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The Importance of Postpartum Padsicles

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Postpartum padsicles can be an important and useful tool for healing after giving birth. 

There are many benefits to using padsicles. The physical healing phase after birthing can be a complicated and trying time for you. Natural cooling relief is well deserved in this stage. These pads bring the sensation of a cooling pad paired with essential oils and a herbal treatment for an optimum soothing sensation.

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WHAT IS A POSTPARTUM PADSICLE?

It is a soothing frozen feminine pad that has been treated with essential oils and herbs to relieve physical ailments that childbirth can cause women. There are numerous benefits of using this home-made healing treatment. For one, these pads are almost all natural. The only element that is unnatural would be the pad itself.

Padsicles are soothing to the skin because of the healing properties of the witch hazel and aloe. These elements paired with the soothing effects of the essential oils and the cold of the frozen pad greatly relieve some of the discomforts you may observe. They help with the healing from tears, episiotomies, and general inflammation.

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HOW TO MAKE AND USE POSTPARTUM PADSICLES

You will Need the Following:

  • Feminine pads (Any brand you want to use is fine. It is always best to use natural if it is available.)
  • Witch Hazel (Helps close skin pores as it is an astringent.)
  • Aloe Vera Gel (It is best to use natural aloe vera gel. It helps with the hydration of the skin.)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (Calms the skin and helps reduce inflammation.)
  • Frankincense Essential Oil (Helps tissue regenerate and can prevent scarring.)
  • Rosemary Essential Oil (Helps to fight infection and strengthen the muscles.)
  • Geranium Essential Oil- (Helps to heal broken capillaries.)
  • A small spray bottle
  • Aluminium foil

Instructions

Step 1- Fill the small spray bottle half-way up with witch hazel.

Step 2- Add 5- 10 drops of each essential oil into the spray bottle. If you do not like smell, add only five drops of that oil.

Step 3- Fill the rest of the small spray bottle with more witch hazel.

Step 4- Open up the feminine pads and spread them out. Spread a thin layer of the aloe vera gel onto each pad. Make sure that you have clean hands or are using gloves when spreading the gel.

Step 5- Spray the mixture onto the pads. Make sure that you spray enough to dampen the pads but not too much that it gets soaked. You still want to preserve some of the absorbency of the pads.

Step 6- Let the mixture dry a little bit. Then, wrap them in aluminum foil and write the date where it is visible on the foil. Be sure to store the pads in the freezer.

Things to Remember

  1. Change the pad every four hours.
  2. Only use between three and four postpartum padsicles a day. This is only a guideline and can be adjusted according to your comfort.
  3. Make sure that the essential oils you buy are stored in dark glass bottles. This prevents using compromised oils which would not be as effective.
  4. Use the pads for up to four months after delivery.
  5. These can also be used to treat hemorrhoids.

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PROPER STORAGE

Proper storage is half of the battle when it comes to home-made treatments. The pads should be stored in the freezer wrapped in aluminum foil. Write the date that you stored them on the foil and discard any pads that are over six weeks old.  Do not forget to rewrap them up in the foil after getting one and before placing them back into the freezer.

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ARE THEY SAFE?

This is a common concern among postpartum moms when it comes to remedies for relief after childbirth. Postpartum padsicles are considered safe to use. Essential oils should also be a concern as they are not always compatible with everyone. For instance, if you have high blood pressure then rosemary essential oil should be completely avoided. It is always best to consult with your healthcare provider before using any treatment during the postpartum period.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TUCKS PADS AND POSTPARTUM PADSICLES?

Tucks pads are used for immediate relief of itching and burning skin. They decompose and therefore are easily disposed of. Postpartum padsicles are used for long relief. While Tucks pads provide mostly short term relief. Most postpartum moms are looking for long lasting relief when it comes to ailments presented after childbirth.

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HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

This is a common but hard question for people to answer. After six weeks of being frozen the essential oils will start to lose their potency. However, aloe vera gel can maintain its integrity for up to a year. A safe bet is to make a batch that can last you for a month. Once that month is over then make another batch for the next month, this will ensure that you will get the full effects of the essential oils.

Making a months worth of the pads as opposed to a large bulk will prevent even the chance that the essential oils could be compromised. Keep in mind that the spray will need to be stored in a dark place to make sure that the sun does not damage the oils in the mixture.

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ARE THEY ABSORBENT?

Postpartum padsicles can be absorbent as long as you do not place too much of the essential oil mixture onto the pad. The feminine pads can absorb infections from any wound which is why you need to change it every four hours.

AVOID USING

There are many reasons in which to avoid using a home remedy such as the padsicle. If you have an allergy to witch hazel, aloe vera gel, or any of the essential oils it would be best to avoid this treatment altogether. Stop using these pads if a rash, inflammation, or any other form of irritation occurs. Contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions or if you feel you may be having a reaction to any of the ingredients used.

Padsicles are a way to help bring a little comfort and relief to Mom during the postpartum process. It is a common belief that the body tends to react better with a natural approach to healing. What better way to find natural comfort than with this home treatment!

Postpartum padsicles are a great natural way to help relieve the physical stress that childbirth can put on Mom. 

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