This is a story of a family business that started in a Colorado Rockies meadow and grew into an international leader.
Kathryn Higgins, Motherlove’s founder, grew up in a Mayo medical family from Rochester, Minnesota, who were avid gardeners in love with flowers and plants. After moving to the Rocky Mountains, she became passionate about the uses of plants in the meadows and forests surrounding her mountain home in Northern Colorado’s Rist Canyon. She began incorporating the wild plants into her daily life for food and medicine and teaching others. Not able to find herbal products to support her pregnancy and birthing experiences, she began making her own—and sharing them with other women. These creations in the early 1980s became the seeds for Motherlove products.
In 1987, local markets began asking for her products and Motherlove was born. She wrote “Made with Love” on the handmade labels and sent them off with the UPS driver on his weekly drive up the canyon. Motherlove moved out of Kathryn’s kitchen in 1995 to meet the growing demand from hospitals and retailers. Over the last decade, as the company grew internationally, she expanded the Motherlove family to include her daughters, Silencia and Jasmin Cox. The seeds were now sown to pass the family herbal traditions to future generations of Motherlove customers.
In addition to being Motherlove’s visionary, Kathryn teaches classes, writes articles for nationally recognized publications and serves as a guest speaker for breastfeeding organizations and hospitals. In 2012 Motherlove made a commitment to care for our own section of the earth when we acquired a 120-acre farm on Colorado’s Front Range, where we will continue our legacy of growing organic herbs and educating the community on their uses.
Today our products are sold in hospitals, pharmacies, natural food stores, and specialty retailers in more than 40 countries. Even though you’ll see our familiar blue bottles on the shelves of the nation’s biggest retailers, our family still makes our products the old fashioned way, with love, from our family to your family.