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 natural way to prevent and soothe stretch marks. Certified organic herbs added to a scar-healing base of shea butter do wonders to prevent, soothe, and minimize stretch marks. You can use our Pregnant Belly Salve on dry heels, elbows, your c-section scar, even chapped lips. The stars of this salve are marshmallow, which softens skin and soothes skin irritations; rosehips, which helps prevent scarring and hydrates the skin; calendula, an an all purpose skin healing herb; and chamomile, an anti-inflammatory herb which softens skin.
Motherlove’s Green Salve is all-purpose, multi-tasking soother and healer. This organic, all natural salve is the perfect remedy for rashes, and chapped or irritated skin, including eczema. In winter it’s great for dry, chapped skin; in summer it’s great for taking the itch out of bug bites, bee stings, and poison ivy. Green Salve contains extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, plantain herb, comfrey herb, marshmallow root, and calendula flower. Plantain herb is known as “nature’s band aid” because it is excellent for healing wounds and drawing out toxins. Comfrey herb is nicknamed “knitbone,” as it quickly heals wounds and prevents scarring. Marshmallow and calendula soothe, heal, and soften skin.
Motherlove’s Nipple Cream is made with all certified organic ingredients which heal and soothe sore, cracked nursing nipples. Motherlove’s Nipple Cream contains extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, marshmallow root, calendula. All ingredients are safe for ingestion, so it does not need to be washed off prior to nursing. Have leftover Nipple Cream? Here are 13 more ways to use our Nipple Cream including using it on chapped lips, dry elbows, and even to tame frizzy hair!
Motherlove’s Diaper Rash & Thrush is an all-natural salve made with certified organic ingredients for persistent, inflamed diaper rash. It contains healing herbs oregon grape root to clear up skin conditions, yarrow to soothe rashes, myrrh to fight bacteria and yeast overgrowth, and calendula to soothe skin. If you’ve been treating diaper rash unsuccessfully with other products, your baby may have a yeast infection which requires a product with antifungal properties. Our Diaper Rash & Thrush salve is diaper safe and compatible with all diapers including cloth. This salve can also be used on nursing nipples, and does not need to be washed off nipples prior to nursing.
Motherlove’s Tattoo Care is a certified organic salve which provides optimal moisturizing and healing properties for a new tattoo, yet retains a consistency that is comfortable to apply while tattooing or to a fresh tattoo. Unlike petroleum-based products, Motherlove Tattoo Care allows the skin to breathe, and allows ink to fully penetrate the skin. Made with calendula flowers and marshmallow root, infused in extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, and shea butter, it keeps pores from getting clogged and promotes a quicker healing time.
Motherlove’s Rhoid Balm is a certified organic balm which provides immediate relief for inflamed tissues. It contains a soothing combination of herbs including witch hazel, recommended by moms and doctors alike to reduce swelling, slow bleeding, and ease the discomfort of hemorrhoids
Dry air from heating systems, winter winds, and even tissues can make our skin dry and irritated. Here are some herbs to keep your skin stay healthy:
Calendula is an all purpose skin healer used to stop bleeding, wash wounds, heal cuts, abscesses, rashes, boils, chapped skin, and eczema. It’s an ingredient in many Motherlove products, including our Nipple Cream and Green Salve.
Rosehips (the seedpod of the rose flower) are known to hydrate the skin and are wonderful to use for a face wash, steams and herbal baths. Rosehip oil also helps prevent scarring. The hips are very high in Vitamin C. Rosehips are an ingredient in many of our products, including our Pregnant Belly Oil and Salve.
Chamomile is an herb you may know in the form of a tea, but it’s also an anti-inflammatory herb which is also used on sores, rashes, scaly skin, sunburn, and windburn, to soften skin and to reduce wrinkles. You’ll find chamomile in many of our products, including our Pregnant Belly Oil and Salve.
Marshmallow softens skin and soothes skin irritations. And it’s good for winter colds, too. The tea is soothing to mucus membranes, swollen glands, and irritations of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary tract. You’ll find it in our Nipple Cream and Green Salve.
Water. Okay, it’s not an herb, but we include it as a reminder that staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin happy. Running a humidifier may also mitigate the effects of dry air.
And however you choose to soothe your skin the winter, be sure to use avoid products which contain chemicals that may irritate your skin further.Pin It
What are the advantages of a liquid extract over a dried herbal supplement or tea?
Motherlove liquid extracts are made with only the highest quality certified organic herbs – picked and processed at peak potency. A liquid extract maintains this quality over time and has a high rate of absorbability. Dried powdered herbs can lose potency over time, making them less effective and requiring higher dosage amounts.
