My little Lainey has gone through the worst 2 weeks. It all started with a cold which turned into a fever and then came an awful rash because of the fever. The poor girl was in so much pain and discomfort nothing was helping. It got to the point where her rash was so bad that I took her to the doctor because it just wasn’t going away. The doctor advised me to use the cream I had been prescribed for her eczema, which is a topical corticosteroid cream that cost me a fortune for the tiniest little tube! So I used that on her for about 4 days and it was slowly starting to improve. But I was starting to worry because her fever was back and the rash wasn’t getting better like you would think after 4 days of using that type of cream. So I was ready to go to the doctor the next morning. I thought since I was going to the doctor anyways it wouldn’t hurt to try my soothing balm I made for her eczema, on the rash. So I lathered it on and put her to bed.
The next morning it was like I put some miracle cream on her. It improved more over night than it had in 4 days using the prescription cream, that isn’t really good for her skin anyways. I wish I would have taken a picture of what it was before and after. I’ll post a picture of it maybe tomorrow to give an idea how much it healed. And her bad eczema patch now is like 90% healed after the huge chunk of skin she scratched away at 2 weeks ago. See the before and after pics below:
I’m so excited I finally got the right consistency and the right percentage of each ingredient. I want to put the balm in a twist up tube so it’s easy to apply to the skin. So I found the packaging I like and just had to get it to set right so it would glide on the skin nicely.
The ingredients I use in my Soothing Balm are:
Beeswax – “Beeswax contains natural moisturizers…. In some cases, beeswax may be applied to minor burns or other skin damage in order to help the skin heal.” (from Livestrong.com) Raw Honey – “… has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds… It also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals to promote healthy skin. Honey also improves skin hydration, an important factor in the skin’s ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity.” (from HowStuffWorks) Olive Oil – “Olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser, moisturizer, and protector of skin. Among these antioxidants are Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of this substance because it helps restore skin elasticity.” (from GlobalHealingCenter.com) Calendula Oil – “Calendula oil offers anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and possible wound healing qualities. It can soothe inflamed and irritated skin, and helps regenerate new skin cells.” (from SwiftCraftyMonkey Blog). Vitamin E -is an antioxidant, it helps protect and repair damaged skin.
I’ve been a busy bee working at my new venture. I have a long ways ahead of me but sticking with it! My goal for the spring is to be able to have enough products ready that I can sell at our local Farmer and Crafters Market (providing they let me 🙂 ). I’ve just received in the mail the packaging I’ve chosen for my Diaper Ointment, Lotion and Soothing balm, so I’m half way there!
I’m still trying to perfect my Lotion and Soothing Balm. However, I think I’ve come up with a final product for my cloth diaper safe Diaper Ointment. I’ve started giving out samples, and I hope that other Mom’s find it helps their little ones like it has worked for me.
The Soothing Balm is great! It has helped my lil one so much with her eczema. Especially on the dry winter days. Her skin has been so dry and itchy it doesn’t stand a chance with her eczema. The honey and beeswax really helps soothe inflamed and irritated skin. I’m just trying to figure out the right consistency so it will glide on perfectly but solid enough to stay in a twist up tube.
I’ve also hired a local graphic designer to help me design a logo for nu.babee. I’m super excited about that and will definitely share the final product!
I hope you can follow along with me and my exciting journey with my products. I can’t wait to start selling them. I have so many other ideas I can’t wait to start as well.
Thanks for letting me share with you.
Did you have any idea how great honey is for it’s healing properties?
After doing some research, I found out how great honey and beeswax is for healing your skin. Honey has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can be helpful when used on your skin. I found an article on the web at Medical News Today about the health benefits of honey. It said, “In pre-Ancient Egyptian times, honey was used topically to treat wounds”. Take a look at this link here for more useful facts.
I first came to discover the great things that honey and beeswax can do when I was trying to help my daughter with her eczema breakouts. I went to the doctor because her eczema breakout got so bad that she couldn’t stop scratching which in turn started bleeding. I really didn’t want to resort to the steroid cream they prescribe, but I was at the point where I had to for my poor little girl. After spending about $100 on the prescription I thought there has to be something else to help her. I had tried everything I could find on the shelf, as well as what others suggested, but nothing was helping. I started doing some research and found out that beeswax and honey had healing properties that had helped with eczema relief. So I made my own little “formula” 🙂 and put it on her to see how it works. She woke up the next morning and I swear it worked just as good as that $100 prescription stuff. And it was all natural! I was so excited that I couldn’t stop talking about how great this beeswax and honey was for her eczema. I’m just amazed how it has healed her. Right now during the winter months her skin is so dry that it’s not helping her skin, but we can take her shirt off now with out her instantly scratching her sores.
From this little discovery I thought, if I can help my lil one, imagine who else I can possibly help. So right now I’m in the process of putting together something that I would love to be able to sell on Etsy. And from there I hope I can make even more healing products. I’m so excited to do this, so I hope it won’t take too long to get it going!
If anyone has started their own products and have any suggestions or helpful tips, I would love to hear what you’ve done.
So, until then….
Okay so the one thing I’m totally obsessed with right now is Coconut Oil! I love it!
I had no idea how many ways you could use Coconut Oil. I first started using it on Lainey on her eczema, as I heard that it can help with keeping the skin from drying out and getting eczema breakouts. I started using it and it helped for a bit. However, then she started scratching and it got so bad that we had to resort to a prescription. I’ll have to try it again after I have her eczema under control again.
Then I started using it for myself as I have very dry skin too. Here are some other ways I’ve discovered to use Coconut Oil:
Eye Makeup Remover
This works awesome for removing eye makeup! Not only is it great for your eyelashes but it moisturizes your face at the same time. What I do is splash some warm water on my face then take some Coconut Oil on my finger tips and rub eyelids gently. Then I take a cotton eye pad and wet it a bit and then remove the eye makeup.
I don’t know why but I hate using shaving cream. For the longest time I would use conditioner to shave my legs. Then when I discovered some useful ways to use Coconut Oil, I thought why not use it to shave. After I first tried it and got out of the shower I couldn’t stop touching my silky smooth legs.
Did you know that you can use Coconut Oil as a natural deodorant? Well I first discovered a natural DIY deodorant using Coconut Oil, baking powder and essential oil. It smells great but for me personally I don’t think there was enough coconut oil for it to work like I wanted it to. So then I just used Coconut Oil and loved how it worked. I’ve heard so many bad things about antiperspirants that when I was pregnant and breastfeeding I really didn’t want to use it so I wanted discover an alternative. Plus coconut smells great.
Lip balm for chapped lips
This is great for moisturizing lips. It works great like Vaseline.
You can use Coconut Oil as an all over moisturizer. I bet it would be great for moisturizing stretch marks.
You can use on dry split ends or for frizzes and researched that it can be good to use as a hair mask. Though for me I found it just left my hair greasy when it was done.
and of course Baking!