Also know as the Aaaahhhhh relief spray!
I actually made up a quick batch of this spray when i was in early labour - thats how easy it is to prepare. I'd bought all the ingredients needed before hand (I already had some of them in the cupboard) and when my water broke 11 days early, i quickly whipped this up so that it was ready for when i came home after baby had arrived.
As this was my first baby i had no idea what the post birth healing process would be like, but i presumed it wouldn't be pretty. I was petrified of tearing (note: i did tear a bit, didn't even realise, had to ask the midwife afterwards if i had, so don't over worry about this like i did) and wanted to be prepared with natural products to help myself heal.
I researched what would be the most healing ingredients to use and made up a really simple recipe that worked a treat for me.
You will need
- Witch Hazel - aids with soothing and the healing process, naturally antiseptic and antibacterial and reduces swelling.
- Aloe Vera (i scraped the gel from my plant in my kitchen but you can buy gel from shops if you dont have a plant) soothes and relieves swelling and discomfort
- Frankincense essential oil - helps to heal any tears, broken skin and irritation; it also prevents scarring - One of the best oils there is - its pretty pricey but will last forever as you only need a few drops.
- Clary Sage essential oil - An effective anti-fungal, helps to re-tone the area and also relieves pain and cramping - This should already be on your to buy list if prepping for birth as its a great oil to have when you go into labour either on a cloth or in a diffuser (do not use before labour though as it can bring on contractions)
- Lavender essential oil - calms swelling or inflammation of the skin, supports regeneration - also smells wonderful and will make you feel fresher.
Fill a glass spray bottle 3/4 way with your Witch Hazel.
Add around 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel.
Add 2 - 4 drops of each of the essential oils
Shake bottle and store in the fridge until you need to use. Spray liberally after showering and going to the loo. Don't worry about how much of this you use, the cooling effect is so lovely i used it a few times a day.
I also soaked some big/thick Maxi Pads with this mixture, wrapped them in tin foil and put them in the freezer for extra relief in those first few days post birth. Just take out the freezer and remove from foil when you want an extra bit of relief.
I'm really glad i made this up, its one of the essentials that made a real difference to my recovery.
Let me know if you decide to make this yourself, maybe you have some recommendations of other ingredients that could be added? i'd love to hear in the comments below if you do.
Thanks and good luck!