What is the difference between Motherlove alcohol based extracts and the alcohol-free extracts?
Initially, both products’ herbal components are extracted in alcohol and water. An alcohol/water blend is the preferred medium as it extracts the widest range of constituents from the herbs. The amount of alcohol in the finished extract is minimal and is not contraindicated in breastfeeding, but it does have a sharp taste.
In the alcohol-free products, the alcohol is slowly steamed away without removing the important herbal constituents. Glycerin, a syrup derived from coconuts, is then added to replace the alcohol. Motherlove offers alcohol-free choices in the More Milk Plus, More Milk Special Blend, More Milk Two, and Fenugreek products. All capsules are also alcohol-free.
Does the alcohol affect my baby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that a small amount of alcohol is compatible with breastfeeding, and that alcohol is out of breast milk within two hours after consumption. Our alcohol-based tinctures contain a very small amount of alcohol, about the equivalent of one glass of wine consumed over a 2- week timeframe. If there is a concern about alcohol content, Motherlove does have alcohol-free liquid extracts and vegetarian capsules available.
What is the difference between Motherlove’s liquid extracts and Motherlove’s capsules?
Initially the herbal components in all our formulas are extracted in grain alcohol and water, resulting in what is commonly known as a tincture. For our alcohol-free extracts the alcohol is then slowly removed without destroying the important herbal constituents. Glycerin, derived from coconuts, is added in place of the alcohol; acting as a natural preservative and giving the tincture a sweeter taste. To make our capsules, we again remove the alcohol and add coconut oil and soy lecithin as a natural preservative. This is then encapsulated in a vegetarian capsule. The liquid extracts and the capsules have the same herbal strength per dose. Liquid extracts are more quickly absorbed through the mucus membranes in the mouth than the capsules, which take about 1/2 hour to digest and enter the system. Many women prefer the capsules due to the strong taste of the liquid extracts.
Are Motherlove products gluten-free?
Yes, all Motherlove products are gluten-free.
Are there any known side effects from Motherlove products?
Commonly, fenugreek may cause increased perspiration, gas and/or loose stools, and the body may excrete a maple syrup-like smell when taking it alone. Both fenugreek and goat’s rue can lower blood sugar levels. Women who are insulin dependent or hypoglycemic may want to consult with a health care provider prior to use. As with any ingested food or product, if adverse effects appear in mother or baby, discontinue use.
Are allergic reactions to Motherlove herbal extracts possible?
Any ingested food has the potential for allergic reaction. Motherlove’s liquid extracts do not contain any dairy, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten or soy. The vegetarian capsules do contain non-GMO soy lecithin. Fenugreek and goat’s rue are in the legume family, as are soy and peanuts. Those with allergies to plants in this family should use these products with caution. Discontinue use if side effects appear in mother or baby.
Can Motherlove products be used with other medications?
Our products can be taken along with many other medications. Please call us with any concerns. We keep books on file to research specific contraindications with the herbs we use in our products and other medications. Please consult a health care practitioner with contraindication concerns.Pin It
Herbs can be a huge help in maintaining the health of your skin during pregnancy, soothing and preventing stretch marks. But did you know that they can also help heal and minimize your cesarean scar?
Here are some herbs which can applied topically – once your incision has fully healed and your health care provider approves – to assist in the healing and minimizing of your c-section scar.* You may also want to listen to our podcast on caring for your c-section.
And when looking for products which contain these ingredients, be sure not to choose ones with body care ingredients to avoid.
Aloe vera is a classic skin healer, used for nearly thousands of years to soothe burns, moisturize, and condition skin.
Calendula, an herb we use in our Pregnant Belly Oil, Pregnant Belly Salve, Nipple Cream, Diaper Rash & Thrush, Rhoid Balm, is an an all-purpose skin healing herb used to stop bleeding, wash wounds, heal cuts, abscesses, rashes, boils, chapped skin, and eczema.
Sea buckthorn is an orange berry heralded for the its rare omega 7 fatty acids, high Vitamin C content, and its anti-inflammatory properties, all of which can condition the skin.
Jojoba seed oil was first used by Native Americans in order to heal and condition skin and hair. It’s also useful as a treatment for burns.
Gotu kola has been used for centuries to heal wounds and treat skin conditions.
St. John’s Wort is better known for its effects on mood, but it’s also a useful herb for skin healing and burn care.
* This information is provided for educational purposes only, and is not medical advice. Consult your health care provider before using this information, and never apply topical agents to your c-section scar before it has healed.
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Our new Motherlove Tattoo Care salve is the perfect product to soothe, moisturize, protect, and heal your new tattoo!
