding schedule if you can or else you will find yourself feeding all day. A twin feeding pillow can also be a life saver.

6. LOGISTICS

So you’re thinking-“I’ve got more than one baby to look after and only one pair of hands right?” In those early days bouncers/swings can be a life saver. It can entertain one baby while you nurse/feed another, you can have hands free time so you can grab a drink, some food etc. without these many multi-parents will tell you they would have gone crazy. Accepting that it is ok for one baby to wait for a few minutes while you tend to the other one is very important-you are only one person and you are doing your best.

7. GETTING OUT AND ABOUT

As soon as you can get out of the house even if it’s just for a quick walk around the block-you will feel so much better for it and will build up your confidence for regular outings. Be prepared for LOTS of comments and questions about your babies when you are out in the community. Your standard trip to the shops may take a little bit longer than you thought as everyone appears to be curious and delighted in your multiples!

8. CLEANING

Accept that this can wait. As tough as it can be, your visitors aren’t coming to see your house; they are coming to see you and your babies. You only have 2 arms and it is more important to use those and your energy to look after your babies. If you can afford it you could periodically hire a house cleaner or ask for this as a baby shower gift.

9. STAYING SANE

Remember that not every day will go to plan, take a deep breath, relax and say to yourself this will pass. Don’t punish yourself for needing to break routine to survive the day. Tomorrow is a new day. It does get easier! It is hard to find time for “you” after you have put everyone else’s needs first but to keep yourself going make sure you do something even small for yourself on a regular basis. Go for a walk without the babies, catch up with a friend, have a bath or finish a cup of coffee while it is still hot!

10. RELATIONSHIPS

Having a baby can be tough on a relationship, so extra babies plus sleep deprivation and hormonal changes can make those early days tough. It is this time when it is especially important to care for and nurture each other. Hot tip for partners-an hour or two off to allow mum some sleep or have a hot bath will be welcomed with open arms! A small gesture can turn your week around!

Finally, try not to compare your multiples development to a single baby’s development especially if your babies were born prematurely. If your paediatrician and maternal child health nurse are satisfied with their development feel reassured that they will learn to do things in their own time even if that is slightly later than their peers.

Most importantly enjoy the wonderful and exciting journey of being a parent of multiples!

For more info and to find support as a parent of multiples, visit The Australian Multiple Birth Association website.

This article has been published with the permission of the AMBA.

 

Aromatherapy Benefits

aromatherapy benefits

How Can Essential Oils Help You?

Aromatherapy has stood the test of time tracing back thousands of years. It is the basis of complementary medicine using essential oils derived from flowers and plants to heal and promote well-being. Some of the main aromatherapy benefits include:

  • boosting the immune system
  • relieving muscle pain
  • insomnia
  • stress
  • inflammation
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-infectious
  • anti-viral
  • uplifting
  • skin conditioning
  • circulation and the list go on and on

The reason essential oils are so popular is that implementing aromatherapy into your lifestyle is simple and easy.  They are most typically inhaled by using an oil burner or vaporiser, applied to the skin via creams and lotions or they can also be diluted in carrier oils such as olive, grapeseed or sweet almond or even used neat on the skin in some cases.

Using essential oils can bring you one step closer to making healthy living your new way of life…

Here is a basic introduction to 4 common power house essential oils that you can incorporate into your everyday life today

Lavender Essential Oil

One of my favourite and the most universal oil to relieve stress, help sleep problems, ease painful menstrual cramps and work as an antiseptic is Lavender Oil.  It can even be used on minor burns and skin irritations as it has amazing antimicrobial properties.lavender essential oil

Lavender is one of the most fragrant, versatile and useful oils available, offering a wide array of aromatic and topical uses.  Unfortunately, many people have been put off by Lavender in recent years due to all the synthetic oil going around but True Lavender has a wonderful scent and incredible healing powers.

You can freshen the air and uplift the mood of your home, office, or other areas with a few drops in a burner.  It helps with allergies and nervous tension.

While in a bath a few drops of Lavender will promote relaxation and adding a few drops on your pillow will help with a restless sleep.

Great for skin complaints it can be rubbed neat onto the skin to help with cuts, bits and rashes and headaches.

Massage into overused muscles to ease muscle tension and general aches and pains, you can even apply a few drops of Lavender oil to sunburned skin to reduce redness, ease inflammation, and cool the affected area.

Massage 1-3 drops of True Lavender oil on temples, over sinuses, and on the forehead to ease tension and headache.

Rub the oil on chapped lips or skin to moisturize and condition them.

Lavender Oil blends particularly well with most oils so have some fun experimenting.

Hint:  Blend True Lavender Essential Oil with Sweet Orange and Lemon and Spearmint to make a beautiful room enhancer.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint has a fresh, minty and quite uplifting minty aroma that produces a cooling and refreshing sensation when applied to the skin.

peppermint essential oilSome of its aromatherapy benefits include helping to ease tension headaches and muscular aches and pains and nausea.

Try burning Peppermint Essential Oil as a stimulating blend intended to enhance alertness and stamina.

As a naturally cooling oil it can be used to help reduce fever. Apply peppermint oil to the area to reduce swelling, relieve pain, and eliminate the chances of uncomfortable inflammation.

You can freshen the air and uplift the mood of your home, office, or other areas with a few drops in a burner as it helps with allergies and clears the sinus

Peppermint blends well with Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon and Marjoram.

