Postpartum Bath Tea

January 27, 2016

This is an incredibly soothing and healing bath tea that I created during my first pregnancy. Adding herbs to your bath is a wonderful way to absorb the benefits and is also very relaxing and healing for areas that might need some extra special and gentle attention. 

This blend has Marshmellow to soothe the tissues because lets be honest, your lady bits are probably pretty tender! 

Comfrey will also soothe but more importantly it stimulates cell regeneration. Comfrey has been called 'bone knit' as it is known to help speed healing, even in broken bones. This will help to encourage everything to return to normal, both for your 'downstairs' whether there was any tearing or not but also for your skin on a whole especially your middle where you may have loose skin or stretch marks. 

Calendula also works hard to heal the skin tissue in particular, it is strong enough to heal keloid scarring from tears or even episiotomies, though in a bath it will work gently to begin that process for your comfort.

Yarrow has been used for over 3000 years to help treat wounds on the skin and to stop bleeding. It is an astringent that will work to tighten and tone the skin while healing and also has antiseptic properties to kill any bacteria that you might not want 'down there' especially if you have any tears or stitches. 

When I use this in the bath I also add epsom salts to help relax muscles. 

This mixture can also safely be used in a peri bottle or used as a sitz bath and is totally safe for your babe to bath with you as well, though a nice bath can also be a good time to hand babe off to Dad or someone you trust and take a few minutes to relax and unwind yourself. 

I found it really great to dry brush or exfoliate prior to the bath and then after a nice soak I massage my Calm Balm on my stomach to encourage the skin to return to normal more quickly, Coconut Oil would work too but I always like to have some extra herbal helpers. The Calm Balm is also great to use on your lady parts especially if there is tearing or stitches, it will speed the healing and it can help to releive itching. I know it would be safe for an episiotomy but you should check with your midwife or doctor about a C section scar; I really don't see any reason why it wouldn't be beneficial but its always best to air on the side of caution. 

Ayurvedic postpartum care also calls for a cloth to be wrapped around the midsection tightly to encourage your skin and organs to return to their natural positions, nowadays you can also find different wraps with velcro and other ways of securing and tightening them as well. I used one for the first week or so so encourage my guts to go back where they need to be and found it really helpful for my skin too. 

Happy Healing! 

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