Postpartum Sitz Bath
As women, we cannot underestimate the importance of Yoni care. Yoni is the Sanskrit word for the vagina that is loosely translated as "sacred space" or "Sacred Temple."
In Tantra, the Yoni is seen from a perspective of love and respect. This is the centre of our femininity and wisdom. She gives us pleasure, holds space for the creation of life, guides us, loves us and when it is time, she completely surrenders, opens fully and allows your baby to gently ease their way into this world. What a miraculous organ.
After birth, our Yoni's are swollen, tender and sore. Spend time each day sending your sacred space thoughts of love and gratitude. Consume foods aimed at healing and strengthening such as sweet potatoes, cranberries, dark leafy greens, avocados, flaxseed and Soy. I know soy gets a bad name, but it’s actually full of phytoestrogens (a synthetic form of estrogens) that keep our vaginas well-lubricated. And we all like our vaginas well-lubricated. Aim for organic, unprocessed soy, like edamame.
Yoni massages are great for promoting healing and will help to release any energy blocks that may have occurred during labor and birth. I recommend using coconut oil. Coconut oil has many healing properties and makes an excellent personal lubricant. Generously apply the oil to the outside of your yoni and gently massage.
New mom's please remember not to insert anything into your yoni until you have been cleared to do so by your caregiver. Herbs, tinctures, salves and sitz baths are great for easing discomfort and assisting in the healing process.
Here is a recipe for an amazing sitz bath. I discovered this after I gave birth to my second baby.
* 1/2 cup Epsom salt
* 2 tablespoons baking soda
* 2 tablespoons witch hazel
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 8 drops lavender essential oil
* 8 drops chamomile essential oil
* Place all ingredients into a cotton muslin bag.
A sitz bath is a small tub that fits over your toilet and allows you to sit in warm water up to your hips. You can buy a sitz bath at your local medical supply store or online. Fill the sitz bath three-fourths of the way with warm water. Add the ingredients listed below and soak for 20 minutes. If you choose to use your bathtub instead of a sitz bath, you can double or triple the recipe. Herbal baths can help you relax, speed up healing, help repair damaged tissue. All of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery and health food store.
This natural detoxifier will provided the needed minerals to help the body heal quickly. It can also
This relaxing floral scent and was an important ingredient in ancient Roman Baths. It is not only promotes restfulness, but is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and an antioxidant.
An ancient herb used for hemorrhoid relief and treatment is known for its anti-inflmmatory and astringent properties.
This herb has an relaxing scent an is helpful to soothe anxiety, and inflammation. It is also a natural antibiotic, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.
Image below courtesy of Mommypotamus
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