Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tropical Traditions -- Arnica Massage Oil Giveaway

Before Mr. Smackdown was born, the concept of nursing (OK breastfeeding) was foreign to me. I can't remember what I really thought about being a lactating mammal. I hadn't ever been one or been around many. I had benefited from a lactating cow and was grateful for her milk ducts, though.


But because I had chosen and trained (yes, trained) to deliver my first child naturally, breastfeeding seemed like the next natural choice to make in my mothering career. If I had gone through labor and delivery the way Eve did, why not provide food in a similar fashion as my distant relative.

I wish I could have trained and prepared for nursing like a runner does for a marathon. The classroom doesn't begin in this course until your baby is born. It was one of the hardest classes I have EVER taken.

Mr. Smackdown and I learned about various and unusual nursing positions, mastitis, thrush, and cranial sacral therapy. Our lactation relationship drove me to visit what is called a Breastfeeding Support Group.

If you had told me back in high school that one day I would go sit in a room with a bunch of other lactating women allowing a child to suckle on their breasts, I probably would have punched you. I soooooo resisted going to this group. It seemed weird to me.

But I was desperate.

Much like I resisted turning the air conditioning on during the hot summer months of Mr. Smackdown's pregnancy (out of stubbornness and irritation at people's comments regarding summer pregnancies), there was no way I was going flunk my breastfeeding course for all to witness.

So, the Hottie Hubby drove me to this class. We soon discovered that he couldn't go in the room. In fact, it wasn't even advisable for him to walk by the door of this milking room.

To make a long story short, I fell in love with attending this support group every week. I found support, camaraderie, community, and learned about more things than just how to properly serve a meal to my infant.

The first six months of Mr. Smackdown's life were difficult for me. I suffered from postpartum depression and hypothyroidism, in addition to the nursing related infections previously described. But there was one bright spot that I distinctly associate with facilitating that bonding experience with my infant that breastfeeding wasn't initially providing.

Enter . . . Infant massage.

One week, a gal came to our breastfeeding support group and taught us how to give our babies a massage. The 20 minutes that I stayed after "class" have resulted a bonding experience that is still employed on a fairly regular basis to this day, except more massage oil is required and the parts are bigger!

Benefits of infant massage include (and this comes from MY memory, not Tropical Traditions):
  • your child feels loved and is comforted by your touch
  • massage promotes proper growth
  • helps with healthy development of infants
  • stimulates the nerves
  • increases blood flow
  • strengthens the immune system
  • can relieve colic and constipation
  • massage can help with nursing by relaxing the child's jaw
My friend, Monica, a children's physical therapist, further supported my learning by giving me an amazing book on infant massage that I highly recommend for any new mom.


So, when Tropical Traditions allowed me to review another one of their GREAT products, I chose the massage oil because I wanted to pass on another Granola Mom tradition on to you!

Tropical Traditions offers 4 different massage oils: lavender, mint, unscented and Arnica.



I initially wanted to sample the lavender oil . . . but being the only gal in the house (Mussie doesn't count), I figured that this would be selfish.

Considering that the Hottie Hubby is going to become a bicycle commuter (19 miles twice a day) and he has been significantly slighted in the massage area due to all of the "infant massages" occurring in our household, I decided it was time to obtain a product that would benefit my hard-working and athletic husband.

Arnica is an herb that externally is used for joint pain, bruises, arthritis (such as Hottie Hubby has), and sprains, etc. I learned about arnica when my midwife gave it to me after I had given birth to Mr. Smiley. I fell in love, not really, with this medicinal herb that God grew naturally in a field somewhere. According to The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody, arnica promotes "healing and has an antibacterial action; causes reabsorption of internal bleeding in bruises and sprains" (p. 130). I reasoned that this would be the perfect massage oil for the Hottie Hubby after a long bike ride or hard workout.

Short and simple. We like it. The kids like it, too. Sorry, I don't have any pictures to share with you. A camera and a flash don't add to a relaxing ambiance. After a little bribery this past weekend, I got to try out the Tropical Traditions Arnica Massage Oil and I think that I can tell a difference--my muscles felt soothed by more than just the massage during a STRESSFUL movie. I enjoyed the scent--it reminds me of one of my favorite essential oils, patchouli.

Would you like to try it out? Well, you can! Anyone can enter to win but you have to leave a comment here on my blog--click the link Facebook readers!

Win a Tropical Traditions 8 oz bottle of Arnica Massage Oil!

