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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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A Quick Update On Our Intimate Collection

A Quick Update On Our Intimate Collection

In 2016 we did a soft launch of our Intimate Collection with three beautiful products – Body Oil, Aroma Oil and Candle. We introduced this collection with a lot of passion, especially because we saw a need for them in our own lives. And as we delve deeper into our understanding and concern for all areas of women's health and wellness, we have recognized the value of sexual wellness and the need for quality, safe and (enjoyable, delightful) products that support a sense of inner peace, inspire affection, and set the mood for that beautiful intimate connection that can exist between partners. 

 

Zoe Organics Intimate Collection

 

After we launched this collection, we asked for your feedback and suggestions. What we found was that you too have a desire for clean sexual health products! Not just any “clean” products... products that are much different than what is currently on the market.

Since our initial launch, we've been taking your feedback and we are working behind the scenes to tweak and improve this collection and bring you more products. It will take time, but man, it’s going to be worth it!

 

Zoe Organics Intimate Collection

 

This week we restocked the Body Oil (just in time for Valentine’s Day) and, WOW, you have blown us away with your response! This amazing organic oil is flying off the shelves, and we couldn’t be happier.

 

Zoe Organics Intimate Collection Body Oil, No.1

 

If you haven’t checked out our 100% organic Intimate Collection Body Oil No. 1 yet, you can see it here.

Also, we want to hear from you! Please comment below, email us, or head over to our last post in Instagram, with any products ideas that you think should be added to our Intimate Collection. Tell us as well if you enjoyed the Aroma Oil and Candle. We want to make products that enrich your life, so please let us know your thoughts! 

xo,

Team ZO

 

Zoe Organics Intimate Collection

 

 

 

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FREE Refresh Oil with purchase!

FREE Refresh Oil with purchase!

Did you know that our 100% organic Refresh Oil is a great natural remedy for tummy aches? You'll want this in your back pocket come Halloween! Here's why:

  • Peppermint Essential Oil: Helps to relieve bloating, calm stomach muscles, and reduce pain from cramping. It also helps eliminate gas from the intestines.
  • Ginger Essential Oil: Applying ginger essential oil directly on the stomach can relieve bloating and give you a boost.
  • Lime Essential Oil: An uplifting, sweet scent to help you feel refreshed.
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      World Breastfeeding Week 2017

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      Breastfeeding can be painful, frustrating and tragically difficult. So we honor every mama who has given it their best shot, whether that has meant a few days or a few years – we celebrate you. 

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