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What Are Confinement Bathing Herbs & How Do They Help?
Postpartum mothers are frequently urged to take a herbal confinement bath to help promote recovery after giving birth.
This is because a woman loses large amounts of “Qi” and blood during childbirth, placing her body in a “cold” phase. This “cold” phase leads to the accumulation of “wind” and weakens her body.
According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, it is important to restore the “Qi” and expel the excess “wind” from the body during confinement, preventing “wind-dampness syndrome” (风湿 feng shi) in later age.
But what exactly goes into a confinement herbal bath, and what do they specifically help with?
What goes into a confinement herbal bath?
Vitex Negundo (aka Chinese Chaste tree, Vitex fruit, huang jing ye)
This herb will be a new mother’s closest buddy during the confinement month. A few of the many advantages of this herb include
- reducing PMS symptoms
- regulating the period cycle
- reducing endometriosis pain
- encouraging lactation
- reducing acne
- promoting hair growth
- clearing obstructed respiratory systems
Blumea Alsamifera (aka Ngai camphor, sambong/sembung, da feng ai)
In Southeast Asian traditional medicine, this plant is commonly used in a confinement herbal bath because it:
- protects you from excessive “wind”
- keeps you internally “dry”
- improves blood circulation
- eases joint and “wind”-related pain
- reduces water retention
Lemongrass (aka xiang cao)
A hot bath with this herb added to it has several health benefits, including
- purifying and detoxifying the mother’s body
- treating oedema
- lowering pain and inflammation,
- boosting breast milk supply
- enhancing the condition of the mother’s skin
- preventing rheumatism
But I thought postpartum mothers should not bathe during confinement?
Traditionally, new mothers are told that no washing hair or bathing is allowed during the whole confinement period. It is believed that contact with water can cause issues like flu, infections and future complications.
However, there is no scientific evidence supporting these claims.
You will be handling your newborn, so you have to keep yourself clean at all times. And it’s just not practical for humid Singapore!
Your daily confinement herbal bath has never been easier with PEM!
With PEM’s fuss-free confinement herbal bath packages, preparing your own warm herbal bath is as easy as opening a sachet!
Singaporean moms love this traditional formula specially prepared for modern day mothers, providing a convenient way to use these synergistic herbs.
With all the necessary ingredients pre-measured by a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, these herbs help to
- relieve pain and post natal discomfort,
- detoxify the body,
- improve blood circulation and more!
We include these easy herbal bath sachets in our confinement packages as well.
Please feel free to talk to us to find out how we can make your confinement period as easy as possible!