RULES

Please, please, please . . .do not put more than one entry per comment. I will be using www.random.org to pick the winners. So if you would like for your comments to count, leave individual comments.

All options are worth 1 entry, unless otherwise stated.
  1. (Mandatory) Click on the link and subscribe to the Tropical Traditions Newsletter.
  2. Tell me what essential oils are used in the Arnica Massage Oil.
  3. Tweet about this giveaway, making sure to include @GranolaMom4God and leave a comment back at the blog.
  4. Follow @Troptraditions on Twitter.
  5. Become one of my fans through Google Connect if you aren't already!
  6. Give yourself an extra entry if you have ever given your baby a massage. (Honor system!)
  7. Put my blog, http://www.granolamom4god.com, on your blog roll in a continuously visible location, not just a blog post.
  8. Grab my Granola Mom 4 God button and place it on your blog for all to see!
  9. Participate in 30 Days of Thanks with Connie and grab my Thankful Button on the left! Leave a link to your blog post or include me (thegranolamom4god@gmail.com) in an email you send out to a few friends or post on Facebook.
  10. Buy something from Tropical Traditions. When they ask you how you heard about Tropical Traditions, list my sponsor id (5498794). I won't make any money off of this . . . but I will get a coupon for other Tropical Traditions products.) This is worth 10 entries so leave 10 comments!


Remember, only #1 is mandatory
. The rest of the entries are optional, but you MUST comment separately for each one.

The Fine Print:
I will email you when you have won. I must have your email address to alert you to your prize. You can include that in your comment or email me separately at thegranolamom4god@gmail.com.
You must respond within 24 hours.

Contest ends 11/23/09 at Midnight


Author's Note: I was given this product to review from Tropical Traditions, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor (that would have been kind of hard). I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine unless otherwise noted.

46 comments:

Julie said...

I subscribed to their newsletter!

Julie said...

It has wintergreen, peppermint, clove, helichrysum, and spruce!

Julie said...

I am a follower!

Julie said...

I have your button displayed on my Blog.

Heather said...

I signed up:) My Husband would lOVE this

Heather said...

#2, Coconut oil and Palm Oil

Heather said...

#6--I have always done the baby massage--even did it way back when (Andrew is 22 now) But, don't tell him I told:)

Heather said...

#8, Your button is on my blog. Of course!

Heather said...

Oh, and #5, I am in Google connect. My email: quinnschilling@gmail.com. And, hope your husband enjoys the riding--19??

Sarah said...

I subscribed to their newsletter

Sarah said...

EO's used... wintergreen, peppermint, clove, helichrysum, and spruce

Sarah said...

I tweeted about your giveaway!

Sarah said...

I'm now following @Troptraditions on Twitter

Sarah said...

I'm a fan through Google Connect

Sarah said...

I have most definitely done infant massage! They both have loved it!

Sarah said...

I have your blog on my blog roll

Sarah said...

your button is on my blog

dor said...

I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions Newsletter.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

dor said...

The essential oils used in the Arnica massage oil are the wintergreen, peppermint, clove, helichrysum, and spruce. Ummm...would be so nice on my now sore muscles.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

dor said...

I just signed up to follow on google friend.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

dor said...

I went to massage college while my children were very, very young. I must say that massage benefited them richly. The best spot to massage...is the the triangle bone at the bottom of the spine. It really does relax the nervous system. In fact, as they grew older...guess what I was asked at bedtime. I love it.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I subscribe. JD

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Anonymous said...

I subscribeed to the newsletter. JD

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Robin said...

I signed up for the newsletter!

Robin said...

the essentials oils are:

wintergreen, peppermint, clove, helichrysum, and spruce

Robin said...

I'm following you, although I get your emails each day that you post! :)

Robin said...

Yes, I gave my babies massages! As a matter of fact, my youngest was very speech delayed and the therapists said that the hand and foot massage that I did helped him from being as frustrated during therapy sessions!!

Robin said...

You're on the blog roll list!

Robin said...

I ordered 2 gallons of coconut oil and 1 gallon of palm! Great deal today! Thanks for sending me. I hope you get your coupon!

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Anna said...

I'm a subscriber of the newsletter.

Anna said...

The essential oils used in the arnica massage oil are wintergreen, peppermint, clove, helichrysum, and spruce.

Anna said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/mamajourney/status/5937408433

Anna said...

I now follow tropical traditions on twitter.

Anna said...

I've given my babies massages. So wonderful!

Anna said...

I'm a fan through Google Connect.

Anna said...

I've added you to my blogroll on my blog.

Anna said...

I added your button to my blog.