“When I began Mama Rose’s Naturals, a good friend said to me, ‘The universe is calling, and you’re answering!’ I knew that she was right.” - Mama Rose
The company Mama Rose’s Naturals originated in 2003 by Rosetta Thuresson when discovering the incredible use of herbs and natural care for her daughter. The following year, Mama Rose’s Naturals products could be found in over 100 retail locations across the United States and beyond. In 2006, Mama Rose’s Naturals was awarded Business of the Year, and also won an iParenting Media Award for offering an exceptional product.
After 3 years of offering herbal care products, Rosetta wanted to expand her love of nature, birth, and family. In 2006 the doors of Mama Rose’s Naturals herbal shop and Mother Baby Resource Center opened in Eugene, Oregon; the first herbal maternity shop of its kind. Today, customers are greeted by Rosetta or one of the other friendly faces in the mother-run shop. At times, you may find a pregnant Mama asking an herbal question or peacefully reading a book while sipping a smoothie - other moments may encounter a swarm of Mama’s trying on baby carriers with their toddlers stacking toys across the floor. All are welcome!
You might wonder how Mama Rose’s Naturals began...
Before Mama Rose was a Mama, she was a social worker named Rosetta. One enchanted October night, Rosetta and her husband were given the greatest gift of their lives, their beautiful daughter Francesca. She was a perfectly healthy, wiggly bundle, with huge wise eyes and a head covered with feather-soft black hair. After 10 weeks of maternity leave, like many other mothers Rosetta had to return to work. Being a winter baby in childcare, Francesca was exposed to virus after virus, leading to an extremely long winter. At three months of age, Francesca caught what is called RSV, a horrific virus that attacks the respiratory system. The immune system and lungs of an infant as young as Francesca was are not yet developed enough to fight off such a virus, and it led to one week in the hospital, several months of misery, and a terribly long recovery. Not only did Francesca have to recuperate from the pneumonia, ear infections and sinus infection that resulted from the virus, she also had to recover from the incredibly strong medications that had been given to her in a tummy which had previously known nothing more than Mama’s milk. The traumatic episode resulted in digestive difficulties, lactose intolerance, and the potential to develop asthma, allergies, and other long-term effects.
Rosetta was determined to find any way that she could to ease the struggle for her little one. She began researching herbal remedies, and ways in which to build up Francesca’s flora and fauna after large doses of potent steroids and antibiotics. She began taking classes from the herbal shops in her community, and registered for courses in herbal medicine. Rosetta also noticed that all of the baby care products that she found were unsatisfactory to the needs of a healing child. Even those that claimed to be ‘natural’ had a list of incomprehensible ingredients. It was clear that if skin could absorb the wonderful benefits of herbs that are used to heal and sooth the body and spirit, the chemicals found in commercial care products were also being absorbed. Rosetta studied further, and began making herbal teas, soaps, salves and lotions for Francesca and her family. Rosetta selected the highest quality, most nourishing ingredients that she could find, and took special care to blend them just perfectly for the tender needs of her baby. The results of Rosetta’s efforts proved to be extremely effective in the healing process of her daughter, who is perfectly healthy and happy today.
After a few months time, Rosetta decided to quit her ‘day job,’ and focus on her daughter and the conception and growth of Mama Rose’s Naturals. She felt strongly that all babies deserve the very best, and could greatly benefit from what she had learned. Rosetta received her diploma in herbal medicine, specializing in the needs of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and infant care. She continues to support and nurture families through her work as an Herbal Practitioner and doula/birth assistant. Rosetta continues to offer ongoing support and education in the area of natural family health while producing high quality herbal products for babies, children, and adults alike.
Rosetta is dedicated to providing ongoing outreach, education, and advocacy to parents and families. If you would like to contact Rosetta, she would love to hear from you!
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