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Bubba's Avo-Nana Mousse Recipe

Posted by Lolita Walters on

This is a yummy and healthy baby puree that only requires 3 ingredients to make! Bubba will love it and it's full of healthy fibre and good fats to nourish that growing body. 
Hint: mummas and daddas can add a touch more coconut milk or coconut water to turn it into a delicious adult approved smoothie!
Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 ripe avocado
50ml coconut milk / coconut water
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender until a smooth, mousse consistency is formed. Serve!
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Inside Out Beauty Fixes for New Mummas

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

Being a new mum provides a host of new challenges, aside from the tiredness, emotional and physical challenges, women are often faced with a host of beauty challenges which are unexpected and not welcome. These changes are occurring as the body transitions from hormone levels which were up to 20 to 30 times greater than normal during pregnancy. At delivery, hormone levels drop abruptly, along with changes in amino acids, neurotransmitters, and thyroid hormones. This can not only affect mood but our hair and skin. Below I share my naturopathic inside out tips to tackle four common beauty challenges faced by new mums.
1. Feed your locks.
Post-partum hair loss is actually normal despite being quite an alarming experience. It is thought to be caused by a drop in the concentration of pregnancy hormones which return to normal levels after birth. Whilst the hair returns to its natural growth and shedding pattern between six and twelve months after birth, I have a few tips which can reduce the severity of the shedding in the meantime.
Inside Tip
Ensure you are getting a couple of serves of protein daily when you can. Protein provides amino acid building blocks which your body requires to essentially synthesise hair and skin cells. This does not mean you need to be loading up on animal protein which you may not have the appetite for. It can be anything from legumes, nuts/seeds, whole grains or tempeh. Iron is also essential for healthy hair growth. Aim to have a serve of iron-rich foods such as lentils, spinach, spirulina (in a smoothie) or if you have had your levels tested and have low ferritin stores consider supplementing. If you are having trouble fitting in regular meals, try to whip up a similar smoothie with a few basic ingredients such as a bunch of spinach, frozen berries, a scoop of a vegan protein powder and a teaspoon of spirulina. This will give you a concentrated nutrient boost including antioxidants, fibre, iron and protein.
Outside Tip
Essential oils such as rosemary (and lavender) work wonders in inducing blood circulation to hair follicles. When the hair follicles are supplied with a greater amount of nutrient-rich blood, faster and healthier hair growth occurs. You can add three to four drops of rosemary oil to 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil such as sweet almond or olive oil. Massage this into the scalp using the tip of your finger tips. Allow the oil to rest on your hair for at least 15 mins before you wash off. Alternatively you can sleep with the oil in your hair and wash off the next morning. Do this before every planned hair wash, at least two to three times a week. 
2. Drink away puffy eyes.
The eyes are often the first place for dehydration and late nights to show. Dehydration is often seen in new mums as you are firstly being depleted of stores to create breast milk for your bubba and of course you are adjusting to a new normal of disrupted sleep and less of it.

Inside Tip
If you are breastfeeding in particular, remember to keep up your fluids with a bottle of water at your favourite breastfeeding chair. Make it a little more exciting with a sprig of mint or lemon slices if it isn’t so easy to get the water down. Hydrate with water rich foods such as cucumber, salad, celery and low GI fruit. I love recommending new mums use herbal tea to up their antioxidant intake whilst also hydrating  - licorice, chamomile, ginger and lemon grass all make wonderful choice. A favourite amongst new mums is the No.4 Golden Glow Beauty Tea.

Outside Tip
Use a pure and gentle eye cream that contains fluid shifting botanicals such as coffee, horsetail extract or cucumber and brightening ingredients such as gold leaf or antioxidant rich fruits. Our favourite dark circle and puffy eye banisher is the & Gold Rush Eye Balm which contains gold leaf to brighten the under-eye area and coffee and cucumber to shift fluid and puffiness.
3. Pigmentation Fix
Pigmentation, which you may have noticed commenced during pregnancy is a result of a temporary increase in the body’s production of melanin which can lead to dark spots across your upper lip, nose, cheekbones, and forehead, sometimes in the shape of a mask. The pigmentation should correct three to six months after birth however in the meantime there are a few inside out beauty tips that can help to lighten these dark spots.
Inside Tip
Lemon, grapefruit and other citrus fruits contain alpha hydroxy acids, primarily in the form of citric acid. Drink in your AHAs with a daily squeeze of lemon or grapefruit juice in water, and your liver will also feel the love. Eating foods rich in vitamin C such as kiwis, acai, berries and broccoli will also help internally with hyper-pigmentation.
Outside Tip
Fruit is naturally rich in AHAs and can therefore assist both externally and internally with pigmentation issues.  Look for cleansers and serums which are rich in vitamin C and natural fruit extracts. The Edible Beauty No.1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk is filled with fruits including Apple Extract, Strawberry Extract and Lime making it the perfect brightening and dark spot reducing product. Our No. 3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum is also rich in Acerola Berries and Kakadu Plum, sources of vitamin C which have been shown to visibly reduce pigmentation.

