Postnatal Healing Herbal Bath

Posted by Jennifer on May 2, 2011 – 6:19 pm

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photo adapted from jessica.diamond

After birth, at minimum your perineum is sore and chances are, you may have some minor tearing. A soothing herbal bath is great for promoting healing and also good for helping baby’s cord stump to heal. The Hamilton Midwives’ website has the recipe but I simply went to the drug store for a large bag of Epsom salts and then our local Holistic Healing store and purchased the following herbs (small bottles) in concentrated liquid form:

  • Calendula
  • Shepherd’s Purse
  • Uva Ursi
  • Comfrey

IMG_6730 Beside my tub, waiting to be used

Depending on the size of my bath, I add a few drops of each (up to a tsp) along with a cup of salt. The herbs don’t all smell beautiful so I sometimes add a drop or two of an essential oil like orange  or lavender.

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Well.ca doesn’t have all the herbs but I’ve found that their prices on the essential oils to be quite reasonable and of course they offer free Canadian shipping, no minimum. {Yes, this is an affiliate link.}

I can’t claim with certainty that this bath is a miracle worker but in both of my previous births, I’ve healed quickly with no complications. Both John and Chloe’s cords also healed beautifully and fell off quickly as well. I think this was in large part due to the frequent herbal baths that baby and I had during the first week or so.

Did you use any sort of herbal bath after birth?

 

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  1. 1. Kerri Said:

    Definitely saving. Hopefully, I can use it for future use!

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