Motherlove Tattoo Care is made with 100% certified organic ingredients and is handcrafted in Colorado using the same tried and true ingredients that have been in our products for over 20 years.
This thoughtful formulation of herbs provides optimal moisturizing and healing properties, yet retains a consistency that is comfortable to apply. Unlike petroleum based products, Motherlove Tattoo Care allows the skin to breathe, promotes quicker healing, and allows ink to fully penetrate the skin.
Motherlove Tattoo Care is made with certified organic calendula flowers and marshmallow root, infused in extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, and shea butter. The ratio of each ingredient has been carefully formulated to provide optimal moisture and healing properties, while retaining a consistency that is comfortable to apply while tattooing or applying to a fresh tattoo.
Olive oil serves as the moisturizing base of the salve. It holds the herbal properties while allowing the skin to breathe, promoting quicker healing time. Shea butter softens the skin as well as adding to the moisturizing constituents of the salve. Beeswax thickens the salve and allows it to “stick” somewhat to the skin so that it can hold over the sensitive area longer.
We also think our Tattoo Care salve is special because of what’s not in it! It contains no petroleum, no synthetic ingredients, no parabens, and no artificial preservatives. It’s certified cruelty free, and certified organic.
Petroleum and lanolin products can pull the ink away from the skin and can clog the pores, causing a longer healing time. Our Motherlove Tattoo Care salve contains ingredients which keep pores from getting clogged. This promotes a quicker healing time.
Learn more, see our growing gallery of user submitted tattoos, and order online at our Motherlove Tattoo Care page!Pin It
When you look at the label of our popular galactagogue More Milk Plus you might think that we simply combine several herbs which increase milk supply.
But More Milk Plus is much more thoughtfully designed than that. We’ll explain.
In the U.S., fenugreek is the most popular galactagogue herb and is the herb most recommended by lactation consultants to increase milk supply. Fenugreek has been used as a food for centuries, and you may have even unknowingly eaten it as maple syrup flavoring. It’s also a galactagogue, and is a key herb in our More Milk Plus.
While side effects are uncommon, some mothers find that when they take high doses of fenugreek in powdered capsule form they experience gas and diarrhea in themselves or their babies.
More Milk Plus has been designed with this in mind, in two important ways:
First, because liquid extracts are a higher quality preparation (encapsulating a dried herb leads to more oxidation), you can take less of them, reducing the chances that you’ll experience side effects.
Second, we have included two herbs - Blessed Thistle and fennel – which nicely balance the effects of fenugreek. Blessed thistle and fennel are both digestive herbs which reduce gas and diarrhea. Fennel in particular is a classic digestive herb, used an an anti-colic and anti-heartburn preparation. You may have noticed it offered as you leave Indian restaurants as a post-meal digestive aid.
We believe that the quality of our preparations and the thoughtful balancing of herbs in More Milk Plus have contributed to its success as the best selling breastfeeding supplement in the U.S. (SPINS data report).
But stretch marks can sometimes be prevented or minimized with some simple, natural measures.
How do stretch marks start and progress? It’s no surprise that stretch marks in pregnancy are a result of the rapid stretching of the skin on your belly, breasts, and related areas. They often start as red, pink, purple, brown, reddish brown, or dark brown, depending on your skin tone. Later they often turn to a white or silver color, sometimes with deep indentations. There is some evidence that the likelihood of having them is hereditary. So if your mom had them, you may be more likely to have them, too. Factors such as being a younger age at pregnancy, having a bigger baby or larger weight gain, and higher body mass index are associated with higher risk of having stretch marks.
Once stretch marks have reached the silver or white color, often with deep indentations, it’s harder to treat them. But at earlier stages, and before they’ve appeared at all, there are some simple and natural steps you can take to prevent or minimize them.
Start early. As we noted, treating skin before stretch marks appear, or while they’re in the early stages, will increase the chances of minimizing them. The greatest risk for stretch marks is in the third trimester when your belly is stretching the most, so start with these recommendations early in your pregnancy.
Moisturize. Keeping skin moisturized makes it more elastic and more able to stretch without damage. Moisturize several times a day with a product rich in oils your skin can absorb. Water based products will sit on top of your skin, but oil based products like our Pregnant Belly Salve and Pregnant Belly Oil will hydrate your skin and keep it pliable.
Hydrate. Keeping yourself well hydrated on the inside is not only good for your baby, it may help your skin stay less dry and more elastic. Choose filtered water over juices, which spike your blood sugar and are missing the fiber of whole fruit. And avoid caffeinated beverages because they contribute to dehydration.
