The Herbal Bath

This is something I have had in my files for many years. I’m posting it for those who are interested. The only time I have prepared all these herbs, we had them “cooking” while the woman was in the birth process. She didn’t like the smell so we had to interrupt the process, take the big pot outside and get the house cleared of the smell. So, lesson learned, don’t do this during the birth. I’m not in agreement about the idea of getting a woman into a bath to stop excessive bleeding or the idea of opening the labia and swooshing bath water into a post partum vulva. Actually, there are lots of ideas in here that I don’t go along with but I thought you might like to read this handout from around 1985.

I’m sorry I don’t know the source of this to credit the author. Gloria Lemay

Beginning of the quote:

This bath mixture should be prepared, strained and put together in a large container ready for the bath. Remember, this bath is also used as treatment for heavy bleeding, and must be ready for immediate use if necessary. A quart or two of strong shepherd’s purse and extra comfrey (fresh if possible) should be set aside for internal use and for adding to the bath if needed.

¼ C sea salt
1 ounce Uva Ursi
1-2 ounces Comfrey
½ – 1 ounce Shepherd’s Purse
1 large bulb fresh garlic

Have ready for emergency use:
2 quarts strong shepherd’s purse tea
2 quarts strong comfrey (fresh if possible)
1 qt. alum root tea, or alum crystals

Simmer the tea and let set for some time before straining. Simmer the tea leaves again to get their full benefit. If you have garden fresh comfrey, do not simmer—use raw. Whiz it in the blender, strain and add to the tea mixture in a large container. Whiz the fresh garlic, add this and the sea salt to the mixture. Cover, label and set aside. Add to the warm bath water when needed.

This herbal bath is highly recommended for every woman following childbirth. There is absolutely no danger of introducing an infection, if the baths are done correctly. The garlic and sea salt make the bath solution aseptic. Uva Ursi is a specific for healing a woman’s reproductive organs. Comfrey contains alantoin, a cell proliferant, which causes the edges of wounds to grow together. It is very healing and soothing. Shepherd’s purse is excellent for preventing and controlling excessive bleeding.

The bath should be taken shortly after the birth. If the placenta has not been expelled, and you would like to get in the bath, you may do so. When you feel a contraction coming on –squat over a bowl and push it out.

A warm bath to soothe after the birth.

A warm bath to soothe after the birth.

The water should be comfortably warm, but not hot. The water should be about hip level. Lie back, spread your legs and swoosh the healing waters up inside the birth canal. Thirty minutes should be the minimum time in the bath. You will find the bath very soothing, relaxing and rejuvenating.
The baby should be put in this bath with you. The herb bath will start the healing process of the cord stump, and it may drop off as early as 3 days. In this bath, your baby will become mellow, and may even smile. He will unfold, stretch and float in the lovely weightless, warmness of the water. It’s wonderful to watch his pure joy at finding something so familiar and enjoyable in this new world. Caress and speak softly to him. He will love this communication, and will respond by total eye contact and facial expressions. When the infant is taken out of the bath, he should be patted dry, not rubbed. Dress him in soft, warm things. Put him to bed with you and let him cuddle up next to your warm body.

End of quoted material.

Oh Canada


I saw this piece of Canadian First Nations Art on Facebook and thought to myself, “Hmmmm, I love it and I also know a woman who has a flag manufacturing business. I should get them together.” I didn’t hear a thing about it after that and, today, I was tagged in a post on FB announcing that the flag is being produced. I am so pleased. . . what a wonderful age we live in where it’s so simple to network people who do excellent work.

Here’s what the artist said:
Mulidzas-Curtis Wilson (facebook account name)

Gila Kasla-Greetings,

It has been a long time coming…but I would like to announce that my rendition of the Canadian Flag is finally going to be produced into an actual flag that can be hung and flown. I have been working with The Flag Shop based in Vancouver and they will be producing the design on a flag that measures 27″ x 54″. The flag will be screen printed on 200 denier nylon. It will be finished with rope and toggle in the sleeve, which is the standard way flags are finished in Canada.

These flags will be available at the beginning of March through their website and also through their 13 stores across Canada (Vancouver and 12 others). They offer shipping all over the world. These flags will be sold for $79.95 and I am posting this to get an idea of who would be interested in ordering a flag. If you or someone you know is interested in purchasing a flag, would you please send me a private message? Email

Gila Kasla-Thank you

If you know someone who orders flags for civic functions, please have them consider this one. Let’s get some publicity going for this project, too.

