I was blessed with some herbs in a gift package from Donielle, who also gave me a “jump-start” with her wonderful recipe. I added in more lovely herbs, from a recent Mountain Rose Herbs order (using a 50% off Chinook Book coupon from a friend) for a more “elaborate” mixture. (I used all dried herbs in my mixture; not fresh.)
Postpartum Herbal Bath/Rinse
1/2 cup Comfrey Leaves
1/4 cup Uvi Ursi Leaves
1/4 cup Shepherd’s Purse
1/2 cup Sea Salt
1/4 cup Lavender Flowers
1/8 cup Myrrh
1/2 gallon Boiling Water
Mix herbs & salt together in a jar. When preparing, add to the boiling water, and let steep 30 min to a few hours, until a strong herbal tea is formed. Strain and refrigerate (if prepared ahead of time). Pour 2 cups (or more, as desired) into a postpartum bath/sitz bath after delivery. You can also add this to a squirt bottle as a rinse.
My midwives have also requested the addition of Calendula to the rinse; so I will be preparing a Calendula (and possibly Witch Hazel) Tea to pour in as well. (I didn’t have any dried Calendula flowers on hand; just the powder.) If you have the dried flowers on hand, I recommend adding 1/4 cup to the original bath recipe.
I think preparing the tea will be one of my “labor projects” to stay busy during early labor! (I’ve already made the dry herb combination in a jar ahead of time.)
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