A sitz bath is a small tub of warm water that you sit in to ease pain or discomfort. These are ideal for postpartum use or for hemorrhoid sufferers. The most inexpensive type of sitz bath is a small bowl or basin that sits on your toilet bowl. It is easy to get in and out of, especially if you are taking several sitz baths a day. What you put in your sitz bath is often a matter of prescription or personal choice. Before using the sitz bath for any ailment, consult the advice of a medical professional.
Lift the toilet seat.
Place a sitz bath basin on top of the toilet bowl.
Add any additives or salts directly into the bowl of the sitz bath. Baking soda and sea salt are common additives. Use roughly 2 oz. per quart of water. Many sitz bath manufacturers also sell pre-mixed additives.
Boil enough water to fill the sitz bath to just below its rim. Allow it to sit for five minutes and then pour it into the sitz bath. Allow the water to sit until it is cool enough so you can submerge your finger.
Sit in the sitz bath for 10 to 20 minutes or the length of time recommended by your health practitioner.
Pat your bottom dry with a soft, lint-free towel.