When it comes to postpartum recovery, healing your lady parts is a priority. These frozen padsicles will help give you some much-needed comfort after birth!
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Talk to any new mom and she will probably joke about how she hasn’t showered in 3 days. She might mention her lack of sleep & how she lives on coffee. Or that she’s lucky to get through an entire meal without being interrupted.
What she might not be so open about is what its like dealing with a vagina that’s recovering from childbirth.
I know, its not exactly a topic for casual conversation. But its one we need to have. Because the uncomfortable stuff, the ugly stuff, is typically what we are least prepared for. So if you’re a first time mama-to-be, I suggest checking out my post on Postpartum Recovery. I talk about everything from hormones, to bodily changes, to how you can help your body heal after birth. And while its not exactly a fun topic, it’s definitely an important one.
Why Padsicles Work
Now, before we get into how to make these padsicles, we should talk about why they work. I’m a firm believer in being educated about what you put on and in your body. And if you know why these ingredients can help your vagina heal after birth, then you can also use them in other areas of life and healing.
First off, let’s talk witch hazel.
This Thayers Alcohol-free Witch Hazel (with Rose Petal and Aloe Vera) is what I used to make my padsicles. I liked that it already had the aloe vera and rose petal in it. You can certainly go the cheap route and get witch hazel from the grocery store. But in my opinion, this is no time to be cheap. The healing of your vagina is rather important. And if you want to know why Thayers is superior, check out this review by Jen Ruhman over at Elegance and Beauty Reviews.
If you do choose to use a different witch hazel, just make sure its alcohol free! Trust me, you do NOT want to apply alcohol to your lady parts.
Witch hazel has tons of benefits. It helps to reduce inflammation and the skin irritation you might have while healing. It also helps to tighten skin (which is definitely helpful for your healing vagina!) and temporarily reduces swelling and pain. The pain won’t go away completely, but it helped me tremendously after birth.
My favorite benefit of using witch hazel for postpartum recovery is that it helps stop bleeding. I had a natural birth (you can read Leon’s birth story here!), which I believe made my recovery less painful. But most women bleed for about 4-6 weeks after birth, and I only bled for two. I did have some spotting after that, but it was minimal. I really think the padsicles worked wonders in this area! And if you happen to suffer from hemorrhoids, it helps with that too! Less itching, pain, swelling, and bleeding all around. Such a godsend during this time!
The rose petal in Thayers has many of the same healing benefits as witch hazel. It will help tighten and tone your skin, and soothes the irritated area. In addition to that, it can help prevent growth of bacteria. Which is beneficial when you’re dealing with healing open wounds.
Another awesome way to soothe itching and burning skin! Aloe vera will aid in the healing of your wounds because it actually helps regenerate skin cells! So cool. And it reduces skin inflammation and discomfort in the meantime.
Because the Thayers Witch Hazel already contains aloe vera, I decided not to buy any separately. But you can also purchase aloe vera gel to put on your padsicles for extra soothing benefits! Just make sure its pure and high quality so you can enjoy all the benefits.
Lavender & Tea Tree Essential Oils
Let’s be honest, nothing sounds less relaxing than trying to heal from pushing a baby out of your vagina. But lavender is known for its therapeutic, relaxing qualities. And I’ll take all the help I can get.
Most significantly, lavender essential oils help reduce stress and anxiety and may also help you sleep better. Like the other ingredients in padsicles, it aids in healing. And one of the awesome added benefits is that it smells great! Not to be gross, but you don’t exactly smell great down there while you’re bleeding. So it will help you smell a little fresher during postpartum recovery.
Tea tree essential oil (also called melaleuca) is especially great for your skin. It improves the appearance of scars and smooths your skin. It has antiseptic properties, so it protects your healing wound from infections. That includes bacterial, microbial, and fungal infections! It really is an amazing ingredient.
But the coolest property of tea tree oil is its stimulating effects. Not only does it boost your immune system, but it also increases blood flow to the areas that need it. And when that happens, healing speeds up because new tissues and cells form more quickly. Call me a nerd, but that’s pretty badass.
It’s important to use only small amounts of these pure essential oils since they are so potent. So allowing them to mix with the other ingredients of the padsicles is perfect. And all the components combine into a powerful healing concoction!
How to Make Magical Healing Padsicles
You’re officially a padsicle expert. So let’s get to it! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Thick overnight pads
- Thayer’s Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera & Witch Hazel
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Optional: Aloe Vera Gel
- Gallon Sized Freezer Bags
The process of actually making the padsicles is incredibly easy! One at a time, open up the pads and lay them flat, cotton side up. Be sure not to remove the “sticker” part of the pad. You want to be able to fold them back up and place them in a gallon-sized bag.
Pour about a tablespoon of the witch hazel across the length of the pad. Add 2-3 drops of each essential oil. I like to do one drop at each end and a drop in the middle. Then pour another tablespoon of the witch hazel over the top. If you choose to use aloe vera gel, spread a tablespoon or two over the top.
Carefully fold each pad back up and put them in a gallon-sized freezer bag. I fit about 12 pads in each bag. You don’t want to squeeze too many in there, or all the ingredients will squish out. You MUST put them in bags or your whole freezer will smell like essential oils. And just about everything in your freezer will taste like them too. Gross.
How many will you need?
I ended up using about 24 pads the first week, and then 16 the second week. You’ll need to change them more frequently at first when the bleeding is heaviest. And I wore my pads inside of adult diapers. It helped keep them close to my body, and you’ll need the extra coverage in case you leak. Like I said before, I only bled for about 2 weeks. You may end up needing more pads if you bleed for longer!
Keep the pads in the freezer and only take one out when you need it. They thaw pretty quickly, and you want it to be cold when you wear it. That initial cold helps to numb your lady parts while the other ingredients do the healing work. You can stop using them once you’re no longer experiencing pain. Which hopefully will be a very short amount of time now that you have this handy trick up your sleeve!
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