Postpartum Healing

I’ve wanted to take the time to sit down and write an entire blog post devoted to postpartum healing and recovery since I gave birth back in September. My body continues to amaze me every day with all that it has been through over the last 15 months and all it continues to do to help feed and nurture my son all while healing itself.

Birth is such a magical experience, but it does take a toll on our bodies. Not only do we need to recover physically, we also need to make sure we are mentally and emotionally recovering. I wanted to share a few of the steps I took to let my body heal itself naturally during the first few weeks postpartum.

Thanks to some wonderful advice from my amazing midwife and doula, I think my body healed very nicely.  I do want to point out that I am not a medical professional and it’s important for you to talk with your doctor or midwife to find what your body needs. What works for me might not work for, or even be healthy, for you!

Healing Physically

While my birth was an all-natural, non-medicated home birth, I did end up having a few set-backs that were not in my birth plan. I ended up having to be catheterized and I had an episiotomy that required suturing (I talk more about that in Ellis’ birth story). Due to these things my body was more prone to infection after birth, so my midwife suggested a lot of natural supplements I could take to make sure my body stayed healthy and healed properly.

As soon as my baby was born and in my arms, my midwife wanted me to eat something. I wasn’t hungry, but did as she said and ate a little something right away. Next thing I knew my husband and my birth team were taking turns getting me to sip various different drinks and take tinctures.

The first thing I was offered to drink was a homemade labor aid I had made ahead of time mixed with liquid chlorophyll. I was also given blue cohosh tea and cotton root bark right after Ellis was born. One was in the form of tea, the other a tincture.

Here’s a quick look at everything I’ve been taking to help my body heal naturally:


  • Liquid Chlorophyll — My midwife recommended I have a 16oz bottle of liquid chlorophyll on hand for after the birth. Liquid Chlorophyll is known to build red blood cells and can help speed the healing of wounds. I lost a lot of blood during labor (half a quart is normal for a vaginal birth, I lost at least twice that much) and my midwife said I handled it very well. She recommended that I drink the whole bottle by the end of the week. Brendan mixed it into orange juice for me, and I drank that three times a day.


  • Arnica — To help with the pain of cramps and bruising, I took 3 small tablets of Arnica every 4 hours. I had a bit of internal bruising and had some slight cramping of the uterus while nursing, so the Arnica was a homeopathic medicine to relieve that.
  • Motherwort Tincture — A Motherwort tincture by the brand Wish Garden was included in our home birth kit. I took this tincture to help with the cramping of my uterus, and it also helped with mood swings due to hormone imbalance. I took half a dropper full of this tincture a couple of times a day. I simply held the tincture under my tongue for 30 seconds and then swallowed. After I finished this tincture I started taking a Baby Blues tincture by Wish Garden, which has Motherwort and St. John’s Wort.
  • Vitamin C — There’s a lot that goes on in the body right after birth, that’s for sure. To make sure my immune system stayed strong and healthy, my midwife recommended I take 3,000mg of vitamin C a day. This was especially supposed to help keep my immune system functioning properly so I didn’t catch any illnesses.
  • Garlic — Garlic has natural antiviral properties and helps to strengthen the immune system to keep illness at bay. My midwife told me that I could eat foods cooked with garlic cloves, but I knew that I wouldn’t be in the kitchen with a newborn, so I opted for the garlic in supplement form and took that 3 times a day.
  • Goldenseal Root — Goldenseal Root is used for internal bleeding, bleeding after childbirth, and vaginal pain and swelling. My midwife had me take this 2 times a day.
  • Echinacea — My midwife told me to take an Echinacea supplement 3x a day for 5 days. This was to help strengthen my immune system so that I didn’t get sick.
  • Phytolacca Decandra — My milk came in 3 days after I had Ellis. My breasts were so swollen and engorged during those first few days and it was very uncomfortable. I have a lymph node on my underarm that is very sensitive to hormone imbalance and will become swollen when things aren’t right in my body. When my milk came in my lymph node became swollen right along with my breasts. My midwife recommended that I use a warm compress on it and also for me to take Phytolacca Decandra to help with the swelling and draining of the lymph node. Thankfully my local health food store had it on hand!


  • Herbal Sitz Bath — An afterbirth herbal sitz bath from the brand Lucy’s Garden was included in our home birth kit. My midwife recommended that I get a sitz bath that I could put on the toilet and use. I took a sitz bath 2x a day for 15 minutes.

