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In the early days of motherhood as much as you would like to take time to rest, there’s a new baby that needs your love and attention and self-care can easily slip out of your schedule. An herbal sitz bath is a great way to help you relax, speed up healing and help with hemorrhoids – and not to mention take a few much needed minutes for yourself. Read on for this at home how-to.

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Herbal sitz baths are a mixture of herbs that you can place directly in your bathtub or even in a small tub over your toilet to soak in after giving birth. Each herb is chosen for it’s benefit to the postpartum healing process. For example, comfrey leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy. Mix and match the herbs from this list that you have at home or are easy to find – even just one or two are beneficial.

 

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This DIY is one of our favorites because it’s something that can be done while your little one is sleeping. It’s the little things mama! Follow these simple instructions and treat yourself to a few quiet moments of calm and healing. This could even be a great gift for any mothers you have on your shopping list this holiday season.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Comfrey Leaf
1/2 cup Lavender Flowers
1/4 cup Plantain Leaf
1/2 cup Red Raspberry Leaf
1/4 cup Yarrow Flower
1/4 cup Calendula Flowers
1/4 cup Shepherd’s Purse
1/4 cup Uva Ursi Leaf
1/4 cup Sea Salt or Epsom Salt

Instructions:
1. Combine in a large mixing bowl and store in a mason jar or other container for up to a year in a cool, dark, place – you can actually just stick to Comfrey Leaf if you’d like!
2. Once you’ve combined your herbs portion out 1 cup, place in a bowl and heat water with a tea kettle.
3. Remove water from heat and pour over your bowl of herbs. Strain and add to a bath.
4. Soak for 20 minutes – you can even bathe with your baby if you’d like!
5. Enjoy and relax!

You can find all of the herbs listed above at Mountain Rose Herbs or find pre-made blends on Amazon and Etsy. And be sure to check in with your doctor or midwife that a sitz bath is safe for you and your baby.

 

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Photography: Jamie Arrigo ; Recipe and Method: Wellness Mama

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