The Healing Power of the Postpartum Sitz Bath

by Lauren Gaines

The Healing Power of the Postpartum Sitz Bath

You can create your own soothing sitz bath at home.


Are you finding time to heal your postpartum body while caring for your new bundle of joy? When you’re juggling feeding sessions, diaper changes, and other essential duties, all on a lack of sleep and with fluctuating emotions, it can be easy to ignore your body’s physical needs. Labor and delivery take a toll on your body. It’s essential to help the healing process along. If you take care of yourself, you will have more energy and strength to care for your new baby.


A herbal sitz bath may speed up your body’s natural healing process. 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 and help with hemorrhoids.


Here are the ingredients you will need for your herbal sitz bath:


  • 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