Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath

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Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath

15.00

Ingredients: Witch hazel, plantain, comfrey, yarrow, lavender, calendula, chamomile, rose, and epsom salt

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How to prepare: Prepare an infusion of the herb, making 8 cups (4 oz. of dried herb in a half gallon of boiling water, steeped for 1-2 hours). Separate the liquid from the herbs and pour into a bath of shallow, warm water. Sit in bath for at least 15 minutes once or twice a day. CAUTION: If you have stitches, limit sitz baths to one a day. You may also steep herbs in a reusable, muslin tea bag and use up to three times or use as a hot compress.

Optional suggestions: Save some herb infusion in perineum spray or rinsing bottle. Can add aloe vera gel to reduce stinging. Store in fridge and use within 3-5 days. You may also use the herbal blend for vaginal steaming to easily clean and warm the tissues without friction. After a vaginal delivery, wait to steam until you are not bleeding heavily. If you have had a cesarean, steaming is still necessary and helpful: just wait six weeks and until the stitches are completely healed. You are welcome to bring baby in the bath with you; the diluted mix can aid in baby’s cord healing.

Benefits: Herbal sitz baths help prevent infection, aid in healing, and offer pain relief. They are a form of hydrotherapy, designed to stimulate circulation in the pelvic region, bringing comfort and healing to tissues inside and out. Sitz baths may also offer hemorrhoid relief or be a release in after-birth physical tension or anxiety. My choice of leaves and flowers support calmness, relaxation, and a feminine touch to lift the spirits.

Net weight approximately 6.5-7 ounces, makes about 4-6 baths if you re-infuse the herb batches a couple of times.

Made with love, Alisha Stoltzfus, The Birth Servant