When I had my son he was my first child. I had no idea about nappies, baby grows or anything like that as I never really grew up with young children nor did I have to look after them. It wasnt a shock to the system, to a certain degree, as everyone finds their feet at some point.But I had a lot of learning to do pre and post pregnancy.
I remember being sat at my desk at work, asking one of my friends, a mum of 2, exactly what I needed to buy before the baby was born and she gave me a very long list. A suggestion was made about buying a bottle of olive oil for babys skin, at thatp oint I looked at her abit confused, as I was thinking about the cooking variety! She said you can buy it to put directly on the skin from a chemist, and it moisturised the skin and is very good for keeping the skin supple. And thats how my journey with olive oil started......
Benefts of olive oil on the skin
Olive oil has been used in skin care for many years.It contains Vitamin E which helps the skin remain supple and healthy, Fantastic all over the body moisturiser and helps dry, damaged skin to appear smoother and stronger. Its also something that can be put into the hair and used as a treatment if its dry and damaged or for those whose hair needs oil or grease to make it less brittle and more managable, such as afro caribbean hair, its a great addition to someones hair care routine.
It can also be used as a natural remedy for skin disorders like skin rash, eczema, wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, sunburn, and also to prevent skin cancer. Using it on skin burns and skin rashes helps soothe the skin and speeds the process of healing.
Its a very simple and effective basic product that can be used on everyone in the family without having to worry about any nasties in it.
How is the oil packaged?
Its in a simple glass bottle, the size I have is 185ml and the top is plastic.Its see through with a very basic label on it.It is good its see through as you will know how much your using and will give you an idea on when it will run out.
How do you use it?
There are no instructions on the packaging so I use it where its needed. As an example, I cover my son from head to toe in it just after hes had a bath, and when his skin is slighty warm so it aborbs easier. I put it in my hair when it feel very dry and not so managable, and last night I put a thin layer onto my face before bed as my skin felt alittle tight and really needed a drip feed of moisture big time. It doesnt take too long to sink into the skin, so you wont feel that greasy feeling for long.
Another good point is it has no smell.For some this is a good point as it wont clash with any other fragrance used or worn in other products.
When my daughters head is very itchy, a gently massage her head in it and cover her hair, to eleviate her symptons.
You can dab a small amount round the cuticles to stop them from drying out. You could even add sugars, oats to make up your very own body scrubs. If fragrance is require, add afew drops of your favourite essential oil.
To be honest I have never used many baby products on my children, and I have treid to keep their body routine as natural as possible as children can have very sensitive skins. And if your someone who wants to keep a childs routine simple and quite natural then this would be a great product to buy.
Theres so many things you can use this little bottle of goodness for, its versitile and very well priced. I buy mine from my local chemits for £1.99 for the 185ml size and its lasts three people around 4-6 weeks.
Up until Kai was about 4 months old he used to get really dry skin on the palms of his hands which was flaky and would get easily irritated and sore.
I tried lots of different creams but nothing seemed to help. My fiancés Mum gave me a bottle of this and I'd never heard of it before, nor had it really ever occurred to me that olive oil might help! I had assumed that it was expensive because of the packaging (a glass bottle) & olive oil in general is quite expensive but it is actually really cheap at about £2 for 92ml.
This looks just like normal olive oil and it has a slight smell to it which reminds me of wax crayons. It isn't a very strong smell and the smell of it didn't linger on Kai's skin. Because it is simply a blend of olive oil I never went into a panic attack about whether or not it would irritate his delicate skin and I was happy to use it myself as well.
When his skin was really dry I would apply it straight onto his hands and massage it in, which obviously did leave his hands greasy so I would put his mittens over the top. The oil is quite thick and only a small amount is needed.
Then as kais skin started to become less and less dry with the help of this oil and Zambuk ointment I would just put a few drops of it in his bath water and let him soak in it for as long as he wanted, making sure I didn't put too much in. i still do this once a week because i think it works just as well as the proper bath oil that i have for him.
