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I was wondering if anyone prepared and used the herbal sitzbath (uva ursi, shepherds purse, comfrey, lavender) after their homebirth. How did it work out? did you use it for baby or just yourself?
 

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I used an herbal sitz bath for myself and thought it was very useful in the healing process. Mine had calendula, yerba mansa in as well and maybe some other herbs too. You can order a great blend from Bear Creek Herbs in Silver City. If they aren't on the web, let me know and I'll find the phone #.
 

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I used one (available through Cascade Homebirth ) and instead of a sitz bath, I made it into a tea and put it in the peri bottle... I also squirted a little on maxi-pads and froze them...very helpful. I had an episiotomy and a bunch of stitches and the frozen pads were a lifesaver. It is important not to put too much of the liquid on them, though or one could end up with a very interesting case of frostbite.
 

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I used a sitz bath last time, I think the wishgarden preparation that is available through Cascade. It was so wonderful that when I asked my current midwife whether it was part of her protocol, and it wasn't, I made sure to purchase a plastic sitz bath ($5, also from cascade) to use after my birth. I'm using a different herbal preparation this time, not for any reason other than that I have 2 herbalist friends who each have their own blend. I'll probably end up using some of each. Those would be Living Earth Herbs and Earth Mama Goods, both on-line.
 

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I made an organic sitz bath that I prepared and use for all of the mama's that I attend in birth. It is amazing! I just gave the rest of it to my midwife, as I am not attending births at this time. I buy organic herbs and roots from an on-line store, mix and put them into a cotton bag that I brew up in about 7-10 quarts of water. I then pour it into a bath. You don't have to sit in a little anything, it goes into your tub with the water. Like bathing in tea. So awesome! I can give you what I use, some of them are redundant, but I don't mind...you can pick and choose. The biggest one is comfrey. You can also steep comfrey and wrap it in cheesecloth and throw it into the freezer. That is a great source of healing and comfort after birth. Kind of like jessemoons pads! Little packages of a healing herb.

witch hazel
plantain leaves
comfrey root
white oak bark
yarrow
yellow dock root
comfrey leaf
rosemary
myrrh
slippery elm bark
sea salt
uva ursi
marshmallow root
self heal
calendula flowers

That is what I use!
 

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Originally Posted by DoulaSarah
I made an organic sitz bath that I prepared and use for all of the mama's that I attend in birth. It is amazing! I just gave the rest of it to my midwife, as I am not attending births at this time. I buy organic herbs and roots from an on-line store, mix and put them into a cotton bag that I brew up in about 7-10 quarts of water. I then pour it into a bath. You don't have to sit in a little anything, it goes into your tub with the water. Like bathing in tea. So awesome! I can give you what I use, some of them are redundant, but I don't mind...you can pick and choose. The biggest one is comfrey. You can also steep comfrey and wrap it in cheesecloth and throw it into the freezer. That is a great source of healing and comfort after birth. Kind of like jessemoons pads! Little packages of a healing herb.

witch hazel
plantain leaves
comfrey root
white oak bark
yarrow
yellow dock root
comfrey leaf
rosemary
myrrh
slippery elm bark
sea salt
uva ursi
marshmallow root
self heal
calendula flowers

That is what I use!
How much of each do you use? I am a bit anal and would love exact or near exact amounts... :LOL

thanks!
 

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Eeek! I am not going to be able to tell you...I don't remember! I think that I just 4 oz of most of them together! 4 oz of comfrey leaf makes up the bulk of it. And then 4oz of comfrey root is a lot less, as it is more dense. I wish I could remember...good luck!
 
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