After Birth Tincture Recipe

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I’ve been nesting since I was about four months pregnant. It’s been great as I’ve essentially remodeled, redecorated, and scrubbed our house from top to bottom, but this week, my energy has switched from putting in tile floors to obsessively scrubbing baseboards and getting my labor and birth kit ready. I also just strained the after birth tincture that I’ve been working on making for months (see recipe below).

Preparing for Birth

With my first pregnancy, I’m pretty sure I had my bag packed and birth plan written, printed, and in a folder with snacks for the nurses by the time I hit 20 weeks. This time, I used my energy more effectively (or at least my house would vouch for that) but I realized when I hit 36 weeks that I wasn’t ready for the actual birth part so I’ve been working on catching up.

I’ve been very grateful that this pregnancy has been my easiest and most comfortable by far. I credit having finally figured out and addressed my thyroid problem, nourished my body correctly before and during, and prioritized sleep throughout this pregnancy. I didn’t really even suffer from morning sickness at all this time, but have craved cucumbers, carrots, protein and sauerkraut.

I’m hoping (and wishin’, and prayin’) that this will mean a wonderful labor and delivery as well, but since most of my past labors have been 24+ hours, a little advanced preparation goes a long way. In the past, I’ve learned from experience that when a birth team rides out a long labor with you, they don’t get the benefit of the hormones for energy, so it is important to have enough healthy food, drinks and a place for them to rest.

After Birth

When I’m in labor, I don’t typically want anyone or anything and just want to be left alone, but once the baby is born I am tired, hungry and thirsty, so I like to be prepared for that. I also like to be prepared for the after birth adjustments as well. With my second pregnancy, the after birth pains caught me off guard since I didn’t have any with my first delivery. Until that point, I always thought that when the baby finally arrived and the placenta was delivered, labor and contractions would stop.

As many moms know… this is not necessarily the case. In fact, at times, the after cramps rivaled labor itself, at least for me. While I wanted to be cuddling a newborn, I was still breathing through contractions.

An After Birth Tincture

With my fourth pregnancy, I discovered a pre-made tincture that my midwife recommended which greatly helped with the after-pains. This tincture was out of stock with my last pregnancy so I experimented with making my own using the same herbs (and adding a few of my own for flavor) so that I would have it on hand. I was shocked that by using it regularly, I had much less after-pain with my fifth baby than with my second.

Needless to say, I was determined to have it on hand again this time and mixed up a batch using a standard tincture recipe a few months ago. I strained it this week and it is ready to go in dropper bottles for after labor.

My after birth tincture contains:

  • Chamomile– for relaxation and taste
  • Ginger– to help settle my stomach
  • Cramp Bark Herb– one of the ingredients in the pre-made tincture that has a folk history of use for cramps
  • Yarrow– For relaxation and to ease cramping
  • Motherwort– Said to promote relaxation and ease muscle tightening

Important Note: Check with a doctor or midwife before using these or any herbs while pregnant or nursing. I used this tincture after consulting with my midwife and under her supervision.

After Birth Tincture Ingredients

How to Make After Birth Tincture

  1. Place the herbs in bottom of the quart size jar.
  2. Pour boiling water to just dampen all of the herbs. (This step is optional but helps to draw out the beneficial properties of the herbs.)
  3. Pour the rum or vodka (or other food grade alcohol at least 80 proof) into the jar.
  4. Tightly place the lid on the jar. Store the jar in a cool/dry place, shaking daily, for at least three weeks and up to six months. (I usually leave herbs for at least six weeks.)
  5. Strain through cheesecloth and compost the herbs. Store the tincture in dark colored dropper bottles or clean glass jars.

What I Do

I keep this tincture in my birth kit and use it pretty quickly after birth, ideally about the same time I start nursing the baby as nursing tends to make the after-contractions stronger. I’ve found from trial and error that taking it 10-15 minutes before each nursing session for the first few days greatly helps take the edge off the after-pains. I still feel the tightening of the contractions but not as much pain.

I personally took 10-15 drops per nursing session as needed under the supervision of my midwife, but check with your doctor or midwife before taking this or any herbal remedy or tincture when pregnant or nursing and to find out if and how much of a tincture like this you can take.

I find that this homemade version tastes better than the pre-made version thanks to the addition of chamomile and ginger, but when it is in stock, the pre-made After Ease Tincture has worked really well for me too.

Other Items I Keep on Hand

I also try to have a good supply of healthy but easy foods on hand for after birth, as well as some pre-made meals in the fridge and freezer. I pre-make after-birth sitz bath herbs to brew as a tea to use in a peri-bottle to ease perineum pain and also use this postpartum soothing spray. Some moms opt to encapsulate their placenta and start taking that postpartum.

I also keep rice heat packs (for cramp relief), a water bottle that stays cold for a long time, and a salt lamp (for a warm glow without too much light) close by for the first few days.

