All green, all week!

It’s super bowl week!!

That’s right… just 6 days til super bowl 52. And our team is going! The Philadelphia eagles are going to the super bowl! Crazy, right?! This town has been buzzing since last Sunday’s demolishing of the Minnesota Vikings. With a beat down like that, how could we not be riding high? It’s everything green in the city of brotherly love and we could not be more excited! We have waiting a long 13 years for this. Could it be a better scenario than to face the cheaters who robbed us of the Lombardi trophy more than a decade ago? It couldn’t be in my opinion! I love it! In addition to being the “underdogs” (yet again) we are afforded a rematch! With our backup quarterback none the less! Insane! Let’s not forget how we got here though-the success of Carson Wentz, locking in 10 wins before going down in week 13 against the rams. Morale was low but was quickly lifted as Nick Foles stepped up and jumped into that leadership role. Flash forward to today…super bowl bound, the country on our side, ready to fly to victory.

It’s gonna be white angelica in the diffuser all week this week! White angelica is a blend of bergamot, myrrh, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang, coriander, black spruce, melissa, hyssop, and rose essential oils and is known to promote feelings of security and protect against negative energy. Good vibes only for the birds this week! (Side note- after the Vikings scored that first touchdown in last week’s matchup, I immediately grabbed my white angelica and fired up the diffuser! You all know what happened after that! 😜🙌🏼) To all of you that already have white angelica…diffuse is, rub it on your wrist, do whatever you have to do to bring the eagles positive energy this week. And to those who don’t…get some! Starter Kit Happy Monday friends!

🖤Coco

Winter Skin

It’s that time of year when extreme cold begins to wreck havoc on your skin. This winter has been especially brutal. Exposing ourselves to the elements can take a toll on our skin. Even walking from your house to your car without gloves can begin to dry them out.

December and January in the Philadelphia area have been crazy cold! Colder that any winter I can remember in recent years. So cold that the hose for my washing machine froze and cracked 😬! To make matters worse, it’s been cold but we have not gotten too much snow. I’m the type that is like “if it’s gonna be cold, bring on the snow!”. I’m a beach lover but I have to admit I love the magic of winter. There’s nothing quite like being snowed in with the fam, watching the fresh flakes falling from the sky, hot chocolate in hand (or more likely coffee for me!), getting warm next to a crackling fire, snuggled up with the babes under a cozy blanket! It’s simply the best-pure magic! <
nfortunately along with that often comes something not so magical-extremely dry skin! Luckily I have discovered some ways to significantly reduce the occurrence of dry skin for myself and my kids. Number one tip, moisturize! There are a number of products out there that promise relief of even the driest of skin. They may work but most of them contain harsh chemicals that present other dangers to your family. My go to is lavender and cedarwood! I combine a couple drops of each oil with a couple pumps of fractionated coconut oil (I use Ellie’s Best, found on amazon (Ellie’s best) and massage over entire body. It leaves skin silky smooth and smells amazing too! I even add a couple drops of lavender to bath water to keep skin from drying out from hot water. It also is a great way to get the babes relaxed before bed!

Another negative impact of winter on the skin is, believe it or not, acne. I was so surprised to learn that acne was just as common in winter months as it is in the summer. I figured, hot temperatures mean excessive sweating, hence greater incidence of breakouts. The fact is, the wind and the dry, cold temperatures of the winter months dehydrate the skin causing it to produce extra oils as a result, making it more prone to bacterial growth and breakouts!

Essential oils are a great natural remedy for acne. My teenage daughter kept getting bouts of acne. It was painful and the appearance bothered her. Tea tree to the rescue! We applied tea tree essential oil neat (undiluted) to her face each night. After one treatment the acne improved. Within three days the acne was totally gone! To keep things in check, she applies a blend of lavender, tea tree, and coconut oils on her face daily. So far, so good! No more breakouts!

