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Ask any woman who has given birth and she will most certainly tell you one of the most useful items to have on hand postpartum is a little jar of cooling wipes for the very sensitive areas that have gone through significant trauma from birth. Postpartum, many new moms are looking for natural hemorrhoid treatment, perineal cleansing and healing care, and non-toxic recipes for postpartum healing. A popular product, under the brand name “Tucks” wipes, are marketed as hemorrhoid treatment, but also help with a sore perineum, swelling, tearing, and other issues that come up after childbirth.
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However, although the active ingredient is witch hazel, many of the other ingredients in these wipes are very undesirable if you are attempting to stay away from harsh chemicals and additives in toiletries. The most upsetting of these ingredients are two forms of parabens, propylparabens and methylparabens, which are known endocrine disruptors. Thankfully, it is very easy to make your own DIY version of Tucks wipes with natural ingredients sure to be a favorite among postpartum moms.
In an attempt to make a DIY copycat of the Tucks recipes, I of course included witch hazel which is a postpartum mom’s best friend. Known for its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, it is a necessary tool to have at all times when recovering from childbirth. I also included aloe vera juice, as aloe vera is also anti-inflammatory, cooling, and healing. In the spirit of simplicity (because who has time for complex DIYs when 9 months pregnant?), I only included one more optional ingredient: hydrosol.
Hydrosols are the product made with the water layer formed during essential oil distillation. Many hydrosols are great for this kind of sensitive care, as they have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, calming, and healing properties but are also incredibly gentle. If you have them on hand, lavender, German chamomile, helichrysum, and calendula hydrosols would all make excellent additions to this solution. More on the properties of hydrosols HERE.
- 1 cup alcohol free witch hazel
- 1/2 cup aloe vera juice
- 2-4 teaspoons of hydrosol (I used German chamomile in mine) (shop at Pompeii Organics or Aromatics International)
- package of cotton rounds, cotton ovals or lactation pads (whatever you have on hand that can absorb and double as a wipe)
- large glass jars
- Mix together in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Place as many cotton rounds or ovals into a 12 oz jar to 16 oz jar as possible, mix the solution, and pour over slowly as the cotton absorbs the liquid. Once poured over, add more cotton rounds or ovals by slowly pressing down until all the liquid is absorbed.
- Seal and store in the refrigerator, or use within a few days if left in the bathroom.
- Keep the solution in a peri-bottle next to the toilet for rinses.
- Store it in a spray bottle in the refrigerator for quick cooling relief.
- Spray on menstrual pads and freeze to create “padsicles”.
Be mindful this solution does not include preservatives and is a water based solution, therefore it should live in the refrigerator until use. (the coolness of the temperature is also very soothing.)
I hope this helps your postpartum journey feel a bit more pleasant, and I am excited to have such a solution on hand for my upcoming childbirth and recovery!
What do you like to use for sensitive postpartum care?
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