Grace on November 11th, 2013

028_Mailchimp_Lovage-1Lovage is a start-up online boutique representing premium quality natural/organic cosmetics. The Lovage philosophy is clear: to provide community members with toxic-free products that actually deliver on the skincare goodness promise.

As a newly founded community, Lovage’s aim is to source, sell and promote the quality of natural, organic skincare products so that they become the ‘norm’, rather than a ‘hippy’ trend. The vision is to spread the word and the knowledge one product at a time.

Lovage’s founder, Heidi, and her team, want to build an online community where people can share and exchange their knowledge and experiences about natural/organic skincare products. As a child, Heidi’s mother taught her the importance of nurturing and caring for her skin, and having struggled with sensitive skin all her life, searching for the best quality natural skincare has turned from being a necessity into a passion.

So, Lovage is proud to represent Pure&Green organics in its online store. Naturally grown and ethically produced, Pure&Green organics is one of the most principled and effective brands in the industry – a natural fit for Lovage.

If you want to take the journey with Lovage, you can start by visiting the store at lovage.com.au and liking them on Facebook at facebook.com/LovageCosmetics. Take one step at a time to a better natural outlook on life – with Lovage.

Nappy rash is a type of dermatitis or inflammatory skin eruption in the nappy area (1). It can occur as early as one week of age, but is most common between 9 and 12 months (2).  It  develops when skin is exposed to prolonged wetness (due to frequent stools and urine, diarrhoea or infrequent changing), increased skin pH caused by urine and faeces,  food sensitivities, yeast infection, bacterial infection, sensitivity to baby wipes and cloth nappies, or dePile of diaper 1tergents (3).

Symptoms

The skin around the genital area and anus will look inflamed, red and moist.  The skin may blister then peel, leaving raw patches (ulcers).  Small ulcers can sometimes form on healthy skin near the area of rash.   The broken skin can become very sore, especially when your baby wees.   This can result in your baby becoming very unsettled, sleeping poorly and waking often due to pain (4).

Skin care

Most cases of nappy rash can be treated successfully.  However a nappy rash that persists for longer than a week needs to be looked at by your doctor or pediatrician.  Start by keeping your baby clean and dry by changing him/her frequently and whenever you notice a wet or filled nappy.  Clean your baby’s bottom using fragrance-free and alcohol-free baby wipes (check the label) or in the bath with warm water and oil cleanse. Pat skin dry.  Apply a thin layer of a certified organic nappy balm to protect the skin from wee or poo and aid healing.  Give your baby some nappy free time in a warm room on a clean towel in the cooler months or on a blanket on the grass in the warmer months to expose his/her bottom to air.

The importance of a dry nappy

Some babies are sensitive to ammonia that develops as their urine breaks down, a condition known as ammonia dermatitis (5).  When urine turns into ammonia it creates a more alkaline environment.  This can be problematic if your baby sits in a full nappy for too long.  Enzymes found in faeces cause the skin to break down (6).  These enzymes thrive in an alkaline environment, so a baby sitting in a full nappy is more prone to skin break down.  Changing your baby’s nappy frequently will help to clear up and prevent a nappy rash.  If you are using cotton nappies, add ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse water when you wash them to help neutralise the ammonia in nappies (7).  Alternatively, make a switch to disposable nappies to keep your baby’s bottom dry and rash free.

Food intake

If skin care doesn’t improve your babies’ nappy rash, it may be due to the pH of your babies’ poo.    Breastfed babies tend to have slightly acidic stools (8). Formula fed babies’ stools tend to be slightly alkaline, so are more prone to nappy rash.  Certain foods may cause your baby’s urine or stools to be more acidic.   An imbalance in either direction can be a problem.  Acidic stools may cause a burn-like rash. Alkaline stools may result in skin breakdown (9).

If your babies’ rash starts shortly after starting solids, you may want to eliminate certain foods to see if the rash goes away.   Keep a food diary to monitor the possible cause of your baby’s nappy rash. Below is a list of aggravating and beneficial foods to consider whilst your baby has nappy rash.

Acid foods to avoid/minimise (10) Protein sensitive’s to avoid (11) Alkaline foods / substances to avoid Beneficial foods
Citrus + juicesTomato

Strawberry

Pineapple

Tart apples, plums, peaches, prunes

Grapes / Raisins

 

WheatDairy

Soy

Legumes  / beans

 

Formula milk madefrom dairy / soy

 

Ammonia from a wet

nappy

Breast milk 

Hydrolysed

hypoallergenic infant formula

 

Banana

Infant rice cereal

Dry toast

Cooked carrots

white potato

Pasta

Natural Yoghurt

Apple puree

White grape juice

If the rash doesn’t start to heal, worsens or spreads onto the tummy and buttocks, visit your doctor or pediatrician.

