After-Birth Sitz Bath Herbs

After birth sitz bath herb DIY recipe

I’ve always thought that after labor, women should be able to look forward to a nice quiet vacation and recovery time. Since of course this doesn’t happen and instead we get a precious and wonderful (though not always wonderfully sleeping) baby, and the lack of sleep that often accompanies, this recipe is at least a little (healing) pampering to look forward to after birth.

Herbs can be wonderful after birth and can help speed recovery times. I’ve used my healing salve on both a c-section scar and a small tear (after the second day) to speed healing and they worked great. This recipe is for an herbal infusion that is added to a relaxing bath to help ease any soreness and speed recovery. It can also be brewed and added to a Peri Bottle or cooled pad for extra comfort.

If you don’t have all of the herbs, even some of them will help… This makes a wonderful addition to a new-mommy gift basket along with some homemade natural baby care items and lotion bars for mom.

All ingredients are available at Mountain Rose Herbs. These are the specific ones I purchased:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Comfrey Leaf
  • 1/2 cup Lavender Flowers
  • 1/4 cup Plantain Leaf
  • 1/2 cup Red Raspberry Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Yarrow Flower
  • 1/4 cup Calendula Flowers
  • 1/4 cup Shepherd’s Purse
  • 1/4 cup Uva Ursi Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Sea Salt or Epsom Salt

Instructions:

Mix herbs in a glass container or plastic bag. I used a half gallon mason jar. The proportions don’t have to be exact. Store for up to a year in a cool, dark, place.

How to Use:

  • For bath use: add 1 cup of herbs to 2 quarts of boiling water. Remove water from heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain and add to a bath and soak for 20 minutes. Both mom and baby can soak to speed cord and perineum healing.
  • Brew with the above ratios and add to a Peri Bottle for use after going to the bathroom.
  • Pour some pre-brewed herbal mix on to pads and freeze for a pain relieving ice pack.
  • Use a diluted mix around baby’s cord for healing.

Have you ever used herbs post birth? Did they help you? Share below!

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  1. My midwife made me a super tea of those herbs when I went into labor and then I had some in a bath and some of it was used to soak cloth menstrual pads to put in the freezer. Anything frozen felt really nice down there since I had lots of stitches and swelling. The sitz baths were great!

    She also said 7 days of rest for the first baby, 8 for the second, 9 for the third, etc.. While it seems so hard to manage it, we women should certainly be excused from work for a week or two for having a baby–jeesh! My husband gets *paid* leave when he is sick. I’ve always thought of starting a business of moms who kind of take over a household when a new baby is born to keep things going for a week or two!

    • Your business idea sounds heavenly, Jennifer. Our budget would probably only allow someone to come in an hour or two though.

      • You know, I think the same thing too, but wouldn’t it be great if we could work something like that into state funding assistance somehow? Is it in Sweden where moms *and* dads get 6 months paid leave? Really now, we should be able to come up with better solutions that what we currently have.

        Back to the sitz bath–another idea when filling up the sitz bath is not an option is to pour it into a small spray bottle and just mist the sore area each time you go to the potty. If you’re home alone, or in family company, air drying (in a skirt) is helpful. I always found it rather tricky at our house, but sunshine down there is good too 🙂 A better idea for those summer babies!

        • Except Sweden persecutes homeschoolers-so the government giveth and the government taketh away according to their own wishes at any given moment.

          • The grass is always greener until one knows the subtleties of a system, I suspect.

          • Well said.

    • Become a postpartum doula! That would be wonderful.

    • That is a great business idea. I hope someday you or someone does just that! ?

  2. Could you be any cooler? I used the New Mama blend (by Well in Hand, I think) after my first but didn’t have anything helpful but frozen pads for the other two. Put it in the peri bottle? Serious genius. Once baby 4 is here I can still benefit from some herbs even if there’s little time for a daily sitz bath. Wow. Thank you.

  3. Sounds awesome! Hopefully I will get to try this!

  4. I couldn’t find plantain leaf at my local health food store. And shepherd’s purse I could only find in tincture form. Will the sitz bath still be effective without these 2 ingredients?

    • This is years late but for anyone who has found this post like I did bulk herb store the best herbs on the internet and the owner has a youtube channel that helps you make stuff too. Been using her herbs for the last 3-4 years.

  5. Nifty! I think I’ll make this when I’m a little closer to delivering. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I am looking at the mountain rose website to order herbs and see that it’s listed in ounces. How much would I need to order to have the 1/4 cup of each ingredient?

  7. Hello,
    My friend just had her third baby and I wanted to make her some of this as a gift. However, since it will be difficult for her to find time to take a bath as it is I don’t want her to have to take the time to boil, steep, and strain the herbs. Can i do that ahead of time and just give her the tea or will the herbs lose their potency? Thank you!

  8. Can this be made ahead of time? I’m due in 7 weeks and would like to get as much of the work done before baby arrives. Will it keep or lose it’s potency? Thanks!

  9. Hi there. This is great. My midwife made this for me for after my birth. I used it frozen on the sanitary pads as well as in the Peri bottle. It felt so great!

    Question: I’m sorry if this has been asked before as I didn’t see it in the comments, but can I reuse/re-brew a batch of these herbs for another bath or should they be thrown away after first use? Thanks!

