What Is A Sitz Bath?

How To Make A Sitz Bath

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Homemade sitz baths allow the patient to add ingredients to the bathwater that may be soothing for their specific condition. For example, patients with hemorrhoids often find adding Epsom salt to a sitz bath is beneficial, though some might prefer to add sea salt. Both types of salt are rich in minerals that could promote healing. Most homemade sitz bath recipes suggest using one-quarter to one-third of a cup of either of these salts. Tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic) and frankincense (an anti-inflammatory) are both popular choices, and many individuals report the pain-relieving properties of lavender oil make it an ideal addition to a sitz bath. When using any of these essential oils, it is ideal to start with eight to ten drops of each type of oil. Witch hazel (a natural astringent) may be worth considering, and baking soda is recommended for the treatment of yeast infections and the relief of vaginal irritation or itching. Most recipes suggest using two tablespoons of witch hazel. Before adding any ingredients to the bathwater, patients should check with their healthcare provider to ensure the ingredients are safe for their needs.

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