(1)    RCH Dept Dermatology, Pharmacy. (2010). Nappy Rash. Available: http://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Nappy_rash/. Last accessed 17th June 2013.

(2)    Baby Center Australia Medical Advisory Board. (2011). Nappy Rash. Available: http://www.babycenter.com.au/a81/nappy-rash. Last accessed 17th June 2013.

(3)    et al.

(4)    The Childrens Hospital at Westmead. (2012). Nappy Rash. Available: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Nappy_rash. Last accessed 17th June 2013.

(5)    J. V. COOKE, M.D. (2013). THE ETIOLOGY AND TREATMENT OF AMMONIA DERMATITIS OF THE GLUTEAL REGION OF INFANTS. Available: http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1173725. Last accessed 17th June 2013.

(6)    Ann & Robert H. Lurie. (2013). Diaper Rash. Available: http://luriechildrens.org/en-us/care-services/conditions-treatments/dermatology/Pages/basics/diaper-rash.aspx. Last accessed 17th June 2013.

(7)    Lisa. (2011). Ammonia and Cloth Diapers. Available: http://www.everythingcloth.com/2011/08/ammonia-and-cloth-diapers.html. Last accessed 17th June 2013.

(8)    Ogawa K, Ben RA, Pons S, de Paolo MI, Bustos Fernández L.. (1992). Volatile fatty acids, lactic acid, and pH in the stools of breast-fed and bottle-fed infants.. Available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1432461. Last accessed 17th June 2013.

(9)    Eastern Region Neonatal Benchmarking Group. (2008). Care of the Nappy Area Guideline. Available: http://www.neonatal.org.uk/documents/1628.pdf. Last accessed 17th June 2013.

(10) Vincent Iannelli, M.D.,. (2013). Infant Q&A – Acidic Baby Foods. Available: http://pediatrics.about.com/od/yourbabyweekbyweek/ss/baby_wk_twtyfur_3.htm Last accessed 17th June, 2013.

(11) Pam Gaulin. (2008). Food Allergies and Diaper Rash. Available: http://voices.yahoo.com/food-allergies-diaper-rash-1702449.html. Last accessed 17th June, 2013.

Grace on November 8th, 2013

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Episode #4 in our Good Enough 2 Eat Video series features the best skincare regime for babies, Janella makes a delicous yet nutritious risotto for children 6 months and over plus a special guest star – baby Crosby! The skin and health benefits of olive oil are discussed.

Baby Risotto

Makes about two cups

1 tbls lemon infused olive oil or 1tsp lemon rind and 1 tbls olive oil

½ cup millet flakes

1 tbls chia seeds

11/2 cups of veggie stock (some from cooking greens)

½ cup pureed spinach or kale

Method – In a skillet heat the oil, then add the millet. Stir to coat in the oil. Add the chia seeds and stir again. Now, over a medium heat add the stock to the millet one ladle at a time. Continue stirring until most of the liquid has evaporated then add another ladle of stock. Keep doing this until you’ve used all the liquid.  Finally stir through the spinach. Freeze into individual portions.

Note – if using un-flavoured olive oil, add the lemon rind at the end of the cooking process.

 Suitable for children  6 months +

Written for Pure & Green by Janella Purcell

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Grace on August 1st, 2013

The third installment in our video series with Brand Ambassador Janella Purcell has been released just in time for winter.  Featuring the beauty benefits of salt particularly in treating and preventing dry winter skin and how to help reduce salt consumption in your diet to improve your wellbeing and lower blood pressure.

Flavoured Lake Salt Featured Recipes:

Yields about one cup

– Lemon Myrtle and Black Sesame Seeds

– Szechuan pepper and Lime or Mandarin Rind

– Rosemary and Orange Rind

– Gomashio: toasted sesame seeds and salt (using a surabachi instead of a mortar and pestle. I have one.)

 Method – To one cup of salt use 1 tbls each of the ingredients.

Grind the two ingredients together using a mortar and pestle. Stir through the salt. Store in an airtight jar.

Written for Pure & Green by Janella Purcell

 

 

 

Grace on July 31st, 2013

At Pure & Green organics we are all about relationships.  Whether we are engaging with our customers (directly through our service centre or via social media) or supporting our stockists through in store promotions or one on one training sessions the effort is worth it because we are building what we hope to be lifelong relationships.

