Herbal Recipes for Postpartum Healing

After birth, a mother's two main focuses should be bonding with the baby and taking care of herself. In many cultures throughout the world, the postpartum period is filled with almost spa-like rituals where the mother gets fed healing foods, massaged, wrapped in silk and more. Getting Mama back on her feet and feeling better physically is a huge step in postpartum recovery.

I have put together some herbal blends that I give to my doula client to help them physically but also force them to take a minute for themselves and balances out the hormonal ups and downs that postpartum often brings. 

The herbs below can be ordered online or bought in bulk herbal stores. They should be dried and unprocessed.

 

B A T H S

Soothing Postpartum Bath

This fragrant floral blend is soothing, uplifting and a natural antiseptic for postpartum healing. 

  • 1/2 cup Comfrey Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Lavender Flowers
  • 1/4 cup Sage Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Red Raspberry Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Yarrow Flower
  • 1/4 cup Calendula Flowers
  • 3/4 cup Sea Salt
 Photo:  Monet Nicole

Deep Healing Bath

Strong in antiseptic and astringent, this bath will help soothe and heal any tears or episiotomies.

  • 1/4 cup Comfrey Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Yarrow Flower
  • 1/4 cup Sage Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Rosemary Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Myrrh Gum Powder
  • 1 large fresh bulb of Garlic (whole, unpeeled)
  • 2 tbs Witch Hazel
  • 1/4 cup Sea Salt

Instructions:

Mixing herbs in a glass container (like a mason jar) is preferred but a plastic bag will work as well. Proportions don't have to be exact.

Add 1 cup of herbs to 8 cups of boiling water. Remove water from heat and let steep, covered, for 30 minutes. Strain using a fine mesh strainer and add to a bath. Soak for 20 minutes. 

Both Mom and Baby can soak to speed umbilical cord and perineum healing.

 

 Photo:  Mindy Duncan

T E A S

TMM Mother's Milk Tea

This soothing and delicious herbal blend for new Mamas promotes lactation and milk flow but also soothes the soul! Down at least 2-3 cups daily to increase supply.

  • 1/4 cup Chamomile Flowers
  • 1/8 cup Fennel Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Lavender Flowers
  • 1/4 cup Red Raspberry Leaves
  • 1/8 cup Alfalfa Leaf
  • 1/8 cup Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1/8 cup Blessed Thistle

New Mama Rejuvenating Tea

This refreshing tea will increase the quality of your breastmilk while giving you the strength to Mama on very little sleep! Drink 4 cups daily.

  • 1/4 cup Red Raspberry Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Neddle Leaf
  • 1/8 cup Rose Hips
  • 1/8 cup Red Clover Blossoms
  • 1/8 cup West Indian Lemongrass
  • 1/8 cup Peppermint

Instructions:

Add 2-3 Tablespoons of combined herbal mixture to boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. 

Add some Manuka Honey to sweeten if necessary as Manuka Honey UMF (grade 10-18) has antibacterial and healing qualities.