What has helped you after birth? Any tips before this little one arrives?

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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.


27 responses to “After Birth Tincture Recipe”

  1. Reese Avatar

    Apparently Lobelia is also a very strong muscle relaxant. Has anyone thought of of tried adding it in as well? If so, how much?

  2. Lindsey Avatar

    I am curious as to why ginger is included in a tincture intended to assist in stopping postpartum hemorrhage. As far as I know ginger contains salicylates, which are a blood thinner. Does it serve a medicinal purpose in the recipe?

  3. Natasha Avatar

    What could I find it useful for once the cramps subside? And how long should it keep for?

  4. Vittoria Avatar

    I recently made and used this with my second child, born two weeks ago. I wanted to post to thank you for the wonderful recipe! I felt empowered making my own tincture and loved how it made me feel. I will say that if the after birth pains are pretty bad, which mine were, it only really helps take the edge off….and very slightly. My midwife gave me tylenol immediately after the birth while I was still laying in the bed and noted to me that if the pains were bad, nothing would really help – not even tylenol. I should note that I had a very fast labour and apparently the after pains can be much worse with a fast labour. She recommended a hot water bottle as the one thing that might help the most – which I found that it did. But with this tincture recipe, a wonderful side effect that I found was that it helped even out my emotions and lifted my spirits when I was feeling particularly emotional in the first few days after the birth. I was feeling super hormonal (especially day 4!) and dealing with an emotional 3-year old….and feeling like there way no way that I’d ever be able to parent two kids…but a few drops of the tincture and I went from ‘I can’t do this” to “I can totally do this!”. I just wanted to share. This tincture might just be a mother’s best friend in these first few weeks/months of transition! I think the motherwort and chamomile really played a role here. Anyways, thanks again for sharing such a great recipe!

  5. Chelle H. Avatar

    I’ve heard of and have Shepherd’s Purse tincture for the possibility of a hemorrhage after birth (I believe I was having one after my 4th birth where I honestly believe this tincture saved my life or at the very least, a LOT of hassle). Since reading this, I’m thinking AfterEase would be another excellent tincture to have on hand, especially as I’m one of those who freebirth in the water – extreme, I know. It seems that way if you don’t understand that I no longer fear birth. For anyone else reading, rest assured, I constantly research – both for and against, and compare the latest advice with my experiences to make sure the decisions my hubs & I make are with the baby’s best interests in mind.

    Where can I find out about possible overdoses/interactions between the herbs in these two tinctures?

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experiences! While there are things I personally disagree with, as whole, I think this post has so much valuable information and can be used across a very wide spectrum of birth choices. I’m also looking at becoming a doula once my littlest is old enough to fend for him/erself should the need arise (I’m almost 7mo preggo now) & planning our 3rd water freebirth.

    *freebirth means *no OB or midwife.* Some include a doula as being unassisted, some don’t. I’ve never been able to afford a doula, so have no experience/opinion either way. That IS NOT to say that I labor by myself, all alone. At the barest of minimums, my hubs is there. I plan on having my sister, her hubs, my hubs, and any of our children that I can stand staying in the room at this last birth of mine. I might even have another sister of mine there (who is firmly on the side of fully OB-run births), as she knows & will respect my wishes even though they differ from her own. With her might even come another of our sisters who’d like to be there. So, you see, alone is the absolute *last* thing I’ll be. Not to mention, anyone who plans on attending will have the info I consider most important and will know what to do if we have to get me/baby to a hospital. Also, as mentioned above, I already have things to use in case of trouble – and if they don’t work, I have absolutely no issues with getting an OB’s help!

    **RE the kids attending births: I’m ok with this. It hasn’t traumatized any of my kids, nor was my niece traumatized when watching my 3rd birth/1st freebirth. This is yet another decision that’s entirely up to you if you decide to give birth outside a hospital setting. For preparing them, I relied heavily on youtube vids that looked the most like what i was planning. I also included ones with lots of noise for my first freebirth, as I didn’t know if I’d be loud and wanted DD1 to know what it sounded like…especially since loud sounds frighten her. She was 2yo when I started this. She’s now 5.5yo and to this day asks me to watch birth vids. I’ve also shown her hospital births, so she knows what those look like. This is a choice to be made by the birthing woman and her family – there’s no hard and fast rule here.

  6. Kelly Avatar

    Hello. I need some ideas on what to do for severe after pains. I get them with-in 8-15 hours after the birth. They are so bad, that its worse than any part of any of my labours(and my labours are usually 40 hours long) The pain is the worst pain I have felt in the world, lasting 30 mins-3 hours(Most excruciating pain in the world). But its only bad once and then the later ones when I nurse are not that bad. I am terrified for my 4th child, and I dont want to be scared of it. I am also no good with making my own tinctures and would buy instead 🙁 THANK YOU. 7 weeks left, Momma of 2 angels on earth 6yo and 4yo and a 1 year old angel in heaven 🙂

  7. suzanne Avatar

    I had post delivery hemmoraging with my last delivery. Is there any reason as to why any of these ingredients would add to the risks?

