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Post Category: Birth

The Wonders Of Witch Hazel!

IMG_7589Childbirth is obviously a beautiful and wonderful thing, amazing and magical all at the same time! However when you look behind the magic and under all of that happy new baby bliss sometimes you find a mum who is struggling to recover from their vaginal birth due to an episiotomy, haemorrhoids or vaginal tears.  Not every mum will experience discomfort after childbirth but in all honestly a little tenderness and inflammation is to be expected at least.  So to all new mums I would like to help you focus purely on your mesmerising new WonderBaba by explaining how exactly you can relieve your pain and soreness so it is no longer an unwelcome distraction!

Let me introduce you to the wonders of witch hazel and some other natural wonder products!

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Witch hazel is a natural plant extract which is sourced from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub.  It has been widely used by native Americans and its popularity is growing continually world wide due to its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

It makes an ideal soothing solution for new mums suffering from vaginal discomfort after child birth and I have a few tips here about how it is easiest and most effectively used!

  • Try filling a clean sports water bottle with witch hazel (approx 125ml) you can add approx two drops of pure tea tree oil and two to four drops of lavender oil if you wish to increase the antiseptic and soothing properties of the solution.  When you go to do a pee – squeeze the bottle over your tender areas so that you avoid the feeling of stinging and discomfort.
  • 100ml spray bottleusing clean hands pour or spray the same solution onto one of those horrible big huge maternity pads until its quite damp.  Then pop the pad into a ziploc bag and stick it in the fridge. After about half an hour you can take it out of the ziploc bag and place it on top of a regular sanitary pad inside of your underwear.  This will give you instant relief and may help you be able to sit comfortably with a towel and cushions under you whilst you feel your baby or chill out.  Sitting can be sore after child birth so this can be a really handy tip in the early days.
  • maternity padsIf your extremely sore you can freeze the prepared pads in freezer bags – but when you take them out you should leave them to defrost slightly before use and then wrap them in a muslin cloth before use to avoid burning your skin on the ice.

When your feeling a whole lot better – which you will soon I promise – and you no longer feel the need to use the witch hazel to soothe your discomfort, you will be able to use the witch hazel for lots of different reasons in the future!

first aid kitIt can be used with cotton wool balls as a natural alternative to baby wipes, or as a skin toner for your own face, and its also handy when mixed with just a few drops of lavender for use soothing burns, bites, nettle rash, chicken pox, eczema or many other common ailments!

So hopefully now you will all agree that witch hazel really is wonderful!

You can buy distilled pure witch hazel, lavender and tea tree oil all online from my Pharmacy so that it is delivered promptly to your door in your time of need!


websitefeetlogoI hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page ( or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!



Author: WonderBaba Blog

My name is Sheena Mitchell and I'm a pharmacist with my own business Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6. From working in the pharmacy I've realised that there are a lot of first time and experienced moms who might benefit from hints and tips from a pharmacist who can balance healthcare advice with real hands on experience from my important work as a mother of two! I hope to bring you regular advice and information and answer questions that you have! Being a mother and pharmacist are my two favorite things and I'm delighted to have this way of bringing my two worlds together! All questions and queries are gratefully received but otherwise sit back, relax, and let the solutions come to you!