      • Hi there, would you add a Himalayan or Dead Sea salt? Or would that be too strong or sting mommy or baby? I know salt has healing properties and I’ve seen other Sitz with option for Epsom or Dead Sea salt so wondering if I can add either or both salts to the mix. Thanks so excited to try this =))))

  10. Do you add the Epsom salt tot he herb mix or just to the bath water once you’re ready to soak?

  11. I would love to put this bath recipe together for my mommas but as wondering what the average cost of each jar of herbs came to. Anyone? thanks!

  12. I was just wondering if arnica flowers would be beneficial in this? Seeing as arnica is amazing from bruises.

    • Arnica is great for bruising, but bad for cuts! Arnica will cause more bleeding on any open wound.

  13. I made this mixture for my friend before she had her baby, she ended up with a c-section. Is it still safe for her to use? Thanks!

  14. I went shopping for these ingredients but rushed and forgot the ursa and shepherd’s purse. Are there alternatives for these or would these be worth another trip across town? I couldn’t really find much online.

  15. Can the babies umbilical cord stump be submerged in the herb bath? I’ve read it’s supposed to stay dry I love your website! So much helpful info!! Thank you 🙂

    • I’d like to know the answer to this one also.

      • I always keep the cord from being submerged but didn’t worry if it just got slightly wet from touching my skin.

  16. I loose track of time when I am on your website. It is truly amazing and I for one am so grateful for your willingness to share. I would like your email address if possible, for some personal questions. My question is for this herbal mixture:
    Should it be ground up as bit?
    How much of this per “bath”?
    Also, if used in a peri bottle…what happens with the herbs? Are they simmered & cooled?

  17. I made some of this for my friend and ended up with way too much of it. I looked up the herbs individually for other uses for them, but do you have any ideas how I can use them mixed together? I don’t want to waste it :/

  18. I noticed at on Mt Rose site that It stated Comfrey should not be used while nursing and Shepherd’s Purse and cause contractions….which I know that baby has already been born…so would that be a good thing? Also, what benefit does UVA Ursi add? I want to make this for my daughter who will be giving birth in a few weeks:). By the way, I love your site and was sooooo thrilled when my niece had met you at an activity that your kids share:) and you have helped her tremendously. Small world. Thanks!

    • I always felt comfortable using it externally at this point since it is so good for skin healing,but it could be omitted. Uva Ursi is supposed to help reduce inflammation… Such a small world 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      • The bad stuff comfrey does to your liver still happens when it is used externally. Also there are several kinds of comfrey and one is much harder on your liver. Find out which one you are dealing with. My midwives and herbalists both agreed that comfrey shouldn’t go into a sitz bath for at least several weeks post partum!!! It is too powerful a healer and it can close wounds too early and cause infection by preventing them from draining!

  19. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Beforey son’s birth, I had such fun purchasing and making the dried herb blend at the natural food store. Now that he is here and stz baths are in order, the brew makes our home smell lovely and my sitz bath time feels like spa time. I plan to gift a new mama friend with the herbs and a sitz bath device for her soon coming birth.

  20. This seems pretty expensive. Can you recommend a more simplistic recipe, maybe with less ingredients.
    Also; if I made this in bulk (to save money), as gifts….how long would the dried ingredients last?

    Thanx for all of your awesome ideas,
    Debbie

  21. Hi. My sister had a baby almost a week ago. I love the idea of an herbal sitz bath for her. Is it too late? Also, what is a peri bottle? Thank you so much.

    • Not too late! And you can get a peri bottle at most drugstores, it is just a special kind of squirt bottle that allows you to spray on the perineum for relief.

  22. I am due in 10 weeks and am eager to get as much done asap! For how long do you brew (just boil?) the herb mix? How long does it last afterwards? Thanks!

    • I would not brew until right after the baby is born and you are ready to use. Since there isn’t a preservative, it won’t last long once brewed, but the dried herb mixture will last a long time.. Congrats on your pregnancy and upcoming birth!

  23. I used these as a tea and applied with clean raw cotton baby diapers as a poultice after my cesarean birth as directed by my midwife. The nurses and doctors could not believe how quickly I healed! They asked what I was doing and why my room smelled so nice! I happily provided them all the information so they could help others! I made the teas, brewed them and put it in a crock pot on warm with my cloths. When ready I just took out 3 or 5 cloths, wrung them out and applied to my incision site. I did this 3 times a day for about 2 weeks. I never had any infection and you cannot tell I even had a surgery. Now I am pregnant with my third child and though am hoping for a vbac, will be using these teas either way!

  24. I used these herbs to help heal my nipple wounds after the first few days of breastfeeding. After brewing and letting cool (sometimes with the help of ice to make it faster) I dip a gauze in the “tea” and let it sit on the skin for 10 min, then apply nipple balm and repeat all over again after each feeding. This routine was extremely helpful, after 36 hours my wounds were healed (i used the pump to avoid my little one sucking for this period).

  25. So If I am making the brew to strain and put the…water? Onto a pad to freeze what can I do with the herbs?
    I know you can refrigerate and apply directly to the area but how long do they last in the fridge?

  26. Though I would love to make this myself, the cost of all those herbs add up. Is there anything comparable on the market? Etsy seems to have some, but their ingredients seem to vary quite a bit.

  27. Ready on mt rose herbs that comfrey is contraindicated while breast feeding and that it should be used on broken or abraded skin….Do you know why that is?