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We were talking about herbal baths with the baby on the other thread, but I thought it deserved its own thread!


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I've only heard of these wonderful sounding herb baths, what do you put in the tub? I love taking baths and DS only took baths with me for the first year or so of his life. I would love to cuddle and bond with new baby in the tub once we are both ready. Thanks for your help!
There are lots of different recipes....most of the ones I've seen include Comfrey, Shepherd's Purse, sea salt, Uva Ursi, and garlic, then variations on that theme...I really love the smell of the one I've used in the past--to me it just totally evokes all the good parts of birth! I actually kept a teensy bit of it (dry) after my last birth just so I could sniff it from time to time--just the smell makes me have a let-down!
So, I decided to mix my own this time and get as close to that as possible. I ordered the herbs in bulk through Mountain Rose Herbs.
I'm using:
one part (about 1 Tbsp) each:
myrhh,
garlic (I like the dried minced garlic rather than the powdered),
sage
comfrey root

and two parts (about 2 Tbsp) each:
comfrey leaf
Shepherd's Purse
uva ursi
sea salt
lavender buds.

I'll make about 7 or 8 packages--one for each bath, and one for pouring on maxi pads to freeze for using post-partum.

To use, place one bundle of herbs in a gallon of water (you can wrap the herbs in cheesecloth or put them in a knee-high stocking to make straining easier, but make sure they have enough room to steep well). Bring the water to a boil--let it boil for 20 minutes or so, then turn off the heat and let it steep, covered, until it cools. Strain or squeeze out the herbs and save them in a refrigerated container. Pour the herb tea into your bath.

The next day, boil a new bundle of herbs along with the refrigerated ones...follow the same procedure each day--saving all the previous herbs to use the next day. This way, you'll be able to get the most use out of the herbs, and you should be able to get an extra bath or two!


Here are some other recipes I've collected, mostly from here at MDC. Some of them have amounts/instructions, some don't:
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1 ounce of cinnammon chips (antibiotic)
1 ounce lavender (antibiotic)
1 ounce of myrrh (anti-microbial)
1/2 ounce comfrey (tissue healing, anti-inflammatory)
1/2 cup sea salt (antiseptic)
1/2 ounce chamomile (relaxing)
1/2 ounce calendula flowers (heals hemorrhoids, eases swelling)
1 ounce Shepherds Purse (for bleeding, healing)
1 ounce Uva Ursi (prevents infection)
1 clove Fresh Garlic
1 ounce Arnica (swelling, bruising)

Optional:
1/2 to 1 ounce Frankincense
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½ ounce Rosemary leaves
2 ounces Comfrey leaves
1 ounce Shepherds Purse
1 ounce Uva Ursi
1 C plain sea salt
1 3-4" piece of fresh ginger root
1 whole bulb of garlic
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Post-partum Herbal Bath
1/2 c comfrey
1/2 c shepherds purse
1/2 c uva ursi
1/2 c sea salt
1 bulb garlic

Add everything but garlic to a big pot of water, heat to barely breaking a boil, then reduce heat to barely a simmer. Meanwhile peel and crush the cloves of garlic. After 20 minutes of simmer, remove from heat, strain out herbs, and add crushed garlic.
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- witch hazel
- comfrey
- yarrow
- rosemary

Mix equal parts of each ingredient; add one tsp. herbs to each cup of boiling water; cover and seep for 15 mins; add to approx. 4" of warm bathtub water; sit down in it and relax for 10 mins. Tear or no tear, it is a very comforting bath.
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Comfrey leaf, Uva Ursi, German Chamomile, Shepherd's Purse, Lavender, Sea salt, St. John's Wort, Echinacea Purpurea, Yarrow, Sage
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My midwife just brought me a package of the herbs she mixes for her clients, but I forgot to ask her what all is in them. I could tell it had comfrey,garlic, sea salt, lavendar, and chamomile flowers, but I'm not sure what all else. It smelled pretty good though!


Hope this helps!
 

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I got a bunch of herbs for the bath too. I don't remember which one the mw recommended and which ones I added on, but a lot of the ones listed are on there--myrrh, comfrey, shepherd's purse, witch hazel, lavender, sea salt, etc.

Last time I did several herbal baths with my DD postpartum and used to bathe with her a lot in general. This time around we are in a different house with possibly the world's most uncomfortable bathtub, so I am not really relishing the idea of spending a lot of time in the tub in the same way. I will do at least one herb bath, but I also bought a sitz bath so I can at least do some herbal soaks for perineal healing/hemorrhoids more easily and frequently. I need to remember to freeze a few pads with some comfrey tea, too, for compresses . . . thanks for reminding me!
 

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Here's the mix my midwives have us get:

1 cup each of
sea salt
shepherd's purse
comfrey leaves
lavendar

1/2 cup of uva ursi

It smelled divine, the lavender I suppose, when I had ds. Unfortunately I only bought enough for one bath since I didn't take into account our HUGE tub. This time I made to sure to get a lot more, and even better the local food co-op has started premixing and packaging it so we can buy it in "single serving" bags. Now I can confidently send dh to get more if I want it too.
 

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I'm using:
one part (about 1 Tbsp) each:
myrhh,
garlic (I like the dried minced garlic rather than the powdered),
sage
comfrey root

and two parts (about 2 Tbsp) each:
comfrey leaf
Shepherd's Purse
uva ursi
sea salt
lavender buds.


I went to the store and got everything except the myrrh and lavender buds, they were out of both of those. I do have lavender essential oil, so I might just use that. The store did have myrrh essential oil, but I didn't get it b/c it cost too much.
 

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How do you ladies make the pads you mentioned? Do you make up a sitz bath and soak the pad in that, and then pop it in the freezer? Or is there another method? I have some sitz herbs already, and was thinking it might be good to prepare some pads ahead of time.
 

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How do you ladies make the pads you mentioned? Do you make up a sitz bath and soak the pad in that, and then pop it in the freezer? Or is there another method? I have some sitz herbs already, and was thinking it might be good to prepare some pads ahead of time.
I just used comfrey, but my MW told me to just simmer it for 20 minutes or so, dip the pads in, and lay them out on something to freeze. She also said that she prefers not to strain the comfrey leaves out, so that some of them are on the pads.

I strained and used the remaining "tea" to freeze into ice cubes for when DD bumps her head.
 

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I use an old bulb syringe, suck up some herbal tea and squirt it on them. I like to put a good bit on them, so when they thaw they have a tendency to get soggy--I definitely have to use them on top of another pad or inside a Depend so they don't make a mess. But I don't just totally saturate them...maybe an eighth of a cup of tea on each pad?

Anyways, some people like to shape them into a c-shape before freezing...you can just stand them on their side on a cookie sheet and curve them, then freeze until they are hard, then transfer them all to a big ziploc bag. I don't even bother with curving them; I freeze them flat (it's easier and they are easier to store that way), then when I take one out to use, I just play with it for a minute (while I'm sitting on the toilet) and it becomes flexible enough to conform to my body shape.

This is my project for tomorrow!
I'm planning to make at least 18! I LOooooOOOOvvvvvveeee having as many as I want and not having to ration them!
 
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