If you’re pregnant or a new mother, you’re most likely extra-sensitive about what you put in — and on — your body, as well as your baby’s. Earth Mama is a vegetarian, cruelty-free company that understands your concerns. Most of the offerings are vegan, except for a few that contain ethically sourced beeswax. Founder Melinda Olson is a mom herself, as well as a nurse, gardener, and avid herbalist. She has manufactured herbal tinctures, soaps, teas, and salves since 2001, expanding from her garage to a full-sized facility in Clackamas, Oregon. Melinda firmly believes that “nature is our pharmacy” and has the products to back up her hypothesis.
Check out the Earth Mama’s lovely website at www.earthmamaorganics.com. You’ll be wowed by the variety of prenatal and postpartum offerings. If you’re nursing, you most likely know firsthand how sensitive nipples can become. The Vegan Nipple Butter ($12.99) is a soothing, buttery salve that moisturizes and heals tender areas. Ingredients include shea butter, calendula flower extract, organic mango seed butter, and olive fruit oil. You won’t find petroleum, parabens, or lanolin. Just pure, wholesome, vegan ingredients! This clinically tested product is sensational.
Your children’s skin still needs sunscreen during the waning days of summer, and nothing protects them like the Kids Uber-Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Lotion ($14.99). Rated an impressive SPF 40, this product contains organic colloidal oatmeal and shea butter. Amongst its many other credentials, the sunscreen is rated #1 on the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database, the lowest hazard rating a product can achieve. Mild, yet powerful! It’s even water-resistant. Great for your skin, as well!
Pregnant or no, we all need deodorant. We don’t want to slather our bodies with toxic chemicals just so we can smell good, however. Earth Mama has you covered with their Calming Lavender Deodorant ($9.99). It features just the right combination of baking soda and magnesium, and is infused with natural lavender, calendula, and coconut oil. Note: this isn’t a vegan product, since it contains beeswax. Vegetarians will love it, however. It contains no propylene glycol, artificial fragrance, parabens or aluminum. Just pure, organic ingredients!
Earth Mama shows its concern for pregnant women by including a sample on-line birth plan that expectant mothers can fill out and take to their health care providers. Their website also features a lying-in, postpartum plan to help moms make decisions about the days and weeks following their baby’s birth. You have to love a company that displays such sensitivity to women’s needs! The company offers free shipping on all standard ground orders across the continental US. Pick up a few of their products for yourself, and/or for your pregnant and postpartum friends!