Postpartum Recovery - DIY Soothing Witch Hazel Pads

What is Witch Hazel?

Witch hazel is a wonderful medicinal plant rich in antioxidants and biomolecules called tannins which give it its skin-soothing properties. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat anything from damaged skin and bruises to insect bites and skin irritations.

During postpartum recovery, it is most helpful for treating the inflammation that comes from the pain and swelling in your perineum. It can also help repair skin and fight bacteria.

Witch hazel pads are round cotton pads that are soaked with a witch hazel solution which can be used as a refreshing compress for your tender lady bits.

How to make Witch Hazel pads or wipes for Postpartum

What you’ll need

  • 1 package of cotton rounds, cotton ovals, or breast pads - basically anything you have on hand that is soft, can absorb, and double as a wipe.

  • 2 small glass jars (60ml jars works well)

  • 1 bottle of Perineal Spray


  • Witch Hazel Solution - to make this you will need

    • 1/4 cup alcohol-free distilled witch hazel

    • 1 tablespoon distilled (or bottled) water

    • 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice

    • 2-3 teaspoons of hydrosol (great options are German Chamomile, Lavender, Tea Tree, or Cucumber)

    • Mix all of the liquids together in one of the glass jars and store in the refrigerator until ready to use*


  1. Prep your jar by washing in hot soapy water, rinsing, and letting air dry. Once dry, swish with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and let air dry.

  2. Place as many cotton rounds or ovals into your second jar as possible, and pour the perineal spray or witch hazel solution over slowly as the cotton absorbs the liquid.

  3. Once poured over, add more cotton rounds or ovals by slowly pressing down using a sterile spoon (simply wipe with alcohol) until all the liquid is absorbed.

  4. Seal and store

* If using the witch hazel solution store in the refrigerator and use within a few days.

*Be mindful that this solution is water-based and does not include preservatives, therefore it should be kept in the refrigerator between use. 

How to Use Witch Hazel Pads Postpartum

Use the witch hazel pads every time you change your maternity pads or as needed. Place the wet, round pad stacked on your maternity pads or folded and tucked into the folds of your bottom so they are directly in contact with the sore spot to relieve pain from hemorrhoids and postpartum swelling.

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