New: Class series on WizIq begin soon

New, Live Online Midwifery Classes on WizIq
Midwifery 101, Classes begin on Thur April 19, 2012 and continue to the end of August 2012. $150 for 20 live, online classes with Gloria Lemay, 60 mins long.

Midwifery 102, Classes also begin on Thur April 19, 2012 and continue to the end of August 2012. $89 for 10 live, online classes with Gloria Lemay, 60 mins long.
These classes are designed for students who have completed the Midwifery 101 course.

For times and lots more information on how to join WizIq and a free sample of a class, see the links above. Feel free to share this post.

Thank you for a great series of classes. I always laugh when I watch you and have enjoyed these classes so much. I have learned a great deal about how I hope to practice. Your love of your work shines through when you teach and I admire your respect for the women you serve. Trista Tetro


For all you crafty types


Double knitting wool – 3 oz
4 Knitting needles, pointed at both ends size 8
Small quantity shirring elastic
Round balloons
1 plastic ball 3½” diameter (three and a half inches)

Knitted Uterus

Cast on 48 stitches 16 on each of 3 needles. Join.
Knit 2, Purl 2. until cuff measures two and a half inches.
Continue in plain knitting.

FIRST ROUND. Increase 1 stitch in every 6th stitch (56 stitches).
Knit 7 rows plain knitting.
8th ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 7th stitch (64 stitches).
15th ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 8th stitch (72 stitches).
22nd ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 9th stitch (80 stitches).
29th ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 10th stitch (88 stitches).
36th ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 11th stitch (96 stitches).
43rd ROUND. Increase 1 stitch every 12th stitch (104 stitches).
Continue to knit on these 104 stitches for
another 25 rounds.

Decrease :-
FIRST ROUND. *knit 11 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
2nd ROUND. *knit 10 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
3rd ROUND. *knit 9 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
4th ROUND. *knit 8 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
5th ROUND. *knit 7 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
6th ROUND. *knit 6 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
7th ROUND. *knit 5 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
8th ROUND. *knit 4 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
9th ROUND. *knit 3 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
10th ROUND. *knit 2 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
11th ROUND. *knit 1 slip 1 knit 1, pass slip stitch over. Repeat from *
to end of row.
12th ROUND *Slip 1 Knit 1. Repeat to end of stitches.

Cut the wool. Draw the end through the remaining eight stitches and finish off.
Thread a few strands of shirring elastic around the top and bottom of the cuff.

To use this visual aid :-
Insert the balloon into the cuff and blow it up, tie the end securely. Then insert the ball.
Pressure on the balloon gives a realistic impression of the uterine
contractions and the full dilation of the cervix in the first stage of birth.

The Last Stand for a Vaginal Birth

Evidence, originally uploaded by gabi_menashe.

I’ve seen this scene so many times. It looks like this when the epidural has gone in and the woman has been wheeled off to the surgery to have her cesarean.

If she’d birthed in the bed, they would have put the mattress back together over top of those white foot pedals and there would be a lot of blood everywhere. Sometimes I wish I didn’t know things. Gloria


1. It’s fun to say “my designer” and that little phrase makes people look at you with new eyes. In order to say “my designer” you have to give a designer some money (which they will save you over and over) and I wish I hadn’t waited till I was in my 60s to do it.

2. A lamp in every corner of the room.

3. Cut your flower stems to be in proportion to your vase. I was taught by a florist that “length of stem is everything”, my designer will not permit any of that nonsense.

4. If it’s pretty and you love it, you will naturally keep it clean and tidy. So true, Maria!

5. If you have a large floor, put a large carpet on it.

6. When you buy stuff for your place with a decorator, it will be brought home and put up or placed right away—it’s all about instant gratification and there’s no room for dawdling around with delivery or installation people. The designer has to see the effect, right now!

7. A woman can never have too many trays. These trays will contain your vignettes which your designer will place for you and God help anyone who moves anything on those trays.

8. If you’re designing a bathroom, don’t be tempted to have that little counter that runs over the back of the toilet. That’s called a “porkchop” and shows that you have committed a deadly sin of design i.e. being “dated”, a label to be avoided at all costs in the interior design world.

9. Home sense is one word and your car should have a new bumper sticker. Instead of “This car stops at all garage sales”, it now should read “This car stops at all “Homesense” stores.” If you’ve never heard of “Homesense”, hiring a designer is an emergency.

10. Pretty, silky, bejeweled, feminine, throw cushions speak volumes about what a fox you really are. Again, your friends and family look at you in a whole new way when you’re associated with great throw cushions on the furniture.