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Why choosing a good Nipple Butter is important

When you breastfeed, you are likely to experience sore and cracked nipple at some point. Some more severe cracks can cause bleeding from the nipple too and even lead to infection. If you experience pain like this, a nipple cream can be a great help to soothe and alleviate the soreness and also heal the issue.

Which Is The Best Nipple Cream For You?

There are numerous nipple creams on the market, and you will probably be confused by the choices and not sure which one is the best nipple cream for you.

Why Not Lanolin-Based Nipple Cream?

Lanolin-based cream is effective in soothing and healing chapped skin, many older generations mothers use lanolin cream but now we know that lanolin contains a huge amount of pesticides. Some studies also suggests that lanolin-based nipple cream is not as effective people may believe.

Lanolin is first recovered from shaved sheep’s wool. The wool is soaked in chemicals to remove parasites before the lanolin is scoured out of it and therefore there are no truly organic options available.

Your baby will eventually ingest a portion of the nipple cream through breastfeeding. This is my main concern in Lanolin as well as most creams are not free from additives, and pesticides.

What’s else should I know?

If the label recommends that you remove the cream before feeding your baby, then it’s probably not the best nipple cream for you. A nipple cream that needs to be removed before feeding likely means that it’s not safe to be ingested by your baby.


Watch out for Chemicals! Some chemicals in nipple creams can cause even more irritation to an already sensitive area. Avoid balms made with parabens, triethanolamine, and petroleum products.

Look out for numbing agents andcareful of products that cause numbness. The ingredients used can interfere with the let-down reflex of milk or could numb your baby’s mouth enough to prevent him/her from being able to feed

Choose a balm that is easy to use. Look for smooth, non-sticky, balm as you will be using it in an area which is already painful and sore. You don’t want to cause yourself anymore pain than you are already experiencing.

Some examples of great herbs to look for in Nipple Butter


Lavender essential oil has very powerful antiseptic properties. Applying it to wounds can not only increase cell growth causing the wound to heal faster, but it also decreases the appearance of scars. The oils anti-microbial action protects scrapes and wounds from infection, while allowing them heal.


Chamomile promotes smooth, healthy skin and relieves irritations thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Chamomile’s flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the skin surface into the deeper skin layers of the skin, preserving its youthful appearance, completion and immune defenses. As a traditional medicine, it’s been used for centuries to treat wounds eczema, gout, skin irritations, cracked skin, abrasions, bruises, burns and canker sores.



Calendula has been found to have strong anti-inflammatory properties via powerful flavanoids. Anti-inflammatory linoleic acid is also found in high concentrations in calendula. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent remedy for all kinds of inflammatory, issues like diaper rash, sore cracked nipples, dermatitis, eczema and more.


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Aeto’s World Schooling adventure – Preparations

My husband and I have talked about Ecuador and the Galapagos for a very long time, in fact, Galapagos has always been on the very top of my bucket list.  With four children an adventure like this takes a great deal of planning and an extended recess from traditional schooling.  We decided to take a year to try homeschooling, and to take the month of January to celebrate our 10th anniversary with world schooling our children in my dream destination.

World-schooling, edventuring, life-learning, whatever you call it, it is what we were drawn to do – and it is super popular if the proliferation of blogs and books by families on round-the-world trips is anything to go by.  We were driven by a desire to spend a greater amount of time with our children, escape the pressures of work and discover new cultures and lifestyles,  so here we are,  taking the kids out of school and setting off on an adventure.  100% present and spending time experiencing these amazing places together.

The children are so excited to see the animals in the Galapagos play with penguins and sea lions and see Tortoise that roamed when Darwin was discovering the Origin of Species. (almost as excited as me) We have spent the last few months learning about the eco system in Galapagos and in fact we have learned about all the bio diverse areas we will visit in Ecuador.  The children have also learned about Darwin and are so excited to go to the research centre named after this great man.

We will zipline in the cloud forests of Mindo, have the culminating event of our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Novel Study – Visiting a real Chocolate Factory, we will visit volcanos and drink from the fountain of youth. Our plan is to  just spend a month seeing an immersing ourselves in the culture and lifestyle of this amazing South American country.

We want our children to experience exciting destinations, and authentic immersive travel.  Adventures they will remember for a lifetime – Something we will all proudly recount to our grandchildren someday.

We had to make sure all our travel vaccinations were well in hand because with an immune compromised child nothing can be left to chance.  My friend from Mexico made sure I knew how to properly explain his Celiac disease and his food allergies to try and insure that we travel safely, however,  I have been assured by our Ecuadorian friends and the internet  that eating Gluten Free is extremely easy throughout Ecuador.

So here I am the day before the biggest adventure we have taken with our children having checked and rechecked the luggage. I think everything is in order and we have everything we need packed and if not, we will have to deal with that on the ground.   I have  prepared an epic travel binder with all our plans and reservations as well as made sure all my travel apps are updated as well as maps incase our cell service is patchy.  My eldest daughter is sitting next to me finishing her grade 3 Spanish textbook.  She has worked to hard to complete three grades since September.  She is a planner like me and wants to be sure she can communicate.

Our home will be in the hands of very competent house sitters who will enjoy our home while we are gone and our dogs will be entertained and loved by them so we have no fears on the home front. Even after so much preparation and research this trip has snuck up on me – So wish us luck and say a little prayer The Aeto’s Nest is off to see the world!

