Postpartum Herbal Bath:
1 Bulb Garlic
½ c. Uva Ursi
½ c. Shepherd’s Purse
½ c. Comfrey
½ c. sea salt
- Put large pot of water on to boil add the sea salt.
- Peel and cut garlic.
- Put the remaining ingredients in a large homemade tea bag (can be a tube sock or panty hose tied or sewn)
- Put large tea bag in pot.
- Bring to a boil and keep at a fuzzy boil for at least 20 minutes. (More water can always be added as long as it boils)
- When ready to use take two forks and ring out VERY HOT herbal brew tea bag. (Can put in the freezer you should get two baths out of each large tea bag)
- Hot Compresses during the birth (if on land) to increase circulation to perineum so that there is less chance of tearing also to helps guide pushing efforts.
- Herb baths (1 after birth and 1-2 per day for the 1st 3-4 days). Please clean out the tub prior to mom and baby getting in each time!
- Dip your favorite pads and freeze for ice cold herbal compresses if desired.
- To put some in a jar for liquid to wet a soft cloth to clean meconium off of baby.
- Decreases chance of any type of infection.
- Decreases swelling (perineum, hemorrhoids, or caputs).
- Increases the rate at which skin separations or tears heal.
- Increases the healing of your baby’s cord stump (may come off as early as 3-7 days). The more herb baths the sooner it will heal.
- Uva Ursi – provides healing specific to a woman’s reproductive organs and urinary tract.
- Shepherd’s Purse -excellent for preventing and controlling excessive bleeding by acting as a coagulant.
- Comfrey – Relieves and protect swollen tissue, tears (by acting as a cell proliferant). Comfrey is deep healing for perineal muscles, soothes tissue, and relaxes nerves.
- Sea salt acts as an antibiotic and an antifungal. Garlic is antibacterial. Together they make the bath solution aseptic.