This is Melinda Olson; she’s the original Earth Mama. A nurse, mother, and grandmother, Melinda is also a plant lady/gardener and avid herbalist. In the spring of ’97, Melinda began studying medicinal herbs and how to extract their healing powers — which led to planting, nurturing, and harvesting a wide variety of herbs to study how best to harvest their healing essence. What was once a hobby “blossomed” into a life-changing understanding of plant medicine.
Her interest was fueled by a deep desire to educate people about our body’s innate ability to find homeostasis and to use plants to help nudge them back into balance. As humans, we have the opportunity to live long and healthy lives, as long as we avoid harming ourselves — and the earth— in the process. Why not heal and support our bodies with what nature has readily available. Her obsession quickly became a passion to marry evidence-based research with practical knowledge about how to harness nature’s gifts.
In 2002, Melinda began making and sharing organic tinctures, teas, soaps, and salves using self-grown herbs. These were formulations grounded in earth wisdom and ancient knowledge — and they worked. Melinda had a feeling the world was ready for these kinds of remedies— especially pregnant and postpartum women, their babies, and their families. There is even a line of products to comfort and support women who have suffered baby loss. And thus, Earth Mama the Company was born.
Eventually, Earth Mama outgrew Melinda’s garage, laundry room, dining room, kitchen, and halfway down the bedroom hall, so the company expanded into a facility in Clackamas, Oregon. Soon, thousands of pregnant women and new mamas looked to Earth Mama for safe herbal products for baby care, and to effectively soothe the common discomforts of pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, and way beyond. Now, Melinda’s company is known as Earth Mama Organics … but it’s still the same reliable, trusted line of mama and baby care that began over two decades ago. Even better? Melinda is still the formulator of every product, still runs the company, is still obsessed with plants, and, if you ask her, she will probably share her wisdom about what it really means to be organic. For hours. Maybe even days. Because she’s passionate about doing no harm.
Earth Mama's Core Beliefs
Do No Harm
The fierce and protective mother instinct is at the heart of Earth Mama Organics. We give you our solemn, hand-on-heart vow: we will go to the ends of the earth to make sure our customers are safe and unharmed. And just like motherhood, our work is never done: we endlessly rethink, reevaluate, research, and reformulate. If there’s a safer way, we’ll find it.
Nature is Our Pharmacy
Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters have known this since the beginning of time: medicine is abundant in nature and for every common discomfort, we believe there’s a plant to help. That ancient wisdom hasn’t changed — and herbal remedies still work today.
All mothers are powered by love and em-powered by knowledge. Education is in our DNA. The more we all know, the better equipped we are to make choices that safely nurture our bodies and the environment.
Honor the Body’s Ingenuity
Our body can already breathe, beat its heart, and grow babies with little to no effort on our part. It also has the ability to compensate for everyday toxins. But like all systems, it can become overloaded and fail. So every ingredient in every Earth Mama product is consciously chosen to avoid adding to our body’s toxic load and to allow our bodies to find their own innate state of wellness.
Mamas Need One Another
We all have something in common: we want our children to be happy, healthy beings. We celebrate motherhood as the basis for helping to create and nurture a greater sense of community and support, because as it turns out … we’re in this together. Now on its 12th iteration of Mama’s Bump Squad and the newly formed Earth Mama Collective, we strive to help women find and support each other in a world where collaboration is more important than ever.
Earth Mama truly is For Everyone and Their MotherTM