Herbs are awesome. The soothing properties of a strong herbal infusion can really speed up the healing process and bring you relief from the aches and pains. All you need is a bunch of dry herbs (see list below for some ideas) mixed and ready to infuse when the time comes. This infusion can be used in a bath or if you don't have access to a bath you can get one of these great little fixtures to pop on your toilet and get the same benefits.
Preparing your mix is something that you can do in the weeks/days leading up to your birth (when you are getting frustrated waiting for your baby) or this would be an awesome little gift for a new Mum.
If you’re staying in the hospital after your birth, but still wish to benefit from the actions of these herbs, have your partner or a loved one make an infusion of some of your herbal mix and bring it in a spray bottle (like for plants), use it after every bathroom visit to spray your sore bits.
Soothing Herbal Mix for Postpartum Sore Bits:
All you need is a few of the following herbs combined and ready to infuse by making a medicinal brew - take 1 tablespooon of each herb per CUP of water - I would use around 6 cups of herbal infusion for each bathing treatment - but it is entirely up to you how strong you make your infusion and depends on the capacity of your soaking-bath.
***Note: If you have stitches limit your herbal soaks to one per day***
- Comfrey..... speeds healing, soothes wounds and reduces itching and pain
- Rosemary..... antiseptic
- Yarrow.... astringent and anti-bacterial
- Marshmallow root.....soothes inflamed and swollen tissues
- Uva Ursi: natural antibiotic
- Witch hazel: cleansing astringent, stops bleeding
- Goldenseal..... natural antibiotic
- Calendula..... anti-inflammatory, anti fungal, anti haemorrhage, antibacterial, a lovely all round plant to have in your herbal pharmacy
- Cinnamon.... Because of its astringent and antiseptic qualities. In the Far East, cinnamon powder is sprinkled on open wounds to dry and disinfect.
You can also add these types of natural goodies to your bathing herbs once infused......
.....Canadian Balsam: antiseptic, promotes healing and the growth of new tissue and sedative.
(Also used to treat hemorrhoids)
.....German Chamomile/Roman Chamomile: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, promotes healing, used to treat cuts, wounds and sensitive skin.
.....Cypress: used to treat hemorrhoids and wounds, is antiseptic and astringent
..... Witch Hazel: cleansing astringent, helps stop bleeding and reduce swelling. Nice and soothing.
Red Raspberry Leaf is probably the most recommended herb for female uterine health. A great tonic for ladies and for helping the uterus get back down to normal after having a baby. It's great hot or cold with a slice of lemon and a dash of raw honey.
(One of its main actions of RRL is that of a uterine toner. Red raspberry leaf contains an alkaloid, called fragrine that tones the muscles in the pelvic region, including the uterus. The uterus is a hollow organ with lots of muscles that stretch and contract. Keeping it well toned makes it easier for it to do its job --- with less pain, too. Red raspberry leaf has concentrated amounts of vitamin C and also contains vitamin E. Raspberry leaf contains easily assimilated iron and calcium. It also tightens the top layers of skin and mucous membranes to decrease secretions. It then takes it a step further and relieves irritations and firms tissues. Those properties make red raspberry leaf tea an ideal herbal remedy for diarrhea and irritated mouths and throats. In the event of diarrhea, not only does it help soothe an irritated digestive tract, but it also helps replenish depleted mineral stores and keeps you hydrated.)
Oats I prefer using steel cut oats or oat-straw in my herbal infusions - they have a lovely mild, slightly sweet taste and can help get your breast milk supply cranking.
Rose hips are an amazing vitamin C booster and combines well with red raspberry leaf.
For Nasty After-Pains......
The cramping to reduce the size of your uterus after birth can be very painful, generally more so with each subsequent birth. Luckily, there are herbal remedies to help your uterus contract and ease the discomfort of the process:
Ground Ivy leaf infusions (one or two times a day)
Catnip leaf infusion
Motherwort as a tincture is great as an infusion is SUPER bitter so take it as drops.
Try the following infused into 2C boiling water - let it infused for at least 20 minutes before straining and drinking (add more hot water if you like) Great for calming a tension/stress related headache.
1T dry lemon balm
1T chamomile flowers
Get some more herbal tips from this post.