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Postpartum Healing Spray

Postpartum Healing Spray

This spray helps moms heal in the days following a vaginal birth.  It’s a witch hazel based spray that provides soothing relief for vaginal soreness and swelling, torn/stretched perineum and hemorrhoids.  Witch hazel has many healing properties.  This plant based substance is very soothing, is a mild anti-inflammatory and helps to slow bleeding.  It’s the active ingredient in many over the counter postpartum and hemorrhoid treatments such as Tucks.  The optional addition of lavender oil adds soothing scent and further boosts healing power.  This homemade spray is all natural, easy to make and very inexpensive.

Postpartum Healing Spray

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup witch hazel
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Supplies:

  • Small spray bottle (approximately 4 oz or so)

Directions:

  • Pour witch hazel into your spray bottle, add the lavender essential oil (optional) and give it a good shake.
  • Spray directly onto your sore parts after using the bathroom or anytime you could use some relief.
  • Spray can be stored at room temperature or stored in the fridge for extra cooling power.

Notes:

  • This spray can also be used to make homemade healing pads.  Unfold several menstrual pads and spray each with witch hazel spray until they’re well moistened but not soggy.  Wrap each pad separately in aluminum foil and place in the freezer.  Then use them like normal pads or if they’re really saturated, place them on top of a regular pad.  The combined benefits of witch hazel and cold is a welcome relief!
  • Some women (myself included) experience a slight burning sensation when they first use witch hazel.  For me it stings/burns for about 10 seconds before the relief sets in.  Pay attention to your body’s reaction and don’t use anything that doesn’t make you feel good!
  • To view additional health and family recipes, please see: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/index/baby-and-family/

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20949260@N02/2863372252/

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