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As labor approaches, I’m putting together a natural labor and postpartum care kit so I am ready to go for whatever situation arises! This kit includes some homeopathy, some essential oils, some herbs, and a few other items. You never know how labor is going to progress, or what you are going to want or need. It’s good to be prepared beforehand with a few natural remedies and other items to prepare for your natural childbirth with a labor and postpartum kit.
Some of this I will bring to the hospital with me, some of it I will not. If you are having a home birth, you don’t have to worry about that, but if you aren’t, it is just important to decide what you think you will need for the remainder of labor depending on how far you are and how things are going! Read What I Plan to Bring to the Hospital for Natural Birth.
I made the labor essential oil blend from My Darla Clementine to have on hand which includes Lavender, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Sweet Orange to help with pain and relaxation. It can be diluted to a massage blend or diffused.
I prediluted my labor potion blend into a massage oil so it’s ready to go, but I put it in a roller bottle so only a small amount will come out and not overwhelm my senses.
I put these in an aromatherapy inhaler, so it can be easily grabbed and used, thrown in a bag, etc. Many oils can be used for this, but here are some recipes (use three drops each):
- Peppermint, Ginger, Lemon
- Spearmint, Ginger, Sweet Orange
- Ginger, Lemon, Grapefruit
You may or may not be up for smell, but it is nice to have the diffuser plugged in and ready should you need a boost.
Take two tennis balls and tape them together with masking tape; ideal for pressure points during back labor.
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In order to get in the right mindset, I’m finding quotes, sayings, and songs that prepare me mentally and emotionally so I can stay strong during labor. This doesn’t just have to be the usual birth affirmation type saying, it can be anything that speaks to you.
This handy little postpartum cooling blend of witch hazel, aloe vera, and hydrosol, can be added to homemade cooling wipes, stored in the fridge in a spray bottle for relief, added to a peri-bottle for cleansing power, or sprayed on pads which are then frozen to create padsicles.
If you go to the hospital, they will have these for you. If not, they are very nice to have on hand for postpartum. Find one HERE. You can fill it with water or with the cooling blend, and spray it on sensitive areas as needed or during postpartum bathroom trips.
Postpartum Herbal Bath
An herbal sitz bath is incredibly beneficial for soothing and healing postpartum, so I made up a little mixture to have ready to go. I am basing it off this postpartum herbal healing blend from The Happy Herbal Home. It includes epsom salt, red raspberry leaf, dandelion, chamomile, yarrow, and alfalfa.
- Numbing Spray (Not natural, but absolutely necessary if you have tearing)
- Headphones and Music
- Oversize Walmart Panties
- Maxi Pads
- Donut Pillow
- Ice Packs
- Preparation H with Lidocaine (Not natural ingredients, but if you suffer from hemorrhoids this may be necessary for a few days.)
What are you stocking in your natural labor and postpartum kit?