Ditch Your Diet And Embrace These Ayurvedic Rituals Instead

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If you want to lose weight, ditch your diet.  It won’t work.  In fact, studies have shown that weight lost via “dieting” doesn’t work 95% of the time.  Why waste your energy dieting?!  If you really want to lose weight, whether it’s to look better, feel better or otherwise, shift your attitude.  Instead of going … Read more

Fall Into Rhythm: Seasonal Tips to Keep You Balanced

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Fall is here, and with it the gifts of Mother Nature are generously bestowed as we transition into autumn. The elements parade their shifts in nature – temperatures turn cooler, leaves show new colors, days become shorter and wetter and we celebrate the harvest. While there is much to celebrate, this time of year gains … Read more

DIY Spa Treatments for Babies & Bumps

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Recipes for Pampering …

Truly Gentle Baby Shampoo
Product tests released in March 2009 uncovered two known carcinogens in dozens of bath products for children, including Sesame Street character brands and Johnson & Johnson’s “pure and gentle” baby shampoo. (It’s enough to make a new mom cry.) Luckily, making your own all-natural, toxin-free shampoo is easy.

Here’s what you’ll need (available at most health food stores):

1 cup Castile soap
¼ cup water
¼ tsp Vitamin E oil
12-15 drops essential oil (optional) – lavender is soothing

Combine ingredients in a bottle, shake well to mix, and enjoy baby’s bath time (no more tears).

Rejuvenating Baby Bump Oil
Now that you are expecting, expect to pamper yourself a bit more—naturally. This rejuvenating oil can be applied generously to a growing belly to soothe, relax and prevent stretch marks! Get that new daddy involved in this project.

Here’s what you’ll need:

4 oz. fresh dried Shatavari root (or another female rejuvenating herb)
16 oz. pure vegetable oil (olive or almond oil work well)
12-15 drops essential oil (optional—lavender, lemon or rose are nice)

Heat gently and uncovered for about 2 hours, stirring frequently. Mixture should simmer on low heat, but not come to a boil to avoid burning. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool completely. Strain through cheesecloth and bottle. Let cool before putting the lid on. It’s important to use clean jars that are completely dry. Should last 6-12 months… just right!

(This Blog Entry was originally published by Sacramento Parent Magazine, Jean Munoz Keese.)