Times have changed since when people used to gather herbs on their own for medical purposes. Now, everything is about convenience, efficiency, and effectiveness.
A lot of taboos that surround confinement are actually based on less-than-ideal living conditions back in the days. One such example is the famous no-bath-no-shower rule. Back then, toilets and bathrooms were still built outside of houses. Therefore the long walk home from a hot shower would cause fever and chills in the new mother’s body.
The Processing of Herbs
In the past, a lot of processes and tedious work go into preparing a traditional confinement herbal bath.
First, someone has to gather fresh lemongrass, ginger skin, pomelo skin, motherwort, and other relevant herbs. Second, the herbs have to be dried in the sun for at least a week. Lastly, the herbs have to be divided and tied up in little bunches for storage. The next time a new mother wants a hot herbal bath, she has to boil and steep the dried herbs before adding the solution into her bathwater.
The only difference? It’s packed and prepared in a more convenient method that’s readily available for anyone to use, anytime.
Functions of Each Herb
Research shows that Argy Wormwood has anti-bacterial and antiviral properties that help fight off infections on the skin. Other uses also include reducing breathlessness, coughing, phlegm, and allergies, preventing blood clotting, increasing body immunity, and others.
Besides, Argy Wormwood is also used in foot baths to improve blood circulation, increase metabolism, and reduce skin allergies.
Motherwort is often used in Chinese medicine as a balm or decoction. Uses include helping to stimulate the uterus, encourage its contraction for a flatter tummy, and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
The main uses for Verbena include stimulating blood circulation, healing bruises, preventing malaria, removing toxins, promoting diuresis, and reducing swelling. In addition, it can also treat abdominal mass, irregular or missed periods, period cramps, pharyngitis, bloating, water retention, and heat gonorrhoea.
Sinomenine, also known as Cocculine, is the main active component in Ovientvine. It is an immunosuppressant and has anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, and analgesic properties as well, which is useful for preventing rheumatism and other related conditions.
Lemongrass helps to eliminate fatigue, relieve muscle aches, treat colds, enhance body immunity, moisturise and revitalise the skin, and improve the digestive system.
How to use TYT Confinement Herbal Bath
Our Confinement Herbal Bath sachets are a quick, easy, and convenient way for new mothers in confinement to take a much-anticipated bath.
In fact, due to the nature of the herbal ingredients used in these bath sachets, everyone in the family can enjoy it whether as a bath or foot bath!
Directions for a relaxing confinement bath:
We recommend sponging your body 6 days a week and taking a full-body bath on the 7th day. Use 1 sachet for sponging and 2 sachets for bathing.
1. Sponge bath – Boil 3 litres of water with 1 Confinement Herbal Bath sachet for 15-30 minutes. The longer you boil the sachet, the stronger the scent will be. Remove the sachet, wait for the water to cool to 37 °C, and use it for a sponge bath.
2. Body and hair wash – Boil 3 litres of water with 2 Confinement Herbal Bath sachets for 15-30 minutes. The longer you boil the sachet, the stronger the scent will be. Remove the sachet, adjust the water temperature to 37 °C with another 3 litres of water, and use it for washing your body and hair.