Medicine Mama’s Apothecary // Sweet Bee Magic
Like us, Medicine Mama’s Apothecary believes that nature has the answer to restoring and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin. Donna Steinmann (AKA the Medicine Mama), a 20 year published expert in natural health and skincare, wanted an effective, organic skincare solution so she set out to make it for herself and her family. Basing her products in the most medicinally active raw materials from around the world, Donna meticulously creates small batch organic creams that are really life-changing.
Donna’s instincts and background as a natural health practitioner led her to the curative powers of the oldest living organisms on earth, ancient trees and their relationship with the immortal bee. After four years and several hundred experiments, Donna perfected the formula, temperatures and curing times to bind the ancient forest honey and propolis together in a 28 day Flavonoid Compound curing phase, creating Melexylem: a super concentrated substance that is far more than the sum of its parts with extremely heightened prebiotic, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Donna blended her miracle Melexylem in organic oils and nutrient rich hive products and named it Sweet Bee Magic. There is a reason this cream is sold in thousand of the finest health food stores in the US, it’s really magic!
Medicine Mama Apothecary creates the highest bio-active hive products available: Propolis from deep in an ancient forest, where the rich enzymatic, resinous heart blood of immortal trees is harvested by the honeybee as medicine for their hive; Raw honey from a village in Brazil that is farmed sustainably, processed gently to retain all of honey’s natural healing enzymatic action and purchased at fair trade prices to help support the village; Organic beeswax sourced from the US and abroad, depending on the floral field, harvest times and organic certifications. Her products are the real deal — simple, effective, and ultra clean.
Manufacturing has long since moved out of Donna’s kitchen and into their state of the art, certified organic apothecary, but every batch mirrors the perfect process that Donna discovered for making Sweet Bee Magic. Meticulous care is taken in the labor intensive process that requires constant attention to temperatures, curing time, blending, warming and pouring procedures.
We have been using and LOVING Donna’s Sweet Bee Magic, as well as her line of Vmagic creams, which are life-changing. Vmagic Organic Vulvar Balm is a multi-purpose all-natural vulva and intimate skin cream that soothes, protect and calms sensitive and tender skin- providing immediate relief for dryness, redness, itching, burning and general discomfort caused by menopause, hormone changes, pregnancy, chemical irritants, intimate activity and a gazillion other environmental factors. V-health is something that many women neglect, and we’re so grateful for these incredible and clean products that address one of the most important areas on the female body.
Donna is quite the GLOWY goddess and we’re so thrilled to share her amazing products with you that will add so much glow into your life.
Medicine Mama’s Sweet Bee Magic // medicinemamasapothecary.com
how they glow
The Medicine Mama!
Nature worshipper & natural formulator, business entrepreneur
Where did you grow up:
EasternWashington - farmland
Where do you live:
When you're eating healthy, what is typical...
BREAKFAST: coffee with heavy cream
LUNCH: blueberry, green, collagen shake
DINNER: big green salad, roasted cauliflower & brussels. Roasted veggies any kind, sauces & dips
SNACK: seeds, nuts, berries
What are your favorite spots/restaurants to eat healthy?
The Nest, Hip Vegan & Foods Harmonics - all located in Ojai
What is your favorite indulgence?
Popcorn drenched in Kerrygold butter w/ brewers yeast
What are your favorite spots/restaurants to indulge?
Italian – pasta & crusty bread
What would be your last meal on earth?
Giant long table outdoors under stars with family, olive oil, red wine, pastas, sauces, laugther and LOVE
What is the best dish you cook / your favorite recipe?
Cesar salad, lasagna, garlic bread, lemon chicken dijonnaise, rustic sourdough loaf
Where do you grocery shop?
Rainbow Bridge in Ojai or Ashland Food Co-op in Oregon
Top 3 items you always have in your kitchen?
1. Maldon Sea Salt
2. Olive oil
3. Heavy Cream / Coffee Beans
What is your fitness regimen? (how often & what you do)
Walk trails with pooch, bikeride and yoga
What is your skincare routine? (Products, facials, etc.)
Dry skin brush daily, oil entire body daily and only use Sweet Bee Magic on my face
What are your favorite makeup/natural beauty products?
This is hard – I don’t wear much if any. I scrounge in my drawer looking for eyebrow liner & lip color every 4 months or so.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 products would you take with you?
1. Dr. Bronner‘s peppermint tooth paste
2. Sweet Bee Magic
3. Sea Salt mineral water
What professional beauty/health/fitness/spiritual gurus do you swear by?
I’m obessed with Dr. Rhonda Patrick!! Super sciencey so knowledgeable.
Yoga – Iyengar, Patanjali yoga sutras, Ramana Maharshi
Top 3 favorite songs?
1. Joni Mitchell, Hejira
2. Jaci Ivy, Nowwhere Else
3. Jaci Ivy, Underneath
Paddington 1 & 2 – grandkids // Secretariat // Fly Away Home
Most life-changing book?
Talks with Ramana Maharshi
Ojai In the Field, Prize in Ashland Oregon, Wendy Foster Boutique in Montecito CA
Coolest place you've ever visited?
Alaskan outback – coldest
Paranagansat Great Basin – most quite
Emerald Iquana – Ojai // Mark Hotel – NYC // San Yisdro Ranch – before the floods
What is the best gift you've ever received?
Constantly daily darma bell of attintir -the gift of awarness – this now, this moment, attention, attention, attention
Most profound healing experience you've ever had?
Lomi Lomi therapy in Kapana Kauai
Who are your most trusted healers?
Somatic Therapy – body workers
What is the biggest learning experience you've had to face and what did you take away from it?
Still in it – learning to work inside an organization that is not aligned in vision – purpose & passion.
Describe your perfect day.
A few days ago - Sunday March 17 lucky!!! Sun 75 degrees warm gently breeze, long trail hike across green fields ahhh
What is your most valuable glow tip/secret?
...infused by the glow of inner purpose her pursuits were saturated with meaning.
"With healing the hallmark of each & every step and grace the tender reward.“ – Ken Wilbur
What are you grateful for?
Life itself and relationships – deep sweet intimate
What makes you glow?
Sweet Bee Magic!