Mama Bear Botanicals is based in Jamaica Plain, MA, and is owned and operated by Rachel Koppelman.
Mama Bear Botanicals birthed itself into being when Rachel became pregnant during her apprenticeship with the Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education. Pregnancy became a vehicle for her to develop new relationships with plants, and she took great delight in formulating teas, balms, oils, baths, and aromatherapy formulations for herself and her baby bear. These nourished, comforted, and sustained her through some of the ups-and-downs of pregnancy, and connected her to time-honored wisdom used by women throughout the ages.
Rachel gave birth to her baby bear, Milo, at their home on December 13, 2011. She credits the plants, combined with excellent nutrition and a consistent prenatal yoga practice, with helping her & Milo stay exceedingly healthy and nourished throughout the pregnancy, calm and peaceful during labor and delivery, and comforted during the post partum period.
Rachel is currently deepening her herbal studies with herbalist/midwife/physician Aviva Romm, pursuing certification as a Women’s Herbal Educator. This comprehensive program takes most people several years to complete.