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Aren’t mommas just incredible? You just produced a wee human. It’s a little astonishing. You are astonishing. And you have all the permission to rest and recuperate for as long as needed, and lean hard on your people to make it happen. As far as resting goes, there are a few things that’ll serve double-duty. Such as a sitz bath. Rest + Healing= WIN.
Postpartum sitz baths are a wonderful way to help soothe and heal your babymakers after the little one makes an entrance. They also make a lovely gift to new mom friends.
So how, exactly, do you sitz bath? Two options.
OVER THE TOILET:
If you have less time or less bath mixture, purchasing an inexpensive sitz bath tub is a great option. These tubs fit over the toilet bowl and allow just your lady parts a good soak.
IN THE TUB:
You’ll need to double or triple the amount of mixture used, but who doesn’t want to soak in a gloriously scented bath for a while? It’s definitely the more relaxing option.
1/4 cup Comfrey Leaf
1/2 cup Lavender Blossoms
1/4 cup Plantain Leaf
1/2 cup Red Raspberry Leaf
1/4 cup Yarrow Flower
1/4 cup Calendula Flowers
¼ cup Witch Hazel
Mix all the ingredients together very well. The mixture can be stored for up to a year in a cool, dark place.
After baby is born and you’re ready for your bath: Fill one muslin bag (4x6 size) with sitz bath mix. Fill the bathtub to the hottest possible water and drop in the full bag. Allow the mixture to steep until the temperature of the bath is tolerable. Then slip in and enjoy! For those with stitches, limit yourself to one sitz bath per day. Continue baths until healing is complete.
One final thing: the herbs above are the ideal list. Don’t let the lack of one or two stop you from enjoying sitz baths—mix up the ones you have and go for it.