Without a doubt, childbearing is thrilling and overall pleasing. But it typically puts significant strain (to put it mildly) on the body. For a person who has just given birth vaginally, this strain can come in the form of vaginal tears, a swollen vaginal area, or vaginal bruising.
With proper care, postpartum injuries should heal up with time. But the discomfort and pain of the healing period can be agonizing; this is why padsicles exist.
Padsicles help to promote healing in women during the postpartum period. But apart from that, they soothe the pain, swelling, itching, and many other discomforts women may experience while healing.
You can make padsicles on your own at home. So thankfully, you can prepare as many as you want in preparation for your postpartum healing.
Padsicles are typically made with naturopathic ingredients like aloe vera and witch hazel. But, if you want, you can also add coconut oil.
If you have never made padsicles with coconut oil before, we’ve got you covered. Below, we describe how to make a padsicle with coconut oil.
How to Make a Padsicle with Coconut Oil
Note that the measurements in the recipe below should make around 10 padsicles.
What You’ll Need
- Feminine pads – The best pads for padsicles are overnight pads with wings. These pad types have enough surface area to spread the mixture around your lady parts.
- Unrefined, cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil
- 100% Aloe vera gel – you can make your own aloe vera gel from an aloe vera plant. Alternatively, you can buy an aloe vera gel free of fragrances and dyes.
- Witch hazel – you should only use witch hazel free of dyes, fragrances, parabens, and other similar additives. You may use witch hazel that contains alcohol, however. In fact, a witch hazel that has alcohol may be more effective than an alcohol-free one. But if the stinging from alcohol bothers you, you may work with alcohol-free witch hazel.
- Lavender essential oil
- 1 gallon freezer bags or aluminum foil
- Distilled water
- Glass spray bottle
Steps for Making a Padsicle with Coconut Oil without Witch Hazel
Step 1: Prepare the Coconut Oil- Lavender Oil Mixture
The first step in making a coconut oil padsicle is mixing the coconut oil with lavender essential oil. To do this, follow these steps:
- Heat ¾ cups of distilled water to around 75 to 80°F.
- Then add ¼ cup of coconut oil and stir until the oil melts.
- Transfer this mixture into the glass spray bottle.
- Then add 35 drops of lavender oil to the spray bottle and shake the bottle.
- The lavender oil may separate from the coconut oil on cooling. But you can reconstitute them.
- To reconstitute the oils, run the spray bottle under warm water at around 75°F. Then shake the bottle.
Step 2: Spray the Pad with the Oil Mixture
Once the oil mixture is ready, spray it on the pad. Here’s how to do that:
- Unfold the pad without detaching it from the wrapper. Leaving the wrapper in place ensures you can refold the pad after.
- Fold the wings of the pad, leaving only the center.
- Spray the pad with the coconut-lavender oil mixture from step 1.
Step 3: Add Aloe Vera to the Pad
To add aloe vera to the pad, do the following:
- Squeeze the aloe vera gel all over the pad in a zigzag pattern.
- After that, smooth the gel with the back of a clean spoon or your clean finger.
- Smooth the gel out until you make a thin layer of aloe vera all over the pad, particularly the middle.
Alternatively, you can mix the coconut oil, lavender oil, and aloe vera in a bowl. Then smear the mixture on the pad.
Step 4: Freeze the Pad
- Fold the wings of the pad back in. Then carefully fold the pad back in its wrapper.
- Place the folded pad in the 1-gallon freezer bag.
- Repeat all the steps so far for as many padsicles as you want to make.
- Then place the freezer bag in the freezer.
- After the pads freeze over, pick the padsicles from the freezer bag as you need them.
- In place of the freezer bag, you can wrap each folded pad in aluminum foil. But placing them in the freezer bag seems easier.
Steps for Making Padsicle with Coconut Oil and Witch Hazel
If you have witch hazel, you can prepare it alongside other ingredients.
Step 1: Prepare the Concoction
You can prepare the concoction following the process in step 1 above. All you have to do is add the witch hazel alongside the lavender essential oil. Alternatively, you can prepare the mixture by following these steps:
- Add ¼ cup of aloe vera gel to a clean bowl.
- Then add ¼ cup of coconut oil, 30 drops of lavender essential oil, and 2 tablespoons of witch hazel to the same bowl.
- Next, mix all the ingredients in the bowl thoroughly until you form a homogenous mixture.
Step 2: Spoon the Mixture onto the Pad
- Unfold the pad without removing the wrapper.
- Remove the pad liner and spread the wings.
- Apply the mixture all over the pad (except the wings) with a spoon.
- Smoothen/spread the mixture out with the back of the spoon.
Step 3: Fold and Re-Wrap the Pad
- Fold the wings of the pad back in.
- Then fold the pad back in its wrapper.
- You may place the folded pad in the freezer bag. Alternatively, you may wrap it in aluminum foil.
- Repeat all the steps so far for as many padsicles as you want.
- Place the freezer bag in the freezer. (If you use aluminum foil, gently place each pad wrapped in aluminum foil in the freezer).
Why Is Coconut Oil Used in Padsicles?
Coconut oil primarily serves as a carrier for essential oils, like the lavender essential oil. However, it is chock-full of medicinal properties, so its overall benefit goes beyond simply being a carrier.
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory effects, so it can help with swelling and pain around your lady parts. Beyond that, it contains antioxidants, and these can promote wound healing.
Coconut oil has anti-microbial effects, so it may contribute to infection prevention. Then it also has soothing effects to help ease any pain you may feel.
You may preferably opt for unrefined coconut oil because this type of coconut oil will still contain many active substances.
Solid coconut contains more lauric acid than fractionated coconut oil. So, you may opt for it instead. Lauric acid is one of the active substances in coconut oil, hence, the preference.
How to Use a Padsicle
Use padsicles just like you would use a regular pad. Of course, if you are just getting a padsicle out of the freezer, it may be too cold to place on your skin immediately. So, let it sit at room temperature and thaw for some minutes.
After the padsicle has thawed a bit, place it in your underwear like a regular pad. Replace the pads as frequently as you would replace the ones you typically use.
How Many Padsicles Should I Make?
You can make 28 padsicles ahead before your delivery. This should serve you for around 2 weeks to 3 weeks, depending on how many padsicles you use per day. If you use 2 per day, the 28 padsicles should last 2 weeks. But if 3 per day works for you, then the 28 padsicles should be enough for only 9 days.
If you need more padsicles later on, you can have someone make them for you. You may keep using padsicles for as long as you feel the discomfort.
Are Padsicles Safe?
As long as you are not allergic to any ingredient in padsicles, they should be safe. Padsicles generally contain natural, non-toxic ingredients. So, under normal conditions, they should pose no problem.
Note that if you are allergic to any ingredient used in making padsicles, do not use this item in making your padsicle. Work with an alternative instead.