My All Natural and DIY Postpartum Kit!

With my due date just over three weeks away (eeeee!!!!), I figured now was a good time to put together my all natural postpartum kit! While I am opting for an epidural for my first baby, I am going to try my best to go the natural route post birth. I’m not saying I’m not going to pop a Tylenol here and there, but as with most things, I love using more natural remedies to help or speed along the healing process. My hope here is that my small kit will ease the recovery pains!

My kit is not all-inclusive, by any means, and there are SO many more things you could add! Personally, I am using what I had on hand (did I mention I love being thrifty, too??) and there are some other things I would have added if I had them (ahem, Frankincense essential oil). My essential oil and loose herb stash have slowly dwindled since I haven’t been using them as much during pregnancy, so when I went to add them to my homemade remedies, I found that I was short on a few things. But hey, I think what I have on hand will work perfectly fine!

natural-postpartum-kitMy wonderful, all natural and DIY postpartum kit! 🙂

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1. Lactation Support and Belly Soothing Tincture. This herbal infusion contains some fennel seed, to promote healthy lactation, and peppermint, to help soothe the stomach. I have heard that peppermint can inhibit lactation, but I’ve also heard that it is beneficial to settling a stomach during pregnancy and postpartum. I love peppermint and feel comfortable using it in a tincture form, so decided to add it to my fennel seed concoction! Initially, I used food-grade glycerin as a non-alcoholic base, but when I realized HOW LATE I was making this (hello, baby brain!) I added in some vodka. I happened to only have the vodka that has been steeping vanilla beans for the past year or so, so I just poured some of that in.. Since you only consume a few drops of tinctures due to their high potency, I feel okay with the small amount of vanilla alcohol! Also, my failure to make this earlier than now makes me think that alcohol will do a better and quicker job of absorbing the helpful properties of the herbs. This guy gets shaken daily until the birth, when I’ll strain it into a new jar with a dropper and add it to my drinks!

2. Nursing Balm. This was super important to me to make myself, since the baby will ingest this every time he feeds. Some people recommend wiping off nipple creams, nursing balms, and other things used before latching, but honestly, I feel that something will be left behind. I feel better knowing that my little guy will be consuming things that won’t hurt him. Obviously, babies can develop allergies to anything, so essentially you have to be careful with anything used, but at least I know what is in my balm and can eliminate ingredients as needed (as opposed to buying different premade products and wasting them). I melted together coconut oil and olive oil, then infused calendula flowers on a low simmer for around 4-5 hours. If you had the time, you could definitely leave everything in a jar to infuse over a six week period, or left it outside for a solar infusion, but I just don’t have the time! After I felt the calendula was adequately infused in the oils, I drained them out and poured the oils into a pint mason jar. Initially, I wanted to add in some beeswax for moisturizing properties and to thicken the balm into more of a salve consistency, but seeing as we just moved, I CANNOT for the LIFE OF ME find my beeswax! Oh well, this oil mixture will due. Since it is getting colder, the coconut oil has solidified and it is more of a balm consistency, any way. The calendula is known for its soothing properties and will prevent the nipples from becoming dry, sore, and cracked. The coconut oil is antiviral and antibacterial, and has incredible moisturizing properties. The olive oil puts it over the top by adding in tons of extra moisture. Obviously, any sort of mixture of these ingredients would be super beneficial, just be sure to steer clear of anything that is not safe for baby consumption, like essential oils!

3. Postpartum Healing Hydrosol Spray. This was one of the first things I wanted to make for myself post birth! One of my biggest fears about giving birth is the physical healing process, especially in and around the vaginal area. For whatever reason, that has always worried me. I don’t want the physical pain to cause me to not want to have any more children. This may sound silly to some, but it has always been a genuine concern of mine! I also never wanted to be in so much physical pain that I cannot care for my baby. So, this spray is (hopefully!) going to ease the pain and help heal my body. Witch hazel, which has been used for years for its toning and balancing properties, serves as the base. I’ve never used witch hazel before and bought it specifically for this hydrosol (it was THAT important to me!) and hope it works up to its claims. Other than that, I added six drops each of lavender and chamomile essential oils. I feel like these two are so common and do not any sort of explanation, but I’ll give it to you: lavender helps soothe, relax, and heal, while being antibacterial. Chamomile is soothing to the skin, and helps relax in aromatherapy recipes. Both are going to promote healing of the area and all three ingredients will reduce swelling and inflammation. I’m going to spray this on myself multiple times a day, and may even soak a pad for extra exposure to the beneficial and healing aspects.

4. Pregnancy/Postpartum Pain Relief Oil Spray. This has the same idea as the postpartum healing hydrosol, with the lavender and chamomile, except in oil form! I’ve used this multiple times during my pregnancy so far, since I have suffered from terrible back/sciatic pain. Luckily, the pain has eased up a bit, so I haven’t had to rely on it in a while, but it is effective as a natural pain reliever. Just put in a few drops of lavender and chamomile essential oils in a base- I currently am using apricot oil- and viola! A pregnancy friendly pain relief oil. Obviously, this doesn’t have to be in spray form and can be stored in a different glass jar/bottle, but this is the easiest for me to use without mess! I’m planning on rubbing this on my back and stomach to help with uterine cramping.



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5. Heating Pad. I have this really cool heating pad that heats up for about an hour, then you boil it to make it room temperature again. It’s called Clickit Hot, or something like that. I like it because it is not connected to a wire or has to be plugged in, so you can literally take it anywhere without worrying about the cord. Heating pads have always been a must have for me during my monthly period cramping, and have proved beneficial with leg cramps during this pregnancy. I’ll definitely be using it for backaches and uterine cramping.

6. Boyfriend/Husband/Spouse/Etc. Okay, okay, this is not a necessity, but believe me, a relaxing muscle massage feels SO much better when someone else does it for you! My boyfriend has been incredible and has provided massages when I really needed them throughout my pregnancy. I know he’ll be this awesome after, when I’m experiencing other types of pain.

Obviously, there are tons of other items that can be added to any postpartum kit! There are things that are a given, such as large pads or bleeding and pain relieving meds (just in case!). Also, be sure to research your ingredients and make sure they are breastfeeding/baby friendly, since there is a good chance anything you use will come in contact with your baby!

What are some things you’re adding to your postpartum kit? Are you going the natural route, too??

Love always,

Halle

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