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Marijke's After-Birth Sitz Bath

For gently soothing and healing your perineum

Recipe is for two baths (take two baths per day)


  • 1 oz Uva Ursi Leaves
  • 1 oz Myrhh Gum Powder
  • 1/3 oz Shredded Slippery Elm Bark
  • 1/3 oz Comfrey Leaves
  • 12 chopped cloves of fresh garlic (note: the cloves are the little numerous bulblets, not the bulb)
  • 1 Cup of Sea Salt

Bring one gallon of water to a boil. Place the herbs and chopped garlic in a clean 1 gallon glass jar or metal pot. Pour the boiling hot water over the herbs (do not boil the herbs), cover and let stand until cool.

Strain the "tea" soon after it is cool. This is good for two sitz baths. (Pour 1/2 of the strained tea plus 1/2 cup of the salt into a very clean tub and add warm/hot water (to comfort) until about six-eight inches deep. Soak in the bath for about 30 minutes. Do not rinse off the "tea," just pat yourself dry after the bath. Marijke recommends at least three days of sitz baths after birth.

Enjoy, rest and remember to kegel! (Always check with your doctor or midwife before using any new product after birth.)

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