Aside from the above, I did lots of resting, iced my perineum using frozen maxi pads that had aloe vera and witch hazel or raw coconut oil on them, and I used a natural cooling perineum spray by Earth Mama Organics.

The only non-natural things I used for my healing were an over-counter numbing agent my midwife used when she did my sutures, and then I think I took 2 ibuprofen within the first couple days of giving birth for the swelling. And that’s it. No epidural, no IVs, no numbing perineum spray, etc.

Brendan took such good care of me in the first two weeks after having Ellis. He cooked for me, did laundry, changed so many diapers, brewed my herbal sitz baths every day, made sure I was keeping up with all of my supplements, fixed my chlorophyll orange juice, and made sure I was eating and drinking enough water.

I think we mamas underestimate how important it is to simply rest and let our bodies heal after giving birth. I followed my midwife’s advice and stayed inside and didn’t drive for 2 weeks. If you are able to stay home and have someone care for you during the first 2 weeks (or the first month) after giving birth please do so! In doing so you’ll be able to give your baby the attention they need while also giving your body time to recover. Take this time to focus on healing and getting to know and bond with your baby.




Happy Herbalist Day

Happy Herbalist Day! Over the course of this past year I have learned so much about herbs and what it means to be an herbalist. Herbalism isn’t something I pictured myself pursuing, but it has come so naturally to me and I have found such passion in my studies.

I have a family history in gardening and tending to the land. My great grandpa was a farmer and even though I never got to meet him, I ended up growing up in his house and feeling a deep connection to him and his love for the land. I gardened with my dad growing up and he taught me how to grow my own food from seed to harvest.

As I reached my teenage years, I lost my desire to garden and spend hours out in nature. I found myself longing to move to the city and pursue a career in writing. It wasn’t until my last year of college that the desire to be out in nature and garden was rekindled. I ended up getting a job working at my college’s Campus Farm/Garden through the summer and fall of 2015.

I learned so much about sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, identifying plants, and learning about the medicinal properties of herbs at the Liberty University Morris Campus Farm. Ever since then, I have had a desire to learn more about the plants around me.

Last year, I stumbled across the Herbal Academy and ended up enrolling in a free trial for their Herbal Materia Medica Course, and I’ve been enchanted by herbalism ever since!

I love the idea of learning about the plants around me and using them to make teas, tinctures, and healing salves. There is something so romantic and freeing in using the natural resources we have to bring health and healing to our bodies. But when I first embarked on my herbal studies I felt overwhelmed and didn’t think I would ever have the confidence in identifying herbs and making healing concoctions.

For anyone who is curious and wants to dip their toes in the world of natural medicine, I would encourage you to simply start by learning. Go to your local library and see what books they have on herbs, or order some beginner’s books on Amazon. Also, there are sites like Herbal Academy that offer online herb courses that let you work at your own pace. I have taken the Herbal Materia Medica Course and the Introductory Herbal Course and they have both been fantastic. There are also many wonderful and inspiring herbalists on Instagram that I follow and am learning from. It’s a lovely community to be a part of.

I know that I will always continue to learn and grow on my herbal journey throughout my lifetime, but I do have some goals that I would eventually like to reach along my journey.

One of my goals and dreams is to open up my own Etsy shop where I can sell herbal products that are lovingly crafted by hand. I’d also love to write about herbalism in some capacity, whether that’s for an online or a print publication. For now I will continue to learn, grow, make my own herbal products, and blog about my experience.

I want to approach the concept of natural medicine and the art of herbalism through a Christian perspective, meaning that I want to celebrate and worship the Creator of nature and these beautiful plants, not worship the plants themselves. It saddens me that so many people see herbalism as some form of taboo. Practicing natural medicine and using the natural resources around us to make tea blends, salves, and tinctures is not taboo – it’s using the wonderful natural resources that God created for us to help bring healing to our bodies. Of course, we need not lose site of who the Great Healer is – God is the Great Physician. But just as we use western medicine (man-made medicine) when we are severely ill, we can also learn to use and appreciate the natural, holistic, God-given medicine that surrounds us in nature.

My journey to herbalism has been a beautiful, enchanting ride thus far and I look forward to sharing more of my journey here with you on my blog!