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Baby Massage

Baby Massage

All three of my children love to be massaged. It was a ritual we began when they were babies and has gotten us through infant colic, teething, nighttime growing pains, stress, and provided a special bonding experience for any pre-bedtime wind-down. As they grow older, sometimes these massages are the platform for precious conversations and a means to bring calm after a hard day. 

This powerful tool is too good to not recommend to every mama, so we have created a simple, useful, downloadable guide that covers everything from the benefits of baby massage to creating the best environment. At the end of the download are guidelines that you can cut out and keep in the nursery to help get you started. 

Cheers to hours of bonding and special memories that will last a lifetime!

 

What is Baby Massage?

Infant massage is a gentle, soothing therapy that has been shown to have physical and psychological benefits. It’s also a wonderful way to bond with your baby.

 

The Benefits of Baby Massage

  • Stimulates brain activity and releases oxytocin
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases alertness/heightens awareness
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Improves immune function
  • Enhances development of the nervous system
  • Aids with digestion
  • Relieves discomfort of gas, colic, constipation
  • Deepens bonding between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Helps parent/caregiver respond to baby’s cues
  • Enhances communication between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Creates an opportunity for father, grandparent, or another special person in baby’s life to bond
  • Improves relaxation, sleep
  • Deepens baby’s feelings of security and overall well-being

 

The Process

Create a comforting environment.

  • Set aside 15-30 minutes of uninterrupted, distraction-free time
  • Choose a time when baby is happy and alert
  • Make sure temperature is warm enough so baby doesn’t get cold
  • Dim the lights and play a favorite lullaby album, or enjoy the quiet
  • Remove all jewelry that could scratch or distract
  • Follow up massage with snuggle or rocking time

 

Begin massage using these guidelines:

  • Make eye contact
  • Before you begin, request permission from your baby. This develops trust and respect; empowering him /her to accept or reject their body being touched
  • Watch for cues of engagement
  • Use gentle, fluid strokes (not so light that it tickles)
  • Keep strokes slow and relaxing; avoid over-stimulating baby by going too fast
  • Move from baby’s center, outwards (example: move from baby’s upper thigh down to his /her feet)
  • Balance – if you massage the right arm, massage the left arm next
  • Do each stroke 3 times and watch for cues from baby to continue or move to next stroke

 

Baby Massage GuideZoe Organics Baby Massage Guide

Click here for our FREE Baby Massage Guide!

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Sweet Dreams: Spotify playlists

Bonus!

We’ve created three playlists for lullaby/sleepytime, that are each a bit different, but that are all relaxing, beautiful music. We hope you enjoy!

 

 

Sweet Dreams 1

Sweet Dreams 2

Sweet Dreams 3

 

 

 

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Why You Need Refresh Oil

Why You Need Refresh Oil

Zoe Organics Refresh Oil is one of the products in our collection that is lesser known than some of our other hero products. However, it packs a powerful punch and comes in handy more than you’d think. In fact, this might be the little roller bottle that you never knew you needed! In this post, we aim to bring some clarity to this special oil, so that next time you need it, it will be right there in your purse, pocket or cabinet.

 

What is Refresh Oil?

Refresh Oil is an aromatherapy oil designed to refresh, awaken senses and help to counteract nausea and stomach upset. Originally created for our pregnancy collection, it has become a beloved family staple. The blend of quality organic essential oils, is diluted in organic jojoba oil and packaged in a glass roller bottle that can be conveniently applied and kept close by.

 

Zoe Organics Refresh Oil 

 

How does it work?

Our blend of essential oils includes lime, peppermint, ginger and spearmint. As you read through the properties of these oils, you will see why we chose them. Here are their primary properties: uplifting, stimulating, immune system and digestion support, and help relieving nausea and upset.  

Here are some facts about these oils:

Lime: A refreshing citrus oil that has an uplifting aroma and supports the immune system. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and supports digestion. (We use distilled lime essential oil, which is not phototoxic.)

