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After having a baby, there can be quite a bit of discomfort and even pain. There can be swelling, soreness and even torn skin. This herb and salt mix is a blend I came up with to use after the birth of our second baby. It was so soothing and healing that I will be sure to have it ready for any future births.
- Comfrey Leaf (organic): Comfrey is amazingly healing! It will help heal up all of that damaged tissue and it even has a numbing effect after several minutes. It helps reduce swelling, too.
- Uvi Ursi (organic): It is antibacterial and reduces inflammation.
- Lavender (organic): It is antibacterial, anti-fungal and it reduces inflammation. It helps prevent scarring and actually speeds cellular renewal, which helps you heal more quickly, just like the comfrey.
- Celtic Sea Salt: This salt is full of minerals that are stripped away from processed sea salt. These minerals support the healing of the skin while reducing inflammation and preventing infection. Celtic sea salt also helps to draw toxins out of the body, which is always a good thing.
- Epsom Salt: Epsom salts are good for healing damaged tissue and reducing swelling.
Instructions For Use
To use, fill a mesh tea ball full and put it in a large heat-proof bowl or put 1/3 cup of the mixture into the bowl and simply strain the herbs out with a fine mesh strainer when they are finished steeping. Fill the bowl with boiling water, cover with a plate or skillet lid and let it steep until it’s just cool enough to use. If you think of it, you can make the tea stronger by swishing the tea ball around a few times or stirring the water, but it’s not necessary. Don’t burn yourself, but use it as warm as possible to get the maximum benefit. Remove the tea ball or strain out the herbs and pour the tea into a “sitz” bath. Add as much warm water as needed, but try not to dilute it too much. Soak for as long as you can and then pat dry, don’t rinse. If using in a regular tub, use the entire packet (1 cup).
This tea can be used in the peri bottle in place of the warm water that is usually used. For you ladies that haven’t yet had a baby, the peri bottle is usually filled with warm water and is use for rinsing off after using the bathroom. Trust us, first-time moms-to-be, you will NOT want to use toilet paper for a few days! Using this tea instead of plain water will help speed healing, prevent infection and ease any pain. I put one cup of this mixture in a quart jar and poured boiling water over it, then I allowed it to steep until the water was room temperature. After straining out the herbs, I filled a peri bottle and put it in the bathroom. The extra tea I put in a jar in the fridge for refilling the peri bottle as needed.
A strong batch of the tea can be made in advance and kept in the freezer until labor starts. Then, it can be thawed and used on cloths as a cold compress which is especially soothing for any tears that may occur.
One packet contains 1 cup of the herb and salt mix. This will make either three sitz baths or one full bath. How many packets to order depends on the preferences of the mama-to-be. If she wants to take three sitz baths and also use the mixture in the peri bottle, she will need two of the 1 cup packets. If she would prefer several full baths, she will need one packet (at least) per bath and an extra packet for the peri bottle or cold compresses.
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