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Natural ways to soothe Teething pain

Teething babies are no fun! As a mom of four I have had lots of experience with teething children.  As they start to cut their first teeth, many babies will experience a myriad of symptoms that will make them range from minorly uncomfortable to extremely uncomfortable. A slight fever, extra drool, irritability, swollen gums, and even not wanting to eat are all symptoms that your baby is starting to cut their first teeth. No two babies are alike and each one can experience a slightly different set of symptoms.  No matter the symptoms, we all share the same feelings. We want our babies to feel better and to take away their pain!



Babies have been teething since the beginning of time and one of the oldest known remedies for teething discomfort is Chamomile.

Chamomile is sometimes called an “herbal aspirin” since it’s been a popular home remedy for lowering pain for centuries. Chamomile flowers have been used to reduce pain, congestion, swelling and redness. They are extremely effective at reducing facial swelling, skin irritations, toothaches, pain from infections and underlying issues of inflammation.



The most famous essential oil for pain relief and relaxation is lavender (L. angustifolia) Distilled from the flowering tops, the best medicinal lavender oil comes from Bulgaria though it can be grown all over the world. Lavender has a long list of applications for skin; because of its anti-inflammatory and cell regenerating properties.  It is a safe herb for even the youngest children making it an excellent choice for teething.



Remember you do not need to use a teething cream inside as massaging a cream with an essential oil blend on the jawline/cheek is still extremely effective because the skin on your cheek is very thin!


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What you need to know about Beard Balm

Beard Balm is a what every man needs  for growing and maintaining a healthy and incredible looking beard. What is beard balm, and how do you know what to look for?

Beard Balm is a moisturizing, light to medium hold pomade.  A quality Beard Balm should do these 3 things:

  • Moisturize
  • Seal
  • Style


There are several moisturizing oils that nourish your beard. When shopping for Beard Balm you want to be certain your balm contains non-comedogenic oils .  These are oils that will moisturize your beard without clogging your pores.


Jojoba is not an oil, but a  liquid wax ester. Unlike most oils jojoba does not contain triglycerides, so it doesn’t become rancid in a short amount of time, is non-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it will not block your pores. Jojoba contains many important nutrients like vitamin E and B complex vitamins as well as minerals that stimulate beard growth and soften your facial hair, preventing breakage and split ends.


Argan oil penetrates facial hair pores where it enhances elasticity and stimulates beard growth. The natural antioxidants and vitamin E in argan oil strengthen your beard by repairing the damaged cellular membranes of your facial hair while also repairing damage done by synthetic chemicals found in most store bought soaps, shampoos and conditioners.


Macadamia Nut

One of the best regenerative oils available because it closely resembles sebum, the oil naturally produced by the skin to help protect it from the  environment. 

Vitamin E

A powerful anti-oxidant, used widely in skincare to prevent wrinkles and to keep your beard shiny.

The  beard balm you choose should have one or more of these moisturizers,  but most importantly  jojoba and argan as they are of the highest quality, and have a very extended shelf life in addition to  nourishing your beard.



Beard balm is similar to lotion because it seals in moisture. If the beard balm does not contain moisturizers like macadamia,  jojoba and argan, your beard balm will seal in the dryness.  There are two sealants usually used in Beard Balms:


Shea Butter is extracted from the nut of the African sheanut tree  and is widely considered the best sealant for facial hair. Shea butter wont clog your pores and you will have no problem washing it out of your beard when you wash.


Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees. Beeswax is natural and non-comedogenic so it will not clog your pores or prevent beard growth. It has a stronger hold than Shea giving your beard more hold for styling, and provides one of the best sealants to prevent moisture from escaping. Aeto’s Apothecary only uses Beegan Beeswax from an ethical apiary in our Beard Ease Beard Balm.


The third thing beard balm must do is provide hold for shaping. Shaping and styling will smooth stray hairs, tame wild beards, and accentuate natural curl in your beard. Beeswax provides excellent hold for styling while  Shea butter has the added benefit of making hair follicles appear thicker which makes your beard look thicker and more full.  Your best choice for a beard balm is always one that contains only natural ingredients and those with beards find shea and beeswax provide the perfect amount of hold for even the most untamable beard.


