Easy Diaper Rash Treatment

I usually cloth diaper my little prince, so diaper rash is not a common problem in my household. However, every once in while, he poops and I simply don’t notice (every once in a while, there is a poop that doesn’t have a strong smell). So he’s sitting in poop for up to two hours before I understand why he’s wailing. Mommy fail. I know. In my defense, this kid never lets me sleep. Anyway, this usually results in a diaper rash.

Luckily, there is a very easy treatment for diaper rash.

Reinforce the skin with a barrier of Coconut or Shea Butter (this helps provide protection for further moisture exposure) and treat the rash with Lavender Essential Oil. I prefer Shea Butter for this purpose because it’s non-comedogenic, it stays solid at warmer temperatures than Coconut Oil, and is great for sensitive skin. However, Coconut is usually well-tolerated by infants as well and has anti-bacterial properties. Lavender Essential Oil is an excellent additive because it has healing and soothing properties for the irritated skin, is very gentle and safe for infants, and it is anti-bacterial.


Easy Recipe

  • 1/4 cup of Coconut or Shea Butter (experiment with any preferred body butter)
  • 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/2 oz beeswax (optional)

If not using the beeswax, simply mix the body butter and essential oil together in a glass container and store out of sunlight. A light-protective container is preferred or storage in a dark cabinet/box. Apply at every diaper change until the rash clears. My son is usually rash-free in 24 hours but I had one severe case that took 3 days.

Beeswax will provide a stronger skin barrier than just oil alone. To use, gently heat the beeswax and oil of preference in a double burner until the oil is liquid and the wax has melted. Mix well and then pour into a glass container. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes and then add the Lavender Essential Oil. Do not add the lavender to the just-heated liquid. The high heat will compromise the healing properties of the essential oil.

Tea Tree Essential Oil is a good alternative to lavender:


Verse of the Day;

“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” (John 14:23 NASB)

Who is Elohim? Part 3


Welcome Back!

In our previous explorations, Part 1 and Part 2, we learned that the word Elohim is used to describe humans with supernatural abilities. Then, we learned that Elohim is also used to describe rulers/judges and children of God.

Today, we are going to explore what it means to be a “son of God”.

A “son of God” or child of god (gender-neutral) is described by Jesus as being in a unified relationship with God, the Father (John 10:38, see Part 2). Christians are also called to a unified relationship with God, the Father, through Jesus Christ, and with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Check out Christ’s prayer of intercession for believers:

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in you, that they also may be in Us…The glory which You have given Me I have given them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in the and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity…so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:20-26 NASB).

Christ is making the radical statement that those who believe in Him, who are called into the Family of Christ, are unified with God. So, Elohim is used in reference to being a child of God and that relationship is described by Christ as divine unity with God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. So when Psalms 82:6 says, “…you are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High”, I don’t think it unreasonable to interpret this verse like this:

You are divinely united with God, you are sons of the Most High.

So. Elohim. What did we learn?

It can mean:

  • God (THE God)
  • gods (false deities)
  • humans with divine attributes or supernatural abilities
  • judge/ruler
  • sons of God who are divinely united with God.

So when God uses this word, “Elohim”, to name Himself in Genesis 1:1; “In the beginning, God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth”, He is, through context, describing a Creator, but also a Being of supernatural abilities, One who is Ruler and Judge, and One who is divinely united in an active relationship – the Trinity. But He is also describing One who is united by One Spirit, the Holy Spirit, with His beloved children – us.

So now the plurality of “Elohim” in a singular context makes a lot more sense, huh?


Getting Rid of Ants


A few days ago, I came home to find a long line of ants crawling along my wall and over the infant carseat that I’d left by the door. The carseat had food crumbs on it so my husband deduced that it was the main attraction.

So I moved the carseat to the balcony until I can clean it and puzzled over these ants. Where. Were. They. Coming. From? I really couldn’t figure out their point of entry. And I don’t like uninvited guests. My first thought was ant genocide. My next thought was harsh, murdering chemicals. My next thought was the one year old running around my home. So no harsh chemicals.