Before I used this I was using johnsons bath oil which I think was actually drying his skin out even more, whereas this is completely natural. It really helped and even though Kai's palms don't get dry or sore anymore I still use a few drops of this in his bath to keep his skin soft.
I've also used it a lot of times myself in my bath because its more natural (it contains no chemicals at all) than the E45 bath oil that I was using previously and it is just as good. It works well as a hair oil too, I've only used it a few times for this purpose because I use coconut oil but it had the same effect (silky soft & shiny hair).
I wrote a review recently around Johnson's baby oil and how we were advised when our daughter was born to give her a baby massage rather than a baby to keep her skin moisturised, as the bath is renowned for drying baby's skin.
Well, the midwife had originally recommended using Olive Oil from the chemist rather than Johnson's baby oil for the massage, and so a few days after she was born, I picked a bottle of this Samaritan Olive Oil in my local chemist, which cost me £1.20 for a 92ml bottle, although I have seen bigger bottles on sale in other large chemists.
There is nothing fancy about the bottle itself, but it is designed for use on skin, rather than cooking!! The midwife had initially told me that a bottle of this oil would last me ages, but when I got the 92ml bottle, I didn't quite believe her. However, what she said has proved to be true, as this bottle did me at least a month, and that was with me using it almost every night (bar bath night) on my daughter's skin.
When my daughter was born, despite being born before her due date, her skin was very dry, particularly on her tummy and on her feet. When first using this oil, I didn't realise just how runny it would be, and I tended to pour too much into my hands, leaving my hands very greasy, however I did get better at only pouring small amounts at a time out of the bottle. This olive oil is very easy to spread over the skin and within a day, we had noticed a huge difference in our daughter's skin in terms of the reducing the dryness, and within a week the dryness had gone, and we now use oil simply to keep her skin moisturised rather than getting rid of the dryness now.
Although I have now finished this bottle, and am using JOhnson's baby oil, simply because I had already been given a couple of bottle of this, I would be very happy to purchase a bottle of this again. It does last a good length of time, as a little oil goes a long way, so is good value for the price. All in all, this is a great way of keeping a baby's skin smooth and soft, and of getting rid of dryness.
Care Olive Oil (Samaritan) One of the most common complaints seen by GPsis a blocked ear, usually caused by wax that has been pushed into theear by a cotton bud / As well as the blocked sensation, waxy ears canreduce hearing, cause a ringing sound (tinnitus) and, occasionally,pain / There's no need to clean your ears with a cotton bud / The ear hasits own internal cleaning mechanism / Fats and oils in the ear canal trapany particles and transport them out of the ear as wax / This falls outof the ear without us noticing / When we try to clean the ear, this waxgets pushed back and compacted / There's also no need to dry ears with atowel, cotton buds or tissue paper / Let them dry naturally or gentlyuse a hair-drier on low heat / Olive Oil can help to soften the wax andenable it to come out / Ingredients 100% Pure Refined Olive Oil.Directions 1 / Insert the closed glass dropper bottle containing the oilinto a cup of warm water for two minutes / Dry the container and insertone-drop of oil onto your hand to ensure that it is not too hot / If youfeel the oil is too hot wait for it to cool prior to commencing / Thecorrect temperature of the oil should be 37C / Alternatively, for the oilto reach body temperature (37C) place the bottle in a pocket of yourclothing currently being worn for 20 to 30 minutes / Holding the prepareddropper bottle lie on a bed with the affected ear towards the ceiling.With one hand pull the top of your ear upwards and outwards tostraighten the ear canal / Placing the filled dropper part of the bottleof oil over the entrance to your ear canal and squeeze the dropper untilone drop (or the amount specified by your nurse) is instilled / Maintainthat position for five minutes / Wipe the excess drops that pool outsidethe ear when you sit up / Do not insert cotton wool into the entrance ofthe ear canal as this will absorb the drops / If the drops are to beinserted into both ears, repeat steps two to four on the opposite side.