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.
All ingredients are available at Mountain Rose Herbs. These are the specific ones I purchased:
- ¼ cup Comfrey Leaf
- ½ cup Lavender Flowers
- ¼ cup Plantain Leaf
- ½ cup Red Raspberry Leaf
- ¼ cup Yarrow Flower
- ¼ cup Calendula Flowers
- ¼ cup Shepherd's Purse
- ¼ cup Uva Ursi Leaf
- ¼ cup Sea Salt or Epsom Salt
- 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!