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Hi, I know we've covered this before but I can't find it. I want to soak and freeze some disposable and cloth pads to make compresses for after birth, but I don't know the herbs or recipe to put in the solution. Does anyone have this? I think witchhazel was one, and maybe yarrow? If someone can send me a link or recipe that would be great as I'm going shopping this afternoon!
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Great question!!! (No link for you, but want to thank you for asking!!)
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Bump!

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I have heard comfrey leaf tea greatly recommended.

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i use exactly what you said... yarrow and witchhazel with plantain too

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from that thread, I'm glad I did...

Here is what I just copied from it...

Postpartum Comfrey Pads

Boil and steep comfrey leafs in pot of water (about 1/2 cup leaves in 6 cups water).
Strain leaves out of water
Pour comfrey water over large night pads, that are laid out on a cookie sheet.
Drop several drops of vitamin E oil on pads.
Place in freezer.
After slightly frozen, rewrap pads in their wrappers.
Store in freezer until after birth.
Use pads as ice packs to sooth a sore bottom after birth!

I better make them soon, as I'm 37 weeks on Saturday (Ignore my signature....I haven't been as excited to update it as I used to be...)

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Oops you found it...well here it is again!

Postpartum Comfrey Pads:
Boil and steep comfrey leafs in pot of water (about 1/2 cup leaves in 4 cups water).
Strain leaves out of water
Pour comfrey water over large night pads, that are laid out on a cookie sheet.
Drop several drops of vitamin E oil on pads.
Place in freezer.
After slightly frozen, rewrap pads in their wrappers.
Store in freezer until after birth.
Use pads as ice packs to sooth a sore bottom after birth!

Here are some other labor and post partum recipes I have!

The Laboraide recipe I used I found in Dr. Sears' books:

1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup honey
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1-2 calcium tablets, crushed

Add enough water to make 1 quart.


Sitz Bath Recipe:
Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Take the pan off the stove and add one handful each of the following dried herbs (use two handfuls if the herbs are fresh):

Lavender flowers
Comfrey leaves
Sage leaves
Calendula flowers
Rosemary

To this mixture add good quality sea salt without iodine. Add ½ to 1 cup of salt depending on the size of your tub.

Strain the liquid and add the tea to your bath water. Soak and enjoy. Your baby can enjoy this bath with you, too.

Perineal Care:
- Keep some witch hazel or aloe, or a mixture of the two, in the refrigerator. Use a plastic squeeze bottle to apply to the perineal area as often as you like. This mixture will ease discomfort and encourage healing of the perineal tissues.

- Apply some tea tree oil to the perineal area with a q-tip or cotton ball. You can dilute the tea tree oil with ¼ teaspoon almond or olive oil. Then sprinkle on a mixture of equal parts of goldenseal, comfrey, myrrh, and Echinacea powders. Hold a warm wash cloth on the area. This will help to reduce swelling and redness after a few applications.

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I bought a couple peri-packs from a birth supply store - the kind that you break and turn cold. I wasn't planning on using cloth during post-partum - was reading on one of the forums here that it might not be a good idea because of bacteria? So can you put the herbs on the disposable ones and freeze? (I use 'Always' pads and don't really know what is in them - probably some of that evil junk they put in disposable diapers?)

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When DS was born the midwife made me some pads with my sitz bath tea on them and refrigerated them for after--it was awesome! Here's the ingredients for the sitz bath (from Blessed Herbs)--not sure of the proportions though, sorry:

comfrey leaf
sage
rosemary
shepard's purse
uva ursi
lavender
sea salt

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I remember that discussion regarding the potential for bacteria. It basically stemmed from mama's brainstorming why Peggy O'Mara would recommend organic/unbleached disposibles for postpartum instead of cloth.

Long story short... she and her coauthor for that book weren't aware that there are a number of sources for postpartum mama cloth, and so recommended organic/unbleached disposibles since they knew of sources for them.

She was glad to hear that there are cloth postpartum pads available now, as both she and her coauthor greatly prefer cloth to any type of disposible (regardless of it being organic/unbleached or not).

Here's a thread where I post about my emails to/from Peggy asking her for clarification on this:
http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...d.php?t=609272
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