Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
Your postpartum journey is exactly that-difficult. Your journey back to physical vitality that brings you deeper into the realm of motherhood and womanhood, we forget to consider the journey there equally as beautiful. Even in the midst of the difficulty. It can be brutal, but it can be beautiful all the same. That’s what we are focusing on this week. Not avoiding the swelling, bleeding, and emotional lulls that accompany this period, but rather embracing them, preparing for them, and tackling them as gracefully as one possibly can.
I hope you loved our week 2 broadcast, and I’m so excited that you were able to meet my sweet new Etta girl! Broadcasting a mere 3 days after her birth was never something that I ever imagined myself doing, but what better time to be sincerely honest and vulnerable about the benefits of holistically embracing the postpartum period. If you didn’t catch the broadcast when it aired “live” or any of the replays, you can watch it now by following this link!
To recap this broadcast, we discussed recovery emotionally + physically from labor and delivery. The emotional suggestions apply to all methods of delivery,while the physical component pertains to vaginal deliveries.
The ingredients that I chose in the following recipes are all delicately chosen with the physiology behind healing + their mechanisms of action kept in mind. Further research, if you’d like to do some yourself can be done using PubMed or various university studies. The University of Maryland’s Medical Center is a great aromatherapy resource. Your lifestyle, and the vitality of your body when using intentional approaches is the best resource of all. Let your life shine so others can learn from your well being 🙂
While we are discussing ingredients, let’s be honest, you can buy the cheaper alternatives to most everything I mention, but you are defraying the point of a pure and sensitive recovery. Choose pure and clean options for as much as possible. If you’re like me, and have little local access to many items, Amazon is an amazing resource. I’ve created a shop that contains all of the items I mention today (save the essential oils). All items can be added to an Amazon cart and purchased seamlessly. Visit the shop here. Any essential oil questions you have can be asked directly through the blog via my contact form, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now for the recipes! Download the printable PDF of all 4 recipes here!
Tip: print onto Avery Postcard templates for easy separation into individual recipe cards! Find the templates in my Amazon shop!
We want to start with cold for the first 24-48 hours, then switch to heat. For cold, we use “padsicles” which are pretty much the most rockin’ postpartum tool. You apply a liquid solution and aloe gel to a pad, freeze it, then use it like you would a regular pad, and it’s so soothing and amazing! Have a family member who will be coming visit you soon after birth tote them up there in an icechest, or pack them in an icechest or ice bag yourself and bring to the hospital with you, then either you’ll luck out and get a fridge/freezer in your own room, or you can ask the nurses to keep them in their freezer! Yes, they’re still absorbent, and no they won’t defrost and leave you with wet pants. This recipe seems like a tricky one, but it’s really not! Here’s the steps:
Make your “liquid mixture” first. This is the same mixture that you will use for the Peri Pads, so I make the mixture for both at the same time, and then separate as needed for each recipe.
For the full batch of liquid to make both recipes mix:
1/2 cup witch hazel
1 TBS Aloe Vera Gel
10 drops dōTERRA lavender oil
10 drops dōTERRA melaleuca oil
10 drops dōTERRA frankincense oil
10 drops dōTERRA helichrysum oil
1/4 cup of the above mixture will be used for peri pads, and 1/4 cup will be used for padsicles
Now, choose your feminine pads, cut parchment paper to fit over the surface, apply 1 tbs aloe vera gel to pad and spread over surface, then add 1 tsp of your liquid mixture, cover with parchment paper, refold, tape shut, and freeze. I chose to do 16 pads, but you can adjust as needed! I made this little video to help better demonstrate the process!
2. Peri Pads
The peri pads are super simple to make, and take the place of those store bought alternatives. Bonus: if you use the rose petal witch hazel, they smell amazing, and what better way to make those immediate postpartum bathroom trips more bearable than the invigorating aroma of roses!
All you need to do is:
Place cotton rounds in an 8 ounce mason jar (or repurposed glass jar of around the same size)
pour 1/4 cup of liquid mixture made in “padsicle” recipe over the top, close, shake, and place in fridge, or next to toilet! Place number of rounds needed over pad (regular pad, not frozen ones) for astringent benefit and skin support for perineum and any hemorrhoids!
