The first items from my Postpartum Bundles that I'd like to feature are the Perineal Healing Herbs and the Sitz Bath. Two of my favourites as they're the ultimate in comfort after birth!
Perineal Healing Herbs
These herbs are hand mixed in small batches based on a recipe by Aviva Romm, Doctor, Midwife, and Herbalist. I love making these for clients as they smell divine and I am luckily able to source all of the ingredients right here in Squamish at Health Food Heaven!
This herbal blend has astringent and antiseptic properties which promote healing, in addition to providing the comfort and pain relief of a warm sitz bath or compress.
To brew your herbs, simply soak 1 cup of herbs in 1 litre of boiling water, preferably overnight. Then strain the herbs out of the water using a fine mesh strainer and discard. You now have a nice strong brew to use in a sitz bath, or on a compress.
The Sitz Bath
To use, you simply lift the toilet seat and place the sitz bath in the toilet bowl. This provides a comfortable place to sit as well as a safe place for any liquid to splash out as you sit down. Fill your sitz bath with 1-2 cups of your brewed herbs and 6-10 cups of warm water. The warm water will increase blood flow to the area, which can speed up healing. You can soak for 20-30 minutes, up to 3 times daily. When you're done, rinse your perineal area with a peri bottle (featured in my next blog post!) and rinse/dry the sitz bath for next use.
Every client of Micheline Walkey, Birth Doula receives a bag of hand mixed herbs and a sitz bath in their complimentary Postpartum Bundle!