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July 16, 2021
“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.” - Sylvia Plath
A good bath soothes the soul—and it can also heal the body. In this blog we're going to share the many benefits of the sitz, or hip, bath.
(In case you’re wondering, the term “sitz” is derived from the German word sitzen, which means to “sit down”.)
For centuries, doctors and healers have encouraged patients to soak in hip-deep warm water to treat a variety of ailments and conditions.
I was first introduced to sitz baths by my midwife after the birth of my first baby. Let me tell you, there is nothing quite so exquisite as lowering the body that has served you so well through childbirth into deliciously warm water. At one point, I was probably taking 3 – 4 sitz baths a day…that’s how much I loved them.
But sitz baths aren’t just for postpartum mothers. We’ve gathered a list of 5 benefits that sitz-bath lovers enjoy.
Hemorrhoids can be a real pain but a warm sitz bath can help, and using a product like our very own Healing Herbal Sitz Bath can take your baths to the next level.
Packed with magnesium-rich sea salts, witch hazel, and other healing herbs, it only takes a few spoons full of this natural blend to provide relief to inflamed blood vessels.
Doctors and doulas agree—sitz baths are one of the best treatments for healing the female body after delivery.
Sitz baths help reduce tissue swelling, vaginal bleeding, and promote healing for episiotomies, C-sections, and general tearing.
Did you know sitz baths can help when you’re feeling bloated and backed up? Sitting in warm water increases blood flow and can help the muscles in the rectum relax, promoting better bowel movements.
Adding sea salts (like those found in our herbal sitz bath blend) to your bath allows magnesium to penetrate your skin and relax the muscles of the uterus. Herbs like sage and calendula are calming and promote a sense of wellbeing.
Sitz baths aren’t just for ladies. Men can also benefit from a sitz bath if they are suffering from anal fissures (tearing that can occur for various reasons like constipation), hemorrhoids, prostatitis, or recovering from surgery.
I hope you remember the healing magic of the sitz bath the next time your nether regions need a bit of pampering. It really is one of the easiest and most restorative practices you can indulge in, and you’ll be amazed how quickly it speeds up the healing process.!
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