DIY Postpartum Herbal Healing Soaking Tea

Postpartum Sitz Bath Herbal Soaking Tea At Portland Mamababy Center

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This herbal bath “tea” mixture recipe was shared with me so long ago that I can’t remember who to credit.

I am pretty sure that I got this recipe from my own midwife in Ohio back in 2005, but I’m sure it’s been around a lot longer than that and there are many midwives who have included this recipe in their home birth packets.

It should be prepared in a large non-aluminum pot, strained in a fine strainer, and put together in a large storage container. Make sure that the container is very clean and well-rinsed. You don’t want any residue. I would probably use two half gallon Mason jars if it were me.

The bath should be taken shortly after birth. (Alternatively, you can use muslin spice bags to contain the spices, but ultimately it does work better to let it all just flow in the water and use a very very fine strainer to get out the big stuff)

Use comfortably warm water, not hot, to fill the bath to waist level. Add the whole herbal bath “tea” mixture and enjoy a soothing, relaxing bath for a minimum of 30 minutes. This recipe makes one tub bath or several sitz baths. (Be sure to use the best quality organic herbs you can find, like the herbs at The Herb Shoppe in Portland, Oregon)

Ingredients for Postpartum Healing Soaking Tea:

  • 1 – large non-aluminum pot
  • 1 – blender
  • 1 – very fine strainer
  • 1 – large storage container
  • 1 – ounce dried UVA URSI (approx. ¾ cup)
  • 1 – ounce dried SHEPARD’S PURSE (approx. 1 cup)
  • 2 – ounces dried COMFREY (approx. 2 cups)
  • 1 – large bulb FRESH GARLIC, unpeeled
  • ¼ – cup SEA SALT
  • 4 – 6 quarts water plus 1 cup

Directions for Postpartum Healing Tea

  • Put 4 – 6 quarts of water, Uva Ursi, Shepard’s Purse, and Comfrey in large non-aluminum pot.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow the simmered herbs to cool & brew for 30 minutes.
  • While the simmered herbs cool, break up the unpeeled garlic bulb into individual cloves of garlic.
  • Place the garlic cloves and one cup of water into the blender, pulse to blend.
  • Once the simmered herbs have cooled for 30 minutes, thoroughly strain the simmered herb blend.
  • Next, thoroughly strain the blended garlic & add to the strained herb blend.
  • Lastly, add the sea salt & mix together.
  • Pour into the large storage container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Important Resources

Alternatively, you could just stop by the center [map] and buy our prepackaged postpartum herbs made by Radiant Belly. Shape Up Your Postpartum Bellies With Squeem Perfect Waist

We sell them in $5.00 packs and to make it easy to brew up several batches for different purposes – just brew with some sea salt.

You can also make some peri tea pads, but there is a method to this to make them well – otherwise you end up with tea soaked brick pads, and that’s not comfy on a sore vagina.

Here is a file we give in our client education and information package at our second postpartum visit called Portland MamaBaby Postpartum Tea Uses and Instructions.

We typically give our clients a few complimentary packages of postpartum herbal soaking tea along with these instructions as a standard part of our doula package. at the second prenatal visit to give our Mamas plenty of time to make the tea and make peri-pads.

Good Karma Note: The links for the non-aluminum pot, the jars, and the very fine strainer are affiliate links.

That means if you buy them, the Portland MamaBaby Center will make a small amount of money from your purchase.

Any funds that we receive from affiliate sales on fund the MamaBaby Clinic, so I hope you can make your purchase in good conscience, knowing that you are helping other women who could otherwise not afford midwifery care to access prenatal services and counseling.

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