Hint:  use a few drops of Peppermint Oil in a non-scented cream to help reduce the sting of sunburn, reduce redness of inflamed skin. It will reduce itchiness and cools down the skin.

Rosemary Essential Oilrosemary

Rosemary Oil has a clear, powerful refreshing herbal smell which also gives it a crisp and clean scent.  Great for stimulating the brain, improving memory and mental clarity, while helping with a variety of congested respiratory tract problems, stiff muscles and cold.

In a burner, rosemary oil can be helpful for congestion, overwork, sinusitis and mental and physical tiredness. Furthermore, it stimulates the brain, improves memory and promotes clear thought.

Blended in a massage oil or diluted in the bath, Rosemary Essential Oil can assist with mucus congestion, muscular aches, cramps, pains and spasms, stiff neck, overwork, rheumatism, arthritis, colds, and physical tiredness.

This essential oil blends well with Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Rosewood and Rosemary.

Hint:  use a few drops of Rosemary with Lavender to give the air a clean and crisp scent that will help you concentrate.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Native to Australia, Tea Tree produces oil from its leaves and branches creating a highly effective oil that just about helps with everything.  It can relieve most tropical infections and diseases. A must have in any family medicine cabinet, it is meant for topical application only so no drinking!

Tea Tree oil heals wounds quickly and protects them from infection, if you are suffering from cough and cold, congestion, bronchitis and other troubles associated with colds, you can get relief using Tea Tree Essential Oil as it can kill and keep away certain microbes and viral infections so keep it burning in the air.

Also a great insect repellant to ward of mozzies just a few drops rubbed on the body will keep them at bay.

I like to use this oil as a preventative neat on the skin directly on wounds, sores, cuts or insect bites and stings, to protect them from infections. It is as good as any antibiotic, but without any of their adverse side effects.

Rubbed in a massage blend or added to the bath it can offer relief from muscular aches and pains.

This Essential Oil blends well with Clary Sage, GeraniumLavenderLemon, Rosewood and Rosemary.

Hint:  If you are having a problem with lice then this is your oil – try adding a few drops with tea tree oil to a water bottle and use to spray on children’s hair as a preventative in the morning to help keep the creepy crawlers away.

View our full range of essential oils here and start learning some these aromatherapy benefits for yourself.

Cruelty Free Organic Skincare

No animal testing

NO ANIMAL TESTING

Little Innoscents products are not only certified organic, but they are also Cruelty Free, with none of our products being tested on animals.

Cruelty-free is a label for products or activities that do not harm or kill animals. In simple terms NO ANIMAL TESTING.

Sadly, many products are tested on animals and are often painful and cause the suffering of millions every year. Animals such as rabbits, rats, mice, and guinea pigs are forced to eat or inhale substances, or have a cosmetic ingredient rubbed onto their shaved skin, eyes or ears every day for 28 or 90 days to see if they have an allergic reaction. Then they are killed and cut open to examine the effects the ingredient has on internal organs. The very sad thing is that this method is simply not necessary anymore…. As technology developed, outdated animal testing is being replaced with quicker, cheaper and more accurate methods. For example, reconstructed human epidermis—which uses human skin donated from cosmetic surgery to replace the rabbit Draize skin test—is more relevant to human reactions. Other methods replace the Draize eye test by using in vitro (test-tube) human tissue.

Another cruelty-free option is using ingredients that have already been established as safe, such as the 20,000 ingredients in the European Union database.Cruelty Free

We are accredited cruelty free with Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) which is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Australia, which actively campaigns for an end to animal testing of cosmetics, toiletries and other household products. They produce the CCF List, which is a wonderful resource for checking that the products that you are using are 100% cruelty free.

Guide to Organics

Guide to Organics

Australian Directory for ALL THINGS ORGANIC

Guide To Organics founder Kali Wellington is a big advocate of Certified Organic products. Located in Perth, Western Australia Kali has created a website where you can find anything organic Australia wide.

Kali found her way into the organic space after her son developed food allergies and eczema, and Kali experienced a pretty serious bout of depression. Instead of turning to steroid creams and anti-depressants she took a different approach: throwing nearly everything out of her pantry, filling her fridge with fresh organic fruits and vegetables, preparing fresh green juices nearly every day, including organic nutrient-dense whole foods, introducing fermented foods, probiotics and upped the yoga classes.

Guide-To-Organics-founder-Kali-WellingtonIt didn’t take long before Kali saw a shift. Her sons food allergies and eczema cleared, and she felt the best she’d ever felt. Kali felt so empowered from making such simple changes she created Guide To Organics with the aim to help others attain better health in a fraction of the time.

The Guide is constantly expanding with sections for Products, Shops, Growers, Cafes & Restaurants, Supplies & Services. There’s even a section for Upcoming Health Events as well as a relevant Blog which is updated regularly.

Kali believes that eating organic food and educating yourself about all aspects of health and wellness is the key to a life filled with good health and vitality.

Further to the easy-to-use website, Kali sends out an e newsletter to subscribers on a fortnightly basis with links to new Blog articles and special offers from organic businesses around Australia.

Today, Guide To Organics is in a state of constant growth and expansion. As Australians become more conscious about their health and dissatisfied with traditional treatments, more people are now looking for Certified Organic options.

You can learn more about Guide To Organics here.

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