What Every Mom Needs Series: The Ultimate Stretch Mark Cream

Becoming a mother for the first time is like opening a new book and you don’t even know how it will begin or if the ending will be pleasant. I guess this is what you call having faith in knowing that the unknown can be a ride worth taking. Well, this is easy to say, but when it comes to stretch marks and rashes during pregnancy, we all want to know the secret to fighting mother nature. Ok, maybe at some point we have to realize that mother nature will always win, but instead, let’s learn to love the process and just find natural remedies to making the process easier. The God’s Nectar Skincare company believes in making your experience heavenly using natural ingredients in the process.

 

Organic New Mom MATERNITY Belly Butter

The organic belly butter is like the creme brulee for erasing the itchy and irritating side effects that come with dealing with stretch marks. Ok, to be honest, I’m not a mom yet, but that doesn’t mean that I’m immune from having stretch marks. This is my confession and I hope you will be joining me on my Youtube channel as I create natural recipes for premature stretchmarks. Back to the Belly Butter, the consistency is not too thick, instead, it’s easy to apply and doesn’t feel like a paste. I love the light fragrance and the hint of essential oils which add an aromatherapy effect.

 

As you know, I am a childbirth educator and speak with many moms about stretchmarks and natural remedies, so this belly butter is at the top of my list for Best Products & Favorite Tips for 2017 Mamas.

Ingredients:Linum usitatissmum (flax seed) oil, * Olea europea (extra virgin olive) oil, * Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed) oil, * Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) hydrosol water, * Aloe Barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, * beeswax, * Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter, L-Carnitine (amino acid), vitamin E acetate, Papaya,(and) ^ leuconostoc. derived from radishes)
(*) denotes a certified organic ingredient. (^) denotes a Ecocert approved ingredient.

Contains: Nutritious, oleocanthol & phenolic,antioxidant oils, calcium, magnesium, rose hips, vitamin E, Omega Oils, Vitamin K, oleic acids, d-limonene, argan oil, essential oils
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To get an up close shot of the Belly Butter, take a look at my video demonstration:

 

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Here are some helpful tips for achieving the best results using this Belly Butter Creme:

This natural product is cruelty-free and contains only natural, healthy ingredients. There are no sulfates, no parabens, no petroleum, disodium EDTA, no artificial colors, no phosphates, no silicone, no gluten and no harmful preservatives.
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***PLEASE NOTE!!!

If you are postpartum, there are fabulous essential oils available for stretch marks. Neroli and Rose Hips are the best of them. If you’d like one added, please choose one in the menu or choose none.

If in the first trimester or if you do not want either, choose no essential oils.

If you are presently pregnant, I suggest leaving unscented, although it is claimed that neroli and rose hips is safe after the first trimester.

The best oils available for stretch marks, according to the latest research, are used in my belly butter. The beeswax seals them in! The essential oils that can be used in this product are fabulous and experts say are important in the reduction of stretch marks.They are neroli or rose hips. The Neroli helps regenerate skin cells. It is very lightly scented and smells a bit like bitter citrus. Rose Hips is loaded with Vitamin C and creates more collagen from your body’s chemistry. The choice is yours.
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More about Essential Oils:

ABOUT ROSE HIPS:
When the collagen and elastin in your skin tear, it forms scars known as stretch marks. Many factors and conditions can cause the marks to form, including weight gain and pregnancy. Although many doctors assert that genetics play a big role in whether or not you develop stretch marks, there is also a range of products available to help fight their formation, including rosehip oil, or rosehip seed oil as it’s also known.

ABOUT NEROLI:
To me, it smells like a bitter orange. However, the properties in it are said to be the best defense against stretch marks and preventing them. It assists in regenerating skin cells that are stretched during pregnancy.
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More about Stretch Marks:

Your skin is composed of elastin which can be thought of as a soft elastic tissue. It is soft, supple and stretchable but it too has its own limits. Some situations exert extra pressure on your skin such as sudden weight gain or loss, pregnancy and even rapid growth of your body during teenage years. Sometimes while exercising too, you stretch your body out of its limits. In such situations, you get those thick red or purple lines on your skin which is popularly known as stretch marks. Gradually these lines do fade away and become white or silvery white in color but they don’t go away on their own. You have to put efforts to remove these stretch marks.

