Pam's tinctures, blog posts and Q&As have been such a Godsend as I've navigated the ups and downs of motherhood this year, and I am so deeply grateful for all that she does! I first discovered her products at Healthy Horizons in Burlingame when I was starting to get recurrent plugged ducts while trying to breastfeed my daughter, and my lactation consultant recommended Herb Lore's Poke Root tincture to me. It was hugely helpful in clearing up any plugs that I had going on, but unfortunately they started recurring more and more frequently and I eventually had to make the decision to wean my baby off and dry up the milk I was producing. I then switched to Herb Lore's Sage Tincture which helped me dry up safely, while continuing to nurse my baby as long as I could. After that I discovered her other non-alcohol based tinctures including Astragalus, Echinacea, Cold Comfort, Quiet Cough and also her Teething Tincture, and I love that I now have a natural, drug-free way to protect my family from all the germs and flu viruses around us especially during flu season. And of course with my baby's teething pains! Pam and her guidance, information and herbal tinctures have now become such a big part of my family's life and health that I don't know what I'd do without her. Thank you Pam! RJ
How Herb Lore came into being.....
Pam Caldwell, owner and founder of Herb Lore, grew up in a traditional allopathic medical environment. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications were dispensed freely in their household, as was done in many households during that time. Pam noticed that many of these medications created other problems for her, or made her feel worse than she did to begin with! Pam also grew up with an intense love for and connection to the plant kingdom. As her father was a horticulturist, and her mother a nurse, this set the perfect stage for Pam to explore and use plants as a healing modality. Not only did Pam have a strong connection with plants and herbs, but she knew by the age of 7 that her life's work would somehow include helping women birth their babies.
Many years passed. As a young adult, Pam was given a ticket to travel to Hawaii, and she decided to escape the corporate world and to move there rather than just visit. While living in Hawaii, she met amazing friends who would show her the native plants and how they could be used for healing. This awakened a long-held passion and knowledge held deep within Pam's soul. From then on, Pam would learn all she could about this ancient art and how she could use it in her own life and for the good of those who would come to her for healing.
A few years later, Pam was asked to attend her first birth. Profoundly moved by the experience, Pam was compelled to learn more about the pregnancy, birth, postpartum and lactation process, and how to make it the powerful, sacred experience she knew this event to be. Shortly after Pam completed her formal herbal schooling, she began midwifery training. While doing her midwifery apprenticeship, Pam began the most incredible learning experience of her life - she became pregnant herself! (That's a picture of her and her sweet baby girl shortly after her baby's birth!)
As Pam progressed through her pregnancy, she was continually challenged in finding good quality herbal products for herself and her growing baby. Either the products didn't exist, or the combination wasn't to her standards, so she started making products for herself. These products began to become very popular with other pregnant women and with midwives, doulas and lactation consultants in the area. As Pam went through labor, birth, postpartum and began breastfeeding, she began to learn the real and intimate needs of women traveling this sacred journey first-hand. Thanks to this, her herbal product line and her expertise grew.
Many years later, Pam has become an expert in these areas and has helped thousands of women to overcome challenges ranging from fertility issues to pregnancy, birth, postpartum and lactation issues. Pam now has hospitals, pediatricians and other health professionals referring their patients to Pam for her expertise and knowledge, as well as for the high-quality, organic herbal products that her company, Herb Lore, has to offer.
Pam's passion is to empower birthing families and to help make this magical time of life the sacred event that is meant to be. She does this by alleviating fear through education and helping women solve problems with information and safe and gentle herbal products (if needed) so that they can enjoy and savor this special time to the absolute fullest! She knows and trusts the body's natural ability to birth and to heal itself, and empowers her clients to understand and embrace this awareness too. Pam has thousands of clients all over the United States and is beginning to become more internationally known as well. She is the author of the forthcoming book Herbs and Wisdom for Your Sacred Birthing Journey. Pam also is extremely knowledgeable about parenting and has a second book about that planned as well.
When Pam first began her business and began making herbs for others, she set the intention and said a prayer that God and the Angels would work through her hands to infuse the products she was making with their highest healing and vibration as possible for the client; and that anyone who even looked at her herbs (much less take and use them) would receive the healing and help that they needed. Each order that we receive goes out to the customer with a little prayer attached to it for the recipient's highest healing and well-being. Years later, we still adhere to this practice.
Pam is a member of the American Herb Association and United Plant Savers and their Botanical Sanctuary Network, an organization dedicated to saving and re-establishing endangered herb species. Pam is also a member of Birthing and Early Parenting Educators (BEPE), a group of experienced professionals started by Dr. David Chamberlain, author of The Mind of Your Newborn Baby and Windows to the Womb. This group of professionals share the belief that creating a healthy society starts with healthy, happy families. They promote the fact that babies are aware, sensitive, open and communicative from the very beginning, even while still in the womb and prior to conception. They provide education for birthing families about holistic pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding, and conscious parenting to give their babies the most healthy and advantageous start possible - all gifts that will last their child a lifetime.
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