Here we are, already on week 3 of my Wellness Wednesday posts. I must say I'm really enjoying writing these blogs! I have such deep respect for plant medicine, and believe strongly in our ability to heal naturally. As I mentioned previously i'm beginning the Wellness Wednesday series by highlighting one medicinal herb found in my Herbal Sitz Bath remedy (see recipe below.) I have seven more lovely herbs to highlight, this week my focus is on Uva Ursi. You may know this herb by it's more commonly used name bearberry, it received the name based on the bears enjoyment of the berries on this plant. Though for herbal medicinal purposes only the leaf of this plant is used. Uva Ursi is most commonly used in the natural health world for bladder and kidney infections as it can reduce bacteria in the urine. Uva Ursi also contains allantoin which is the chemical sought out in garlic for fighting infections. Uva Ursi is even believed to be able to kill E. Coli bacteria along with a whole host of other bacterium. Knowing that e-coli is often responsible for female infections, and knowing how susceptible a postpartum perineum is, this herb is a perfect addition to my postpartum sitz bath remedy.
Medicinally this herb is best known for it's:
* anti-bacterial properties
* anti-inflammatory properties
* astringent properties
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
* It's anti-bacterial properties aid in the prevention of infection
* It's ability to soothe, tighten and strengthen inflamed and wounded tissue
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.
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.