How to Use

Use a pea sized amount of balm and rub between your palms to emulsify. Running your fingers through your beard, start from your neck and work up, making sure to rub balm into the skin where your beard grows to nourish the hair at the roots. Reverse and run your fingers through your beard in a downward motion from top to bottom, spreading the balm down the hair follicles. Don’t forget your moustache and the hair around your mouth. It is best to brush your beard to straighten in or scrunch it up to accentuate your luscious curls.

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The Surprising benefits of Lilac

Herbalists use lilac to treat rashes, sunburn, minor cuts and scrapes and other skin ailments. It’s also well-known for its aromatherapeutic uses. Lilac  is a valuable addition to beauty products like lotions, and soaps for its fragrance and calming effects.

Lilac is praised for its many health benefits. As an aromatherapeutic oil, it’s said to ward off symptoms of depression and anxiety, as its soothing fragrance takes the mind to a relaxed state. Lilac oil may also help in:

  • Preventing stomach-related disorders and killing intestinal worms
  • Fighting bacterial and fungal infections
  • Helping reduce age lines, wrinkles and sagging skin
  • Preventing and treating malaria

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The 3 things to look for in a Face Serum

Face Serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate much deeper to deliver a very high concentration of their active ingredients into your skin.  Unlike your usual moisturizers, facial serums penetrate the skin quickly instead of sitting on the surface of the skin which will result in firmer, smoother texture, less visible pores, increased levels of moisture, and diminished aging effects.  Many facial serums are a mixture of high quality oils and botanical extracts that have Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory and Hydrating properties.



Antioxidants help to protect against sun damage and fight the damaging free radicals that are responsible for what we see as skin damage and marks of aging including fine lines and wrinkles.



Anti-Inflammatories help neutralize redness and prevent inflammatory cell damage.



Hydrators strengthen the skins ability to build strong membranes and a natural barrier.  Hydrating ingredients protect against dryness and signs of aging by helping to replenish the naturally occurring fats of the skin therefore improving moisture retention and protecting your skin from environmental damage.


Skin Ease Hydrating Face Serum

A custom combination of Apricot Kernel, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Avocado and Vitamin E work as hydrators in this rich Serum which Calendula, Chickweed, and Helichrysum reduce redness and inflammation. Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Neroli and Rosewood fight against sun damage and fight again the visible signs of aging.

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14 Natural Bug Repellents and Why you need to be using them!


Looking for a natural repellent try

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel has massive health benefits for the skin. Witch hazel has proven helpful against acne, skin sores, bruises, redness, psoriasis and eczema, oily skin, excess sweating, varicose veins, cracked skin, razor burn, sun damage and so much more.

Coconut Oil

It can serve as a natural mosquito repellant simply by making your skin too slippery for mosquitoes to land on. This is especially true in humid environments.


Glycerine will keep a Natural Bug Repellent on your skin therefore increasing the length of time before needing to reapply a natural bug repellent


Neem oil has powerful mosquito repellent properties and is an important weapon in the fight against malaria in third world countries.

Malaria is a big problem in tropical regions, and that is where neem grows best.

A number of studies have shown that it can help protect you from mosquito bites.

Another study found two percent neem oil mixed with coconut oil and applied to the skin protected against a variety of mosquitoes, ranging from 96-100 percent protection against malaria transmitting types, to 61-94 percent protection against West Nile virus types.

Aloe Vera

Aloe is well established as an excellent remedy for mosquito bites as well as many other maladies, Aloe Vera not only eases itching and inflammation, but will also help heal the wound. Aloe is also known to repel mosquitos


Researchers have found that cinnamon oil is an effective and safe way to destroy mosquito larva. Researchers alsobelieve the same chemical that kills the larva also repels the adults

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is taken from the Melaleuca alternifolia leaves, native to Australia. Tea Tree  is an effective insect repellent. Tea tree oil can actually dissolve the exoskeleton of an insect, causing it to smother. Strong and distinctive-smelling tea tree oil also contains terpenes that repel insects away from your skin. Tea tree oil is also useful for treating insect bites or stings if you are too late using your natural repellent.


