Post-partum care, How to prepare a herbal sitz bath

Sitz bath recipe

Sitz bath is very suiting to the perineum. It helps to reduce burning, swelling and other discomforts after the birth.

You may prepare this herbal infusion ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until time to use it. The herbs comfrey, St. John’s wart flower and calendula flower are well known for its healing properties.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups  water
  • 4 tablespoons comfrey leaf (Symphytum officinale)
  • 4 tablespoons St. John’s wort flower (Hypericum perforatum)
  • 4 tablespoons calendula flower (Calendula officinalis)

Boil water in a large pot than add the herbs. Turn off the heat. Allow it to steep for 20 minutes. Cool and pour half of the tea into shallow bath with 1/2 cup of epson salt specially if you have tearing or stitches. Soak for 15 min.

The other method of application is to apply as a compress on a soft cloth. Soak the cloth and apply straight in the perineum, hold it in place for 15 min

 Perineum Care

Ahead of time, frFullSizeRender-4eeze 3-4 organic cotton pads soaked in witch hazel solution to help with swelling of the perineum and easing any pain from tears or stitching.

Witch hazel can also be applied as a compress on a soft tissue or cloth to hemorrhoids and to ease swelling and perineum discomfort.

If possible, allow some fresh air to circulate for a few minutes each day to your perineum to aid healing.

 

 

 

Postpartum Herbal Care

IMG_9110This is a very delicious tea recipe that I got from a colleague that I find quite nourishing.

  • 3 parts lemon balm leaf (Melissa officinalis)
  • 2 parts chamomile flower (Matricaria recutita)
  • 2 parts hibiscus flower (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
  • 1 part rose petal
  • 1/8 part lavender flower (Lavendula officinalis)
  • 1/4 part rose hips (Rosa canina)

Add all the ingredients to boiling water and let it steam for 10 minutes. You can make a gallon of it and drink it throughout the day either cold or hot. Enjoy it with your family members and care providers for a nice relaxing time.

This information is intended to educate the public on other alternative approaches to health and not to cure diseases. Please consult your doctor or health care professional if you need any help

 

Guiomar Campbell

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Guiomar is a performing artist and an Integrated Health Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in depression and anxiety disorders. She has a degree in nursing and obstetrics from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. She received her diploma in shiatsu therapy in 1995 and a diploma in acupuncture in 1999 at the Shiatsu School of Canada where she worked for 15 years as a shiatsu instructor in the diploma program. She is a member in good standing of College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Ontario (CTCMPAO). Guiomar specializes in men and women’s reproductive health, gynecology, pregnancy and post partum care. She also has lots of experience treating digestive issues, migraine headache, and insomnia.

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