Homemade Postpartum Pads for Soothing and Healing

One of my favorite things after Olivia was born (well, besides baby herself) was the homemade postpartum pads that I made and froze.

homemade postpartum pads my little me

Olivia came out with only a couple of gentle pushes, so I didn’t tear, but I was still a little sore. I mean it’s expected when pushing a big head out of a small opening. The combination of the herbs and coolness of these pads really, really felt great.

homemade postpartum pads

These homemade postpartum pads combine the following for an awesome soothing and healing effect for sore postpartum perineum and bum:

  • witch hazelwitch hazel is used to decrease swelling and pain as well as stop the bleeding and heal heal any minor cuts or tears.
  • aloe vera gel – aloe vera is well known for it’s antiseptic , germicide, anti-inflammatory,  moisturizing, and regenerative properties, making it a great addition to postpartum healing.
  • comfrey – comfrey is a wonderful herb which promotes healing while disinfecting and relieving pain.
  • lavender – lavender is soothing and smells wonderful.

Homemade Postpartum Pads

5.0 from 4 reviews
Homemade Postpartum Pads
Recipe type: Postpartum
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 20 overnight maxi pads
  • 1 cup witch hazel
  • 1 cup 100% aloe vera gel
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 oz. comfrey leaves
  • 4 cups boiling water
  1. Boil 4 cups water to make comfrey tea.
  2. Pour water over comfrey in large bowl, cover and let steep 8 hours.
  3. Strain comfrey and reserve the tea.
  4. Mix the tea, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, and lavender in a medium bowl.
  5. Unwrap each pad, but leave it in it's wrapper.
  6. Pour 2-4 tablespoons over each pad, concentrating on where your sore perineum will be.
  7. Fold pad up and re-wrap.
  8. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in a gallon zip bag in the freezer.
Before placing the frozen pad on, unwrap and let thaw for 5 minutes.


I can not tell you how wonderful these pads were. So much more soothing than the dry, scratchy and non cold pads provided by the hospital.

I made around 20 of them, and took 7-10 to the hospital in a freezer tote bag. And that is all that I used. Since I didn’t tear, I was feeling great by the time I came home after 24 hours and didn’t need to use them anymore.

Just try them for yourself, or make some for a mom-to-be.

Let me know what you think!


You may also love this Homemade Breastfeeding Boobie Balm: breastfeeding boobie balm my little me

And be sure to take this Labor Massage Oil with you to the delivery room! labor massage oil my little me

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  1. Jennifer says

    Those saved me after having my giant boys! I’m going to make those and share with my pregnant gal friends!

  2. Amanda says

    I have just started making those. Sound’s great and really helpful. I am just wondering since the pads will be soaked and frozen when needed, how long would they last as obviously there will be post birth discharge etc. Sorry for TMI.

    • Jenny says

      They will last in the freezer for a few months. If you mean how long each pad will hold, mine held pretty well. I don’t think I changed it any more often than a regular pad (except to get a fresh cool one).

  3. Alex says

    How long do you think they would last in the freezer? The ingredients were sort of pricey and I hate to waste them if I end up having a c-section or not using them all.

    • Jennifer Dickison says

      Honestly, I don’t remember any issues. But, not to be gross, it’s already a ‘mess’ down there afterward anyway. All I know is it was nice and soothing! Thanks for asking!

  4. Sarah says

    Most recipes I have seen say steep the Comfrey for a hour or two. Is there a specific reason you should allow it 8hours? Just curious thanks!

  5. Courtney says

    I’m sorry to sound totally stupid.. (It’s been 5 years ago with my first and now I’m expecting #2) but do you put this directly on you? Is it able to absorb since it’s already has liquid in it? I feel so dumb but I cannot remember what they did when I had my 1st… THanks :)

    • Jennifer Dickison says

      Yes. You wear it just like a regular pad. It still absorbs quite nicely. I too was afraid they wouldn’t absorb since they are already ‘wet’, but I don’t believe I leaked anymore than you normally will after having a baby. (Even the hospital pads don’t stop me from a little leaking out the sides).

      Congratulations on baby#2!