Natural oils are excellent emollients and they have these capabilities to treat all scalp and hair problems as also skin issues including stretch marks. I have researched and identified the right type of oils for the very purpose. You should ideally gently massage your skin’s stretch marks with oil or cream for about half an hour daily. However, just applying oils or creams to the marks (something near to soaking them in oil) can also do wonders. If doing so, you need to apply cream or oil for about three to four times a day. The ingredients I use, with all their antioxidant properties and loads of nutrients, are considered the best oils to use in my cream for removing stretch marks.
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TIPS FOR YOU TO AVOID STRETCH MARKS:
Follow these simple ways which are highlighted below to remove, prevent and fade the stretch marks.
1. Drink water of at least 10 glasses of water or more in a day which results in regular detoxification of skin pores and restores elasticity to get rid of the stretch marks. Drink a lot of water will also help to maintain your skin smooth, soft and clear which in turns helps to have problem free skin.
2. Try to avoid coffee, tea & other beverages which cause dehydration and thereby easily forming stretch marks.
3. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable to get the essential nutrients, proteins and minerals, zinc, vitamins like A, C, D and E such as carrots, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, milk, eggs, fishes, nuts, meats, fiber-rich foods, dairy products, avocados, sunflower seeds, blueberries, etc.
4. Regularly watch your calories to avoid rapid weight gain or loss which is the main cause for the stretch marks. Follow the diet which suits to maintain the perfect diet.
5. Make sure to lose your weight normally but not suddenly and also avoid the sudden increase in your diet. Have perfect diet plan to avoid this stretch marks.
6. You can also use the combination of oils like orange oil in vitamin E, coconut oil with cocoa and shea butter in vitamin E oil, coconut oil with olive oil, etc. for additional benefits to prevent this problem.
7. Dry brushing onto the dry skin where the stretch marks  can be found will exfoliate the skin by opening the pores and removing the dead cells and dirt. It stimulates the circulation and helps to mobilize fats and eliminates toxins.
8. Regular, moderate exercise will help to maintain constant weight which in turn a cause for stretch marks.
9. Use grapefruit extract like lotion or oil to apply on the stretch marks by gently massaging on it. This will increase the blood circulation and also collagen flow to get rid of the stretch marks.
10. Always try to keep your skin well moisturized which in turn helps to prevent the stretch marks and also lessen the visible of appeared one.
11. Remember that not to scratch the area where you found the stretch marks as it makes the situation worse.
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Directions:
• Apply this cream to your stretch marks 3-4 times daily.
• Massage in thoroughly
Exfoliating with a sugar scrub before using this is an excellent idea. See scrubs in my “Skin Pampering” secti
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The ingredients in this formulation are completely pure and natural (97% organic), which will appeal to a wide variety of customers seeking an ingredient list that is understandable. Packed with nourishing omega-3 enriched oil, non-alcoholic witch hazel for toning benefits, aloe for soothing, and L-Carnitine which is a naturally occurring amino acid that significantly increases the hydration level when applied topically.  Lightly preserved with naturally derived leuconostoc – which is commonly called Leucidal or radish root ferment, this preservative is EcoCert approved for certified organic formulations.

97% organic and made with love!

 

XoXo,

Danna

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XoXo,

Danna

ESSENTIAL OILS Summer Giveaway: KOMEGA6

Get for my Exercise challenge! You’ve seen Jillian Michael’s the toughest trainer at work, now it’s your turn to get tight and toned this Summer. The are different workout routines and systems right? But what about trying it the natural and the old fashion way. If have talked about Komega6 Essential Fitness Oils right? Now let’s take care of the whole enchilada shall we? Alright let’s go!

Here is our Summer workout oils assessment:

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Focus Factor Oil:

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Focus Factor relies heavily on its scents for improving energy and focusing the mind. The best time to use Focus Factor is when you first awaken or after a morning shower.

Drop 10-15 drops of Focus Factor essential oil serum into the palm of you hand.

then rub the oil into your hands, wrists, chest.

Finally cupping your hands around your nose and inhaling the scents deeply, for 4-5 deep breaths. Allowing the scents to breath into your body and stimulate your mind.

Other common topical uses for focus factor is to be mixed in with soaps or lotions. Many Essential Oil users enjoy getting creative by DIY crafting their own home made soaps, lotions, and face creams.

100% All Natural, No Chemicals, No Petroleum’s.
NO CRASH, LEAVES YOU FEELING FOCUSED, ALERT AND REFRESHED.