So a little research was in order. And I learned there are two types of ants to consider: the type who bring bait/food home to the ant nest and the type who don’t. The type who bring home the bait can also bring home poison and kill the entire nest. The type who don’t have to be eradicated AT the nest (injecting poison into the colony itself).Diatomaceous Earth (food grade only) is a good, natural option to inject into the nest. I had no idea which I was dealing with and I was really hoping it wasn’t the latter – because I had no idea how to find the nest.

With no other choice, I decided to treat them as though they were the type to bring bait home. So in a cup, I mixed 3 parts powdered sugar (sweet to attract) to 1 part borax (poison to kill), added enough water to make a thin soup, and placed in a cotton ball to absorb the cup’s contents. I then taped the cotton ball to the wall directly in the trail of ants. They swarmed it. I resisted the urge not to murder them so they could, theoretically, bring the poison home. The next morning, they were gone.

If you don’t have pets or children running around, you can simply leave a bowl/plate of bait and poison in their path, as well. Omit the water.

This will not work on all ants. Not all bring bait home. Not all are attracted to sweets. Some ant types are only attracted to protein (try peanut butter mixed with borax). Learn about identifying different breeds here.

While you are waging war against the little critters, it may help to upset the pheromone trail that ants leave behind for their friends to follow by. Just spritz vinegar on the surface the ants are lining up along and wipe clean. Don’t do this if you are leaving bait. Just let them lead each other to the poison.

Verse of the Day:

Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength;
We will sing and praise Your power.

(Psalm 21:13 NASB)

Rose Water for…Eczema?

As I’ve mentioned before, my son has a decent case of eczema on his little legs. And it just breaks my heart when I see him scratching. My biggest treatments are baths with baking soda, honey, milk, and oatmeal, as well as a homemade moisturizer, the recipe for which I found here.

The moisturizer recipe felt a little sticky to me – probably because of the honey – so I decided to try mixing it with some water before rubbing it into my son’s legs. On a whim, I tried spritzing Josiah’s legs with Rose Water that I use as a skin toner and then rubbing the cream on his damp legs. This smoothed out the stickiness and allowed the moisturizer to absorb much easier.

I have to say, after two days, I was very shocked at the sudden improvement in his skin. The redness was almost completely gone. I’ve now used this combination of rose water and moisturizer and his skin is 90% healed. There’s no redness. Just a patch of skin that gets dry easily if I forget to moisturize it.

Rose water or rose hydrosol can be found at local health stores or online (Amazon, for sure). Rose water and rose hydrosol are basically the same thing except rose hydrosol has been steam distilled from rose water (it’s purified). Both are essentially highly, highly diluted rose essential oil.



Washing Your Face with…Oil?

It may seem counter-intuitive to add oil to an already oily face, but it may be the best thing for acen-prone skin (and believe me, I have acneic skin). When we have acne-prone skin, we tend to want to strip our face of oils. That way our skin is squeaky clean, which means it wont be shiny or pimple-central.

The problem is, this just doesn’t work.

The reason it doesn’t work is because when you strip your face of oils with harsh cleansers, your skin thinks there is an oil famine and, concerned about dried out skin, it begins to over-produce sebum (the natural oil produced by your skin). And the result is squeaky clean skin quickly transforms into where’s-my-oil-blotting-tissues skin. So by complimenting and even adding healthy and non-comedogenic oils to your skin, you are telling your skin; “Skin, you are hydrated. You don’t need to produce any extra sebum.”

So how do we apply this concept to our skincare routine? First. Be certain you are using a very, very gentle cleanser made without synthetic detergents. I’m currently using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (check Amazon or your local health store). A good bet is something that says, “soap” and not “cleanser”. If it’s a cleanser, just make sure the ingredients are gentle.


My routine:

  • First, I apply a hot and damp washcloth over my face for a few moments to help open my pores.
  • Then, I mix a little bit of soap with a little bit of Jojoba Oil. I gently wash my face, neck, and upper chest, and rinse without scrubbing. (Acneic skin needs very gentle care. No scrubbing.)
  • I spritz my skin with rose water/hydrosol (an excellent, gentle toner).
  • Finally, I pat my still-damp skin with a few drops of a healthy, skin-loving oil blend that I have lightly rubbed into damp palms. Only a few drops. 3-4. Oil is very concentrated. If your skin feels oily afterward, you used too much oil or oil that is not easily absorbed by the skin.