4. Acne Away.
Higher levels of cortisol as a new mum can create an increase in oil production, which can lead to breakouts. Hiding behind your gorgeous bubba is one option, we have a few more that can assist below.
Inside Tip
Challenge yourself to reduce dairy and sugar for two weeks and notice whether these are also playing up with your spots. Two of my favourite food supplements for acne include flaxseed oil (1 tablespoon) which reduces inflammation and flaxseed meal and chia seed (1 tablespoon of each with your smoothie or cereal). The fibre in the flaxseed and chia remove excess hormones which reduces break outs. I cannot emphasise the incredible ability for greens to also assist the frequency of spots. Aim for 2 cups of cruciferous veggies daily (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts) if you can and you will notice an incredible difference to your skin in no time.
Outside Tip
Use a gentle anti-microbial cleanser with salicylic acid which will help to unclog pores and balance oil production. We get wonderful results with our No.1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk for all acne and oil-related skin issues. Using a treatment product which contains healing, soothing and oil balancing botanicals will also help to calm down break outs and reduce their severity. Try & Soothe Me Balm after cleansing as a healing treatment.
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How to Travel with Bubba

Posted by Lolita Walters on

Going on holiday with a baby may seem more complicated than before, however it’s really no mean feat! Armed with some easy tricks and a bit of extra patience up your sleeve, you and bubba will be sure to have a wonderful vacation together! Here are some simple ways to make traveling with bubba a smoother experience.

(Image: Pinterest)

Be Prepared 

One of the most important things to do when travelling with your baby is to be fully prepared with all the baby necessities, such as nappies, swaddling, toxin-free baby skincare, bibs, baby wipes, etc. This means you are fully armed for the everyday aspects of caring for your baby and won’t be caught off-guard without a clean diaper or nappy rash cream when the time calls for it!

Don't forget to bring any organic baby food required with you, so you don't get stuck with poor options. If you do get stuck, most places will have avocado and banana which can be mashed for a 100% natural bubba meal.

 

Stick as close to routine as possible

Regardless of whether you’re on a short road trip or long-haul flight, aim to stick to your baby’s regular sleeping and eating schedule, as to make it easiest on bubba. If you’re changing time-zones, this can be a little more challenging, so you may need to compensate by adjusting the schedule a few hours either side of the time difference until it becomes normal.

 

Make yourself at home

As soon as you arrive at your accommodation, unpack all of bubba’s care items and set up a “baby station” with everything at easy access.
If it’s an option, rent a fully self-serviced apartment or place on Air BnB over a hotel, which will make it easier to settle in to a homely and self-sufficient environment.

 

Share Bubba’s Toiletries

This is a sneaky but excellent tip. Instead of packing all of your usual toiletries and bubba’s kit, see what items you can both use and save on packing space! Many adults, including ourselves, enjoy using plenty of items from the Edible Bubba collection in everyday life, such as these products here, and it makes even more sense to double up when travelling (we’re sure bubba won’t mind sharing!).

 

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Four Tips to Easily Increase Your Breast Milk Production

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

 

One of the more challenging elements of being a new mother (along with the lack of sleep!) can be ensuring that your baby is feeding enough and that you have enough breast milk flowing. Colostrum is the first milk in a mother’s breasts after birth and is rich in protein and antibodies that build your baby’s immune system. This is what makes breast milk an incredibly protective and nutrient boosting food for your bubba.

The wonderful power of botanicals really shines through when boosting breast milk production. Herbs can work very quickly to boost breast milk production as can a few simple changes which I describe below.

Botanical Boosters
Fenugreek, Goats Rue and Blessed Thistle are three of my favourite herbs for increasing breast milk. They work by directly impacting the mammary glands. In fact, direct effect on the mammary glands in the breasts themselves. It is a good choice for women who experience problems with their production from the beginning, or those who have had previous breast surgeries.  It has been shown to increase milk production by up to 50% in many cases, and may also even stimulate the development of the mammary glands. Other herbs that also work include Fennel, Nettle and Red Raspberry Leaf. You may be able to find a naturopath to blend these herbs into a liquid herbal tincture for you (or contact me and I can arrange this) or find a tea that contains these herbs. Taking the tincture daily or having a few cups of the tea really does make a huge difference anecdotally with women in my practice. Sometimes we find this is often all it takes to get milk flowing naturally.
Water
Keeping hydrated is one of the best ways to improve your breast milk production. Given breast feeding depletes your body fluids, having a glass of water or a cup of tea ensures that you are keeping adequately hydrated.
Food
There are a few foods I highly recommend you get started on or increase when breastfeeding. These include:

Oats: Whilst eating a bowl of porridge to increase breast milk is considered an old wives’ tale, many women do report their breast milk supply increases when they incorporate oats into their diet. A possible explanation for the mechanism of action may be that oats are rich in nutrients and minerals including calcium and iron required for healthy breast milk. They may also act as nervines, relaxing the body and hence encouraging great breast milk flow. Have a cup of oats for breakfast or add to your favourite smoothie.

