Zone Bébé Newsletter - Holidays and mishaps

And here we are, Easter school holidays (if you live in Zone B.) You may have planned to make the most of the last snow, visit warmer climates or simply stay at home. Whatever the plan, have a wonderful time!

Here are a few tips to get through the holidays safe and sound.

Motion sickness

Whether in the car or on a boat, children (and adults) are sometimes prone to motion sickness, especially if you are climbing those mountain roads... In order to prevent or alleviate feeling sick, it is advised to eat before you set off on your journey as well as one drop of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil on ½ a sugar cube. Repeat the ginger/sugar cube during the journey as necessary. If you child does not like ginger, lemon essential oil too does the trick.


New environment, new rhythm and maybe different types of food sometimes result in constipation. Nothing too much to worry about and help is at hand, one drop of Ginger essential oil mixed in with a spoon full of sugar free compote.

Insect bites

There are those that feed on our blood (mosquitoes), those that bite or sting out of self defence (bees and wasps) and those that have no malicious intention at all (jelly fish). Whatever the sting or bite, it is painful and mostly annoying because it itches. There are several remedies to combat the pain and itching: Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia spica) essential oil, perfect for any sting or bite. Apply one drop directly on the affected area. Apis mellifica 9CH, take 3 granules and let them dissolve under the tongue every 5 minutes until amelioration.

To stop the itching also try the following: mix a little bit of bicarbonate of soda with a little water to form a paste, apply to the sting or bite.

In case of having been stung by jelly fish, first aid should consist of rinsing with salt water before applying any other remedy.

Note: Please be aware of the fact that insect bites can trigger an allergic reaction, so it is better to observe the child in the hours following the actual bite and to seek medical advice in case of deterioration.

Sun burn

Firstly, this should be avoided at all cost. Knowing that children’s skin is by far more fragile than that of an adult, a sun burn in childhood poses a real long-term health risk, namely cancer. A rule of thumb: do not expose babies to the sun before 1 year of age. Thereafter avoid the hours of 11:00-16:00, the most dangerous position of the sun. Cover your children with a good sunscreen, and don’t forget hats and sunglasses. Better still t-shirt and trousers.

To care for a sun burn, apply a mixture of floral water (hydrolates): mix 100ml of lavender floral water, 25ml of rose floral water, 25ml of peppermint floral water. Apply this mixture to the sunburned area twice a day with a well soaked compress.

©copyright by Danièle Festy “Soigner ses enfants avec les huiles essentielles”

Products at Zone Bébé

Of course there are a few products at Zone Bébé that are perfect for your holidays and all of the above essential oils and floral waters are available.

Sun protection

We offer sun protection creams by UVbio from SPF 20 to 50, as well as an after sun cream.

The whole product range by UVbio does not contain dyes or perfumes, nor preservatives of synthetic origin. They do not contain nano particles and meet the new standard requiring that the protection covers one third UVA and 2/3 UVB-C rays. They are effective for both face and body and do not contain allergens.

They contain neither chemical sun screen nor petrochemicals and are guaranteed GMO free.

All sunscreens are water resistant.

And to look after baby’s and sensitive skin, SPF 40 and 50 do not contain alcohol. All creams come in an airless pump, keeping it clean and free of bacteria and sand.

What does it mean SPF (Sun Protection Factor)?

The sun protection factor of a sunscreen is a laboratory measure of the effectiveness of sunscreen — the higher the SPF, the more protection a sunscreen offers against UV-B (the ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn), UV-A rays cause the skin damage without burning or pain.

The SPF number means that you can stay xx times longer in the sun as without sun cream, BUT - it all depends on type of skin, time of day, season, whether you sweat, bathe etc etc… Making it very much a personal affair. If you burn with 5 minutes, you can stay 75 minutes in the sun with an SPF15, all depending on the above factors.

Owing to consumer confusion over the real degree and duration of protection offered, labelling restrictions are in force in several countries. In the EU sunscreen labels can only go up to SPF 50+ (actually indicating a SPF of 60 or higher) while Australia’s upper limit is 30+.

A word on Nano particles

Well, Rita Stiens has a brilliant explanation on her site as to what this means. So rather than to duplicate it, have a read for yourself. in German in French in English.

Protection from insects

Essential care offers a fantastic insect repellent – Mosimix, based on essential oils, sunflower and olive oil. It has a very nice texture and smell. Even though not to be used on babies under 1 year, it can be applied to a cotton pad and placed near pram or cot to repel any insects.

Next week

It’s Easter. Egg hunt in the garden if the weather is nice. Find a couple of our favourite quick bake recipes and the new summer collection by sense organics.

Should you ever be on Facebook, please have a look at the Zone Bébé page and click on the “Like” button. Maybe even suggest it to your friends? That would be great, thank you!

And mark your calendars for May 19th-21st , Zone Bébé will be presenting the products on offer at the Libellule Café in Valbonne, 06. Details to follow…

Have a wonderful weekend.

Claudia/Zone Bébé

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