In China, it is common for a postpartum mother to only eat and drink warm foods and beverages. It is thought that a new mother is cold for the first 40 days postpartum. According to TCM, a postpartum woman is cool because she has lost Qi (the life force) due to loss of blood. In order to return her body to homeostasis, we must warm the mother by only giving her stews, broths, tea, etc. By steaming the placenta, a tonifying or warming food, it helps the mother return to baseline.
photo courtesy of Justin Tsucalas.
I encapsulate placentas using the Traditional Chinese Method. The steaming process creates a rich broth loaded with the vitamins and minerals that can aide in mom’s recovery. In an effort to give the mother the benefits of her placenta before her capsules are even completed, I make my clients a cup of tea with the leftover placenta broth. By doing this mom is able to reap every last drop of the placenta’s benefits and nothing is wasted. By drinking the tea, she is able to warm her body, contributing to her recovery. Many of my moms have even noticed a difference in their milk supply after consuming the tea. The placenta broth may also be frozen in ice cube trays and added to soups or other drinks.
As you can probably imagine, it is not uncommon for women to experience some discomfort after giving birth. Their perineum and muscles are understandably sore and if they experienced any tearing, they may be uncomfortable for a longer period of time. Many moms find that a postpartum herbal bath soak can help alleviate some of their pain and discomfort, in addition to offering relaxation.
The Nurturing Root is now offering new moms a postpartum herbal bath to soothe and heal sore and tender perineal tissue after birth. Made with 8 different healing herbs, this bath is just what a new mama needs to find comfort after birth.
To create an herbal brew, the contents of the jar should be boiled in water, allowed to steep for 20-minutes, and strained. The brew can be added to a hot bath or added to a peri-bottle to rinse off after using the bathroom. My most favorite use, and one I often used after my homebirth, is to pour some of the herbal brew on a maxi pad and freeze it. The pad can be used as a perineal ice pack, which can not only help with perineal discomfort, but with hemorrhoids as well. You can even treat baby’s umbilical stump!
The quart-size jar of postpartum herbs sells for $20. We also carry an 8oz. postpartum herbal bath for $5. To add this service to your encapsulation package, email Carmen.