I put out my first 'Wellness Wednesday' blog last week, and as I said I will begin this blog series by highlighting one medicinal herb found in my Herbal Sitz Bath remedy (see recipe below.) I have eight more lovely herbs to highlight and this week my focus will be on Shepard's Purse.
Shepherd's Purse is an astringent herb, meaning it constricts blood vessels, thus reducing blood flow both topically and internally. It's many uses include treating a nosebleed, a heavy menstrual period, or a cut that won’t stop. Home birth midwives often carry this herb to treat excessive uterine bleeding post birth.
Medicinally this herb is best known for it's:
* anti-inflammatory properties
* astringent properties
* ability to stimulate smooth muscles
* ability to increase uterine contractions
Why it's a lovely addition to the postpartum herbal sitz bath:
* It's anti-inflamatory properties help with soreness and swelling
* It's astringent properties aid in the treatment of hemorrhoids
Herbal Sitz Bath Recipe: (This recipe yields 3 baths)
* 1/3 cup organic Calendula Flowers
* 1/4 cup organic Shepherd’s Purse
* 1/4 cup organic Uva Ursi
* 1/3 cup organic Comfrey Leaf
* 1/2 cup organic Lavender Flowers
* 1/4 cup organic Plantain Leaf
* 1/2 cup organic Red Raspberry Leaf
* 1/3 cup organic Yarrow Flower
* 1/4 cup organic Burdock
* Mix all dry herbs in glass jar with lid (can be stored in cool dark room up to 1 year)
* For Bath: add 1 cup of the mixed herbs to 2 quarts of boiling water. Remove water from heat and allow to steep a minimum of 20 minutes. Strain the herbs and add to the bath soaking 20 minutes. You can make batches in advance and store in a sealed container in fridge.
* Brew the above ratios and add to a Peri Bottle for use after going to the bathroom.
Shepherd's Purse increases uterine contractions, avoid during pregnancy.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and am not prescribing any specific treatment. You should always check with your medical professional before introducing any new remedy into your regimen. I am not liable for any contraindications that may occur as a result of above remedies.