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Sep 26, 2018

Recipe: Ginger Lemon Switchel

This ‘Labor-Aid’ or Ginger Lemonade Switchel — is an all-natural, old-world Gatorade that has been sipped for centuries by toiling farmers. Its properties can help revitalize a laboring woman through the passage, giving her the energy she needs to make it through.

Sep 13, 2018

Seasonal Medicine

As we move into a new season, and if you’re in Los Angeles, 100+ temperatures feel like they’ll never let up, paying even closer attention to the foods hitting the farmers markets can be a good way to connect with Earth’s shifting relationship to the Sun. Fresh jujubes or red dates, a round fruit with edible skin is in abundance in the autumn.

Sep 13, 2018

Your Gassy Baby: it's not your fault!

So often in our culture, gassiness in babies is attributed to the mother’s actions: we’re immediately directed to examine what we’ve eaten that may have made its way through the bloodstream into the breastmilk. To relieve the stressful discomfort of the babe, we tear apart our diet, cutting out pleasures left, right, and center— spicy food, ginger, garlic, leafy greens. What is actually a newborn’s process of self-regulating and developing their digestive system becomes yet another reason for a woman to self-blame, feel guilty, and control.

Aug 21, 2018

Massage those Mammaries

Breast massage is a beautiful self-care ritual that is increasingly recommended by maternal health workers as a preventative and restorative practice to be performed daily by women in all stages of life.

Aug 21, 2018

Ginger and Menstruation

Ginger is immensely beneficial to women across the childbearing spectrum—from pre-conception to pregnancy, through the postpartum period and into motherhood. This strong and spicy root, used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, is often thought of in relation to relieving nausea and aiding digestion, but we can also think of ginger as one of the key ways to create warmth in the body, which stimulates and circulates the blood flow.

Aug 8, 2018

Ordinary Magic of Tea

During the traditional Chinese zuo yuezi or ‘sitting the month’ tradition, a wellness regime devoted to the particular needs of the post-partum woman, sipping tea is one of the first ways to warm the now vacant womb and preserve the vitality of the body far into old age.

Aug 8, 2018

Healing with Black Vinegar

Black vinegar is one of our staple ingredients in the MotherBees kitchen, a traditional tonic for restoring mothers and their loved ones after birth and beyond
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