  6. Char says

    Where do you buy the ingredients to make this? Are they pretty inexpensive? I live in a really TINY rural town, and have trouble finding everything. I only have a Walmart, a CVS, and two grocery stores. Please point me in the right direction. Thanks!

  7. Brenda A says

    Does it matter what kind of witch hazel I purchase? I’ve been looking at some, and a lot of them have extra ingredients… I’m having a hard time finding “plain” witch hazel (other than from Mtn Herbs site, since I’m in HI and their shipping is ridiculous :(

        • Courtney says

          I believe the original poster means Witch Hazel with alcohol. Since Witch Hazel is used as an astringent, a lot of the products in stores contain alcohol. Do you think it would be better to get some without the alcohol, or did the alcohol not bother the sensitive skin down there?

          • Jennifer Dickison says

            I bought mine from wal-mart so if it had alcohol in it, I didn’t notice it. 😉

      • Sarah says

        Comfrey is dangerous for pregnant and nursing women and it may cause cancer. I was trying to order it when I discovered its dangerous both externally and internally.

  8. Ali says

    Did you talk with your OB before using these? I went to my local herbal store to purchase the comfrey today and the employees strongly urged me to further research comfrey, especially since I plan to breastfeed. The effects of comfrey can be dangerous to mom and baby based on the research I read. Just wondering if you heard anything, or have an alternative to comfrey?

    • Jennifer Dickison says

      I did not talk to my ob.

      I have been researching it since I read your comment and see a lot of things that definitely say DO NOT INGEST comfrey while pregnant or breastfeeding. Most of what I have read says it is safe to use topically (as with the pads). But, I would definitely make sure each person researches for themselves and then can make your own decision as to how you feel about it.

      I did come across a few articles that say calendula is a great substitute if you’d rather use that.

      Thank you so much for bringing this up so others can make an informed decision.

  9. Nicole says

    do you think these would help to put over the incision spot from a Csection? It is always so tender the first few weeks & Im wondering if the cooling & healing effects might be helpful

    • Jennifer Dickison says

      *I* would think they would be soothing and healing on a c-section incision. But I have never had one so I don’t know how the pain and depth of healing and all that compared to a tear from delivery.

    • Jennifer Dickison says

      I found comfrey leaves at my local herb shop. You can also find them online, just do a quick search. Thanks for visiting!

  10. Abril says

    How soon did you make these before having your baby? I want to make these and have them ready when I deliver. I’m due in 4 weeks!! :) but I dk if I should wait till closer to my due date and how long they can stay in the freezer for. Thanks!

  11. says

    Just made these and looking fwd to the relief they’ll bring. Just one question: I had extra solution, which was great, as I was planning to make more anyway to use as a peri spray. But I’m wondering if you know the shelf life of the solution. I’m due in approx two weeks. Should I keep the spray bottle in the fridge? How long do you think it will be good for?

    • Jennifer Dickison says

      That is a wonderful idea! I would think it would hold in the fridge for 2 weeks or so.

      Let me know how it does as a spray! I didn’t even think of that.

  12. Michele says

    Are the comfrey leaves fresh or dried? I would like to make these for my daughter in law who is due in 3 weeks. We don’t have a local herb store so not sure where to look. Thanks!

    • Jennifer Dickison says

      I bought the comfrey leaves dried from a local store. You could probably get them online.

  13. Elisabeth says

    This sounds like a great idea! I have been looking for ways to ease the postpartum recovery “down there” since everyone has been telling me how uncomfortable it can be. I am 22 and expecting to deliver my first baby in February, and have already been told by my specialist that he will probably be “a good size.”

    One question, you mentioned that you took these to the hospital in a freezer bag, did you just keep them in there the whole time? And they stayed frozen? I would think they might thaw after a few hours. Thanks for this idea and your time! :)

    • Jennifer Dickison says

      I did keep them with me at the hospital in a bag that keeps things cold. After a few hours, one of the nurses was kind enough to put them in a freezer for me. But up until that point they stayed pretty frozen.

  14. Sarah says

    How long do you think these would last in the freezer? I’m due at the end of the month, but I want to get everything ready.


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