If you’re looking for protection against ticks and other creepy-crawlies, be sure to include cedar in your mixture.

In a 2014 study, cedarwood oil was significantly effective against ants, red fire ants, and black legged ticks. At the highest dosage (6.3 mg/ml), it killed 100 percent of the ticks. An earlier 2011 study also found the oil to be effective at repelling two species of ticks.



Lavender oil has been used as a bug repellent for many centuries. Lavender was used in the past to protect clothes and linens from the infestation of moths and other insects. Lavender oil also prevents bites from mosquitoes and other biting insects.

Lavender oil also prevents the spread of infection caused by a bug bite and controls the itching and inflammation often associated with bug bites and also helps repel fleas, black fly, black beetle, flies, greenfly and white fly.


The same stuff that has long been used as a remedy for stomach ailments and improving concentration is now thought to be an effective mosquito deterrent as well.


Eucalyptus is known for its bug repellent properties including a lower population of mosquitos in areas where Eucalyptus grows. Eucalyptus oil is one of the more well-known natural repellents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved eucalyptus oil as an effective ingredient in mosquito repellent.


Rosemary is known to be effective in repelling mosquitos and other flying insects


This is the main ingredient in many insect-repelling candles and torches. It comes from plants of the lemongrass family and is responsible for their lemony scent. In addition to warding off mosquitoes, it has also been shown to be effective against lice and some biting flies. It is known to mask other scents that are attractive to them, making it difficult for them to locate their targets.


Geranium oil is well known for its ability to repel ticks and therefore makes a wonderful addition to a natural bug repellent.


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Why Rose water is a fantastic addition to your Beauty Routine

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Rose Water

Rose water has many benefits and can be used in various ways to benefit your skin and overall well-being.

Let’s talk about some benefits of rose water:

Rose water can bring benefits to all skin types, it can help sooth and cool sensitive and irritated skin, balance and cleanse oily skin, rejuvenate, soften and tone mature skin, revitalize and add beautiful glow to the normal skin. Rose water is an anti-oxidant with various vitamins, so it can help prevent the signs of ageing and nourish the skin.
Rose water also has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This stuff is a wonder of nature

How can I use Rosewater in my Beauty Routine?

1) Use rose water to prevent or reduce eye puffiness.
Place your bottle of rose water into the fridge for half an hour and then, apply some of it on a cotton pad and place it on your eyes. It will sooth the tender skin around your eyes and prevent or reduce eye puffiness.

2) Freshen your face throughout the day by spraying rose water mist on your skin.
Especially, in the summer time, rose water can become your faithful friend and helper, caring for your skin like nothing else; just spray rose water mist on your face, it instantly freshens your skin, naturally hydrates and nourishs it, adding wonderful radiance and glow.

3) Use rose water to soften dry skin.
People with dry skin can experience amazing benefits of rose water. When you apply rose water on your skin – you can notice soothing and softening effect of it straight away.

4) Rose water can also work as a natural makeup remover.

Apply rose water on a cotton pad and gently remove your makeup with it, gently massaging your face.  It efficiently removes makeup not only from your face, but also, can be used on the gentle skin around the eyes. Never rub harshly nor stretch your skin while removing makeup.

5) You can also use rose water as your perfect natural setting spray.

Rose water can be applied ( very sparingly) over the makeup as a setting product, providing beautiful, healthy glow and amazing dewy finish.

6) Use rose water as a skin toner.
Regular use of rose water as a toner can help prevent wrinkles (slowing down aging process), tighten pores and add a wonderful glow to the skin.

7) You can use rose water as an after-shave, to prevent irritation and sooth the skin.

It will help make your freshly shaved legs feel softer and leave a beautiful scent on your skin

8) Aromatherapy.
Rose water is an ingredient of aromatherapy. Researches have shown that aromatherapy can have tremendous positive effect in helping fight stress, contribute to more sound sleep and improve mood and mental clarity.

9) Perfume

Rosewater makes an incredible natural perfume.