NO JITTERS, NOTHING BUT NATURAL, ENHANCED ESSENTIAL OILS.

100% SAFE – FOR YOU, FOR YOUR BODY, FOR YOUR MIND.

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Metabolic Lift:

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Komega6 Metabolic Lift is best used topically by rubbing Metabolic Lift essential oil into the skin before physical activity.

First drop 10-15 droplets of Metabolic Lift essential oil into your hand to create a small puddle of the oil.

Rub your hands together for a moment and then massage the oil into major muscle group areas you are planning on exercising such as your legs, chest, and back muscles. Continue rubbing the oil firmly into your skin for a moment, massaging your muscles to create a warming effect to help loosen and prepare your muscles for exercise.

Bring your hands to your face and inhale deeply for 3-4 breaths to experience the scent of the essential oil. Allow the essential oils aromatic effects help invigorate your senses to prepare for exercise, and concurrently alleviate hunger urges to suppress appetite.

Metabolic Lift: 100% All natural Sport Essential Oil Serum that is used as a pre exercise training oil formula. Thermogenic’s go to work to help increase body temperature to speed metabolism, and warm the muscles for increased muscular endurance. While the cinnamon bark helps increase metabolism.

 

 

 

Recover:

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KOMEGA6 RECOVER: A SPORT ESSENTIAL OIL SERUM THAT DELIVERS AN ALL NATURAL PAIN RELIEF IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND.

HELP RELIEVE ACHING MUSCLES FROM YOUR ACTIVE LIFESTYLE WITH THIS NATURAL TOPICAL. RECOVERS’ SOOTHING SCENT HELPS RELAX THE BODY AND MIND AFTER STRENUOUS ACTIVITY TO ASSIST A SPIKE IN MUSCULAR RECOVERY.

Use komega6 Recover Essential Oil after strenuous physical activity, exercise, or any sort of heavy lifting. It is also best used on a moisture rich environment such as after a hot shower or excessive sweating.

Drop 10-15 droplets of Recover essential oil into your hand creating a small puddle.

Rub your hands together and than briefly rub oil into your wrists.

Then massage the essential oil into your recently fatigued muscles. Massaging deeply into the muscle tissue.

Bring your hands to your face, cupping around nose. Inhale the scents deeply for 4-5 long, deep breaths. Allowing the calming scents breath through your body and soothing the mind.

 

 

 

Rest Easy:

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LAY DOWN YOUR HEAD AND REST EASY.

REST EASY IS AN ALL NATURAL TOPICAL SPORT ESSENTIAL OIL THAT COMBINES EFFECTIVE INGREDIENTS THAT HELP SOOTH THE MIND AND RELAX MENTAL FUNCTIONS IN PREPARATION FOR SLEEP. ENJOY THE FRESH SCENTS TO ASSIST YOUR BODY IN ITS MOST IMPORTANT FUNCTION OF DEEP UN-DISTURBED SLEEP.

Komega6 Rest Easy essential oil serum is best taken either before meditation or sleep.

Drop 10-15 droplets of Rest Easy into the palm of your hand creating a small puddle.

Rub your hands together for a brief moment and then rub the oil into your wrists.

Take your middle and index finger, and gently rub your temples in a clockwise motion for a few extended moments while rhythmically breathing deeply in and out. It is important to be aware of your breathing rhythm for best results of soothing effect.

Then gently massage the back of your neck with the oil for a moment. Relieving stress and anxiety from the day.

Finally bring your hands to your face and cup around your nose breathing in deeply in the same breathing rhythm as before for 8-10 long breaths.

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Manly Surprises Series: Father’s Day Must Have

Father’s Day is almost here!! The time to treat the favorite men in our lives like kings, although this is our opportunity to splurge a little right? Well, we talked about engraved jewelry and now let’s talk about getting our Father’s healthy for the summertime. That’s right! It’s time to go raw. The company called Go Raw is going to help us get healthy and raw organically.

Here is my Go Raw Paradise:

The Carrot Cake Cookie:

The sweetness of carrots married with the spicy flavor of nutmeg—welcome to the delicious Cookie that tastes like a crunchy piece of carrot cake! It’s got the cake flavor with the goodness of a raw snack that your body will thank you for. My mind was completely blown away, this tastes just like my own homemade vegan carrot cake.

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Next!

The Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds:

The Crunchy Pumpkin Seeds, full of flavor and with just a kiss of Celtic sea salt, these seeds are so versatile, you’ll find yourself putting them on everything! This makes an amazing  pumpkin seed brittle, just giving you some really fun Halloween ideas.

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Raisin Crunch Bar:

Perfect for breakfast on the go, our their live Granola Bar has all the flavor and nutrition of our original granola, but in a form that’s easy to transport and eat.

INGREDIENTS

Sprouted Organic Buckwheat Groats
Sprouted Organic Sunflower Seeds
Sprouted Organic Flax Seeds
Sprouted Organic Sesame Seeds
Organic Raisins
Organic Dates

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I am a complete granola bar eater and this is like eating an oatmeal cookie all over again. It’s satisfying and not too sweet, I feel like I found happiness in one bar.

 

 

Spirulina Energy Bar:

Get the benefits of the superfood spirulina in their Spirulina Energy Bar. Sweetened with bananas and dates, this bar is a great way to start the day or tame hunger between meals.

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My energy level is sky high with every single bite, with the right amount of sweetness.

INGREDIENTS

Sprouted Organic Sesame Seeds
Organic Bananas
Organic Coconut (Unsulphured)
Organic Dates
Organic Spirulina

 

 

 

Banana Bread  Flax Bar:
The rich taste of banana bread is combined with all the goodness of raw foods in our power-packed Banana Bread Flax Bar. It’s a perfect choice to reach for if you’re in the mood for something sweet in the morning or to get you through the afternoon. The perfect morning bar in case I miss breakfast.

INGREDIENTS

Sprouted Organic Flax Seeds
Organic Bananas
Organic Coconut (Unsulphured)
Organic Dates

 

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Real Live Apricot Bar:

What’s more nutritious than dried apricots? Their deliciously chewy and tart Real Live Flax Bar that packs a full seven grams of fiber in the large bar, making it a great choice for staying full longer.

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Tangy Lime Coconut Crisps:

The zing of lime gives these crunchy pieces of coconut a true Caribbean taste that makes it hard to put the bag down. If you can resist eating them straight from the package, try sprinkling them over a fresh fruit salad, your favorite raw dessert or sorbet! I love them over Chocolate Ice cream please try it.

 

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Super Raw Chocolate:
Their original, unflavored chocolates are an unadulterated pleasure. They believe that just one taste will convert any chocoholic to their brand! The flavor at first was interesting, but I have found a perfect way to blend the Chocolate and the coconut crisps together

INGREDIENTS

Raw Organic Cacao
Raw Agave Nectar

 

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Father’s Day is only for a day, but the special people that we love lasts for many years and with good health they can last long. By investing in your health you are giving life back to the ones that you love and to yourselves. You can visit:http://www.goraw.com/# to see their full collection!! Tell them Danna sent you.

 

Love your friendly healthy nut!

 

XoXo,

Danna

Essential Oils for Hormone Balance

What is PMS?

Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS, is a name that refers to a combination of symptoms that women can suffer from in the week before menstruation. It is estimated by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that nearly 85% of women suffer from some PMS symptoms. (1) These symptoms can include:

  • Tension or anxiety
  • Mood swings or depressed mood
  • Crying
  • Appetite changes and food cravings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Change in sex drive
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid retention
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne
  • Digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea

Thankfully, the symptoms of PMS begin to dissipate once menstruation begins. The problem is that often times this begins a whole other set of menstrual symptoms such as abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, back pain and more headaches.

Essential Oils for Hormone Balance

Many women have great success with using essential oils for hormone balance and to alleviate cramping, PMS and other symptoms. In many cases, using an essential oils safely (topically and diluted) can help alleviate the struggles of PMS and even helping hormones balance over time.

It is important to note that many of these oils should not be used during pregnancy (and no oil should be used during pregnancy without consulting a healthcare practitioner). Some essential oils can cause uterine contractions and cramping during pregnancy.

In researching essential oils for women’s hormone issues, there were several essential oils that were often recommended, especially clary sage, lavender, and peppermint. There are many others (including geranium, fennel, roman chamomile, bergamot, grapefruit, rose, ylang ylang, cypress, and rosemary) but I’m going to focus mostly on these 2 oils (and peppermint) because they seem to be the most well researched for providing relief of hormonal symptoms for women.

