After your birth, you may be healing from stitches and/or experiencing perineal tenderness. Depending on the extent of trauma, the wound could be tender for days or even several weeks; “Padsicles” can really help to soothe a sore perineum.
The Matraea midwives have created a blend of herbs that help with pain and healing when used as a sitz bath or a perineal soak to reduce swelling of the perineum after delivery.
Soothing Perineal Wash works to promote well-being by combining herbs that may reduce itching and inflammation while encouraging the healthy growth oftissue.
Kaya Edwards from Cowichan Doula has shared her recipe for soothing tender bits with natural ingredients you probably already have around the house. You can make this recipe as is, or add Soothing Perineal Wash for additional support.
How to Make Padsicles
You will need:
- Heavy flow feminine pads.
- Witch hazel
- Pure aloe vera gel
- Spray bottle
- Tin foil or plastic wrap
- Optional: lavender essential oil
- Optional: Matraea Soothing Perineal Wash
Step 1: Fill up the spray bottle with witch hazel and add 5-10 drops of your essential oil and/or 1/2 cup of brewed Soothing Perineal Wash.
Step 2: Open up the pads and spread a thin layer of aloe along the surface using a clean spatula.
Step 3: Spray the pad with your mixture until it is wet but not soaked.
Step 4: Wrap the flat pads with tin foil or plastic wrap and lay them flat, in the freezer.
Step 5: To use, simply unwrap and place over top of a dry pad in your underwear to soothe and heal your tender areas.
Any leftover mix makes a great perineal wash to apply with the use of your peri-bottle.