Eat for healthy skin. Consider these tips for a diet rich in skin-supporting vitamins and fats, including Vitamin A, C, E, and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as collagen. Note that supplementation with Vitamin A can cause birth defects, so aim to get your vitamins from whole foods and a prenatal vitamin.
Exercise for healthy weight gain. Above we mentioned that higher weight gain and having a higher birth weight baby are associated with stretch marks. Not all of our pregnancy weight gain is within our control, but an exercise program approved by your health care provider may help you keep your weight gain in a healthy range, decreasing the risk of stretch marks. If you have gestational diabetes, and so are at risk of having a higher birth weight baby, working with your providers to control your blood sugar is an effective way to control your baby’s birth weight and prevent stretch marks, too.
Control itching with soothing herbs. Stretch marks are often itchy, and scratching them can cause further damage to your skin. So choose a moisturizer which contains herbs which soothe irritated skin. Our and Pregnant Belly Salve and Pregnant Belly Oil contain herbs such as chamomile and calendula which naturally soothe itchy skin.
Stick to safe ingredients. As with all body care products you use during pregnancy, be sure that the ingredients in the moisturizer you use are free of harmful chemicals. Our Pregnant Belly Oil and Pregnant Belly Salve both have “zero” ratings (the safest) on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.
There are laser treatments for stretch marks which you can investigate, and other topical treatments using chemical ingredients. But for natural prevention and minimizing of stretch marks, we recommend these simple steps.Pin It
Our Diaper Rash and Thrush salve is an all-natural remedy for persistent, inflamed diaper rash, possibly caused by yeast. It can also be used on mother’s nursing nipples to prevent thrush from being transferred to the milk ducts, and does not need to be washed off prior to nursing. Our salve has a zero rating (zero toxins) on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database and is made with 96% certified organic ingredients. Because it contains no zinc oxide, it is compatible with all diapers including cloth. The Diaper Rash & Thrush can also be used on other yeast caused issues, such as a vaginal yeast infection and athletes foot.
We thought we’d take a moment to explain and pay tribute to the wonderful healing herbs in our salve. Here they are, along with their many functions:
As the name suggests, Oregon Grape is native to the American west (pictured to the right). It’s a shrub with evergreen leaves that turn red in the fall, and in the spring it produces small yellow flowers that bloom in clusters on terminal spikes. These later turn into purple berries that can be made into jam, jellies or juice. The bitter tasting yellow root contains the alkaloid berberine, and is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. You can use it on psoriasis, eczema, boils and wounds. It is considered a “blood purifier” and liver tonic, as it stimulates bile production and clears up skin conditions. The root is also used to make a yellow dye.
Yarrow is an aromatic herb that grows in meadows and is native to a number of areas including North America. In New Mexico and southern Colorado it is called plumajillo (Spanish for ‘little feather’) for its leaf shape and texture. It has alternate, wooly gray-green fern-like leaves, and its tiny, white flowers each have 4-6 ray petals that grow in flat-topped clusters. You can put the leaves or flowers on wounds or a bloody nose to quickly stop the bleeding, or use it as a wash on rashes, runny sores, boils, poison ivy, chapped or cracked skin, and hemorrhoids. It can be drunk to relieve indigestion and gas. Yarrow promotes sweating when taken to reduce a fever. It is also said that the smell repels mosquitoes.
You may recognize Myrrh as one of the gifts brought by the Three Wise Men in the nativity story. It is a gum resin that was also used by the ancient Egyptians to embalm bodies. Myrrh constituents are antibacterial and antifungal, exhibiting activity against e.coli, staphylococcus, and candida albicans – an overgrowth of which leads to yeast infections. Its antiseptic and disinfectant properties make it useful as a wash on cuts, burns and skin infections. You can gargle several drops of tincture in water to relieve a sore throat, or use it to treat mouth sores and thrush by applying it to the mucus membranes inside of the mouth.
Calendula may be a familiar herb, as it’s used as a soothing agent in many natural products. It is an easily planted annual with orange and yellow flowers and alternate leaves. The unusual curlicue seedpods easily reseed themselves. This herb is an all purpose skin healing herb used to stop bleeding, wash wounds, heal cuts, abscesses, rashes, boils, chapped skin, and eczema. It relieves muscle cramps, painful swellings, hemorrhoids, and insect bites. It can be used in a footbath on swollen feet and as an eyewash on sore, tired eyes. A hair rinse reduces dandruff. The orange and yellow petals of this edible flower are a colorful addition to salads.
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Our oil and salve helps prevent stretch marks and relieves the itch of stretching skin, using certified organic herbs. Each herb offers unique soothing and protecting properties.
