Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Karli Von Herbulis who lives just outside of Baltimore, MD with her husband Matt and their daughter, Hallelujah, born January 2014! She is the blogger behind Feed Me, Mama, as well as the co-author of Set Apart: Becoming a Woman of Virtue in a Modern World. She is passionate about natural health, home remedies, and responsible consumerism- she believes that each action we take is one that builds the Lord’s Kingdom. Karli is excited to be a mama and to raise her daughter up in the way of the Lord. Karli would love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!
One of my favorite projects to prepare for the birth of my daughter was making ‘Padsicles.’ These frozen pads of postpartum healing goodness are so easy to make, and they are full of great ingredients to speed the healing of the perineum and surrounding areas!
How to Make Padsicles
You’ll need the following supplies:
- Feminine pads (any kind- we recommend either chemical free pads or cloth pads)
- Witch Hazel (astringent, helps to close pores and heal skin)
- Aloe Vera gel — the pure kind
- Lavender Essential Oil (calms swelling or inflammation of the skin, supports cellular regeneration)
- Frankincense Essential Oil (supports tissue regeneration, prevents scarring)
- Rosemary Essential Oil (fights infection and inflammation, strengthens muscles)
- Geranium Essential Oil (helps heal broken capillaries, conditions skin)
- Small Spray Bottle
- Aluminum Foil
Step 1: Fill your small spray bottle about halfway up with witch hazel.
Step 2: Add 5-10 drops of each essential oil.
Step 3: Top off with witch hazel.
Step 4: Open up feminine pads and spread with a thin layer of aloe with clean hands.
Step 5: Spray with spray bottle mixture- enough to dampen the pad but not soak it through- you want to preserve some of the absorbency of the pads for postpartum needs.
Step 6: Let dry a little bit, then wrap with aluminum foil and store in freezer. Your padsicles are done! After baby, use 3-4 pads per day straight from the freezer to soothe and heal!
BONUS: The spray bottle mixture is a perfect perineum healing spray! When I had my daughter, I took this bottle with me to the birth center and would spray my perineal area each time I would go to the bathroom. I would also spray my other regular pads before I would put them on to get even more healing benefits from the oils & witch hazel!
What are your best postpartum healing tricks? Have you ever made padsicles?