  • Healthy Fats. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are not only important for you but also for your baby given they are vital for their brain and eye development. Your diet can be influence the quality of fats in your breast milk so making a few changes to the types of fats you are eating is something I highly recommend. A study published in the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition” demonstrated that the breast milk of Spanish mothers was lower in saturated fat and higher in monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids, which reflects the traditional Mediterranean diet of Spain. Aim to incorporate plenty of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids into your diet. These can be found in walnuts, almonds, avocado, chia seeds and fish as opposed to saturated fats found in processed foods and grain fed meat. Aim for a handful of nuts daily (walnuts and almonds are best), 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 3 serves of wild-caught fish weekly (avoid fish high in heavy metals such as tuna, mackerel, ling and swordfish and avoid farmed fish).
  • Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are a wonderful way to boost your calcium levels which is important for healthy milk supply. 
A Few Practical Tips.
  • Feeding more often. Feeding more often ensures that the tiny nerves in the nipple are being stimulated by your baby.  This causes the release of hormones into your bloodstream. One of the hormones (prolactin) activates the milk-making tissues. The other hormone (oxytocin) causes the breast to push out or let down the milk.
  • Massage. Massaging your breasts may encourage milk supply. Stroke it towards the nipple on all sides as your baby feeds. Take care not to disturb the nipple in your baby's mouth.
  • Take care of mum. Ensure you are looking after yourself by continuing to eat a balanced diet, sleeping when you get the opportunity to do so and seeking support from friends and family.
Lactation Smoothie Recipe

This is an easy smoothie recipe incorporating the breast milk boosting foods I have recommended above. Aim to have this once daily if possible and vary with any fruits or your favourite superfood powders. The addition of maca to this smoothie assists in boosting your energy levels during the day.

  • 250 to 300 mls of almond milk
  • ¾ cup of oats
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon of maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini paste (unhulled)
  • 2 to 3 drops of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean scraped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • Optional: ½ cup of frozen berries, 1 cup of baby spinach or kale, 1 frozen banana

Blend all of the ingredients together. Add a few ice cubes for a frozen shake.

If you would like to discuss starting a breast feeding herbal formula please contact anna@ediblebeautyaustralia.com. For more detailed assistance with respect to lactation concerns, I highly recommend you contact Lynn-McKensey Hall, a private IBCLC (International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant) and midwife who has fantastic results with women experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding lynne@betterbeginnings.com.au

 

 

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Bubba Products that Adults Will Love Too

Posted by Lolita Walters on

 

Isn’t it a beautiful thing to be able to share things with your loved ones? Well, with our Edible Bubba range, babies and adults alike can indulge and enjoy the benefits of these botanical, toxin-free products! Though designed especially for the sensitive skin of bubbas, the range is a treat for mum or dad too! Here are our top picks that you should definitely get your bubba to loan you from time to time!

 

Orange Blossom Baby Hair & Body Wash 

Hop in the bath with your bubba and enjoy this fresh and light wash together! Containing soothing Chamomile, healing Calendula and the ultra-nourishing and protective oils of Turkish Delight Seed and Coconut it will cleanse, nourish and protect both your skin. The refreshing scent from the pure essential oils of Mandarin and Orange will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Sharing our Orange Blossom Hair & Body Wash is a great excuse for a bathtub bonding session!

 

Cucumber Soothe Me Baby Balm

Designed to soothe bubba skin, this balm contains an array of healing, calming and restoring botanicals that will have the same soothing and regenerating effect on adult skin. It is a must-have for every family’s medicine cabinet for all ages!

The synergistic combination of Chamomile, Echinacea and Calendula provides healing actions, whilst Cucumber works to reduce inflammation and cool irritated skin, making it ideal for treating bubba conditions, such as nappy rash, eczema and rashes, as well as skin conditions that effect adults too, such as psoriasis, acne, sunburn, after shaving and other forms of skin irritation.

 

Coco Baby Bottom Crème

Our nappy cream uses Candelilla Wax (never beeswax or zinc oxide) to create a moisture repellent barrier between your baby’s skin and sources of irritation and is rich in Vitamin C & E, helping to enhance the skin’s natural healing process. This makes it a powerful protective and healing cream for adults too.

Mum or Dad can use this cream on any areas of especially dry skin, to help restore the moisture balance, such as the elbows, cuticles, and on the rough skin of the feet and hands. It is also useful to apply to areas of the skin that need to be protected while going in the water, such as cuts or rashes.

Organic Coconut Oil and Turkish Delight Seed Oil are antimicrobial and protective whilst Olive Oil is soothing, nourishing and hypoallergenic. Marshmallow and Calendula comfort and calm whilst Kakadu Plum Oil, being rich in vitamins C and E, promotes healing and natural protection for babies and adults alike!

 

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