Clary Sage

Most of the big name essential oil companies carry their own brand of hormone balancing oil blends for women. Almost all of them include clary sage as their primary oil for PMS and women’s hormone imbalances and with good reason. Clary sage is a powerhouse when it comes to helping women. It’s wonderful for alleviating pain, reducing the feeling of stress, and improving hormone balance (that about sums all of our pms/menstrual problems up right there).

How does clary sage work for hormone balance?

Clary sage has unique hormone like components that help to balance out estrogen production in the body. Studies show that clary sage reduces pms and menstrual cramps.(2,3) In fact, it is so effective at relieving pain, another study showed clary sage to be quite effective in also relieving pain in childbirth (again, check with a healthcare practitioner).(4)

Lavender

Lavender is one of the most well researched essential oils. It has so many beneficial properties including helping balance hormones, offering pain relief (particularly abdominal cramps associated with PMS and menstrual symptoms), as well as decreasing feelings of stress and depression, calming the stomach, and relieving headaches.

One of the most frustrating symptoms of PMS or hormone imbalance is feeling emotional or sometimes suddenly depressed, often for no apparent reason. Research shows that inhalation of lavender can alleviate some of the depression and emotional symptoms of PMS.(5)  Simply inhaling lavender for 10 minutes can begin to lessen these symptoms.(6,7)

Personally, I prefer to use essential oils aromatically by diffusing them into the air. Not only is this typically much safer than using topically or internally, but it can provide many of the same benefits (and it often smells wonderful). I reviewed some of the best oil diffusers found to disperse essential oils into the air in this post.

Using a diffuser would be a perfect way to inhale lavender in order to relieve PMS symptoms. Clary Sage and lavender are a wonderful combination to diffuse into the air to relieve stress or they can also be used individually.

Peppermint

While peppermint isn’t a typically used oil for PMS or menstrual issues, many women suffer from headaches during the premenstrual or menstrual periods of their month. Peppermint oil is known to significantly reduce the intensity of headaches.(10)

In fact, in one study, peppermint oil was found to be as effective in relieving headache pain as 1,000 mg of acetaminophen but without any adverse reactions.(11) It can also help to lift the brain fog that many of us have during some of our more hormonal times of the month (12).

Many oil manufacturers sell peppermint oils in a roll on applicator that can be applied to the forehead. I prefer to make my own headache roll on stick so I can control the strength of the essential oils and make sure they aren’t too strong for my skin.

How I’ve Used Essential Oils for Hormone Balance

As I mentioned, I prefer to use essential oils topically (diluted) or aromatically for hormone related issues or for any other purpose. Essential oils can be so powerful that this is often all that is needed to get the benefits and it reduces the risk of allergic reaction and other problems that can happen when essential oils are used undiluted or taken internally.

These are some of the ways I like to use essential oils for hormone balance…

PMS Bath Blend

I add 3 drops of clary sage, 2 drops of chamomile, 2 drops of geranium and 2 drops of lavender to a warm bath. Mixing these oils with 1/4 cup Epsom salt before adding to the bath will help keep the oils from floating on top of the water and will include the benefits of magnesium.

PMS Hormonal Balance Blend

PMS is largely influenced by the imbalance of hormones and neurotransmitters that is caused by hormone fluctuations before menstruation. Because of this, improving the balance of hormones and neurotransmitters can help alleviate the symptoms of PMS and other female hormone issues.

A simple aromatherapy formula is 2 drops of clary sage oil, 1 drop of geranium oil and 1 drop of ylang ylang oil.

“Clary sage oil can promote the release of dopamine in the brain and, therefore, help lift your mood. It also modulates the level of estrogen in the body. Geranium oil influences the release of adrenal hormones and also reduces fluctuations in hormone levels.”(13)

Menstrual Massage Blend

I use 6 drops of lavender, 3 drops each of clary sage and 3 drops of rose oil. Combine these with 4 teaspoons of a carrier oil such as coconut, sweet almond, or jojoba oil. This oil blend can then be rubbed on the abdomen, back, or all over the body.

Essential oils have been used therapeutically for centuries but we are just beginning to see published data on what many civilizations have already known. Hopefully, more studies will be done in the future and so that we’ll be able to gain more knowledge of the best ways to use these oils in our daily lives.

Ladies you know how those moods, pains, and the stresses of PMS feels like? So treat yourself to natural remedies!

Source:http://wellnessmama.com/59952/essential-oils-for-hormone-balance/