Postpartum Herbal Bath Take II

Herbal Bath RecipeMy old recipe for herbal bath is here. A group of doulas had split the bulk order and were running low so this time Mary made the order and it included:

* chamomile flowers
* calendula petals
* witch hazel bark
* shepherd’s purse 

* comfrey leaf

The entire bag is steeped in 5 cups of water and then strained (fine mesh strainer is best, some pieces are very small.) You can pour one cup into a peri rinse bottle for after bathroom use in the first few days postpartum. The other four cups you pour into your bathwater, and the baby can join you as the herbs are great for umbilical cord healing. You can store the steeped, drained herbs in the fridge to be used a second time (steep again in four cups of water, strain into bath) but be sure to use them within 48 hours.

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12 Responses to Postpartum Herbal Bath Take II

  1. Jennifer S says:

    Would you be willing to sell and ship a bag to me in Florida? I’m due in about a month and am thinking that it would be too expensive to buy enough herbs to make a batch just for myself.

  2. heidi says:

    Jennifer, this isn’t the exact same but another option:

    You can email me (hthaden at gmail dot com) your address if you want the herbs and I can figure out a shipping estimate and let you know!

  3. Hi! I’m just a bit confused. I saw this come up on Pinterest. What exactly is this for? What about the herbs is good for postpartum? Does it help with depression? Just curious. I had postpartum depression with my last and it was AWFUL!!!! I had bonding issues with him and everything! Of course I couldn’t have taken a bath, because I had a c-section….but just curious! Thanks! 🙂

    • heidi says:

      This is an herbal bath used postpartum to help with perineal healing – I’m not sure what the protocol is for cesarean births, as I don’t remember how long I had to wait after mine for baths. I’m sorry I don’t know more!

      But no, these herbs aren’t used for postpartum depression – just external use for skin healing.

  4. I would be interested in purchasing your postpartum bath herbs. I am in PA. Are you shipping them?

  5. Amber says:

    Hi Heidi,
    I am so happy I came across this! I had looked into the herbal baths for myself (didn’t have time to order before I delivered) but now, as a Doula, I’d love to offer this to my clients. Can you tell me whether you recommend making your own mixture (as you’ve done with these specific herbs) or buying pre-made with different herbs? What made you choose these herbs specifically, and only add these? I’ve looked into the different types of herbs and I’m still going back and forth whether it would be worth making my own or buying pre-made. Any advice?
    Thank you so much!

    • heidi says:

      Amber, thanks for your comment! I went through the ingredient lists for four or five herbal bath mixes I found online, but most of those ran $8 to $10 a package plus shipping which often doubled the price. I decided to mix my own for that reason, as I could order bulk herbs in one pound bags for about the same price ($10/bag.) I started with four for my first batch because they seemed to be the ones that showed up the most often in the mixes, but I also researched each herb to find out what benefits it offered. Lavender is in a lot of bath mixes but is there just for scent, and it can be pricy – I left out things like that. The second batch was mixed by another doula and she chose a couple different herbs (calendula and chamomile) instead of the one I chose (yarrow) but either way it’s a great mix! It made a LOT of mix, but we divided it among several doulas and for a fraction of the cost we can provide this to our clients.

      We ordered through a local Frontier co-op but I also hear great things about Mountain Rose Herbs (though they are more expensive.) I hope that helps!

      • Amber says:

        Thank you so much! I actually linked you in a post on my own website after ordering my own herbs. I went with this mixture, it was the “downsized” version I saw most commonly used in other products. I ordered from a few really wonderful sites to get my herbs but I think next time, its worth going through the co-op since some of my Doula friends caught the buzz and they are excited to offer it to their clients as well. Its such a personal and wonderful thing you’ve started here! Thank you again for the idea and I hope you do not mind my using it.

  6. Martine S. says:

    Do you have any still available?

  7. Mandy says:

    You didn’t say how much of each to put in. Equal amounts? I am also a doula looking to provide my clients with an herbal bath after delivery and haven’t been able to come up with a good recipe. Thanks for the start, at least now I have an idea of where to begin. 🙂

  8. heidi says:

    Mandy, we ordered in bulk through Frontier so each herb was a one pound bag and we combined them all and divided up. The volume is different, but we just tossed it all in and went with a pound each.