Herbal Bath

*New recipe is here.*

I got the herbs in and mixed them up then divided (sharing with some other doulas.) Each of these is a gallon size bag holding a pound by weight of herbs, it's a LOT! 🙂 One bath needs about a cup of herbs infused in 4 cups of hot water then strained into your bath.


From the previous post, this is what I included:

Shepherd's Purse - from the battlefields of World War I to the natural first aid kit, Shepherd's Purse is known to be a powerful astringent. In traditional herbalism, astringent herbs help tighten tissues, and reduce secretions & discharges. One of Shepherd's Purse major compounds includes vitamin K, which promotes proper blood clotting. Current herbal texts cite Shepherd's Purse for supporting a smooth female cycle and for promoting urinary tract health. Common use: Herbal astringent; promotes urinary tract health; supports healthy blood pressure; supports venous health.

Comfrey's botanical name is derived from the Greek and Latin words, which mean "to unite", "with strength". A breakdown of Comfrey's active natural compounds reveal it's a rich herbal source of allantoin, a natural substance that promotes new cell growth. It's no wonder Comfrey is commonly used in external preparations for temporary bone, cartilage, tendon and muscle discomfort, as well as to soothe irritated skin.

Witch Hazel is one of those herbs that have a long history of use in North American herbalism. Today, it continues to be trusted and well respected for its ability to support healthy veins, which are vital for circulatory health.

Yarrow: In ancient mythology, Yarrow is the herb used by Achilles to heal the wounds of his warriors - perhaps the reason for its other common name, Herba militaris. Whatever the case, Yarrow is more realistically used today for its potent astringent action.

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6 Responses to Herbal Bath

  1. Becky says:

    Hi There
    I had a herbal bath after my first child. I had a level four tear, so quite bad. I used this bath and I believe that it overhealed me…likely the comfry. I had to have 2 surgeries, one under general to remove painful excess scar tissue. I would advise caution in recommending this for women who have had really bad tears.

    • heidi says:

      Becky, I’m sorry to hear about that tear and the subsequent surgeries! I’ve not heard of herbal baths causing excess scar tissues, but I know every mom heals differently. I’ll keep that in mind when I share this with moms – thanks for sharing your experience!

      • Heather says:

        Comfrey is good for bruising but if you may have broken bones it should never be used internally other useful suggestions may include rosemary it’s anti bacterial and viral but shouldn’t be eaten or taken as a tea because it can reduce supply. Calendula is good for reducing scarring and causing it to heal faster, but you need to strain it through a pretty fine mesh. or you can cheat and use organza bags for party favors and tie them tightly so the herbs don’t escape and throw them into the bath.

  2. Laura says:

    I have never seen an herbal bath ‘over heal’ a tear. Im sorry that you had this happen to you . Blessings to you , Laura

  3. erica says:

    Do you use equal parts of each herb? I’m sorry, just a little confused.

    • Heidi Thaden-Pierce says:

      I used one pound of each herb, but there’s no set recipe – you can mix it up however you like!