DIY Sitz Bath For Postpartum Mamas

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I’ve always thought that after labor, women should be able to look forward to a nice quiet vacation and recovery time. Instead, we get a precious baby and the lack of sleep that often accompanies them. This DIY sitz bath recipe is at least a little healing and pampering to look forward to during postpartum recovery.

Postpartum Sitz Bath

Herbs are wonderful for after birth and help speed recovery time. 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 sitz bath recipe uses an herbal infusion in a relaxing bath to ease soreness and speed recovery. You can also use it in a peri bottle or a cooled pad for extra comfort.

I used quite a variety of herbs here, but you don’t need all of them. Here’s what a sitz bath is and why they’re so great for new moms!

What is a Sitz Bath?

Sitz comes from the German word sitzen, meaning to sit. It’s a little soak for your bottom that brings targeted relief to the genital area. They can help ease pain, increase blood flow to the area, and speed healing. Sitz baths are recommended for:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Episiotomy stitches
  • Sore or damaged vulva and perineal area
  • Sore rectum or anal area

It’s perfect for after childbirth! Even if you didn’t tear during labor, the warm water and soothing herbs help reduce discomfort and swelling.

How to Take a Sitz Bath (Two Ways)

Drug stores sell sitz bath kits that fit into your toilet bowl. These consist of a shallow basin and sometimes a bag that feeds warm water into the sitz bath basin. You can also find a simple plastic sitz bath bowl without any bags or attachments. These are nice because they concentrate the soothing water just where you need it.

If you don’t have a sitz bath bowl, then the bathtub also works. It should be cleaned before each use though. You don’t want germs or old soap scum on your still healing bottom!

Here’s how to do a sitz bath step-by-step:

  1. If using a sitz bath, place the clean container under the toilet seat. Fill about 1/2 full with warm water or herbal tea and Epsom salt. Be sure the water temperature isn’t too hot to avoid burning.
  2. If using a bathtub, make sure the tub has just been cleaned and fill it with several inches of warm water. You want the water to cover your thighs when you sit in it. You’ll add your herbal tea and/or Epsom salts to the shallow bath.
  3. Soak your bottom in the warm water for 10-20 minutes, 1-4 times a day.
  4. Pat the area dry with a clean towel or let it air dry. Do not scrub the area.

What to Use in a Sitz Bath

Now that you know what a sitz bath is and how they work, what should you put in yours? There are a variety of herbs that are gentle and help heal the tender area (more on that below). You can also add a little baking soda and Epsom salts to your sitz bath to speed the healing process.

If you have hemorrhoids, then try dabbing a little witch hazel onto the rectum after your bath. There are also a few things that should not go in a sitz bath!

While I love essential oils, they do not disperse in water alone and they’re too harsh for the tender perineum area. Scented bath salts, bubble baths, and similar products should also be avoided.

The Herbs I Used

Herbs can be a great option for a DIY sitz bath, and you’ll notice I’ve used quite a few. You don’t have to use all of these for it to still be effective, so just use what you have.

  • Comfrey Leaf – This herb is a demulcent to soothe dry, irritated tissues. It also reduces swelling and bruises and is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It stimulates tissue repair and tones loose tissues.
  • Lavender Flowers – The scent helps ease tension and stress. Lavender is also antimicrobial, helps fight off infection, soothes itchiness and pain, speeds wound healing, and reduces swelling.
  • Plantain Leaf – Soothes inflammation and fights infection, mildly demulcent to soothe irritated tissues, soothes pain, burning, and itching, and stimulates collagen for faster wound healing.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf – Tightens loose tissues and reduces inflammation. Also very high in many nutrients.
  • Yarrow Flower – Eases inflammation, pain, and swelling. Staunches excessive bleeding, speeds wound healing, helps modulate blood flow, and is specifically used for hemorrhoids
  • Calendula Flowers – Soothes irritated tissues and is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Soothes cuts, bruises, and abrasions. It’s astringent and a blood decongestant to help with hemorrhoids.
  • Shepherd’s Purse – Useful to reduce bruising and heavy bleeding. Used for wound healing and is anti-inflammatory.
  • Uva Ursi Leaf – An astringent that’s used for infections and inflammation in the lower urinary tract. Antibacterial and helps prevent UTIs.
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Herbal Sitz Bath

This DIY sitz bath helps soothe tender, sore areas after childbirth. Also great for hemorrhoids and other uncomfortable areas!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Yield: 3 cups
Author: Katie Wells



  • Mix herbs in a glass container or silicone bag. I used a large mason jar. The proportions don’t have to be exact.
  • Add 1 cup of herbs to 2 quarts of boiling water.
  • Remove water from heat and let sit for 20 minutes, covered.
  • Strain and add to a sitz bath and soak for 20 minutes. Both mom and baby can soak in the bathtub to speed cord and perineum healing.


You can use this blend in a small sitz bath or in the bathtub. Use 1/2 cup of herbs and 1 quart of water if using a small sitz bath container. 

More Ways to Use:

  • Brew with the above ratios and add to a Peri Bottle for use after going to the bathroom.
  • Pour some pre-brewed herbal mix onto pads and freeze for a pain-relieving ice pack.
  • Use a diluted mix around the baby’s cord stump for healing.

This also makes a wonderful addition to a new-mommy gift basket along with homemade natural baby care items and lotion bars for mom.

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

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


68 responses to “DIY Sitz Bath For Postpartum Mamas”

  1. Debbie Avatar

    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,

  2. Lisa Avatar

    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.

  3. Cathy Avatar

    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!

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      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!

      1. Crystal Avatar

        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!

  4. Shelbie Avatar

    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 :/

  5. Debbie Avatar

    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?

  6. Lynsey Avatar

    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 🙂

  7. Morgan Avatar

    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.

  8. Lesley Gilbert Avatar
    Lesley Gilbert

    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!

  9. Katrina Avatar

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

    1. Kathryn Tyler Avatar
      Kathryn Tyler

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

  10. emily wannenburg Avatar
    emily wannenburg

    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!

  11. Adriana Avatar

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

  12. Hillary Avatar

    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!

      1. Dana Avatar

        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 =))))

  13. Eileen Deman Avatar
    Eileen Deman

    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!

  14. Liz Avatar

    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!

  15. Krista Alix Avatar
    Krista Alix

    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?

  16. Ruthie Higbee Avatar
    Ruthie Higbee

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

  17. Hillary Tebussek Avatar
    Hillary Tebussek

    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?

  18. Virginia Miner Avatar
    Virginia Miner

    Sounds awesome! Hopefully I will get to try this!

  19. Tabitha Teeter Avatar
    Tabitha Teeter

    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.

  20. Jennifer L. Avatar
    Jennifer L.

    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!

    1. Tabitha Teeter Avatar
      Tabitha Teeter

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

      1. Jennifer L. Avatar
        Jennifer L.

        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!

        1. RaquelAnna Avatar

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

          1. Jennifer L. Avatar
            Jennifer L.

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

    2. Ruthie Higbee Avatar
      Ruthie Higbee

      Become a postpartum doula! That would be wonderful.

    3. Normajean Avatar

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

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