If only I had been wise after the birth of my first two children. Advil was taken. Medicated pads were used. The water that they gave me to “rinse myself” with wasn’t cutting the mustard. And the uterine cramping when I first began nursing was almost unbearable.
As my sister prepared for having her first baby this week, I knew that I wanted desperately to alleviate some of that discomfort for her. And since I’m set to give birth to my third in just a few more months, I figured it was the perfect time to experiment and think up a few post-baby-natural-remedies.
Because as anyone who has had a baby knows – it ain’t pretty. Dignity is lost. Modesty is thrown out the window. Pain is experienced.
Luckily, there are wonderful and effective natural options for the crunchy Mama.
Not the least of which is this postpartum soothing spray.
Yes. If you’re going to have another baby, you’re going to need it. It’s designed to help with pain, swelling, healing, and toning. Perfect for that post-baby-“area”.
Postpartum Soothing Spray
You will need:
-6 tablespoons witch hazel
-3 tablespoons aloe vera
-6 drops Frankincense essential oil
-3 drops Clary Sage essential oil
-4 tablespoons filtered water
– Glass spray bottle (this helps to avoid any plastic contamination and maintains the quality of the essential oils)
What to Do
Simply combine the ingredients together in the spray bottle. Gently shake to combine. Once you’re ready to use post-baby, keeping it refrigerated will help to increase the “cooling relief” of the aloe and frankly, makes it quite refreshing for anyone to use. No judgement here, man.
The witch hazel acts as a toner on the swollen area. The aloe vera soothes and relieves further swelling and discomfort. Frankincense oil heals any tears, broken skin, and irritation. Clary sage helps to re-tone the area and relieve pain and cramping. It’s a lethal combination for any post-baby-body.
Hoping this postpartum healing spray brings you and your nether-regions great relief!
What do you do to help the post-birth healing process? Share below!
Discussion (61 Comments)
For the mommies out there, rub coconut oil into the perineum daily throughout your pregnancy. This helps to increase the elasticity of the tissue to prevent nasty tears.
Wish I’d seen this after my son!
That looks like a great spray. I used something similar for my postpartum days and included a strong tea of Calendula and Hypericum as the base for the spray. These really helped with the healing and added soothing.
I am hoping to do the same for a friend but her baby isn’t due for a month and her baby shower is tomorrow. Will the tea hold up for that long? Or is there something I should be doing to help preserve it?
I am so going to make this. I’m due with baby 3 in April so this will be a great thing to stock up on to help and bring with to the hospital.
Thanks for another inspiring post.
Yes, some csection recovery tips please!
Ok forgive my bluntness…. am I misunderstanding or is this as awesome as I think it is? Can this be sprayed on the lady nethers? 😉
That sounds great. Anything for C-section birth pains?
Yes, that’s what it’s for 🙂 🙂
Dear Katie – I work as an OB nurse – will keep this in mind for “FYIs” for my ladies who might be interested. Hmmmmm….wonder if the hospital would stock it if I made it? Heheheheh……
Also, I really appreciate your blog – it’s on my feedly reader and almost every day something interesting catches my eye. Including some of your more “controversial” topics. Thanks for what you do.
Although the aftermath of my first child was absolutely horrible, my second child hardly left me sore. I followed the Bradley method which has exercises you do while pregnant. I didn’t tear, and because I stayed relaxed, wasn’t even really that sore. I think I will make this because I am due in April, just in case. I bet it is wonderful with tearing or an episiotomy.
And here’s me using zinc oxide ointment on myself instead of the baby. I’ll have to make a trip out for the frankensense eo ASAP.