When I was preparing for my first natural labor, I did only that–prepare for the labor. I had a soft pretty robe and nursing tanks packed in my hospital bag, but beyond that I guess I assumed my body would heal as self-sufficiently as it labored. That was NOT the case. With only a 1st degree tear and minor stitches, I was not able to sit down without a throne of squishy pillows under my bottom until about 6 weeks postpartum. It took forever to heal! One particularly defeating Target run is burned into my memory… I was around 4 weeks pp, crying in pain after trying to shop in a wheel chair that I can only assume had been padded with bricks & nails. Our newborn baby was screaming bloody murder in my arms and my poor husband was avoiding eye contact with the horrified shoppers, who all had that “Do you need me to call an ambulance look?”
This time, things are going to be different! I am almost 25 weeks pregnant and while I’m still doing the necessary prep for another natural labor, I am doing far more now to prepare for a fast and successful postpartum recovery. I have several plans in place, but the one speed-healing remedy that I am most excited about is this DIY recipe I just made today for Postpartum Recovery Herb Baths!!! I ordered everything pictured below through Amazon (except for the organic Witch Hazel bark, which I ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs because they were a few bucks cheaper there). I bought these herbs in bulk because I plan to have as many baths a week as I can for the first 6 weeks, and because I have several momma friends about to have babies and these make divine gifts, AND because I can store the dried herbs for my future babies and my future bliss baths! All of these herbs, purchased as I did in 1lb bulk could probably make 75-100 muslin bags full. I just finished my first batch of 25. The process was delightfully fragrant! I love how the Calendula comes in whole flowers (so pretty), and I couldn’t get over how the chamomile smelled of honey. It was heavenly! Without any further ado, here’s the recipe & directions for use:
DIY Postpartum Recovery Herb Baths
Equipment: 1 pack Cotton Muslin Bags (4×6 Inch)
– I love these especially because you can wash and dry them for re-use!
2 tbsp dried Calendula flowers
– Amazing anti-inflammatory properties proven to assist in healing wounds.
2 tbsp dried Witch Hazel bark
– Used for hemorrhoid relief. Anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.
2 tbsp dried Plantain leaf
– Heals inflammation and promotes quick healing.
2 tbsp dried Lavender blossoms
– Promotes restfulness. Antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant.
2 tbsp dried Yarrow
– Antibacterial and anti-fungal. Helps to stop bleeding from hemorrhage.
2 tbsp dried Chamomile
– Soothes anxiety. Anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal.
*Combine all the ingredients well and fill the muslin bags. After your baby joy is born, fill the tub with water as hot as possible. Drop one muslin bag into the water and allow the herbs to fully seep for 10-15 minutes. (Optional: for additional healing properties, you can also dissolve 1 cup of unrefined sea salt or epsom salt into your bath along with the herbs.) Once the water is at your desired temperature, lay back and soak your stress away in the most relaxing & heavenly scented bath of your life!– I know I haven’t had the baby yet, but I couldn’t wait so I tried it out today with epsom salt! It was pure bliss! NOTE: For those with stitches, baths should be limited to 1/day. No stitches means no limits to how many bliss baths you can soak in! Also, thought I’ve always been told not to get a newborn’s chord wet, my midwife team at my current birth center encouraged me to let baby join me once the water cools. They said the same properties that help heal my hoo-ha are also beneficial for speeding baby’s chord healing.