what is a "crunchy" mom? + a natural ringworm remedy

Hey guys! Hope your weekend was splendid. Mine was pretty good! I actually took Nia to a splash pad on Friday morning with one of my mom meet up groups, aptly named 'Natural Mamas.'

And when I was looking on our group board later that day, I noticed someone saying something about being a "crunchy" mom. Intrigued and having no clue what it meant, I decided to investigate. I mean, I'm all into being natural, eco-friendlty, sustainable, etc. but I seriously did not know what the heck the label of "crunchy" mom was, although I knew it had to be something 'health' related, considering it was from the natural mamas group.

Well, if you're as interested as I was, here's the lowdown (according to crunchymoms.com):

A “crunchy mom” is a woman on a quest for more information.  A mom who is environmentally, health, and socially conscious. She cares enough about her family to question the status quo. She recognizes that there are a variety of approaches to individual problems and refuses to be locked into a single perspective. She seeks to learn more about why things happen and tries to discover the root cause of the problems she observes.

And then there's the fun play-ons for it… You know you're a crunchy mom if you:

  • cloth diaper (or make your own)
  • and your husband haven't slept alone since your first child was born
  • have some good placenta recipes
  • think the only school for your kids is homeschool
  • use a menstrual cup
  • will not vaccinated your children
  • are vegan or vegetarian
  • gave birth at home--by choice!
  • choose not to use birth control
  • bake your own bread
  • grow your own food

And ohhhh how the list could go on!

I think I get a kick out of it because I identify with a lot about the "crunchy" mom lifestyle, but I would never label myself that way! I think we're all just trying to do what's best for our child(ren)--crunchy or not! (And seriously, who picked the name?)

And on that note, why not segue into a crunchy mom act: making your own remedies.

When Nia came down with ringworm last month, I didn't feel comfortable using anything from a drugstore. Even though I was well aware that I could have been taking a risk using something that might not even work or help clear it up as fast, I was ok with that. I did some readings/research and decided to take action on my own terms, and you know what? It all worked out.

There was a point where I wasn't sure what to do--more cases of ringworm kept coming up around the initial area, plus in new areas--but I kept consistently applying the remedy, and low and behold, we started seeing progress. Old spots were drying up and scabbing; new areas weren't reaching as big a diameter as the first round; Nia wasn't expressing any discomfort. What we were using was working!

I thought I would share the formula with you, seeing as ringworm is a common childhood infection. I also think if you have the means to fix something yourself, then why not! Plus, the benefits of knowing every ingredient going into the formula is huge.

Natural Ringworm Remedy

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp jojoba seed oil
  • 1 drop melaleuca/tea tree essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Directions:

Use a cotton ball, qtip, or makeup remover pad and dip into the formula, then apply to affected area, starting in the center and working outwards.

Apply twice daily. You should start to see results in 1-3 weeks. Keep in a sealed container.

I decided on these three oils because each had properties to help treat the ringworm in its own way.

jojoba seed oil: counteracts inflammation, moisturizes skin

tea tree oil: anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral; used for skin problems, to clean cuts and infect wounds, and helps skin heal

lavender oil: antiseptic, antibacterial, painkilling properties, calming & soothing

I'm pretty sure making my own ringworm remedy makes me a full-on "crunchy" mom now. Just watch out. We might be living in a tree house next!

Have you ever made a home remedy that worked really well?

If you'd like to learn more about using essential oils as your mama empowerment tool, head here!