Before giving birth, I knew I wanted to find some natural ways to help me heal faster. I heard that sitz baths were common after labor and I had found several different recipes for herb baths. I took a few and made my own recipe to fit my needs. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and it totally makes a difference in healing. I had a 2nd degree tear, so proper healing was even more important and these baths have been incredibly relaxing and helpful. It only has a few simple ingredients, see the recipe and the benefits below.
Healing Herb Bath
1/2 cup pure sea salt
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/4 cup dried lavender
1/4 cup dried rose petal
1/4 cup dried chamomile
1/4 cup dried calendula
1. Mix your dried herbs and place into a muslin satchel or wrap in cheese cloth.
2. Start bath with extra hot water and place your herb satchel into water. Allow to brew until water is cool enough to jump in. The water will become noticeably darker, like a cup of tea brewing.
3. Immediately after adding herbs to bath, sprinkle in sea salt and pour in witch hazel.
4. If you have any extra herbs, sprinkle them in on top.
5. Jump in and enjoy!
Sea salt is a natural detoxifier and is often used in any bath to encourage relaxation and sleep.
Witch hazel is known for it’s many uses, including it’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, great for hemorrhoids.
Lavender has a naturally calming scent and has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties.
Roses smell terrific, which makes them a great addition to any herb bath or beauty routine. However, they also act as an astringent, so they are cleansing and soothing.
Chamomile can soothe anxiety and and inflammation. Again, it has strong antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties.
Calendula is also known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and it’s strength in healing wounds.