Perineal Healing Tips
I don't know about you, but I needed a few stitches when my daughter was born (she decided to shoot out like Superwoman with one fist charging our straight in front of her head). Perineal healing herbs were an invaluable asset to have handy. When you're sore like that, you want to have some arrows in your quiver.
Here are some ideas for using our Perineal Healing Herbs:
NOTE: These herbs are not to be taken internally - It is for topical use only.
Brew a tea (for a sitz bath, not to drink!)
Begin by making a strong infusion of your herbs:
Bring two cups of water to a boil then remove from heat. Pour the water over two heaping
teaspoons of herbs and cover. A wide mouth jar or teapot is useful. Allow the mixture to
steep for at least half an hour (overnight is best) then strain well. Keep any unused mixture
in the refrigerator for up to three days.
A sitz bath is a basin that fits over a toilet, allowing you to soak your perineal area without
having to take a full bath each time.
Fill your sitz bath with two cups of your brewed herbal tea and 6 to 10 cups of warm water. You
may use cold water if there is inflammation or swelling. Sit and soak for 10-20 minutes, 1-3
times daily (can alternate between a sitz bath and a bath). You may also add in 1/4-1/3 cup
Add the full two cups of Perineal wash tea to your bath water, or try our Perineal Wash
Bath Bags, which you can simply toss in your bath and steep. You may choose to add 1
cup of Epsom Salts.
A favorite! Peri Bottles are plastic squirt bottles that allow you to squirt water out as you go
to the bathroom or for cleaning (instead of wiping -especially if you are still feeling sore or
sensitive) when you are finished. It can greatly reduce stinging during urination. The tea
may be used undiluted or add some hot water to make it warm. It is handy to have a bottle
ready in your bathroom at all times. The bottle is also useful for people with hemorrhoids
and during menstruation - just add water or other useful herbs for the different situations.
Soak a washcloth in the cooled mixture and apply to the sore area. You may soak a
maternity pad and wear it for continuous healing. Many women find great relief when the
soaked pads have been cooled in the refrigerator. You may wear an additional dry pad or
folded blue underpad inside disposable mesh panties to keep your seats dry.
- Jill and Paul Colpitts