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6 Reasons to Moisturize

Applying moisturizer is one of the few inexpensive ways that people can pamper themselves. Moisturizer seals moisture into the skin to prevent drying, while body care lotion softens rough elbows and heels, along with other dry areas of the skin. A quality moisturizer can work wonders on scaly, dehydrated skin that feels rough and looks unattractive, and hand body lotion works especially well on the hands and feet, but can be applied all over the body. Moisturizer provides many benefits to people who make time to use it on a regular basis.

1. Re-hydrate dried skin.

People who work in harsh climates often apply body lotion on a regular basis, perhaps even daily. Skin that is chapped or dried from wind, cold, or heat can be hard to treat with regular cosmetics. Some people have sensitive skin. No matter which type of climate they live in, their skin can become dry and irritated easily, sometimes even from indoor heat. Quality moisturizer, applied after each shower or bath, can help to seal moisture deep in the skin to keep it hydrated and supple. It may not be a bad idea to keep a bottled of your favorite scented moisturizer on hand for an after-bath application.

2. Replenish extra dry or rough spots on the skin.

Even if your normal skin type is oily or normal, you might have rough areas on your body, like around the elbows or knees that could benefit from moisturizer applications after a bath or at bedtime. With regular use, a replenishing lotion can ease rough skin and make it as smooth and silky as the rest of your body.
3. Smooth calluses.
If you are on your feet quite a bit you may have developed rough calluses that are painful and unsightly. A moist moisturizer can make these areas supple and help you to remove the dead skin easier than if you attempted it without lotion. If your calluses appear discolored, swollen, or have red streaks running from them, check with your doctor rather than trying to remove them yourself.

4. Feel and smell good.
People love the feel of creamy lotion on their tired limbs or torso. Enjoy the relaxing sensation of lotion applied to your feet, legs, or arms. Specialty stores, department stores, and gift shops carry many different scents of moisturizer to choose from. There are as many lotion types as you have moisturizing needs, so take advantage of the wealth of scents and textures to find one that suits your personality and needs.

5. Help yourself relax.
Even if your skin is in great shape and does not need to be moisturized with lotion, try a body massage with scented lotion on the hands. You can even get lotion that heats up during application to add sensory warmth to the parts of your body to which it is applied.

The feel of gentle softness on your skin rotating in firm, steady massage movements can remove stress, subdue pain, and enhance endorphins to make you feel great.

6. Soften the roughest parts of your body.

Do your legs dry out after shaving? How about rough hands or toughened heels? No matter your age or lifestyle, body lotion can do wonders to help you relax and appreciate the simple comforts of life. You may want to keep a bottle of Moisturizer in the kitchen for your hands after doing dishes or in the bathroom after a quick wash-up. Put some in the spare bathroom for guests. Place a bottle of your favorite scented moisturizer in the bedroom to feel smooth and smell sweet at bedtime. There are dozens of uses for body lotion when you think about all the ways it can be applied to make your skin moist, supple, and sweet smelling.
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Natural Sleep Aids and why you need to be using them

ChamomileUnlike other sleep aids, that only focus on one cause of sleeplessness, chamomile tea can provide relief to a variety of sleep disruptors, including:

1. Insomnia – First and foremost, chamomile fights that annoying sensation where you don’t feel tired. If you glance at the clock and see that it is well past your bedtime, and you don’t feel tired yet, sipping on chamomile tea can induce that sleepy feeling.

2. Anxiety – Anxiety and insomnia go hand in hand. Your racing, unwanted thoughts bring with it a night of restlessness. A cup of chamomile tea before bed will help calm your mind long enough that you can drift off to sleep.

3. Depression – Drinking chamomile tea before bed can help rid you of that worn-out unwanted companion that clings to you like a cloud of hopelessness. While it won’t outright cure depression, it can rid you of these unwanted feelings long enough to fall asleep.

4. Indigestion – The cause of sleeplessness that I most identify with. But perhaps that’s because I overeat too close to bed. A cup of chamomile tea can treat your upset stomach, reducing muscle spasms and inflammation, so that you can sleep pain free.


Springing from the branches of the cananga tree, native to Indonesia, ylang-ylang flowers produce an oil that is effective in reducing hypertension because of its sedative effects. Not only can it help you fall asleep faster, but a little aromatherapy with this oil can also alleviate stress and anxiety. On top of that, ylang-ylang also has a gorgeous scent, a light floral aroma that works wonderfully as a perfume or natural air freshener.

LavenderResearch shows that the scent of lavender eases anxiety and insomnia. In one study done at Britain’s University of Southampton, researchers tracked the sleep patterns of 10 adults. For a week, half of the participants slept in a room where lavender was diffused in the air throughout the night; the rest snoozed in a similar room where a placebo–sweet almond oil–was released. After a week, the groups switched rooms. At the end of the study, the volunteers ranked the quality of their sleep 20% better on average when in the lavender-scented room.  The researchers monitored their sleep cycles with brain scans. With the help of lavender subjects slept more soundly; they also felt more energetic the next morning.


The researchers found that lavender increased slow-wave sleep, the very deep sleep in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax. During this phase, the brain is thought to organize memory, as well.

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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

Try Skin Ease Lilac – a rich moisturizer with the calming power of Lilac.

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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

Rose water – Mist Ease Rosewater

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.