Body Piercing Aftercare: an herbal soak


In addition to soaking with salt, I often use herbs as a supplement to my aftercare routine, so I’m going to share with you one way I do it. This is not standard aftercare, which I talked about here.  Please note that I’m not an herbalist, and don’t pretend that this way is for everyone.    This is a recipe taught to me by one of my first piercers, and is not used much by others, but it works for me.

Lavender is a powerful antiseptic, and the idea is to use this to soak your piercing, just like sea salt soaks.  Here’s a nice page on the healing power of lavender.

I usually do this in the very beginning, as a healing aid, then switch to salt soaks later when the crusties start to show up.   This herbal soak is relaxing, aromatic, and is particularly excellent for genital piercings.   Don’t drink it! It’s not for oral piercings.

Start with washing your hands thoroughly, and make sure all your surfaces and utensils are as clean as possible.

Body Piercing Herbal Soak

  • 2 parts lavender
  • 1 part arnica
  • 1 part red clover

How much is a “part”?  About a handful–maybe 1/4 cup.   Crush the herbs a bit, and put them in a glass bowl, and pour boiling water over this to make a infusion. Cover and let it steep for a few hours, then strain.


After straining, refrigerate unused portions for 1-2 days. When you’re ready to use it, just pour a little in a cup and nuke it:  maybe 30-40 seconds.  Soak your piercing for 5-10 minutes once or twice a day. Unlike with salt soaks, there is no need to rinse afterward.

Lavender and arnica:


I usually buy my herbs at my local health food grocery store.  Lately, they’ve only been stocking the lavender, so I used that for my last piercing.  Here’s a picture of the lavender and some arnica pills.  I tried crushing some arnica pills and putting them into the infusion, but that didn’t work out too well.  I think I’ll order some herbs from the San Francisco Herb Company for next time.

Next post will be about some other herbal treatments for piercings.

9 Responses to Body Piercing Aftercare: an herbal soak

  1. […] 3.      I prepare my herbs. In the beginning, I like to soak with herbs, rather than, or in addition to, salt water solution, for the antibacterial, anti-bruising, and healing effects.  Since the herbal mixture takes several hours to steep, I make my herbal infusion, using lavender, or a mixture of lavender, arnica, and red clover (more details on this here). […]

    • Abrikshort says:

      I first used this about 8 years ago. I have to say that I have never used a “soak” that worked any better.

      It relieves discomfort, shortens healing time, and was stabilized the fresh piercing.

      We have used it with a compress or clean cloth soaked in the tea and let it cover the piercing. We have also used it in a cup and the placed over the piercing. The cup rim makes for a pretty good seal. Depending on where the piercing is, it also makes for a good rinse when used in a bottle with a pointed spout (Like a hair coloring bottle)

      If there is any doubt that this is helpful, you need not worry about this tea.

      I too learned about this tea from a very accomplished piercer.

  2. alexi says:

    How much boiling water do you usually use?

  3. piercedconsumer says:

    oh, good point. um — a kettle full, more or less depending on the amount of herbs. As pictured above, it’s about 1/2 cup lavender and 4 cups water.

  4. Sela says:

    I checked out the ONE place in town that MIGHT actually carry any of the three items, and it looks like I’m in luck – they carry all three. I’m thinking about trying your method next time I get pierced.

  5. piercedconsumer says:

    Let me know how it goes or if you have any questions.

  6. […] addition to the soak of lavender, or lavender, arnica, and red clover, which I  previously described,   there are other ways to use herbs as a supplement to your piercing aftercare, especially if […]

  7. mahogany says:

    if i wanted to use this remedy for a piercing would i need to mix the herbs in advance to do so?

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