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Nurturing Your Body: Herbal Healing and Nutrition in the Postpartum Period

Congratulations Momma! Welcoming a precious bundle of joy into the world is a magical experience, but it's essential to remember that your body needs time to heal and recover after childbirth. The postpartum period is a time of physical transformation and adjustment, and prioritizing your own well-being is key to a smooth recovery. Let's delve into some holistic approaches to physical healing during this sacred time, including herbal remedies, soothing baths, and nourishing foods.


Healing Birth-related Trauma



Childbirth is a miraculous journey, but it can also leave behind physical reminders of the process. Whether you experienced tears, episiotomies, or cesarean incisions, proper wound care is paramount to promote healing. In addition to following your healthcare provider's recommendations, you may find comfort in herbal remedies such as vaginal steaming. Vaginal steaming, also known as yoni steaming, involves sitting over a pot of gently steaming herbs to promote healing and circulation in the pelvic region. Click here for instructions on how to set up at home. Herbs like calendula, chamomile, and white sage are commonly used for their soothing, cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties (postpartum v-steaming herbs can be found here.)


Uterine Involution


As your body adjusts to life post-pregnancy, it undergoes a remarkable process known as uterine involution, where the uterus gradually returns to its pre-pregnancy size. Understanding and supporting this natural process can aid in your physical recovery. Along with vaginal steaming, herbal teas containing uterine-toning herbs like raspberry leaf and nettle can help support uterine involution and promote overall wellness. Enjoy a warm cup of our herbal postpartum tea as you rest and nurture your body during this transformative time.


Restoration of Energy Levels


Childbirth is an energy-intensive process, and it's normal to feel depleted in the days and weeks following delivery. Rest and proper nutrition are essential for replenishing your energy levels and supporting your body's healing journey. In addition to getting adequate rest, incorporating nutrient-dense foods into your diet can provide the fuel your body needs to thrive. Its important to focus on warming recipes like bone broth, stews and soups to help replenish the warmth lost with the lost of blood. Here are a few examples of nutritious foods to include in your postpartum diet:


- Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are packed with vitamins and minerals, including iron and folate, which are important for replenishing depleted stores postpartum. Add them to your stews and soups for added nutrition.


- Lean Protein: Incorporate sources of lean protein such as chicken, fish, tofu, and legumes into your meals to support tissue repair and muscle recovery.


- Healthy Fats: Avocado, nuts, seeds, and olive oil are rich in healthy fats that provide sustained energy and support hormone production.


Herbal Baths


Indulging in a soothing herbal bath can be a luxurious way to pamper yourself while promoting relaxation and healing. Starting at 5-7 days postpartum, a relaxing herbal bath with magnesium flakes can really help with muscle tension and healing. Adding herbs like rose, chamomile, and calendula to your bath can soothe sore muscles, reduce inflammation, and calm your mind. Simply steep a handful of dried herbs in hot water, strain, and add the herbal infusion to your bath for a blissful soak.


 

The postpartum period is a time of profound transformation, both physically and emotionally. By prioritizing self-care, nourishing your body with healing foods, and incorporating herbal remedies into your routine, you can support your body's natural healing processes and embrace this sacred time of transition with grace and ease. Remember to listen to your body, be gentle with yourself, and seek support from loved ones and healthcare providers as needed. Wishing you a peaceful and restorative postpartum journey! Click here to get your postpartum care box which includes all of the herbs you will need for this healing time.



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