Here are some herbs that can be included in a "Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath"
- Plantain Leaves
- Calendula Flowers
- Uva Ursi
- Violet Leaves and Flowers
- Shepherd's Purse
- Lemon Balm
- Lady's Mantle
Some people also add Sea Salt to the mix which sounds perfect for those aching muscles.
I've made different batches, depending on what I had available. But, I always make sure to include Comfrey and Calendula and either Rosemary or Yarrow.
When it comes time to make the tea, fill a giant soup pot with water. Let the water come to a boil (which will take a LONG time) and then turn off the heat. Add herbs and cover with a lid. Let it sit for at least an hour (hopefully longer). Over-night is the best.
Strain (if you put herbs directly into the pot) or remove the sachet of herbs and refrigerate.
An easy way to make a DIY sachet is to use a worn but clean kitchen towel. Add several handfuls of herb onto the middle of the opened towel. Close towel tightly with a string or thin ribbon. When you drop it in the water, you won't have to deal with the hassle of straining out all the floating herbs.
To use...fill up 1/2 your sitz pan with the tea and the other 1/2 with warm water. Or put the tea directly into your spray bottle for use after every trip to the bathroom. I made several batches and used them for several weeks.
This is an easy and very helpful gift to any New Mamas in your life. Fill up a few Mason Jars with the herbs, add some ribbon and a note and let the healing begin!