I wash with Jojoba specifically because the chemical make-up of this wonderful oil is almost identical to human sebum. This makes it highly qualified to attach to the “dirty” skin oils already on your face and allow the soap to more effectively wash those oils away.

Great oils to include in your final step moisturizer could be:

  • Avacado Oil
  • Marula Oil
  • Camellia Oil
  • Vitamin E or Sunflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Babassu Oil
  • Shea Butter

Great ESSENTIAL oils to consider:

  • Tea Tree
  • Frankincense
  • Cedarwood
  • Cajeput
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Lavender
  • Palmarosa
  • Myrrh
  • Turmeric
  • Black Pepper
  • Carrot Seed
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary

I personally, do NOT recommend Coconut Oil on acneic skin because it is comedogenic. It’s more likely to clog pores and create acne. But it is a very cleansing oil, high in lauric acid, so a good alternative to it is babassu oil – which has a very similar fatty acid profile but is non-comodogenic.


Verse of the Day:

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;” (Colossians 3:12 NASB)

Who is Elohim? Part 1

imageTo start our exploration of God and faith, I decided to take us to the very beginning. God introduces Himself in the very first verse of the very first book of the Bible. “In the beginning, God…” (Gen. 1:1 NASB). The Hebrew word used here is Elohim. Therefore, Elohim is our first name for God.

But what does it mean? What is the original meaning of “Elohim”?

I decided to ask Scholar Joe-Bob. Joe-who? Scholar Joe-Bob is the multiple commentaries that I snore through…I mean!… give my full, fascinated, and undivided attention to every-single-word in order to bring Faithful Reader the most accurate information possible. So what does Scholar Joe-Bob think Elohim originally meant?

He. Has. No. Idea.

I’m serious. Scholars do not agree. They do not know for sure. But! Despair not, Faithful Reader, because the Bible gives us clues. First. Elohim is an interesting word because it is used singularly but it is a plural word. “El” is singular, while “Elohim” is plural.

Why use a plural word in a singular context? Oh, the theories abound. But for sanity’s sake, let’s take a look at Genesis 41 before we start talking about the Trinity.

“Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?” (Genesis 41:38 NASB)

Well, quite frankly, Pharaoh, probably not. Stick with Joseph; he’s a great choice for 2nd-in-charge. I would hire him myself if I could.

Where were we? Ah yes. Elohim. Pharaoh. Joseph. In the passage, the word “divine” in the Greek is…wait for it…Elohim! From the context, a modern interpretation of the phrase might be “…in whom is a supernatural spirit…”. But in ancient Egypt, there was no “supernatural”, there were only gods. And so Pharaoh is basically attributing a form of deity to Joseph. As the Bible interprets, he is calling him “divine”.

So we can take three clues from this passage’s usage of Elohim:

  • It’s used in reference to a supernatural occurrence (unexplainable by natural law).
  • It’s describing the traditional concept of “deity”
    It’s used in a singular context.
  • Thus, Elohim can be used singularly and can be used to describe something supernatural or in Bible days; divine.

For confirmation, we see Elohim used in basically the same way in the following verse:

“The king said to her, ‘do not be afraid; but what do you see?’ And the woman said to Saul, ‘I see a divine being coming up out of the earth’.” (1 Samuel 28:13 NASB)

Naughty King Saul! Summoning the spirit of Samuel the Prophet? Don’t think he appreciated that.

So! Part 1 of our study of Elohim reveals a plural word used in singular contexts (but it is used in plural contexts as well – more on that to come) and in reference to human beings that are exhibiting some form of supernatural reality and are therefore being referred to as divine. Hmm…what does that remind me of? A divine human being…could this be a foreshadowing…a teeny, tiny hint of Jesus? (Honestly, I have no idea. Scholar Joe-Bob has nothing to say. In fact, I believe he is taking a nap.) But it’s an interesting thought.

Come back next week for Who is Elohim? Part 2.