Post Partum Herbal Sitz Bath

Dried Spices March 13, 20101

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There are lots and lots of herbal sitz bath recipes on the web if you do a search for them. Some include only one herb, while others include a whole list of them. I decided to kind of make my own when my daughter was born and use what I had on hand (or could easily get my hands on).

Here’s the “recipe” I used to make my post partum sitz baths.

1/2 gallon boiling water
1/2 cup sea salt (or epsom salt, but it doesn’t have the same healing properties)
1/2 cup comfrey leaves
1/4 cup uvi ursi leaves

Mix together and let sit, covered, for at least a few hours to steep. Basically what you’re doing is making a really strong herbal tea. Strain into a clean container and keep in the fridge, or freeze in Ziploc bags if you make it ahead.

  • It can be used in the bath after delivery: just pour a couple of cups into a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.
  • Can be used in a squirt bottle to use after going to the bathroom.
  • Can also be used to make “ice packs”. Just pour a bit onto panty liners and freeze. Then place over a regular pad to help ice your perineum. They don’t stay cold for long though. Oh, and they don’t freeze solid since it’s salt water.
  • You can also place a couple tablespoons of the dry mixture into a tea bag or ball and add to the hot bath before you get in.

Not only does this sitz bath help promote healing because of the herbs and sea salt, it does wonders for sore and achy muscles. And after hours of contractions, you’re muscles are gonna be sore!

I sure wish I had known about herbal baths after my first delivery, I think it would have made a world of difference in how I felt!

Have you used or made something like this?


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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.

Comments

  1. Michele @ Frugal Granola says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! :) I’ll definitely be making some up in the next several weeks.

    Hope you’re doing well!
    Blessings,
    Michele :)

  2. Amanda Kaake says:

    Oh how lovely! I'm thinking of doing calendula, rosemary, lavender and comfrey. How well do you think that would work together?

  3. Donielle says:

    Amanda – I can't think of a reason why it wouldn't work. :-) I had wanted to do calendula, but went w/o since I didn't have any in the house at the time, and lavender might smell lovely. You could just check a site like mountain rose herbs to make sure that they can be used in such a method, especially if there is a tear, since some herbs can't be used on cuts.

  4. I have a question… can you make the “tea” ahead of time (like before you give birth)? and if so how long is it good for in the fridge… I want to have as much stuff done as possible before my princess #2 arrives… I made “padsicles” already as I know they will be fine in the freezer for a few weeks but I am not sure about the “tea’s” shelf life…