Learn how to make a DIY Herbal Bath with lavender, calendula, lemon balm, and other dried herbs and flowers. It’s the perfect sitz bath soak for postpartum recovery.
Taking a warm herbal bath is my favorite way to unwind after a long week. It smells heavenly and soothes sore muscles and aches. I haven’t had the pleasure of taking one postpartum, but I surely will with our next baby. The days and weeks following birth is a time for healing, recovery, and hopefully – relaxation and bonding.
This recipe has lavender, calendula, lemon balm, comfrey, chamomile, and rose buds.
The aroma relaxes new moms and the medicinal properties of the herbs help speed up recovery. Always remember to follow your doctor or midwife’s orders regarding when to resume taking baths after giving birth.
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- Calendula is gentle and soothing on skin and promotes cell repair. The antimicrobial and antiseptic properties in calendula make it great for speeding up the recovery for wounds. For more information about calendula, check out my DIY Sweet Orange Calendula Salve.
- Chamomile is an anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. It’s gentle of the skin as well, and it’s one of the most common herbs for herbal bath teas.
- Rose Buds are specifically great for reducing inflammation, and the scent is known for it’s calming effect. It’s commonly used for anxiety and stress.
- Lavender is wonderful for soothing a stressed new mama, as long as the scent is not overbearing. It’s said to be a helpful aid for depression, restlessness and insomnia. Similar to the other herbs in this bath tea, lavender has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which aid in the healing process as well.
Because many new moms still have a hyper-sensitive sense of smell after giving birth, I don’t recommend using too much lavender. See the recipe below.
- Lemon Balm is refreshing and uplifting, and it’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
- Comfrey relieves pain and inflammation, and helps speed up the recovery of wounds. It’s also said that comfrey can inhibit bleeding.
DIY Herbal Tea Bath For Postpartum Healing
Here Is What You Need:
- 1 cup Calendula
- 1/2 cup Lavender
- 1 cup Chamomile
- 1/2 cup Lemon Balm
- 1 cup Rose Petals
- 1/4 cup Comfrey
- Muslin Bags
This filled two muslin bags, so if you only want to make enough for one bath, cut the ingredients in half.
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Simply mix the herbs together and put them in a muslin bag. They can be stored for a while this way.
There Are Two Ways To Infuse Your Bath Water With DIY Herbal Bath Tea
1. Run a hot bath and place the herb-filled muslin bag in the water about 20 minutes before getting in. The longer you let it infuse, the better.
2. Place the muslin bag in a mason jar and fill with water. Allow it to infuse for 2-8 hours and add the water to your bath.
You can play around with the recipe and find what works for you. Some other herbs you should consider for a DIY Herbal Bath that promotes postpartum healing (specifically the perineum) include:
- Witch Hazel Bark
- Shepherd’s Purse
- Plantain Leaf
- Uva Ursi
You can also bathe with your baby using this recipe, after their umbilical cord falls off. Not only does it help your body heal, it helps theirs as well. As always, use your best judgement on how much to use. Baby’s skin is very delicate. Thankfully the herbs in this tea bath are gentle, and will typically help dry or damaged skin.
Have you made a DIY Herbal Bath Tea before? What are your favorite herbs? Let me know in the comments!
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