Sleep for Kids and Babies

A mum friend has little kids who sometimes do not sleep. We’re talking up in the middle of the night for hours.
Of course, some parents just don’t experience this although all parents wake up with the tiny ones in the first months… We had an interesting sleep journey with our eldest! (lol you can just keep asking ‘how does it get better than this?’, because sometimes its better to think that it can get better than to really dwell on it)
For us, it definitely improved with me as the breastfeeding mum using minerals and essential oils.  If you’re done breastfeeding it is still worth seeing what works for you as your kids have your body as their foundation for life.

A mum who is depleted will have kids who are depleted, the baby tends to follow the mum emotionally too of course. In many senses, caring for the mother will tend to sort the kids out too… especially where the kids are doing what the mum is doing… like… sharing an epsom salt, bicarb and borax bath! Don’t get me wrong… ‘sharing’ could be as simple as putting your own feet in their bath while you’re helping them. Or popping them in your bath after you’re done. Do not prioritise the kids over yourself! Take your downtime lovely mums.

Magnesium baths and creams are a good start. My cream is available from me (Permamamma on Facebook or Woodvale Weigh and Pay).

Permamamma Magnesium Cream
Permamamma Magnesium Cream

The original is safe for babies and perfect for a pre-bedtime massage, with these things always start slow and build up if you have a sensitive child or adult. The original isn’t suitable for broken skin but please contact me via Facebook if you’d like one that you can use on eczema for example.

We can add extra essential oils to magnesium cream or bath (ensure you dilute it too for the bath, using any other oil like apricot kernel, fractionated coconut oil, even olive oil is fine) or diffuse: –

babies need it very dilute.

and I’d add Balance blend for some adults, those who are working too hard and feel frantic some days. You know who you are!

Here’s my link if you’re interested in purchasing directly (It’s best value to get a wholesale account with enrolment kit first):

Adrenal cocktails are an excellent addition. You know if you have adrenal fatigue if you get super tired suddenly at 10am and 3pm (Severe adrenal fatigue impacts sleep) … the times when you are meant to get a shot of natural adrenaline but your body has run out of ingredients! These are potassium, salt etc, and Vitamin C.

  • 4 Oz. of Orange Juice – fresh squeezed is best, but not essential (the Vitamin-C Complex makes sure that the minerals noted below get to the Liver to then nourish the Adrenals)
  • 1/4 tsp of Cream of Tartar (this is an excellent source of Potassium or you can use Potassium Bicarbonate)
  • 1/4 tsp of fresh ground Real Salt or Sea Salt (this is an excellent source of Sodium & 90+ other minerals)

I could go into food choices but honestly, just get on the minerals and follow your body’s lead. Slowly does it lovely friends.

Reducing your stress response in any way you can think of is a great idea. Don’t take anyone’s advice before your own instincts.

For me, we are done with the baby days, I can sleep properly most nights and I’m super grateful.  One last thing, something I wish I’d discovered earlier…

On a night when my eldest has any issue falling asleep, say after a very exciting lovely day, I run his ‘bars’… thirty two points on the head that help to relieve stress and tension and he’s out like a light in 5-8 minutes. He knows it and I know it. And I don’t need to do it every night or even every week. Boom! Miracles. So grateful!

Louises dandylion
Louise’s dandylion




The Art of Frugal Hedonism

The Art of Frugal Hedonism was recommended by David Holmgren just last week when I went down to Murdoch to listen to him lecture. It was good to hear him talk and to refresh some of my ideas. As he was briefly reflecting on this book, he mentioned that he reckons that early adopters of thrift store shopping, such as himself and these hedonist friends of his, will reap more of the benefits than everyone else…

The Art of Frugal Hedonism with some fancy pants magnesium cream I've just made
The Art of Frugal Hedonism with some fancy pants magnesium cream I’ve just made

I spent my $25 on this small paperback and off I went on my merry way. Truth be told, I hung around chatting and stashed a few pastries in my bad for the other (gluttonous) half. Then I rushed home feeling guilty!
The irony struck me as my new acquisition sat looking at me for several days, despite my excitement! Not to worry, I have begun to read it and I feel like I’ve found some members of my tribe… they’re the wise ones and I’m the one still fumbling around trying to figure out how to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Frugal hedonism has its roots deep in pleasure. Materialistic enjoyment. Ssensual pleasures… gluts of fruit, a good conversation, stroking your pet’s ears, letting yourself lay on the grass or touch some dried beans at the local shops… all gloriously free. This applies to really truly enjoying  purchases. Using a great product and really getting your value from it.
It does strike me that many of us… feel too busy to really actually enjoy anything. In my case, that is totally absurd. With two little kids I actually have all the time in the world… kinda! Smelling the roses, cuddling bunnies with Sally. Eating soursop flowers. Playing. We went to the beach for the first time this season and I just loved it 🙂 Until I had to drag the kids home! Thankfully Rodney had agreed to do dinner and it all went pretty smoothly.

Certainly, our health and wellbeing can be improved by supplements, but the first step can be to just reconnect with living in the present. What would your diet look like if before you ate, you luxuriously thought to yourself… ‘what would taste most delicious to me right now?’… Each moment we can actually ask questions like this to really get back into the moment and out of our crazy approach to life. When you wake up in the morning, take a while to stretch, smile at those around you. Go in the sunshine. Give yourself a chance to live in the moment. Tickle someone 🙂

I’ve done a batch of healing moisturising magnesium cream with shea butter, cacao butter, apricot kernel oil, magnesium chloride, with just a touch of the essential oils Frankincense, Myrrh and Geranium. A big jar is $30. I must say, I really enjoy hearing back if people are loving using it… thanks so much for the encouragement 🙂 Let me know if you’d like some. I’m thinking about doing a market stall fairly soon, it’s all very exciting. Let me know by message if you have a few tips on which markets to go to.
For some talks by David Holmgren, check out Youtube. Retrofitting the suburbs is one of his ideas… he sees a lot of potential in our sprawl 🙂 And of course, that means we should get started right where we are NOW.