Posts Tagged ‘make your own’

Is MILKY Supply Booster Worth the Hype?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Is MILKY Supply Booster Worth the Hype?

Oddly enough, I happened to be watching the Tia and Tamera show in which they came up with the Milky product. I immediately fell in love with the idea. So many women have a hard time breastfeeding and give up so easily and this is such a simple, easy to use product. On the show, the idea was to bottle an organic tea that featured fenugreek as the main ingredient, but  then infuse it with different herbs to make it taste better since neither of them liked the taste of fenugreek.

My question was would they stay true to the product being organic or would the final product be just a memory of what they had originally envisioned?I personally experienced a dip in supply when I went back to work after maternity leave, and then again once I started to do CrossFit. I used the teas, pills, tinctures, milk-boosting foods and everything else I could think of. While I did have success, none of them were as simple and straightforward as Milky claims to be–although I haven’t tried it since I’m no longer breastfeeding, I hear it tastes pretty good.

It contains: Purified water, Organic Herbal Blend, Organic Cane Sugar, Citric Acid, Organic Strawberry Flavor, Potassium Sorbate & Sodium Benzoate (To Preserve Freshness) and Organic Stevia (Reb A, Natural Sweetner). The only questionable ingredients are
 potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate, both of which are preservatives.

Unfortunately sodium benzoate, used to prevent drinks from becoming moldy, has been linked to hyperactivity and DNA damage. While not much research has been done on it here, other European countries have deemed it to be unsafe. It is so controversial that even the Coca-Cola Company removed it from their products in the UK back in 2008. Even though the rest of the ingredients are organic, I wouldn’t feel good about ingesting this preservative twice a day, especially since it can be passed through breastmilk.

The good news is that since all the other ingredients are ones you can buy at any health food store, you can make your own tea at home. Just brew a large batch of fenugreek tea with some of your other favorite flavors and keep it in the fridge. It’s not as convenient as throwing a tiny plastic bottle into your diaper bag, but it is safer for both you and your baby.

Jacqueline Banks is a board certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. To learn more about living a vibrant, healthy life, visit her website at www.jacquelinebanks.com

Quick and Easy Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

It’s hot outside and we’re starting to enjoy some outdoor fun! That means that little hands are getting all sorts of dirt on them and then probably making their way straight into their little mouths.

Many conventional hand sanitizers contain some pretty scary ingredients that you don’t want anywhere near your child’s mouth. Luckily, making your own hand sanitizer is simple, and all you need are a few easy to find ingredients.

Aloe Vera makes a great base for a hand sanitizer. It gives you the gel-like feel of conventional products and has both antibacterial and antifungal properties. Witch Hazel is an optional ingredient, which works as an antiseptic thanks to its alcohol content. Its alcohol concentration isn’t as strong as the alcohol concentration found in store-bought sanitizers, and it can even be left out all together if you want.

Essential oils give this concoction most of its antibacterial benefits, so you’ll want to stick with powerful ones. Tea tree oil is known for killing bacteria and fungus, and as an antimicrobial, it should always make up the largest part of your essential oil. You can add more essential oils to either add more germ-fighting ingredients (lavender, clove and rosemary are good choices) or just to add a nice smell (citrus, cinnamon and peppermint oils add a fresh scent). A touch of vitamin E oil helps preserve shelf life so you can keep it for a few months.

Here is a simple recipe you can pour into your own squirt bottle.

 Natural Hand Sanitizer Gel

8 ounces pure aloe vera gel
30 drops tea tree oil
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil
ÂĽ teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 tablespoon witch hazel (optional)

If you prefer a water-based spray, try this:

Natural Hand Sanitizer Spray

4 ounces distilled water
4 drops grapefruit seed extract
4 drops tea tree oil

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.