If you are in search of the perfect natural lubricant, considering the fact that many commercial products contain ingredients that may cause serious health complications which include discomfort, infection and even cancer. It is wise to make your own non-toxic vaginal lubricants at home.
What are Vaginal lubricants?
These are substances designed to reduce vagina dryness which can cause discomfort and pain. Women experience vaginal dryness due to breastfeeding, aging, menopause, medical conditions such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, side effects of cancer treatment and other medications. According to a survey in the United States, 65% of women use a form of Vaginal lubricant within the last month.
Commercial lubricants contain toxic chemicals
Commercial lubricants contain chemicals that are harmful to the beneficial microbes living in the vagina and toxic to the vagina tissue. On repeated exposure to these chemicals, they cause irritation, discomfort, and cancer. It also increases the risk of infection and causes reproductive problems.
Below is a list of chemicals found in Vaginal lubricants:
Chlorhexidine gluconate: a potent disinfectant that can kill friendly bacteria such as lactobacillus which play a critical role in keeping the vagina healthy.
Parabens: methylparaben and propylparaben are examples or common parabens. They are preservative chemicals that irritate the mucous membranes in the vagina. Parabens can cause fertility issues and genital rashes.
Cyclomethicone, cyclotetrasiloxane: these chemicals are constituents of silicone-based lubricants. They are associated with uterine cancer and reproductive problems in animal studies.
Flavors and fragrances: lubricant packages often have labeling that says flavors or aromas. This description means a combination of undisclosed chemicals.
Harmful chemicals such as allergens, carcinogens, and reproductive toxins are often hidden in these flavors, aromas and fragrances.
How to stay safe
Below is how to stay safe when using commercial Vaginal lubricants
- Review lubricants approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health groups. Check the brand name products, osmolalities and pH levels of each. The WHO recommends women use lubricants with osmolality below 1200 mOsm/kg and pH of 4.5.
- Re-examine the lubricant to be sure it does not contain any dangerous chemicals.
Avoid lubricants with extras such as whistles such as colors, extra bells, fun flavors, cooling/heating/tingling additives.
Why not use a homemade and simple Vaginal lubricant?
Home made vaginal lubricants are simple, inexpensive, and safe.
Ghee also called clarified butter is used for cooking in South Asia and for Ayurvedic practice. It has both medicinal and nutritional properties. It is a superb natural body oil used to combat vaginal dryness.
How to use:
Massage your vagina with ghee. You should also consider taking one tablespoon of Shatavari ghee orally daily.
This is a popular oil and ranks high in the list of natural oils safe for vagina use. It contains tons of unsaturated fatty acids which enhances hydration as well as repairs dry and damaged vaginal tissue. Also, it will not disrupt your vaginal microbes.
How to use:
Massage one teaspoon of olive oil inside your vagina twice a day.
Sea buckthorn oil
This is an oil extracted from seeds, leaves, and berries of the sea buckthorn plant. This plant grows at high altitudes in the northwest Himalayan region. Studies have shown massaging this oil on the vagina can reduce vaginal dryness, and alleviate symptoms of menopause. It can be taken orally and will not only reduce vaginal dryness but also prevent irritation and improve mucosa integrity.
Method of use:
Consume orally. Follow the instructions on the label.
Unrefined coconut oil remains one of the best natural lubricants, it is dubbed the “miracle oil” as it cures many things. This is not a magic snake oil, but a gift of nature to mankind. Coconut oil works as a moisturizer and lubricant by restoring the skin’s barrier function. It relief vaginal dryness and associated symptoms such as dryness, itching, and burning. Combined coconut with vitamin E and reward your vagina with this tropical treat.
Method of use:
You need a tiny amount of coconut oil to do for the trick. Apply a little on the edge of the insides of your vagina and on the entrance of the vagina twice daily. Also apply before sex.
Add essential oils
Your natural Vaginal lubricants can be fortified with essential oils. Chamomile and tea tree oil also help cure vaginal dryness, and the associated itching, and discharge.