Ever wonder what was in your foremother’s first aid kit? We imagine her with a full array of roots and berries, herbs and oils tucked into her trusty animal-skin pouch. What did she keep around for cave boo-boos: the odd singe from the cooking fire, skinned knees from outrunning woolly beasts, or a massive splinter while on the family’s daily 12 mile walk?
Happy mamas mean happy babies! Of course it’s important to get all the pampering, soothing, and comfort you can before the baby gets here and you’re on milk and cradle call 24/7. But how can you feel pampered when your bottom is sore, your skin is itchy and your feet resemble water balloon art? It’s key to remember that those discomforts of pregnancy are temporary, and common. And best of all, they can be safely soothed using nature’s herbal gifts.
Like the foods we eat and the medicines we take, some of the constituents in herbs are excreted in breast milk and are, therefore, ingested by a nursing baby. Some of the herbs on this list are included because they contain constituents that may be harmful to the mother or baby.
By Karin Parramore, LAc, CH
We live in a world teeming with life, thanks in part to the high moisture content of our beautiful blue globe. After all, our planet holds 326 million trillion gallons of water!1 All that moisture is what allows for the verdant growth of life that makes Earth so unique.
by Karin Parramore, LAc, CH
Isn’t it comforting when familiar friends turn out to be powerful allies? One of the world’s most common spices, Ginger, is also an incredibly effective herbal medicine.