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Want to cleanse toxins from your body before trying to conceive? Listen to our podcast

Toxins we absorb through everyday living can make it harder for us to conceive a baby. So how can we reduce our body’s toxic burden before trying to conceive?In this month’s podcast interview we speak with naturopathic physician Dr. Laila Tomsovic about preconception cleansing. We ask when to do it, whether cleansing is safe during… Continue Reading >




We’ve got a salve for that!

Itchy skin?  Stretch marks?  Eczema?  Diaper rash or thrush?  Sore nipples?  Hemorrhoids?  Chapped lips?  Bug bites?  New tattoo?We’ve got a salve for that!Motherlove’s line of protective and soothing herbal salves provides natural and effective relief to get you through many skin problems:Motherlove’s Pregnant Belly Salve is an all… Continue Reading >




Solving toddler and preschooler sleep problems - a podcast interview with Elizabeth Pantley

How do you transition a child from crib or co-sleeping to his or her own bed? Is it okay if your child just takes short cat naps during the day?Can you make an “early bird” sleep longer in the morning? As parents we’re often desperate for help with infant sleep.  But sleep continues to be an important issue throughout childhood,… Continue Reading >




Nettle:  It may sting, but it's a friend to your milk supply

While stinging nettle can be painful to touch, it’s a plant that is very friendly to a mother’s milk supply!There are many species of nettle, but stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is probably the best known.  It’s native to much of the world, and has long been used as to increase milk supply, as a food, and as a treatment for a variety of… Continue Reading >




Herbs to ease labor, birth, and recovery

Herbs can be very useful during labor and after birth to ease pain, calm emotions, and help speed recovery.  The herbs described below have been use for years by midwives and birthing women.* Blue cohosh and black cohosh are two herbs that work synergistically to bring on labor, but do not use them prior to 39 weeks of pregnancy.… Continue Reading >




Alfalfa:  Not just for sandwiches anymore!

Most of us know alfalfa from our sandwiches and salads.  But this familiar plant is also useful in increasing milk supply!Alfalfa is a many-branched plant with square stems and leaves composed of three leaflets.  It has blue to purple flowers turn into spiral coiled seedpods.  Alfalfa grows to a height of up to three feet, and its… Continue Reading >




Blessed Thistle:  A traditional friend to nursing mothers

Blessed Thistle is an old friend to nursing mothers, so we thought we’d take a moment to share a bit about this versatile plant.Blessed Thistle (Cnicus Benedictus, also known as St. Benedict’s thistle, holy thistle or spotted thistle), may have gotten its name from its use as a tonic by monks in the Middle Ages.Its use dates to the… Continue Reading >




Witch Hazel can be a mom's best friend

Witch Hazel is an herb many mothers come to swear by after pregnancy and childbirth, and we thought we’d take a moment to share some details about this powerful (some mothers might say sanity saving!) plant.But first, what does this plant have to do with witches?  It’s likely an etymological mix-up, stemming from the Middle English term… Continue Reading >




Comfrey: A healing herb, but for external use only

The plant world offers us many healing herbs, and you’ll find many of them in our salves and other products.But there are some herbs which are healing when used externally, but are not safe for ingestion.  One such herb is Comfrey.We often hear from mothers who have questions and concerns about the use of comfrey in breast compresses… Continue Reading >




Herbs, nutrition, and other natural remedies for morning sickness

Experiencing morning sickness, or dreading it?  You’re not alone: more than half all pregnant women experience nausea in the first trimester of pregnancy.  Here’s our guide* to using herbs, nutrition, and other therapies to manage nausea during pregnancy. What causes morning sickness? Morning sickness is caused by the rapid change in… Continue Reading >




Our favorite reasons to breastfeed

We hope that you’ve all had a wonderful World Breastfeeding Week!At Motherlove, we treat every week as an opportunity to honor and celebrate breastfeeding.  Here are some of our favorite reasons why:Breastfeeding is the natural way for your body to continue nourishing your baby, just as you did during your pregnancy.Breastfeeding… Continue Reading >




Body care ingredients to avoid

You know that what you eat and drink while you’re pregnant has the potential to reach your growing baby.But did you know that what you put on your skin holds the same potential?  And when it comes to the delicate skin of your baby, it’s even more important to use only those products that are gentle and nurturing.  Unfortunately, many… Continue Reading >