3. Peri Spray
Some people find peri pads and peri spray pretty similar, and therefore choose one over the other, but I like having all of the support that I can get during that phase, so I recommend doing both! The beauty of including all 3 of these recipes is that you use exactly one bottle of witch hazel in the process (no wasted ingredients!)
You can use either an 8 oz or 16 oz spray bottle for this, the nifty part of using an 8 oz bottle is that you’ll have enough leftover to make a few smaller spray bottles to keep in your purse or diaper bag for on the go! All you do is give it a gentle shake, then spray onto your bottom when needed. I personally use this after a visit to the restroom, or after a shower. The astringent properties are so beneficial to healing, and the essential oil blend is so nourishing to your sore and recovering skin! Just add all ingredients to bottle using a funnel, and you’re all set!
4. Herbal Sachets
This recipe may seem a little left field for those of you who have never delved into dried herbs, and while I don’t use them as much as I do all other remedies, I do like to dabble from time to time. I do really love this recipe, and the aromatic benefits from it are just as pleasant. I have taken lots of baths in this blend over the last week, and my healing is coming along beautifully (too much information? :)) You can simply think of it as a postpartum tea for you to use in the bath to tenderly help sooth all of your lady bits!
While it may seem overwhelming, I found a bundle on Amazon that I have in my shop containing 3 of these 4 herbs needed, lucky you! You simply have to purchase that + the comfrey and you’re all set!
I made a funnel with some simple cardstock, mixed all of the ingredients in a large bowl, then added about 1/2 cup of mixture to each cotton muslin bag. I would boil water in my kettle about 30 minutes before I planned to soak in the tub, pour over one bag in a larger sized glass measuring cup, cover with a kitchen towel and let steep, then pour concentrate into a warm bath. I let the muslin bag float along with me so that I could inhale the herbs deeply from time to time (I know, I’m wild like that….)
Now let’s dig into some simple diffuser blends, printable PDF found here!
1.Lovely Little Mama
This blend is my ABSOLUTE favorite. I mixed these oils into an empty 5 ML bottle I had (I just multiplied the recipe), added a glass dropper, and had the blend ready to go for my family to easily add to my hospital diffuser, it was the BEST idea and made it super simple. Everyone who came into the room kept remarking how amazing it smelt, I had to write the blend down for quite a few people. One of my night nurses who came to take vitals told me she got excited every time she had to come into the room because she left feeling a little happier. It’s a crazy amazing blend, try it! I have it going throughout my house during the day too, such a beautiful boost for those postpartum blues that may try to trickle in!
2.Beautiful New Baby
This is a powerhouse blend for anxious feelings with that citrus + frankincense. Great for emotional balancing. I like rotating with the Lovely Little Mama blend, and I have this blended in a 5 ML bottle as well for easy diffusing!
3.The Simple Recovery
For those of you just starting out with oils, and may not have the oils I mentioned in the above 2 recipes, no worries, this blend using 2 simple oils can be crazy beneficial as well! Balance® is a proprietary bend from dōTERRA and contains lots of conifers oils (trees) as well as frankincense, for a deeply grounding and stabilizing feeling. Wild orange is a very uplifting citrus oil and can help whisk away feelings of stress and those emotional lulls!
For those of you who need it super simple, one bottle is all you need. Balance® is $20 at wholesale price, and can get you through those bleak days. One drop in your hand, cupped over nose, and inhaled = self diffusion. You can also add it to the diffuser, or to your bath for aromatic benefits that way. Apply to your wrists, neck, and temples during your morning routine. Great oil!
From the moment delivery ends. Drink water to quench thirst, it’s great to help with that first bowel movement (which may be super scary to think about!) and supports your milk supply if you’re nursing. I love my stainless steel tumbler, you can find them in a million different places these days! Don’t forget the stainless steel straw too! (do I need to annoyingly add that you can find them both in my Amazon store?)
Say “no” to toilet paper
Choose baby wipes instead. Nothing sounds more miserable to me than dry cloth touching those sensitive areas. I love Water Wipes, they are the gentlest wipes on the market with just water and grapefruit seed extract, so they’ll keep that sensitive area clean without any harsh additives.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s broadcast, and will share this information with everyone you know and love that would benefit! Invite a pregnant friend over for a fun DIY night, or gift her with these goodies, she’ll savor your love forever 🙂