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Freeze Your Own Postnatal Pads

Midwives and doctors will often recommend freezing some menstrual pads to use after you give birth to help sooth your perineum.  You can make them with plain water, witch hazel or a soothing herbal bath.  While water will provide you with some topical relief, witch hazel or a herbal bath will have the added benefits of healing properties as well.

I used my own product – Mum & Babe Herbal Sitz Bath – to soak the pads.  It has the following herbs:

  • Calendula flowers
  • Sheppard’s Purse herb
  • Witch Hazel bark
  • Marshmallow root
  • Lavender flowers
  • Plantain leaf


  • If you’re using herbs, blend them together in a bowl mixing well

  • Using a Mason jar make a strong decoction of herbs
    • Fill the Mason jar approximately 1/3 of the way
    • Place a knife in the jar to absorb some of the heat and fill with boiling water
    • Let the herbs sit for at least 4 hours

  • Filter out the herb material
    • Use a fine filter to ensure there is no herb material left in the decoction as it may be irritating your perineum
    • If you don’t plan on making your pads right away the decoction can be stored in the fridge for up to 48 hours

  • Pour your decoction into clean spray bottle

  • Prepare your menstrual pads
    • I used 3 disposable and 3 reusable cotton pads
      • If your disposable pads have wings, use a pair of scissors to cut them separate so you don’t have to remove the adhesive tape

  • Spray your pads with herbal bath (witch hazel or plain water)

  • Use wax paper to separate the pads so they won’t stick together in the freezer
  • Place them in a freezer bag for future use

Thanks for joining me today. I hope these postnatal herbal pads work as well for you as they did for me.


Herbally yours,