Peppermint: This plant at its aroma are known for their ability to counteract nausea and vomiting and soothe upset tummies. It is known to increase circulation, has anti-inflammatory properties and works as a decongestant. Only a very small amount of this oil is needed to be effective and we use it in a 0.95% concentration in this formula.

Ginger: Supports the immune system and is commonly used to support digestion and relieve gas, nausea and vomiting. It can increase circulation and support the respiratory system, but helping to remove excess mucus.

Spearmint: Increases circulation, supports digestion and has an uplifting, stimulating aroma that is energizing and uplifting.

 

Zoe Organics Refresh Oil

 

How do I use it?

Refresh Oil can be used a few different ways, but the most straightforward use is to roll it on the pulse points (temples, neck and wrist). A light massage with the oil on the temples or neck can be a therapeutic little ritual or pick-me-up.

We also like to roll it on the palms, cup our hands around our nose and breathe a few slow, deep breaths. For young children, you can apply the oil to an adults hands and allow them to breath in the aromatherapy blend.

For adults and children, a gentle massage with the refresh oil on the stomach can be beneficial during upset or nausea. Simply apply the oil directly to the abdomen and gently rub the oil in a circular motion.

It is recommended to use caution with peppermint and spearmint essentials oils with young children because of the high menthol content. The combination of these oils is used at 0.45% dilution in this product. For use with young children begin by allowing them to smell the aroma of the oil rather than applying directly on their skin, particularly on our near the face.

As with all of our products, this one is a muti-tasker. The benefits of the essential oils make it a daily favorite.

Here are some of the ways our family and our customers use it:

  • Travel companion for motion sickness, nausea or stuffy, smelly enclosed spaces (planes, trains and automobiles)
  • Morning sickness and nausea
  • A pick-me-up for a tired mama or caregiver
  • A labor oil to stay alert and combat fatigue and nausea
  • A pick-me-up for C-section births
  • Tummy aches
  • For use before a test or to help with concentration
  • A refreshing perfume oil

 

Zoe Organics Refresh Oil

 

What are other people saying?

“A few weeks ago, my 5 year old daughter got a little stomach bug. I remember Heather telling me about a little trick that she would use on her kids, and boy does it work! Every time Emma would complain about her tummy hurting, I would grab our Refresh Oil and apply it in a circular motion on her stomach, and within minutes she would calm down and her stomach ache would subside a little bit! It was just enough to give her some relief.” – Lee W.

"As some who struggles with anxiety, I use this daily to keep my calm. Love breathing in all its goodness :)" – Teresa D.

"This oil never left my side during my first trimester. I often felt sick all day long, and rubbing this oil on my wrists/hands and smelling it when I got particularly queasy was really helpful. Even now that I am not as sick, the scent has become comforting so I still apply it daily. It is small but mighty. Couldn't have lived without it in those first few months!" – Jenn (review from follain.com)

"At first I thought this was only a pregnancy essential oil, but the girls in the store explained that it can be used for motion sickness too. Now I keep it in my handbag and apply it whenever I am feeling nauseous while traveling, which is often. It is like a breath of fresh air on planes, trains, and in the car. Love this oil!" – Kathryn (review from follain.com)

"This smells sooooo good of lime, ginger & spearmint – it's not strong and overpowering – it's very light and refreshing. I love using it as a natural perfume but it is also wonderful on pulse points when feeling sick, car sick, headache coming on, etc. It is so great to keep in my purse, it's small and easy to use with the roller ball. It is also nice to roll all over palms of my hands, rub together and take deep breaths if I'm feeling really run-down and tired. It's such a great price too – makes a great gift to for anyone who travels a lot or pregnant friends." – Carol H. (review from integritybotanicals.com)

"I love this product! It has a light, delicate scent that is very appealing. I use it multiple times a day." – Karyn M. (review from clementinefields.ca)

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Real Natural Beauty

Real Natural Beauty

A few weeks ago, Organic Authority published an article, What Real Natural Beauty Brands Want You to Know About Big Beauty. It was a very well-written piece by Liz Thompson, with quotes from some of my dear friends and brand founders in natural beauty. As I read through the article, it caused me to reflect on what Natural Beauty really is, and why we started in the first place. I wanted to spend a few minutes adding my thoughts because I think this is an important conversation to have as the natural beauty industry continues to grow and evolve.

