Over the past week I have been researching herbs to develop remedies to assist with the postpartum healing process. If you have had a vaginal delivery, you know the swelling/burning/itching/pain (fill in the blank) that comes along with it. Some women have it rougher than others. Regardless, your girl parts may be feeling like they just survived a beating.
I have seen postpartum sitz bath packets in my local health food store, but they are extremely pricey. Two baths worth was $13. I purchased one set which I gave as a baby gift to a dear friend, but it got my mind going and I realized I could make my own! With a close family member nearing her due date, I decided I wanted to try making them. These are something I would like to have available to my patients in my future career as a midwife, and who better to try it out on than someone I love who I am close enough to that she will tell me if it works for her or not.
Herbs for a homeade herbal sitz bath. I just picked and chose the herbs and remedies I wanted to include in my sitz bath tea bags. Not to mention, it is not easy to find all of them locally, and I wanted all of mine to be organic.
Comfrey Root - Speeds the healing process. Sooths damaged skin and wounds. Relieves pain and itching. (This herb is a must for the sitz bath, in my opinion)
Lavender - May help prevent infection, offers a soothing scent that can aid in relaxation for a new mom
Sea salt - Helps prevent infection, and assists sore, stretched skin
Marshmallow Root - Reduces inflammation and swelling of skin, also has antimicrobial properties
Yarrow - Antibacterial properties and acts as an astringent
Uva Ursi - Antibacterial properties to prevent infection
Goldenseal - Antibacterial properties to prevent infection
Rosemary - Antiseptic properties
Calendula flowers - Asists with healing and has properties to prevent infection
Do you have a sitz bath recipe you swear by?