Mama + Me sent through some extra info on the ingredients in their Post Partum Bath Soak. I found this fascinating so thought I would put up a blog post for those interested in natural healing options for post partum recovery.
Their soaks are made in small artisan batches using only high quality pure therapeutic grade essential oils which have been diluted to be gentle and safe for postpartum recovery. The soaks improve blood flow, reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote general healing & restoration.
Ingredients that they put into the soak to help mums post birth include:
Comfrey which contains allantoin, a cell proliferate that helps repair damaged skin and is very valuable in the treatment of wounds, scars and bruises.
Raspberry Leaf to reduce swelling and promote tissue repair topically.
Yarrow has been used to stop wound bleeding. It also has been reported to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding and pain. The plant has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling in wounds and also fights bacterial infections.
Lavender which is excellent for aching muscles, relaxation & stress relief. It is purported to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects.
Plantain which has long been considered by herbalists to be a useful remedy for wounds and inflamed skin due to it's anti-inflammatory and healing effects The tannins (astringent) and allantoin (promotes wound healing, speeds up cell regrowth/healing and softens skin) in plantain are considered the major factors in making it a mild anti-inflammatory.
Chamomile which has anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant and sedative properties.
Calendula which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula may help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue.
Rose petals and leaves which are reliable astringents that can tighten and tone tissues. Astringents can be used on wounds to pull the tissues back together or to decrease excess secretions.
All of the above is useful regardless of whether the delivery is vaginal or by c-section.