So many of my friends are having babies soon! Yay! In honor of them, I have some essential postpartum recipes to share with you over the next couple of weeks. The first is a lovely sitz bath, the perfect postpartum blend for healing the sensitive tissues of the perineum. Whether or not you had a deep tear, minor tear, or just want to soothe the inflammation that can occur after birth, this blend is the match for all. It is Soothing, Antiseptic, Tissue Repairing, Anti-inflammatory, Astringent and Tonifying to the tissues. It is also extremely helpful for anyone who suffers the unfortunate side of effect of hemorrhoids from pregnancy or a strenuous labor.
I loved setting aside some time to do a sitz bath in the weeks following the births of my children. It allowed me a chance to sneak away and take some time for myself to relax and reflect; on the birth, on my beautiful baby and on my new role as a mother. And it was profoundly healing for my body.
2 part Calendula Flowers
2 part Comfrey Leaf
1 part Roses
1 part Witch Hazel Bark
1/2 part Lavender
-Mix all of the lovely herbs together.
-To prepare the sitz bath, place 1 cup of the herbal blend into a 1/2 gallon mason jar (or any large heat safe, glass container with a lid). Fill with boiling water, lid and allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Strain the herbs.
-Test the temperature. You want it to be warm, not too hot or too cold, comfortable enough to sit in for a while. You can add some water to warm it up or cool it down.
-Place the tea in a sitz bath that you can set in your toilet. You can purchase these at a pharmacy. Or you can pour it into a shallow bath and sit in the bath.
-Sit in the tea for 15-20 minutes (or even longer if you like), drink a cup of nursing tea, reflect, relax and heal. Repeat as many times as you need during your healing and recovery.