It’s a fact … after giving birth we mommas can use all the help we can get! Similar to my regular bath fizzies, these after-birth bath fizzies use soothing salts and finely ground herbs for an extra boost of healing power.
Herbal Bath Fizzies Make It Better
The period of recovery after giving birth is full of fun details no one tells us beforehand (and for good reason, who would want to hear it!). Many a first-time mom has surely felt unprepared. It’s my hope this easy DIY recipe will help out.
I know I find these pretty little bath fizzies a welcome alternative to the hospital’s more clinical (although useful) take-home pack of Tucks pads and numbing spray. They are similar to the pricey bath bombs sold at places like Lush or Bed, Bath, and Beyond … but without the harsh artificial fragrances and colors aren’t good for us and could irritate tender postpartum areas.
If you are expecting (or have friends who are), make sure to make up a batch of these bath fizzies to have on hand when the time comes. I promise they make for a wonderful post-delivery bath!
How to Make After-Birth Bath Fizzies
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup salt or epsom salt
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons witch hazel (or slightly more) – can also substitute water if you don’t have witch hazel
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or water)
- 1/2 cup finely ground after-birth dried herbs (recipe here) or other dried herbs of choice – grind in a food processor or blender
- Combine baking soda, salt, and citric acid and mix well until combined.
- In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, witch hazel, and vanilla extract and stir well. Mix in essential oils if using.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and very quickly mix well (hands work well for this, wear gloves if you have sensitive skin). Mix in finely ground herbs.
- Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling. You may need to add slightly more witch hazel if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet.
- Quickly push mixture into silicone molds, greased muffin tins, or any other greased container. Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) or until hardened. It will expand some and this is normal. You can push it down into the mold several times while it is drying to keep it from expanding too much.
- When dry, remove and store in airtight container. To use, add 1 fizzie to a warm bath and watch the bubbles turn the bath into a soothing after-birth spa!
Note: Use within 2 months or they may start to lose their fizziness.
Other after-birth remedies I recommend:
- After-Birth Tincture – Reduces unpleasant cramping post-birth … be sure to prepare well in advance!
- Homemade Healing Salve – Like homemade Neosporin, I used this for my C-section recovery.
- Postpartum Soothing Spray – My friend Shaye gifted me with this awesome soothing spray for the postpartum bottom. Keep it in the refrigerator for extra cooling relief.
- Herbal Nursing Tea – Red raspberry leaf, nettle, alfalfa, dandelion and other postpartum superstar herbs give mom a healthy boost when she needs it most. Or skip the DIY recipe and buy it here.
- Sleep, bone broth, and magnesium – This post talks about what helped my tough C-section recovery, but a lot of it applies to natural birth recovery too.
- This isn’t a “remedy” exactly but it’s too important not to be mentioned! If birth didn’t go the way you planned, I know how you feel. There may be another kind of healing to do after birth.
Have you ever made your own bath fizzies? Which scents and herbs would you use? Tell me below!