Since we are on the topic of skin…Penn developed a horrible rash last night. It covered his back, belly, neck, and face. He had been on an antibiotic (5th ear infection😬, remember?!) for three days. Viral rash? That was my first thought considering he had been on this antibiotic before and not developed a rash of any sort. Then I remembered, sometimes it takes 2-3 exposures before developing an allergic reaction. An emergency visit to the drs this morning, we learned it was in fact likely a reaction to the antibiotic. Luckily his ears are good so no need for another antibiotic. Management of his symptoms is all that is necessary at this point. The doctor offered me steroid cream but I turned it down. I wanted to keep it natural if possible. It was oatmeal baths and oils only for this babe! After his oatmeal bath he seemed much more comfortable. (We use Aveno Oatmeal bath and gentle baby soap by Babo Botanicals) After bath, I used a combination of lavender, geranium, and coconut oil to rub down his entire body. Lavender and geranium are known to sooth skin rashes; control itching and help heal. 🤞🏼 With a couple more winter months still to come, remember using essential oils on a regular basis can help prevent skin issues. Don’t wait, go get some NOW! You will thank me! Starter kit
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My boy

So my youngest child is my only boy. His name is Penn and he just turned one a few weeks ago. He is absolutely amazing but he has been getting sick so often since fall. This is the first child that I have experienced this. My oldest daughter, Taylor, I was lucky enough to not have to put in childcare as an infant. I was in nursing school at the time and I had family that was amazingly helpful. With Charlotte, my three year old, I was able to keep at home with a babysitter until she was almost two. With Penn, that boy was enrolled by 8 months old. I’m blaming Penn’s frequent illnesses on daycare!

One word, GERMS…and tiny immune systems not well equipped to fend them off day after day! Since Penn started back in September that has seldom been a week where he wasn’t sent home a day for “seeming off” or having “labored breathing!”. Me, as a nurse, tend to wait things out a bit with illness…I mean, really, what will a doctor do for a cold?! Runny nose, a little cough…he’s gonna be sick, it’s daycare! But as the months rolled on and one ear infection was diagnosed after the next (now 5 since October!) I realized I had to make a serious change.

I have been using essential oils for a while now but only sporadically until recent months. This brutal winter (health-wise) has motivated me to experiment with alternative modalities for managing symptoms and preventing illness.

I use Young Living Essential Oils! They are the best in my opinion! It is so important to use the purest oils when applying them to your (or your children’s) skin or when ingesting them. That’s why I chose YL. You know that you are getting “seed to seal” essential oils meaning straight from the plant to bottle.

For Penn, I have used several different oils to help him when he is sick. There are so many recipes out there. If you have an ailment, google essential oil for (fill in ailment) and I guarantee there’s an oil for that! When baby boy is runny nosed and seems to have labored breathing, my go to is snifflease. It’s a prediluted blend of eucalyptus, lavender, spruce, peppermint, cypress, dorado azul, marjoram, myrtle, ravensara, and pine essential oils. I put 1-2 drops in my palm and massage gentle onto his chest. Literally within minutes his breathing becomes relaxed and he seems much more comfortable. At bedtime I even add some extra lavender and it always seems to help him sleep through the night. In addition to using snifflease and lavender topically, I use eucalyptus and lavender in the diffuser at night to promote a peaceful, calm atmosphere conducive for sleep. It truly makes a world of difference! On nights I forget due to getting home super late from work after a 12.5 work day and an hour + commute, Penn often wakes in the middle of the night, especially when he is sick. This is rough! Especially when I have to work the next day! Using the diffuser absolutely limits nighttime wakings! Great for mama and also great for baby who needs extra sleep to heal!

For health promotion (or Illness prevention) thieves is a great oil. It’s blend Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary. Using it daily on wrists can ward off germs and help keep you healthy. My mistake has not been using thieves daily on the kids! I made a roller bottle with coconut oil and thieves (thieves must be diluted as it can burn the skin if used neat). I have it on the kitchen shelf above the sink presumably where my husband is sure to see it each morning and with the hope he will remember to roll it on the kids’ feet before getting them dressed. No such luck though! I’m still working on getting that built in to the daily routine! Hopefully soon! 🤞🏼

For now, I will continue to experiment with new blends and enjoy them for all they have to offer. If any of you reading this are intrigued to learn more, message me! I’m happy to share more information! Also if interested in grabbing yourself a premium starter kit and joining this amazing, really life changing oil community, click the link and join my team!

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Until next time friends! Have a happy and healthy weekend!

🖤Coco

Welcome to naturally coco!

Hello everyone! I’m so glad you stumbled across my page. I wanted to create this space so I can share my ideas on health and wellness. I am strong believer in using natural means to maintain optimal health, both physically and mentally. I am a registered nurse so obviously I am a believer in medicine also but I feel that using both traditional medicine and alternative therapies are key to living a holistic life. I will share my experiences with my family and hopefully you will become inspired to live life naturally!

~Coco