 To honour our hard working and loyal stockists we’ve decided to create a “Featured Retailer” segment.  Our first stockist to be featured is House of Organic.

House of Organic is an online retailer offering quality organic products. Their range includes a variety of food, drink, skin care, body care, dental care, and aroma therapy products. What makes House of Organic truly unique is that they are the world’s first and only retailer to be exclusively dedicated to Australian certified organic products.

At the helm of House of Organic is entrepreneur Marcus Sou (pictured on left with Grace). With a passion for health and wellbeing and an eye for quality, Marcus wanted to create an accessible space where only the very best would do and the very best according to Marcus is real organic – we agree with him wholeheartedly!

The only way to ensure that products are genuinely organic is through certification and there’s no other certifier in Australia who are more trusted and respected for their organic integrity and strict standards than Australian certified organic. From this concept houseoforganic.com.au was born.

Another fabulous point of difference that House of Organic have achieved and why we love working with Marcus is his passion for changing the world.  Marcus doesn’t just want to “sell” products, he wants to change people’s thinking and promote wellness.  Marcus has contacted an amazing array of Australian television personalities and sports people to enlist their help to get the organic lifestyle message out there.  Well done Marcus, amazing work that needs congratulating!

As mentioned in our Men and skincare Health article, Marcus has been instrumental in proving that real men use skincare and are not afraid to talk about it!  Here’s what a few of House of Organic’s celebrity clients have to say about their skincare and wellness regimes.

Dean Gladstone – Bondi Rescue

 Dean  “Deano” Gladstone is a Lifeguard on Bondi Beach. He’s also one of the main stars on channel 10’s hit reality TV show Bondi Rescue. Broadcast around the world including the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Hong Kong and also on National Geographic Adventure, Bondi Rescue follows the daily lives and routine of the lifeguards who patrol Bondi Beach. The Bondi Lifeguards perform around 2000 rescues over the Australian summer period. They also deal with other incidents including lost children, shark scares, bluebottle stings, injuries, sexual deviants, drunken beach goers and thieves on the beach.

As a lifeguard Dean is always required to be constantly in and out of the water while also being exposed to the harsh Australian sun. He must also keep very fit and active and is always at the gym. In summer Dean would usually have up to 10 showers or hose-downs in a day. Dean takes skin care very seriously, with particular emphasis put on sun protection as well as diet. As part of Dean’s daily skin care routine he likes to use Pure & Green Organic’s cleanser, exfoliating scrub and hydrate moisture lotion. Dean showers with Pure & Green’s cleansing bar as it contains skin loving ingredients such as olive oil, coconut oil, and shea nut butter. Dean is a lover of coconut oil; he uses it to cook with and also uses it to shave!

Kayne Lawton – Manly Sea Eagles

Kayne Lawton is an Australian Rugby League footballer playing for the Manly Sea Eagles. From 2009 to 2012 Kayne played for the Gold Coast Titans. Kayne is a very mobile utility with electric pace and footwork. He is an absolute fitness fanatic who would love to be a pro-surfer if he wasn’t playing football. As a professional athlete of his calibre, Kayne puts a lot of emphasis on diet, nutrition and overall wellbeing. He believes that if you take care of your insides through eating healthy organic foods, it will become evident on the outside, with your skin subsequently becoming healthier as a result from healthy eating.

Being a professional athlete, regular intense training becomes his daily schedule and showering up to 3 times a day. Kayne’s skin care routine is quite simple yet effective. Some products Kayne particularly likes from the Pure & Green organics range at houseoforganic.com.au includes the cleansing bar, exfoliating scrub, and hydrate moisture lotion.

Jerrad Tyson – Western Sydney Wanderers

Jerrad Tyson is an Australian football (soccer) goalkeeper who plays for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-league. As a professional athlete who must always be in optimal conditions, Jerrad believes it is vital to have a healthy diet that is free from chemical riddled or processed foods. He comes from a family with a “healthy body, healthy mind”mentality who are also very environmentally orientated. Apart from football Jerrad loves to cook. Like his family, he’s all about health and wellbeing and his cooking reflects this.

Jerrad’s skin and body care is very basic but effective. As a professional athlete, as well as being a goalkeeper, Jerrad showers up to 3 times a day. He showers using Pure & Green’s cleansing bar and moisturises using Pure and Green’s hydrate moisture lotion. Two products that Jerrad particularly likes from the Pure & Green Organic range are the Hand & Nail cream and exfoliating scrub. His position in the team requires him to wear gloves and over time his hands get very dry, so the hand cream is an absolute essential.

 

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