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?
My baby has eczema. It’s itchy, flaky, oozy, red and angry. What can I do to help?
At Earth Mama HQ we hear this question more and more often. “Eczema” is an increasingly common concern: as mamas gain a growing understanding about the potential toxicity of ingredients in baby care products they are looking for a natural medicine or treatment to soothe and heal their babies’ skin. As the world takes a greater departure from living the way our great grandmothers did, the personal care aisle is vast, varied and unregulated by the EPA. Great Grandma knew what she was using, but who knows now what’s in baby’s bath, lotion or oil!
Most mamas find Earth Mama when they become pregnant and start looking for the safest teas to drink while pregnant, and the purest products to go ON their pregnant bodies, knowing that what goes on their skin goes in their baby. That knowledge gets kicked up a notch once baby is born, and mamas want to protect their sweet ones from unnecessary toxins, and of course we’re happy to help! But there’s more to babies than personal comfort care, so we’ve invited some friends to chat about safe food and BPA too. Alicia Voorhies’ The Soft Landing can help mamas negotiate a toxic world, and Maggie Meade’s Wholesome Baby Food Guide Book and website gives you easy tools to make your baby’s first foods the safest and best!
Better living through chemistry! When margarine was invented, housewives huzzahed. Margarine didn’t spoil like butter, it didn’t burn like butter, and it was much less expensive than butter. That “miracle fabric” Polyester saved time and money, polyester pants came out of the dryer looking fine and dandy without hauling out the ironing board. And the magic of detergent left clothes and dishes spotless, free of grease and grime!
Earth Mama’s pure castile soaps are still the same. But you probably wouldn’t know it by looking at them. They are dressed in shiny new bottles, they have herbally new label designs, a fancy new organic certifier and a new ingredient panel that has different words that mean the exactly same thing. OK, if you want to get picky, those are four things that ARE different. Except the soap. The soap is still exactly the same.