Herbal bath soaking in a warm bath is a luxury that many pregnant women benefited from it. This special blend can be used in your bath or in a foot bath. These fragrant herbs are calming and relaxing, and soothing for sore muscles or an aching back.
Childbirth is the ‘Mount Everest’ of your physical, emotional and psychological life experiences.
So understandably, it will take a while for your mind and your body to recover from it.
As a new mother, you’ll probably be getting by on very little sleep, have an overworked mind and a brand new love so deep that, even when you can sleep, you’d prefer to simply stare at your baby. This can leave you feeling desperate for rest and relaxation.
For the first couple of weeks, you may still be suffering from the aches and pains of late pregnancy.
If you’re breastfeeding, you may also be experiencing the joys of sore nipples, engorged breasts and even the odd blocked duct (ouch). As your uterus begins to return to its pre-pregnancy size, you may experience cramping that can be pretty uncomfortable at times. Just like period pains, these cramps can be eased by heat, so taking a relaxing bath may help you to feel a little better.
You may not even be able to find the time to shower some days, so the idea of a bath might seem laughable. But when your partner is around to help out, ask him to look after the baby for a while so you can enjoy a bath.
Be warned though, you should expect a tiny, naked visitor to join you in the bath for a feed at some point. If this happens, make sure the bath is a safe temperature for your baby (you can always add more hot water once the baby is fed, happy and back in daddy’s arms).
Herbal Bath Soak Recipes Here are seven soothing herbal bath recipes to make your bath as blissful and healing post birth and in the early weeks of new motherhood:
Herbal Bath Soak #1: Marigold Soak This bath soak is great for encouraging the perineum to heal, and encouraging relaxation. 1 tbsp Marigold flowers 1 tbsp Comfrey 1 tbsp St John’s Wort Simply mix the ingredients together in a cup and add boiling water.
Leave for a couple of minutes and then add to the bath water.
Herbal Bath Soak #2: Coconut & Lavender Bath Virgin coconut oil is one of nature’s true gifts. It tastes delicious, is a healthy alternative to other oils, and can even be used as part of your beauty routine.
It’s great for nappy rash, sore nipples and, yes, you guessed it, even bath soaks. Make the most of this natural moisturiser by immersing yourself in a bath of it! 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil 2 drops Lavender essential oil Simply add these straight to your bath, then lie back and enjoy the relaxing aroma.
Herbal Bath Soak #3: Herbal Salt Bath Traditionally, salt baths have been used to promote healing. Anyone who has ever experienced the joy of swimming in the sea will vouch for the great effects saltwater has on your skin.
If you had stitches after the birth, you should check with your healthcare provider before taking a salt bath. Saltwater may encourage dissolvable sutures to dissolve too quickly. ¼ cup Epsom salt (or magnesium flakes) 1 tbsp baking soda 1 tsp virgin coconut oil 3 drops Lavender essential oil 3 drops Chamomile essential oil Simply combine the ingredients in a cup, and then add directly to the bath.
Note: there is an old wives tale that epsom salts can dry up breastmilk. This is not true. Magnesium is very beneficial for new mothers.
Herbal Bath Soak #4: Aloe Vera Bath Aloe vera is often a go-to choice for holistic healing. It is often used to soothe burns, and is a much-loved treatment for sore and chapped skin. 2 tbsp Aloe Vera (squeezed from the plant) 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil Simply add these ingredients to a cup along with some boiling water. Once infused, pour directly into the bath.
Herbal Bath Soak #5: Raspberry Leaf Bath You may have had your fill of raspberry leaf tea towards the end of your pregnancy, but this wonderful plant could also be an important part of your postpartum care routine.
For a relaxing bath, try out the following recipe: 3 tbsp Red Raspberry Leaf 1 tsp virgin coconut oil Simply place the red raspberry leaf in a cup of boiling water, cover and leave to sit for a few minutes. Then simply add it to your bath.
Herbal Bath Soak #6: Plantain Soak Plantain is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for postpartum healing. The witch hazel can dry skin out, so be sure to moisturise after you get out of the bath. 2 tbsp plantain leaf 2 tbsp witch hazel 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
Herbal Bath Soak #7: Simple Magnesium Soak Magnesium is one of the most abundant elements in the body, but many of us are deficient in it. The great news is that your biggest organ, the skin, can be used to absorb magnesium when you have a magnesium bath soak. Magnesium is great for relieving stress, muscle aches and cramps, speeding up wound healing, headache relief, skin problems (e.g. eczema or acne) and more.