Marshmallow, the progenitor of modern day commercial marshmallows, is an herb with varied uses. It can be eaten – raw or slightly cooked, makes an excellent soup thickener, and the roots can be used as a meringue substitute. Mallow softens skin and soothes skin irritations, boils, stings, and runny sores. In a tea, it soothes mucus membranes, swollen glands, and irritations of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary tract.
Lavender is a beautiful perennial plant with a familiar clean and soothing scent. It grows up to two feet tall with many branches of gray-green linear leaves. Its very aromatic purple flowers, which grow on terminal spikes, are gathered just before opening and used to relieve headaches, depression, exhaustion, and to promote relaxation and sleep. They are also used in herbal body care and aromatherapy in sachets and sleep pillows; relaxing baths; antiseptic face washes, steams, and toners; and creams and oils to relieve aches and pains. Lavender also helps to minimize scarring.
Rose is the classic flower with a wonderful aromatic smell that has inspired much poetry. But did you know that once the flower petals fall off what’s left is a valuable seedpod, called rose hips? The hips are very high in Vitamin C. You can use them to make a tea to relieve cold symptoms, or puree into a syrup or jelly mixed with applesauce. Rose hip oil helps prevent scarring. Roses are known to hydrate the skin and are wonderful to use for a face wash, steams and herbal baths. You can even put the flower petals on cuts to stop bleeding.
Calendula is an easily planted annual with orange and yellow flowers and alternate leaves. The unusual curlicue seedpods easily reseed themselves. This herb is an all purpose skin healing herb used to stop bleeding, wash wounds, heal cuts, abscesses, rashes, boils, chapped skin, and eczema. It relieves muscle cramps, painful swellings, hemorrhoids, and insect bites. It can be used in a footbath on swollen feet and as an eyewash on sore, tired eyes. A hair rinse including calendula reduces dandruff. The orange and yellow petals of this edible flower are a colorful addition to salads.
Chamomile is a highly aromatic herb which many of us drink as a relaxing and calming tea. It has finely cut leaves and small, many rayed white flowers with yellow centers that bloom daily throughout its growing season. It’s a gentle herb to drink for its calming effect on children and adults. It is also used to relieve indigestion, gas, and diarrhea. It can be used on sores, rashes, scaly skin, sunburn, and windburn, to soften skin and to reduce wrinkles. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties for use on sprains, strains, and sore muscles. A hair rinse with chamomile even brings out blond highlights.Pin It
How much of my Motherlove product should I take?
Under 175 lbs: 1 ml – 4 times per day
Over 175 lbs: 2 mls – 3 times per day
Under 175 lbs: 1 capsule 4 times per day
Over 175 lbs: 2 capsules 3 times per day
How should I take this product?
These products can be taken with a small amount (1-2 oz.) of liquid. For maximum effectiveness, avoid drinking liquids 15 minutes before or after each dosage. Drinking more liquids than specified with each use may dilute the herbs in your system.
How long will my Motherlove product last at the suggested amounts?
This depends on dose and body weight. Here is the approximate time each product size will last:
60 caps 10 days – 2 weeks
120 caps 20 days – 4 weeks
2 oz. 10 days – 2 weeks
4 oz. 20 days – 4 weeks
8 oz. 40 days – 8 weeks
How long should I use Motherlove liquid extracts or vegetarian capsules?
Each mother’s needs are different. Some women are able to use these products for a short time to increase their breast milk supply. Other women, once their supply increases to the desired level, are able to decrease the amount or number of doses per day to maintain the desired supply of breast milk. Many women are able to stop taking the product altogether as their bodies are able to maintain an adequate milk supply. Some women may need to use Motherlove’s lactation products the entire time they are nursing to maintain their milk supply. We encourage women to use the amount that best meets their baby’s needs.
When should I expect to see an increase in milk supply?
Most women see an increase in breast milk supply with the More Milk Plus products within 1-2 days. It does take longer – usually 2-3 weeks - to see an effect when taking Goat’s Rue to support mammary tissue development.
What should I do if it is not working?
Be sure you are taking the correct amount for your body weight according to the suggested use on the label, as well as our recommendations above on water consumption. There are certain herbs (including sage, parsley, and peppermint) and medications (such as over-the-counter decongestants) that can lower milk supply. Try to avoid these while breastfeeding. Some lactation consultants also warn that some forms of hormonal birth control may lower breast milk supply. It’s also possible that you would benefit more from a different Motherlove product. As there can be many causes of low milk supply, we recommend working with a lactation consultant to help you with your particular breastfeeding situation.
*Not sure which Motherlove product is right for you? Check out our guide to choosing the right Motherlove product for your needs.Pin It
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