Big creepy worms? Good guess! - these are actually tubers called arrowroots.
Arrowroot is a member of the same plant family as the Calla Lily and looks similar above the ground. The tall lush green leaves can grow 5 feet tall and underground, it spreads by tubers, which look like white baby carrots.
Arrowroots are used as a culinary ingredient to add texture and thickness to foods. At nearly 100% starch, it offers almost zero nutritional value, but when the root is dried and powdered - it’s easy to add to dishes to thicken them by absorbing moisture. Arrowroot is highly absorbent and soaks up lots of moisture, so chefs started adding to dishes that were too watery.
With the arrival of my first grandchild came lots of research about organic, natural baby products, and Arrowroot is now on my radar as a baby product.
In a related blog post I mentioned that Johnson and Johnson recently removed their baby powder from the market after decades as the leader in that...
We’re making our own Organic Baby Gripe Water today. And with so many on the market, why would we bother making our own? Glad you asked. For starters, let's talk about Gripe water. It treats baby’s gas and upset tummy, cramps, and all around discomfort, and has been a nursery staple for over a hundred years. Early Gripe water contained alcohol and a few other things we don’t give babies anymore.
Keeping babies comfortable and mommies sane through the first few months of a new baby’s life, while their little body learns to digest milk - can be a difficult experience for everyone. There’s nothing quite as painful as watching your tiny baby cry from digestive gas and stomach cramps. It’s excruciating pain for the baby and can be emotionally traumatizing for parents. And so, many new moms turn to commercial Gripe Water to relieve their baby’s pain.
I took the long route to answer the first question. Why would we bother making our own?...
Little ones need the most pure and gentle ingredients in everything that touches their skin because it’s so new and delicate. Baby powder plays an important role in keeping baby’s skin dry inside a diaper, which will be wet (a lot) and irritate tender skin. Moms have been using baby powder to keep babies dry - for a very long time. In May of 2020, Johnson and Johnson removed their baby powder from the market after long legal battles over the potential dangers of their ingredients. So it’s time to revisit the baby powder that our grandmothers and their grandmothers made in their kitchens. Here’s one of several safe, effective, and natural baby powder formulas, designed to keep your baby’s delicate skin dry and protected.
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