Herbal Healing with #EarthMama Angel Baby
August 11, 2014 8:30:00 AM EDT
Disclosure: As an Earth Mama Angel Baby ambassador, I have recieved many of the products mentioned in this post for free and am being financially compensated. All opinions are genuine and 100% my own.
As a mama of four fearless kiddos, I tend to my fair share of ouchies and boo-boos. From cuts and scrapes to bug bites, stings, and itchy rashes... at least one of my kids has one or more of these ailments at any given time. Along with Angel Baby Shampoo and Bodywash (see my review and all the different uses I have found for it here!),Earth Mama Angel Baby sent me four other great products in my ambassador package.
I've been using Angel Baby Bottom Balm, Natural Nipple Butter, C Mama Healing Salve, and New Mama Bottom Spray as part of my medicine cabinet makeover, and they now make up my herbal first aid kit.
Angel Baby Bottom Balm
"As soothing as our balm can be for life's little boo-boos,
it will never match the miraculous healing power of a mama's loving kiss."
I was very excited to get another jar of this stuff because, because I was running a little low! I had my first experience with Angel Baby Bottom Balm last winter. My youngest was having a bad eczema flare up, and I was at my wits end. Nothing I used on him seemed to help! I was cleaning out my closet and found a small sample Bottom Balm that I received in my swag bag at The Green Nursery's The Great Cloth Diaper Change event. I nearly tossed it, but thought to myself, what the heck... I'll just use it up and see if it makes any difference. Just a short time later I noticed that his rash didn't look quite as red or as angry! I immediately ordered a jar and used it the rest of the winter to keep his skin moisturized and to help calm his eczema flare ups.
We use Angel Baby Bottom Balm for any minor cut or scrape, itchy bug bites, and of course, as a diaper balm. My son doesn't tend to get diaper rash all that often, but when he does get a little red from time to time, I apply a thin later of Angel Baby Bottom Balm and it quickly improves. I've never had a problem with it causing repelling or leaking with his cloth diapers... it washes right out!
There are so many differnent ways to use this product. Some of the things Mama (Earth Mama Angel Baby) recommends it for are itchy rashes, fungal rashes, cuts, scrapes, new tattoos, piercings, chafing, chap, cracked skin, cradle cap, minor burns, and thrush (gently wipe off nipples before breastfeeding).
Natural Nipple Butter
"Breastfeeding is like all of motherhood.
Sometimes it hurts,
sometimes it's wonderful,
sometimes it brings tears to your eyes,
and you wouldn't change anything."
It's really hard to pick a favorite Earth Mama Angel Baby product, because there are all so great, but this one is pretty far up on my list! I wish someone had handed me a jar of Natural Nipple Butter instead of a tube of lanolin in the hospital when I delivered my babies. Although lanolin did help during those first weeks of breastfeeding, I hated how thick and sticky it was. I found it not so pleasant to rub on on my sore nipples, and I was also not a fan of the smell. My son is two now, and although we're still breastfeeding, I don't have trouble with sore nipples all that often. I did however give this a try to see how if felt and how he would react to the taste and smell since you don't have to wipe it off before nursing. It was so easy to apply! It went on smoothly and was not sticky in the slightest! It melted right onto my skin... like butter. ;) It didn't even phase my little guy either. He seemed to not even notice I had anything on.
Another important reason why this product is such a great alternative to lanolin is that it's the only Non-GMO Project Verified nipple cream on the market! I had no idea that lanolin contained GMOs until I attended the #EarthMama with Mamavation Twitter Party! Here's a blog post from Earth Mama Angel Baby to learn more.
Although I haven't been using it for breastfeeding purposes that often, I still do use this product on a daily basis... at least a few times a day! It is my favorite new lip balm! It feel great on my lips and smells delicious with a very light chocolatey smell, so much more pleasant than lanolin! I'm also using it as a replacement to petroleum jelly to use on dry, chapped skin. It will definitely come in handy this winter for my kiddos!
Here are some more use recommendations from Mama: breast pump lube, cover and protect scrapes and abrasions, chapped lips, cuticles, chapped cheeks and minor rashes, doggie hot spots (and beastie nipples too!), moisturize new tattoos, and one intrepid mama used it to remove chewing gum from her child’s hair!
C Mama Healing Balm
"Whether your c-section was a surprise or planned,
you need some extra TLC.
Remember to ask for all the help you need,
you deserve it."
This stuff is really great! Don't let the name fool you.. although it is intended to be used for c-section scars, it has many other uses! It comes with an awesome little informational insert, which lists the ingredients and how each of them works. I have learned so much from the #EarthMama campaign and this just added to it!
Although I didn't have a c-section with any of my children, I still love having this product up in my medicine cabinet! It's what I reach for whenever my kids come to me with any little boo-boo that warrants a bandaid. Anything that looks inflammed, I put a little C-Mama healing salve and notice a difference!
I'm actually very surprised by my favorite use for it... Although I don't have trouble with acne, I do get an occasional bump from time to time. I've gotten into a bad habit of using zit medicine nightly to prevent anything from popping up. Although it keeps my zits at bay, it also dries my face pretty badly in those spots that I put it.
When I read one of Mama's recommendations for this product is acne, I was pretty skeptical. This product contains oils, and from what I've always heard, oil and skin don't mix when you're trying to avoid acne. I've been using this product nightly in place of my zit cream, putting it on anything red or a bump here and there, and I have to say, it's been working for me! It has been keeping my skin zit free without the harsh drying effect that my old zit cream left me with! This will forever be my new zit cream!!
Here are Mama's recommendations for this product: C-Section scars, any closed surgical wound, cuts, inflamed rashes, minor burns, old scars, stretch marks, eczema, and acne.
New Mama Bottom Spray
Here more uses recommended by Mama: sunburn, facial toner, aftershave, minor scrapes, bug bites, puffy morning eyes, swimsuit chafe, and razor burn.
I'm really loving my new herbal first aid kit and am so impressed with all these products! I used to think that products made with natural ingredients may not be work as well, or be as effective as products made with not so natural ingredients. The #EarthMama campaign has definitely changed my way of thinking. These products work just as well, and even better than some of the old products I replaced them with, without harsh chemicals and toxins. Having the opportunity to try these products and seeing first hand them take away redness from my baby's bottom, offer relief for my childrens' itchy bug bites and rashes, seeing inflammation being quickly brought down, and my babies smiling again is all the proof I need. These products will remain as staples in my new and improved herbal first aid kit!
Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers and is the Social Media Coordinator for TGN.
Disclosure: I have recieved many of the products in this post free of charge and am being compensated as an Earth Mama Angel Baby Ambassador. However, all opinions expressed are 100% genuine and my own. All of the above statements are based on my own experience and may differ from your experience from these products. The statements about herbs and essential oils in these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither these products nor the information or opinions expressed in this post are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The opinions expressed and information in this post is also not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always contact your healthcare provider if you have questions about or are considering making changes to your current medical treatment plan.