Make Your Own After Baby Bum Bath!

Sitz Bath Herbs:

Calendula flowers: used for their vulnerary and anti-inflammatory action.

Comfrey root: the plant contains a substance that increases cell proliferation, leading to increased tissue repair and growth. It also acts as an astringent, emollient, and anti-inflammatory.

Yarrow flowers: a very effective botanical anti-inflamatory, astringent, antimicrobial, and vulnerary. The volatile oil is an important active constituent in these actions.

Rosemary leaves: the actions of antiseptic, astringent and circulatory stimulant make this herb a useful addition to this medicated wash.

Lavender flowers: the flowers contain large amounts of volatile oils, which act as antiseptics, antimicrobials and analgesics. A clinical trial has shown lavender oil as a bath additive to be most effective between the third and fifth days of the postpartum period.

Mix together all of the above ingredients in a jar: use one handful to a pint of boiling water, cover and steep until warm. Use as a sitz bath or in a peri bottle as a perineal wash for cleaning after urination or in sutured areas.

— Excerpted from "Herbs for Use in Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum," by Mary Bove, ND, LM

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