Padsicles can be used to soothe swelling and discomfort from a vaginal birth. In the immediate time after birth, the coolness of the pads can provide relief to the pain from a tear/stitches. Today I will teach you how to make your own, but first we have to make sure we choose all our ingredients mindfully.
You will need...
Maxi Pads: Try choosing a pads that are cotton and organic. Pads that have a plastic layer on top (that sits against your vulva) may not be the best to absorb the ingredients of the padsible recipe and the plastic may also irritate your stitches. Try avoiding pads with a mesh netting as stitches may get caught on the little holes of the mesh, ouch! When picking a pad, go big or go home! The more absorbent the better. One of my favourite brands is Natracare.
Aloe Vera Juice: Either from the plant or bottled. Just make sure its pure and dye-free. Organic is best! Aloe vera is deeply hydrating and will privde a cooling effect.
Witch Hazel: Make sure it's unscented and alcohol-free! Thayer's brand is my favourite. Witch hazel reduces inflammation, soothes the skin and helps to relieve hemorrhoids.
Essential oil/s diluted in a carrier oil: 2 drops of essential oil per one Tbsp of carrier oil, like almond oil for example. Parents I have worked with in the past have enjoyed adding Frankincense, Lavender, Geranium and Helichrysum. *Always make sure to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil*
What to do...
Step 1: Mix 12 Tbsps of Aloe vera juice, 12 Tbsps of Witch Hazel and 6 Tbsps of your carriel oil with essential oils (optional) in a bowl. This will make enough mixture for
Step 2: Open the pad and place about 4 1/2 Tbsps of the mixture on the surface of the pad.
Step 3: Fold the pad back up and store in individual Ziploc bags.
Use as needed! Let them thaw for a couple minutes before use.
I hope that this recipe helps you have a more comfortable postpartum. Let me know in the comments below if you try this recipe!