 

Organic Authority quote: Heather Hamilton

 

Zoe Organics products became available in May of 2010. I was making products and running the business from my kitchen. I was a young mom with a toddler, preschooler and was pregnant with my third. I believed that natural and organic products could be so much more than what was currently on the market. During the first few years in business, I connected with some of the brand founders that today have thriving businesses. They also started in their kitchens or studios, researching and sourcing the best natural and organic ingredients they could find, making them with utmost care in small batches.

We had a common goal, to educate consumers on the benefits of natural and organic ingredients and provide something different than the conventional products that dominated the market. When we began, green beauty was still very young and good products were hard to find. You could take our products at face value, and when you called the number on the website, you could speak with the brand founder, who was also the formulator (and likely every other role within the company)!

In 2013, our friends La Bella Figura started A Night For Green Beauty, which would, for the subsequent three years, be the leading, highly anticipated green beauty event, bringing together the best premium natural indie brands into an intimate setting. It wasn’t a “show”, but a premiere social gathering, complete with flower crowns, champagne and tables covered with the most beautiful natural and organic products.

 

A Night for Green Beauty_1

A Night for Green Beauty_2

 

We, collectively, evangelized and promoted each other’s brands. We recognized that together we were a force that could bring about change. And indeed it did. Our efforts began to pay off and gain momentum as consumers eagerly made the switch to natural – now that products that were safe, beautiful and performed well were available. And sales picked up.

 

 

A Night for Green Beauty_3

 

Fast forward seven years, and the opportunities have multiplied. The challenges have as well. We all agree that without the growth and consumer demand for natural products, we wouldn’t have the opportunities we do today. But we also feel the pressure from brands who have jumped on the bandwagon when it became trendy to do so. Brands that have big budgets and celebrity followings, and are far more motivated by the bottom line than their environmental or social impact.

But despite all the noise that has entered this evolving industry, I believe what set us apart then is what continues to set us apart today: our steadfastness to what we believe in, and the reasons why we started in the first place. As I read all of the quotes from the brand founders in this article, I was encouraged and re-energized. As long as there are brands fierce with purpose and commitment to quality and authenticity, there will be Real Natural Beauty.



Real Natural Beauty

 


Header photo: Olly Joy on Unsplash

Illustrations: The Chalkboard

Product photo: La Bella Figura
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Best News Ever!! New Product Pricing!

Best News Ever!! New Product Pricing!

Growth comes with pain, but it is also life-giving.

This comes down to the core of what Zoe Organics is all about: celebrating, protecting and changing lives. It has always been my goal that our products would be available to touch as many lives as possible, and part of that is by making them available in as many physical locations as possible. The other part of this goal is that they are as affordable as possible.

We've worked really hard to keep your costs down while still providing the highest-quality, choice ingredients that make our formulas so pure and effective. It is very rare to find a line that uses ONLY certified organic ingredients in most formulations. It is also the exception to find brands that put so much care in their product packaging and design. These things are important to us, and we believe that they are important to you as well.

You read the blog title, so you know that we have some really amazing news to share! Beginning TODAY, many of our prices are lower! You heard that right, lower. While most are familiar with periodic price increases, we are taking a leap of faith (in you!) and lowering our prices!

How is this possible? There are some big changes we have been working on behind the scenes this past year. We've been working on our processes and partnering with new suppliers, a new manufacturer and logistics company to make Zoe Organics better than ever. Part of streamlining and scaling does come with cost savings, and while (of course!) we'd love bigger margins, we'd way rather more people have the opportunity to use our products. 

Our new pricing will roll out over the next several months as we introduce some new containers, packaging and sizes. Here are the new prices for today, already marked down in our shop:

Stay tuned for our other updates! We can't wait to reveal them!

With all these changes and growth taking place, I don't want to miss an opportunity to say thank you. Thanks to you, our customers and tribe, for making all of this possible. We wouldn't be anywhere without you.

xoxo

Heather



Best News Ever – New Product Pricing!

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