  8. Emet Avatar

    Another thing I found really help was soaking a sanitary pad in witch hazel and freezing it. Very soothing to use after a hot bath!

  9. Katie Avatar

    Would there be any harm in adding cramp bark in tincture form to this mixture as well as adding the Yarrow in powder form? Also, can you make without the Motherwort? Its not currently available at Mountain Rose herbs or my local health food store.

  10. Cait Avatar

    Thank you for this! I’m a bit late to start my own, but have a prepared tincture I hope to use…just trying to work out with my midwives if it’s ok because a past midwife didn’t want me to use it. Do you know if these herbs just relieve pain or if they would keep your uterus from clamping down properly? I think that’s the concern, but I’d really like to be able to use it.

  11. Ali Avatar

    I am expecting my 7th baby this may and am dreading the afterbirth pains, as they get worse with each pregnancy for me. I am allergic to ibuprophin and hate the way that Tylenol with codeine makes me feel. Needless to say, I am very excited to try this tincture. Thank you, Katie, for coming up with this, I have hope for this coming recovery period!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I was wondering if you could share about how this worked for you, Ali? I am planning on using this after the birth of my 4th in August, and it would be helpful to hear from someone else who has tried this recipe! Thank you so much

  12. Becky Avatar

    Relax, rest, relax, rest, enjoy the baby and your other children as they are getting to know baby, relax, rest, enjoy, relax, rest enjoy…just that from a mama of seven…relax, rest, enjoy.

  13. Mary M. Ernsberger Avatar
    Mary M. Ernsberger

    Yarrow is a really potent astringent so it would assist with any after-birth bleeding. I think I would use Lemon balm for relaxation and flavor over the chamomile. For some, the chamomile can cause an allergic response. I love the other ingredients.

  14. Carolyn Avatar

    I’m almost 6 months pregnant with my first. I’m still waiting for the crazy nesting urges I keep hearing about! I need that extra motivation to get the cleaning and organizing done!

    I put the after-ease tincture on my shower registry after reading about it in one of your other posts.

  15. Justine Avatar

    I used homeopathic arnica drops during labor and after with my second baby. I had no bruising or tearing and felt like I could have walked for miles the next day. I didn’t get any afterbirth pains. I didn’t do this with my first birth and it was a horror show. I struggled to walk for a few days afterwards.

  16. Kimberly Avatar

    I finally gave in and encapsulated my placenta as well as had an after birth placenta smoothie. I, like you, had awful after birth pains. With #4 they vanished as soon as I drank the smoothie. And I was having them so strong I was dry heaving and unable to eat. It was a total miracle. I will for sure be doing the same this time around with #5!

    1. Jennifer Avatar

      I froze my placenta after it was chopped into pieces with the 2nd child and took them like pills. Kind of gross, but well worth it. I felt really good, didnt suffer from depression like I did with my 1st, and had much less after pains.

    2. kellie Avatar

      am i reading that right? a “placenta smoothie”? omg are u serious…..i hope im just not understanding what you mean, or…..??

  17. Tanya Avatar

    Amazing!!! Do you have any idea why the knead the stomache/uterus down after birth off and on for about a day. Its awful!!! Is this needed?! My first and third births were vaginal, my second was a c-ection and the kneading after that surgery was extremely painful. Would this tincure help with that also? I wish our area “allowed” homebirths 🙁 If we ever have a another babe will def use!!! Those nursing babe-contractions were worse than pushing the baby out! Lol

    1. Erica Avatar

      Tanya, they want to make sure that your uterus is contracting tightly so that you don’t hemmorage. The roughness will depend on your care provider and whether or not they are seeing the bleeding slow down. You are right…so painful!

    2. Kristin Avatar

      From what I’ve read and discussed with a few midwives and lactation consultants, unless their is an abnormal amount of bleeding with a vaginal delivery, the uterine massage isn’t necessary. With a csection, the massage is necessary because the uterus doesn’t naturally cramp up on its own for a while. The massage gets this moving along.

    3. Bria Avatar

      It is very necessary so mother doesn’t get blood clots, wdangerousbe very dangerous. It is painful though!

    4. Hannah Avatar

      I was surprised to find that the “after birth tincture” was made from herbs not from the placenta itself.
      The placenta is a life long medicine for the baby and very good for the mother post partum.

      There are “doulas” who specialise in drying then pulverising the placenta then placing it in capsules for ingestion. A tincture can be made from it a homeopathic medicine can be made from it. All good medicines
      for the mother and baby. You should get advice from an experienced doula and homeopath about the making and use.

  18. Melissa Schaefer Avatar
    Melissa Schaefer

    Do you deliver in a hospital or birthing center? What is your birth plan like? Are you rigid with your birth plan?

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